Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fresh Hop Ale; no spices.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2001

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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head, floral and citrus aroma with hop notes. Grapefruit and citrus notes on the tongue, crisp, fresh and smooth with a slight bitter finish. Great taste, complex, well balanced. It's a seasonal brew, but but i'm not sure why. It could be consumed at any time of year as any other ipa.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Clear, orange/amber with cherry highlights. Light head, good lacing. One of the best labels going.

Smell: Hops come through like a Mack truck. Really opens up the sinuses.

Taste: Excellent hop character, not too strong. Santa's sleigh is full of holiday hops. Citrus and pine back it up.

Mouthfeel: Medium; not much carbonation here.

Overall: A truly epic IPA. Unusual choice for a holiday beverage, but for hopheads, this is a classic.

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Sierra Nevada stubby style brown bottle. Great looking celebration label for the holiday season. Poured into a standard Libbey crafter's mug.

A - dark red colored amber. Definitely a holiday feel here. Massive off white head. Very frothy and long lasting. Head provides a superb coat of lacing that you simply don't get everyday. Head and lace are one of a kind material.

S - citrusy hop aroma with some herbal qualities. Very good aroma. Lots of fruity hops with a touch of toasted grain like Malts.

T - wow. A very good flavor here. Lots of hops up front which provide a nice bitterness. Toasted malts with a slight sweetness. A bit of an alcohol taste in the finish, but not overpowering. Some pine like hop flavor in the back end that finishes with a wonderful fresh mint taste. A small touch of orange peel as well.

M - medium bodied brew with the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and thick mouthfeel that's easy to drink.

O - this is a fantastic IPA. I'm not one to choose an IPA as my holiday beer, but this one has a Christmas feel to it with the color and taste to be downed in front of my tree in the month of December. But forget all that. Experience this dandy of an ipa for the simple fact that it's a well crafted world class American ipa. Great beer

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foam head, flowery and sour citrusy aroma with hop bitterness, grapefruit and citrus notes on the tongue, crisp, wet and smooth, bitter finish. Great taste, powerful, complex, well balanced. A seasonal brew, but could be consumed delightfully at any time of year.

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 12 oz bottle into a diconic

Massive light beige head; frothy!
Reddish dark amber color;

I had written "fresh hop" for the smell before I had actually read the bottle which says on the neck "fresh hop ale" . Doh!
Definitely lives up to its subtitle.

The fresh hoppiness is highlighted with citrusy flavors and smells. Balanced with a hint of malt.
Plenty of hop bitterness and tartness with the winter warmer level of
Very clean finish and mouthfeel.

Overall, a very good AIPA but, for me, not "out there" enough to be a great winter seasonal.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 bottle, one year later courtesy of guezer.

Aromas of sweet pine resin mixed with some citrus. Pale malt lends a slight biscuity dryness, but the hops are really the star of this show.

The taste begins with mildly sweet and grain, but then quickly pushed aside by the hop bite. Strong bitterness combined with pine and citrus, earthy tones and a little hop spice.

The mouthfeel and finish wasn't the driest but was still very clean and massively bitter.

Not the most refreshing beer but with the the right body and carbonation for an IPA. Not stellar but worth a go once a year.

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I buy this every winter/holiday season without fail. It's always a pleasure to bring this one home. This year I'm enjoying it, but something seems a bit different. There's a piney/Listerine type hops flavor going on that I don't expect. Color is a nice golden hued amber, head is proper, lacing thin but stays intact. Smell is warm and inviting, hops being #1 in the nose. Flavor is a rich IPA with great tangerine/grapefruit notes and grainy carbonation. But, there is that pine sap antiseptic quality nudging through. The mouthfeel is a bit thick for my liking, and while the flavor is good, after one or two it gums up your tasting apparatus a bit. A very good beer, but I think this year (2011) it could be better, or maybe I remember it differently than it actually is.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,410 ratings