Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
10,410 Ratings
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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Photo of JohannBock
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wasn't sure I was going to able to try this this season. Happy to have had the chance.

A: Poured into a mug. A really nice orange red color, almost copper. Pours a nice 2 finger head with some nice retention.

S: Up front gives a nice piney smell. Followed up by some toasty malts.

T: Really nice. A nice 3 part taste here. Bitter hops up front, followed by some sweet and toasty malts, finished by piney and maybe some orange rind tasting hops.

M: Nice long finish with some prickly carbonation.

O: Really nice beer. Super happy I got to try it. It is one of the better IPA's I've had and at it's price you really can't beat it. Almost wish it was around all of the time. Definitely something I'll drink again.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of stckhndlr
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. Good thick foamy 2 finger off white head set on top of a copper amber body. A little haze to it, not totally clear. Some nice cling to the side of the glass as you drink.

S- Good hoppy notes with a hint of some malty pine and a touch of maple perhaps?

T- Big hops in there up front. At 65 IBUs it really does shine. The caramel malt comes through towards the finish with the hop bitterness lingering in the finish. Picking up a bit of the alcohol in the finish as well but it's very minimal.

M- Just a perfect feel to this beer. Carbonation is right and it has a smooth finish and clean feel to it.

O- If you are a hop head and want the right kind of ale for the holidays, this is the one you need to pick up. Great beer.

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Photo of hiku7
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to reddish copper. Some haze. Stable off-white one-finger head. Moderate lacing.

Orange citrus aroma, plus substantial piney notes. Some grassiness in the hop aroma too, but not dank. A bit of spiciness. Malt provides some initial sweetness to the aroma. No noticeable yeast aroma or esters.

Flavor is sweet malt, some caramel, and a substantial up front hop bitterness that carries throughout each taste, but is never too sharp. The hop flavor is reminiscent of mandarin oranges.

Medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation, and a moderately dry finish due to the big hop taste.

Overall, this is a big, hoppy, sweet (though not too sweet) and delicious IPA that I look forward to every year.

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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%

Photo of chilly460
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Body is a pleasant hazy golden brown color. Huge billowing head that stuck around like a scoop of ice cream on the top of a float, impressive. Great lacing.

S - I get a different hop profile than expected here, more dank and earthy hops. Like rotting grass, but not in an unpleasant way.

T - Strong earthy, hops, somewhat astringent. Pretty one dimensional, but the flavor profile is strong.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

O - The dank earthy hops just aren't my preference, beer is solid but one dimensional.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Label stamped 1305117 38. Whatever that mean.

Appearance - Cloudy amber body. Barely offwhite head with patchy lacing and low decent retention.

Smell - Fruity malt and spicy hop.

Taste - Smooth malt and moderately bitter hop barrage. Fades away quickly into a balanced sticky bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Sticky. Coats the tongue. Low effervescence, but some slight bitter bite. Warming.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty legit beer. Would probably even make a decent session.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. Thick off-white head, with a reddish honey amber color. Smells of grapefruit and hops.
Intense hoppy flavor with a bit of malt and pine. Slightly bitter aftertaste.
Although the ABV ist quite that high, you do notice it. Overall, its a very good IPA..a bit bitter, but still nice. Its a great brew for a cold day.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat cloudy, light amber color with light tan head.

S- Fresh hops, piney with some citrus. Smells great.

T- Very hop forward, some malt to balance it out a little. Besides hops, maybe some lemongrass.

M- Light body, but some tingle from the hops. Not a palate killer, but close.

O- Very good fresh hop IPA. More hop forward than torpedo and not a traditional winter release but very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mudbug
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass results in a copper hued body with some clarity topped by a fluffy white one inch head that has very good retention and sticky lace that sticks around .. until you pour another in the glass.
This is one damn fine beer, fresh hops just are prominent in the aroma, floral and grassy, there is s light sweetness lurking in the background peeking out.
Taste is a home run, citrusy, sweet grass, fresh herbal with just the right amount of caramel sweetness refreshing and complex at the same time.
One of the best from Sierra, Bravo

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