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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Ratings: 10,399 |  Reviews: 3,517
Photo of Pjev11
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber in color. One finger of pale head that lingers. Looks nice. Tasty.

Smells hoppy, fruity. But not overly strong.

Light carbonation, crisp. Goes down smooth and refreshing. Taste is citrusy and hoppy.

Overall a really nice, tight, crsip winter seasonal IPA from Sierra Nevada.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance - Clear amber/light-copper colour with a large size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There also seems to be a bit of a cherry or almond flavour that I don't remember from the 2010 version.. It ends with a malty sweet fruity aftertaste with a nice dose of hop bitterness.

Overall - Fantastic amount of fresh hop bitterness.. I always look forward to when this beer comes out. It doesn't have a whole lot of citrus fruit flavour that is common in the IPAs that I enjoy, but it makes up for it in delicious malts and fresh hop flavour.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep honey amber with a slightly off-white head. Nice lacing.
Sweet tropical fruit hop aroma. A little malt in the back, lots of citrus hop.
The flavor is very hoppy, pretty dry but with a very light sweetness in the back.
Nice medium body with dry, hoppy finish. It makes you thirsty for more.
Overall a very nice beer, I will be getting more for my holiday party this Saturday!

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a large wine glass.

A: Rusty orange. Minimal cream-colored head on my pour. Minimal lacing.

S: Certainly intense hops up front in the nose. There is a lot of complexity though. Some caramel smoked malts. I believe I get some fruity sweetness too--I'm not great at this but I'd say perhaps citrus and strawberry.

T: Bitter hops very well balanced with sweet malt. The end of the taste is just slightly acidic--maybe reflecting the fruit in the nose, but then immediately becomes a refeshing bitterness.

M: Very smooth. Minimal carbonation. Minimal alcohol.

O: A fantastic ale. Truly a pleasure. Refreshing and well-balanced. Although this is characterized as an IPA I have heard of people aging it. I think I'll hold on to a few bottles of this 2011 vintage to see how she stands up.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the beers that got me into craft beer. Finally taking the time to review.

A - Pours a clear copper color with one and a half fingers of tan head. Head has great retention. The entire glass is covered wit lacing by the time this is done. Doesn't get much better.

S - Big pine aroma with a nice amount of pineapple and a touch of caramel and toasted malts.

T - Nice punch of hops up front. Lots of pine and earthy hops. Just enough of a malt presence to add some depth, this caramel, bread and toasted malts all coming through. Despite the malt, this is a great hop-forward taste that has nice bitterness, but is not one dimensional in the slightest.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice dry bitter finish. Nice carbonation as well.

O - All these years later, it is still obvious why this is one of the beers that got me into craft beers. Just an excellent beer all-around.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried in a growler a few weeks back but it was kinda flat so I had to give this another try in bottles.

A-Nice light copper color with a thick 3 finger head that hung around the whole time. Ton of lacing that held onto the glass. Very visually appealing.

S- Large fruity hop smell up front. I see a lot of other reviewers describe it as piney? I'm still trying to distinguish piney smells in hops. Either way, you can tell this is gonna be a hoppy one.

T- The hops hit you up front as most IPAs do. I'm picking up lots of citrus flavor that attack the tongue. Very tasty caramel malts to balance it out.

M- I struggle with reviewing mouthfeel, but this one stands out. Because of the thick head that remained throughout, this had a great creamy mouthfeel on the way down.

O- Very tasty beer. Above average IPA for sure, I'm just trying to figure out where all the hype has come from. Personally I prefer Torpedo but maybe it's the limited availability that has everyone worked up.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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%

Photo of Swim424
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my sweetwater 420 glass

A-sort of an orangish red. Had a nice head that fell fairly slowly. keeping a nice very thin layer over the top. Can see some carbonation bubbles.

S-Very fresh piney scent. Definitely hoppy. Im getting some fruits also, maybe some pineapple and grapefruit.

T-Up front I'm getting some fruity/ piney taste, finishing with a nice hop bite.

Mf-Sort of creamy. Nice medium bodied beer. Decent carbonation. Nice aftertaste.

O-This is pretty good. Very well balanced. The hop bite mixes very well with the flavor up front. This may be my favorite sierra nevada, Hard to say.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dafizzif
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, light copper with golden highlights on the edges. Plentiful off-white head with lots of huge bubbles. What a great IPA should look like. The same, except cloudier when i poured in the last bit with yeast.

Smell: Just cracking open the bottle fills the room with piney notes. Lots of pine and pineapple with a good amount of sweetness.

Taste: Loads of hoppiness dominated again with piney flavors. Despite the dominance of hops in this brew, there is great balance, with the caramel malt backbone always showing, but allowing the hops to take center stage.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, especially when compared to most IPAs. Hop bitterness lingers in a dried mouth. Crisp and fresh as the hops used to make it. Honestly the first time I can remember thinking a beer's feel was unique.

Overall: A great example of the style, though it doesn't really do anything to add to it. Would probably be a go to if it wasn't a seasonal.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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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 10,399 ratings