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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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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%

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%

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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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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear copper color with a two fingers of pillowy white head.

S-Dank, piny hops with some pineapple and some light caramel.

T-Piny and pineapple notes abound with some lemon and caramel backing.

M-Light side of medium bodied with low carbonation and a drying feel.

D-Much better than I remember it being; this is quite nice. I think I might go buy a twelve-pack of this one.

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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler. Bottle stamped: 127720753

A: Pours a beautiful red/orange sunset color, slightly hazy due to the finishing pour containing a bit of yeast sediment. About 2 fingers worth of a billowy yellow head that sticks around and leaves great sticky resinous lacing. Lots of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass

S: Upfront, nose is big on floral piney notes, some grapefruit, and as it warms some malt sweetness. No spices, but inclined to believe there isn't any even being a seasonal brew.

T: Nice bitter astringency, drying and bold. Biscuity malt adds a good balance as well.

M: Medium bodied, biscuity mouthfeel ,nice carbonation, and good drying effect. Overall a great IPA anytime of the year.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finally found this in my neck of the woods.

Appearance - Poured two fingers of thick pillowy yellow head, color of the beer is a hazy apricot amber, really a gorgeous beer. Nice thick lacing left in the glass.

Smell - Citrus, grapefruit, touch of pineapple sweetness. Smells very nice.

Taste - Whoah, this beer is all about the hops! Very eye opening and refreshing. Here are the flavors - citrus peel, grapefruit, grassy floral hops, a touch of dry biscuit, and pine long into the finish. There are no spices here folks - NONE.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, smooth foamy carb with some crisp edges, drying and bitter on the finish.

Overall - Surprised to find such a nice hop missile during the winter months! I would LOVE to enjoy this on a hot summer day. I don't get the spices mentioned by other reviewers at all, NONE. This is a straight up IPA folks, NOT a winter warmer. I also got very little sweetness here, would have preferred a bit more to balance, otherwise an excellent IPA.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled sometime early in October 2011

A slightly hazy golden color with 1 finger of off white head

The smell is obviously wet, danky, eathy hops- a strong, powerful minty hop aroma initially- then I get plenty of pine, grass, grapefruit, and some booze. There is some toasted bread in the background.

Strong spicy hop bitterness initially- some of the flavors include mint, pine, booze, grapefruit. In the background there is a light malt backbone with a decent amount of toasted bread.

Mouthfeel is solidly medium with some light carbonation. Pretty smooth.

The hop bitterness is kind of abrasive as well as the alcohol considering this beer is only around 7%. Doesnt really seem to be that complex either. The toasted bread provides a little bit of balance. Not really my thing but a solid IPA

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,411 ratings