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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

a: golden copper hue. great retention on lacing. bubbles visibly floating to the surface.

s: nice blend of citrusy and piney hops. Some caramel maltiness as well.

t: Bitterness up front followed by maltiness. Piney hops are the dominant flavor

m: medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes dry.

o: Simply stated this is a great IPA and a great value. I look forward to this release each year and it has yet to disappoint me.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear and vibrant amber colored beer with tons of visible carbonation from the bottom. Huge sticky two finger off-white head on top that leaves a bunch of lacing as it dissapates. Excellent retention as it takes forever to dissapate. Just a gorgeous beer. The aroma is decievingly nice as soft earthy hop tones come up. Lots of citrus and resin from the hops as well. A big bready maltiness follows it all up and rounds it out.

Bready and almost sweet malt is the first flavor to come out, as well as set the baseline for the piney, citrusy and resiny hops to play around on the palate. The hops are sneaky, as they leave their piney and citrus tastes to be detected first, but leave the bitterness until the finish and the linger. I believe this is where the malts intervene, bringing an superb balance to some very strong hop flavors. The bitterness in the back is sharp and resiny and begs for another sip as it lingers on way into the aftertaste. It also lends a dryness in the end to a pretty creamy and smooth frontside. Through it all is the slightest twinge of booze, felt in the tingle of the tongue.

This is a beer that I have looked forward to having again since last year, the first time I had it. This beer is great due to the taste obviously, but also the price point and it is available everywhere this time of year. Classic beer and one to enjoy this season as well as next.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of CBlack85
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a balloon glass

Pours a medium copper color with orangish highlights. A fairly aggressive pour produced a huge off white head that recedes slowly, leaving behind sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma is huge. The big hoppy aroma is piney and resinous, with lots of grapefruit, and just a hint of orange zest. If you can get past the hops you will find a nice sweet malty base, with some slightly bready notes.

The flavor follows the nose quite closely. There is a bit of bitterness right up front with huge amounts of grapefruit and piney hop goodness. There is just the slightest bit of lingering bitterness in the finish. The malt profile is bready and sweet, just big enough to provide balance. Medium body and moderately carbonated, with a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable.

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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%

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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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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The head on this beer is unreal! It just clings to the glass like velcro and doesn't want to let go, lacing is nice. The liquor itself is almost a rust-like mix of brown and red hues, carbonation bubbles are present, and it isn't completely clear, but almost clear.

S: Mmm, this smells nice. It has a strong malt aroma reminiscent of caramel and toffee that is still hot and cooking! There is a light citrus hop aroma which follows it up for a crisp finish.

T: More hops are present in the flavor than the aroma. First thing you get is a sweetness that is cut through by a sharp bitterness that finishes in resiny hop flavor.

M: Big levels of carbonation on this one, it has that distinctive carbonation bite character. Medium body and a bit dry on the finish.

D: Despite it's alcohol, it's quite drinkable. This is one of those seasonal beers that you just must get every year.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,394 ratings