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: 10,401 |  Reviews: 3,519
Photo of aorloski
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very deep brown, bordering on amber. Big fluffy 2 finger head that is off-white in color. Lots of lacing on this one. Beautiful

Smell - Different than other Sierra Nevada offerings. It is lacking in that west coast juicy hop profile and more on the piney notes. A touch of breadyness in the background.

Taste - Bitterness up front, malts in the back. Again, different hop profile than a normal SN beer, say, torpedo. Less juicy and more piney. I appreciate the malt kiss in the back of this one to hold it all together. Very tasty though.

Mouthfeel - Silky and good carbonation

Overall - I tend to drink out of season, i love IPAs in the winter and i love RIS in summer. This is a great go-to winter IPA, the color is great and enticing and the hops are more bitter than juicy, something i enjoy around these times. Great beer!

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of freewheelinbob
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Bright/clear copper color.
Great three-finger fluffy head.
S: citrus, buttery, heavy floral.
T: all hops up front, all the scents come through, bitter kind of agrarian finish.
A bit over carbonated for my tastes

One of my favorite IPAs, I buy a sixer every year, but this year my local wholeseller had cases. I'm glad I have 23 more to enjoy.

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Photo of aleckpa
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Solid murky honey orange with a stacked fluff head of muttled off white. In the nose is a lot of pine & grapefruit character from those little green herbal cones we call hops. There is a solid dose of mint in there as well, which is faintly reminiscent of a mint pale ale I brewed a month or so back. Pale malts, piney hops, a touch of citric hops, and a bit of spice round this IPA off nicely. Bittering bite in the back, and pretty smooth body here. Overall, its a pretty solid IPA - but I was expecting a lot more from all the hype on the forums for this seasonal. For the price, $7.99, at Total Wine & More, its hard to beat!

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Photo of joek440
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful reddish-orange color. Semi-opaque with big, thick, pillowy head that had excellent retention and lacing.

S - Full of fresh piney hop smell. Hints of underlying caramel malt round out the hoppiness.

T - Hop flavor follows the nose and has a nice pine flavor - perfect for the season - which is followed by the caramel malt and slight bitterness. The fresh hops are very flavorful.

M - Smooth, almost watery finish. Mild carbonation

O - A great beer that may have been a little overhyped. Did not hit me as strong as I was expecting from an IPA, but the hops were fresh and delicious with a great hit of malt flavor to balance it out.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of sfprint
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed Nov 2nd 2011

A: Barely hazy reddish orange, 1.5 finger head random rising carbonation.
S: Piney hops, christmas spices, slight alcohol.
T: Quite bitter, piney, but not overly so, mediated by an earth savoryness, very hoppy.
M: Tart from bitterness, soft, sting, barely astringent.
O: Nice, like drinking a fresh forest.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tapped on the kegerator in the garage, poured into pint glass.

A: Deep copper color with a thick, creamy 3 finger tan head. Sticky full glass coating of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, bready malt, hints of tobacco, floral hops (most notably) backed by the standard SN pine/citrus. Smells very smooth.

T: Floral hop (almost minty) bouquet mixing with sweet caramel and full bready malt. Citrus hops take a bite right as you swallow, followed by a residual pine hop finish. Slightly dry, and delicious.

M: Medium-full body, smooth and creamy, lower carbonation, dry finish.

O: I took a shot in the dark, getting a keg without ever trying this beer, and sweet jesus am I satisfied! It's the perfect winter seasonal for a hop head. I might need to get another keg before Christmas haha.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint glass.

A: Medium-bodied amber hue, with a fluffy, puffy two-finger dome. The head takes the form of a beautifully rich honeycombed cloud as it settles, eventually fading into a subtle topcoat. Nice lacing that has serious staying power.

S: The smell is nostalgic, as Celebration was one of the first seasonals I've ever had, and I haven't had it since, until now. Some citrus and piney hop notes but they only outline the central floral bouquet that is very well-rounded. It has a subtle nose.

T: The taste is subtle as well, compared to other AIPAs, but it's great for the season. No single note stands out, but rather they all come together to make this a harmonious, solid and very drinkable ale. An extremely fresh hop character is pervasive on the backend.

M: Well balanced. Syrupy on the frontend, but really levels off into a mild and smooth feel. Not much carb.

I'm not as crazy about Celebration as others are, but it's still a solid brew for the winter season and I hope it remains a staple.

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

2011 version

Appearance- Burnt orange color with an off white head. Beautiful lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Malt with an earthy hop aroma. Some bread and caramel. 4/5

Taste - Very nice. I would like to use the word "balanced" but I think this is much more hop forward than malt forward. Especially for a winter seasonal. All of that is damn fine with me! The piney, earthy hops fill your mouth and the malt tries to calm them down. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Very good. The mouthfeel gets a little bigger at the end and when it warms a bit. 4.5/5

Overall- Very good beer. I get multiple 6pks every year. This year stands out to me, but I can't tell you why. Big hop bitterness right up front with the malt in the end. I don't know why people cellar these. Excuse me while I go get more. 4.5/5

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

2011 Release.

A - Pours a dark, cloudy orange with a two finger yellowish silky head. Great retention and some lacing left on the glass.

S - Grass, slightly floral, and some sweet carmely malts.

T - Grass, clean flowers.

D - Good carbonation, average body, slightly bitter.

O - Fresh hop and the holidays. Daddy likes.

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,401 ratings