Celebration Fresh Hop IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Celebration Fresh Hop IPACelebration Fresh Hop IPA
10,418 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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Ratings: 10,418 |  Reviews: 3,523
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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%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was copper amberish. About an inch of head. There was a healthy amount of lacing on the top that lasted throughout. Lots of film on the sides as well.

Smelled of citrus, piney hops. Very hoppy. There also seemed to be some caramel malts in there.

First taste was red, roasty malts, followed by a sudden kick of citrus hops. Pine comes in hard. Bitter finish on the tongue.

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Slighty bitter finish.

A decent beer overall, but I thought it was going to be a lot better, especially after the smell. The nose was the best part.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Binny's. Served in a Pisgah pint glass. 2011 edition (obviously).

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick cap that features excellent retention and plenty of sticky lacework. Lightly hazed gold-amber body with visible streams of bubble.

S - As soon as I popped the cap the room filled with fresh tangerines and grapefruit rinds. In the background is a sugar cookie and icing sugar malt backdrop. There's a bit of festive pine for good measure, and the faintest soapy Cascade note.

T - The taste doesn't quite have the same punch, but it's a delicious mix of clementines and sugary pie crust malts. There's some medium-low bitterness, but this actually finishes surprisingly clean with a bit of lingering orange flavor.

M - Extremely resinous, with tons of lingering hop oils. Medium-light body, with moderate-to-low carbonation. Dry finish, with the aforementioned enamel-coating sensations. Never would have guessed this was 6.8%.

D - This year's celebration is great. Shame on anyone who questions the hoppiness this year. I remember being lukewarm on some previous iterations, but this one is a real winner. Get out there and grab a sixer.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head pours overtop the rim and stays there like it is gelatinous. The smell is pure aromatherapy, I can understand why old-timers used to place fresh-picked hops in their pillowcases. Pure hoppy smell with a hint of citrus notes. The taste is one of my favorite parts, the beer is one of my favorite beers, I look forward to it every year because that hop profile is so damn good! Cheers

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Clear dark orange with lots of rising bubbles and a medium sized white head.

Fresh wet hops and hop resin dominate the nose with clean citrus and piney bitterness

Taste follows the nose with an abundance of hop complexities. Loads of oily citrus and crisp pine, hop spiciness, more sweetness as it warms. Solid punch of bitterness

Nicely carbonated..glorious IPA

One of my favorite seasonals

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Photo of rwrk42
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden color that has a nice froth and lace

Smell: HOPS, HOPS and more Hops. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A great amount of hops at first taste. Incredible character of hops but very smooth at the same time. A bit of a bitter finish from all the hops but it is just perfect.

A fantastic IPA. Highly recommend.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of zander4dawin
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amongst a sea of amber colored strongly alcoholic winter beers, Sierra Nevada releases what is probably the best known fresh hopped beer in the world. Great floral scents and a fresh hoppy taste without becoming overly bitter makes this a pinnacle of the style.

"Every holiday season I anticipate the release of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale."

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of kennylopez
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 2011 12oz bottle into DFH goblet.

Appearance: a fat fingers worth of white head that fades to about half. leaves lots of legs of lacing as I drink it.

Smells: a pine and citrus hop that has a floral spice hint.

Tastes: a floral and well carbonated IPA. there is a pine and spice that is the backbone with a balance with the citrus characteristics that I adore.

Mouthfeel: for being close to a double I really think this ale a super flavorful over being hot on the burn. the carbonation is quite assertive which probably helps with that.

Overall: I love this brew. I want to check back next year bacause for the past three years this has been my favorite seasonal by SN. Great job again Sierra Nevada a home run this year too.

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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only thing that this beer really needs is more spices. The cloves are a bit light, and more nutmug would help.

Pours a clear copper with a nice persistent off white hed.

Spicy citric hop nose. Faint caramel sweetness in the background, but most all hops on the nose. As one would expect with a winter warmer.

Flavor starts with an big bitterness bite. Hop profile follows the nose. Peppery spiciness. Citric notes. Lemon rinds and such. Minimal sweetness while still having a solid, full body. Plenty of spices. Flavor will surely improve with age.

Full and clean on the mouthfeel, with a mildly bitter finish.

Overall a superb beer. Even if it was hoppier last year.

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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%

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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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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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Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 10,418 ratings