Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Pack in Cans

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  1. ecpho

    ecpho Savant (1,159) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    See - the squeaky wheel gets the grease!
    I hope it's the same recipe, no weird hops please.
    I think there is a void in the domestic market for more Kolsch or Helles. Easy drinking, low abv, not hoppy. I've been drinking a lot of Cigar City Tampa Lager and Jack's Abby House Lager (along with my Celebration).
    If it's in the summer pack, I hope Kellerweiss is in there too.

    LADEDA Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2014 Florida

    All cans, please.

    Oh, and the Tampa area TW's got the Fresh Pack in stock. $19.99.
  3. mushroomcloud

    mushroomcloud Grand Pooh-Bah (4,276) Mar 4, 2005 Texas
    Pooh-Bah Society

    Picked up a 12 at Total Wine in Plano - it's getting cold currently, fired up to try them all.
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  4. Jaycase

    Jaycase Grand Pooh-Bah (3,302) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Had a chance to try the Session IPA, IPA and Celebration Ale last night. Not typically a fan of session IPAs but this one was good and made me a convert, albeit possibly for only one day. :wink: I don't recall having had a beer with Strata hops but it seems to suit a session IPA well. A nice, appropriate level of bitterness - it's there at the edges but never gets in the way of the grapefruit peel flavor I was getting.

    The IPA was very good. I really liked this one. Sad that I only have two more left of it. The Celebration Ale was, well, it's Celebration Ale so of course it's outstanding (imo). The difference between the canned version and the bottled version was quite noticeable for me. I attribute the difference to the varied carbonation approaches SNB mentioned above in this thread. The lower level of carbonation in the canned version brought a different perspective to this classic IPA which I thoroughly enjoyed. I did not try them side by side as I had finished my bottled sixer a couple days earlier but I recommend trying them side by side if you do get a chance. Curious to hear others' opinions. I hope SN considers releasing the canned version again in the future, obviously not to replace the bottled version but as a complimentary (smaller) release to appease me anyway. :grin:

    Looking forward to having the DIPA today. SN hit a homerun with this pack imo. Cheers.
  5. Riff

    Riff Initiate (0) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Good luck!

    Just cracked the IPA, love the balance in this beer, makes it so nice and drinkable. Perfect for college football.
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  6. VABA

    VABA Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,569) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    I just picked it up!
  7. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2012 California

    I have tried them all as of today. I'm not even going to bother with a formal review.

    Here is my take:

    I may have to find an excuse to head back to Safeway to pick up one or two more for immediate, short-term consumption/sharing. The can date was 10/28 and $15.99!

    Anyway, Celebration is...well Celebration. My forever seasonal "must-buy." The mouthfeel is a little different than in bottles, but still fantastic nonetheless! The Fresh Hop IPA and Fresh Hop Session IPA are the surefire stars of this pack. WOW!

    The Fresh Hop Double IPA, on the other hand, has an ever-slight smokiness on the finish and lacks the "typical SN hop bite" of the other two. It's pretty good, but seems rather "muted" compared to the other beers.

    In this pack, Sierra Nevada clearly shows that it's keeping a thumb firmly planted on the West Coast side of the "East/West IPA" scale...and for that, I will always buy more. Its refreshingly new and kind of 'old-school' familiar at the same time. I flat out LOVE it.

    Dear Sierra Nevada,
    Can you make canned six packs of the Fresh Hop Session or Fresh Hop IPA?
    My Beer Fund

    Tweak the DIPA a little so it matches the flavor profile of the other beers and this is absolutely EPIC.

    Honestly, I can't think of a 12 pack sampler that was better than this.

    Bravo Sierra Nevada, BRAVO!
  8. frkonalsh2003

    frkonalsh2003 Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2016 California

    Was unlucky at the first two retailers but after I made some phone calls I was able to track one down at Winco. None of my local Total Wine or BevMo have this pack.
  9. Jaycase

    Jaycase Grand Pooh-Bah (3,302) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    Agree with your thoughts here. Having just had the DIPA, it leaves me slightly disappointed in comparison with how good the rest of the pack is. But as you also said, I can't think of a 12 pack sampler I've had which can match this one in terms of overall quality.
  10. CanConPhilly

    CanConPhilly Initiate (0) May 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    According to the locator, this has hit NYC but is still missing from PA. We haven't even seen the Snowpack yet! Really disappointed that I can never try Sierra Nevada ipas fresh. I'd buy so much of this pack if it was available in PA before the beers were almost 2 months old :slight_frown:
  11. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Pundit (961) Jan 8, 2015 California

    I finally tracked this down. Fresh Hop IPA is the big surprise. A big green hop resin bomb and truly unfiltered. Drinking the Celebration from the can made me appreciate bottle conditioning which gives the ale a more rounder (less punchy) taste profile and also better mouth feel.
  12. AtillaTheHank

    AtillaTheHank Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2017 Connecticut

    Still no availability in CT, with any luck it will hit this week. Fingers crossed.
  13. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Grand Pooh-Bah (3,463) Sep 3, 2008 California
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Could not agree with this more. After tracking the pack down at Target of all places (shockingly the only offering spot in my zipcode), the IPA is the star, the Session it's co-pilot, the Celebration a bit odd (compared to bottle which I prefer), and DIPA the anchor...for my palate and preferences.
  14. raticus

    raticus Aspirant (239) Apr 25, 2016 Idaho

    Really liked this pack, ran through it for Halloween!
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  15. vinylfiend1

    vinylfiend1 Devotee (353) Jun 8, 2013 California

    The double IPA was a dissapointment for me, almost black in color like a porter and tasted like a red ale , the single IPA was a great surprise though , unfiltered and Danky. Session was great too along with the celebration.
  16. donspublic

    donspublic Grand Pooh-Bah (3,356) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Waiting and Watching, it is in Austin now working it's way east towards Houston.....
  17. carolinabeerguy

    carolinabeerguy Pooh-Bah (1,919) Oct 10, 2005 North Carolina
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Grabbed it on Sunday at Harris Teeter in Winston-Salem. The session IPA and IPA were solid. I got an interesting black pepper finish on the IPA. Celebration was great, as always. The DIPA was kind of a malty mess for me. 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.
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  18. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Haven't had this, but the reviews make it appear as though the double IPA is below average. All others appear to be very good.

    TEKNISHE Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Struggling to find this in the suburbs north of Philadelphia...which is odd. We usually get all SN special releases without much waiting around. Not sure what the deal is....Any PA people see this yet?

    Fortunately I grabbed a case Celebration, and sixer of both Hoptimum and Lagunitas Born Yesterday to dabble with in the interim.
  20. BeerPugz

    BeerPugz Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2016 Wisconsin

    By the time it hits shelves by me (if at all) it will no longer be fresh. Would love to try this pack.
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  21. Leebo

    Leebo Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 Massachusetts

    Checked out von trapp?
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  22. ecpho

    ecpho Savant (1,159) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Yes whenever I get up to the Boston area but they are difficult to find in NYC.
    I think SN is the perfect big craft brewery to introduce the style to a broader audience (and they don't mess up traditional style beers).
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  23. AtillaTheHank

    AtillaTheHank Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2017 Connecticut

    Wet hopped cans finally dropped in Ridgefield CT. About time!
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  24. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Anyone in central PA see it yet?
  25. snowtiger87

    snowtiger87 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2017 Colorado

    Anyone seen this in Colorado? I have been to my usual places and seen Celebration and even the Winter pack but no Fresh Hop
  26. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 Zealot (749) Nov 10, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Is this out in NY yet? I'd like to drink the wet hops while still fresh!
  27. Hoppedelic

    Hoppedelic Savant (1,029) Dec 6, 2010 California
    Society Trader

    No wet hop beers in this mixed pack, you're thinking of their Harvest IPA which is out in six packs right now.
  28. BeerBobber

    BeerBobber Pundit (989) Nov 23, 2015 Nevada

    Looking for it to hit the shelf at our local store! Cannot wait! Feel like a kid waiting for mom and dad to take me to the candy store!
  29. BeerBobber

    BeerBobber Pundit (989) Nov 23, 2015 Nevada

    Is this only available in a limited market? I see Total Wine is carrying it in the Palm Desert store but not here in Vegas. Usually we get all kinds of Sierra Nevada here in Vegas.
  30. Jaycase

    Jaycase Grand Pooh-Bah (3,302) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    SNB mentioned in this post that it will not be seeing all the markets which typically see a SN mix pack due to this being a much smaller run. What this means for LV, I'm not sure.
  31. meanmutt

    meanmutt Grand Pooh-Bah (3,377) Feb 6, 2012 Ohio
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Grabbed this 12 pack for $15.99 today. Packaged on 10/19. Looking forward to trying these new beers...(and Celebration in cans is awesome too)!
  32. surfcaster

    surfcaster Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    Arrived in NC

    have had 3 of the 4 and outstanding.

    Great job SN
  33. mudbug

    mudbug Pooh-Bah (1,688) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    The freshest we ever see ANY Sierra Nevada product on the central coast of Oregon is at least 2-3 months old (and stored warm), Columbia distributing is not your friend.
  34. HoptimusMax1mus

    HoptimusMax1mus Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2012 Arizona

    Okay quick review of those FRESH HOP beers.
    The Double IPA was amazing. 8% and tasty. Not a dry IPA like most DIPA are. Citrus notes and smooth. Not harsh.
    The Regular Fresh Hop IPA was a bit more Citrus with less bite at 6.4%
    The Session Fresh Hop IPA was my least favorite. 4.8% and it loses a lot of the flavor. It has more of the DANK smell and too light of a body. Easily crushable though
    also in the pack is my all time favorite Sierra Nevada beer the CELEBRATION IPA in a can. Still the best IMO but that DIPA comes close to beating it!
  35. BikeChef

    BikeChef Pundit (900) Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia

    Someone upthread described the DIPA as “Celebration’s big brother”, which I think nails it. Deep amber with a malt backbone, and not where DIPAs are at these days, but it is delicious for what it is, and perfect on a chilly fall night.
  36. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,838) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Any NYC area sightings yet? I can't find any on Beermenus, and SN's locator only lists certain Whole Foods. That can't be all that we get, can it?
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  37. ecpho

    ecpho Savant (1,159) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Sounds great, I'd love to try this IPA pack but I live in an obscure market - we don't get much SN these days (just NYC's biggest borough)
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  38. cello

    cello Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Still haven't found it here in NE PA.....:slight_frown:
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  39. i_run_far

    i_run_far Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2016 District of Columbia

    Thought the beers were good, price was very good ($15.99, same as other SN 12 packs). Celebration is the best of the pack so I doubt I'll buy another pack while that's on the shelf.
  40. BikeChef

    BikeChef Pundit (900) Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia

    Digging the session IPA. It is quite dank, as others have mentioned. I recycled the box, which had some info on the hops used. Think I saw something about Amarillo?
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