Celebration Fresh Hop Ale

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Out of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Northern California comes an IPA called Celebration Fresh Hop Ale (6.8 ABV, 65 IBU). The brewery’s website says that “[t]he long, cold nights of winter are a little brighter…” with Celebration. It is beautiful amber in color, has a wonderful head and a great smelling fruity aroma. This ale has a gentle taste and an aftertaste that didn’t fizz out too quickly. Like a good winter beer it feels good and warm once consumed.


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I just happened to have some Stone IPA in my fridge and did a little impromptu comparison. Stone IPA is one of my all time favorite IPAs. Its also a California made micro like Celebration. I have to admit that the Celebration was tastier. It had a heartier aftertaste. The Celebration’s smell was also more savory. To my utter and complete surprise I have to go with the Celebration being the better beer. At least for now anyway. The Celebration has my vote to be a year rounder instead of a seasonal and is definately one of my top choice beers. Cheers.

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)


  1. Courtney Bridges says:

    I am surprised Celebration won against Stone IPA. I enjoyed your disciption of the Celebration brew. I will have to try it. It sounds like a celebration for the mouth.

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