2015 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

2015 Celebration Fresh Hop IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.8% ABV, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)


on the bottle neck:

“A special ale for the holidays, Celebration IPA features the first hops of the growing season. This pioneering ale is full of complex flavors and aromas from the generous taste of whole-cone American hops.”

on the back label:

“We first brewed Celebration IPA in the winter of 1981. Each year, we use only the first fresh hops of the growing season to create this complex and robust ale. Layered pine and citrus hop aromas balance delicately against the rich, malt sweetness to shape this bold wintertime classic.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toasty biscuity barley malt light tangy pine dandelion medium bitter hops
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 12 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Visual: Pours dark copper brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention with almost a full layer, singular tight steady streams.

Nose: faint generic light citrus hop oils, faint barley malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly-micro-fizzy

Mid-palate: toasted biscuity barley malt (lvl–sweetness), tangy-almost lemony citrus, medium bitterness

Finish: pine, dandelion, lingering bitter hops on the tongue.

Summary: Is this really a fresh hop IPA? I don’t get any green in the hops at all; The barley malt body is quite big and almost too aggressive without letting any fresh hop shine through. Overall it’s above average, but unstructured and incoherent at points. (10/31/16 Note: mine had a packaged date of 10/19/15 so that’s undoubtedly why I didn’t get fresh hop oils in it.)

2016 Beer Camp Tropical IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

2016 Beer Camp Tropical IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.7% ABV, 55 IBU, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)


printed on front label on the neck:

“This new equatorial IPA features intense hop varietals bursting with aromas reminiscent of island fruit, including notes of mango, papaya and bitter orange, for a tropical take on the IPA.”

on the back label:

“Beer Camp is the perfect way for us to experiment with new flavor directions in beer. Each spring, we feature our favorite collaboration from camp. This year’s selection blends intensely aromatic hop varietals to create an IPA filled with fruit aromas of mango and papaya.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Some mango-papaya toffee barley malt lingering bitter hops
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $18.75 – 6×12 fl.oz., June 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: I’d buy a single, but not a 6-pack

Visual: 6-pack. Pours translucent deep orange with a very small dissipating head, a thin layer of micro retention, lots of fast steady streams.

Nose: mango hop oils, background toffee barley malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thicker-smooth viscosity

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), mango-papaya notes, background toffee barley malt

Finish: a touch thin, bitter peel hops, slight grassy, lingering medium bitterness

Summary: Superb creamy smooth entry, compounding bitterness from the hops with each sip. The palate gets fatigued a little over halfway through a 12oz. Decent, but one is enough. I prefer a Ballast Point Sculpin for tropical IPA flavours.

2015 Beer Camp Hoppy Lager – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

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2015 Beer Camp Hoppy Lager – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 7.0% ABV, 55 IBU, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)

printed on front label on the neck:

“This hop-heavy beer combines intense citrus and floral hop flavors with the clean, classic malt body of a hearty blonde lager for a crisp but aggressive take on the India Style Pale Lager.”

on the back label:

“Last summer we teamed up with San Diego’s Ballast Point for a hop-head twist on a crisp lager. We remixed this encore which is loaded with whole cone hops in the brew kettle and in our Hop Torpedo to deliver a bold aroma backed by smooth malt flavor.”

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  • Style: India Style Pale Lager
  • Taste: Toasted toffee-caramel malt citrus hoppy sweet
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15.50 – 6×12 fl.oz., April 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: absolutely delicious

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange with a slight red hue, smallish head, a thin fine layer of hazy micro retention, fine sticky lacing, loose slow streams here and there.

Nose: honey-toffee-caramel malts, citrus hops. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: slick-fine fizzy,

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) medium thick toffee barley malts, orange citrus,

Finish: citrus, resiny hopped soft bitter hopped, light toasted malt sweet finish.

Summary: Pretty good barley malty body with controlled yet bold citrus hop flair. I still prefer the super citrus Hop Hunter IPA I had yesterday.

Hop Hunter IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA, USA)

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Hop Hunter IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. , 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU, 12 fl.oz., (Chico, CA, USA)

printed on front label on the neck:

“Steam distilled hop oil, gathered right in the hop fields, gives a mighty boost to the floral and citrus notes of traditional whole-cone hops for intense, unmatched hop aromatics.”

on the back label:

“Hop Hunter IPA is the first beer to feature oil from wet hops steam distilled directly in the field, minutes after harvest. We use this pure, powerful hop essence in concert with whole-cone hops in our brew kettle and in our Hop Torpedo to create the ultimate IPA experience.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Fruity tangerine oil citrus fruity malt gentle bitter hopped clean
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $16 (after 10% off) – 6×12 fl.oz., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: absolutely delicious

Visual: Pours clear golden orange without much head, thin ringed retention, suspended micro sediment, a few slow singular streams here and there.

Nose: bursting tangerine, passion fruit. Unbelievably fragrant. (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy, incoming bright bitterness

Mid-palate: bright (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) huge tangerine, toffee malts

Finish: gentle hoppy bitterness, citrus hop oil exhale.

Summary: Extremely tangerine citrusy but well-balanced in sweet maltiness and bitterness. Supremely drinkable and much more engageable than most other IPAs.

Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat – Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA, USA)

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Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat Ale – Sierra Nevada Brewing, 4.8% ABV, 650ml, (Chico, CA, USA)

printed on front label on the neck:

“Our Bavarian-style wheat beer is complex with flavors reminiscent of banana bread and spicy clove. This hazy-golden beer glows with suspended yeast, creating a velvety texture and refreshing finish.”

on the back label:

“Kellerweis is one of the few wheat beers made using the traditional Bavarian method of open fermentation, which allows the ingredients to shine and creates vast depth and charater in this hazy-golden beer. To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl the bottle and add the rest.”

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  • Style: Bavarian-style Hefeweizen
  • Taste: Mild pukey dry banana-pineapple fruity crisp wheat malt
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16.43 – 6×12 fl.oz., August 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: pretty good

Visual: Pours cloudy luminescent yellow with a smallish dissipating head, thin hazy layer of retention, some lacing, lots of slow and steady micro streams.

Nose: fruity pineapple banana wheat malts. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: super crisp, minor palate-rough dry wheat malt

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-soft sweetness, tangy, light pukey, (MAIN) pineapple, banana, wheat malts

Finish: dry bitter bite hops, clove & banana wheat malt dry finish.

Summary: Excellent drinkability along with fantastic crisp texture. A different wheat beer with some tangy and added funk, though some may not like the dry finish.

Torpedo Extra IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, California, USA)

Torpedo Extra IPA – Sierra Nevada Brewing, 7.2% ABV, (Chico, CA)

On the bottle:

“Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA, perfectly balanced yet full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of whole-cone American hops.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I find it interesting: super clean citrus with a hoppy backdrop (they also used whole-cone hops as opposed to finely ground cones, offering “cleaner flavors… and are less vegetative”)
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 for 710ml, December 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: to share with IPA lovers
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours clear golden orange with a decent thick foamy head with lasting retention, med-thick sticky lacing, micro CO2, scattered slow-moving CO2 streams. Blast of fresh tangerine/mandarin orange on the nose, extremely inviting. Strong notes of pine up front, fruity tangerine in the mids transitioning nicely to a dry-hopped sharp progressively mellow long 7/10 bitter finish that lingers on the tongue. Med-high complexity, medium depth, long (bitter) length, fine-tuned carry. Complex, interesting, refreshing, potent, balanced, and impressionable. This beer is quite a trip. I’m not a very big lover of IPAs but this one is definitely worth giving a go.