Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 07-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole-cone hop "flowers" with aromatic natural rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors.
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Ratings: 541 | Reviews: 216
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden copper body with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lace.

A- Flowery, piney, and citrus hops dominate with a sweet malt. Light spiciness.

T- Sweet and spicy, but somewhat lacking and dry in body in style with west coast IPAs. Bitterness throughout, but a somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body. The carbonation and the light malt dryness is somewhat unpleasant.

D- Pretty good in aroma, but I'm not fond of the west coast malt style of IPAs.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper with a thick, white head. Lacing is minimal, which is kind of surprising given the huge and overall pretty sustainable head. The nose is full of fruit and citrus - I'm actually picking up hints of Fruity Pebbles. Bits of pine and resin in the back of the nose to bring it all together. The taste is full of hops up front, pines, resiny oils, and a big push of citrus coming up the back end - grapefruit and pineapple are the most noticeable. As the beers mellows in the mouth, the malt backbone comes alive with a slight biscuity taste. A touch of sweetness and a lot of bitterness finish off the aftertaste. The beer has a medium, sticky body with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. Not amazing, not great, but good. I probably won't go out of my way to get this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

Pours hazed, lighter amber. Nice frothy off white head. Leaves ample scattered lacing.

Pungent nose of resin infused hops and yes flowery notes.

Tasty, quite fresh and enjoyable IPA. More fresh tasting hops, pleasing on the palate. Hop resins blending nicely with more soft and lightly spicy hops. A sweat, flowery note in the finish. Nice...worth a try

Photo of menkros
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is golden with floating particles. Smell is a flower garden. Taste is a dirty flower garden. Wouldn't try again,This IPA pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head with good retention and nicer lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy. Good carbonation. Medium bitterness, but the bitterness tends to linger. Nice clean and crisp IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Amber orange with off-white head and not as much lacing as most SN beers.

Smell: Dry toasted malts, nondescript bitter hops. Smells like an average English IPA.

Taste: Tastes like an English IPA too, but a pretty good one. Dry toasted, almost tea-like, malts, with nice balance from spicy, floral hops. Slight citrus. The roses comes through on the long bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: Despite a weak aroma, this is a very solid English IPA with some extra floralness from the roses. I wonder if the current lackluster scores are due to this having been incorrectly entered as an American IPA (at least as of my review). SN even calls this a "unique take on a tradional IPA"; the word "traditional" is a clue that this is more English styled. Edit: changed to English IPA.

Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. From the 2012 Beer Camp pack.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A lively aroma that is hop forward with solid bready malt undertones. Solid scent of citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Very floral with a nice mix of herbal and grassy hops. Quite a bit of pine resin spice. A pretty good malt balance with good hints of caramel, toffee, lightly toasted bread, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty solid mix of hop esters and malts.

Taste: Like smell suggests, hop forward with solid citrus esters and big on the floral elements. Starts with some ripe citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big floral taste from the hips and petals. Lots of spice from some resinous hops. Fairly grassy. Solid malt backbone with notes of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers. The earthy/floral notes and pine spice stand out the most here. Nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy with a lingering spice from the resin. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a IPA. Not a big citrus bomb like most West Coast styles. Big spice and floral taste. Interesting and good tasting.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Presumably a brewing competition entry; the label describes it as an IPA infused with rose hips and petals.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A cloudy sunset-amber hue with visible sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of frothy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, citrus and pine. This is underpinned by sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast and mild herbal notes. Pretty good, though not much in the way of roses.

Tastes of caramel malt with a hoppy character and a bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit, pine resin, subtle orange peel, citrus, mild herbs, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Dry, with a faint malty sweetness. A strident, leafy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and possesses a herbal dryness. Decent body and carbonation. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, stewed herbs and faint caramel.

A decent brew, even if it doesn't quite live up to its name. Bit too much fluffy sediment in the bottle. Nice hoppy aroma and flavour, with nondescript hints of herbs/herbal bitterness coming through. Body is OK. Can't say that the rose petals are discernible, but maybe I held on to it for too long. However, it's perfectly drinkable on its own terms. Worth sampling.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a clear but slightly hazy golden-amber color. The off-white head is moderate in size but has weak retention.

Aroma: a complex mix of herbal, fruity and floral notes.

T: More floral notes here than in the nose where they are rather subtle. Enough malt to add a lightly bready base and tame the bitterness to some degree. The herbal and fruit characters are present here too, along with a sense this was made with mineral water. Moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; semi-dry finish. More crisp than smooth.

Overall: an interesting IPA. I certainly prefer some other SN IPAs such as Torpedo, but then this is an English style version whereas I tend to prefer the American style IPAs. Still, a well-crafted IPA that is worth seeking out.

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head settles into a decent lacing with a nice bisquity mound in the middle of the glass above a clear golden copper colored beer.

Big floral hops with an added citrus and piney hops aroma.

Decent floral hops bite with bits of added citrus fruit and earthy pine hops taste.

A light citrus and piney hops dry aftertaste on this medium body IPA.

A decent IPA but really Happy Camper has nothing to worry about with this one.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy 2 finger slightly yellowed head. Head becomes rocky as it dissipates, leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Some small floating particles in the body.

S: As the name implies, a nice floral hoppy aroma. Malts add some dark fruits but they take a back seat. Very fresh smelling.

T: Starts with some great floral, resiny piney and bitter hops. Great focus on this aspect of the hop, malts and other flavors are present but hidden in the background.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Doesn't leave any unwanted stickiness in your mouth.

Overall another great IPA from Sierra Nevada. They certainly know how to kick some ass in this style. Glad I was able to pick this one up fresh. Would recommend to any IPA fan.

Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect light amber/red/golden color with a creamy off white substantial head that lasts.
Bouquet is of hops, citrus, grapefruit and a splash off a wild cottage garden flower bed.

The initial taste was very crisp, not very full bodied, so the hops come out a little strong and a tad bitter. The mouthful was somewhat thin. I think if it was a little bigger in body, then the mouthful would have been fine and the hops and body would have balanced one another.

Still another enjoyable brew from Sierra....

Good job in this year's Beer Camp #53... I will be tasting and reviewing the rest shortly

Photo of lnashsig
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#BOTG 113! another new beer camp beer. I'll try my best to not use the description of "floral" in this review. Poured from bottle into NB tulip. Pours a semi cloudy sunset orange color. Just a little head, not much. Smell- orange peel citrus, tangerine, a little potpourri (see? I didnt say floral). Taste- astringent, assertive bitterness. Citrus tangy blast, hop oils coat the roof of my mouth. Lacks balance in the malt arena, not too surprised for the abv- there just isnt much backbone. Just a tiny bit of sweetness, but not nearly enough to make it a well balanced beer. But, I'm a hophead and I enjoy the assault of bitterness here. Mouthfeel is a little thin, probably a symptom of the backbone problem. A decent beer overall, but not my favorite IPA version.

Photo of azorie
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer, not a true hop head.

a: a dark orange body.Red not. Some nice lacing, 1/2 head. Not cloudy.

S: Nice rose nose, sorry had to go there. I think it does fit what they described it well. Sweet malt overtones, very nice floral hop note. no yeast no booze in the nose.

T: I like it which is weird. It's not nearly as hoppy as some. IBU 54, but its got a nice balance to it. No pine, no grapefruit, roses and other spices, its got the citra taste. Very refreshing also. Did not overpower my palate at all. Nice sweetness, no yeast detected, not boozy at all. did not notice any effects after 1 beer.

M: seems like its low carbonation, medium body, nice floral after taste.

O: it is what they say it is. Not a style I seek out, but its a nice change of pace and a very nice beer to have with spicy food.
would I buy it in a 6 pack, not likely, not that its bad mind you, but its just my thing.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, slightly copper color with a small off-white head. Minimal retention with decent lacing.

S: Very floral (as the name implies) with some faint citrus and piney notes.

T: Very grassy and floral, faint grainy malt. The finish is very piney, more so after swallowing.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, hoppy for an English IPA.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden honey with a near 2 finger head. Great retention. resulting in a lace that's thin but consistent and sticky.

Smell - Hops are pungently floral on the nose, backed by bready malt notes.

Taste - Big floral hops from start to finish; notes of honeysuckle and rose. Subtle malts back up the hop dominant profile to provide a touch of balance. Finishes slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a solid amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - When they named this beer, they weren't kidding. Near overbearing floral character. A good, solid effort.

Photo of GilGarp
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Floral IPA is a hazy amber color with suspended particles. The head is short and settles quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is herbal and floral but similar to other Sierra Nevada beers, especially Celebration.

Flavor is balanced but bitter. It has IPA qualities but still has a good residual sweetness. It has the same floral hop elements as the aroma but doesn't have the herbal, more the spice.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a good IPA but not one I would buy in six pack.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle. Yes very floral. The flavour seems more complex the more I drink it.Jasmine, pine, resin. Big head on hazy orange. Above average mouthfeel. Well executed IPA and good drinkability. Not the best IPA I have had, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light amber with a large, dense, white head that has great retention

S - huge floral aroma

T - sweet, a bit bready, a hint of caramel, floral, some faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent IPA. It has good flavor and decent balance. The floral hop character dominates though there is a fainter malt presence. This is solid and worth trying. It's different from some of the other SN IPA's.

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, with a thick and full head. Stunning and delicate lace-work.

Nose is fruity, floral, and citrusy. Awesome and unique.

Taste is like a bitter grapefruit up front, followed by a softening mellow rush of soft herbal notes. Finishes with a mild citrus hops touch. A highly enjoyable and subtle IPA, and one I'd like to re-visit.

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Floral IPA is an attractive gold. It’s mostly clear. When held to light, it takes on a brighter appearance and has a slight orange tint. A nice white head rises to top it off. It stands over a finger tall and holds up pretty well. Takes a while to completely dissipate. Lacing is sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a bit weak and would benefit from more strength. It smells sweet and sugary up front. The malt base smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malt. The toasted variety smells a little stronger. Not my favorite thing. Hops have a bit of a floral aroma, but there’s a citric component, as well. Citrus grapefruit and orange are lighter in the mix, but they are there. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. I’m not getting much at all.

The flavor is about on-par with the nose. The malt base is primarily toasted malts with a bit of caramel providing support. I’m not a huge fan of the toasted malt base, but it’s not terrible. It is a bit sugary and sweet. Hops are a mix of floral and citric varieties. Citrus grapefruit and lemon flavors are easily noted in the mix. The floral notes are alright, but aren’t all that exciting. It’s a little bitter, but the malts do much to balance it out. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes toasty, a tad bitter, and dry.

Floral IPA has a light-medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It does feel nice and smooth. It’s alright. Goes down easy enough. I’m not loving the flavor enough to down multiple bottles, but this one’s going down alright.

Floral IPA is an okay release from Sierra Nevada, but it’s definitely not a stand out IPA. There’s a little too much toasted malt and not enough hop flavor. It’s not bad though. Not my favorite release in this year’s Beer Camp pack, but it’s worth checking out.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Mikkeller tulip.

Dullish golden orange appearance. Nice white foam on top that hangs around before sitting at a level just above film. On the way down it leaves a bit of wavy lacing.

Smell has a bit of the rose hips early. Then it turns into plenty of grapefruit and this is the smell that really lingers on.

Taste has more of the grapefruit with a bit of a floral twist to it. Does seem to lack a bit of balance and tastes a little astringent.

Can get a bit harsh in an aspirin sort of way. Not what i'm used to from Sierra Nevada. Hampers the drinkability a great deal.

Always fun seeing what comes out with the Beer Camp series. A great initiative. Though this beer is one i wouldn't get too excited about seeing again.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Floral, grassy & pine notes

T: Grassyness, piney & hebal hops up front along with pears, a touch of grainy astrigency. Pineyness, grapefruit & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, there's a touch of orange rind & pretty dry

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, alright balance

Drinks easy, but was hoping for a bit more maltyness as this is supposed to be an English IPA, some of the hops seem a bit off style as well

Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass, the Floral IPA shows a clear medium gold in color with a robust off white inch high cap of foam. A steady boil emanates from the base to assist with some lengthy retention and sticky lace.

Aroma is spicy/floral with a peppery hibiscus layer sitting atop a light citrus backbone, more orange than lemon in that regard. Unique yet pleasant and intriguing.

Taste has a spicy and herbal bitterness which carries through to offer a nice body and feel. Overall a solid offering with a somewhat light yet full body and a unique delivery.

Photo of hdofu
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt my brothers favorite out of this seasons best of beer camp (I didn't even get a bottle out of the last case I picked up). The smell is strong of hopps, pine cones and citrus. This beer has a very interesting taste, floral description isn't just a name, it tastes floraly, which goes very well with the hoppy character of the beer. Its crispy, maybe almost a bit thick. It is a very drinkable ipa.

Photo of wspscott
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (been in the fridge since purchases)

A: Hazy light copper color with a very thin white head.
S: Pine and based on the label, what I guess is roses
T: Definite hops but more muted than a "normal" Sierra Nevada PA. A little bit of light caramel. A definite "oddness" that can only be the roses.
M: High level of carbonation, but not unpleasant, very tingly. The hops seems to linger on the tongue making for a creamy mouthfeel that sort of balances out the carbonation.
O: I like the beer, don't love it. The roses seem to add something, but maybe too much something. I wonder if a different hop combo would work better? Worth trying, but I doubt that Sierra Nevada will be making this again. Points for trying something different.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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