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

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BA SCORE
84
good

535 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 07-23-2012)
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. One finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of orange. Flavor is dominated by citrus hops with light bready malt and grapefruit, finishing with citrus and hops. Could use a bit more malt to back up the hops, but fairly well balanced. Hops flavor is hidden a bit by the citrus flavors, but are somewhat floral and herbal. An interesting take on an American IPA. Light to medium bodied. Enjoyable but a bit unbalanced.

LiquidAmber, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent yellow orange, two finger head some carbonation as well.

S-Floral and earthy hops, some caramel and other malts. I was worried when the cap didn't have much in the way of hop aromas but the beer smelled pleasant.

T-Earthy, dirt, pine notes, Some floral notes as well. Good deal of malt, some bitterness. But possibly too much malt.

M-Light to medium bodied, tad watery with some carbonation.

O-Too much malt for my liking is the main downfall of this beer.

rlee1390, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

bsp77, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

jazzyjeff13, May 12, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

chinchill, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

GilGarp, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty looking beer, pours a bright, slightly hazy gold color with a large off white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are nice, fruity, tropical, I mostly notice mango, and a definite green floral note.

More malty and dry than I expected. Bready, lightly spicy, with some tea leaves, cracker, and some mellow sweetness. Finish is crisp and mineral like, with faint herbal, green, and bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, it's on the lighter side, but fits well with this beer.

Overall, an interesting beer. Not at all what I expected. It's not a beer I'd seek out, but it's refreshing, very drinkable, and pleasant.

flexabull, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of suspect
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass

A: Mostly clear amber hued orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head. Lacing is spotty but existent and consistent.

S: lots of floral hops as the name would suggest. Reminds me of flower power but a touch less potent. Malt is relatively subdued.

T: Brings similar flavors to the nose. Lots of floral hops yet again with a touch of pine hops - Malt is subdues here as well.

M: Pretty thin. Amply carbonated. Definitely the low light of the beer

O: Should. Easy drinker. Good all around IPA.

suspect, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Hatzilla
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber pour with a one-finger head, leaving nice lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Tiny particles are suspended in the beer. Scent is floral with malty hops; pleasant. Taste is well balanced between the hops and malts, I would call this a malty IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, low to medium carbonation with a dry and somewhat bitter finish. A decent IPA which is unusual due to the floral notes. I would like to try this fresher as this 12-pack is 2 months old. Worth a try for all hop heads.

Hatzilla, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Mojo
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip

This beer pours up a very hazy apricot with a lot of sediment floating around. There is a fairly big fluffy head, decent retention, and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is mostly pine. Taste is a sweet toffee and caramel, and malt upfront followed by a big spicy hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is full with a decent amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but there are better IPAs out there.

Mojo, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle from their sampler pack...

Appearance - Pours a solid 2 fingers of lite golden foam, body is a slightly opaque warm lite orange amber, leaves sudsy lacing, a vey nice looking ipa.

Smell - Huge floral hops smell, flower petals, pollen, clover, lavender, citrus, grapefruit pith, a touch of tropical fruit, and a slight sweetness like smelling fresh honey comb.

Taste - Really big floral hops right up front, rosewater, lavender, meadowy hops and assorted flower petals. Right there are really nice and somewhat dry bready malts, Im also getting a touch of tropical fruit at the very center, like mango and papaya, but not sweet, more of an essence. The finish dries very nicely to dried flowers and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - This beer is the lighter side of medium with a medium nearly foaming carb that develops a few edges at the sides of the tongue. Otherwise the beer is very smooth and infinitely drinkable.

Overall - Probably the most floral ipa I've ever had, very interesting, and maybe just a bit one sided, but can't be faulted - it is called Floral IPA - still a very flavorful and satisfying ipa. If you like floral hops you're really going to enjoy this one.

blackcompg, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recently released as part of SN's 2012 "Beer Camp" craft pack.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear deep golden-brass color with a fairly dense two-finger head with excellent retention. Epic lacing.

S - Well I hate to be obvious, but yes it does indeed smell like hop flowers. A hint of rose water as well.

T - Again like the title promises, very floral hop character forward. Fruity esters of papaya in the mid palate. Some wafer-like malts are present relegated to the background. Rose water in the finish. Strangely appealing.

M - Very light bodied, which suits the flavor components well. Medium carbonation.

O - This beer is like they took a SN Torpedo and dialed out 75% of the malt. Not really "balanced" in the traditional sense of "hops vs yeast", but the flavor elements chosen work really well together and the lightness makes it quite drinkable and refreshing. I'd drink again.

TempeBeerMan, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of motorhed
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark hazy golden/orange color with a thin 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some light lacing as it's consumed.

S - Fruity, herbs, floral, hop aroma, and some malt.

T - Much of the same characteristics in the aroma of the beer come out in the flavor/taste as well. Very floral and full of citrus up front, herbal, and finishes with a bitter hop bite that lingers.

M - Silky, oily smooth drinking but definitely fuller in body than i was expecting. Nicely balanced and has a nice lingering chewy bitter finish.

O - Not a bad brew but in the land of what consists of near a million IPA's, this one is average. Nothing in this beer sets it vastly apart from many other IPA's. I would have it again but it's not anything i would go out of my way to seek out again.

motorhed, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of danieelol
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light golden with good head/lacing.

Smell is pretty convincing. Nice notes of rose and its creamy vanilla scent, alongside some standard beery hops/malt/yeast notes typical of the SN profile.

Taste is similar, but gets more of the perfunctory elements of the aroma.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between sweet, hoppy and malty.

Overall a nice beer and honestly a really great idea.

danieelol, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and peach + orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops with a light amount of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of grainy malts with moderate to strong flavors of herbal hops with some lighter amounts of floral hops including rose hip and lavender. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light amount of stickiness.

O: I found this beer to be enjoyable and I like the floral notes only I wish they were a little more pronounced and perhaps with a slight hint of sweetness. Easy to drink and definitely one I would have again.

dbrauneis, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

warnerry, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Todd, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

TimoP, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of wo87810
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

wo87810, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

LXIXME, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of AlexChillton
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

AlexChillton, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Griffith, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jheezee, Aug 27, 2012
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.