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

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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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 pburland23


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a pretty standard looking light auburn orange. There's some sediment in suspension in the pour. Not much head at all...less than a thin layer which almost immediately disappeared. Almost looked like it was poured from a cask which sadly it was not.

Smell: Floral hops, obviously, are at the forefront of the aroma but there is also a pretty noticeable dose of caramel malt sweetness. Fairly well balanced smelling.

Taste: Mildly bitter with subtle floral hops flavors. Not as balanced as the smell, but it's not overly hoppy or bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very light level of carbonation. Again, there's a certain cask quality to the beer which is pleasant. No noticeable alcohol and, on the whole, a very drinkable IPA.

Overall: An interesting take on the IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's not as well balanced as the regular lineup of Sierra Nevada IPAs but well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 00:42:47 | More by pburland23
Photo of MarkyMOD


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-06-2012 05:20:35 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, floral certainly does come to mind.

First sip is bitter, sticky, with a sweet body, and mild bitter finish. Nicely balanced IPA, that has just enough hops to tickle the tongue. Nice lacing on the glass, and a nice array of floral hop flavors.

One of the better offerings in the Beer Camp pack this year. A solid IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:36:23 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of TheCrowsNest


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: beige head covers the beer all the way through; there are lots of particles in suspension, possibly from the rose hips but hard to identify, definitely not yeast that was kicked up.

S: piney and floral, smells like spring.

T: light bittneress, mostly flavor and aroma hops, some balancing in a traditional english IPA.

M: creamy, then dry; relatively low carbonation throughout the beer after the head is formed.

O: a classic English IPA except for what was in suspension.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 00:51:37 | More by TheCrowsNest
Photo of flagmantho


3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate effervescence and a whole ton of tiny floaties suspended in the body. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with good retention and a nice lacing. Attractive.

Smell: light malt aroma with some biscuity and toasty character. Hops are earthy, dank and a little bit citrusy. Not bad, but overall a little murky and muddled.

Taste: sweetish malt with less of the biscuit and bread of the aroma. Hops are dank and earthy and are a little bit more American than English. Not super floral, as the name would suggest, but actually not too bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a moderate creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: a good IPA if you like dank English-type hops. I kind of do, so it works for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 23:39:03 | More by flagmantho
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 23:57:29 | More by motorhed
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, it's a hazy amber-gold beer without much of a head despite a vigorous pour. The nose is what you'd expect, but it's still nice: lots of grassy, floral hops. The flavor offers a lightly nutty malt with pretty high bitterness and hop flavor that seems a bit more citrus than flora. The back of the bottle indicates actual rose petals were used, but if they're contributing anything, I can't detect them. Finish is very dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 23:18:15 | More by allengarvin
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-04-2012 00:42:54 | More by cde1218
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint glass.

a - pours a hazy amber color with a lot of sediment floating around. gave me a thin cap of coarse, off white head that died down quickly. leaves a few legs of lacing behind.

s - more herbal than floral, grapefruit, faint mango, toffee.

t - starts off like a standard ipa with toffee malt and citrus notes, but then the floral hop bouquet opens up. the rose hips are very present and lend a nice richness to the beer just before a bitter, resinous wave creeps up to finish out the brew.

m - fuller in body than many ipas with the right amount of carbonation for a creamy smoothness. slightly slick from the hop oils.

o - a solid beer, but isn't going to blow anybody away. i'm not usually a fan of the herbal leaning hop profiles. as such, this was the least enjoyable brew from this years beer camp set for me

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:04:11 | More by divineaudio
Photo of rangr514

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-03-2012 23:21:35 | More by rangr514
Photo of maximum12


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of each of the series. 12 oz. bottle poured into a curvaceous piece of glassware.

The pour is coppery, highly carbonated, & with a spoonful of suspended floaties; dessert in a glass. Nose is strong pale malts, bouquet of farmer's market flowers, green grass. Much more on the pale ale side, but not bad.

Beer Camp Floral IPA is a master of disguise. A gentle, aimless nose gives way to an aggressive, snorting beer (well, aggressive in a floral sort of way, I suppose). Floral florals are in ascendance, but they're hop flowers, with a hard piney hop bite right on their heels; an odd but pleasant pairing. Pale malts peek out mid-palate, & the finish is long, bitter, & angry. Oily & lovely in the mouth. These ounces are going out with the tide very rapidly.

Simple, direct, tasty. Never met an "English" IPA so bitter (though I have a few friends who might qualify, but they're not English...never mind). Whatev. Best of the three I've had to date, this will make hop-heads grin & swipe a twenty from their mom's purse. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:19:44 | More by maximum12
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-03-2012 00:33:18 | More by Joshgonzales79
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 23:22:17 | More by chinchill
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 171 of 2012 (June 19). 2012 Floral IPA Beer Camp #53.

Appearance: Pours a nice burnt orange with a thick off-white head.

Smell: Definite Sierra Nevada hop profile in the aroma, but much maltier than the standard Sierra Nevada IPA.

Taste: A little harsh and overly (not pleasantly) bitter. Almost a metallic copper or iron flavor. I prefer a much more citrusy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel and appropriately carbonated.

Overall: This seems unbalanced to me. If I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada IPA, I'd much prefer a Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 21:19:37 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is appears a hazy, burnt orange hue with a quarter inch of soapy, off-white head. The aroma offers malt, toast, floral notes. Smells true to style. The flavor is crisp, with malt leading the way. The finishes offers a touch of spice with lingering floral hops. A healthy bitterness persists as well. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this was OK. One was plenty. Worth a try, but I don't see myself returning to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 18:36:33 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Tech_Savy

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-02-2012 03:46:54 | More by Tech_Savy
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

10-02-2012 01:20:08 | More by cfinch2
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +21%

10-02-2012 00:11:50 | More by brewdude1982
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South Carolina

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

P:  Hazy, effervescent orange copper colored body topped by a full finger of frothy khaki head that settles to a bubbly layer. 

S:  Sweet malt, citrus fruit esters, alcohol stings the nose with a sensation similar to icy hot. Floral aroma of a fresh flower arrangement, pronounced hops, and eucalyptus. The nose is very powerful and almost burns.   Aroma has a sun tan lotion similarity. 

T/M:  Body has aggressive carbonation and provides an medium oily feel that coats the mouth. Fresh and floral as expected. The fresh floral hops provide a great amount of hop bitterness.  Presence of orange oil, timid grape fruit, pine resin and eucalyptus provide a great balance to the sweet malt. Aggressively hoped but not overly bitter.  Finishes wet with a slow building dryness. 

O:  Fresh and clean hops provide a refreshing IPA that is sure to please.   The floral notes are spot on and the addition of orange and pine create a harmonious brew.  I would love to see this in a six pack. 

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:11:20 | More by Hopswagger
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

10-01-2012 16:25:21 | More by RyanWantAle816
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-30-2012 23:49:29 | More by SquidVicious
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

09-30-2012 21:20:45 | More by Bpierso1
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-30-2012 17:38:26 | More by slim2043
Photo of DavidST


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2012 version. This pours a hazy golden brown color with a massive long lived white head which leaves a lacing. There is a nice amount of floral hops up front a little citrus. The feel is medium with a nice mouth coating hop resin. The taste is pretty good, a nice amount of bitter hops with some malts. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:38:51 | More by DavidST
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber with two fingers of off white head. Solid retention with some ok lacing.

S- floral indeed but comes across a bit to perfume like. Herbal hop notes intertwine with an asprin character. Earthy in a manure kind of way... Not good. Alcohol and grainy malt comprise the finish.

T- much better flavor. Herbal woody hop with an aspriny note blends with a fresher floral rose character up front. Mild bitterness hits mid palate with some caramel maltiness. Finishes with some pine resin, a hint of alcohol and orange peel.

MF- astringent sharp mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- below average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:21:08 | More by Viciousknishs
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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