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

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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
Photo of harrymel
1.93/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nice amber ale with a solid sheet of light tannish foam. Nose is dank - this is something I would expect from the likes of Lagunitas, not SN. This is onion, weed, body odor, and waaay deep in there a hint of orange concentrate. Not impressed. Flavor is quite bitter with some woody character and then some more onion - people describe the onion in some beers, and I rarely get it, but here it's just vile. Medium bodied with moderated carb. I'm not happy with this at all.

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 Beerlover
2.22/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes July 2012.

"Copper/light brown color with a clear appearance. I don't like the aroma of the hops in this beer. Taste is too bitter, again for Sierra Nevada!! I haven't had an i.p.a. from these guys that I hadn't though was too bitter and harsh - torpedo, hoptimum.... I guess the "wet hopped harvest was pretty good. Medium body and carbonation. hoppiness gets more "palatable" as you drink but still too harsh.

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- A somewhat cloudy honey-brown-orange into my DFH glass. Has a nice fluffy head that fades away rather quickly but leaves a ton of sticky lacing dripping all over the glass.

S- Nice balance between malt, hops and spice. Nice dry and crumbly biscut maltiness, pine/orange/grapefruit hops, and some underlying notes of rose petals, rosemary, lavender, and mint.

T- Nice piney hop kick, sweet and malty... but than this soapy, floral taste comes in and strips your tongue. Reminds me of when I was a smartass and my Mom made me hold a bar of soap in my mouth... way to overwhelming on the flowers!!! It actually takes a bit before this horrible flavor kicks in. First tastes are pungent fruit and sweet, delicate malts... then it's like chewing on a rose... thorns and all!

M- The overwhelming taste of soap is just unbearable! SN hop profiles are usually tongue stripping enough without adding the taste of rose/lavender bath soaps into the mix. YUCK!!!

O- It's funny how the smell and first tastes aren't anything like the finish! This is really nice upfront... and absolutely horrible on the backend!!! It's like having a SN Pale and chewing on one of those little soaps that sit on your Mom's toilet!!!

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; I've never been a fan of Sierra Nevada. Acquired as part of a beer camp 12 pack at the Cap N Cork in Los Angeles. Cost of the 12 pack was $19.99.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice foamy cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a predictable transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Colour lacks vibrance or richness, and seems too pale - even watery.

Sm: Floral hop notes, butterscotch, clean malts, and stale cream. Toasted malts are barely detectable. Reminiscent in some ways of a Scotch Ale. An average strength aroma. Nothing unique or special here. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pleasant floral hop notes throughout, but most enjoyable in the first act. Some cream on the open. A superb clean malt backbone complements the floral hops nicely. Hopwise, there's really nothing other than the floral character - no oil, no pine, no citrus, no real bitterness (though some does come through on the climax, compromising the balance). For an IPA so simple, you'd think the balance would be spot-on, but that isn't the case here. There's no real complexity or subtlety to speak of. It's as boring an IPA as you'll find.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean. Good thickness. A bit too heavy on the palate for its lack of flavor. A bit buttery.

Dr: A very pedestrian IPA. Quite boring. Drinkable and pleasant, but it plays it about as safe as it can. There's no attempt here to do anything remotely interesting. A good beer for food pairing or for getting drunk, but unworthy of too much attention. There are far better IPAs out there at this price range.

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Photo of mscudder
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - A fairly translucent amber/copper hue with a nice sized off-white head. Big bubbles throughout this one. A bit bland looking overall.

S - I can only detect some floral hops but nothing else. This would be except able if there was any degree of potency here, yet there is none.

T - Just a touch of malts here; a touch. Floral hops are here in abundance, as advertised. As with the nose there is little else going on. The hops are crisp and enjoyable but this beer is too bland and simple for my taste.

M - A bit thin and lacking any real backbone to hold onto the hops. The carbonation was where it needed to be but nothing really great here either.

O - This is just a bitterly average IPA. It does not hurt to consume but certainly does not bring anything new to the table. I expected more from this brewery. Will not consume again.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a transparent golden color with moderate carbonation leaving a small white cap, light bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Nose was lacking consider the concoction of ngredients in this IPA. Floral, check.

T: The taste presents a pronounced floral note with some grains and biscuit which finishes moderately bitter, dry and somewhat clean.

M: Carbonation is good, light to medium bodied, floral notes dominate but I am still not a fan
O: Not really impressed. When you call it a Floral IPA is better be floral.

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi hazy bright orange glow with a fluffy bright white head. Lots of sticky lace. Flowery and woody nose, some citric fruits including grapefruits and oranges. A bit of pine stings the nostrils. Slightly syrupy body and a very large body for a smaller ipa. Semi sweet bready malts up front followed by herbal, woody, and piney hops to balance. balance is good with a nice savory bitterness. Good but pretty run of the mil. This years beer camp was kind of boring and not worth buying just for the slightly above average imperial red.

Photo of sunkistxsudafed
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a slightly hazy golden amber with a fair amount of head. nothing out of the ordinary.

S- slight biscuit malts bust predominately floral hops (go figure) and a little bit of sweetness. A sweetness reminecent of garden variety clove honey.

T- opens with hop bitterness and bready malts. Spicy hops. this is as dry as Torpedo but without the IBU or ABV. The rose hips and pedals are definately in the finish.

M- pretty dry for an IPA, but not too dry. A good amount of carbonation. very simlar mouthfeel to Torpedo.

O- this is a good beer, as expected from this brewery; but still the weakest in this variety pack.. I haven't had the stout yet, but my guess is that it will steal the show.

Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with resinous pine and citrus fruit notes followed by sweet alcohol and caramel malt. The flower petals stand out complimenting the earthy, grassy notes. Slight onion-y presence along with spruce tip, orange peel and grapefruit. Some caramel malt with biscuit, toffee and Graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a strong, spicy hop bite up front that provides some earthy bitterness that lingers throughout. Grassy and soily with some sticky pine needle and onion countered by a prominent malt backbone with hints of caramel and toffee as well as some bread and biscuit. The floral/petal presence comes in toward the end of the palate and clashes somewhat with the hop and malt flavors. There's also a surprising alcohol character in the finish even though the ABV is relatively low. Not a lot of heat just some harsh boozy sweetness. Overall, this beer isn't bad, it just has an odd combination of flavors that I don't like very much.

Photo of ToddT
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Almost clear dark gold with a hint of brown to it, there is a fair amount of particulate suspended in this. It is topped with a medium off white head, that fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

A- Light citrus and grass notes, there is a hint of spice as well.

T- Grass notes right away balanced out with a hint of pine and citrus that are present but very subdued. Mostly clean finish with a hint of hop oil and a slight bitter final note.

M- Feels a little thin in body and decently carbonated. Clean for an IPA, not overly oily or with a build up of sweetness.

O- Average at best, nothing crazy or over the top, even the 5.9% ABV, is middle of the road for an IPA. Kind of what I would expect a home brewed IPA to taste like, nothing wrong with it but nothing to get excited about either.

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 stephenjmoore
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy golden/amber color with tons of floaters. Sticky off-white head that leaves lacing.

S- Somewhat of a piney hop aroma mixed in with floral notes. Neither dominate, but they do not exactly make a great nose.

T- Piney hops come through the most, along with some herb-like flavors. Aftertaste is pretty pleasant.

M- Pretty heavy mouthfeel, especially for the style. High carbonation level.

O- Not a bad beer, but does not stand out from the many IPAs. I can imagine it would take a significant amount of flower hips and petals to come through.

Photo of BrownNut
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

With the understanding that I'm drinking an IPA in mid September that is freshness dated late June...

Faintly interesting nose. Can't distinguish what exactly I'm smelling beyond general yeastiness.

Body falls flat. The taste seems to have leaked out of it. It's got no back end. Nothing lasts after the swallow. The bitterness is not the tasty kind. Mouthfeel is watery. Except for the mildly unpleasant bitterness, this is a bland beer. Don't want the other two in my 12 pack. It would be interesting to compare it to a younger version of itself to see if the age is the difference. Could not make it to 3 months.

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 buschbeer
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. Three fingers of rocky, off white head stick to the sides of the glass.

S - I get some citrus, mainly fresh grapefruit. There is a solid malt presence, as well. I expected a bouquet of flowers.

T - I get an iron and skunk taste. There is also a lot of malt.

M - Medium

O - It just has a weird off taste to it.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Two fingers of thick foam, off-white in color. Goes to a wisp of a head with some lacing, but not much. Body is amber filled wit yeast suspension and a column of carbonation rising in the center.

Aroma is mild with citrus and hops. I detected no floral.

Taste hits with hops, which quickly mellows out. Some citrus, but still no floral until the end where there is a touch of lavender.

Mouthfeel begins with tartness, which goes to malt. The palate clears too early for me.

Overall a decent IPA. This is my 3rd of 4 in this series, I was far more upbeat with the others. I expected some floral nose and flavor up front. I can't say that Sierra missed the boat with this brew, but they didn't get as much on board as promised.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the recent Beer Camp 12 pack. Amber color, good head, good lacing. Smell is indeed floral and soapy but also subdued and dis-involved. Flavor is more floral mixed with malts, might be hoppy but no way to tell since this is almost two months old and it just showed up in CO. This was the clear dud of the mix pack.

Photo of herman77
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark yellow. Pretty much a light copper. Some haze to it. Fluffy off white head with great retention. Great lacing.

S: Its got that hoppy Sierra Nevada smell that I find in a lot of their hoppier stuff. Maybe its the use of their whole cone hops which is in this? Very herbal and a bit grassy. A bit of dankness to it too. A hint of citrus, along with some floral sweetness from the rose petals perhaps?

T: Very herbal hop forward with an odd kind of "green/garden" taste to it. Must be from the addition of the rose petals and hips. A bit spicy too. Not much malt to speak of. A little harsh tasting, but it can't be from the ABV. I think the rose flavors to not mesh well with the hop and malt profile.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Not the best drinkability for me. It's an interesting take on an IPA, worth a try, but not my thing.

Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy copper color with over1/4 inch of off-white head that quickly dissipated into a ring that held up fairly well and had OK lacing.

The aroma featured, yup you guessed it, floral hops with some pine in the background. There wasn't really a noticeable amount of malt showing up, nor any of the Rose hips used int the brewing of this beer. On the tongue, a very light malt flavor showed up, and there was a crisp hop taste. But again, I didn't pick up any Rose.

The body was that of an average IPA, perhaps a bit thinner than average really. Drinkability was OK, but not great. Overall, a decent, but not special, brew. Worth having for the tick, otherwise a pretty average brew.

Photo of gabedivision
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to a tulip glass

A- crystal clear copper orange with a 1 finger fluffy white head.

S- piny hop aroma, definetly a 'floral' , smells like a rose garden with a lemony hint on the end

T- Piny resin, extreme flowery taste, perfume, soapy, lemon pledge and potpourri.

M- light on the tongue, crisp, clean.

O- A for creativity but this just simply isn't that drinkable. Weird perfume taste and after taste that's just odd.

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with just a touch of haze. Plenty of fine foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Some aromatic hops in the nose, but I wouldn't call it flowery. Pleasant light body.

Plenty bitter, and I think it deserves to be called an IPA. The malt stays in the background as some browned biscuits. Quite sharp after a few sips, I can feel it on my tongue. There is a fragrant honeysuckle touch and then it's mostly grapefruit peel, including the lip pucker.

As always from Sierra Nevada, this is clean and well made, but I don't find it very drinkable even as an IPA. A nice hoppy bite with each sip but it gets very bitter and unrelieved by any malt sweetness. A 12 oz bottle from the seasonal 12-pack.

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Sierra Nevada Beer Camp offering!

Pours out a nice shade of orange with yellow hues and 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is slightly citrus hops along with piney notes and a slight sweetness from the malt.

The taste is a blend of citrusy hops combined with piney hops and a slight lemon zest. The bitterness is pretty even and there is a slight bready element from the malt. There is this "floral" characteristic overall that tastes almost like roses.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a nice dry aftertaste.

Very easy to drink and an almost herbal take on a traditional IPA. Pretty interesting.

Photo of dgilks
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour with a small, tight white head. Poor head retention.

Malty and slightly dank. Lacking punch but there is a floral note here.

Malty sweetness. Nice bitterness though there is a slight cohumulone harshness. The floral character is okay but it doesn't sing.

Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer. It lacks punch and finesse in my book but it's not awful.

Photo of davey101
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass. Julian date code puts at a June 20th bottle date.

A - Hazy dark amber body. Soapy off white head with massive bubbles. Kind of a dirty lacing.

S - Muted pine and grapefruit hops, grainy malts, a touch of rose pedals and some spice.

T - I'm not sure if its just the age, or the way it was supposed to taste...but its very bitter with little flavor. Pine dominant hops with a touch of citrus and bready malts. Not getting the rose in the flavor.

M - Thin to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - The weakest link of the mix pack. Its not super fresh, but its very bland and boring with almost no rose presence. Average at best.

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