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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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532 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 532
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 heygeebee


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Jim's.

Pours a hazy gold. One finger head dies quickly, but very good lace.

Aromas are of apricots, grapefruits.

Taste is an oddity - is it an EIPA or an AIPA? One of those hybrids where malts are very much in the mix, but with a very lifted nose. ( A la Thornbridge Jaipur). After a while it becomes a Grapefruit experience overall.

Mouthfeel on the heavy side of medium.

Good beer, not great... good to see SN doing this kind of thing, but how many Beer Camp beers will make the grade???

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 07:52:07 | More by heygeebee
Photo of rapidsequence


3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Beer Camp mix pack bottle.

Appearance: As with most SN beers, this is beautiful. Clear orange-amber, tight but soft appearing off white head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Smells like a slightly less intense, and more floral/herbal Celebration. Citrus and some spiciness. A touch of caramel and crackery maltiness. Bit of a strange "Sea Breeze" smell of aromatic facial astringent.

Taste: Floral, herbal, and bitter. Dry, crackery malt flavor. Bitter, dry finish. A little harsh for this little beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice soft carbonation and very dry finish.

Overall: Again, like a small version of Celebration with interesting added floral strangeness. A bit to dry/bitter in the finish for me, but pretty solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 02:30:43 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good retention. Aroma of floral hops with light citrus notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by nice floral hops notes with very limited bitterness notes and some subtle citrus notes. Malt backbone is quite discreet with a nice light sweet finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice IPA with limited bitterness and good level of hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:03:16 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good solid three finger off white head, nice and clumpy, with a body that is a pale brown dull amber, fairly clear, with a little rising carbonation.

Nose true is gardeny floral, even a little grassy. A sort of interesting kind of perfume like aura on this for a hop angle. Different. Unique. Enjoyable, not much alt presence. Hints at burnt smoke sense.

On the palate very light bodied. Matches the nose quite nicely, finishes with herbal kind of jasmine and tea like senses. Hop angle is mellow and slowly climbs but sticks around. Body hints at a bit of a wet angle, but the flavors still make a presence through some minimal carbonation.

Overall interesting beer, quite unique and a good hop bite. It will do.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 21:37:56 | More by smakawhat
Photo of vkv822


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

12oz : tulip

Pours a hazy, dark orange with a thick, foamy off white head, nice lacing.

Floral notes as advertised, blends with citric hop notes and a light, caramel malt backing.

Citric hops upfront, with faint floral notes and again a light caramel malt backbone.

A medium body with prickly, active carbonation.

A well done IPA. The rose adds a light floral character, and while it could have been a a bit more prominent, I thought it was still well executed.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 08:53:30 | More by vkv822
Photo of tobelerone


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

A cloudy, dark orange beer with a small, soapy looking head and patchy lacing. Aroma is lightly floral, with a hint of caramel malt underneath but is surprisingly mild overall.

Assertive bitterness in the flavor; the floral hop and herbal and earthy notes overshadow the subtler rose petals a bit. Little in the way of sweetness, and the finish is very dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A suggestion of aspirin remains in the mouth. Medium to slighty light bodied, with carbonation that feels a bit fizzy.

As the beer sits, warms, and opens up, the rosy aroma emerges somewhat and this aspect of the flavor also becomes easier to discern. It's not enough to save this one for me though; the feel lacked creaminess and body; the hops were more harsh than flavorful, and the flowers while interesting weren't necessarily all that appetizing. The head wasn't even pretty. Not bad, but not something I'd get again either.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:49:54 | More by tobelerone
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 NoLeafClover44


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

Beer Camp beer 3 of 4 in my night of reviews. 12 oz bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass. Bottled June 20 of this year.

A - Pours light copper with a half finger of white head. Carbonation dies to a thin film and leaves a tiered lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Lives up to the name with a big floral hop aroma. Some peppery lemon and cracker malt adds complexity. There is a clover honey sweetness that adds to the floral nature of the beer as well.

T - No surprises here, floral hops hit ion the front that develop through to the finish. Some malt, but a bit of a one trick pony. Bitter hop finish with linger.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body. Dry finish.

O - A very good representation of what floral flavors can offer. The aroma has that clover honey character, similar to Flower Power and Bitto Honey. The flavor packs a bitter floral hop bite, but lacks complexity. Better than most of the other floral IPA's I have had, so I give it a good score. Leaves me a pretty happy camper.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 03:13:10 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of acevenom


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

Bottle date: June 19, 2012 at 12:25 in the afternoon.

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear golden with a tall, off-white head that dissipates slowly. There are numerous tiny streaming bubbles visible in the beer. Some nice sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. The first whiff brings some sweet, toasted malt as well as those floral hop aromas. The malt has some biscuit smell. I also detect some citrus hop aromas, but the floral smell definitely dominates. That's truth in advertising.

The taste follows the nose. There is a good strong presence from the floral hops up front with some of that expected hop bitterness on the back end. The malt flavor blends well with this beer. There's the biscuit quality I smelled without the sweetness. There's some bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is good. This is a very good beer. From a brewery that does IPAs well, this is not quite as high as the standard they've set with Torpedo or their Harvest beer. However, it is still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 17:03:12 | More by acevenom
Photo of warnerry


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-25-2012 00:42:02 | More by warnerry
Photo of Todd


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-04-2012 01:33:37 | More by Todd
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-27-2013 05:46:16 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of TimoP


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-22-2012 01:17:34 | More by TimoP
Photo of mjtiernan

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

10-10-2012 02:49:22 | More by mjtiernan
Photo of wo87810


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-31-2012 19:46:04 | More by wo87810
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 20:44:47 | More by LXIXME
Photo of AlexChillton


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-03-2012 04:22:26 | More by AlexChillton
Photo of Griffith


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-22-2014 15:27:26 | More by Griffith
Photo of jheezee


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-27-2012 21:38:11 | More by jheezee
Photo of Hessian257

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-21-2012 02:13:41 | More by Hessian257
Photo of blknikon


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-30-2013 19:49:18 | More by blknikon
Photo of tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-16-2012 17:14:50 | More by tenacioustomato
Photo of russpowell


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 01:14:14 | More by russpowell
Photo of HalfFull


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:00:31 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Acforster2


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-21-2012 21:03:12 | More by Acforster2
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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