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

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84
good

531 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 531
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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mactrail

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:05:38 | More by mactrail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-12-2012 01:19:33 | More by acurtis
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-22-2012 02:37:00 | More by HeyJim
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

05-12-2013 17:15:24 | More by mikeburd1128
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-12-2012 02:45:44 | More by enelson
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-15-2012 11:26:58 | More by rkcrozier
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davey101

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:17:43 | More by davey101
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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

06-01-2013 12:47:20 | More by jaxon53
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-21-2012 01:12:31 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-27-2012 16:09:46 | More by denimdemon
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-29-2012 01:08:57 | More by jrohrbacher
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-27-2013 21:26:03 | More by Gregwa
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-07-2012 03:39:11 | More by runfoodrun
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-17-2012 18:16:38 | More by Envelopes
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-09-2012 23:32:20 | More by millerbuffoon
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-03-2012 15:43:45 | More by RobertColianni
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beertunes

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 20:52:06 | More by beertunes
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-29-2012 19:55:59 | More by djrn2
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

03-19-2013 18:18:21 | More by Chucker17
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roblund

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-25-2012 17:16:56 | More by roblund
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an an Amber, orange, rather cloudy, small white head. Head doesnt die, minimal lacing,

S: Pineapple and bright flowery smell, pretty pronounced. Hints of honey malt backbone.

T: Much more of a grassy floral hop flavor. I even get some a sort of soapyness in finish (i hope i cleaned this glass well!). Very dry. Some piney-ness in finish. Very flowery overall. Chamomile and dandylions come to mind. Very little malt presence.

M: Very light, high carbonated, kind of a session IPA though its a bit bitter. Definitely suited for a cookout, summer, the beach. Rather refreshing

O: Certainly an interesting beer, but not my cup of tea. Not balanced enough and a little to flowery/soapy. Worth trying as its quite unique, i probably wont get it again though. My least favorite of the beer Camp (Stout, Red, Pilsner, IPA).

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 00:49:18 | More by BigCheese
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:48:58 | More by JohnnyMc
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dgilks

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 07:04:12 | More by dgilks
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CHickman

New York

3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color with a big bubbly 2 finger foamy off white to beige head that faded very slowly and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down; another good looking head from a Sierra Nevada IPA.

Smells of piney hops, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, grains, tea leaf, mint leaf, biscuit, hay, and herbs; I guess that it’s rose that I’m smelling which replaces the normal citrus hop aroma active in most Sierra Nevada IPA’s. Not overly hoppy, with a strong malt presence and grainy backbone.

Tastes of piney hops/pine cones, floral hops, flowers/rose petals, grains, tea leaf, sweet malt, mint leaf, biscuit, hay, and herbs and/or spice like potpourri; after the swallow the floral notes pop up again, along with toasted grains, lemon zest, tea leaf and some wheat bread. The flowers are too much and take away from it overall. Even as an English IPA the rose taste and floral notes are too much; if that aspect were dialed down a bit it would be a nice English IPA that showcased the tea leaf and toasted grains, but this combo was a bit off IMO.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp at the same time, with mild carbonation and a clean finish with just a hint of bitterness; it would go down easy if the flowers weren’t distracting.

Moderate drinkability, to me this was just OK compared to most Sierra Nevada IPA’s. Glad I tried it and I appreciate the Beer Camp experiment, but the other beers included in the 12 pack were better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 03:30:41 | More by CHickman
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear golden rod color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles which work their way up to the fluffy off white head which lingers beautifully and has an awesome texture to it with large bubbles and a creamy appearance, leaves a very good amount of lacing
S: nice hop aroma with a very flowery note to it (surprise), i also notice the rose hips mentioned on the label up front in the nose
T: a nice earthy hop note is the most notable of the flavors, starts right up front and develops throughout, lingering bitterness afterwards, also, just before the sip i caught an odd burnt note, not sure from what and im not going to take it into consideration for the numerical rating, just curious
M: smooth throughout, gentle carbonation, leaves the mouth distinctly dry, pretty nice balance for the style
O: not the best IPA ive ever had but i do like the use of the earthy hop notes and bitterness

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:47:18 | More by BigPlay1824
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.