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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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Reviews: 216
Hads: 541
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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:
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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Reviews: 216 | Hads: 541
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle. Yes very floral. The flavour seems more complex the more I drink it.Jasmine, pine, resin. Big head on hazy orange. Above average mouthfeel. Well executed IPA and good drinkability. Not the best IPA I have had, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: perfect look really, hazy on a golden with amber hues body. two finger of off white foam head and excellent retention and lacing.

S: nice degree of aroma even getting through this head with mostly musty citrus and definitly floral but not overtly so.

T:definitly getting the floral aspects but this one isnt just unidimensional in the hop character but also is simple over all.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one tastes good but keeps it simple. Not the best floral IPA but its doesnt overwhelm which can be the issue sometimes with that hop character.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of herbal hobs in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of herbal hops and hints of rose hips along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness, some of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp (a little prickly) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice easy drinking IPA but it would have been nicer if the rose hips could have stood out a little more.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thought this was lovely, maybe the best of all beer camps. although i was hoping the greatful dead/dogfish collaboration would be a rose beer... the pour is darker than expected, tan to medium bronze, with lots of bubbles and a big white lace head. the nose is great, slightly polleny from the rose additions, and extra bitter from the aggressive hopping. some ameican barley malt in there on a pretty light toast, but the bitter hops are king here. flavor is much more nuanced than the nose, with soem extra springtime pop frmo the rosehips and petals, not as floral as i thought it would be, as these ingredients seem to contribute even more bitter to the alreasy assertive hop profile. they compliment the hops beautifully, but dont necessarily taste like roses smell, if you know what i mean. finish is pretty quick and sharp just a touch fruity. carbonation is lively and the body is perfectly drinkably medium. big bold flavors, great feel, this was a total winner.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a vibrant orange color with a white head on top. The beer is muddy looking from all the floating sediment. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer is definitely floral but not much malt on the nose. The taste of the beer is hoppy, some citrus notes as well as some resin too. The deep aftertaste is floral also. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with a gentle carbonation to it. Overall this beer is pretty good. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sure, floral complexities about but it seems that all those finesse aromatics are all hop derived. Where's the rose hips and pedals that their description promises?

Like many other IPAs, Beer Camp #53 pours with a strong gold and light amber hue. The sturdy carbonation builds a creamy and somewhat liquified head that crawls up the glass and leaves a speckled lace on the glass. It's a solid albeit standard IPA appearance.

But those floral tones exude the citrus character of hops and render little effect from the actual bouquet that's added to the process- not saying they're not there, but that the hop aromatics mask the more tender rose notes. Regardless, the backbone of malt delivers a semi-malty, lightly grain scent that strikes the olfactory senses with a notion of graham crackers.

Flavors of malt provide the flavor support but its a tad more flimsy than sturdy as the expected dry malt complexities fall a little short. But the malt displays an understated caramel, wafer taste that acts as a springboard from which the hops can bounce. A combined taste that seems from the zests of lemons, grapefruit, and oranges decorate the middle palate and ushers in the decidedly dry finish that all IPAs deserve. Finishing with a citron oiliness and grassy bite, the beer refreshes the palate with each and every sip.

Just shy of medium bodied, the beer's carbonation lifts the dry malt from the tongue easily and allows for a fast procession toward a dry and resiny finish. Accompanied by alcoholic warmth, the beer exposes mild hop-derived astringencies and grain tannin in its closure.

With far less "floral" character than many other ales and lagers that don't employ any flowery additions, this beer makes me forget the expectations and allows me to focus on the strong IPA flavors that are present. Although it's a very nice IPA, it holds no candle to the wind when compared to their Torpedo Ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral with some light caramel notes.

T - Floral up front with a spicy, bitter bite. Good roasted malt flavor with a touch of pine.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice IPA. It doesn't seem English at all.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Pungent, floral hops with a distinct note of rose hips.

T - Spicy, kind of harsh tea and hop notes up front. Some dry toast in the middle with a bit of an herbal quality. Finishes with more dry, slightly burnt toast and harsh herbal character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is promising, but it gets really weird and harsh in the flavor profile. I am not pleased.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange in color with a tall white head. Strong floral hop character with a nice citrus rind note as well. Some sweet toffee notes, a bit of bread, and a nice bit of grapefruit. The flavor is fairly bitter. Some strong floral hops, orange peel, tangerine, light grass, and plenty of pine. A fair amount of grapefruit and a slight malt sweetness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Part 3 of my odyssey through this year's variety pack. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, sweet caramel, and a vague mixture of greens and what I assume to be their respective flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of the flowers, which adds a little something extra to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that shows what the little addition of rose petals can do for a beer.

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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.

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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 LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/19/2012. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, herbal, floral, pine, toast, grass, and light earthy spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with decent strength and pleasant balance. Taste of caramel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, bread, grass, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, bread, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance; with a solid bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a good herbed IPA. Well balanced and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head that holds up. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/herbal with rose petals and citrus with an underlying SN house character.

The taste of sweet pale malt interweaves with floral and citric notes. Rose petals interweave nicely in a subtle way, giving it a unique complexity. The light sweetness gives way to a bitter dryness in the finish. The brewery's house character shows in the aftertaste.

It is medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Smooth with a soft bite.

A floral, but balanced, easy-to-drink, fairly unique, enjoyable brew!

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like almost every other Sierra Nevada IPA I've had. That is to say it tasted fine but was bored with it quickly.

Beer is crimson / amber and clear with a nice tight white head of small bubbles. Some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Sierra Nevada beers smell like hops and the house yeast strain. There is no avoiding that house strain aroma.

Beer is mildly hoppy, mildly bitter, mildly mild throughout. It is an unoffensive but uninteresting beer. Nothing really happening, the hops are of the floral variety so you get this earthy feeling to the whole thing, nothing too much. I could drink this again but won't likely.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, slightly copper color with a small off-white head. Minimal retention with decent lacing.

S: Very floral (as the name implies) with some faint citrus and piney notes.

T: Very grassy and floral, faint grainy malt. The finish is very piney, more so after swallowing.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, hoppy for an English IPA.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light amber with a large, dense, white head that has great retention

S - huge floral aroma

T - sweet, a bit bready, a hint of caramel, floral, some faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent IPA. It has good flavor and decent balance. The floral hop character dominates though there is a fainter malt presence. This is solid and worth trying. It's different from some of the other SN IPA's.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Russian river glass. Darker amber color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice retention and lacing.

The aroma has more of a herbal, earthy spice to the hoppiness with a touch of citrus. There is a decent amount o biscuit, pale malts to it with a touch of caramel.

The taste shows a little more of the pale bready malts coming through. A little caramel sweetness sis there again as well. The hops are again more of a herbal spice at first but some bitter grapefruit rind comes out more towards the finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty good English version of an IPA. It came together pretty well and showed off the European hop varieties pretty well. It was a drinkable and flavorful beer, maybe not an outstanding one but a solid one overall.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had picked up a couple of Beer Camp bottles during a recent visit to The Foodery (Northern Liberties) and given that it is a slow afternoon at Chez Woody aka Abbaye de Chandler, I decided to give this one a whirl.

From the bottle: "This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole-cone hop 'flowers' with aromatic rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors."

My pour created two fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. As it fell, it left a lot of sticky lacing behind. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very citrusy, grapefruit in its intensity. This is an English IPA? I'm not buying it. Mouthfeel was medium and I really got a flowery flavor in the mouth. Interesting. Finish was mellow and semi-dry with the bitterness of the hops being tempered with malt and rose hips and petals. I am conflicted by this one because it really was not an EIPA, but it was pretty good all the same.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.