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

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539 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light copper with two fingers of head that dissipate rather quickly. There some slight hoppiness in the nose and there are also floral notes, much like its name advertises. Hop spice is certainly present throughout, but it is not over-the-top hoppiness like most American IPAs. In fact this offering is more like the traditional IPA than most American versions (not that the American versions are not excellent).

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden honey with a near 2 finger head. Great retention. resulting in a lace that's thin but consistent and sticky.

Smell - Hops are pungently floral on the nose, backed by bready malt notes.

Taste - Big floral hops from start to finish; notes of honeysuckle and rose. Subtle malts back up the hop dominant profile to provide a touch of balance. Finishes slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a solid amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - When they named this beer, they weren't kidding. Near overbearing floral character. A good, solid effort.

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

A- pours hazy dark golden color with an orange hue and an impressive fluffy white head that reduces to a solid layer, producing good lace.

S- piney hops with floral accents, a bit of grapefruit juice, and a hint of sweet malt. Also picking up a strange sulphur-like well water smell, almost musty.

T- bitter floral and piney hops, a bit of a malt backbone, finishes very bitter and somewhat dry with a bit of wheaty malt

M- medium body, light carbonation, finishes a bit watery but creamy.

O- definite emphasis on the floral, however it seems just a bit unbalanced. Still worth trying, but wouldn't go for it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of match1112
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. golden amber body, thin tan head that settles quickly, noticable amount of floaties in the beer. smell is very floral, more like a herb spice beer than an ipa. taste is also floral with a small hint of hops. mouthfeel seems a little thin and carbonation seems to lack. there is a dry finish to it. overall this is pretty average for an ipa and almost sub-par for a sierra nevada ipa.

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger off-white head with good retention. Cloudy with floaties. Orange-gold liquid. Why the floaties?
S: Herbal, piney, orange, sulfurous allium. Rich hop aroma. Very nice. Sulfurous smell increases with warmth. Not floral per se. Pleasant, well blended.
T: Bitter pine up front with grapefruit pucker at the end. Some sweet onion, some tangerine. Hop dominant with slight malt. Bready in a whole wheat kind of way. A tad soapy in the finish. On the hoppier side of IPAs.
M: Drying but slightly expectorant. Quite bitter, especially in the finish. Full finish is even a bit chewy! Slight warmth is pleasant.
O: Very good. I'd order another. I wish there was more than 1 left from the mix 12. I might buy again. A bit too dry, but nicely hoppy.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I’d expect in Sierra Nevada’s beer camp: a beer that’s focusing solely on floral hop tastes and aromas. Again, I’m looking forward to one tasty brew.

A: Hazy apple cider brown body, fizzy off-white head; the body seems thick, but the head makes it look thin and light. It’s an appearance quite unlike Sierra Nevada’s other IPAs, especially seeing the lack of retention and minimal strings of lacing.

S: Begins and ends with a sweet dose of floral hoppiness: lemon verbena, orange, rose water, citrus peel, lime, and a skunky dandelion scent. Definitely flowery, but not in a bold, mouthwatering way. Pale and caramel malts give it all a biscuity backdrop, with rye and light grain aftereffects; they don’t take too much attention away from the hops, but these malts are solid.

T: It’s all about those flowery, bitter hops, and I’m certainly alright with that – they tastes like they’re right out of a saison, showing pepper, lemon, mandarin, and light herbs. I love those distinct, almost sweet hop flavors, but there’s still that Sierra Nevada dank overtone; almost tastes wet-hopped. After the crack of bitters comes the swell of biscuity malts, with the smooth, slightly nutty toffee tastes of all things British mixed lightly with American caramel. There’s something to say about the balance of this beer: hoppy through and through, but never too much. Finishes pretty dry, tastes of tart fruit and dank hops hanging on.

M: Middle-of-the-road body with a good amount of carbonation. Goes well with the palate, though it can be a little thin at times.

O: These guys did the floral taste right – not necessarily the nose, but the palate is great. I’d buy this in a six-pack if it were a seasonal. A drinkable version of a lemony, hop-forward IPA.

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

Poured up on tap at my job at Black Sheep for freee. Pours a nice golden amber color,the great smells of flowers and minor hops. I taste honey, floral hops, perhaps cascade, nice sweet malts. Tasty. Light bodied, easy drinkin. Nice mediocre carbo. I dig it. I shall have another

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunkissed golden color with a tight, white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of floral and piny hops.

Tastes of the hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with the floral and grassy notes along with some pine resin. Not overly bitter. Malts come in with bread notes along with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA that I find quite enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.