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

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84
good

540 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
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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Ratings: 540 | Reviews: 216
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 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!

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Some moderate lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: caramel, floral tones, and some orange citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bready malt, orange, and a floral hop bitterness are most notable. The flavors are balanced and not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is rather short lived here.

Overall: a very easy to drink IPA, but not as bitter as some other beers made by SN. Well worth a try.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

Pours hazed, lighter amber. Nice frothy off white head. Leaves ample scattered lacing.

Pungent nose of resin infused hops and yes flowery notes.

Tasty, quite fresh and enjoyable IPA. More fresh tasting hops, pleasing on the palate. Hop resins blending nicely with more soft and lightly spicy hops. A sweat, flowery note in the finish. Nice...worth a try

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.

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

A bottle into a Sierra Nevada Snifter

Floral IPA has some haze to itself, there is some sediment seen floating around the yellowish golden glow of liquid with a nice cap on top of retaining white stuff, no cling. Smell is bright with not overly assertive tropic hops like most. Some earthy essense with pale malt backing. Yes, the nose comes off floral like, quite pleasant. Not an overly hopped IPA, floral IPA is a step down from the bittering bombs out there. Reminds me of something brewed with pearle hops. A small citrus bite in the middle backed by pale malt. The body is nice and light and the bitterness is low, the floral aspect shines in the end. I would not mind having a few more of these.

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.

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

Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 5.90 %

LOOK: Copper colored brew with a slight off white head and lacing.

SMELL: Piney, floral hop notes, some citrus, caramels and herbs round out the nose.

TASTE: Mild citrus, tangerine, and caramel. Nice resinous bitterness, and leafy hops leave a strong taste in the beer. Some bready, caramel like notes try to balance an onslaught of earthy, bitter hops with some citrus.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, drying hop bite.

OVERALL: A pretty solid IPA from the beer camp series. Alot of floral notes and complimentary bitterness makes for an easy drinker for those fond of hops.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting take on the style, and one that largely works because the bitterness is preserved and it's not too sweet. The flowers add an interesting dimension, while preserving the character of an IPA. Pours a golden amber with a somewhat thin head that sticks around. Quite floral in the nose with a pronounced rose aroma as well as an herbal bitterness and tannic notes. The taste has nice bitterness- both from the hops and some of the additives, with very nice herbal, citrus, and especially tea-like flavors. Quite tannic and bitter, and that pleases the hophead in me even if the route there is a bit different.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured caramel, light butterscotch and a moderate piney hop.

The taste was herbal and piney with light grainy malts.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty and spicy hoppy ale.

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