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

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Ratings: 541
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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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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???

Photo of Mojo
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip

This beer pours up a very hazy apricot with a lot of sediment floating around. There is a fairly big fluffy head, decent retention, and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is mostly pine. Taste is a sweet toffee and caramel, and malt upfront followed by a big spicy hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is full with a decent amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but there are better IPAs out there.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A light golden hue, with 1 finger of head and some sticky lace. What sticks out here is the huge amount of sediment floating around in the glass. Extremely unfiltered!

S - Nice citrus aroma, like the name. Some nice malt character as well.

T - Very smooth and well balanced between the citrus and bitter hops. Doesn't have a bite, like I enjoy in a good IPA. Needs a more distinct taste. Not bad at all though.

M - Light to medium bodied, with some oily aftertaste

O - A slightly above average IPA. Definitely enjoyable, but not one to pick up again.

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.

Photo of dgilks
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the tiny yet numerous pieces of sediment hanging out out in all twelve ounces. Sediment ridden copper color looks great beneath the thick film of foam atop this brew. Great lacing too.

Sweet, fruity floral hop aromas with a splash of toasted bread crust.

The upfront bitterness is mostly bitter flora with toasty and biscuity malts slowly rising in the back of the palate. The overall flavor is pretty bitter, floral, nottes of toasted orange peel. The palate is a little resiny. This is pretty hoppy and of course floral tasting. I don't think this should be categorized as a English IPA though.

Photo of t420o
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SN Beer Camp Floral IPA

A- pour produces a 2 finger off white head with good retention resting on a deep gold body. Some fine sediment floating around. Decent lacing. Looks good. 4

S- the floral hop smell is pretty nice along with some biscuty malt. 3.5

T- very floral and almost too much so with a biscuty malt balance and a bitter finish. Not too much going on here. 3

M- very good mouthfeel. Great medium body, perfect carbonation level. 4

O- it's good, but definitely nothing amazing. I dont think I'd have it again beyond the other 2 in the 12-pack 3.5

Low B

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, hoppy and grapefruit notes along with caramel underneath. Big plain hoppy notes.
Some green, floral hops as flavours too but not particularly interesting. Also some clean malt. Finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Mikkeller tulip.

Dullish golden orange appearance. Nice white foam on top that hangs around before sitting at a level just above film. On the way down it leaves a bit of wavy lacing.

Smell has a bit of the rose hips early. Then it turns into plenty of grapefruit and this is the smell that really lingers on.

Taste has more of the grapefruit with a bit of a floral twist to it. Does seem to lack a bit of balance and tastes a little astringent.

Can get a bit harsh in an aspirin sort of way. Not what i'm used to from Sierra Nevada. Hampers the drinkability a great deal.

Always fun seeing what comes out with the Beer Camp series. A great initiative. Though this beer is one i wouldn't get too excited about seeing again.

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a brownish hue. The off-white head is small yet dense leaves a small but nice wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma does not scream of fresh hop but I do have an aged sample. I get more candied tropical fruit notes with some light grapefruit. Not much from the malt.

The flavor is mostly hop. It has kind of a dying grapefruit and apricot hop flavor which actually tastles like a sweetened iced tea. I kind of like it. The malt provides a non-descript yet deep bready flavor.

The feel is moderate and satisfying. Sweet yet balanced with a hoppy bitter finish.

A fresh hop brew past its prime unfortunately. Still some nice flavors but doesn't have that hop pop.

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

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 3$

Appearance – Hazy dark copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, herbal/floral notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and oranges mixed herbal/floral notes. It has a lingering floral/citrus zest like pungency on the palate. It ends with a sweet fruity aftertaste with lingering floral/citrus zest/hop bitterness.

Overall – An interesting beer that is well worth trying. Doesn't strike me as a English IPA; it has shakes of their pale ale and torpedo but with the added floral/perfume notes. It's a very good beer that I would gladly drink again, rarely does sierna nevada disappoint me.

Photo of danieelol
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light golden with good head/lacing.

Smell is pretty convincing. Nice notes of rose and its creamy vanilla scent, alongside some standard beery hops/malt/yeast notes typical of the SN profile.

Taste is similar, but gets more of the perfunctory elements of the aroma.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between sweet, hoppy and malty.

Overall a nice beer and honestly a really great idea.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"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."

I purchased this beer as a single taken from the Beer Camp twelve camp. Used the ol' asthma inhaler to pop the top off this baby and was greeted with hops. Listed on this site as an English Pale Ale, this is about as English as the Yora Tribe of the Amazon. Although this one is called "Floral" IPA, I smell a lilttle more of a citrusy style of hops with the floral "rose hips" in the background. The beer is a deep orange amber in color and is topped with a massive white head. My serving temperature is not super cold so I think some of the carbonation is expressing its displeasure because this one is topped with a three finger sized, light and frothy head typical of warmer serving temperatures.

As mentioned, aroma is citrusy and floral with a good bit of caramel notes.

Quite bitter on the palatte, which I love. A lot of IPA's say they are IPA's but are APA's doppelganging (yes, I made that up) as IPA's. This one is bitter and fruity and floral and delicious. There is some balance but the hop bitterness steals the show. I really dig it.

I refuse to acknowledge this as an English Pale Ale; all of these style are dubious at best these days anyway. As far as pale ales and India pale ales go, Sierra Nevada knows what the hell they are doing. I will just about drink any of their pale ale styles without question, and I will almost always be greeted with quality, flavor, and affordability. One of my favorite breweries and this is a nice beer.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean amber pour with half inch of head (off-white)
sweet citrus scents, flowers, grass, caramel and pine.
flavor is piny up front with a burnt caramel earthy followup. grapefruit citrus finish.
medium body, moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. doesn't feel like an ipa.

very sweet unlike torpedo, and on the light side unlike hoptimum. a nicely balanced ipa which could be a nice year rounder.

Photo of GilGarp
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Floral IPA is a hazy amber color with suspended particles. The head is short and settles quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is herbal and floral but similar to other Sierra Nevada beers, especially Celebration.

Flavor is balanced but bitter. It has IPA qualities but still has a good residual sweetness. It has the same floral hop elements as the aroma but doesn't have the herbal, more the spice.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a good IPA but not one I would buy in six pack.

Photo of blackcompg
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle from their sampler pack...

Appearance - Pours a solid 2 fingers of lite golden foam, body is a slightly opaque warm lite orange amber, leaves sudsy lacing, a vey nice looking ipa.

Smell - Huge floral hops smell, flower petals, pollen, clover, lavender, citrus, grapefruit pith, a touch of tropical fruit, and a slight sweetness like smelling fresh honey comb.

Taste - Really big floral hops right up front, rosewater, lavender, meadowy hops and assorted flower petals. Right there are really nice and somewhat dry bready malts, Im also getting a touch of tropical fruit at the very center, like mango and papaya, but not sweet, more of an essence. The finish dries very nicely to dried flowers and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - This beer is the lighter side of medium with a medium nearly foaming carb that develops a few edges at the sides of the tongue. Otherwise the beer is very smooth and infinitely drinkable.

Overall - Probably the most floral ipa I've ever had, very interesting, and maybe just a bit one sided, but can't be faulted - it is called Floral IPA - still a very flavorful and satisfying ipa. If you like floral hops you're really going to enjoy this one.

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into one of my pint glasses out of the bottle. This beer pours a clear medium gold color with a white head about 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some spotty foam dotting the surface. Decent lacing on the inside of the glass. Herbal, earthy, spicey, citrus hop aroma upfront followed my a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Nice, herbal earthy, spicey, citrus hop flavor upfront. The bitterness is somewhat subdued, which allowed me to take time to really enjoy the other aspects of the different hop flavors going on here. Nicely done! Certainly less straight up hop bitterness than a lot of other beers I've bad from Sierra Nevada. Taste is rounded out with nice hints of caramel malt sweetness on the back of the palate. Has a very smooth, slightly crisp, oily/sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. This one really coats the inside of your mouth nicely and the aftertaste lingers for awhile. Very easy to drink in the way good beer should be. A very enjoyable beer that is certainly worth a try!

Eric

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.

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

From the latest Beer Camp series.

A -- Pours a clear, deep orange to peach color with a dense, light tan head that holds up throughout the duration. Subsequent pours from the bottle yield some torpedoed floaters from the hops and rose petals.

S -- Piny and spicy hops up front, vaguest floweriness in the follow-through.

T -- Spicy hops up front with a good Marris Otter-style malt backbone. There's a definite floral character to the flavor, but it blends well with piny and spicy hops and compliments the good bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

M -- Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a medium body and crisp finish.

O -- A very nice IPA that comes off a little less bold, but no less characterful and hoppy than some others. I think the slightly lower ABV allows the characters of hops and malts to stand out without being overpowered by higher alcohol.

Photo of dfillius
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. Three fingers of rocky, off white head stick to the sides of the glass.

S - I get some citrus, mainly fresh grapefruit. There is a solid malt presence, as well. I expected a bouquet of flowers.

T - I get an iron and skunk taste. There is also a lot of malt.

M - Medium

O - It just has a weird off taste to it.

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.

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