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

This is another great beer camp brew. I love this beer and hope to get some more, but unlike some of the other beer camps, this is one that is in a very crowed field. It's still good.

This ale has a great floral aroma and taste, as advertised. It looks great in the glass. It's fairly sessionable. This, like the other beer camps is highly recommended - go out and get a bunch!

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

I saw this combo 12 pack and had to try it.

A- Pours with a slight haze and a nice head. Golden amber color with a little lacing.

S- Not sure what I am looking for but the bottle says whole fllower hops and rose hips and that's what is showing up although faintly.

T- Bitterness dominates with some malt in the finish. I'm not getting anything I would call floral.

M- meduim light body, balanced carbonation.

O- SN knows what it does well and I am pleased to see them open up to experimentation. This might grow on me although the malt/hop balance is lacking for an IPA.

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Photo of ToddT
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Almost clear dark gold with a hint of brown to it, there is a fair amount of particulate suspended in this. It is topped with a medium off white head, that fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

A- Light citrus and grass notes, there is a hint of spice as well.

T- Grass notes right away balanced out with a hint of pine and citrus that are present but very subdued. Mostly clean finish with a hint of hop oil and a slight bitter final note.

M- Feels a little thin in body and decently carbonated. Clean for an IPA, not overly oily or with a build up of sweetness.

O- Average at best, nothing crazy or over the top, even the 5.9% ABV, is middle of the road for an IPA. Kind of what I would expect a home brewed IPA to taste like, nothing wrong with it but nothing to get excited about either.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at Bier Thirty on Sunday... enjoyed tonight from my slip tulip..

Short lasting white head leaves behind a nice drape of lacing... the brew is an oddly hazed golden... there are thousands of tiny particulate spots in the brew... a colloidal suspension.. they are not going anywhere..

Then nose shows a lot of very floral hoppiness.. Not getting much from the roses, but I probably don't know what I am looking for.

Flavor is a very nice standard floral IPA... crisp hoppiness that leaves no room for question.. very floral and lingers forever.. nicely dry and what little residual malt allows the hops to flourish.

Body is a little light for an IPA... but that adds to the drinkability.. If this one was a year rounder, I would buy it WAY more than Torpedo or SNPA..


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Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass, the Floral IPA shows a clear medium gold in color with a robust off white inch high cap of foam. A steady boil emanates from the base to assist with some lengthy retention and sticky lace.

Aroma is spicy/floral with a peppery hibiscus layer sitting atop a light citrus backbone, more orange than lemon in that regard. Unique yet pleasant and intriguing.

Taste has a spicy and herbal bitterness which carries through to offer a nice body and feel. Overall a solid offering with a somewhat light yet full body and a unique delivery.

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

12oz bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy goldish orange with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is floral as advertised but there is some citrus hop notes as well. Some grains. Taste is, not surprisingly, floral hops. Some malt flavor, but the flowery hops are the main attraction. Floral finish with a fair amount of bitterness. Light mouthfeel and lower ABV would make this pretty drinkable, but I feel that the flowery taste would slow things down. Overall, floral and tasty and a decent IPA.

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Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy unfiltered gold color with a thick white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass. a very nice hop trio of citrus, pine, and floral hop aroma. Heavy on the floral side. Definitely some rose oil in there. On first taste there is a strong citrus and pine hop flavor that gives way to a toasted malt, fruity ester and bitter floral hop flavor in the finish. Feel is a bit acidic and bitter in the finish. Body is light, almost thin from a low amount of carbonation. It is unique in the floral sense, and has more floral and fruit notes as it warms.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#BOTG 113! another new beer camp beer. I'll try my best to not use the description of "floral" in this review. Poured from bottle into NB tulip. Pours a semi cloudy sunset orange color. Just a little head, not much. Smell- orange peel citrus, tangerine, a little potpourri (see? I didnt say floral). Taste- astringent, assertive bitterness. Citrus tangy blast, hop oils coat the roof of my mouth. Lacks balance in the malt arena, not too surprised for the abv- there just isnt much backbone. Just a tiny bit of sweetness, but not nearly enough to make it a well balanced beer. But, I'm a hophead and I enjoy the assault of bitterness here. Mouthfeel is a little thin, probably a symptom of the backbone problem. A decent beer overall, but not my favorite IPA version.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear honey color with about an inch of frothy white head.

Mellow hoppy aroma with floral hop nose. Hints of pine and citrus in the background with a bit of honey. The pallet has a nice hoppy start and finish with citrus notes and floral undertones.

the body is light with soft carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Real enjoyable and easy drinking. Certainly unique.

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

Had this on 2012-08-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear gold with a 3-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Vegetal/dank hop floral, touch of bread and maybe a hint of fruit and perfumy sweetness. Not real strong smelling.

T - Light malt at first then a nice splash of citrus with some flowery spice and tea. Dries nicely and finishes with some tea, quite a bit of lingering citrus zest (and rose petal?) bitterness; barely cut with some fruit and a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy initially but there's some prickle on the finish.

O - While not very aromatic, the feel and taste are quite nice. I like the flavors that linger long on my tongue. Plenty going on for a lowish ABV% IPA. Glad to have had it.

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

Recently released as part of SN's 2012 "Beer Camp" craft pack.

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear deep golden-brass color with a fairly dense two-finger head with excellent retention. Epic lacing.

S - Well I hate to be obvious, but yes it does indeed smell like hop flowers. A hint of rose water as well.

T - Again like the title promises, very floral hop character forward. Fruity esters of papaya in the mid palate. Some wafer-like malts are present relegated to the background. Rose water in the finish. Strangely appealing.

M - Very light bodied, which suits the flavor components well. Medium carbonation.

O - This beer is like they took a SN Torpedo and dialed out 75% of the malt. Not really "balanced" in the traditional sense of "hops vs yeast", but the flavor elements chosen work really well together and the lightness makes it quite drinkable and refreshing. I'd drink again.

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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 flexabull
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty looking beer, pours a bright, slightly hazy gold color with a large off white head. Nice lacing too.

Aromas are nice, fruity, tropical, I mostly notice mango, and a definite green floral note.

More malty and dry than I expected. Bready, lightly spicy, with some tea leaves, cracker, and some mellow sweetness. Finish is crisp and mineral like, with faint herbal, green, and bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice, it's on the lighter side, but fits well with this beer.

Overall, an interesting beer. Not at all what I expected. It's not a beer I'd seek out, but it's refreshing, very drinkable, and pleasant.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is half-way between straw and golden. The color is nice and clear. There is a half-inch white head on top.

The aroma has some nice pine and zesty hoppiness in the aroma. The hops remind me a little like what one might find in a hoppy pilsner.

This is tasty. There is a lot of great zesty hops intertwined with light malt flavor. This has a nice crisp, slightly bitter finish. This is really good!

This has a nice light to medium mouthfeel. This is very drinkable, I wouldn't mind having another!

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Photo of ZippyThePinhead
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this and would have it again if someone else was buying.

The floral description was on the money, but I think they could have done a better job of balancing hop flavor with hop bitterness. In other words, though it was tasty, the finish/aftertaste lingered a little too long for my preference. I like a clean, quick finish in my IPAs.

I was OK with the maltiness, and the hop flavor was fine.

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Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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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.