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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper with a thick, white head. Lacing is minimal, which is kind of surprising given the huge and overall pretty sustainable head. The nose is full of fruit and citrus - I'm actually picking up hints of Fruity Pebbles. Bits of pine and resin in the back of the nose to bring it all together. The taste is full of hops up front, pines, resiny oils, and a big push of citrus coming up the back end - grapefruit and pineapple are the most noticeable. As the beers mellows in the mouth, the malt backbone comes alive with a slight biscuity taste. A touch of sweetness and a lot of bitterness finish off the aftertaste. The beer has a medium, sticky body with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. Not amazing, not great, but good. I probably won't go out of my way to get this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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

A: Pours a mildly hazy orange-amber color. The medium-sized head is off-white, with a moderately thick, frothy texture. Retention is sturdy but not exceptional. A solid spackling of lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Pretty nice IPA aroma. Aggressive floral and citric notes, with some secondary resiny/perfumey character. The malt background is fairly subdued in the nose, with mild hints of caramel and sugar cookie. It doesn't smell too out of the ordinary for an American IPA, but it does seem a bit more florally fragrant than many others.

T: Fairly unobtrusive malt presence. Little sweetness up front. Muted caramel flavor. Hop bitterness is strong and long lasting. Hop flavors are prominently floral and citric, with fruity and resiny notes. There's a second kick of floral bite into the lasting finish - rose hips and petals at work?

M: Somewhat full-bodied. Carbonation is fairly perky. A big, building wave of bitter dryness dominates the palate here. Definitely a bit astringent.

D: This is a nice IPA from a brewery that seems to brew good IPAs in its sleep. Compared to many of Sierra Nevada's others, this isn't my favorite, but it's still a good offering.

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Photo of hdofu
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without a doubt my brothers favorite out of this seasons best of beer camp (I didn't even get a bottle out of the last case I picked up). The smell is strong of hopps, pine cones and citrus. This beer has a very interesting taste, floral description isn't just a name, it tastes floraly, which goes very well with the hoppy character of the beer. Its crispy, maybe almost a bit thick. It is a very drinkable ipa.

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

The bottle was part of the newest Sierra Nevada Beer Camp variety case.

Poured and sampled from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a hazy, amber/orange color. A frothy, one finger head on the initial pour. Decent lacing left on the glass after finishing.

S - A different type of IPA aroma. The normal hoppy, citrus, and pine aromas are there but they are mixed with a perfume/flowery-like smell as well.

T - A classic IPA that has a distinct perfume taste that really pokes through. It takes some getting used too but it kind of grows on you. It has a slightly bitter tanginess and a dry finish. The ABV is not noticeable.

M - A lighter consistency with lots of carbonation.

O - A beer that I enjoyed but I'm not quite sure it's one I'd drink all the time. The perfume-like taste is somewhat different and takes some getting used to. Overall though, I have to give kudos to SN for giving us something different than just another IPA.


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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 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.

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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 shand
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Camp Floral IPA pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of head. The aroma is excellent, it's got a nice balance of citrus and floral hop flavors over some sweet caramel malts. The taste loses the citrus in favor of a more herbal flavor to go with the floral flavors. It's light and delicate, which works well with the very floral hops. It's subtle, but with depth of flavor. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, with an oily middle. The drinkability is very good. Beer Camp Floral IPA is a great IPA that really brings the floral aspects to the forefront.

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

Pours a cloudy amber, with a thick and full head. Stunning and delicate lace-work.

Nose is fruity, floral, and citrusy. Awesome and unique.

Taste is like a bitter grapefruit up front, followed by a softening mellow rush of soft herbal notes. Finishes with a mild citrus hops touch. A highly enjoyable and subtle IPA, and one I'd like to re-visit.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Two fingers of thick foam, off-white in color. Goes to a wisp of a head with some lacing, but not much. Body is amber filled wit yeast suspension and a column of carbonation rising in the center.

Aroma is mild with citrus and hops. I detected no floral.

Taste hits with hops, which quickly mellows out. Some citrus, but still no floral until the end where there is a touch of lavender.

Mouthfeel begins with tartness, which goes to malt. The palate clears too early for me.

Overall a decent IPA. This is my 3rd of 4 in this series, I was far more upbeat with the others. I expected some floral nose and flavor up front. I can't say that Sierra missed the boat with this brew, but they didn't get as much on board as promised.

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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 bmwats
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a blanket of foam and a beer ring. Nice beer ring lacing remains.

S: Hops, rose, lavender, toffee, and a little orange citrus.

T: Medium hop bite... not much else.

D: Hoppy, lingering bite. Feels very shallow and washed-out, and something like sucking on a penny in the finish.

M: Sipping brew, especially due to the off-putting finish.

Atmosphere is great. Nice hue, and foamy head; with some strong lacing. Nose is very full floral and fruity components. Flavor is very basic with a slight hop, and not much else. Not so great in the finish. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a murky golden-transitioning-into-brown with a nice big fluffy white head that stick around and leaves gobs of sticky lacing patching up the sides of the glass like milk foam in a latte. The body of the beer is very murky and pretty much opaque, only allowing enough light through to establish its “muddy water” color. The beer smells nicely hoppy with a solid malt body to it. The hops are reminiscent of grapefruit, mango, and citrus with slight pine notes, while the malt is light and caramelly. The real oddity of this smell is of course the vegetal spice that comes (presumably) from the rose hips and petals that were added to the brew, and they add a great little kick that borders on onion but never really passes into that zone, giving the beer a nice savory tinge. The beer tastes solidly like an English IPA, with some slight slipping towards an American Pale Ale. The flavors are rich with bitter grapefruit, though the bitter stands out more than the fruit, and the rose characters play subtly but interestingly with the tongue, giving hints of vegetal and lavender flavors, alongside other different herbal notes that I cannot place. The malt body of the beer tastes bready and sweet, but like a good APA or IPA, that malt is side seat to the hops. The beer begins as light citrus, moving through grapefruit into the savory middle flavoring coming from the herbal rose petals and the light malt, before the beer finishes with a bitter grapefruit with only bits and pieces of the herbal rose petals periodically touching the tongue. Mouthfeel is clean, medium bodied bordering on thin, and slightly effervescent, leaving the tongue slightly dry and the mouth very bitter. Overall, I’m not really sure to say about this beer. It is a nice bitter sipper that feels more like a hop-forward APA to me than an English IPA. It does have the good bitter resonance of an IPA, but the bitterness and flavoring remind me more of an APA. This is a very drinkable brew, and would be lovely to knock back in the late summer, and the rose petals do work in weird ways to provide herbal notes throughout the taste, but really it was not that enticing to me. A cool experiment with some nice tastes, but I probably won’t revisit this beer.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Body is hazy coppery-amber with a small off-white head. A couple splotches of lace.

S: Nice nose - citrusy and florally hops over caramel malt.

T: Florally hops - I don't really think I'm noting rose petals or rose hips or whatever part of the rose that's been added to this IPA, but rather seem to be getting the floral notes straight from the hops. Maybe that's the brewers' trick with this beer: convincing the drinker that he (or she) isn't getting the flavor from the ingredients from which it came. Crackery malt foundation. Some ctirus. Finishes with lemony bitterness.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is active, but finely prickly.

O: Good. I wouldn't qualify this as an English IPA, however - it's American through and through.

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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.