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

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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-22-2012 20:14:31 | More by Chugs13
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-22-2012 14:56:22 | More by JohnBender
Photo of Googs

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-22-2012 06:07:09 | More by Googs
Photo of vicsju1991


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass
A- opaqe amber colour, nice one inch white head, stays for a bit
S - very fruity, lemon, orange, grapefruit
T - super fruity taste, solid malt backbone
M - creamy and great
O - my first beer camp sierra nevada, very good beer, did not dissapoint

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:28:10 | More by vicsju1991
Photo of alpinebryant


3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light clear caramel color with a very strong head. And very heavy lacing and spiderwebs everywhere

S: aroma is somewhat underwhelming with a very earthy dirt like mixture and fresh hops mixing with pale malts. It smells like mostly bittering hops and a bit of caramel 120 malt

T: After a not so stellar aroma, I was surprised by the floral aroma. I missed and did not have time to read about the rose hips before tasting the and when I did, it was a pleasant surprise. Very happy to have tried this and by far the most rose hip forward of any beer I have tried to date.

M: medium body with a healthy carbonation

O: overall a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace from a plain jane floral ipa. Interestingly enough I picked up a hops n roses from Captain Lawrence today as well which I will test out tomorrow for another rose hip beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:26:42 | More by alpinebryant
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West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, almost closer to a rye then a ipa. Thick foamy 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Well yea, as expected, very floral, lots of pineapple, grapes, orange, you know, all the main ipa aroma of fruits. Sweet sugars, and a even some malts.

Taste - Got the floral fruits but much more malt profile then the smell lead me to believe. Has a dank, bitter hop flavor, much like a wet hop. Some sweet yeasty notes that add sugary sweetness. Some spices with a pepper flavor round this out.

Mouthfeel - Fairly bitter for the tounge and palate. Malts do come in to mellow things out some. No alcohol to speak of.

Overall - Pretty good, just nothing to set this apart from the rest. Plenty enough flavor for being just under 6%, gives this a session feel. Work a drink, espically in the beer camp 12-pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 01:05:38 | More by wvsabbath
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New York

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear golden rod color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles which work their way up to the fluffy off white head which lingers beautifully and has an awesome texture to it with large bubbles and a creamy appearance, leaves a very good amount of lacing
S: nice hop aroma with a very flowery note to it (surprise), i also notice the rose hips mentioned on the label up front in the nose
T: a nice earthy hop note is the most notable of the flavors, starts right up front and develops throughout, lingering bitterness afterwards, also, just before the sip i caught an odd burnt note, not sure from what and im not going to take it into consideration for the numerical rating, just curious
M: smooth throughout, gentle carbonation, leaves the mouth distinctly dry, pretty nice balance for the style
O: not the best IPA ive ever had but i do like the use of the earthy hop notes and bitterness

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:47:18 | More by BigPlay1824
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 18, 2012 (picked it up in the 2012 Beer Camp 12-pack for $19.99 at La Mesa BevMo on Aug. 18, 2012). Poured a honey, caramel, orange with two fingers of frothy, thick, pillowy, white head. Good retention all around on the way down.

Smelled citrus hops - lime, lemon, wet, cascade - and sweet, floral hops.

Tasted similar to the nose. Sweet floral hops comes through first, followed by pine cones and lemon-lime citrus hops.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Got much better as the beer went on.

This beer really grew on me. I’d try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 07:43:55 | More by BucannonXC5
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2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - A fairly translucent amber/copper hue with a nice sized off-white head. Big bubbles throughout this one. A bit bland looking overall.

S - I can only detect some floral hops but nothing else. This would be except able if there was any degree of potency here, yet there is none.

T - Just a touch of malts here; a touch. Floral hops are here in abundance, as advertised. As with the nose there is little else going on. The hops are crisp and enjoyable but this beer is too bland and simple for my taste.

M - A bit thin and lacking any real backbone to hold onto the hops. The carbonation was where it needed to be but nothing really great here either.

O - This is just a bitterly average IPA. It does not hurt to consume but certainly does not bring anything new to the table. I expected more from this brewery. Will not consume again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 06:49:01 | More by mscudder
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. From the 2012 beer camp pack.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little residual lacing. Pours a hazy copper-ish orange and leaves arches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Floral (as advertised, but low impact), with greenhouse pungency and pine. The latter dominates the floral, but it also smells very good. Some bready malt in the background. Slight lemony note. Mostly a Torpedo-like pungency and pine.

Taste: Still pungent and piny up front, with some nice floral notes coming up early and through the middle, leading to a hit of mild hop bitterness and really dry finish. Indistinct malt flavors are detectable but not playing much of a role (they're a little sweet, a little toasted-like).

Floral character grows with time... this tastes like a play on Torpedo, with the citrus dialed back and replaced by intriguing floral notes. It works.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Just a touch on the high side of moderate carbonation. Passable but bordering on forgettable, except that the nice, really dry finish bumps it up to 4.0. Love my IPAs to be bone dry like this.

Overall: Solid IPA. Really drinks like a play on Torpedo, and an intelligent one.

Pairing note: pairing this with roasted peppers and BBQ sauce, a real undercooked bread flavor came out in the beer, which I actually quite enjoyed. The hops are bold enough to hang with the slightly spicy BBQ sauce and bold, usually beer-destroying taste of peppers, and they work well with the yeasty bread flavor. In other words, holds up pretty well to food. Probably a decent BBQ beer (the whole pack works for a BBQ; just save the oatmeal stout for the latter half of the day).

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 05:28:35 | More by Pahn
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-21-2012 02:13:41 | More by Hessian257
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass

A: Mostly clear amber hued orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head. Lacing is spotty but existent and consistent.

S: lots of floral hops as the name would suggest. Reminds me of flower power but a touch less potent. Malt is relatively subdued.

T: Brings similar flavors to the nose. Lots of floral hops yet again with a touch of pine hops - Malt is subdues here as well.

M: Pretty thin. Amply carbonated. Definitely the low light of the beer

O: Should. Easy drinker. Good all around IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:55:12 | More by suspect
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3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear orange with a one finger white head. Pretty basic looking IPA.

S- Very hoppy aroma. There is a lot of citrus and pine and this beer smells very much so like some mary jane. Very dank and resinous hop profile.

T- Moderate bitterness up front. Followed by that unique hop profile. There is a lot of pine in here. There is a bright citrus note that has pineapple, mango, lemon. A skunky smelling IPA and I mean that in a smells like weed kind of way. Malt backbone is fairly plain but allows the hops to do their thing.

M- Slightly bitter. Not too dry but quite refreshing. Flowery and pleasant aftertaste. Easy drinking and really pleasant.

O- Nice take on an IPA, its very simple but well done. I would love too see more IPA's with this hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:18:30 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-21-2012 01:12:31 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-21-2012 00:48:33 | More by jenray
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

08-20-2012 14:26:22 | More by jriggins6
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. A little bit of sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: The aroma lives up to the advertising, with a very flowery quality, as well as some hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a medium amount - not too much), a little malt, and the aforementioned floral quality. A very focused, easy to drink flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made beer. Not overly original, but definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 14:11:04 | More by avalon07
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4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with floral, pine, grassy, and a bit of tropical hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some floral and light grapefruit hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, more floral hops come through with some pine and grassy hops with some more bitterness and some biscuity and bready malts. The finish is a mix of floral and piney hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice floral IPA profile with good bitterness and balance throughout.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 05:38:21 | More by ngeunit1
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. One finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of orange. Flavor is dominated by citrus hops with light bready malt and grapefruit, finishing with citrus and hops. Could use a bit more malt to back up the hops, but fairly well balanced. Hops flavor is hidden a bit by the citrus flavors, but are somewhat floral and herbal. An interesting take on an American IPA. Light to medium bodied. Enjoyable but a bit unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 04:53:08 | More by LiquidAmber
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-20-2012 03:24:16 | More by JAHMUR
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1.83/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nice amber ale with a solid sheet of light tannish foam. Nose is dank - this is something I would expect from the likes of Lagunitas, not SN. This is onion, weed, body odor, and waaay deep in there a hint of orange concentrate. Not impressed. Flavor is quite bitter with some woody character and then some more onion - people describe the onion in some beers, and I rarely get it, but here it's just vile. Medium bodied with moderated carb. I'm not happy with this at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 02:10:48 | More by harrymel
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Green Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2171218:59 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Floral aroma with tons of malt in the backbone. Light and just like the name of the beer states.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quick. Has a deep reddish copper body with almost no clarity. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Very easy hop flavor... Citrus comes up a tab but very floral. Can you imagine it having floral attributes? Malt is sweet in here too. Light-Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Sweet hops on the finish and good malt.

Overall Impression- A very lightly hopped up beer on this "Beer Camp" Series, my second one enjoying. Interesting that even Sierra Nevada changes up their recipe for this style of beer. Above average but wouldn't return to this one over any of the other Sierra Nevada beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:16:17 | More by DCon
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the Beer Camp twelve-pack on 8-4-12 from Total Wine for $18.99. Bottled on June 19.

Beer poured golden orange with a fluffy white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral hops and bread.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and bread. It follows the style but takes it too far.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall this is not a bad beer and worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 23:42:21 | More by arizcards
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 05:18:51 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Sierra Nevada Beer Camp offering!

Pours out a nice shade of orange with yellow hues and 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is slightly citrus hops along with piney notes and a slight sweetness from the malt.

The taste is a blend of citrusy hops combined with piney hops and a slight lemon zest. The bitterness is pretty even and there is a slight bready element from the malt. There is this "floral" characteristic overall that tastes almost like roses.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a nice dry aftertaste.

Very easy to drink and an almost herbal take on a traditional IPA. Pretty interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:48:58 | More by JohnnyMc
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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