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

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
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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Photo of TheSixthRing


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
Photo of JohnnyMc


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
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden hue tinted with a little bit of red with noticeable carbonation and two fingers of a bone-white head. VERY impressive and sticky lacing.

S: They definitely hit the nail on the head with the aroma they were probably going for. Very floral and slightly sweet. Good, but not too appetizing in my books.

T: Flowery and slightly sweet with a hint of citrus at the end. The rose additives are definitely present and add a nice kick of flavor. Sweet, but not too sweet. I get hints of lavender and lemons in this one. Pretty nice!

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. The taste doesn't linger around as much as I'd like it to though.

O: I'm really digging this one. I love floral forward beers, and this one hits the spot perfectly. I would love to see this one done in six packs (not that they will.) Another super solid beer from SN.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 03:24:04 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of BTurn5


4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-19-2012 03:06:14 | More by BTurn5
Photo of busterwhite


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

Pours a dark gold with a solid 2 finger head and a good amount of lacing.

Nose is not real strong, some citrus and malt.

Taste starts with strong grapefruit rind with a little hint of tropical fruit. Malt stands up to the hops well. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, medium and well carbonated.

Overall it is a solid IPA, reminds me a lot of Torpedo.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:48:34 | More by busterwhite
Photo of Hatzilla


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

Hazy amber pour with a one-finger head, leaving nice lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Tiny particles are suspended in the beer. Scent is floral with malty hops; pleasant. Taste is well balanced between the hops and malts, I would call this a malty IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, low to medium carbonation with a dry and somewhat bitter finish. A decent IPA which is unusual due to the floral notes. I would like to try this fresher as this 12-pack is 2 months old. Worth a try for all hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:46:46 | More by Hatzilla
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-18-2012 23:05:49 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of ArrogantB


3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the recent Beer Camp 12 pack. Amber color, good head, good lacing. Smell is indeed floral and soapy but also subdued and dis-involved. Flavor is more floral mixed with malts, might be hoppy but no way to tell since this is almost two months old and it just showed up in CO. This was the clear dud of the mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:55:41 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of kew


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-18-2012 01:29:30 | More by kew
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Fresh bottle. Yes very floral. The flavour seems more complex the more I drink it.Jasmine, pine, resin. Big head on hazy orange. Above average mouthfeel. Well executed IPA and good drinkability. Not the best IPA I have had, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 23:02:50 | More by Sammy
Photo of VelvetExtract


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

A-Slightly murky marmalade hue. A loose-wristed pour brings about a big, cotton head. Head is off-white and puffy, but it compacts itself and slowly retracts. The lacing is phenomenal.

S-Floral? Yes. Tons of clementine and soap too. Dandelion stem hoppiness. The most stressed aspect is the combination of light citrus and aromatic florals. Malt is caramel-drizzled muffin. The rose infusion is only noticeable because I read it on the label (or because I am not very good at deciphering aromatics). Still, it smells cute.

T-I keep getting Dandelion. Surprising bitterness. Malt is more cereal on the tongue than dough or bread. I actually do detect some rose, which is really cool. Citrus isn't as stressed here. Very floral, but it doesn't dip into the realm of perfumey (which for me is intense flowery concentration). Maybe even some green onion. I enjoy this a bunch.

M-Moderate carbonation intensity. A bit resinous. Surprising bitterness. Maybe I detect some alcohol. This beer secretly packs more punch than one would expect.

O/D-Second one of this new Beer Camp mixed 12. Again, I am extremely happy with the result. Floral IPA? Yessir, this is an apt name. No gimmicks here, just great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:55:22 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of stephenjmoore


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

A- Very hazy golden/amber color with tons of floaters. Sticky off-white head that leaves lacing.

S- Somewhat of a piney hop aroma mixed in with floral notes. Neither dominate, but they do not exactly make a great nose.

T- Piney hops come through the most, along with some herb-like flavors. Aftertaste is pretty pleasant.

M- Pretty heavy mouthfeel, especially for the style. High carbonation level.

O- Not a bad beer, but does not stand out from the many IPAs. I can imagine it would take a significant amount of flower hips and petals to come through.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:39:36 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of raynmoon


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up in the Bay Area. It's about time. It is about 2 months old, so not the freshest, oh well.

It looks really nice, a nice deep golden orange, crystal clear with an off white head. Kind of looks like Torpedo. The bubbles on the head look kinda weird ha.

It smells like torpedo as well. It has a nice tangerine sweetness, and some astringent hop esters and bready carmel like malt. Not the strongest of scents.

Upon the first sip I mostly get a light mouthfeel, a dry bitterness the rolls across the tongue and a nice bready malt feel in the back. Hmmm, I do taste a little bit of the tangerine notes, but it is very light. Not the best.

This tastes like a Diet Torpedo, good, very drinkable, but nothing I'd buy again really.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 21:52:28 | More by raynmoon
Photo of nkp765


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-17-2012 19:25:03 | More by nkp765
Photo of mwayne

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-17-2012 14:49:04 | More by mwayne
Photo of argock


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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottling date 2171 stamped/lasered on bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Burnished copper with big-bubbled 2-3 finger off-white head with average retention and random lace patterns.

S: Fairly average aroma with bready malts and floral (duh) and herbal, orange blossom aroma..

T: Firm bitterness with herbal, honeysuckle flavor with grapefruit-lemon-orange citrus hoppiness. Malts are crackery and slightly bready with a light caramel touch.

M: Sticky, tacky mouthfeel with even carbonation and light-medium body.

O: Not a bad beer but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:47:21 | More by argock
Photo of sunkistxsudafed

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a slightly hazy golden amber with a fair amount of head. nothing out of the ordinary.

S- slight biscuit malts bust predominately floral hops (go figure) and a little bit of sweetness. A sweetness reminecent of garden variety clove honey.

T- opens with hop bitterness and bready malts. Spicy hops. this is as dry as Torpedo but without the IBU or ABV. The rose hips and pedals are definately in the finish.

M- pretty dry for an IPA, but not too dry. A good amount of carbonation. very simlar mouthfeel to Torpedo.

O- this is a good beer, as expected from this brewery; but still the weakest in this variety pack.. I haven't had the stout yet, but my guess is that it will steal the show.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 00:51:14 | More by sunkistxsudafed
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-16-2012 10:15:07 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
Photo of TasteTester


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-16-2012 03:20:23 | More by TasteTester
Photo of schoolboy


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:33:13 | More by schoolboy
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 00:00:17 | More by mschind
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:25:54 | More by ToddT
Photo of Lantern

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-15-2012 21:27:00 | More by Lantern
Photo of Nickfellow007

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-15-2012 16:00:35 | More by Nickfellow007
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-15-2012 01:41:55 | More by Daniellobo
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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