Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.61/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A- Golden copper body with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lace.
A- Flowery, piney, and citrus hops dominate with a sweet malt. Light spiciness.
T- Sweet and spicy, but somewhat lacking and dry in body in style with west coast IPAs. Bitterness throughout, but a somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste.
M- Medium-light body. The carbonation and the light malt dryness is somewhat unpleasant.
D- Pretty good in aroma, but I'm not fond of the west coast malt style of IPAs.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 07:43:50 | More by gpogo
3.84/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
"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 Camp #53 2012. Available as part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Variety Pack 2012 and on tap at particular locations. Brewed in the style of an English India Pale Ale.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 47º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a light frothy cream white head over a mild hazy copper amber body with plenty of sediment. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. Decent appearance overall. 3.75
(Smell) Smells very much like a piney IPA with floral hops forward as well as some mild acidic bitterness. Malt base is a mild, clean light crystal malt and perhaps a touch of spicy rye. Balance is slightly bitter. There's nothing too unordinary about the aroma- everything I can pick up on is something I've discerned before. The aroma is decent although a touch more sweetness and a hair more body could have rounded out the balance. The aroma is enjoyable but not particularly unique. 3.5
(Taste) Mild toasted English-style bready malt body forward paired with a piney, resinous hop blend makes for a finish that is very peppery and slightly spicy with a high bitterness. The hop character largely dominates the flavor, although I could certainly locate some vegetal notes of potential rose hips or petals in this beer, they'd be mostly hidden by the sharp bitterness and flavor of this hops. Despite a prevailing bitterness and spicy hop character, the malty body is actually quite deep in this beer and the balance is nice. Despite being hop-forward, the bitterness grows on you with time and doesn't wear out the palate. It's surprisingly drinkable and considerably enjoyable as well. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Peppery, bready hop bitter finish. Medium-low carbonation does alright by this beer and is appropriate for being an English style. Some evident pulpiness and perhaps even some sliminess is a bit strange for the style aside from the inclusion of unique additives, is not particularly enjoyable. A good pairing, aside from some odd textures, the carbonation is spot-on. 3.25
(Overall) Another pretty solid Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beer, I liked the resinous, spicy pine hop character in this beer and it managed a substantial pale malt base to pair for a good balance. Some evident pulpy chunks are a questionable additive to the beer, perhaps related in part to the petals or rose hips, but don't settle too well by me. The carbonation was just right for the style and the drinkability, although expectedly muted for a hoppy IPA, was still quite high by hitting all the right notes just the right way. Certainly worth a try for the more abrasive hop-loving crowd. It's one of the more liberally-hopped English IPAs that I have had so far, although the hops grow on you, so the bitterness isn't as intense as you may think it to be. 3.5
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Beer Camp #53: Floral IPA
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2013 21:50:34 | More by Jadjunk
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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