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

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BA SCORE
84
good

540 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 540
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
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 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.

Photo of elevatedgreens
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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.

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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.

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of hardcor33
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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.

Cheers!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of drh1382
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PortLargo
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jricharc
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.