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

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538 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

TimoP, Oct 22, 2012
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.

Knapp85, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

secondtooth, Oct 21, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

KansasBeerLover, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

CarolinaKev, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

tizride, Oct 21, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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.


kojevergas, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

hopspiller, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

imbuckeye, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of bmwats
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

bmwats, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Amp, Oct 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

gtermi, Oct 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ilikebeer03, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of willjschmidt
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

willjschmidt, Oct 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

andylipp, Oct 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Envelopes, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

kdown, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

baklo, Oct 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

rkcrozier, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Maxwell
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Maxwell, Oct 15, 2012
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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.

Kendo, Oct 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jeanphony, Oct 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

plumcrazyfx, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poures a nice golden color body with a nice one finger light tan sticky head that hangs for a while. The smell is nice of citrus and hops, not much else going on. The taste has a nice but not overpowering hop bitterness up front. It also has a nice citrus flavor, almost like grapefruit. The mouth feel is really nice, a little heave for a ipa and just a little aftertaste on the tongue. Overall this is a good solid ipa.

chefhatt, Oct 12, 2012
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.