Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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2.83/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
10-21-2012 00:36:16 | More by kojevergas
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
10-19-2012 04:43:46 | More by bmwats
3.65/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
10-15-2012 01:40:23 | More by Maxwell
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
10-13-2012 22:40:29 | More by Kendo
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
10-12-2012 20:33:41 | More by chefhatt
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Stamped 2171216:21.
A: Two fingers of dense, off-white head. Hazy golden amber. Heavy lacing.
S: This smells great. Ideal hops. Tangerine citrus. Slightly sweet orange peel. Floral pine.
T: Good, but not great. A touch thin, but the dry, crisp malt base balances it out well enough. Actually, the yeast/malt combo tastes a lot like SN's Pale Ale, but the hops are different -- and nice. The maintaste is plain, carbonated hops (yum). A bit of lavender on the bitterish endtaste. The herbal quality reminds me slightly of English hops, but the citrus-pine has me thinking American. I'd be very curious what blend went into this beer.
M: Crisp, but with a beery malty finish that kicks in far too soon.
O: Good beer, I'm glad I tried it. If it were readily available, I'd buy it over the standard Pale Ale almost every time.
10-12-2012 01:40:06 | More by AgentMunky
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/19/2012. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, herbal, floral, pine, toast, grass, and light earthy spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with decent strength and pleasant balance. Taste of caramel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, bread, grass, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, bread, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance; with a solid bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a good herbed IPA. Well balanced and easy to drink. Enjoyable.
10-08-2012 03:41:20 | More by superspak
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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