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

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by beertunes on 07-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle from best of beer camp pack poured into a pint glass.

Pours a darker golden color with a good head of 1/4 inch fluffy foam. Floral smell, some pine. Light peppery. Opening strong bitter which fades and dissolves into a malt, Leaves some bitter on the tongue. A softer blended IPA, but a nice hop experience. Good.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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 47ยบ 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

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp #53: Floral IPA

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Floral, grassy & pine notes

T: Grassyness, piney & hebal hops up front along with pears, a touch of grainy astrigency. Pineyness, grapefruit & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, there's a touch of orange rind & pretty dry

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, alright balance

Drinks easy, but was hoping for a bit more maltyness as this is supposed to be an English IPA, some of the hops seem a bit off style as well

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. One finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of orange. Flavor is dominated by citrus hops with light bready malt and grapefruit, finishing with citrus and hops. Could use a bit more malt to back up the hops, but fairly well balanced. Hops flavor is hidden a bit by the citrus flavors, but are somewhat floral and herbal. An interesting take on an American IPA. Light to medium bodied. Enjoyable but a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle from their sampler pack...

Appearance - Pours a solid 2 fingers of lite golden foam, body is a slightly opaque warm lite orange amber, leaves sudsy lacing, a vey nice looking ipa.

Smell - Huge floral hops smell, flower petals, pollen, clover, lavender, citrus, grapefruit pith, a touch of tropical fruit, and a slight sweetness like smelling fresh honey comb.

Taste - Really big floral hops right up front, rosewater, lavender, meadowy hops and assorted flower petals. Right there are really nice and somewhat dry bready malts, Im also getting a touch of tropical fruit at the very center, like mango and papaya, but not sweet, more of an essence. The finish dries very nicely to dried flowers and grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - This beer is the lighter side of medium with a medium nearly foaming carb that develops a few edges at the sides of the tongue. Otherwise the beer is very smooth and infinitely drinkable.

Overall - Probably the most floral ipa I've ever had, very interesting, and maybe just a bit one sided, but can't be faulted - it is called Floral IPA - still a very flavorful and satisfying ipa. If you like floral hops you're really going to enjoy this one.

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Photo of motorhed
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark hazy golden/orange color with a thin 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some light lacing as it's consumed.

S - Fruity, herbs, floral, hop aroma, and some malt.

T - Much of the same characteristics in the aroma of the beer come out in the flavor/taste as well. Very floral and full of citrus up front, herbal, and finishes with a bitter hop bite that lingers.

M - Silky, oily smooth drinking but definitely fuller in body than i was expecting. Nicely balanced and has a nice lingering chewy bitter finish.

O - Not a bad brew but in the land of what consists of near a million IPA's, this one is average. Nothing in this beer sets it vastly apart from many other IPA's. I would have it again but it's not anything i would go out of my way to seek out again.

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Photo of danieelol
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light golden with good head/lacing.

Smell is pretty convincing. Nice notes of rose and its creamy vanilla scent, alongside some standard beery hops/malt/yeast notes typical of the SN profile.

Taste is similar, but gets more of the perfunctory elements of the aroma.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced between sweet, hoppy and malty.

Overall a nice beer and honestly a really great idea.

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Photo of suspect
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass

A: Mostly clear amber hued orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head. Lacing is spotty but existent and consistent.

S: lots of floral hops as the name would suggest. Reminds me of flower power but a touch less potent. Malt is relatively subdued.

T: Brings similar flavors to the nose. Lots of floral hops yet again with a touch of pine hops - Malt is subdues here as well.

M: Pretty thin. Amply carbonated. Definitely the low light of the beer

O: Should. Easy drinker. Good all around IPA.

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

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Floral IPA is a hazy amber color with suspended particles. The head is short and settles quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is herbal and floral but similar to other Sierra Nevada beers, especially Celebration.

Flavor is balanced but bitter. It has IPA qualities but still has a good residual sweetness. It has the same floral hop elements as the aroma but doesn't have the herbal, more the spice.

Mouthfeel is light-plus in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a good IPA but not one I would buy in six pack.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass, the Floral IPA shows a clear medium gold in color with a robust off white inch high cap of foam. A steady boil emanates from the base to assist with some lengthy retention and sticky lace.

Aroma is spicy/floral with a peppery hibiscus layer sitting atop a light citrus backbone, more orange than lemon in that regard. Unique yet pleasant and intriguing.

Taste has a spicy and herbal bitterness which carries through to offer a nice body and feel. Overall a solid offering with a somewhat light yet full body and a unique delivery.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a clear but slightly hazy golden-amber color. The off-white head is moderate in size but has weak retention.

Aroma: a complex mix of herbal, fruity and floral notes.

T: More floral notes here than in the nose where they are rather subtle. Enough malt to add a lightly bready base and tame the bitterness to some degree. The herbal and fruit characters are present here too, along with a sense this was made with mineral water. Moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; semi-dry finish. More crisp than smooth.

Overall: an interesting IPA. I certainly prefer some other SN IPAs such as Torpedo, but then this is an English style version whereas I tend to prefer the American style IPAs. Still, a well-crafted IPA that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of match1112
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. golden amber body, thin tan head that settles quickly, noticable amount of floaties in the beer. smell is very floral, more like a herb spice beer than an ipa. taste is also floral with a small hint of hops. mouthfeel seems a little thin and carbonation seems to lack. there is a dry finish to it. overall this is pretty average for an ipa and almost sub-par for a sierra nevada ipa.

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Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Amber orange with off-white head and not as much lacing as most SN beers.

Smell: Dry toasted malts, nondescript bitter hops. Smells like an average English IPA.

Taste: Tastes like an English IPA too, but a pretty good one. Dry toasted, almost tea-like, malts, with nice balance from spicy, floral hops. Slight citrus. The roses comes through on the long bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: Despite a weak aroma, this is a very solid English IPA with some extra floralness from the roses. I wonder if the current lackluster scores are due to this having been incorrectly entered as an American IPA (at least as of my review). SN even calls this a "unique take on a tradional IPA"; the word "traditional" is a clue that this is more English styled. Edit: changed to English IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange to amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and peach + orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops with a light amount of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of grainy malts with moderate to strong flavors of herbal hops with some lighter amounts of floral hops including rose hip and lavender. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light amount of stickiness.

O: I found this beer to be enjoyable and I like the floral notes only I wish they were a little more pronounced and perhaps with a slight hint of sweetness. Easy to drink and definitely one I would have again.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 540 ratings.
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