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 KickbacksSteve
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Copper in color. Not 2012 penny copper, more like a penny from 1981. Off white head, fluffy, sticky, sudsy lacing. Perfectly named beer, very floral in aroma. Some mango and a touch of alcohol. Touch of caramel sweetness. Taste is quite light, less bitter than expected but nicely balanced. Can't find anything wrong with this beer. Very easy to drink, over and over, not over the top in flavor but very nice experiment.

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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.

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Photo of Danno48
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a golden amber with a slight haze...Nice cream white snow cappy head that holds two finger lengths for a long time. Solid lacing throughout the glass

What my poor sense of smell can pick up is flowers flowers flowers... Lavender notes with roses and honeysuckle.

Complex...obviously lots of sticky piney notes but also very bright lemony flavors, squash flowers, and a mellow sweet melon character on the finish. A hint here and there of orange peel and coriander.

Lots of fizzy bubbles which counteract awesomely with the sticky nature of this beer... Very juicy hop flavors make ones mouth water.

Very solid IPA that I found to be complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date into pint. 2012 edition

Look is marvelous; amber-orange filled with even, fine sediment, and a fluffy 2 finger head. Smell is floral piney hops, background of gingerbread malt. Taste is as expected, very floral earthy hops, spicy, with hints of pepper and clove. The malt is hard to find, only a dry leave red ale like finish. Feel is fantastic, silky smooth with a buttery head, perfect amount of carb. And the bitter isn't cloying or tongue-numbing.

Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. A fantastic IPA with heavy floral notes.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar

The body sits a rather clear orange amber with a huge, sticky ecru colored cap. The cap recedes slowly, never truly going away, in a quasi-raindrop pattern.

The nose is of clean toffee, pine resin, a touch of earthy spice, and a bevvy of roses. The floral aroma isn't quite as bold as the other notes and the name suggests.

On the palate, toffee and pine resin leap first, quickly yielding to a blend of earthy spice and a huge rush of floral bitterness. The bitterness builds steadily with each sip.

Medium body, slightly sticky yet smooth. Good carbonation.

What a nice little IPA this is; the floral component is strong and welcomed and really differentiates this guy from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz served in a Great Divide pint glass.

A - Slightly hazed amber with 2 fingers of eggshell head that slowly melts into a thick cap. Impressive splotchy lacing left behind.

S - Sweet honey, earthy lavender, green stems, caramel malt, doughy yeast.

T - Follows the nose with floral hops, lavender, green spinach stems, spicy peppery bite, green chlorophyll on the back end.

M - Medium lush feel, crisp feel, medium to moderate carbonation.

Lots of green floral going on. A nice change of pace for the style.(My score is based on style).I'm use to tasting old IPA's but this was refreshing. Not something I would want to kill all night but I could put down a couple of these with a smile on.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012, 12oz bottle into block15 snifter.

A: Pours a deep, slightly hazy iced-tea color with a large, fluffy off-white head. Head faded into greasy film leaving sticky patches of lace down the glass. I also have a few floaties in my glass, which may be a first from SN.
S: Rosehips are noticeable and blend well with grassy hops. Floral indeed with notes of rose and pine.
T: Reminds me of different floral blended teas I’ve had. Rosehips are noticeable along with floral hops, fresh cut grass and a hint of bitter pine in the finish. I get faint notes of “green” nature and lemon juice. Sweet malts are overshadowed by the hops.
M: Medium body, perfect mouthfeel that’s not too bitter, too dry, or too greasy. Carbonation is fine, tight, and bubbly. Drinks very well.
O: Not sure if this beer is different or not but I enjoyed this more than their Long Stem IPA. The rosehips work well with the hops, and everything about the palate is drinkable. Another great beer from SN.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear honey color with about an inch of frothy white head.

Mellow hoppy aroma with floral hop nose. Hints of pine and citrus in the background with a bit of honey. The pallet has a nice hoppy start and finish with citrus notes and floral undertones.

the body is light with soft carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Real enjoyable and easy drinking. Certainly unique.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hearty amber to brown with lots of sediment suspended throughout the glass. Decent head at pour dissipates to a thin layer on top. Good lacing. Smells hoppy but not too bitter - more floral. Flavor is floral up front - rose maybe - and some earthy spices. Finishes bitter.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: perfect look really, hazy on a golden with amber hues body. two finger of off white foam head and excellent retention and lacing.

S: nice degree of aroma even getting through this head with mostly musty citrus and definitly floral but not overtly so.

T:definitly getting the floral aspects but this one isnt just unidimensional in the hop character but also is simple over all.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one tastes good but keeps it simple. Not the best floral IPA but its doesnt overwhelm which can be the issue sometimes with that hop character.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a clean amber pour with half inch of head (off-white)
sweet citrus scents, flowers, grass, caramel and pine.
flavor is piny up front with a burnt caramel earthy followup. grapefruit citrus finish.
medium body, moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. doesn't feel like an ipa.

very sweet unlike torpedo, and on the light side unlike hoptimum. a nicely balanced ipa which could be a nice year rounder.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass
A- opaqe amber colour, nice one inch white head, stays for a bit
S - very fruity, lemon, orange, grapefruit
T - super fruity taste, solid malt backbone
M - creamy and great
O - my first beer camp sierra nevada, very good beer, did not dissapoint

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Photo of Humulus85
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second in my Beer Camp session. 12 oz bottle into my tasting snifter.

Pours a slightly hazed amber. Produced a nice off white two finger head. Great retention and lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Hops upfront. Classic SN pine with some definite floral character that is hard to tell if comes from the rose hips or hops. Crystal malt backing with that slightly astringent quality found in SN's pale ales.

Taste holds more floral notes with a more distinct rose flavor than the nose. More of that classic SN astringent pine hop flavor. Some bready malt. Finishes bitter. Good, but I think the high IBUs mask the rose.

Medium in body. Very nice carbonation. High bitterness, finishes dry. No perceived alcohol.

Overall this is a tasty twist on the style, but I think the bitter hops hold back what the rose could have brought. Honestly the rose additions were lost in the mix. Good idea though, that I think really could work with a different hop profile. Still highly quaffable and packed with flavor. Cheers!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours a bright, burnt orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a rocky, three inch, cream-colored head the quickly collapses in on itself, revealing thick, textured clumps of lacing along the shoulders of the glass as the head eventually settled into an eighth inch cap. Nose is floral, spicy and slightly earthy. Taste is very pleasant, but not as bold as the nose suggests - all those qualities present intermingle nicely and there's also a slight citrus character to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, I didn't find this beer to be as biscuity as most English IPAs I've had. Quite flavorful with a moderate abv. That said, I would love to see this added to the regular line-up.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly murky marmalade hue. A loose-wristed pour brings about a big, cotton head. Head is off-white and puffy, but it compacts itself and slowly retracts. The lacing is phenomenal.

S-Floral? Yes. Tons of clementine and soap too. Dandelion stem hoppiness. The most stressed aspect is the combination of light citrus and aromatic florals. Malt is caramel-drizzled muffin. The rose infusion is only noticeable because I read it on the label (or because I am not very good at deciphering aromatics). Still, it smells cute.

T-I keep getting Dandelion. Surprising bitterness. Malt is more cereal on the tongue than dough or bread. I actually do detect some rose, which is really cool. Citrus isn't as stressed here. Very floral, but it doesn't dip into the realm of perfumey (which for me is intense flowery concentration). Maybe even some green onion. I enjoy this a bunch.

M-Moderate carbonation intensity. A bit resinous. Surprising bitterness. Maybe I detect some alcohol. This beer secretly packs more punch than one would expect.

O/D-Second one of this new Beer Camp mixed 12. Again, I am extremely happy with the result. Floral IPA? Yessir, this is an apt name. No gimmicks here, just great beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tons of haze in a honey amber brew with a sudsy pale topper and loads of sticking. Sierra Nevada is the undisputed champion of head retention. Looks fabulous.

Very minty and floral aroma teeming with green hops. Lightly buttery with English malt aromas swirling about. Planty in a candied-sweet kind of way.

Follows up drier with notes of spearmint and wildflower. Low bitterness for an IPA, but still bursting with leafy hop oils. Citrus notes include grapefruit and lemon rind. Hints of pine. Not tantalizingly hoppy, just tasty and low on maltiness. Almost a Pecan Sandies taste to the grains. Drinkability capitalizes on a mild flavor and clean finish. Finishes sweeter than it opens. Noticeable minty flavor carries in the end.

Low-medium carbonation keeps from distracting from the floral hop profile. Very drinkable English IPA, as it's supposed to be. No chore here.

I really like this Beer Camp number. It's gonna be a go-to among the four offered in my case. Recommended.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light amber with a large, dense, white head that has great retention

S - huge floral aroma

T - sweet, a bit bready, a hint of caramel, floral, some faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent IPA. It has good flavor and decent balance. The floral hop character dominates though there is a fainter malt presence. This is solid and worth trying. It's different from some of the other SN IPA's.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunkissed golden color with a tight, white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of floral and piny hops.

Tastes of the hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with the floral and grassy notes along with some pine resin. Not overly bitter. Malts come in with bread notes along with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA that I find quite enjoyable.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 3$

Appearance – Hazy dark copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, herbal/floral notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and oranges mixed herbal/floral notes. It has a lingering floral/citrus zest like pungency on the palate. It ends with a sweet fruity aftertaste with lingering floral/citrus zest/hop bitterness.

Overall – An interesting beer that is well worth trying. Doesn't strike me as a English IPA; it has shakes of their pale ale and torpedo but with the added floral/perfume notes. It's a very good beer that I would gladly drink again, rarely does sierna nevada disappoint me.

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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.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2012 version. This pours a hazy golden brown color with a massive long lived white head which leaves a lacing. There is a nice amount of floral hops up front a little citrus. The feel is medium with a nice mouth coating hop resin. The taste is pretty good, a nice amount of bitter hops with some malts. Good stuff.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Hazy, effervescent orange copper colored body topped by a full finger of frothy khaki head that settles to a bubbly layer. 

S:  Sweet malt, citrus fruit esters, alcohol stings the nose with a sensation similar to icy hot. Floral aroma of a fresh flower arrangement, pronounced hops, and eucalyptus. The nose is very powerful and almost burns.   Aroma has a sun tan lotion similarity. 

T/M:  Body has aggressive carbonation and provides an medium oily feel that coats the mouth. Fresh and floral as expected. The fresh floral hops provide a great amount of hop bitterness.  Presence of orange oil, timid grape fruit, pine resin and eucalyptus provide a great balance to the sweet malt. Aggressively hoped but not overly bitter.  Finishes wet with a slow building dryness. 

O:  Fresh and clean hops provide a refreshing IPA that is sure to please.   The floral notes are spot on and the addition of orange and pine create a harmonious brew.  I would love to see this in a six pack. 

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. A little bit of sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: The aroma lives up to the advertising, with a very flowery quality, as well as some hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a medium amount - not too much), a little malt, and the aforementioned floral quality. A very focused, easy to drink flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made beer. Not overly original, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to scott for tossing this my way. enjoyed from my sierra nevada snifter.

a - brew poured a semi transparent yellow orange with a finger plus of bubbly ipa-ish head that left some nice lacing on the glass.

s - fresh flowers and hops. nice malt backbone.

t - very crisp and clean. hops and flowers. tad of bitterness on the finish. really nice. has an interesting twist with the floral vibe.

m - body is crisp. tingly. floral with a bitter finish.

o - overall, i dig it. my fav of the beer camp series thus far. a nice non-offensive ipa with a hint of flowers...real classy, crisp, and clean.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle into a Sierra Nevada Snifter

Floral IPA has some haze to itself, there is some sediment seen floating around the yellowish golden glow of liquid with a nice cap on top of retaining white stuff, no cling. Smell is bright with not overly assertive tropic hops like most. Some earthy essense with pale malt backing. Yes, the nose comes off floral like, quite pleasant. Not an overly hopped IPA, floral IPA is a step down from the bittering bombs out there. Reminds me of something brewed with pearle hops. A small citrus bite in the middle backed by pale malt. The body is nice and light and the bitterness is low, the floral aspect shines in the end. I would not mind having a few more of these.

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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 541 ratings.
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