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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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 541
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.

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Photo of Kendo
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.

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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.

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

Enjoyable beer...I get a lot of pine on the nose...taste is hop forward but not extremely bitter which is fine with me...again pushing piney/floral...kind of a toffeeish malt backing....body is about medium....finishes slightly dry...really drinks like a really tasty Pale Ale in my opinion...well done.

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

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped glass.

A: Poured out a crystal clear, orange-red color with a whopping 2 finger + extremely sudsy frothy off-white head.

S: Smells a helluva lot "Torpedo." However, I did really get the "floral" notes that really put this over-the-top and made it smell downright inviting.

T: Much, much smoother than "Torpedo" and "Celebration Ale" though, but since this is English, that kinda goes with the territory. Nice malt backbone and with a very pronounced floral flavor and only slight bitterness on the finish. Nice!

M: The carbonation was perfect here and definitely allowed the other ingredients to poke through. The bitterness merely slaps the tongue at the very end, with a nice fruity, floral package that was divine. The lacing was ridiculous.

O: Come on, folk! This beer deserves a higher rating than what you're giving it. It seems that English IPAs don't do very well overall here on BA. C'est le vie....

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, hazy gold in color, with a voluminous head of off-white foam.
Aroma-a pleasant whiff of floral hops
Taste-Big floral hop note, ruby red grapefruit. Rose hips and petals seem to impart a subtle citric tartness that adds to the overall flavor. Very nice, and certainly worth a try.

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

12 oz. bottle from Beer Camp box.

Faint haze in a brassy orange body. Golden edges. Tall, thick, whipped, light beige head. Great lacing. Fresh, spicy, herbal, perfumey hop nose. One might call it floral :). Slight mineraly-ness. Light fruit and toffee malt.

Toasted malt up front. Herbal, earthy, floral bitterness follows. Some pine and citrus around the edges. Maybe a little orange marmalade as well. Sugary, cookie-ish malts and spiced fruit. Finish is dry and bitter with lingering perfumey, soapy, earthy bitterness. Medium-bodied with nice, creamy feel. Not too shabby!

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

Pours hazed, lighter amber. Nice frothy off white head. Leaves ample scattered lacing.

Pungent nose of resin infused hops and yes flowery notes.

Tasty, quite fresh and enjoyable IPA. More fresh tasting hops, pleasing on the palate. Hop resins blending nicely with more soft and lightly spicy hops. A sweat, flowery note in the finish. Nice...worth a try

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- a light copper amber tone color. A frothy foamy head that leaves nice peak and sticky lacing. Head is 2 fingers and lingers nicely.

S- lots of pine and floral in the nose. Quite pungent makes me want more.

F- taste mimics the nose. The strong pine and floral are very complementary of each other. Not overbearing or sticky resin as one would think.

M- dry and sweet pine resin.

O- another great sierra nevada. This brewery has become one of my favs because i have never had a bad brew, yet from them.

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Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light copper with two fingers of head that dissipate rather quickly. There some slight hoppiness in the nose and there are also floral notes, much like its name advertises. Hop spice is certainly present throughout, but it is not over-the-top hoppiness like most American IPAs. In fact this offering is more like the traditional IPA than most American versions (not that the American versions are not excellent).

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Photo of justintcoons
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden with 2 fingers of fluffy head. Low carbonation. There does appear to be some yeast sediment floating around.

Pine, sugary caramel, navel orange, papaya, pineapple and lemon juice.

Very balanced flavor wise for an IPA. Big sugary caramel malts and some breadiness. Pine sap, navel orange, papaya, fresh mowed grass, florals and lemon juice.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry and refreshing.

Very big flavors for 5.9%. The overall structure is reminiscent of SNPA, only bigger and more bitter. Pine sap, florals and tropical fruits are present. Nice!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear orange with a one finger white head. Pretty basic looking IPA.

S- Very hoppy aroma. There is a lot of citrus and pine and this beer smells very much so like some mary jane. Very dank and resinous hop profile.

T- Moderate bitterness up front. Followed by that unique hop profile. There is a lot of pine in here. There is a bright citrus note that has pineapple, mango, lemon. A skunky smelling IPA and I mean that in a smells like weed kind of way. Malt backbone is fairly plain but allows the hops to do their thing.

M- Slightly bitter. Not too dry but quite refreshing. Flowery and pleasant aftertaste. Easy drinking and really pleasant.

O- Nice take on an IPA, its very simple but well done. I would love too see more IPA's with this hop profile.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting take on the style, and one that largely works because the bitterness is preserved and it's not too sweet. The flowers add an interesting dimension, while preserving the character of an IPA. Pours a golden amber with a somewhat thin head that sticks around. Quite floral in the nose with a pronounced rose aroma as well as an herbal bitterness and tannic notes. The taste has nice bitterness- both from the hops and some of the additives, with very nice herbal, citrus, and especially tea-like flavors. Quite tannic and bitter, and that pleases the hophead in me even if the route there is a bit different.

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Photo of azorie
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Disclaimer, not a true hop head.

a: a dark orange body.Red not. Some nice lacing, 1/2 head. Not cloudy.

S: Nice rose nose, sorry had to go there. I think it does fit what they described it well. Sweet malt overtones, very nice floral hop note. no yeast no booze in the nose.

T: I like it which is weird. It's not nearly as hoppy as some. IBU 54, but its got a nice balance to it. No pine, no grapefruit, roses and other spices, its got the citra taste. Very refreshing also. Did not overpower my palate at all. Nice sweetness, no yeast detected, not boozy at all. did not notice any effects after 1 beer.

M: seems like its low carbonation, medium body, nice floral after taste.

O: it is what they say it is. Not a style I seek out, but its a nice change of pace and a very nice beer to have with spicy food.
would I buy it in a 6 pack, not likely, not that its bad mind you, but its just my thing.

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Photo of dontpanic5
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came as part of the Sierra Nevada beer camp package. It pours amber and hazy with a small white head. The smell is a knockout, the name of the beer is pretty evident here. I feel like the smell is the whole point of this beer. There are flowers in the nose along with west coast pine. The first time I had this beer I was hanging out with friends and not paying attention to it, and I came away from the beer thinking that the "floral" taste was too overpowering. Tasting this beer now by myself, I don't think that it's too much and I'm enjoying it more. The hops are on full display here, but aren't too bitter, it feels just right. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong carbonation. This is a beer that I didn't like at first but I'm enjoying the second time around.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light golden orange with a finger and a half of slightly off white dense head with good retention
S: smells floral with a hint of grapefruit and some underlying sweetness
T: floral hops with a slight citrus kick, caramel malt and some lightly toasted malt in the middle. decent bitterness throughout and some juicy hops as well. swallow brings more floral hops and a slight citrus to coat the mouth and fade away. I don't know what rose hips and petals are supposed to add but it must be very sublime because I can't discern anything that I don't recognize...
M: medium mouthfeel with carbonation that starts soft then slowly builds to slightly prickly and then back to soft.
O: looks good, tastes good, has balance, and drinks well. what more could you ask for or expect from sierra nevada? mouthfeel was a tad heavy imo but it isn't overly so.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, floral certainly does come to mind.

First sip is bitter, sticky, with a sweet body, and mild bitter finish. Nicely balanced IPA, that has just enough hops to tickle the tongue. Nice lacing on the glass, and a nice array of floral hop flavors.

One of the better offerings in the Beer Camp pack this year. A solid IPA.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking copper brew with a full two fingers of head to the top of the pint. Nice retention and ample lacing.

S) Sweet flower petal. A very fresh scent, light pine and grass in the background.

T) Quite floral, as expected. Some mild malt sweetness for balance. The finish has a grassy, light citrus rind flavor. The aftertaste is pleasant.

M) A lighter medium body, with pretty zippy carbonation, but it works well. A nice fresh, crisp drinker.

O) Enjoyable IPA, and a welcome addition to camp this year. Glad to recommend this beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Floral IPA from the Beer Camp Series a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on last years beer camp series and this years seemed pretty interesting, lets start off with the Floral IPA and see how it goes. 2012 Vintage, pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's nice looking and it's very detailed, one of the best labels from Sierra Nevada so far. It poured a nice light orange/gold color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light. It had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that left tons of nice lacing. This is a damn good looking beer, it's almost perfect, very well done.

S- The aroma seems to dominated by floral aromas, hence the name, at the start I get a slight sweet, grainy, and a slight biscuit like aroma. After that comes tons of floral hops that impart some nice flower like aroma, but there's also a little bit of citrus hops that add some nice complexity to the aroma. I liked the aroma, it was nice and true to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma, it starts off with a good amount of floral hops that impart some some nice flowery hop flavors without being overpowering. the cirrus hops barley show up. Up next comes the rose hips which aren't that bold, but they do impart a unique rose hip flavor to this beer that makes it stick out. Towards the end I get the malts which impart a lots of biscuit, grains, and bread flavors that aren't that sweet. Towards the end I get a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a pretty grainy aftertaste that is only slightly floral. I liked the taste of this beer, it was nice and balanced while the rose hips added some nice complexity and it made this a beer a little unique.

M- Very smooth, slightly creamy, a little watery, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was a little thin and it felt a little watery.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it was a good example of the style, it had enough hop flavors to satisfy IPA lovers like me, but it's still very approachable which can't be said for a lot of American IPA's. This beer had great drinkability, it was much smoother then I though it would be and it had just enough flavor to keep my interest and a lower amount of bitterness, this is pretty much a session IPA in my eyes, I could drink more then a few of these if I was in the mood. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and how balanced it was, the appearance was really good with the head and color looking really nice and the balance this beer had worked out nicely. What I liked least about this beer was that it felt a little watery, if the body was a little thicker it would work much better with this beer, but it might risk the drinkability. I would buy this beer again if they decided to release it on it's own, I think it could hold it's own with the rest of Sierra Nevada's line up. All in All I liked this beer, it wasn't mind blowing by any means but it was nice, flavorful and drinkable IPA, good job guys this is one solid beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. This is an attractive IPA.

I really enjoy the aroma of this beer. Floral, grassy, herbal, and a little dank. A touch of caramel from the malt as well.

The flavor drops off a little bit. A lot more bitterness compared to the hop flavor. I do get pleasant floral and grassy notes. A touch of caramel sweetness from the malt. Finishes mostly dry and bitter.

As always, a solid mouthfeel from Sierra Nevada. Good carbonation and texture. Quite smooth and robust for a beer of this ABV.

Enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Many brewers would love to have an IPA of this quality in their portfolio.

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Photo of maximum12
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of each of the series. 12 oz. bottle poured into a curvaceous piece of glassware.

The pour is coppery, highly carbonated, & with a spoonful of suspended floaties; dessert in a glass. Nose is strong pale malts, bouquet of farmer's market flowers, green grass. Much more on the pale ale side, but not bad.

Beer Camp Floral IPA is a master of disguise. A gentle, aimless nose gives way to an aggressive, snorting beer (well, aggressive in a floral sort of way, I suppose). Floral florals are in ascendance, but they're hop flowers, with a hard piney hop bite right on their heels; an odd but pleasant pairing. Pale malts peek out mid-palate, & the finish is long, bitter, & angry. Oily & lovely in the mouth. These ounces are going out with the tide very rapidly.

Simple, direct, tasty. Never met an "English" IPA so bitter (though I have a few friends who might qualify, but they're not English...never mind). Whatev. Best of the three I've had to date, this will make hop-heads grin & swipe a twenty from their mom's purse. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden hue tinted with a little bit of red with noticeable carbonation and two fingers of a bone-white head. VERY impressive and sticky lacing.

S: They definitely hit the nail on the head with the aroma they were probably going for. Very floral and slightly sweet. Good, but not too appetizing in my books.

T: Flowery and slightly sweet with a hint of citrus at the end. The rose additives are definitely present and add a nice kick of flavor. Sweet, but not too sweet. I get hints of lavender and lemons in this one. Pretty nice!

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. The taste doesn't linger around as much as I'd like it to though.

O: I'm really digging this one. I love floral forward beers, and this one hits the spot perfectly. I would love to see this one done in six packs (not that they will.) Another super solid beer from SN.

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Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy unfiltered gold color with a thick white head that leaves rings of lacing down the glass. a very nice hop trio of citrus, pine, and floral hop aroma. Heavy on the floral side. Definitely some rose oil in there. On first taste there is a strong citrus and pine hop flavor that gives way to a toasted malt, fruity ester and bitter floral hop flavor in the finish. Feel is a bit acidic and bitter in the finish. Body is light, almost thin from a low amount of carbonation. It is unique in the floral sense, and has more floral and fruit notes as it warms.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a nearly crystal-clear light copper with sticky white lacing.

The aromas of grapefruit and piney resins come before those of pepper and sweet malt. There is a slightly cardboardy scent.

Peppery, sharp, piney, sweet malted grain tastes.
Quite pleasant.

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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.

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