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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)

Brewed by:
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 SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"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."

I purchased this beer as a single taken from the Beer Camp twelve camp. Used the ol' asthma inhaler to pop the top off this baby and was greeted with hops. Listed on this site as an English Pale Ale, this is about as English as the Yora Tribe of the Amazon. Although this one is called "Floral" IPA, I smell a lilttle more of a citrusy style of hops with the floral "rose hips" in the background. The beer is a deep orange amber in color and is topped with a massive white head. My serving temperature is not super cold so I think some of the carbonation is expressing its displeasure because this one is topped with a three finger sized, light and frothy head typical of warmer serving temperatures.

As mentioned, aroma is citrusy and floral with a good bit of caramel notes.

Quite bitter on the palatte, which I love. A lot of IPA's say they are IPA's but are APA's doppelganging (yes, I made that up) as IPA's. This one is bitter and fruity and floral and delicious. There is some balance but the hop bitterness steals the show. I really dig it.

I refuse to acknowledge this as an English Pale Ale; all of these style are dubious at best these days anyway. As far as pale ales and India pale ales go, Sierra Nevada knows what the hell they are doing. I will just about drink any of their pale ale styles without question, and I will almost always be greeted with quality, flavor, and affordability. One of my favorite breweries and this is a nice beer.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bscalt
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #220
Served On: 09/12/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.9%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD. From the 2012 Best of Beer Camp mixed 12 pack.

Look: A gentle pour proved a thin beige 1/2-finger head. Color was a hazy medium orange with some yellow around the edges. Some carbonation bubbles were powering through all the thick particles in this beer. Some thin lacing formed on the glass.

Smell: Pungent floral bouquet with some grapefruit mixed with some slight pine.

Taste: First up was a nice hop bouquet with a hint of pine needles forming a very complex hop profile. Then a tart grapefruit bitterness set in towards the middle. The end was more of the grapefruit character with the bitterness lasting long into the finish.

This was a terrific IPA with some serious complexity for only a 5.9% ABV. Dinkability still seemed very solid – even with the robust palate.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with floral, pine, grassy, and a bit of tropical hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some floral and light grapefruit hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, more floral hops come through with some pine and grassy hops with some more bitterness and some biscuity and bready malts. The finish is a mix of floral and piney hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice floral IPA profile with good bitterness and balance throughout.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 217 of 12. Pours a hazy orange, with a one inch sticky white head that leaves nice lace. Smell is spicy citrus tangerine and grapefruit, pine, grass, and mango. Taste is really well balanced, with some bitter grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, not overly dry, and very drinkable. This very nice, not earth shattering, but well made. Love the beer camp series, some of the best beers ever put in a mix 12.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is half-way between straw and golden. The color is nice and clear. There is a half-inch white head on top.

The aroma has some nice pine and zesty hoppiness in the aroma. The hops remind me a little like what one might find in a hoppy pilsner.

This is tasty. There is a lot of great zesty hops intertwined with light malt flavor. This has a nice crisp, slightly bitter finish. This is really good!

This has a nice light to medium mouthfeel. This is very drinkable, I wouldn't mind having another!

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Photo of dfillius
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger off-white head with good retention. Cloudy with floaties. Orange-gold liquid. Why the floaties?
S: Herbal, piney, orange, sulfurous allium. Rich hop aroma. Very nice. Sulfurous smell increases with warmth. Not floral per se. Pleasant, well blended.
T: Bitter pine up front with grapefruit pucker at the end. Some sweet onion, some tangerine. Hop dominant with slight malt. Bready in a whole wheat kind of way. A tad soapy in the finish. On the hoppier side of IPAs.
M: Drying but slightly expectorant. Quite bitter, especially in the finish. Full finish is even a bit chewy! Slight warmth is pleasant.
O: Very good. I'd order another. I wish there was more than 1 left from the mix 12. I might buy again. A bit too dry, but nicely hoppy.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a fat, chewy head on top. Classic Sierra Nevada crop o’ foam, with rings of sticky lace left down the glass.

Really nice aroma here—lemon, salt, pine, citrus—just lots of good stuff going on. And it reminds me of another Sierra Nevada beer; I can’t quite place it for sure, but I’m thinking Celebration Ale.

Flavor kicks off like a big American IPA with lots of big hops but then it really mellows out to a smooth, malty and balanced finished. It’s a pretty subdued, harmonious, and elegant finish. Body is full but pillowy soft, with ample carbonation but not overly so. Finish does have a drying herbal bite, but there’s also a hint of that rose hips and petals which makes it really interesting. That touch is light and deftly employed. I really like it.

Floral IPA is its most interesting in the finish when everything comes together and just sort of lingers there on my tongue. It really goes from another solid American IPA to something more than that and unique. I found it to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a copper color with a half finger head with lacing that lasts on the glass throughout.

The smell is of strong floral hops, bread and biscuts; some grapefruit as well

The taste is strong on the hops but not overpowering. There is a taste of bread. There is also a mild grapefruit taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and bready, mild hop oils linger on the tongue.

This is a solid IPA, The hops are mostly of the floral type, some citrus with a strong bready malt backbone.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfect light amber/red/golden color with a creamy off white substantial head that lasts.
Bouquet is of hops, citrus, grapefruit and a splash off a wild cottage garden flower bed.

The initial taste was very crisp, not very full bodied, so the hops come out a little strong and a tad bitter. The mouthful was somewhat thin. I think if it was a little bigger in body, then the mouthful would have been fine and the hops and body would have balanced one another.

Still another enjoyable brew from Sierra....

Good job in this year's Beer Camp #53... I will be tasting and reviewing the rest shortly

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at Bier Thirty on Sunday... enjoyed tonight from my slip tulip..

Short lasting white head leaves behind a nice drape of lacing... the brew is an oddly hazed golden... there are thousands of tiny particulate spots in the brew... a colloidal suspension.. they are not going anywhere..

Then nose shows a lot of very floral hoppiness.. Not getting much from the roses, but I probably don't know what I am looking for.

Flavor is a very nice standard floral IPA... crisp hoppiness that leaves no room for question.. very floral and lingers forever.. nicely dry and what little residual malt allows the hops to flourish.

Body is a little light for an IPA... but that adds to the drinkability.. If this one was a year rounder, I would buy it WAY more than Torpedo or SNPA..


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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thought this was lovely, maybe the best of all beer camps. although i was hoping the greatful dead/dogfish collaboration would be a rose beer... the pour is darker than expected, tan to medium bronze, with lots of bubbles and a big white lace head. the nose is great, slightly polleny from the rose additions, and extra bitter from the aggressive hopping. some ameican barley malt in there on a pretty light toast, but the bitter hops are king here. flavor is much more nuanced than the nose, with soem extra springtime pop frmo the rosehips and petals, not as floral as i thought it would be, as these ingredients seem to contribute even more bitter to the alreasy assertive hop profile. they compliment the hops beautifully, but dont necessarily taste like roses smell, if you know what i mean. finish is pretty quick and sharp just a touch fruity. carbonation is lively and the body is perfectly drinkably medium. big bold flavors, great feel, this was a total winner.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. From the 2012 Beer Camp pack.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A lively aroma that is hop forward with solid bready malt undertones. Solid scent of citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Very floral with a nice mix of herbal and grassy hops. Quite a bit of pine resin spice. A pretty good malt balance with good hints of caramel, toffee, lightly toasted bread, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty solid mix of hop esters and malts.

Taste: Like smell suggests, hop forward with solid citrus esters and big on the floral elements. Starts with some ripe citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big floral taste from the hips and petals. Lots of spice from some resinous hops. Fairly grassy. Solid malt backbone with notes of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers. The earthy/floral notes and pine spice stand out the most here. Nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy with a lingering spice from the resin. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a IPA. Not a big citrus bomb like most West Coast styles. Big spice and floral taste. Interesting and good tasting.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy 2 finger slightly yellowed head. Head becomes rocky as it dissipates, leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Some small floating particles in the body.

S: As the name implies, a nice floral hoppy aroma. Malts add some dark fruits but they take a back seat. Very fresh smelling.

T: Starts with some great floral, resiny piney and bitter hops. Great focus on this aspect of the hop, malts and other flavors are present but hidden in the background.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Doesn't leave any unwanted stickiness in your mouth.

Overall another great IPA from Sierra Nevada. They certainly know how to kick some ass in this style. Glad I was able to pick this one up fresh. Would recommend to any IPA fan.

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

Without a doubt my brothers favorite out of this seasons best of beer camp (I didn't even get a bottle out of the last case I picked up). The smell is strong of hopps, pine cones and citrus. This beer has a very interesting taste, floral description isn't just a name, it tastes floraly, which goes very well with the hoppy character of the beer. Its crispy, maybe almost a bit thick. It is a very drinkable ipa.

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