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 harrymel
1.93/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nice amber ale with a solid sheet of light tannish foam. Nose is dank - this is something I would expect from the likes of Lagunitas, not SN. This is onion, weed, body odor, and waaay deep in there a hint of orange concentrate. Not impressed. Flavor is quite bitter with some woody character and then some more onion - people describe the onion in some beers, and I rarely get it, but here it's just vile. Medium bodied with moderated carb. I'm not happy with this at all.

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2/5  rDev -46.2%

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2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is golden with floating particles. Smell is a flower garden. Taste is a dirty flower garden. Wouldn't try again,This IPA pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head with good retention and nicer lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy. Good carbonation. Medium bitterness, but the bitterness tends to linger. Nice clean and crisp IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
2.22/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes July 2012.

"Copper/light brown color with a clear appearance. I don't like the aroma of the hops in this beer. Taste is too bitter, again for Sierra Nevada!! I haven't had an i.p.a. from these guys that I hadn't though was too bitter and harsh - torpedo, hoptimum.... I guess the "wet hopped harvest was pretty good. Medium body and carbonation. hoppiness gets more "palatable" as you drink but still too harsh.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- A somewhat cloudy honey-brown-orange into my DFH glass. Has a nice fluffy head that fades away rather quickly but leaves a ton of sticky lacing dripping all over the glass.

S- Nice balance between malt, hops and spice. Nice dry and crumbly biscut maltiness, pine/orange/grapefruit hops, and some underlying notes of rose petals, rosemary, lavender, and mint.

T- Nice piney hop kick, sweet and malty... but than this soapy, floral taste comes in and strips your tongue. Reminds me of when I was a smartass and my Mom made me hold a bar of soap in my mouth... way to overwhelming on the flowers!!! It actually takes a bit before this horrible flavor kicks in. First tastes are pungent fruit and sweet, delicate malts... then it's like chewing on a rose... thorns and all!

M- The overwhelming taste of soap is just unbearable! SN hop profiles are usually tongue stripping enough without adding the taste of rose/lavender bath soaps into the mix. YUCK!!!

O- It's funny how the smell and first tastes aren't anything like the finish! This is really nice upfront... and absolutely horrible on the backend!!! It's like having a SN Pale and chewing on one of those little soaps that sit on your Mom's toilet!!!

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.


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Photo of mscudder
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - A fairly translucent amber/copper hue with a nice sized off-white head. Big bubbles throughout this one. A bit bland looking overall.

S - I can only detect some floral hops but nothing else. This would be except able if there was any degree of potency here, yet there is none.

T - Just a touch of malts here; a touch. Floral hops are here in abundance, as advertised. As with the nose there is little else going on. The hops are crisp and enjoyable but this beer is too bland and simple for my taste.

M - A bit thin and lacking any real backbone to hold onto the hops. The carbonation was where it needed to be but nothing really great here either.

O - This is just a bitterly average IPA. It does not hurt to consume but certainly does not bring anything new to the table. I expected more from this brewery. Will not consume again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a transparent golden color with moderate carbonation leaving a small white cap, light bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Nose was lacking consider the concoction of ngredients in this IPA. Floral, check.

T: The taste presents a pronounced floral note with some grains and biscuit which finishes moderately bitter, dry and somewhat clean.

M: Carbonation is good, light to medium bodied, floral notes dominate but I am still not a fan
O: Not really impressed. When you call it a Floral IPA is better be floral.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi hazy bright orange glow with a fluffy bright white head. Lots of sticky lace. Flowery and woody nose, some citric fruits including grapefruits and oranges. A bit of pine stings the nostrils. Slightly syrupy body and a very large body for a smaller ipa. Semi sweet bready malts up front followed by herbal, woody, and piney hops to balance. balance is good with a nice savory bitterness. Good but pretty run of the mil. This years beer camp was kind of boring and not worth buying just for the slightly above average imperial red.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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