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

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540 Ratings
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
540
pDev:
10.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 540 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, dark orange beer with a small, soapy looking head and patchy lacing. Aroma is lightly floral, with a hint of caramel malt underneath but is surprisingly mild overall.

Assertive bitterness in the flavor; the floral hop and herbal and earthy notes overshadow the subtler rose petals a bit. Little in the way of sweetness, and the finish is very dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A suggestion of aspirin remains in the mouth. Medium to slighty light bodied, with carbonation that feels a bit fizzy.

As the beer sits, warms, and opens up, the rosy aroma emerges somewhat and this aspect of the flavor also becomes easier to discern. It's not enough to save this one for me though; the feel lacked creaminess and body; the hops were more harsh than flavorful, and the flowers while interesting weren't necessarily all that appetizing. The head wasn't even pretty. Not bad, but not something I'd get again either.

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Photo of pburland23
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a pretty standard looking light auburn orange. There's some sediment in suspension in the pour. Not much head at all...less than a thin layer which almost immediately disappeared. Almost looked like it was poured from a cask which sadly it was not.

Smell: Floral hops, obviously, are at the forefront of the aroma but there is also a pretty noticeable dose of caramel malt sweetness. Fairly well balanced smelling.

Taste: Mildly bitter with subtle floral hops flavors. Not as balanced as the smell, but it's not overly hoppy or bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very light level of carbonation. Again, there's a certain cask quality to the beer which is pleasant. No noticeable alcohol and, on the whole, a very drinkable IPA.

Overall: An interesting take on the IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's not as well balanced as the regular lineup of Sierra Nevada IPAs but well worth a try.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Russian river glass. Darker amber color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Nice retention and lacing.

The aroma has more of a herbal, earthy spice to the hoppiness with a touch of citrus. There is a decent amount o biscuit, pale malts to it with a touch of caramel.

The taste shows a little more of the pale bready malts coming through. A little caramel sweetness sis there again as well. The hops are again more of a herbal spice at first but some bitter grapefruit rind comes out more towards the finish.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty good English version of an IPA. It came together pretty well and showed off the European hop varieties pretty well. It was a drinkable and flavorful beer, maybe not an outstanding one but a solid one overall.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good retention. Aroma of floral hops with light citrus notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by nice floral hops notes with very limited bitterness notes and some subtle citrus notes. Malt backbone is quite discreet with a nice light sweet finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice IPA with limited bitterness and good level of hops.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Beer Camp mix pack bottle.

Appearance: As with most SN beers, this is beautiful. Clear orange-amber, tight but soft appearing off white head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Smells like a slightly less intense, and more floral/herbal Celebration. Citrus and some spiciness. A touch of caramel and crackery maltiness. Bit of a strange "Sea Breeze" smell of aromatic facial astringent.

Taste: Floral, herbal, and bitter. Dry, crackery malt flavor. Bitter, dry finish. A little harsh for this little beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice soft carbonation and very dry finish.

Overall: Again, like a small version of Celebration with interesting added floral strangeness. A bit to dry/bitter in the finish for me, but pretty solid overall.

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Photo of bmwats
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a blanket of foam and a beer ring. Nice beer ring lacing remains.

S: Hops, rose, lavender, toffee, and a little orange citrus.

T: Medium hop bite... not much else.

D: Hoppy, lingering bite. Feels very shallow and washed-out, and something like sucking on a penny in the finish.

M: Sipping brew, especially due to the off-putting finish.

Atmosphere is great. Nice hue, and foamy head; with some strong lacing. Nose is very full floral and fruity components. Flavor is very basic with a slight hop, and not much else. Not so great in the finish. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of raszputini
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first sample from Beer Camp...Pours a shiny copper with a two finger head, Lacing sticks around for a bit, but then disappears completely. The nose is kind of what I would expect from a beer named "Floral IPA", as it is dominated by very floral hoppy tones. The taste was a surprise. I expected much more hop bitterness. Instead this brew is fairly balanced, the hops are somewhat mild (not as hoppy as Torpedo, for example) and there is a much more pronounced malt backbone than I expected. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this offering. Religious hop freaks may be a little disappointed, but I enjoyed this for what it is. A well-balanced, easy to drink IPA with interesting hop/malt chemistry.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head settles into a decent lacing with a nice bisquity mound in the middle of the glass above a clear golden copper colored beer.

Big floral hops with an added citrus and piney hops aroma.

Decent floral hops bite with bits of added citrus fruit and earthy pine hops taste.

A light citrus and piney hops dry aftertaste on this medium body IPA.

A decent IPA but really Happy Camper has nothing to worry about with this one.

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Photo of Mojo
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip

This beer pours up a very hazy apricot with a lot of sediment floating around. There is a fairly big fluffy head, decent retention, and lots of sticky lacing. Smell is mostly pine. Taste is a sweet toffee and caramel, and malt upfront followed by a big spicy hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is full with a decent amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but there are better IPAs out there.

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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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