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

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
541
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 541
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 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 TheCrowsNest
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: beige head covers the beer all the way through; there are lots of particles in suspension, possibly from the rose hips but hard to identify, definitely not yeast that was kicked up.

S: piney and floral, smells like spring.

T: light bittneress, mostly flavor and aroma hops, some balancing in a traditional english IPA.

M: creamy, then dry; relatively low carbonation throughout the beer after the head is formed.

O: a classic English IPA except for what was in suspension.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another great beer camp brew. I love this beer and hope to get some more, but unlike some of the other beer camps, this is one that is in a very crowed field. It's still good.

This ale has a great floral aroma and taste, as advertised. It looks great in the glass. It's fairly sessionable. This, like the other beer camps is highly recommended - go out and get a bunch!

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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 BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.9% ABV, string of numbers on shoulder.

A - This Beer Camp's IPA pours with a billowing ivory head that slowly lowers, caking the pint in sticky webbing before stopping at a lumpy pile of suds. Carbonation streams through the beer, gently mixing up the small floating particles which haze the golden amber color.

S - Floral notes are certainly present in this beer's aroma, but what's abundantly open and aromatic are the hops' bold citrus characteristics. Plenty of lemon citrus zest with grapefruit overlaps a layer of herbal aromatics, further add complexity. But there's also an odd onion-like smell that doesn't quite sit well for me. The toasted malt kicks in afterwards, toning everything down with some toast, biscuit, and earthy woodiness.

T - While somewhat absent in aroma, the rose hips really explode in the flavor, imparting a majorly floral, pedal-like attribute which works well in conjunction with the rest of the hop overtones. Again, plenty of lemony citrus and grapefruit rind notes with pine resin and herbal characteristics. A near perfect level of malt balances the hops with toast and biscuit flavors and an earthy finish.

M - Bitter pine resin sticks to the palate and tongue though this medium-bodied beer's existence in the mouth. A nice malt level finishes the beer out with moderate balance and a smooth presence. Dry and bitter closing, it begs for another exploratory sip.

O - Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Floral IPA carefully prods into uniqueness, employing rose hips to aid in the floral aspect of the hops. While they call this a "unique take on the traditional IPA style" I'd liken it more to an American IPA with it's bold hoppiness and bitter finish; balanced but certainly leaning towards the hops. Either way, it remains fairly safe, staying away from the fringes of extremism.

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head that holds up. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/herbal with rose petals and citrus with an underlying SN house character.

The taste of sweet pale malt interweaves with floral and citric notes. Rose petals interweave nicely in a subtle way, giving it a unique complexity. The light sweetness gives way to a bitter dryness in the finish. The brewery's house character shows in the aftertaste.

It is medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Smooth with a soft bite.

A floral, but balanced, easy-to-drink, fairly unique, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating
Bottle stamped 2171220:45

A= Pours a deep amber color with a thick off white head on it that holds steady retention and some really nice lacing.

S= Bright floral hop aroma to this. Floral IPA is a well adapted name. Not too many IPAs are "floral" as much as this one is. There is a little pine and citrus bitterness to follow it.

T= The taste is a nice floral hop bite. A decent amount of pine and citrus to back it but mostly bright floral notes.

M= Well carbonated and lasting flavor.

O= This is a solid beer. Well made and floral.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into one of my pint glasses out of the bottle. This beer pours a clear medium gold color with a white head about 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some spotty foam dotting the surface. Decent lacing on the inside of the glass. Herbal, earthy, spicey, citrus hop aroma upfront followed my a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Nice, herbal earthy, spicey, citrus hop flavor upfront. The bitterness is somewhat subdued, which allowed me to take time to really enjoy the other aspects of the different hop flavors going on here. Nicely done! Certainly less straight up hop bitterness than a lot of other beers I've bad from Sierra Nevada. Taste is rounded out with nice hints of caramel malt sweetness on the back of the palate. Has a very smooth, slightly crisp, oily/sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. This one really coats the inside of your mouth nicely and the aftertaste lingers for awhile. Very easy to drink in the way good beer should be. A very enjoyable beer that is certainly worth a try!

Eric

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Photo of Freshlikeugh
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tend to buy variety packs because many of them contain a hidden gem. This week I bought the Sierra Nevada "Best of Beer Camp" variety pack and was most suprised to find that this Floral IPA was not only the stand-out, but better than their popular Torpedo IPA.
I poured it into a frosted mug and noticed it had a deep amber color with an average IPA head. As soon as it left the bottle, I could easily pick up on its flowery scents that dominate it overall smell.
Simply, the taste followed its aroma. It was not as bitter and hoppy as some of the stronger IPA's I've had in the past, but I was pleased that the kick I typically seek from an IPA was replaced by the pleasant flowery and nectary undertones. This beer certainly lives up to its name.
Personally, I enjoy the style for a beer or two, but this beer is balanced and refreshing enough to put back 5 or 6 without getting bored of it.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16, served (inexplicably) in a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear medium amber body; not much of a head, but what’s there leaves plenty of fine off-white lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Pure, intense, raw hoppiness. Leafy, floral, earthy, vegetal, and generally dank. This genuinely smells like a glass full of hop cones, not beer. Crazy.

T: Opens with huge floral hoppiness, followed by a hint of citrus and some distant bready malts before closing out with dry, slightly astringent bitterness. Not the best finish, but still an extremely tasty hop bomb.

M: Lively, spritzy light-to-medium body. A tad over-carbonated, but not unpleasant.

O: Awesome IPA. I love how single-mindedly hoppy it is – possibly the most purely hoppy aroma I’ve experienced. They should totally can this.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to have a bad beer from SN. This beer has complexity with particularly great floral notes coming through. Great Balance, drinkability and great effervescence in the glass. Solid solid offering from of craft's masters. Most enjoyable beer of the English Ipa style that I have had. Underrated in my mind.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-amber with a nice cream colored head

S-ah, yes. This smells like a good SN ipa. It's comes in with weedy hops first then floral hops later. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of grassy hops, decent grains, and an awesome floral flavor! It's pretty good! I'm impressed actually with this flavor. Has an awesome matching after-taste. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy after-taste

O-I'm impressed with this! It's awesome, I could drink a case of this in no time. Kudos to whoever brewed this one. It didn't last long!

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