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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Photo of BigCheese
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an an Amber, orange, rather cloudy, small white head. Head doesnt die, minimal lacing,

S: Pineapple and bright flowery smell, pretty pronounced. Hints of honey malt backbone.

T: Much more of a grassy floral hop flavor. I even get some a sort of soapyness in finish (i hope i cleaned this glass well!). Very dry. Some piney-ness in finish. Very flowery overall. Chamomile and dandylions come to mind. Very little malt presence.

M: Very light, high carbonated, kind of a session IPA though its a bit bitter. Definitely suited for a cookout, summer, the beach. Rather refreshing

O: Certainly an interesting beer, but not my cup of tea. Not balanced enough and a little to flowery/soapy. Worth trying as its quite unique, i probably wont get it again though. My least favorite of the beer Camp (Stout, Red, Pilsner, IPA).

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Photo of CHickman
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper orange color with a big bubbly 2 finger foamy off white to beige head that faded very slowly and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down; another good looking head from a Sierra Nevada IPA.

Smells of piney hops, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, grains, tea leaf, mint leaf, biscuit, hay, and herbs; I guess that it’s rose that I’m smelling which replaces the normal citrus hop aroma active in most Sierra Nevada IPA’s. Not overly hoppy, with a strong malt presence and grainy backbone.

Tastes of piney hops/pine cones, floral hops, flowers/rose petals, grains, tea leaf, sweet malt, mint leaf, biscuit, hay, and herbs and/or spice like potpourri; after the swallow the floral notes pop up again, along with toasted grains, lemon zest, tea leaf and some wheat bread. The flowers are too much and take away from it overall. Even as an English IPA the rose taste and floral notes are too much; if that aspect were dialed down a bit it would be a nice English IPA that showcased the tea leaf and toasted grains, but this combo was a bit off IMO.

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp at the same time, with mild carbonation and a clean finish with just a hint of bitterness; it would go down easy if the flowers weren’t distracting.

Moderate drinkability, to me this was just OK compared to most Sierra Nevada IPA’s. Glad I tried it and I appreciate the Beer Camp experiment, but the other beers included in the 12 pack were better than this.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear golden rod color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles which work their way up to the fluffy off white head which lingers beautifully and has an awesome texture to it with large bubbles and a creamy appearance, leaves a very good amount of lacing
S: nice hop aroma with a very flowery note to it (surprise), i also notice the rose hips mentioned on the label up front in the nose
T: a nice earthy hop note is the most notable of the flavors, starts right up front and develops throughout, lingering bitterness afterwards, also, just before the sip i caught an odd burnt note, not sure from what and im not going to take it into consideration for the numerical rating, just curious
M: smooth throughout, gentle carbonation, leaves the mouth distinctly dry, pretty nice balance for the style
O: not the best IPA ive ever had but i do like the use of the earthy hop notes and bitterness

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Photo of t420o
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SN Beer Camp Floral IPA

A- pour produces a 2 finger off white head with good retention resting on a deep gold body. Some fine sediment floating around. Decent lacing. Looks good. 4

S- the floral hop smell is pretty nice along with some biscuty malt. 3.5

T- very floral and almost too much so with a biscuty malt balance and a bitter finish. Not too much going on here. 3

M- very good mouthfeel. Great medium body, perfect carbonation level. 4

O- it's good, but definitely nothing amazing. I dont think I'd have it again beyond the other 2 in the 12-pack 3.5

Low B

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Body is shiny new penny, plenty of chill haze. Topped by a fist of rocky white foam that rose above the rim. Great lace covers most of the available glass.

The rose pieces are upfront in the aroma, covering most of the usual citrus of a typical SN beer, though enough makes it out to add to the mix in an interesting way.

Taste begins with a sturdy but not huge semi-sweet base. Followed by floral notes and covered up citrus. Odd slight chalk note in the aftertaste.

Smooth light-medium mouthfeel.

An interesting one-off, though not one that SN needs to add to the permanent line-up.

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottling date 2171 stamped/lasered on bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Burnished copper with big-bubbled 2-3 finger off-white head with average retention and random lace patterns.

S: Fairly average aroma with bready malts and floral (duh) and herbal, orange blossom aroma..

T: Firm bitterness with herbal, honeysuckle flavor with grapefruit-lemon-orange citrus hoppiness. Malts are crackery and slightly bready with a light caramel touch.

M: Sticky, tacky mouthfeel with even carbonation and light-medium body.

O: Not a bad beer but nothing special either.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a murky burnt orange amber with two fingers of off white head. Solid retention with some ok lacing.

S- floral indeed but comes across a bit to perfume like. Herbal hop notes intertwine with an asprin character. Earthy in a manure kind of way... Not good. Alcohol and grainy malt comprise the finish.

T- much better flavor. Herbal woody hop with an aspriny note blends with a fresher floral rose character up front. Mild bitterness hits mid palate with some caramel maltiness. Finishes with some pine resin, a hint of alcohol and orange peel.

MF- astringent sharp mouthfeel with a medium body. Average carbonation.

D- below average drinkability.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, hoppy and grapefruit notes along with caramel underneath. Big plain hoppy notes.
Some green, floral hops as flavours too but not particularly interesting. Also some clean malt. Finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the tiny yet numerous pieces of sediment hanging out out in all twelve ounces. Sediment ridden copper color looks great beneath the thick film of foam atop this brew. Great lacing too.

Sweet, fruity floral hop aromas with a splash of toasted bread crust.

The upfront bitterness is mostly bitter flora with toasty and biscuity malts slowly rising in the back of the palate. The overall flavor is pretty bitter, floral, nottes of toasted orange peel. The palate is a little resiny. This is pretty hoppy and of course floral tasting. I don't think this should be categorized as a English IPA though.

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Photo of Cresant
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12 oz. into a Samuel Adams glass. 2012 Beer Camp release. (from notes) The body was bright apricot with a slight haze. The head left sheets of thin lacing.

The smell was organic and leafy. Floral. Nice.

The taste was interesting, unique. Bright bitterness and a creaminess. floral with minor maltiness.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine carbonation. This was my favorite from the Beer Camp release from 2012.

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Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a brownish hue. The off-white head is small yet dense leaves a small but nice wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma does not scream of fresh hop but I do have an aged sample. I get more candied tropical fruit notes with some light grapefruit. Not much from the malt.

The flavor is mostly hop. It has kind of a dying grapefruit and apricot hop flavor which actually tastles like a sweetened iced tea. I kind of like it. The malt provides a non-descript yet deep bready flavor.

The feel is moderate and satisfying. Sweet yet balanced with a hoppy bitter finish.

A fresh hop brew past its prime unfortunately. Still some nice flavors but doesn't have that hop pop.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, fresh citrus on the nose with a light caramelesque background.

Slightly hazy dark golden color with lots of visible bubbles rising to the top to form that nice crisp white head. Lacing looks good, and the beer looks good overall.

Punch-in-the-face citrus with a strong firm bitterness on the back end and finish. The beer also finishes with an interesting floral character. Upon reading about it, it is made with rose stems, which I would attribute this to. It is moderately carbonated and has medium body. I wouldn’t call it smooth, but it’s easy to drink.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper with a thick, white head. Lacing is minimal, which is kind of surprising given the huge and overall pretty sustainable head. The nose is full of fruit and citrus - I'm actually picking up hints of Fruity Pebbles. Bits of pine and resin in the back of the nose to bring it all together. The taste is full of hops up front, pines, resiny oils, and a big push of citrus coming up the back end - grapefruit and pineapple are the most noticeable. As the beers mellows in the mouth, the malt backbone comes alive with a slight biscuity taste. A touch of sweetness and a lot of bitterness finish off the aftertaste. The beer has a medium, sticky body with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. Not amazing, not great, but good. I probably won't go out of my way to get this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of jifigz
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

There is nothing special about the appearance of this brew. IT is a typical IPA orange color with a head that was tiny and didn't last all that long. There is a bunch of sediment in the beer as well. It looks like a mixture of yeast and hop residue. Was this one bottle conditioned? The aroma is light hops with a nice malty backbone behind it. The taste is another nice mixture of hops and maltiness. The hop flavor dies away pretty fast and leaves the aftertaste of the crystal malts (or at least that's what I am presuming) to beat the palate with a decent sweetness. The MF is a nice light bodied feel.

This isn't really that "Floral." I usually think Sierra Nevada does a great job on their beers, but this one isn't so great. It is a very drinkable and smooth flavored IPA, but the aroma and flavor aren't as floral and hoppy as I was expecting.

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Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy muddled copper color with a solid one inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by floral hops, with hints of citrus, and a very malty, caramel backbone. Herbal hops round out the profile. Notes of rose petals and nuttiness emerge.

Flavor reveals more floral, perfumey hops, which are fairly bitter. There's a note of grapefruit pith emerging late, along with lemon and toasted breadcrust, but it pretty much tastes like inhaling perfume. Pine surfaces as it warms, along with herbal tea.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of hop astringency and alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall, I thought the hop flavor was disappointing. The bitterness overtook subtle floral flavors, and the balance toward floral flavoring hop combined with this to be fairly offputting.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to a standard pint

A: Look is a golden amber color with a soft glowing haze to it. Nice thick tan head demonstrates awesome retention. Carb is evident with streaming bubbles. Head is cakey and leaves some nice tracks of cling down the glass.

S: Smells of pine and florals of course. I get some stone fruit aromas, pear and apricot mainly, with a bit of sugary pale malts. There is a distinct twist of rose petal that is very potpourri like. Some fruity tart yeast esters as well. Different but nice.

T: Tastes of sappy pines with tangerine fruit and rose water. A bit soapy with that distinct flower petal flavor. Has a nice hoppy bitterness and a bit of a caramel malt kick towards the end. No real ABV’s to report. Flavors are well balanced and incorporated nicely but definitely something slightly different. Any more use of the rose here would be too much for me.

M: Medium-light body with a soft, lush feel. Carbonation is ideal. A bit of drying in the finish with a nice sticky linger.

D: This was nice and quite different but the rose is just not my thing. Well executed with good balance as expected form Sierra, just a touch too perfumey for my taste.
I do love the whole Beer Camp program though. Others may enjoy.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep gold colour with a huge head of foam and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The smell is very hoppy, lots of fresh piney notes that bring a ton of bitterness. I can't say I get any malt out of the nose.

The taste starts out very bitter; the pine is over whelming other flavours that must be there. It seems to calm down a bit after a few more sips. I get an earthy malt kick just before the finish and the finish itself is rather mild and slightly watery after the initial burst of flavours.

This is light bodied with medium carbonation; a so so mouthfeel.

This isn't a bad IPA. I drinks okay but I'd not buy another Beer Camp pack just for this beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is appears a hazy, burnt orange hue with a quarter inch of soapy, off-white head. The aroma offers malt, toast, floral notes. Smells true to style. The flavor is crisp, with malt leading the way. The finishes offers a touch of spice with lingering floral hops. A healthy bitterness persists as well. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this was OK. One was plenty. Worth a try, but I don't see myself returning to this one.

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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep orange, almost amber in body with a sticky off-white bubbly head. Mild haze of particles floats around in the glass. Strong aroma of orange peel, booze, caramel, light peppery notes. Some solid flavors of citrus, orange peel, grassy notes, some flowery character mostly shows up in burps, caramel, booze, and bitterness. Thick in body with medium carbonation. A sticky IPA that coats the palate.

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Photo of JWU
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a barely hazy orange/amber with a really nice eggshell head that stick all over the glass on the way down.

S- almost brutish in its grapefruit/earthy/floral intensity. Maybe a hint of some malt.

T- Fairly brutish on the taste as well. The big floral/grapefruit hit does fade, thank goodness, and subsequent sips aren't as in your face. Once your palette adjusts, it is fairly complex underneath all that big brash hoppiness. A little english style malt (biscuity, crackery) and I get some sweetness akin to agave syrup.

M- actually quite smooth, and not as dry as you would think. Proper light to medium carbonation.

O- I don't want to like it, but there's something about it I find pretty interesting. I certainly can't have more than one at a time. It belongs in a variety case such as beer camp.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light clear caramel color with a very strong head. And very heavy lacing and spiderwebs everywhere

S: aroma is somewhat underwhelming with a very earthy dirt like mixture and fresh hops mixing with pale malts. It smells like mostly bittering hops and a bit of caramel 120 malt

T: After a not so stellar aroma, I was surprised by the floral aroma. I missed and did not have time to read about the rose hips before tasting the and when I did, it was a pleasant surprise. Very happy to have tried this and by far the most rose hip forward of any beer I have tried to date.

M: medium body with a healthy carbonation

O: overall a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace from a plain jane floral ipa. Interestingly enough I picked up a hops n roses from Captain Lawrence today as well which I will test out tomorrow for another rose hip beer.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 171 of 2012 (June 19). 2012 Floral IPA Beer Camp #53.

Appearance: Pours a nice burnt orange with a thick off-white head.

Smell: Definite Sierra Nevada hop profile in the aroma, but much maltier than the standard Sierra Nevada IPA.

Taste: A little harsh and overly (not pleasantly) bitter. Almost a metallic copper or iron flavor. I prefer a much more citrusy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel and appropriately carbonated.

Overall: This seems unbalanced to me. If I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada IPA, I'd much prefer a Torpedo.

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Photo of ZippyThePinhead
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this and would have it again if someone else was buying.

The floral description was on the money, but I think they could have done a better job of balancing hop flavor with hop bitterness. In other words, though it was tasty, the finish/aftertaste lingered a little too long for my preference. I like a clean, quick finish in my IPAs.

I was OK with the maltiness, and the hop flavor was fine.

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Photo of Briken
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, clear copper with a moderate white foamy head with nice lacing. Sticky fresh floral aroma. Resinous floral taste with light sweetness and linger. High carbonation, lightly foamy and sticky feel.

Big hop flavor and aroma with light hop bittering that grows slightly throughout the bottle. Simple, straightforward hop flavor, it delivers what it advertises but I would almost classify it as a pale ale. This is certainly the non-IPA drinker’s IPA. I would say though that there really isn’t a whole lot of flavor but it has a great fresh aroma.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Pungent, floral hops with a distinct note of rose hips.

T - Spicy, kind of harsh tea and hop notes up front. Some dry toast in the middle with a bit of an herbal quality. Finishes with more dry, slightly burnt toast and harsh herbal character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is promising, but it gets really weird and harsh in the flavor profile. I am not pleased.

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 541 ratings.
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