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)
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
Ratings:
540
Reviews:
216
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 540 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of hardcor33
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

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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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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

A- a slightly hazy golden amber with a fair amount of head. nothing out of the ordinary.

S- slight biscuit malts bust predominately floral hops (go figure) and a little bit of sweetness. A sweetness reminecent of garden variety clove honey.

T- opens with hop bitterness and bready malts. Spicy hops. this is as dry as Torpedo but without the IBU or ABV. The rose hips and pedals are definately in the finish.

M- pretty dry for an IPA, but not too dry. A good amount of carbonation. very simlar mouthfeel to Torpedo.

O- this is a good beer, as expected from this brewery; but still the weakest in this variety pack.. I haven't had the stout yet, but my guess is that it will steal the show.

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Photo of JAHMUR
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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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with resinous pine and citrus fruit notes followed by sweet alcohol and caramel malt. The flower petals stand out complimenting the earthy, grassy notes. Slight onion-y presence along with spruce tip, orange peel and grapefruit. Some caramel malt with biscuit, toffee and Graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a strong, spicy hop bite up front that provides some earthy bitterness that lingers throughout. Grassy and soily with some sticky pine needle and onion countered by a prominent malt backbone with hints of caramel and toffee as well as some bread and biscuit. The floral/petal presence comes in toward the end of the palate and clashes somewhat with the hop and malt flavors. There's also a surprising alcohol character in the finish even though the ABV is relatively low. Not a lot of heat just some harsh boozy sweetness. Overall, this beer isn't bad, it just has an odd combination of flavors that I don't like very much.

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Photo of ToddT
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Almost clear dark gold with a hint of brown to it, there is a fair amount of particulate suspended in this. It is topped with a medium off white head, that fades slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

A- Light citrus and grass notes, there is a hint of spice as well.

T- Grass notes right away balanced out with a hint of pine and citrus that are present but very subdued. Mostly clean finish with a hint of hop oil and a slight bitter final note.

M- Feels a little thin in body and decently carbonated. Clean for an IPA, not overly oily or with a build up of sweetness.

O- Average at best, nothing crazy or over the top, even the 5.9% ABV, is middle of the road for an IPA. Kind of what I would expect a home brewed IPA to taste like, nothing wrong with it but nothing to get excited about either.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, thanks to mulder1010, into a Mikkeller tulip.

Dullish golden orange appearance. Nice white foam on top that hangs around before sitting at a level just above film. On the way down it leaves a bit of wavy lacing.

Smell has a bit of the rose hips early. Then it turns into plenty of grapefruit and this is the smell that really lingers on.

Taste has more of the grapefruit with a bit of a floral twist to it. Does seem to lack a bit of balance and tastes a little astringent.

Can get a bit harsh in an aspirin sort of way. Not what i'm used to from Sierra Nevada. Hampers the drinkability a great deal.

Always fun seeing what comes out with the Beer Camp series. A great initiative. Though this beer is one i wouldn't get too excited about seeing again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy golden/amber color with tons of floaters. Sticky off-white head that leaves lacing.

S- Somewhat of a piney hop aroma mixed in with floral notes. Neither dominate, but they do not exactly make a great nose.

T- Piney hops come through the most, along with some herb-like flavors. Aftertaste is pretty pleasant.

M- Pretty heavy mouthfeel, especially for the style. High carbonation level.

O- Not a bad beer, but does not stand out from the many IPAs. I can imagine it would take a significant amount of flower hips and petals to come through.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

With the understanding that I'm drinking an IPA in mid September that is freshness dated late June...

Faintly interesting nose. Can't distinguish what exactly I'm smelling beyond general yeastiness.

Body falls flat. The taste seems to have leaked out of it. It's got no back end. Nothing lasts after the swallow. The bitterness is not the tasty kind. Mouthfeel is watery. Except for the mildly unpleasant bitterness, this is a bland beer. Don't want the other two in my 12 pack. It would be interesting to compare it to a younger version of itself to see if the age is the difference. Could not make it to 3 months.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#BOTG 113! another new beer camp beer. I'll try my best to not use the description of "floral" in this review. Poured from bottle into NB tulip. Pours a semi cloudy sunset orange color. Just a little head, not much. Smell- orange peel citrus, tangerine, a little potpourri (see? I didnt say floral). Taste- astringent, assertive bitterness. Citrus tangy blast, hop oils coat the roof of my mouth. Lacks balance in the malt arena, not too surprised for the abv- there just isnt much backbone. Just a tiny bit of sweetness, but not nearly enough to make it a well balanced beer. But, I'm a hophead and I enjoy the assault of bitterness here. Mouthfeel is a little thin, probably a symptom of the backbone problem. A decent beer overall, but not my favorite IPA version.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. Three fingers of rocky, off white head stick to the sides of the glass.

S - I get some citrus, mainly fresh grapefruit. There is a solid malt presence, as well. I expected a bouquet of flowers.

T - I get an iron and skunk taste. There is also a lot of malt.

M - Medium

O - It just has a weird off taste to it.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Two fingers of thick foam, off-white in color. Goes to a wisp of a head with some lacing, but not much. Body is amber filled wit yeast suspension and a column of carbonation rising in the center.

Aroma is mild with citrus and hops. I detected no floral.

Taste hits with hops, which quickly mellows out. Some citrus, but still no floral until the end where there is a touch of lavender.

Mouthfeel begins with tartness, which goes to malt. The palate clears too early for me.

Overall a decent IPA. This is my 3rd of 4 in this series, I was far more upbeat with the others. I expected some floral nose and flavor up front. I can't say that Sierra missed the boat with this brew, but they didn't get as much on board as promised.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the recent Beer Camp 12 pack. Amber color, good head, good lacing. Smell is indeed floral and soapy but also subdued and dis-involved. Flavor is more floral mixed with malts, might be hoppy but no way to tell since this is almost two months old and it just showed up in CO. This was the clear dud of the mix pack.

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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 540 ratings.
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