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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Ratings: 540 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of herman77
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark yellow. Pretty much a light copper. Some haze to it. Fluffy off white head with great retention. Great lacing.

S: Its got that hoppy Sierra Nevada smell that I find in a lot of their hoppier stuff. Maybe its the use of their whole cone hops which is in this? Very herbal and a bit grassy. A bit of dankness to it too. A hint of citrus, along with some floral sweetness from the rose petals perhaps?

T: Very herbal hop forward with an odd kind of "green/garden" taste to it. Must be from the addition of the rose petals and hips. A bit spicy too. Not much malt to speak of. A little harsh tasting, but it can't be from the ABV. I think the rose flavors to not mesh well with the hop and malt profile.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Not the best drinkability for me. It's an interesting take on an IPA, worth a try, but not my thing.

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Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy copper color with over1/4 inch of off-white head that quickly dissipated into a ring that held up fairly well and had OK lacing.

The aroma featured, yup you guessed it, floral hops with some pine in the background. There wasn't really a noticeable amount of malt showing up, nor any of the Rose hips used int the brewing of this beer. On the tongue, a very light malt flavor showed up, and there was a crisp hop taste. But again, I didn't pick up any Rose.

The body was that of an average IPA, perhaps a bit thinner than average really. Drinkability was OK, but not great. Overall, a decent, but not special, brew. Worth having for the tick, otherwise a pretty average brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of gabedivision
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to a tulip glass

A- crystal clear copper orange with a 1 finger fluffy white head.

S- piny hop aroma, definetly a 'floral' , smells like a rose garden with a lemony hint on the end

T- Piny resin, extreme flowery taste, perfume, soapy, lemon pledge and potpourri.

M- light on the tongue, crisp, clean.

O- A for creativity but this just simply isn't that drinkable. Weird perfume taste and after taste that's just odd.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with just a touch of haze. Plenty of fine foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Some aromatic hops in the nose, but I wouldn't call it flowery. Pleasant light body.

Plenty bitter, and I think it deserves to be called an IPA. The malt stays in the background as some browned biscuits. Quite sharp after a few sips, I can feel it on my tongue. There is a fragrant honeysuckle touch and then it's mostly grapefruit peel, including the lip pucker.

As always from Sierra Nevada, this is clean and well made, but I don't find it very drinkable even as an IPA. A nice hoppy bite with each sip but it gets very bitter and unrelieved by any malt sweetness. A 12 oz bottle from the seasonal 12-pack.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another Sierra Nevada Beer Camp offering!

Pours out a nice shade of orange with yellow hues and 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is slightly citrus hops along with piney notes and a slight sweetness from the malt.

The taste is a blend of citrusy hops combined with piney hops and a slight lemon zest. The bitterness is pretty even and there is a slight bready element from the malt. There is this "floral" characteristic overall that tastes almost like roses.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a nice dry aftertaste.

Very easy to drink and an almost herbal take on a traditional IPA. Pretty interesting.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of dgilks
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour with a small, tight white head. Poor head retention.

Malty and slightly dank. Lacking punch but there is a floral note here.

Malty sweetness. Nice bitterness though there is a slight cohumulone harshness. The floral character is okay but it doesn't sing.

Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer. It lacks punch and finesse in my book but it's not awful.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of davey101
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a pint glass. Julian date code puts at a June 20th bottle date.

A - Hazy dark amber body. Soapy off white head with massive bubbles. Kind of a dirty lacing.

S - Muted pine and grapefruit hops, grainy malts, a touch of rose pedals and some spice.

T - I'm not sure if its just the age, or the way it was supposed to taste...but its very bitter with little flavor. Pine dominant hops with a touch of citrus and bready malts. Not getting the rose in the flavor.

M - Thin to medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - The weakest link of the mix pack. Its not super fresh, but its very bland and boring with almost no rose presence. Average at best.

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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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