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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)

Brewed by:
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sure, floral complexities about but it seems that all those finesse aromatics are all hop derived. Where's the rose hips and pedals that their description promises?

Like many other IPAs, Beer Camp #53 pours with a strong gold and light amber hue. The sturdy carbonation builds a creamy and somewhat liquified head that crawls up the glass and leaves a speckled lace on the glass. It's a solid albeit standard IPA appearance.

But those floral tones exude the citrus character of hops and render little effect from the actual bouquet that's added to the process- not saying they're not there, but that the hop aromatics mask the more tender rose notes. Regardless, the backbone of malt delivers a semi-malty, lightly grain scent that strikes the olfactory senses with a notion of graham crackers.

Flavors of malt provide the flavor support but its a tad more flimsy than sturdy as the expected dry malt complexities fall a little short. But the malt displays an understated caramel, wafer taste that acts as a springboard from which the hops can bounce. A combined taste that seems from the zests of lemons, grapefruit, and oranges decorate the middle palate and ushers in the decidedly dry finish that all IPAs deserve. Finishing with a citron oiliness and grassy bite, the beer refreshes the palate with each and every sip.

Just shy of medium bodied, the beer's carbonation lifts the dry malt from the tongue easily and allows for a fast procession toward a dry and resiny finish. Accompanied by alcoholic warmth, the beer exposes mild hop-derived astringencies and grain tannin in its closure.

With far less "floral" character than many other ales and lagers that don't employ any flowery additions, this beer makes me forget the expectations and allows me to focus on the strong IPA flavors that are present. Although it's a very nice IPA, it holds no candle to the wind when compared to their Torpedo Ale.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep color color with a thin layer of creamy rich head that also sticks like glue to the sides of the glass, mild carbonation.

Lots of rose aroma and mildly grainy toasted caramel malt, smells like a flowered up English IPA.

The rose character is not at all overbearing, but has enough character to make it interesting, it shines around midway through before getting lost and then makes a final appearance at the end. Caramel malt hits up front before the rose hips set in and then lays a little low. The beer finishes off with a nice mixture of rose, pine, and grapefruit bitterness and leaves a citrus coating that's slightly orangy. Slight graham crackers and grass also show up at at brief moments.

Light medium body, slight pricklies, and very drinkable.

This beer is a clash between an English and American style IPA with a refreshing twist that goes beyond ordinary. Currently having this on tap but wouldn't buy it in the bottle; nice bitter bite but too much English personality to want more than one. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 12-pack Beer Camp series. Bottle dated 6/20/2012.

Hazy yellow-orange liquid poured into pint glass. Thick, white head lasts through tasting. Copious lacing coats the glass.

Floral hops, lemon zest, pepper, spice.

Mild bitterness, floral tones, spice. The bitterness lingers.

Dry, light-medium body.

It's a good representation of the style but I can't help thinking that the 2 months age on this has an effect. Interesting that this just rolled out and took 2 months to get to our market.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a fluffy off-white head that fades to a thin haze and spotty lacing. Pleasant aromas of grassy and resinous hops and a mild malt backbone. Hops are floral, sure, but I guess I expected legitimate flowery aromas. Taste is similarly hoppy, decent amount of resin and grass. Not tasting any of the rose hips or flowers, really, but it's still a solid Sierra Nevada IPA. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium body and great carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall I enjoyed it, but I suppose I expected a bit more flower character.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden honey with a near 2 finger head. Great retention. resulting in a lace that's thin but consistent and sticky.

Smell - Hops are pungently floral on the nose, backed by bready malt notes.

Taste - Big floral hops from start to finish; notes of honeysuckle and rose. Subtle malts back up the hop dominant profile to provide a touch of balance. Finishes slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a solid amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - When they named this beer, they weren't kidding. Near overbearing floral character. A good, solid effort.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Floral IPA is an attractive gold. It’s mostly clear. When held to light, it takes on a brighter appearance and has a slight orange tint. A nice white head rises to top it off. It stands over a finger tall and holds up pretty well. Takes a while to completely dissipate. Lacing is sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a bit weak and would benefit from more strength. It smells sweet and sugary up front. The malt base smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malt. The toasted variety smells a little stronger. Not my favorite thing. Hops have a bit of a floral aroma, but there’s a citric component, as well. Citrus grapefruit and orange are lighter in the mix, but they are there. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. I’m not getting much at all.

The flavor is about on-par with the nose. The malt base is primarily toasted malts with a bit of caramel providing support. I’m not a huge fan of the toasted malt base, but it’s not terrible. It is a bit sugary and sweet. Hops are a mix of floral and citric varieties. Citrus grapefruit and lemon flavors are easily noted in the mix. The floral notes are alright, but aren’t all that exciting. It’s a little bitter, but the malts do much to balance it out. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes toasty, a tad bitter, and dry.

Floral IPA has a light-medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It does feel nice and smooth. It’s alright. Goes down easy enough. I’m not loving the flavor enough to down multiple bottles, but this one’s going down alright.

Floral IPA is an okay release from Sierra Nevada, but it’s definitely not a stand out IPA. There’s a little too much toasted malt and not enough hop flavor. It’s not bad though. Not my favorite release in this year’s Beer Camp pack, but it’s worth checking out.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours hazy dark golden color with an orange hue and an impressive fluffy white head that reduces to a solid layer, producing good lace.

S- piney hops with floral accents, a bit of grapefruit juice, and a hint of sweet malt. Also picking up a strange sulphur-like well water smell, almost musty.

T- bitter floral and piney hops, a bit of a malt backbone, finishes very bitter and somewhat dry with a bit of wheaty malt

M- medium body, light carbonation, finishes a bit watery but creamy.

O- definite emphasis on the floral, however it seems just a bit unbalanced. Still worth trying, but wouldn't go for it again.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle was part of the newest Sierra Nevada Beer Camp variety case.

Poured and sampled from a DFH Signature Glass

A - Beer pours a hazy, amber/orange color. A frothy, one finger head on the initial pour. Decent lacing left on the glass after finishing.

S - A different type of IPA aroma. The normal hoppy, citrus, and pine aromas are there but they are mixed with a perfume/flowery-like smell as well.

T - A classic IPA that has a distinct perfume taste that really pokes through. It takes some getting used too but it kind of grows on you. It has a slightly bitter tanginess and a dry finish. The ABV is not noticeable.

M - A lighter consistency with lots of carbonation.

O - A beer that I enjoyed but I'm not quite sure it's one I'd drink all the time. The perfume-like taste is somewhat different and takes some getting used to. Overall though, I have to give kudos to SN for giving us something different than just another IPA.


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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Some moderate lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: caramel, floral tones, and some orange citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bready malt, orange, and a floral hop bitterness are most notable. The flavors are balanced and not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is rather short lived here.

Overall: a very easy to drink IPA, but not as bitter as some other beers made by SN. Well worth a try.

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Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Green Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2171218:59 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Floral aroma with tons of malt in the backbone. Light and just like the name of the beer states.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quick. Has a deep reddish copper body with almost no clarity. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Very easy hop flavor... Citrus comes up a tab but very floral. Can you imagine it having floral attributes? Malt is sweet in here too. Light-Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Sweet hops on the finish and good malt.

Overall Impression- A very lightly hopped up beer on this "Beer Camp" Series, my second one enjoying. Interesting that even Sierra Nevada changes up their recipe for this style of beer. Above average but wouldn't return to this one over any of the other Sierra Nevada beers.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 6/19/2012. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, herbal, floral, pine, toast, grass, and light earthy spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with decent strength and pleasant balance. Taste of caramel, citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, bread, grass, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus rind, pine, herbal, floral, bread, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good flavor balance; with a solid bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Overall this is a good herbed IPA. Well balanced and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- floral spa pours a copper amber body with massive white head of foam. Very sticking lacing all over the glass

S- very floral and earthy with caramel malt scents. Safe to say there is some pine malt scent. Would like to see more citrus in the scent profile

T- earthy and bitter with a very malt forward taste. Spicy and full malt bill of flavor that again could use some critrus hops

M- good carbonation and sticky flavor

O- honestly prefer my ipa's hoppy and full of citrus. Not awful, just not for me

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This tastes like almost every other Sierra Nevada IPA I've had. That is to say it tasted fine but was bored with it quickly.

Beer is crimson / amber and clear with a nice tight white head of small bubbles. Some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Sierra Nevada beers smell like hops and the house yeast strain. There is no avoiding that house strain aroma.

Beer is mildly hoppy, mildly bitter, mildly mild throughout. It is an unoffensive but uninteresting beer. Nothing really happening, the hops are of the floral variety so you get this earthy feeling to the whole thing, nothing too much. I could drink this again but won't likely.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a vibrant orange color with a white head on top. The beer is muddy looking from all the floating sediment. The retention is pretty good as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer is definitely floral but not much malt on the nose. The taste of the beer is hoppy, some citrus notes as well as some resin too. The deep aftertaste is floral also. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, with a gentle carbonation to it. Overall this beer is pretty good. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of mschind
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I saw this combo 12 pack and had to try it.

A- Pours with a slight haze and a nice head. Golden amber color with a little lacing.

S- Not sure what I am looking for but the bottle says whole fllower hops and rose hips and that's what is showing up although faintly.

T- Bitterness dominates with some malt in the finish. I'm not getting anything I would call floral.

M- meduim light body, balanced carbonation.

O- SN knows what it does well and I am pleased to see them open up to experimentation. This might grow on me although the malt/hop balance is lacking for an IPA.

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Photo of wspscott
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (been in the fridge since purchases)

A: Hazy light copper color with a very thin white head.
S: Pine and based on the label, what I guess is roses
T: Definite hops but more muted than a "normal" Sierra Nevada PA. A little bit of light caramel. A definite "oddness" that can only be the roses.
M: High level of carbonation, but not unpleasant, very tingly. The hops seems to linger on the tongue making for a creamy mouthfeel that sort of balances out the carbonation.
O: I like the beer, don't love it. The roses seem to add something, but maybe too much something. I wonder if a different hop combo would work better? Worth trying, but I doubt that Sierra Nevada will be making this again. Points for trying something different.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up in the Bay Area. It's about time. It is about 2 months old, so not the freshest, oh well.

It looks really nice, a nice deep golden orange, crystal clear with an off white head. Kind of looks like Torpedo. The bubbles on the head look kinda weird ha.

It smells like torpedo as well. It has a nice tangerine sweetness, and some astringent hop esters and bready carmel like malt. Not the strongest of scents.

Upon the first sip I mostly get a light mouthfeel, a dry bitterness the rolls across the tongue and a nice bready malt feel in the back. Hmmm, I do taste a little bit of the tangerine notes, but it is very light. Not the best.

This tastes like a Diet Torpedo, good, very drinkable, but nothing I'd buy again really.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, slightly copper color with a small off-white head. Minimal retention with decent lacing.

S: Very floral (as the name implies) with some faint citrus and piney notes.

T: Very grassy and floral, faint grainy malt. The finish is very piney, more so after swallowing.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, hoppy for an English IPA.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy goldish orange with a half inch of head. Some lacing. Aroma is floral as advertised but there is some citrus hop notes as well. Some grains. Taste is, not surprisingly, floral hops. Some malt flavor, but the flowery hops are the main attraction. Floral finish with a fair amount of bitterness. Light mouthfeel and lower ABV would make this pretty drinkable, but I feel that the flowery taste would slow things down. Overall, floral and tasty and a decent IPA.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper with some sticky lacing.
Smells floral as the name suggests, but not too strong smelling. Nice smell
The taste is mild. Very refreshing and not as hoppy as you would expect from the scent. Some caramel flavors as well as some pine.
Somewhat light body and medium carbonation.

An interesting take on the IPA from SN. Here we have something more akin to a British IPA. Very different than Torpedo. Pretty good though.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, bright, orange-copper coloring with a thin, sparse, film coating. Aromas of tangy caramel backbone sweetness, resiny and rich hops, and lavender highlights. Flavors are roasted and tangy, with a charry character at the end of the palate. Resiny and bitter, with a cedar pitch component. Floral highlights abound, and the resiny hops and cedar pitch give the beer a very green feel. Tangy, bitter aftertaste, with a dry, clean finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of herbal hobs in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of herbal hops and hints of rose hips along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness, some of which lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp (a little prickly) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a nice easy drinking IPA but it would have been nicer if the rose hips could have stood out a little more.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint glass.

a - pours a hazy amber color with a lot of sediment floating around. gave me a thin cap of coarse, off white head that died down quickly. leaves a few legs of lacing behind.

s - more herbal than floral, grapefruit, faint mango, toffee.

t - starts off like a standard ipa with toffee malt and citrus notes, but then the floral hop bouquet opens up. the rose hips are very present and lend a nice richness to the beer just before a bitter, resinous wave creeps up to finish out the brew.

m - fuller in body than many ipas with the right amount of carbonation for a creamy smoothness. slightly slick from the hop oils.

o - a solid beer, but isn't going to blow anybody away. i'm not usually a fan of the herbal leaning hop profiles. as such, this was the least enjoyable brew from this years beer camp set for me

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Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the final beer to review from the SN Beer camp Sampler Twelve pack. This is an interesting IPA; it has plenty of hop flavor but the piney hop attack you expect is somewhat muted, perhaps due to a mixing of noble and west coast hops. Starts with a handsome orange copper body with mediocre head but outstanding lace. Nose is balanced with bread and biscuit notes and caramel malt. The hops are grassy and citrus and again, somewhat less aggressive but still potently flavorful. A nice, low octane IPA, but tasty.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from12 oz bottle (aug 2012)

A- pours a golden copper color with a large off white head streaks of lacing on the glass

S- was floral hops with pine resin soapy malts sweet caramel

T- bitter pine hops first but then a burst of floral hops with tropical notes a touch of malts ib the finish

M- was more bitter than floral with hops medium carbonation with a tongue biting bitterness

O- good ipa would have liked more tropical and floral hops in this one

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