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 chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poures a nice golden color body with a nice one finger light tan sticky head that hangs for a while. The smell is nice of citrus and hops, not much else going on. The taste has a nice but not overpowering hop bitterness up front. It also has a nice citrus flavor, almost like grapefruit. The mouth feel is really nice, a little heave for a ipa and just a little aftertaste on the tongue. Overall this is a good solid ipa.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Stamped 2171216:21.

A: Two fingers of dense, off-white head. Hazy golden amber. Heavy lacing.

S: This smells great. Ideal hops. Tangerine citrus. Slightly sweet orange peel. Floral pine.

T: Good, but not great. A touch thin, but the dry, crisp malt base balances it out well enough. Actually, the yeast/malt combo tastes a lot like SN's Pale Ale, but the hops are different -- and nice. The maintaste is plain, carbonated hops (yum). A bit of lavender on the bitterish endtaste. The herbal quality reminds me slightly of English hops, but the citrus-pine has me thinking American. I'd be very curious what blend went into this beer.

M: Crisp, but with a beery malty finish that kicks in far too soon.

O: Good beer, I'm glad I tried it. If it were readily available, I'd buy it over the standard Pale Ale almost every time.

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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 phishsihq
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer Camp Floral IPA pours a burnished gold and is slightly hazy. One inch of fluffy white head caps the brew. A big floral (duh!) hop wallop greets the nose as subtle
bready malt and pine resin notes linger. Floral hop flavors dominate on the palate, especially lavender, and just a hint of a bready malt backbone provides balance. Medium body and carbonation. We want to go to Beer Camp!


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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to scott for tossing this my way. enjoyed from my sierra nevada snifter.

a - brew poured a semi transparent yellow orange with a finger plus of bubbly ipa-ish head that left some nice lacing on the glass.

s - fresh flowers and hops. nice malt backbone.

t - very crisp and clean. hops and flowers. tad of bitterness on the finish. really nice. has an interesting twist with the floral vibe.

m - body is crisp. tingly. floral with a bitter finish.

o - overall, i dig it. my fav of the beer camp series thus far. a nice non-offensive ipa with a hint of flowers...real classy, crisp, and clean.

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Photo of pburland23
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a pretty standard looking light auburn orange. There's some sediment in suspension in the pour. Not much head at all...less than a thin layer which almost immediately disappeared. Almost looked like it was poured from a cask which sadly it was not.

Smell: Floral hops, obviously, are at the forefront of the aroma but there is also a pretty noticeable dose of caramel malt sweetness. Fairly well balanced smelling.

Taste: Mildly bitter with subtle floral hops flavors. Not as balanced as the smell, but it's not overly hoppy or bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very light level of carbonation. Again, there's a certain cask quality to the beer which is pleasant. No noticeable alcohol and, on the whole, a very drinkable IPA.

Overall: An interesting take on the IPA from Sierra Nevada. It's not as well balanced as the regular lineup of Sierra Nevada IPAs but well worth a try.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Aroma is nicely hoppy, floral certainly does come to mind.

First sip is bitter, sticky, with a sweet body, and mild bitter finish. Nicely balanced IPA, that has just enough hops to tickle the tongue. Nice lacing on the glass, and a nice array of floral hop flavors.

One of the better offerings in the Beer Camp pack this year. A solid IPA.

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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 flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate effervescence and a whole ton of tiny floaties suspended in the body. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with good retention and a nice lacing. Attractive.

Smell: light malt aroma with some biscuity and toasty character. Hops are earthy, dank and a little bit citrusy. Not bad, but overall a little murky and muddled.

Taste: sweetish malt with less of the biscuit and bread of the aroma. Hops are dank and earthy and are a little bit more American than English. Not super floral, as the name would suggest, but actually not too bad at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a moderate creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: a good IPA if you like dank English-type hops. I kind of do, so it works for me.

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Photo of motorhed
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark hazy golden/orange color with a thin 1 finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some light lacing as it's consumed.

S - Fruity, herbs, floral, hop aroma, and some malt.

T - Much of the same characteristics in the aroma of the beer come out in the flavor/taste as well. Very floral and full of citrus up front, herbal, and finishes with a bitter hop bite that lingers.

M - Silky, oily smooth drinking but definitely fuller in body than i was expecting. Nicely balanced and has a nice lingering chewy bitter finish.

O - Not a bad brew but in the land of what consists of near a million IPA's, this one is average. Nothing in this beer sets it vastly apart from many other IPA's. I would have it again but it's not anything i would go out of my way to seek out again.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, it's a hazy amber-gold beer without much of a head despite a vigorous pour. The nose is what you'd expect, but it's still nice: lots of grassy, floral hops. The flavor offers a lightly nutty malt with pretty high bitterness and hop flavor that seems a bit more citrus than flora. The back of the bottle indicates actual rose petals were used, but if they're contributing anything, I can't detect them. Finish is very dry.

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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 maximum12
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of each of the series. 12 oz. bottle poured into a curvaceous piece of glassware.

The pour is coppery, highly carbonated, & with a spoonful of suspended floaties; dessert in a glass. Nose is strong pale malts, bouquet of farmer's market flowers, green grass. Much more on the pale ale side, but not bad.

Beer Camp Floral IPA is a master of disguise. A gentle, aimless nose gives way to an aggressive, snorting beer (well, aggressive in a floral sort of way, I suppose). Floral florals are in ascendance, but they're hop flowers, with a hard piney hop bite right on their heels; an odd but pleasant pairing. Pale malts peek out mid-palate, & the finish is long, bitter, & angry. Oily & lovely in the mouth. These ounces are going out with the tide very rapidly.

Simple, direct, tasty. Never met an "English" IPA so bitter (though I have a few friends who might qualify, but they're not English...never mind). Whatev. Best of the three I've had to date, this will make hop-heads grin & swipe a twenty from their mom's purse. Excellent beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a clear but slightly hazy golden-amber color. The off-white head is moderate in size but has weak retention.

Aroma: a complex mix of herbal, fruity and floral notes.

T: More floral notes here than in the nose where they are rather subtle. Enough malt to add a lightly bready base and tame the bitterness to some degree. The herbal and fruit characters are present here too, along with a sense this was made with mineral water. Moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body and carbonation; semi-dry finish. More crisp than smooth.

Overall: an interesting IPA. I certainly prefer some other SN IPAs such as Torpedo, but then this is an English style version whereas I tend to prefer the American style IPAs. Still, a well-crafted IPA that is worth seeking out.

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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 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 Hopswagger
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P:  Hazy, effervescent orange copper colored body topped by a full finger of frothy khaki head that settles to a bubbly layer. 

S:  Sweet malt, citrus fruit esters, alcohol stings the nose with a sensation similar to icy hot. Floral aroma of a fresh flower arrangement, pronounced hops, and eucalyptus. The nose is very powerful and almost burns.   Aroma has a sun tan lotion similarity. 

T/M:  Body has aggressive carbonation and provides an medium oily feel that coats the mouth. Fresh and floral as expected. The fresh floral hops provide a great amount of hop bitterness.  Presence of orange oil, timid grape fruit, pine resin and eucalyptus provide a great balance to the sweet malt. Aggressively hoped but not overly bitter.  Finishes wet with a slow building dryness. 

O:  Fresh and clean hops provide a refreshing IPA that is sure to please.   The floral notes are spot on and the addition of orange and pine create a harmonious brew.  I would love to see this in a six pack. 

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2012 version. This pours a hazy golden brown color with a massive long lived white head which leaves a lacing. There is a nice amount of floral hops up front a little citrus. The feel is medium with a nice mouth coating hop resin. The taste is pretty good, a nice amount of bitter hops with some malts. Good stuff.

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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 ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sunkissed golden color with a tight, white head that leaves bits of lacing.

Smells of floral and piny hops.

Tastes of the hops upfront with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with the floral and grassy notes along with some pine resin. Not overly bitter. Malts come in with bread notes along with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good IPA that I find quite enjoyable.

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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 menkros
2.06/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color is golden with floating particles. Smell is a flower garden. Taste is a dirty flower garden. Wouldn't try again,This IPA pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head with good retention and nicer lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy. Good carbonation. Medium bitterness, but the bitterness tends to linger. Nice clean and crisp IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting take on the style, and one that largely works because the bitterness is preserved and it's not too sweet. The flowers add an interesting dimension, while preserving the character of an IPA. Pours a golden amber with a somewhat thin head that sticks around. Quite floral in the nose with a pronounced rose aroma as well as an herbal bitterness and tannic notes. The taste has nice bitterness- both from the hops and some of the additives, with very nice herbal, citrus, and especially tea-like flavors. Quite tannic and bitter, and that pleases the hophead in me even if the route there is a bit different.

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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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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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