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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
540
pDev:
10.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 540 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"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."

I purchased this beer as a single taken from the Beer Camp twelve camp. Used the ol' asthma inhaler to pop the top off this baby and was greeted with hops. Listed on this site as an English Pale Ale, this is about as English as the Yora Tribe of the Amazon. Although this one is called "Floral" IPA, I smell a lilttle more of a citrusy style of hops with the floral "rose hips" in the background. The beer is a deep orange amber in color and is topped with a massive white head. My serving temperature is not super cold so I think some of the carbonation is expressing its displeasure because this one is topped with a three finger sized, light and frothy head typical of warmer serving temperatures.

As mentioned, aroma is citrusy and floral with a good bit of caramel notes.

Quite bitter on the palatte, which I love. A lot of IPA's say they are IPA's but are APA's doppelganging (yes, I made that up) as IPA's. This one is bitter and fruity and floral and delicious. There is some balance but the hop bitterness steals the show. I really dig it.

I refuse to acknowledge this as an English Pale Ale; all of these style are dubious at best these days anyway. As far as pale ales and India pale ales go, Sierra Nevada knows what the hell they are doing. I will just about drink any of their pale ale styles without question, and I will almost always be greeted with quality, flavor, and affordability. One of my favorite breweries and this is a nice beer.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Jim's.

Pours a hazy gold. One finger head dies quickly, but very good lace.

Aromas are of apricots, grapefruits.

Taste is an oddity - is it an EIPA or an AIPA? One of those hybrids where malts are very much in the mix, but with a very lifted nose. ( A la Thornbridge Jaipur). After a while it becomes a Grapefruit experience overall.

Mouthfeel on the heavy side of medium.

Good beer, not great... good to see SN doing this kind of thing, but how many Beer Camp beers will make the grade???

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Photo of bmwats
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a blanket of foam and a beer ring. Nice beer ring lacing remains.

S: Hops, rose, lavender, toffee, and a little orange citrus.

T: Medium hop bite... not much else.

D: Hoppy, lingering bite. Feels very shallow and washed-out, and something like sucking on a penny in the finish.

M: Sipping brew, especially due to the off-putting finish.

Atmosphere is great. Nice hue, and foamy head; with some strong lacing. Nose is very full floral and fruity components. Flavor is very basic with a slight hop, and not much else. Not so great in the finish. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Gregwa
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

A - A light golden hue, with 1 finger of head and some sticky lace. What sticks out here is the huge amount of sediment floating around in the glass. Extremely unfiltered!

S - Nice citrus aroma, like the name. Some nice malt character as well.

T - Very smooth and well balanced between the citrus and bitter hops. Doesn't have a bite, like I enjoy in a good IPA. Needs a more distinct taste. Not bad at all though.

M - Light to medium bodied, with some oily aftertaste

O - A slightly above average IPA. Definitely enjoyable, but not one to pick up again.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Nightrain87
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Blaze5445
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

A: pours a light golden orange with a finger and a half of slightly off white dense head with good retention
S: smells floral with a hint of grapefruit and some underlying sweetness
T: floral hops with a slight citrus kick, caramel malt and some lightly toasted malt in the middle. decent bitterness throughout and some juicy hops as well. swallow brings more floral hops and a slight citrus to coat the mouth and fade away. I don't know what rose hips and petals are supposed to add but it must be very sublime because I can't discern anything that I don't recognize...
M: medium mouthfeel with carbonation that starts soft then slowly builds to slightly prickly and then back to soft.
O: looks good, tastes good, has balance, and drinks well. what more could you ask for or expect from sierra nevada? mouthfeel was a tad heavy imo but it isn't overly so.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RDW
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JKV96
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into one of my pint glasses out of the bottle. This beer pours a clear medium gold color with a white head about 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some spotty foam dotting the surface. Decent lacing on the inside of the glass. Herbal, earthy, spicey, citrus hop aroma upfront followed my a bit of caramel malt sweetness. Nice, herbal earthy, spicey, citrus hop flavor upfront. The bitterness is somewhat subdued, which allowed me to take time to really enjoy the other aspects of the different hop flavors going on here. Nicely done! Certainly less straight up hop bitterness than a lot of other beers I've bad from Sierra Nevada. Taste is rounded out with nice hints of caramel malt sweetness on the back of the palate. Has a very smooth, slightly crisp, oily/sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry. This one really coats the inside of your mouth nicely and the aftertaste lingers for awhile. Very easy to drink in the way good beer should be. A very enjoyable beer that is certainly worth a try!

Eric

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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 StaveHooks
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz served in a Great Divide pint glass.

A - Slightly hazed amber with 2 fingers of eggshell head that slowly melts into a thick cap. Impressive splotchy lacing left behind.

S - Sweet honey, earthy lavender, green stems, caramel malt, doughy yeast.

T - Follows the nose with floral hops, lavender, green spinach stems, spicy peppery bite, green chlorophyll on the back end.

M - Medium lush feel, crisp feel, medium to moderate carbonation.

Lots of green floral going on. A nice change of pace for the style.(My score is based on style).I'm use to tasting old IPA's but this was refreshing. Not something I would want to kill all night but I could put down a couple of these with a smile on.

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Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 540 ratings
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