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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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Ratings: 540 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Floral, grassy & pine notes

T: Grassyness, piney & hebal hops up front along with pears, a touch of grainy astrigency. Pineyness, grapefruit & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with herbal & woody hops, there's a touch of orange rind & pretty dry

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, alright balance

Drinks easy, but was hoping for a bit more maltyness as this is supposed to be an English IPA, some of the hops seem a bit off style as well

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had picked up a couple of Beer Camp bottles during a recent visit to The Foodery (Northern Liberties) and given that it is a slow afternoon at Chez Woody aka Abbaye de Chandler, I decided to give this one a whirl.

From the bottle: "This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole-cone hop 'flowers' with aromatic rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors."

My pour created two fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. As it fell, it left a lot of sticky lacing behind. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very citrusy, grapefruit in its intensity. This is an English IPA? I'm not buying it. Mouthfeel was medium and I really got a flowery flavor in the mouth. Interesting. Finish was mellow and semi-dry with the bitterness of the hops being tempered with malt and rose hips and petals. I am conflicted by this one because it really was not an EIPA, but it was pretty good all the same.

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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 Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Golden orange in color with a tall white head. Strong floral hop character with a nice citrus rind note as well. Some sweet toffee notes, a bit of bread, and a nice bit of grapefruit. The flavor is fairly bitter. Some strong floral hops, orange peel, tangerine, light grass, and plenty of pine. A fair amount of grapefruit and a slight malt sweetness.

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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 MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Part 3 of my odyssey through this year's variety pack. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, sweet caramel, and a vague mixture of greens and what I assume to be their respective flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more of the flowers, which adds a little something extra to the proceedings. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice IPA, one that shows what the little addition of rose petals can do for a beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light amber with a large, dense, white head that has great retention

S - huge floral aroma

T - sweet, a bit bready, a hint of caramel, floral, some faint bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent IPA. It has good flavor and decent balance. The floral hop character dominates though there is a fainter malt presence. This is solid and worth trying. It's different from some of the other SN IPA's.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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

12 ounce bottle

Pours hazed, lighter amber. Nice frothy off white head. Leaves ample scattered lacing.

Pungent nose of resin infused hops and yes flowery notes.

Tasty, quite fresh and enjoyable IPA. More fresh tasting hops, pleasing on the palate. Hop resins blending nicely with more soft and lightly spicy hops. A sweat, flowery note in the finish. Nice...worth a try

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Photo of imbibehour
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good solid three finger off white head, nice and clumpy, with a body that is a pale brown dull amber, fairly clear, with a little rising carbonation.

Nose true is gardeny floral, even a little grassy. A sort of interesting kind of perfume like aura on this for a hop angle. Different. Unique. Enjoyable, not much alt presence. Hints at burnt smoke sense.

On the palate very light bodied. Matches the nose quite nicely, finishes with herbal kind of jasmine and tea like senses. Hop angle is mellow and slowly climbs but sticks around. Body hints at a bit of a wet angle, but the flavors still make a presence through some minimal carbonation.

Overall interesting beer, quite unique and a good hop bite. It will do.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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 jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head that holds up. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is floral/herbal with rose petals and citrus with an underlying SN house character.

The taste of sweet pale malt interweaves with floral and citric notes. Rose petals interweave nicely in a subtle way, giving it a unique complexity. The light sweetness gives way to a bitter dryness in the finish. The brewery's house character shows in the aftertaste.

It is medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Smooth with a soft bite.

A floral, but balanced, easy-to-drink, fairly unique, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. One finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of orange. Flavor is dominated by citrus hops with light bready malt and grapefruit, finishing with citrus and hops. Could use a bit more malt to back up the hops, but fairly well balanced. Hops flavor is hidden a bit by the citrus flavors, but are somewhat floral and herbal. An interesting take on an American IPA. Light to medium bodied. Enjoyable but a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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 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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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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