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

Bottle dated 2171216:14 (June 19). Poured in to tulip.

A - Slightly hazy golden orange. One finger of bubbly off-white head. Good lacing.

S - Floral hop aroma up front with some earthy notes and some caramel malt sweetness in the background. Not specifically picking up the rose petals.

T - Good bitterness up front that is accompanied by floral hop notes with the rose petals present and providing a good compliment. Some malt sweetness is present in the background. The hop profile is very fresh and vibrant. A dry, bitter finish.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation. Lots of sticky hop oils.

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

A cloudy, dark orange beer with a small, soapy looking head and patchy lacing. Aroma is lightly floral, with a hint of caramel malt underneath but is surprisingly mild overall.

Assertive bitterness in the flavor; the floral hop and herbal and earthy notes overshadow the subtler rose petals a bit. Little in the way of sweetness, and the finish is very dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A suggestion of aspirin remains in the mouth. Medium to slighty light bodied, with carbonation that feels a bit fizzy.

As the beer sits, warms, and opens up, the rosy aroma emerges somewhat and this aspect of the flavor also becomes easier to discern. It's not enough to save this one for me though; the feel lacked creaminess and body; the hops were more harsh than flavorful, and the flowers while interesting weren't necessarily all that appetizing. The head wasn't even pretty. Not bad, but not something I'd get again either.

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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 Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured caramel, light butterscotch and a moderate piney hop.

The taste was herbal and piney with light grainy malts.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a strong residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty and spicy hoppy ale.

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

Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)
ABV: 5.90 %

LOOK: Copper colored brew with a slight off white head and lacing.

SMELL: Piney, floral hop notes, some citrus, caramels and herbs round out the nose.

TASTE: Mild citrus, tangerine, and caramel. Nice resinous bitterness, and leafy hops leave a strong taste in the beer. Some bready, caramel like notes try to balance an onslaught of earthy, bitter hops with some citrus.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, drying hop bite.

OVERALL: A pretty solid IPA from the beer camp series. Alot of floral notes and complimentary bitterness makes for an easy drinker for those fond of hops.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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

A bottle into a Sierra Nevada Snifter

Floral IPA has some haze to itself, there is some sediment seen floating around the yellowish golden glow of liquid with a nice cap on top of retaining white stuff, no cling. Smell is bright with not overly assertive tropic hops like most. Some earthy essense with pale malt backing. Yes, the nose comes off floral like, quite pleasant. Not an overly hopped IPA, floral IPA is a step down from the bittering bombs out there. Reminds me of something brewed with pearle hops. A small citrus bite in the middle backed by pale malt. The body is nice and light and the bitterness is low, the floral aspect shines in the end. I would not mind having a few more of these.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up at Bier Thirty on Sunday... enjoyed tonight from my slip tulip..

Short lasting white head leaves behind a nice drape of lacing... the brew is an oddly hazed golden... there are thousands of tiny particulate spots in the brew... a colloidal suspension.. they are not going anywhere..

Then nose shows a lot of very floral hoppiness.. Not getting much from the roses, but I probably don't know what I am looking for.

Flavor is a very nice standard floral IPA... crisp hoppiness that leaves no room for question.. very floral and lingers forever.. nicely dry and what little residual malt allows the hops to flourish.

Body is a little light for an IPA... but that adds to the drinkability.. If this one was a year rounder, I would buy it WAY more than Torpedo or SNPA..


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

12oz Bottle from Bear World Watertown NY for 3$

Appearance – Hazy dark copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, herbal/floral notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some grapefruit and oranges mixed herbal/floral notes. It has a lingering floral/citrus zest like pungency on the palate. It ends with a sweet fruity aftertaste with lingering floral/citrus zest/hop bitterness.

Overall – An interesting beer that is well worth trying. Doesn't strike me as a English IPA; it has shakes of their pale ale and torpedo but with the added floral/perfume notes. It's a very good beer that I would gladly drink again, rarely does sierna nevada disappoint me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep gold colour with a huge head of foam and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The smell is very hoppy, lots of fresh piney notes that bring a ton of bitterness. I can't say I get any malt out of the nose.

The taste starts out very bitter; the pine is over whelming other flavours that must be there. It seems to calm down a bit after a few more sips. I get an earthy malt kick just before the finish and the finish itself is rather mild and slightly watery after the initial burst of flavours.

This is light bodied with medium carbonation; a so so mouthfeel.

This isn't a bad IPA. I drinks okay but I'd not buy another Beer Camp pack just for this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a hazy consistency. A little bit of sediment. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: The aroma lives up to the advertising, with a very flowery quality, as well as some hops.

T: Tasted of hops (a medium amount - not too much), a little malt, and the aforementioned floral quality. A very focused, easy to drink flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made beer. Not overly original, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with resinous pine and citrus fruit notes followed by sweet alcohol and caramel malt. The flower petals stand out complimenting the earthy, grassy notes. Slight onion-y presence along with spruce tip, orange peel and grapefruit. Some caramel malt with biscuit, toffee and Graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a strong, spicy hop bite up front that provides some earthy bitterness that lingers throughout. Grassy and soily with some sticky pine needle and onion countered by a prominent malt backbone with hints of caramel and toffee as well as some bread and biscuit. The floral/petal presence comes in toward the end of the palate and clashes somewhat with the hop and malt flavors. There's also a surprising alcohol character in the finish even though the ABV is relatively low. Not a lot of heat just some harsh boozy sweetness. Overall, this beer isn't bad, it just has an odd combination of flavors that I don't like very much.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly murky marmalade hue. A loose-wristed pour brings about a big, cotton head. Head is off-white and puffy, but it compacts itself and slowly retracts. The lacing is phenomenal.

S-Floral? Yes. Tons of clementine and soap too. Dandelion stem hoppiness. The most stressed aspect is the combination of light citrus and aromatic florals. Malt is caramel-drizzled muffin. The rose infusion is only noticeable because I read it on the label (or because I am not very good at deciphering aromatics). Still, it smells cute.

T-I keep getting Dandelion. Surprising bitterness. Malt is more cereal on the tongue than dough or bread. I actually do detect some rose, which is really cool. Citrus isn't as stressed here. Very floral, but it doesn't dip into the realm of perfumey (which for me is intense flowery concentration). Maybe even some green onion. I enjoy this a bunch.

M-Moderate carbonation intensity. A bit resinous. Surprising bitterness. Maybe I detect some alcohol. This beer secretly packs more punch than one would expect.

O/D-Second one of this new Beer Camp mixed 12. Again, I am extremely happy with the result. Floral IPA? Yessir, this is an apt name. No gimmicks here, just great beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a transparent golden color with moderate carbonation leaving a small white cap, light bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Nose was lacking consider the concoction of ngredients in this IPA. Floral, check.

T: The taste presents a pronounced floral note with some grains and biscuit which finishes moderately bitter, dry and somewhat clean.

M: Carbonation is good, light to medium bodied, floral notes dominate but I am still not a fan
O: Not really impressed. When you call it a Floral IPA is better be floral.

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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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Photo of pathman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy muddled copper color with a solid one inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by floral hops, with hints of citrus, and a very malty, caramel backbone. Herbal hops round out the profile. Notes of rose petals and nuttiness emerge.

Flavor reveals more floral, perfumey hops, which are fairly bitter. There's a note of grapefruit pith emerging late, along with lemon and toasted breadcrust, but it pretty much tastes like inhaling perfume. Pine surfaces as it warms, along with herbal tea.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of hop astringency and alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall, I thought the hop flavor was disappointing. The bitterness overtook subtle floral flavors, and the balance toward floral flavoring hop combined with this to be fairly offputting.

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

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar

The body sits a rather clear orange amber with a huge, sticky ecru colored cap. The cap recedes slowly, never truly going away, in a quasi-raindrop pattern.

The nose is of clean toffee, pine resin, a touch of earthy spice, and a bevvy of roses. The floral aroma isn't quite as bold as the other notes and the name suggests.

On the palate, toffee and pine resin leap first, quickly yielding to a blend of earthy spice and a huge rush of floral bitterness. The bitterness builds steadily with each sip.

Medium body, slightly sticky yet smooth. Good carbonation.

What a nice little IPA this is; the floral component is strong and welcomed and really differentiates this guy from the rest of the pack.

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Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like the tiny yet numerous pieces of sediment hanging out out in all twelve ounces. Sediment ridden copper color looks great beneath the thick film of foam atop this brew. Great lacing too.

Sweet, fruity floral hop aromas with a splash of toasted bread crust.

The upfront bitterness is mostly bitter flora with toasty and biscuity malts slowly rising in the back of the palate. The overall flavor is pretty bitter, floral, nottes of toasted orange peel. The palate is a little resiny. This is pretty hoppy and of course floral tasting. I don't think this should be categorized as a English IPA though.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours a bright, burnt orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a rocky, three inch, cream-colored head the quickly collapses in on itself, revealing thick, textured clumps of lacing along the shoulders of the glass as the head eventually settled into an eighth inch cap. Nose is floral, spicy and slightly earthy. Taste is very pleasant, but not as bold as the nose suggests - all those qualities present intermingle nicely and there's also a slight citrus character to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, I didn't find this beer to be as biscuity as most English IPAs I've had. Quite flavorful with a moderate abv. That said, I would love to see this added to the regular line-up.

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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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