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 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 dgilks
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden colour with a small, tight white head. Poor head retention.

Malty and slightly dank. Lacking punch but there is a floral note here.

Malty sweetness. Nice bitterness though there is a slight cohumulone harshness. The floral character is okay but it doesn't sing.

Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Fine.

An okay beer. It lacks punch and finesse in my book but it's not awful.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent yellow orange, two finger head some carbonation as well.

S-Floral and earthy hops, some caramel and other malts. I was worried when the cap didn't have much in the way of hop aromas but the beer smelled pleasant.

T-Earthy, dirt, pine notes, Some floral notes as well. Good deal of malt, some bitterness. But possibly too much malt.

M-Light to medium bodied, tad watery with some carbonation.

O-Too much malt for my liking is the main downfall of this beer.

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

Enjoyable beer...I get a lot of pine on the nose...taste is hop forward but not extremely bitter which is fine with me...again pushing piney/floral...kind of a toffeeish malt backing....body is about medium....finishes slightly dry...really drinks like a really tasty Pale Ale in my opinion...well done.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the recent Beer Camp 12 pack. Amber color, good head, good lacing. Smell is indeed floral and soapy but also subdued and dis-involved. Flavor is more floral mixed with malts, might be hoppy but no way to tell since this is almost two months old and it just showed up in CO. This was the clear dud of the mix pack.

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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 StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Floral IPA from the Beer Camp Series a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on last years beer camp series and this years seemed pretty interesting, lets start off with the Floral IPA and see how it goes. 2012 Vintage, pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's nice looking and it's very detailed, one of the best labels from Sierra Nevada so far. It poured a nice light orange/gold color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light. It had three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that left tons of nice lacing. This is a damn good looking beer, it's almost perfect, very well done.

S- The aroma seems to dominated by floral aromas, hence the name, at the start I get a slight sweet, grainy, and a slight biscuit like aroma. After that comes tons of floral hops that impart some nice flower like aroma, but there's also a little bit of citrus hops that add some nice complexity to the aroma. I liked the aroma, it was nice and true to it's name.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma, it starts off with a good amount of floral hops that impart some some nice flowery hop flavors without being overpowering. the cirrus hops barley show up. Up next comes the rose hips which aren't that bold, but they do impart a unique rose hip flavor to this beer that makes it stick out. Towards the end I get the malts which impart a lots of biscuit, grains, and bread flavors that aren't that sweet. Towards the end I get a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a pretty grainy aftertaste that is only slightly floral. I liked the taste of this beer, it was nice and balanced while the rose hips added some nice complexity and it made this a beer a little unique.

M- Very smooth, slightly creamy, a little watery, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was a little thin and it felt a little watery.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it was a good example of the style, it had enough hop flavors to satisfy IPA lovers like me, but it's still very approachable which can't be said for a lot of American IPA's. This beer had great drinkability, it was much smoother then I though it would be and it had just enough flavor to keep my interest and a lower amount of bitterness, this is pretty much a session IPA in my eyes, I could drink more then a few of these if I was in the mood. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and how balanced it was, the appearance was really good with the head and color looking really nice and the balance this beer had worked out nicely. What I liked least about this beer was that it felt a little watery, if the body was a little thicker it would work much better with this beer, but it might risk the drinkability. I would buy this beer again if they decided to release it on it's own, I think it could hold it's own with the rest of Sierra Nevada's line up. All in All I liked this beer, it wasn't mind blowing by any means but it was nice, flavorful and drinkable IPA, good job guys this is one solid beer.

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Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with a moderately dense light sand colored head of foam and some sticky lace.

Wow, floral nose for sure. Soapy, sweet flower nose.

Lots of hops here, but with the bitterness being kept in check for the most part. Lots of floral and spice hop notes. Very light malt sweetness. Lingering hoppy bite in the finish.

Pretty crisp and dry. Medium body with a resiny feel at the end.

A nice IPA, but nothing real different aside from the floral nose which is terrific. Drinkable beer and well done.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.9% ABV, string of numbers on shoulder.

A - This Beer Camp's IPA pours with a billowing ivory head that slowly lowers, caking the pint in sticky webbing before stopping at a lumpy pile of suds. Carbonation streams through the beer, gently mixing up the small floating particles which haze the golden amber color.

S - Floral notes are certainly present in this beer's aroma, but what's abundantly open and aromatic are the hops' bold citrus characteristics. Plenty of lemon citrus zest with grapefruit overlaps a layer of herbal aromatics, further add complexity. But there's also an odd onion-like smell that doesn't quite sit well for me. The toasted malt kicks in afterwards, toning everything down with some toast, biscuit, and earthy woodiness.

T - While somewhat absent in aroma, the rose hips really explode in the flavor, imparting a majorly floral, pedal-like attribute which works well in conjunction with the rest of the hop overtones. Again, plenty of lemony citrus and grapefruit rind notes with pine resin and herbal characteristics. A near perfect level of malt balances the hops with toast and biscuit flavors and an earthy finish.

M - Bitter pine resin sticks to the palate and tongue though this medium-bodied beer's existence in the mouth. A nice malt level finishes the beer out with moderate balance and a smooth presence. Dry and bitter closing, it begs for another exploratory sip.

O - Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Floral IPA carefully prods into uniqueness, employing rose hips to aid in the floral aspect of the hops. While they call this a "unique take on the traditional IPA style" I'd liken it more to an American IPA with it's bold hoppiness and bitter finish; balanced but certainly leaning towards the hops. Either way, it remains fairly safe, staying away from the fringes of extremism.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper with a thick, white head. Lacing is minimal, which is kind of surprising given the huge and overall pretty sustainable head. The nose is full of fruit and citrus - I'm actually picking up hints of Fruity Pebbles. Bits of pine and resin in the back of the nose to bring it all together. The taste is full of hops up front, pines, resiny oils, and a big push of citrus coming up the back end - grapefruit and pineapple are the most noticeable. As the beers mellows in the mouth, the malt backbone comes alive with a slight biscuity taste. A touch of sweetness and a lot of bitterness finish off the aftertaste. The beer has a medium, sticky body with lots of carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA. Not amazing, not great, but good. I probably won't go out of my way to get this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, hoppy and grapefruit notes along with caramel underneath. Big plain hoppy notes.
Some green, floral hops as flavours too but not particularly interesting. Also some clean malt. Finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit full on.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012, 12oz bottle into block15 snifter.

A: Pours a deep, slightly hazy iced-tea color with a large, fluffy off-white head. Head faded into greasy film leaving sticky patches of lace down the glass. I also have a few floaties in my glass, which may be a first from SN.
S: Rosehips are noticeable and blend well with grassy hops. Floral indeed with notes of rose and pine.
T: Reminds me of different floral blended teas I’ve had. Rosehips are noticeable along with floral hops, fresh cut grass and a hint of bitter pine in the finish. I get faint notes of “green” nature and lemon juice. Sweet malts are overshadowed by the hops.
M: Medium body, perfect mouthfeel that’s not too bitter, too dry, or too greasy. Carbonation is fine, tight, and bubbly. Drinks very well.
O: Not sure if this beer is different or not but I enjoyed this more than their Long Stem IPA. The rosehips work well with the hops, and everything about the palate is drinkable. Another great beer from SN.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. From the 2012 Beer Camp pack.

Appearance: Pours a deep and somewhat hazy copper amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge six finger off white creamy head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A lively aroma that is hop forward with solid bready malt undertones. Solid scent of citrus hops upfront with hints of grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Very floral with a nice mix of herbal and grassy hops. Quite a bit of pine resin spice. A pretty good malt balance with good hints of caramel, toffee, lightly toasted bread, cracker, and biscuit. A pretty solid mix of hop esters and malts.

Taste: Like smell suggests, hop forward with solid citrus esters and big on the floral elements. Starts with some ripe citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, and lemon zest. Big floral taste from the hips and petals. Lots of spice from some resinous hops. Fairly grassy. Solid malt backbone with notes of toasted bread, caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers. The earthy/floral notes and pine spice stand out the most here. Nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy with a lingering spice from the resin. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a IPA. Not a big citrus bomb like most West Coast styles. Big spice and floral taste. Interesting and good tasting.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. This is an attractive IPA.

I really enjoy the aroma of this beer. Floral, grassy, herbal, and a little dank. A touch of caramel from the malt as well.

The flavor drops off a little bit. A lot more bitterness compared to the hop flavor. I do get pleasant floral and grassy notes. A touch of caramel sweetness from the malt. Finishes mostly dry and bitter.

As always, a solid mouthfeel from Sierra Nevada. Good carbonation and texture. Quite smooth and robust for a beer of this ABV.

Enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Many brewers would love to have an IPA of this quality in their portfolio.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle from best of beer camp pack poured into a pint glass.

Pours a darker golden color with a good head of 1/4 inch fluffy foam. Floral smell, some pine. Light peppery. Opening strong bitter which fades and dissolves into a malt, Leaves some bitter on the tongue. A softer blended IPA, but a nice hop experience. Good.

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Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a brownish hue. The off-white head is small yet dense leaves a small but nice wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma does not scream of fresh hop but I do have an aged sample. I get more candied tropical fruit notes with some light grapefruit. Not much from the malt.

The flavor is mostly hop. It has kind of a dying grapefruit and apricot hop flavor which actually tastles like a sweetened iced tea. I kind of like it. The malt provides a non-descript yet deep bready flavor.

The feel is moderate and satisfying. Sweet yet balanced with a hoppy bitter finish.

A fresh hop brew past its prime unfortunately. Still some nice flavors but doesn't have that hop pop.

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Photo of argock
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Bottling date 2171 stamped/lasered on bottleneck. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Burnished copper with big-bubbled 2-3 finger off-white head with average retention and random lace patterns.

S: Fairly average aroma with bready malts and floral (duh) and herbal, orange blossom aroma..

T: Firm bitterness with herbal, honeysuckle flavor with grapefruit-lemon-orange citrus hoppiness. Malts are crackery and slightly bready with a light caramel touch.

M: Sticky, tacky mouthfeel with even carbonation and light-medium body.

O: Not a bad beer but nothing special either.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with golden highlights. Three fingers of rocky, off white head stick to the sides of the glass.

S - I get some citrus, mainly fresh grapefruit. There is a solid malt presence, as well. I expected a bouquet of flowers.

T - I get an iron and skunk taste. There is also a lot of malt.

M - Medium

O - It just has a weird off taste to it.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy golden/amber color with tons of floaters. Sticky off-white head that leaves lacing.

S- Somewhat of a piney hop aroma mixed in with floral notes. Neither dominate, but they do not exactly make a great nose.

T- Piney hops come through the most, along with some herb-like flavors. Aftertaste is pretty pleasant.

M- Pretty heavy mouthfeel, especially for the style. High carbonation level.

O- Not a bad beer, but does not stand out from the many IPAs. I can imagine it would take a significant amount of flower hips and petals to come through.

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

Picked up the Beer Camp twelve-pack on 8-4-12 from Total Wine for $18.99. Bottled on June 19.

Beer poured golden orange with a fluffy white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral hops and bread.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and bread. It follows the style but takes it too far.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall this is not a bad beer and worthy of a try.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16, served (inexplicably) in a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear medium amber body; not much of a head, but what’s there leaves plenty of fine off-white lacing. Not bad at all.

S: Pure, intense, raw hoppiness. Leafy, floral, earthy, vegetal, and generally dank. This genuinely smells like a glass full of hop cones, not beer. Crazy.

T: Opens with huge floral hoppiness, followed by a hint of citrus and some distant bready malts before closing out with dry, slightly astringent bitterness. Not the best finish, but still an extremely tasty hop bomb.

M: Lively, spritzy light-to-medium body. A tad over-carbonated, but not unpleasant.

O: Awesome IPA. I love how single-mindedly hoppy it is – possibly the most purely hoppy aroma I’ve experienced. They should totally can this.

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

Had this on 2012-08-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear gold with a 3-finger white head and good lacing.

S - Vegetal/dank hop floral, touch of bread and maybe a hint of fruit and perfumy sweetness. Not real strong smelling.

T - Light malt at first then a nice splash of citrus with some flowery spice and tea. Dries nicely and finishes with some tea, quite a bit of lingering citrus zest (and rose petal?) bitterness; barely cut with some fruit and a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy initially but there's some prickle on the finish.

O - While not very aromatic, the feel and taste are quite nice. I like the flavors that linger long on my tongue. Plenty going on for a lowish ABV% IPA. Glad to have had it.

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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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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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