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
Ratings:
541
Reviews:
216
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.75%
 
 
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9
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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 Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of loupap
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Appearance starts off well, but I'm disappointed with the longevity of the head; it fades quickly, but to be fair it does leave a skim of foam, and it still lingers. Slightly murky; is this unfiltered?

My nose is not world-class, but a floral IPA ought to have a stronger or more forceful aroma, I think. This is pleasant enough, but not sufficiently distinct to enable a better description.

It is more bitter than I had expected, and also a bit thinner in the mouth. No doubt the result of the lower ABV. The lingering sourness is noticeable; a bit more malt might have helped here.

Overall, a nice beer, sort of like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a hops boost, but to me it ends up too bitter. I liked it, and would gladly accept it when offered, but it is too thin and bitter to supplant what is usually in my beer fridge.

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Photo of mscott1975
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light copper with two fingers of head that dissipate rather quickly. There some slight hoppiness in the nose and there are also floral notes, much like its name advertises. Hop spice is certainly present throughout, but it is not over-the-top hoppiness like most American IPAs. In fact this offering is more like the traditional IPA than most American versions (not that the American versions are not excellent).

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sure, floral complexities about but it seems that all those finesse aromatics are all hop derived. Where's the rose hips and pedals that their description promises?

Like many other IPAs, Beer Camp #53 pours with a strong gold and light amber hue. The sturdy carbonation builds a creamy and somewhat liquified head that crawls up the glass and leaves a speckled lace on the glass. It's a solid albeit standard IPA appearance.

But those floral tones exude the citrus character of hops and render little effect from the actual bouquet that's added to the process- not saying they're not there, but that the hop aromatics mask the more tender rose notes. Regardless, the backbone of malt delivers a semi-malty, lightly grain scent that strikes the olfactory senses with a notion of graham crackers.

Flavors of malt provide the flavor support but its a tad more flimsy than sturdy as the expected dry malt complexities fall a little short. But the malt displays an understated caramel, wafer taste that acts as a springboard from which the hops can bounce. A combined taste that seems from the zests of lemons, grapefruit, and oranges decorate the middle palate and ushers in the decidedly dry finish that all IPAs deserve. Finishing with a citron oiliness and grassy bite, the beer refreshes the palate with each and every sip.

Just shy of medium bodied, the beer's carbonation lifts the dry malt from the tongue easily and allows for a fast procession toward a dry and resiny finish. Accompanied by alcoholic warmth, the beer exposes mild hop-derived astringencies and grain tannin in its closure.

With far less "floral" character than many other ales and lagers that don't employ any flowery additions, this beer makes me forget the expectations and allows me to focus on the strong IPA flavors that are present. Although it's a very nice IPA, it holds no candle to the wind when compared to their Torpedo Ale.

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Photo of jstewart1130
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of korguy123
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.
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A- Hazy dark copper pour with a long lasting, foamy, off white head. Lacing is great.

S- Quite floral, and quite muddled. Bright citrus mostly grapefruit and mandarin, floral hops and a little bit of what smells like rye in the back.

T- Floral hops right up front, not super bitter, just enough to say hello. The rose hips are pretty tasty in this. It's very flavourful and quite drinkable. There is a touch of spiciness from the taste my mind still assumes is rye.

M- Light bodied, slightly chewy, good carbonation, short lingering finish.

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Photo of Dat
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Googs
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of vicsju1991
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass
A- opaqe amber colour, nice one inch white head, stays for a bit
S - very fruity, lemon, orange, grapefruit
T - super fruity taste, solid malt backbone
M - creamy and great
O - my first beer camp sierra nevada, very good beer, did not dissapoint

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light clear caramel color with a very strong head. And very heavy lacing and spiderwebs everywhere

S: aroma is somewhat underwhelming with a very earthy dirt like mixture and fresh hops mixing with pale malts. It smells like mostly bittering hops and a bit of caramel 120 malt

T: After a not so stellar aroma, I was surprised by the floral aroma. I missed and did not have time to read about the rose hips before tasting the and when I did, it was a pleasant surprise. Very happy to have tried this and by far the most rose hip forward of any beer I have tried to date.

M: medium body with a healthy carbonation

O: overall a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace from a plain jane floral ipa. Interestingly enough I picked up a hops n roses from Captain Lawrence today as well which I will test out tomorrow for another rose hip beer.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tanish brown, almost closer to a rye then a ipa. Thick foamy 3+ inch head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Well yea, as expected, very floral, lots of pineapple, grapes, orange, you know, all the main ipa aroma of fruits. Sweet sugars, and a even some malts.

Taste - Got the floral fruits but much more malt profile then the smell lead me to believe. Has a dank, bitter hop flavor, much like a wet hop. Some sweet yeasty notes that add sugary sweetness. Some spices with a pepper flavor round this out.

Mouthfeel - Fairly bitter for the tounge and palate. Malts do come in to mellow things out some. No alcohol to speak of.

Overall - Pretty good, just nothing to set this apart from the rest. Plenty enough flavor for being just under 6%, gives this a session feel. Work a drink, espically in the beer camp 12-pack.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear golden rod color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles which work their way up to the fluffy off white head which lingers beautifully and has an awesome texture to it with large bubbles and a creamy appearance, leaves a very good amount of lacing
S: nice hop aroma with a very flowery note to it (surprise), i also notice the rose hips mentioned on the label up front in the nose
T: a nice earthy hop note is the most notable of the flavors, starts right up front and develops throughout, lingering bitterness afterwards, also, just before the sip i caught an odd burnt note, not sure from what and im not going to take it into consideration for the numerical rating, just curious
M: smooth throughout, gentle carbonation, leaves the mouth distinctly dry, pretty nice balance for the style
O: not the best IPA ive ever had but i do like the use of the earthy hop notes and bitterness

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 18, 2012 (picked it up in the 2012 Beer Camp 12-pack for $19.99 at La Mesa BevMo on Aug. 18, 2012). Poured a honey, caramel, orange with two fingers of frothy, thick, pillowy, white head. Good retention all around on the way down.

Smelled citrus hops - lime, lemon, wet, cascade - and sweet, floral hops.

Tasted similar to the nose. Sweet floral hops comes through first, followed by pine cones and lemon-lime citrus hops.

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Got much better as the beer went on.

This beer really grew on me. I’d try it again.

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Photo of mscudder
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A - A fairly translucent amber/copper hue with a nice sized off-white head. Big bubbles throughout this one. A bit bland looking overall.

S - I can only detect some floral hops but nothing else. This would be except able if there was any degree of potency here, yet there is none.

T - Just a touch of malts here; a touch. Floral hops are here in abundance, as advertised. As with the nose there is little else going on. The hops are crisp and enjoyable but this beer is too bland and simple for my taste.

M - A bit thin and lacking any real backbone to hold onto the hops. The carbonation was where it needed to be but nothing really great here either.

O - This is just a bitterly average IPA. It does not hurt to consume but certainly does not bring anything new to the table. I expected more from this brewery. Will not consume again.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. From the 2012 beer camp pack.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1 inch fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little residual lacing. Pours a hazy copper-ish orange and leaves arches and spots of lacing.

Smell: Floral (as advertised, but low impact), with greenhouse pungency and pine. The latter dominates the floral, but it also smells very good. Some bready malt in the background. Slight lemony note. Mostly a Torpedo-like pungency and pine.

Taste: Still pungent and piny up front, with some nice floral notes coming up early and through the middle, leading to a hit of mild hop bitterness and really dry finish. Indistinct malt flavors are detectable but not playing much of a role (they're a little sweet, a little toasted-like).

Floral character grows with time... this tastes like a play on Torpedo, with the citrus dialed back and replaced by intriguing floral notes. It works.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Just a touch on the high side of moderate carbonation. Passable but bordering on forgettable, except that the nice, really dry finish bumps it up to 4.0. Love my IPAs to be bone dry like this.

Overall: Solid IPA. Really drinks like a play on Torpedo, and an intelligent one.

Pairing note: pairing this with roasted peppers and BBQ sauce, a real undercooked bread flavor came out in the beer, which I actually quite enjoyed. The hops are bold enough to hang with the slightly spicy BBQ sauce and bold, usually beer-destroying taste of peppers, and they work well with the yeasty bread flavor. In other words, holds up pretty well to food. Probably a decent BBQ beer (the whole pack works for a BBQ; just save the oatmeal stout for the latter half of the day).

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Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of suspect
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass

A: Mostly clear amber hued orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head. Lacing is spotty but existent and consistent.

S: lots of floral hops as the name would suggest. Reminds me of flower power but a touch less potent. Malt is relatively subdued.

T: Brings similar flavors to the nose. Lots of floral hops yet again with a touch of pine hops - Malt is subdues here as well.

M: Pretty thin. Amply carbonated. Definitely the low light of the beer

O: Should. Easy drinker. Good all around IPA.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear orange with a one finger white head. Pretty basic looking IPA.

S- Very hoppy aroma. There is a lot of citrus and pine and this beer smells very much so like some mary jane. Very dank and resinous hop profile.

T- Moderate bitterness up front. Followed by that unique hop profile. There is a lot of pine in here. There is a bright citrus note that has pineapple, mango, lemon. A skunky smelling IPA and I mean that in a smells like weed kind of way. Malt backbone is fairly plain but allows the hops to do their thing.

M- Slightly bitter. Not too dry but quite refreshing. Flowery and pleasant aftertaste. Easy drinking and really pleasant.

O- Nice take on an IPA, its very simple but well done. I would love too see more IPA's with this hop profile.

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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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