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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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 541
Photo of BrownNut
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

With the understanding that I'm drinking an IPA in mid September that is freshness dated late June...

Faintly interesting nose. Can't distinguish what exactly I'm smelling beyond general yeastiness.

Body falls flat. The taste seems to have leaked out of it. It's got no back end. Nothing lasts after the swallow. The bitterness is not the tasty kind. Mouthfeel is watery. Except for the mildly unpleasant bitterness, this is a bland beer. Don't want the other two in my 12 pack. It would be interesting to compare it to a younger version of itself to see if the age is the difference. Could not make it to 3 months.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- a light copper amber tone color. A frothy foamy head that leaves nice peak and sticky lacing. Head is 2 fingers and lingers nicely.

S- lots of pine and floral in the nose. Quite pungent makes me want more.

F- taste mimics the nose. The strong pine and floral are very complementary of each other. Not overbearing or sticky resin as one would think.

M- dry and sweet pine resin.

O- another great sierra nevada. This brewery has become one of my favs because i have never had a bad brew, yet from them.

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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 nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, copper brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Pungent, floral hops with a distinct note of rose hips.

T - Spicy, kind of harsh tea and hop notes up front. Some dry toast in the middle with a bit of an herbal quality. Finishes with more dry, slightly burnt toast and harsh herbal character.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is promising, but it gets really weird and harsh in the flavor profile. I am not pleased.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a copper color with a half finger head with lacing that lasts on the glass throughout.

The smell is of strong floral hops, bread and biscuts; some grapefruit as well

The taste is strong on the hops but not overpowering. There is a taste of bread. There is also a mild grapefruit taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and bready, mild hop oils linger on the tongue.

This is a solid IPA, The hops are mostly of the floral type, some citrus with a strong bready malt backbone.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second in my Beer Camp session. 12 oz bottle into my tasting snifter.

Pours a slightly hazed amber. Produced a nice off white two finger head. Great retention and lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Hops upfront. Classic SN pine with some definite floral character that is hard to tell if comes from the rose hips or hops. Crystal malt backing with that slightly astringent quality found in SN's pale ales.

Taste holds more floral notes with a more distinct rose flavor than the nose. More of that classic SN astringent pine hop flavor. Some bready malt. Finishes bitter. Good, but I think the high IBUs mask the rose.

Medium in body. Very nice carbonation. High bitterness, finishes dry. No perceived alcohol.

Overall this is a tasty twist on the style, but I think the bitter hops hold back what the rose could have brought. Honestly the rose additions were lost in the mix. Good idea though, that I think really could work with a different hop profile. Still highly quaffable and packed with flavor. Cheers!

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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 CraftBeerTastic
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #220
Served On: 09/12/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 5.9%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD. From the 2012 Best of Beer Camp mixed 12 pack.

Look: A gentle pour proved a thin beige 1/2-finger head. Color was a hazy medium orange with some yellow around the edges. Some carbonation bubbles were powering through all the thick particles in this beer. Some thin lacing formed on the glass.

Smell: Pungent floral bouquet with some grapefruit mixed with some slight pine.

Taste: First up was a nice hop bouquet with a hint of pine needles forming a very complex hop profile. Then a tart grapefruit bitterness set in towards the middle. The end was more of the grapefruit character with the bitterness lasting long into the finish.

This was a terrific IPA with some serious complexity for only a 5.9% ABV. Dinkability still seemed very solid – even with the robust palate.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Body is shiny new penny, plenty of chill haze. Topped by a fist of rocky white foam that rose above the rim. Great lace covers most of the available glass.

The rose pieces are upfront in the aroma, covering most of the usual citrus of a typical SN beer, though enough makes it out to add to the mix in an interesting way.

Taste begins with a sturdy but not huge semi-sweet base. Followed by floral notes and covered up citrus. Odd slight chalk note in the aftertaste.

Smooth light-medium mouthfeel.

An interesting one-off, though not one that SN needs to add to the permanent line-up.

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Photo of dontpanic5
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This came as part of the Sierra Nevada beer camp package. It pours amber and hazy with a small white head. The smell is a knockout, the name of the beer is pretty evident here. I feel like the smell is the whole point of this beer. There are flowers in the nose along with west coast pine. The first time I had this beer I was hanging out with friends and not paying attention to it, and I came away from the beer thinking that the "floral" taste was too overpowering. Tasting this beer now by myself, I don't think that it's too much and I'm enjoying it more. The hops are on full display here, but aren't too bitter, it feels just right. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong carbonation. This is a beer that I didn't like at first but I'm enjoying the second time around.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: golden/honey body, finger white head, good lacing

S: lemon peel/zest, lemon grass, floral, pine, grain

T: lemon peel/zest, pine, floral, grassy, long bitter finish

M: med body, solid carbonation/smooth mouth

O: Enjoyable brew and well done SN.
Would recommend to hopheads.


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Photo of vkv822
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip

Pours a hazy, dark orange with a thick, foamy off white head, nice lacing.

Floral notes as advertised, blends with citric hop notes and a light, caramel malt backing.

Citric hops upfront, with faint floral notes and again a light caramel malt backbone.

A medium body with prickly, active carbonation.

A well done IPA. The rose adds a light floral character, and while it could have been a a bit more prominent, I thought it was still well executed.

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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 jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark gold with a fluffy off-white head that fades to a thin haze and spotty lacing. Pleasant aromas of grassy and resinous hops and a mild malt backbone. Hops are floral, sure, but I guess I expected legitimate flowery aromas. Taste is similarly hoppy, decent amount of resin and grass. Not tasting any of the rose hips or flowers, really, but it's still a solid Sierra Nevada IPA. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a medium body and great carbonation. Very drinkable. Overall I enjoyed it, but I suppose I expected a bit more flower character.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Golden with 2 fingers of fluffy head. Low carbonation. There does appear to be some yeast sediment floating around.

Pine, sugary caramel, navel orange, papaya, pineapple and lemon juice.

Very balanced flavor wise for an IPA. Big sugary caramel malts and some breadiness. Pine sap, navel orange, papaya, fresh mowed grass, florals and lemon juice.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry and refreshing.

Very big flavors for 5.9%. The overall structure is reminiscent of SNPA, only bigger and more bitter. Pine sap, florals and tropical fruits are present. Nice!

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Photo of stumac
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured up on tap at my job at Black Sheep for freee. Pours a nice golden amber color,the great smells of flowers and minor hops. I taste honey, floral hops, perhaps cascade, nice sweet malts. Tasty. Light bodied, easy drinkin. Nice mediocre carbo. I dig it. I shall have another

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, fresh citrus on the nose with a light caramelesque background.

Slightly hazy dark golden color with lots of visible bubbles rising to the top to form that nice crisp white head. Lacing looks good, and the beer looks good overall.

Punch-in-the-face citrus with a strong firm bitterness on the back end and finish. The beer also finishes with an interesting floral character. Upon reading about it, it is made with rose stems, which I would attribute this to. It is moderately carbonated and has medium body. I wouldn’t call it smooth, but it’s easy to drink.

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Photo of ThePawtucketPatriot
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tend to buy variety packs because many of them contain a hidden gem. This week I bought the Sierra Nevada "Best of Beer Camp" variety pack and was most suprised to find that this Floral IPA was not only the stand-out, but better than their popular Torpedo IPA.
I poured it into a frosted mug and noticed it had a deep amber color with an average IPA head. As soon as it left the bottle, I could easily pick up on its flowery scents that dominate it overall smell.
Simply, the taste followed its aroma. It was not as bitter and hoppy as some of the stronger IPA's I've had in the past, but I was pleased that the kick I typically seek from an IPA was replaced by the pleasant flowery and nectary undertones. This beer certainly lives up to its name.
Personally, I enjoy the style for a beer or two, but this beer is balanced and refreshing enough to put back 5 or 6 without getting bored of it.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an an Amber, orange, rather cloudy, small white head. Head doesnt die, minimal lacing,

S: Pineapple and bright flowery smell, pretty pronounced. Hints of honey malt backbone.

T: Much more of a grassy floral hop flavor. I even get some a sort of soapyness in finish (i hope i cleaned this glass well!). Very dry. Some piney-ness in finish. Very flowery overall. Chamomile and dandylions come to mind. Very little malt presence.

M: Very light, high carbonated, kind of a session IPA though its a bit bitter. Definitely suited for a cookout, summer, the beach. Rather refreshing

O: Certainly an interesting beer, but not my cup of tea. Not balanced enough and a little to flowery/soapy. Worth trying as its quite unique, i probably wont get it again though. My least favorite of the beer Camp (Stout, Red, Pilsner, IPA).

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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 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 kylehay2004
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: perfect look really, hazy on a golden with amber hues body. two finger of off white foam head and excellent retention and lacing.

S: nice degree of aroma even getting through this head with mostly musty citrus and definitly floral but not overtly so.

T:definitly getting the floral aspects but this one isnt just unidimensional in the hop character but also is simple over all.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this one tastes good but keeps it simple. Not the best floral IPA but its doesnt overwhelm which can be the issue sometimes with that hop character.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head settles into a decent lacing with a nice bisquity mound in the middle of the glass above a clear golden copper colored beer.

Big floral hops with an added citrus and piney hops aroma.

Decent floral hops bite with bits of added citrus fruit and earthy pine hops taste.

A light citrus and piney hops dry aftertaste on this medium body IPA.

A decent IPA but really Happy Camper has nothing to worry about with this one.

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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 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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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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