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 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 AdamBear
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-amber with a nice cream colored head

S-ah, yes. This smells like a good SN ipa. It's comes in with weedy hops first then floral hops later. Good strength

T-comes in with a pretty bitter flavor of grassy hops, decent grains, and an awesome floral flavor! It's pretty good! I'm impressed actually with this flavor. Has an awesome matching after-taste. 

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy after-taste

O-I'm impressed with this! It's awesome, I could drink a case of this in no time. Kudos to whoever brewed this one. It didn't last long!

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking copper brew with a full two fingers of head to the top of the pint. Nice retention and ample lacing.

S) Sweet flower petal. A very fresh scent, light pine and grass in the background.

T) Quite floral, as expected. Some mild malt sweetness for balance. The finish has a grassy, light citrus rind flavor. The aftertaste is pleasant.

M) A lighter medium body, with pretty zippy carbonation, but it works well. A nice fresh, crisp drinker.

O) Enjoyable IPA, and a welcome addition to camp this year. Glad to recommend this beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, bottled 217 of 12. Pours a hazy orange, with a one inch sticky white head that leaves nice lace. Smell is spicy citrus tangerine and grapefruit, pine, grass, and mango. Taste is really well balanced, with some bitter grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, not overly dry, and very drinkable. This very nice, not earth shattering, but well made. Love the beer camp series, some of the best beers ever put in a mix 12.

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

Hazy orange colour, ring of white head, little bits of lace. Smell is of pine with some citrus, fairly hoppy with a good amount of malt present, a bit of pineapple and tropical fruits. Taste is quite hoppy, earthy pine and citrus hops, a bit of malt in the secondary, some soapy floral flavours. Drying medium carbonation, medium body and fairly slick as well. This was good but nothing spectacular, I think I liked the last 6oz better than the first, still decent.

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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 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 hosehead83
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, hazy gold in color, with a voluminous head of off-white foam.
Aroma-a pleasant whiff of floral hops
Taste-Big floral hop note, ruby red grapefruit. Rose hips and petals seem to impart a subtle citric tartness that adds to the overall flavor. Very nice, and certainly worth a try.

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

12oz bottle to a tulip glass

A- crystal clear copper orange with a 1 finger fluffy white head.

S- piny hop aroma, definetly a 'floral' , smells like a rose garden with a lemony hint on the end

T- Piny resin, extreme flowery taste, perfume, soapy, lemon pledge and potpourri.

M- light on the tongue, crisp, clean.

O- A for creativity but this just simply isn't that drinkable. Weird perfume taste and after taste that's just odd.

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Photo of match1112
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. golden amber body, thin tan head that settles quickly, noticable amount of floaties in the beer. smell is very floral, more like a herb spice beer than an ipa. taste is also floral with a small hint of hops. mouthfeel seems a little thin and carbonation seems to lack. there is a dry finish to it. overall this is pretty average for an ipa and almost sub-par for a sierra nevada ipa.

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Photo of Danno48
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a golden amber with a slight haze...Nice cream white snow cappy head that holds two finger lengths for a long time. Solid lacing throughout the glass

What my poor sense of smell can pick up is flowers flowers flowers... Lavender notes with roses and honeysuckle.

Complex...obviously lots of sticky piney notes but also very bright lemony flavors, squash flowers, and a mellow sweet melon character on the finish. A hint here and there of orange peel and coriander.

Lots of fizzy bubbles which counteract awesomely with the sticky nature of this beer... Very juicy hop flavors make ones mouth water.

Very solid IPA that I found to be complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a fat, chewy head on top. Classic Sierra Nevada crop o’ foam, with rings of sticky lace left down the glass.

Really nice aroma here—lemon, salt, pine, citrus—just lots of good stuff going on. And it reminds me of another Sierra Nevada beer; I can’t quite place it for sure, but I’m thinking Celebration Ale.

Flavor kicks off like a big American IPA with lots of big hops but then it really mellows out to a smooth, malty and balanced finished. It’s a pretty subdued, harmonious, and elegant finish. Body is full but pillowy soft, with ample carbonation but not overly so. Finish does have a drying herbal bite, but there’s also a hint of that rose hips and petals which makes it really interesting. That touch is light and deftly employed. I really like it.

Floral IPA is its most interesting in the finish when everything comes together and just sort of lingers there on my tongue. It really goes from another solid American IPA to something more than that and unique. I found it to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a puffy 2 finger slightly yellowed head. Head becomes rocky as it dissipates, leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Some small floating particles in the body.

S: As the name implies, a nice floral hoppy aroma. Malts add some dark fruits but they take a back seat. Very fresh smelling.

T: Starts with some great floral, resiny piney and bitter hops. Great focus on this aspect of the hop, malts and other flavors are present but hidden in the background.

M: Medium bodied, ample carbonation. Doesn't leave any unwanted stickiness in your mouth.

Overall another great IPA from Sierra Nevada. They certainly know how to kick some ass in this style. Glad I was able to pick this one up fresh. Would recommend to any IPA fan.

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

12oz bottle from 12-pack Beer Camp series. Bottle dated 6/20/2012.

Hazy yellow-orange liquid poured into pint glass. Thick, white head lasts through tasting. Copious lacing coats the glass.

Floral hops, lemon zest, pepper, spice.

Mild bitterness, floral tones, spice. The bitterness lingers.

Dry, light-medium body.

It's a good representation of the style but I can't help thinking that the 2 months age on this has an effect. Interesting that this just rolled out and took 2 months to get to our market.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer Camp beer 3 of 4 in my night of reviews. 12 oz bottle poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass. Bottled June 20 of this year.

A - Pours light copper with a half finger of white head. Carbonation dies to a thin film and leaves a tiered lacing on the inside of the glass.

S - Lives up to the name with a big floral hop aroma. Some peppery lemon and cracker malt adds complexity. There is a clover honey sweetness that adds to the floral nature of the beer as well.

T - No surprises here, floral hops hit ion the front that develop through to the finish. Some malt, but a bit of a one trick pony. Bitter hop finish with linger.

M - Well carbonated with a medium body. Dry finish.

O - A very good representation of what floral flavors can offer. The aroma has that clover honey character, similar to Flower Power and Bitto Honey. The flavor packs a bitter floral hop bite, but lacks complexity. Better than most of the other floral IPA's I have had, so I give it a good score. Leaves me a pretty happy camper.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- floral spa pours a copper amber body with massive white head of foam. Very sticking lacing all over the glass

S- very floral and earthy with caramel malt scents. Safe to say there is some pine malt scent. Would like to see more citrus in the scent profile

T- earthy and bitter with a very malt forward taste. Spicy and full malt bill of flavor that again could use some critrus hops

M- good carbonation and sticky flavor

O- honestly prefer my ipa's hoppy and full of citrus. Not awful, just not for me

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

Bottle date: June 19, 2012 at 12:25 in the afternoon.

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear golden with a tall, off-white head that dissipates slowly. There are numerous tiny streaming bubbles visible in the beer. Some nice sticky lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. The first whiff brings some sweet, toasted malt as well as those floral hop aromas. The malt has some biscuit smell. I also detect some citrus hop aromas, but the floral smell definitely dominates. That's truth in advertising.

The taste follows the nose. There is a good strong presence from the floral hops up front with some of that expected hop bitterness on the back end. The malt flavor blends well with this beer. There's the biscuit quality I smelled without the sweetness. There's some bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is good. This is a very good beer. From a brewery that does IPAs well, this is not quite as high as the standard they've set with Torpedo or their Harvest beer. However, it is still a solid beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Amber orange with off-white head and not as much lacing as most SN beers.

Smell: Dry toasted malts, nondescript bitter hops. Smells like an average English IPA.

Taste: Tastes like an English IPA too, but a pretty good one. Dry toasted, almost tea-like, malts, with nice balance from spicy, floral hops. Slight citrus. The roses comes through on the long bitter finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: Despite a weak aroma, this is a very solid English IPA with some extra floralness from the roses. I wonder if the current lackluster scores are due to this having been incorrectly entered as an American IPA (at least as of my review). SN even calls this a "unique take on a tradional IPA"; the word "traditional" is a clue that this is more English styled. Edit: changed to English IPA.

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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 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 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 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 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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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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