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 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 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 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 ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with floral, pine, grassy, and a bit of tropical hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and some floral and light grapefruit hops with some bitterness. Through the middle, more floral hops come through with some pine and grassy hops with some more bitterness and some biscuity and bready malts. The finish is a mix of floral and piney hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice floral IPA profile with good bitterness and balance throughout.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber. One finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of herbal hops, sweet malt and a hint of orange. Flavor is dominated by citrus hops with light bready malt and grapefruit, finishing with citrus and hops. Could use a bit more malt to back up the hops, but fairly well balanced. Hops flavor is hidden a bit by the citrus flavors, but are somewhat floral and herbal. An interesting take on an American IPA. Light to medium bodied. Enjoyable but a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of harrymel
1.93/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nice amber ale with a solid sheet of light tannish foam. Nose is dank - this is something I would expect from the likes of Lagunitas, not SN. This is onion, weed, body odor, and waaay deep in there a hint of orange concentrate. Not impressed. Flavor is quite bitter with some woody character and then some more onion - people describe the onion in some beers, and I rarely get it, but here it's just vile. Medium bodied with moderated carb. I'm not happy with this at all.

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

Bought a mix-12 "Beer Camp" pack of this from Payless Liquors in Fisher, IN for $14.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles w/ a Green Label and a Wooden Brew Kettle in a forest into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has 2171218:59 on the front of the bottle neck.

Aroma- Floral aroma with tons of malt in the backbone. Light and just like the name of the beer states.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quick. Has a deep reddish copper body with almost no clarity. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Very easy hop flavor... Citrus comes up a tab but very floral. Can you imagine it having floral attributes? Malt is sweet in here too. Light-Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Sweet hops on the finish and good malt.

Overall Impression- A very lightly hopped up beer on this "Beer Camp" Series, my second one enjoying. Interesting that even Sierra Nevada changes up their recipe for this style of beer. Above average but wouldn't return to this one over any of the other Sierra Nevada beers.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden honey with a near 2 finger head. Great retention. resulting in a lace that's thin but consistent and sticky.

Smell - Hops are pungently floral on the nose, backed by bready malt notes.

Taste - Big floral hops from start to finish; notes of honeysuckle and rose. Subtle malts back up the hop dominant profile to provide a touch of balance. Finishes slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with a solid amount of carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - When they named this beer, they weren't kidding. Near overbearing floral character. A good, solid effort.

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

Another Sierra Nevada Beer Camp offering!

Pours out a nice shade of orange with yellow hues and 2 fingers of white head.

The aroma is slightly citrus hops along with piney notes and a slight sweetness from the malt.

The taste is a blend of citrusy hops combined with piney hops and a slight lemon zest. The bitterness is pretty even and there is a slight bready element from the malt. There is this "floral" characteristic overall that tastes almost like roses.

The mouthfeel is light-medium with a nice dry aftertaste.

Very easy to drink and an almost herbal take on a traditional IPA. Pretty interesting.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden hue tinted with a little bit of red with noticeable carbonation and two fingers of a bone-white head. VERY impressive and sticky lacing.

S: They definitely hit the nail on the head with the aroma they were probably going for. Very floral and slightly sweet. Good, but not too appetizing in my books.

T: Flowery and slightly sweet with a hint of citrus at the end. The rose additives are definitely present and add a nice kick of flavor. Sweet, but not too sweet. I get hints of lavender and lemons in this one. Pretty nice!

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly bitter finish. The taste doesn't linger around as much as I'd like it to though.

O: I'm really digging this one. I love floral forward beers, and this one hits the spot perfectly. I would love to see this one done in six packs (not that they will.) Another super solid beer from SN.

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

Pours a dark gold with a solid 2 finger head and a good amount of lacing.

Nose is not real strong, some citrus and malt.

Taste starts with strong grapefruit rind with a little hint of tropical fruit. Malt stands up to the hops well. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, medium and well carbonated.

Overall it is a solid IPA, reminds me a lot of Torpedo.

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

Hazy amber pour with a one-finger head, leaving nice lacing clinging to the side of the glass. Tiny particles are suspended in the beer. Scent is floral with malty hops; pleasant. Taste is well balanced between the hops and malts, I would call this a malty IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth, low to medium carbonation with a dry and somewhat bitter finish. A decent IPA which is unusual due to the floral notes. I would like to try this fresher as this 12-pack is 2 months old. Worth a try for all hop heads.

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

Fresh bottle. Yes very floral. The flavour seems more complex the more I drink it.Jasmine, pine, resin. Big head on hazy orange. Above average mouthfeel. Well executed IPA and good drinkability. Not the best IPA I have had, but certainly worth a try.

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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 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 raynmoon
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just picked this up in the Bay Area. It's about time. It is about 2 months old, so not the freshest, oh well.

It looks really nice, a nice deep golden orange, crystal clear with an off white head. Kind of looks like Torpedo. The bubbles on the head look kinda weird ha.

It smells like torpedo as well. It has a nice tangerine sweetness, and some astringent hop esters and bready carmel like malt. Not the strongest of scents.

Upon the first sip I mostly get a light mouthfeel, a dry bitterness the rolls across the tongue and a nice bready malt feel in the back. Hmmm, I do taste a little bit of the tangerine notes, but it is very light. Not the best.

This tastes like a Diet Torpedo, good, very drinkable, but nothing I'd buy again really.

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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 sunkistxsudafed
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a slightly hazy golden amber with a fair amount of head. nothing out of the ordinary.

S- slight biscuit malts bust predominately floral hops (go figure) and a little bit of sweetness. A sweetness reminecent of garden variety clove honey.

T- opens with hop bitterness and bready malts. Spicy hops. this is as dry as Torpedo but without the IBU or ABV. The rose hips and pedals are definately in the finish.

M- pretty dry for an IPA, but not too dry. A good amount of carbonation. very simlar mouthfeel to Torpedo.

O- this is a good beer, as expected from this brewery; but still the weakest in this variety pack.. I haven't had the stout yet, but my guess is that it will steal the show.

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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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