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

Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)
540 Ratings
Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp)

Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of gpogo
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden copper body with a large white head that dissipates leaving some lace.

A- Flowery, piney, and citrus hops dominate with a sweet malt. Light spiciness.

T- Sweet and spicy, but somewhat lacking and dry in body in style with west coast IPAs. Bitterness throughout, but a somewhat unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body. The carbonation and the light malt dryness is somewhat unpleasant.

D- Pretty good in aroma, but I'm not fond of the west coast malt style of IPAs.

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Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"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." Beer Camp #53 2012. Available as part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Variety Pack 2012 and on tap at particular locations. Brewed in the style of an English India Pale Ale.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a light frothy cream white head over a mild hazy copper amber body with plenty of sediment. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. Decent appearance overall. 3.75

(Smell) Smells very much like a piney IPA with floral hops forward as well as some mild acidic bitterness. Malt base is a mild, clean light crystal malt and perhaps a touch of spicy rye. Balance is slightly bitter. There's nothing too unordinary about the aroma- everything I can pick up on is something I've discerned before. The aroma is decent although a touch more sweetness and a hair more body could have rounded out the balance. The aroma is enjoyable but not particularly unique. 3.5

(Taste) Mild toasted English-style bready malt body forward paired with a piney, resinous hop blend makes for a finish that is very peppery and slightly spicy with a high bitterness. The hop character largely dominates the flavor, although I could certainly locate some vegetal notes of potential rose hips or petals in this beer, they'd be mostly hidden by the sharp bitterness and flavor of this hops. Despite a prevailing bitterness and spicy hop character, the malty body is actually quite deep in this beer and the balance is nice. Despite being hop-forward, the bitterness grows on you with time and doesn't wear out the palate. It's surprisingly drinkable and considerably enjoyable as well. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Peppery, bready hop bitter finish. Medium-low carbonation does alright by this beer and is appropriate for being an English style. Some evident pulpiness and perhaps even some sliminess is a bit strange for the style aside from the inclusion of unique additives, is not particularly enjoyable. A good pairing, aside from some odd textures, the carbonation is spot-on. 3.25

(Overall) Another pretty solid Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beer, I liked the resinous, spicy pine hop character in this beer and it managed a substantial pale malt base to pair for a good balance. Some evident pulpy chunks are a questionable additive to the beer, perhaps related in part to the petals or rose hips, but don't settle too well by me. The carbonation was just right for the style and the drinkability, although expectedly muted for a hoppy IPA, was still quite high by hitting all the right notes just the right way. Certainly worth a try for the more abrasive hop-loving crowd. It's one of the more liberally-hopped English IPAs that I have had so far, although the hops grow on you, so the bitterness isn't as intense as you may think it to be. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp #53: Floral IPA

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (been in the fridge since purchases)

A: Hazy light copper color with a very thin white head.
S: Pine and based on the label, what I guess is roses
T: Definite hops but more muted than a "normal" Sierra Nevada PA. A little bit of light caramel. A definite "oddness" that can only be the roses.
M: High level of carbonation, but not unpleasant, very tingly. The hops seems to linger on the tongue making for a creamy mouthfeel that sort of balances out the carbonation.
O: I like the beer, don't love it. The roses seem to add something, but maybe too much something. I wonder if a different hop combo would work better? Worth trying, but I doubt that Sierra Nevada will be making this again. Points for trying something different.

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4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hearty amber to brown with lots of sediment suspended throughout the glass. Decent head at pour dissipates to a thin layer on top. Good lacing. Smells hoppy but not too bitter - more floral. Flavor is floral up front - rose maybe - and some earthy spices. Finishes bitter.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good retention. Aroma of floral hops with light citrus notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by nice floral hops notes with very limited bitterness notes and some subtle citrus notes. Malt backbone is quite discreet with a nice light sweet finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nice IPA with limited bitterness and good level of hops.

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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light, clear copper with a moderate white foamy head with nice lacing. Sticky fresh floral aroma. Resinous floral taste with light sweetness and linger. High carbonation, lightly foamy and sticky feel.

Big hop flavor and aroma with light hop bittering that grows slightly throughout the bottle. Simple, straightforward hop flavor, it delivers what it advertises but I would almost classify it as a pale ale. This is certainly the non-IPA drinker’s IPA. I would say though that there really isn’t a whole lot of flavor but it has a great fresh aroma.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Jim's.

Pours a hazy gold. One finger head dies quickly, but very good lace.

Aromas are of apricots, grapefruits.

Taste is an oddity - is it an EIPA or an AIPA? One of those hybrids where malts are very much in the mix, but with a very lifted nose. ( A la Thornbridge Jaipur). After a while it becomes a Grapefruit experience overall.

Mouthfeel on the heavy side of medium.

Good beer, not great... good to see SN doing this kind of thing, but how many Beer Camp beers will make the grade???

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Floral IPA - Beer Camp #53 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 540 ratings
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