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

Tons of haze in a honey amber brew with a sudsy pale topper and loads of sticking. Sierra Nevada is the undisputed champion of head retention. Looks fabulous.

Very minty and floral aroma teeming with green hops. Lightly buttery with English malt aromas swirling about. Planty in a candied-sweet kind of way.

Follows up drier with notes of spearmint and wildflower. Low bitterness for an IPA, but still bursting with leafy hop oils. Citrus notes include grapefruit and lemon rind. Hints of pine. Not tantalizingly hoppy, just tasty and low on maltiness. Almost a Pecan Sandies taste to the grains. Drinkability capitalizes on a mild flavor and clean finish. Finishes sweeter than it opens. Noticeable minty flavor carries in the end.

Low-medium carbonation keeps from distracting from the floral hop profile. Very drinkable English IPA, as it's supposed to be. No chore here.

I really like this Beer Camp number. It's gonna be a go-to among the four offered in my case. Recommended.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to a standard pint

A: Look is a golden amber color with a soft glowing haze to it. Nice thick tan head demonstrates awesome retention. Carb is evident with streaming bubbles. Head is cakey and leaves some nice tracks of cling down the glass.

S: Smells of pine and florals of course. I get some stone fruit aromas, pear and apricot mainly, with a bit of sugary pale malts. There is a distinct twist of rose petal that is very potpourri like. Some fruity tart yeast esters as well. Different but nice.

T: Tastes of sappy pines with tangerine fruit and rose water. A bit soapy with that distinct flower petal flavor. Has a nice hoppy bitterness and a bit of a caramel malt kick towards the end. No real ABV’s to report. Flavors are well balanced and incorporated nicely but definitely something slightly different. Any more use of the rose here would be too much for me.

M: Medium-light body with a soft, lush feel. Carbonation is ideal. A bit of drying in the finish with a nice sticky linger.

D: This was nice and quite different but the rose is just not my thing. Well executed with good balance as expected form Sierra, just a touch too perfumey for my taste.
I do love the whole Beer Camp program though. Others may enjoy.

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Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy muddled copper color with a solid one inch cream head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by floral hops, with hints of citrus, and a very malty, caramel backbone. Herbal hops round out the profile. Notes of rose petals and nuttiness emerge.

Flavor reveals more floral, perfumey hops, which are fairly bitter. There's a note of grapefruit pith emerging late, along with lemon and toasted breadcrust, but it pretty much tastes like inhaling perfume. Pine surfaces as it warms, along with herbal tea.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's a touch of hop astringency and alcohol warmth at the finish.

Overall, I thought the hop flavor was disappointing. The bitterness overtook subtle floral flavors, and the balance toward floral flavoring hop combined with this to be fairly offputting.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to have a bad beer from SN. This beer has complexity with particularly great floral notes coming through. Great Balance, drinkability and great effervescence in the glass. Solid solid offering from of craft's masters. Most enjoyable beer of the English Ipa style that I have had. Underrated in my mind.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Delirium Tremens shaped glass.

A: Poured out a crystal clear, orange-red color with a whopping 2 finger + extremely sudsy frothy off-white head.

S: Smells a helluva lot "Torpedo." However, I did really get the "floral" notes that really put this over-the-top and made it smell downright inviting.

T: Much, much smoother than "Torpedo" and "Celebration Ale" though, but since this is English, that kinda goes with the territory. Nice malt backbone and with a very pronounced floral flavor and only slight bitterness on the finish. Nice!

M: The carbonation was perfect here and definitely allowed the other ingredients to poke through. The bitterness merely slaps the tongue at the very end, with a nice fruity, floral package that was divine. The lacing was ridiculous.

O: Come on, folk! This beer deserves a higher rating than what you're giving it. It seems that English IPAs don't do very well overall here on BA. C'est le vie....

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

Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange color. Sports an average fizzy head that faded to a thin film within 5 minutes. The nose is indeed floral in with the rose hips predominating. Taste is initially very bitter. The malt taste is very suppressed. This "experimental" brew should keep hopheads very happy: few beers I have tasted are this "hop-forward." Having said that I found the beer enjoyable. The texture is soft and slightly oily. The finish is very long. The taste of dandelions lingered on my palate for at least 5 minutes. Because of its aggressive hopping, this is not a beer I would buy on a regular basis, but I would love to see it in stores again in about a year. Well done SN. Thanks for offering this different and aggressive beer.

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Photo of JWU
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- a barely hazy orange/amber with a really nice eggshell head that stick all over the glass on the way down.

S- almost brutish in its grapefruit/earthy/floral intensity. Maybe a hint of some malt.

T- Fairly brutish on the taste as well. The big floral/grapefruit hit does fade, thank goodness, and subsequent sips aren't as in your face. Once your palette adjusts, it is fairly complex underneath all that big brash hoppiness. A little english style malt (biscuity, crackery) and I get some sweetness akin to agave syrup.

M- actually quite smooth, and not as dry as you would think. Proper light to medium carbonation.

O- I don't want to like it, but there's something about it I find pretty interesting. I certainly can't have more than one at a time. It belongs in a variety case such as beer camp.

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

I had picked up a couple of Beer Camp bottles during a recent visit to The Foodery (Northern Liberties) and given that it is a slow afternoon at Chez Woody aka Abbaye de Chandler, I decided to give this one a whirl.

From the bottle: "This unique take on the traditional IPA style pairs the bold and intense aromas of whole-cone hop 'flowers' with aromatic rose hips and petals for complex aromas and unexpected flavors."

My pour created two fingers of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. As it fell, it left a lot of sticky lacing behind. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was very citrusy, grapefruit in its intensity. This is an English IPA? I'm not buying it. Mouthfeel was medium and I really got a flowery flavor in the mouth. Interesting. Finish was mellow and semi-dry with the bitterness of the hops being tempered with malt and rose hips and petals. I am conflicted by this one because it really was not an EIPA, but it was pretty good all the same.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a deep gold colour with a huge head of foam and it leaves some nice lacing behind.

The smell is very hoppy, lots of fresh piney notes that bring a ton of bitterness. I can't say I get any malt out of the nose.

The taste starts out very bitter; the pine is over whelming other flavours that must be there. It seems to calm down a bit after a few more sips. I get an earthy malt kick just before the finish and the finish itself is rather mild and slightly watery after the initial burst of flavours.

This is light bodied with medium carbonation; a so so mouthfeel.

This isn't a bad IPA. I drinks okay but I'd not buy another Beer Camp pack just for this beer.

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Photo of jimmah120
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle no date into pint. 2012 edition

Look is marvelous; amber-orange filled with even, fine sediment, and a fluffy 2 finger head. Smell is floral piney hops, background of gingerbread malt. Taste is as expected, very floral earthy hops, spicy, with hints of pepper and clove. The malt is hard to find, only a dry leave red ale like finish. Feel is fantastic, silky smooth with a buttery head, perfect amount of carb. And the bitter isn't cloying or tongue-numbing.

Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. A fantastic IPA with heavy floral notes.

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

from12 oz bottle (aug 2012)

A- pours a golden copper color with a large off white head streaks of lacing on the glass

S- was floral hops with pine resin soapy malts sweet caramel

T- bitter pine hops first but then a burst of floral hops with tropical notes a touch of malts ib the finish

M- was more bitter than floral with hops medium carbonation with a tongue biting bitterness

O- good ipa would have liked more tropical and floral hops in this one

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle from best of beer camp pack poured into a pint glass.

Pours a darker golden color with a good head of 1/4 inch fluffy foam. Floral smell, some pine. Light peppery. Opening strong bitter which fades and dissolves into a malt, Leaves some bitter on the tongue. A softer blended IPA, but a nice hop experience. Good.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a nearly crystal-clear light copper with sticky white lacing.

The aromas of grapefruit and piney resins come before those of pepper and sweet malt. There is a slightly cardboardy scent.

Peppery, sharp, piney, sweet malted grain tastes.
Quite pleasant.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Beer Camp mix pack bottle.

Appearance: As with most SN beers, this is beautiful. Clear orange-amber, tight but soft appearing off white head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Smells like a slightly less intense, and more floral/herbal Celebration. Citrus and some spiciness. A touch of caramel and crackery maltiness. Bit of a strange "Sea Breeze" smell of aromatic facial astringent.

Taste: Floral, herbal, and bitter. Dry, crackery malt flavor. Bitter, dry finish. A little harsh for this little beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice soft carbonation and very dry finish.

Overall: Again, like a small version of Celebration with interesting added floral strangeness. A bit to dry/bitter in the finish for me, but pretty solid overall.

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Photo of herman77
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark yellow. Pretty much a light copper. Some haze to it. Fluffy off white head with great retention. Great lacing.

S: Its got that hoppy Sierra Nevada smell that I find in a lot of their hoppier stuff. Maybe its the use of their whole cone hops which is in this? Very herbal and a bit grassy. A bit of dankness to it too. A hint of citrus, along with some floral sweetness from the rose petals perhaps?

T: Very herbal hop forward with an odd kind of "green/garden" taste to it. Must be from the addition of the rose petals and hips. A bit spicy too. Not much malt to speak of. A little harsh tasting, but it can't be from the ABV. I think the rose flavors to not mesh well with the hop and malt profile.

M: Medium body, average carbonation.

O: Not the best drinkability for me. It's an interesting take on an IPA, worth a try, but not my thing.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass. This is an attractive IPA.

I really enjoy the aroma of this beer. Floral, grassy, herbal, and a little dank. A touch of caramel from the malt as well.

The flavor drops off a little bit. A lot more bitterness compared to the hop flavor. I do get pleasant floral and grassy notes. A touch of caramel sweetness from the malt. Finishes mostly dry and bitter.

As always, a solid mouthfeel from Sierra Nevada. Good carbonation and texture. Quite smooth and robust for a beer of this ABV.

Enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Many brewers would love to have an IPA of this quality in their portfolio.

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Copper in color. Not 2012 penny copper, more like a penny from 1981. Off white head, fluffy, sticky, sudsy lacing. Perfectly named beer, very floral in aroma. Some mango and a touch of alcohol. Touch of caramel sweetness. Taste is quite light, less bitter than expected but nicely balanced. Can't find anything wrong with this beer. Very easy to drink, over and over, not over the top in flavor but very nice experiment.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper with some sticky lacing.
Smells floral as the name suggests, but not too strong smelling. Nice smell
The taste is mild. Very refreshing and not as hoppy as you would expect from the scent. Some caramel flavors as well as some pine.
Somewhat light body and medium carbonation.

An interesting take on the IPA from SN. Here we have something more akin to a British IPA. Very different than Torpedo. Pretty good though.

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Photo of raszputini
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first sample from Beer Camp...Pours a shiny copper with a two finger head, Lacing sticks around for a bit, but then disappears completely. The nose is kind of what I would expect from a beer named "Floral IPA", as it is dominated by very floral hoppy tones. The taste was a surprise. I expected much more hop bitterness. Instead this brew is fairly balanced, the hops are somewhat mild (not as hoppy as Torpedo, for example) and there is a much more pronounced malt backbone than I expected. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this offering. Religious hop freaks may be a little disappointed, but I enjoyed this for what it is. A well-balanced, easy to drink IPA with interesting hop/malt chemistry.

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

Pours a deep color color with a thin layer of creamy rich head that also sticks like glue to the sides of the glass, mild carbonation.

Lots of rose aroma and mildly grainy toasted caramel malt, smells like a flowered up English IPA.

The rose character is not at all overbearing, but has enough character to make it interesting, it shines around midway through before getting lost and then makes a final appearance at the end. Caramel malt hits up front before the rose hips set in and then lays a little low. The beer finishes off with a nice mixture of rose, pine, and grapefruit bitterness and leaves a citrus coating that's slightly orangy. Slight graham crackers and grass also show up at at brief moments.

Light medium body, slight pricklies, and very drinkable.

This beer is a clash between an English and American style IPA with a refreshing twist that goes beyond ordinary. Currently having this on tap but wouldn't buy it in the bottle; nice bitter bite but too much English personality to want more than one. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of jifigz
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

There is nothing special about the appearance of this brew. IT is a typical IPA orange color with a head that was tiny and didn't last all that long. There is a bunch of sediment in the beer as well. It looks like a mixture of yeast and hop residue. Was this one bottle conditioned? The aroma is light hops with a nice malty backbone behind it. The taste is another nice mixture of hops and maltiness. The hop flavor dies away pretty fast and leaves the aftertaste of the crystal malts (or at least that's what I am presuming) to beat the palate with a decent sweetness. The MF is a nice light bodied feel.

This isn't really that "Floral." I usually think Sierra Nevada does a great job on their beers, but this one isn't so great. It is a very drinkable and smooth flavored IPA, but the aroma and flavor aren't as floral and hoppy as I was expecting.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a transparent golden color with moderate carbonation leaving a small white cap, light bubbles and minimal lacing

S: Nose was lacking consider the concoction of ngredients in this IPA. Floral, check.

T: The taste presents a pronounced floral note with some grains and biscuit which finishes moderately bitter, dry and somewhat clean.

M: Carbonation is good, light to medium bodied, floral notes dominate but I am still not a fan
O: Not really impressed. When you call it a Floral IPA is better be floral.

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Photo of corby112
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with resinous pine and citrus fruit notes followed by sweet alcohol and caramel malt. The flower petals stand out complimenting the earthy, grassy notes. Slight onion-y presence along with spruce tip, orange peel and grapefruit. Some caramel malt with biscuit, toffee and Graham cracker.

Medium bodied with a strong, spicy hop bite up front that provides some earthy bitterness that lingers throughout. Grassy and soily with some sticky pine needle and onion countered by a prominent malt backbone with hints of caramel and toffee as well as some bread and biscuit. The floral/petal presence comes in toward the end of the palate and clashes somewhat with the hop and malt flavors. There's also a surprising alcohol character in the finish even though the ABV is relatively low. Not a lot of heat just some harsh boozy sweetness. Overall, this beer isn't bad, it just has an odd combination of flavors that I don't like very much.

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

Floral IPA is an attractive gold. It’s mostly clear. When held to light, it takes on a brighter appearance and has a slight orange tint. A nice white head rises to top it off. It stands over a finger tall and holds up pretty well. Takes a while to completely dissipate. Lacing is sticky and moderate in volume. Looks good.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a bit weak and would benefit from more strength. It smells sweet and sugary up front. The malt base smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malt. The toasted variety smells a little stronger. Not my favorite thing. Hops have a bit of a floral aroma, but there’s a citric component, as well. Citrus grapefruit and orange are lighter in the mix, but they are there. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. I’m not getting much at all.

The flavor is about on-par with the nose. The malt base is primarily toasted malts with a bit of caramel providing support. I’m not a huge fan of the toasted malt base, but it’s not terrible. It is a bit sugary and sweet. Hops are a mix of floral and citric varieties. Citrus grapefruit and lemon flavors are easily noted in the mix. The floral notes are alright, but aren’t all that exciting. It’s a little bitter, but the malts do much to balance it out. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes toasty, a tad bitter, and dry.

Floral IPA has a light-medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It does feel nice and smooth. It’s alright. Goes down easy enough. I’m not loving the flavor enough to down multiple bottles, but this one’s going down alright.

Floral IPA is an okay release from Sierra Nevada, but it’s definitely not a stand out IPA. There’s a little too much toasted malt and not enough hop flavor. It’s not bad though. Not my favorite release in this year’s Beer Camp pack, but it’s worth checking out.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating
Bottle stamped 2171220:45

A= Pours a deep amber color with a thick off white head on it that holds steady retention and some really nice lacing.

S= Bright floral hop aroma to this. Floral IPA is a well adapted name. Not too many IPAs are "floral" as much as this one is. There is a little pine and citrus bitterness to follow it.

T= The taste is a nice floral hop bite. A decent amount of pine and citrus to back it but mostly bright floral notes.

M= Well carbonated and lasting flavor.

O= This is a solid beer. Well made and floral.

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