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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 053: Floral IPA

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep golden with a small white head. Aroma is stinky funky dank hops, a touch floral but a bit cheesy with some malt grain sweetness. Flavor starts sweet and a bit grainy, picking up some of the floral notes before gaining a dank and herbal finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Cloudy orange-copper with an adequate white head. Nose and flavor are marked by definite petal, floral and grassy hops, touches of orange peel and really nice rye and caramel backbone, and hints of peach. Light, flavorful, nothing too awesome but a drinkable albeit straightforward hoppy beer. Pretty damn nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1629) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Hazy orange with a mid-size head. I was confused at first with this one, thinking "wait -- that’s not just a floral note... that’s actual flowers." True enough. The rose hips/petals really add a delicate/interesting/unique note to this brew. They’re readily apparent in the nose, while the flavor remains more like a traditional IPA, albeit with somewhat stale hops. Slightly bready, with a bitter finish -- I’d almost guess they laid off on the aroma hops so the rose would come through a bit more. Tasty, and definitely unique -- but it doesn’t taste as nice as it smells.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
12 oz. bottle. It pours a reddish orange with a medium, soapy off white head. Aroma is, as expected, floral with a nice strong floral hop presence. Aromatic rose notes as well, some caramel malt. Flavor is fairly bitter, but is almost an exercise in foral flavors. Lots of rose water, slightly perfumy. There are also some caramel and hop oil notes. There are also some slight grassy and earth notes. This is an interesting IPA. Not something I’d drink all the time but certainly worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Pouts a semi unclear orange with lots of little floaties. Smell is citrus, floral bouquet and caramel malt. Taste is delicate floral notes, light citrus, but you still would know Sierra Nevada made this in a blind tasting. Light bready malts. Light, refreshing, not super but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2012
12oz bottle. Looks like an IPA. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops plus some caramel malts. Flavor about the same. Average texture. A pretty good IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
e3rleblanc (4) - Denham Springs, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2012 does not count
Aroma is very floral! Properly named. Great hop character, fills the air w earthy, slightly piney, wood aroma. Classic American IPA appearance. Well carbonated, light-medium body is right on. Flavor is wonderful! Lots of fresh bitter hop tasteless, balanced well with some malt flavor (not very caramelly or toasted). The winning hop aroma is what sets this beer apart!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2619) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Clear orange with sudsy off-white head. Lacing is pretty heavy. Aroma is citrusy and floral over toast and caramel malt. Floral tasting as well, with substantial bitterness. Medium bodied and dry. Definitely outside of the norm; good stuff.

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