JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAR 31, 2017 islay (2931) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, labeled “2012 Floral IPA Beer Camp #53.” Pungent, dry, hoppy aroma features scents of pine cone and cat litter. There’s a touch of rose in the smell, but I doubt I would have detected it if not for the beer’s name and description. The smell is typical of that of a West Coast American IPA, for the most part, with just a twist of something different (and that something different is more funky than floral). Pours a mostly clear brass. There is a light haze from some very small particles suspended in the liquid. Effervescent: Moderate amount of small bubbles rise at a moderate speed. Moderate to large amount of thick, uneven, beige head. Nice, extensive lacing. Hoppy, dry, enjoyable flavor features a tonic water / quinine element. A light, floral, malty sweetness develops upon multiple sips, but the hops always dominate the taste. Medium body. Soft and smooth with moderate liveliness in the palate. Sierra Nevada Floral IPA is a good beer, better, in fact, than my rating would tend to indicate (it’s hard to give it better than a merely “pretty good” score in any given category). I was expecting something unique. What I got was a solid but standard West Coast American IPA. Still, although I’ve drunk dozens of examples of just that, there’s a reason that the IPA style dominates the craft beer market: A decent IPA is very enjoyable.
Amber color with a taller, somewhat creamy looking, beige head. Orange blossom aromas mix with pale malt and light lemon zest. Sweet resinous start. Caramel and toasted marshmallows work their way in. Quite fruity. Mild pine and zest in the finish. Perhaps a bit too sharp in the linger. 5/12
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle: Copper body with a thick, sustainable white head that leaves little lacing in its path. Aroma of heavy citrus, with lots of pine & resin. Smells a bit like Fruity Pebbles, only with some moderately dank & slightly soapy undertones. Flavor loaded with pine, hop oil, resin, bitter grapefruit pith, pineapple rind, & a strong perfumy floral note to finish things off. Staunch bitterness, white peppery & moderately botanical with a light biscuit malt base. Perhaps a little too heavy on the back-end bittering hops. Decent at best, drinkablility gets hampered a bit. slowrunner77 (12591) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"I’ve been drinking a lot of sessionable hoppy brews lately and really liking em. what this lacks in light body in color, it makes up for in an intensely hoppy dank flavor and aroma. Weed-like hopsm cutrus, and interesting florals from the rose hips play very nice together. " Stuu666 (14563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours golden orange, nose is grapefruit, orange, taste is dry, bitter, fruity. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
(bottle - 12 oz) Copper pour with a frothy white head. Way too much carbonation. Mild hop aroma. Rather floral as the name would imply. Flavor is bitter at the start then dries out in the middle. Definitely much more floral than citrusy, and a pity because I prefer the citrus. Too dry and bitter.
lopisar (249) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
Amber with a pretty thick foam. Mild floral aroma. Nice bitterness with a balanced malt part. Fruity Gary (2054) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2014
bottled ; Nice floral aroma with rich boozed up hop accents ; Firey orange with good white top ; Grapefruit , oranges and peppery alcohol ;Extremely rich beer , this could do with some more cutting dryness . harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2012 skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
I’m currently rating every SN brew I’ve ever had in one clean sweep.
I grew up on the classic SN Pale having it around during high school, and since have watched SN grow into a national representation of incredible craft beer. Living 45 mins away is a treat for the random growler fill. Keep up the amazing work and thanks! merc7186 (3142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
A: Golden Straw Hue/Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Bready, Floral
T: Grainy, Biscuits, Mild Floral
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Bitter, Mildly Drying
Overall, its good if you like bready/grainy IPAs but other than the bitterness and mild floral nose.taste, its way too much graininess.