Envy - St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant

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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 07-29-2013

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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

0.5 L in a pilsner glass at Parkside 23 on 8.11.2014. Cloudy and golden with a big fluffy white head. Typical hefe aroma with lots of bananas. Flavor has elements of bananas, cloves, and candy sugar. Despite this, it is neither overly sweet or too dry. Smooth and creamy finish with a medium to medium heavy body. Low carbonation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright brassy golden orange, sharp clarity with a long lasting white head. An immaculate collar and unbroken skim last seemingly forever.

Aroma is mellow, yeasty at first becoming floral and a little catty.

Resiny bitter hops, plenty of lingering pine and bitter citrus peel flavors, a good malty backbone underneath. Light to medium bodied, lingering dry bitterness. Seems pretty fresh, it's drinkable and worth a try.

Thanks to Severstad for this one!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.8% ABV

A - Ever-so-slightly hazed, this beautiful lightly tarnished deep golden beer retrains its ivory head nicely, draping the pint in wispy lacing.

S - Slightly floral with earthy cut grass notes, this IPA comes off much more like a light pale ale with derelict hops, subtle and overcome by caramel sweetness and biscuit dryness.

T - Envy's sweet caramel malt base has a lasting impression on the tongue but hops manage to pull through with slight citrus and earthiness on the finish.

M - Balance of sweet malt and bitter hops through mouthfeel is what's to be envious about this beer as it starts smooth but finishes with the necessary hop kick.

O - Envy's total lack of hop aroma might suggest it's not even dry-hopped, but hop flavor pulls through with a very nice bitter finish, lingering on the tongue with smooth drink ability.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

I am not normally one to care much about how a beer looks, but the dense, dimpled head on this one was really something to admire and enjoy. I also greatly enjoyed the maltiness, easygoing mouthfeel, and perfectly balanced citrus hop bite. There is even something in the aroma and lingering aftertaste that is quite appealing and atypical for an ipa, very biscuity. I am shocked the reviews are so unfavorable on this, and glad I did not read before going to the store. Some mention a light or golden hue--my specimen is a rich amber. Makes me wonder if they may have revamped the recipe. Maybe a bit too sweet to be an everyday pour, but certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper color with a rocky foam topping. Aroma of bread and lemon meringue pie. In the taste, leafy hop, some sharp rind flavor, fairly earthy and leaning towards bitter. Pale malt flavor with a bit of toffee and caramel. A small hint of pineapple is in the works as well. Medium bodied, with spot on medium-high carbonation. Overall, this is a serviceable IPA. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of Beric
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 July 2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow, paler than many IPAs, with a strangely off-white, semi-brown head. The head really is quite ugly on this one until it dies down a bit, which takes some time. Leaves some lacing on the glass as the head collapses into about a quarter-finger of bubbles.

Smell: Smells of musky, dank, earthy hops along with some citrus notes. Hop aromas are not as strong as many other IPAs.

Taste: Not what I was expecting. This is a huge malt-driven IPA. Massive light-caramelly malt backbone along with the same dank, citrusy hops as in the nose. The hops add some qualities of earthiness to the beer, which is a bit off-putting at first, though one can get used to it. Hops do not come through cleanly. Finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Massive malt backbone, decent carbonation.

Overall: As a malt-driven IPA, you need to expect something different from the thinner ones that seem to be more popular now. This is almost along the lines of an English-style IPA, but has too much malt and too weird a hop profile to fit cleanly into that category. An unbalanced IPA, and not in a good way. Would not have again. An IPA on the border between okay and poor.

Photo of Dan_McNeely
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just bought my second growler. First- This brewery/restaurant is amazing. We found it on a whim just driving down South Milwaukee/St. Francis area. The servers/host staff are incredible. They provide an inviting experience I can't find many places in Milwaukee. I like on the North West side, but I'll travel for this service, AND the beer. While I'm usually a HOMER for Lake Front IPA, Envy from a Growler is not really comparable. They both have qualities that set them apart so it's hard to say what I enjoy more.

Pour and view is spot on......it looks soft and inviting, not to much head off the growler pour.

Smells sweet, very soft in aroma. Not too fruity, less filling smell then it appears

Tastes concentrated with fresh cleanliness. It doesn't overpower the pallet, and isn't too sharp like some IPAs, it's light, but powerful, very concentrated.

Feels bold, but not cocky, it's not trying to stand above the rest. It feels comfortable with how it was brewed. Some IPAs seem to scream, HEY I'm a bold IPA, but this beer is confident and holds a Milwaukee swagger.

I'm very proud for this beer. I'd put this up with many others. Only other IPA i'd put before it is Ethos IPA from Tall Grass Brewing......not that it's better, but they hold the same confidence.

My only thought is how do more people get exposed to it? Even in Milwaukee, bring the growler to Rays.....

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with off-white head. Floral notes, citrus, and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some malt and hop resin balance.

Envy from St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.