Florida Avenue India Pale Ale - Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Florida Avenue Brewing Co. visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: shand on 02-05-2011

50 IBU
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 26
Photo of CraigShap
2.08/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weak IPA, malty and very lightly hopped. Only IPA at hotel I'm staying at and after one I moved on to Stella artios. Yep, that poor.

Photo of mickyge
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

fairly thin tasting for an IPA, more like a bitter lager

Photo of TX-Badger
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber golden color with white head. Light pine, floral notes, and a hint of citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes smooth, not a huge hop bite on this IPA.

Photo of Lukeyboyiv
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Just ok.

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 2/7/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep golden color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of light grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and bready malt sweetness; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, honey, toasted bread, light caramel, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid IPA. Good robustness and balance of citrus/floral hops and moderate bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

Photo of CraigS119
2.74/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Tastes very wheaty... Not in a good way. Doesnt wow me with complexity. Has a lingering bitterness that is never remedied. And an abv that isn't attempted to be masked. Def would avoid this beer unless only other options were light.

Photo of rawfish
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper gold, clear with a small, white finger high head. Leaves a singular ring of lacing and some clumps as you drink. Average retention at best.

Honey bread, somewhat grainy with a overarching grassy hop profile, some danker pine and subtle dried tropical fruits.

Bready with lots of cereal grains. House yeast is phenolic adding clove and some banana bread with some red fruit esters. Grassy hops play catch up with a lagging pine. When cold, the finish is very grainy and a touch metallic. Medium/light bitterness brings grainy dryness.

Medium body with average carbonation. Unremarkable with light bitterness, well hidden alcohol and somewhat drying.

Hops need to be really kicked up to call this an IPA, it's a drinkable pale with a Belgian-esque house yeast that could either indicate complexity or sloppiness but it adds some much needed activity to this one. Not a bad beer at all, just not up to par on the style.

Photo of HalfFull
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes 3/13. 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. 'Dry hopped with cascade for an awesome hop experience' on neck of bottle.

Pours a light copper with a thin layer of off white foam, light retention with fair to decent lace. A bit undercarbonated like many of thier brews and perhaps aimed at consumption direct from the bottle. Brewed and bottled, I believe, at a location other than the small brewery/tasting room here.

Nice citric hop aroma initially or after a good spin, yet less so when the beer glasses over given the light carbonation. it's a constant battle to bring forth the aroma, yet doing so only makes it even more difficult as the carbonation diminishes further. Pleasant overall though a bit reaching, yet nothing to deter.

Hint of caramel on the taste along with a neutral grain character, light sweetness on the finish accompanied by a light though not quite faint bitterness. Feel is smooth for an IPA given the light bitterness. Hop aroma is enhanced with warming but still subtle.

In the end this beer drinks like a Pale Ale. A Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a bit less caramel and a bit less Cascade as well. An easy drinking warm climate Pale Ale.

Note: 6.0% on label....

Photo of JayQue
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had two pints at Toucans in Clearwater Beach with lunch. Served in a chilled pint glass...still showed a decent size white head with better than average retention.

The aroma was a bit mild, some piney hops were noticible but overall...not a lot.

The flavor ws ok. I like IPAs and they don't all have to be world class. THis one had some piney hops bitterness, a little caramel malt for balance. Went fine with food. Light enough to throw back a few.

Mouthfeel was about medium richness. Crisp and a little bitter. Some oiliness/piney hops presence.

Wouldn't be something I would go out of the way for, but a nice complement for food.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Had at Snapper's on St. Pete Beach. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy orange gold, with a thin white head and a few bubbles of carbonation.

S: Not a huge nose on this. Significant bready malt over citrus and a slight pine hop aroma.

T: Follows the nose, and overall not as hop-forward as should be expected from an IPA. Citrus, grapefruit rind, and mild pine over a smooth bready malt. Moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Fairly light body, decent carbonation sensation, and only a mild alcohol presence.

O: I don't find anything particularly objectionable here, but it certainly does nothing to excite me or make me want to have another one. A very pedestrian attempt at an IPA - perhaps more suited to an APA, but even then I would expect a better hop bouquet.

Photo of Labeorphile
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Light gold color with a thick, white, long-lasting head with tiny streams of bubbles holding it up from underneath.

Nose has light hoppiness, but not incredibly strong. Flavor is a watered down hop without a lot of bitterness. Kind of an IPA for those not familiar with the style. Nothing overpowering, but with a little slick mouth feel.

Boring, but not offensive, and better than most beers I have found where I am staying in Florida.

Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass golden color with nice head.
a: Golden color, 2 finger width head
s: Light citrusy smell
t: Light citrusy flavor, with very smooth good taste
m: Medium body, with no aftertaste, or bitterness
o: Smooth, good taste

Glad I sampled this beer while on vacation in Florida.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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Bright amber body, plenty of carbonation streams,topped by a fizzy white head. Light lacing.

Assertive pine aroma. Could use a bit of fruitiness.

Sloppy sweetness in he beginning, not a real solid foundation. Traces of soapiness. Late arriving citrus. Bitterness builds instead of biting.

Ok light-plus mouthfeel.

Overall, it looks and and smells good, but it needs work. Not one to search for.

Photo of MatthewPlus
1.3/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

This is really a bothersome beer.

Very lightly hopped, almost no nose, no bitterness on the palate.

My experience with Cold Storage is that they dont appear to want to make good beer. It seems as if they are content to try to be a bridge between Macro drinkers into the Micro industry by creating very homogenized versions of craft styles. I cant imagine a brewer who was worth his salt tasting this beer out of the bright tank and saying, "Yup, this is the IPA i want to put out".

Avoid avoid avoid.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for this, my first from this brewery.

Nice fluffy 1+ finger head that doesn't want to fade, but leaves a bit of lacing as it slowly does, over semi hazy slightly darker nectar orange colored beer.

Nose has some lighter hops, a bit of pine, hint resin, light citrus, more candy like hops again that bring a bit of candied orange zest, a light sweet caramel malt and candy like base, and most likely some bittering hops.

Taste continues, with some earthy hops, little pine and citrus, decent bitterness, again a light candy hop flavor with more candied orange, and a little rind. Light fruits under that, with a bit of chewy candy malt base, little caramel and slight sweet malt to balance the hops. Juicy but light overall, big malty base. Finish is still a bit sweet, bit more bitterness, little fruity and citrus hop, more candy hops and malt flavors lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, little fluffy, good carb.

Overall not bad. Not sure why it has such a low rating. Not the best hops but decent, lighter on the bitterness but still overall pretty tasty, clean, etc. Little too sweet as well but still decent.

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a clear medium amber with an average (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that lasted for a short while, reducing to a few puddles and large collar which produced good sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, floral hops and a light soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (orange).

The taste was lightly sweet with a big caramel presence, which lasted throughout. And then had a decent hoppy citrus peel bitterness which increased slightly towards the end. The flavor hung around for a decent time after the swallow with the mild bitterness fading slowly into the background, which allowed the slight sweetness to blend well with the hops.

Mouthfeel was a little past light in body and mildly dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a nice light, not overly hoppy IPA, with an awesome drinkability...

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.61/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Best by date of May '12, so this is a little old drinking late Jully. Poured into a white wine glass.

A: Bright orange color. Slightly hazy. Basically only got a ring of bright white for the head retention. Leaves a little bit of lacing, nothing major though.

S: Smells like a malt bomb at this point. Just a lot of bready, sweet malts. Hops are totally masked at this point.

T: Initially I actually do get a touch of a hop bite on the tip of the tongue. It's very little though. There is a strange almost medicinal flavor note in the mid palate. I have no idea what to compare it to, but I don't like it. Then you get those malts. The typical dry IPA finish.

M: It's medium bodied IPA.

O: C- or lower...maybe a fresher one would help.

Photo of cjgator3
3.76/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is biscuity malt, caramel and hops. The aroma is pretty subdued.

T- The taste is sweet malt and caramel up front with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad IPA. No, it is not an intense hop bomb, but it is a solid beer overall.

Photo of cwachtel
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am strictly an IPA drinker and thought I would give this a try while done in FL. Poured a nice golden amber color with a thick head that lasted awhile. Slightly darker than some other IPA's indicating it might be a little more malty than most which proved to be true after the first sip. Mouth feel was a little thin and the flavor was very balanced between malt and hop bitterness. Not a lot of hop flavor present. Although it was a good, drinkable beer I was left wanting a little more hops. It might be better served in the Pale Ale or English IPA category.

Photo of KTCamm
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber with full head of white foam. Light (very) citrus smell - but virtually nonexistent. Lightly hopped malty flavor with a long finish. Some citrus too. Lightly carbonated. Nondescript IPA, neither high nor low. Better ones out there for sure, but it does the trick.

Photo of orock25
2.52/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brewery is in my hood so I wanted to write a review. poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance -Pours a golden and clear with a real nice head.

Smell - Sweet malts, banana, maybe grapefruit. Low hop profile doesn't really knock your socks off like an IPA should

Taste - Very low hop bitterness. There is a small amount of complexity in the malt flavors but it's left to be desired. They may have tried to make it more "drinkable" than tasty.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, and like I said "drinkable

Overall - This really needs to reworked as a Pale Ale, not an IPA. To bad, This is a region that's growing greatly with the craft beer movement. But this beer should be left behind.

Photo of Immortale25
4.45/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Kwak glass. Says for the freshest taste enjoy by May. There's plenty of head and smells fine so I think we're good. I've been wanting to try Cold Storage for a while but haven't made the leap since they're so expensive. Got a single at Total Wine for $1.99.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a two finger head that sticks around plenty before reducing to an 1/8 inch head and nice lacing that reminds me of frost formation.

S- Sharp, piney, citrusy hops that are no doubt the West coast variety. Also smells of fresh cereal grain that's sweet and melds with the hop aroma beautifully. Exactly what I look for in the nose of an IPA.

T- And the goodness carries over in the taste. More fresh, spicy hops complemented wonderfully by sweet maltiness and little to no alcohol bite. Thoughts of grapefruit and blood orange.

M- The drinkability of this IPA is brought on by the well-rounded mouthfeel and what I assume is a low ABV. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Jeez. I must say, I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a quintessential IPA. Could there be a fourth excellent brewery from Florida (the first three being CCB, St. Somewhere and Due South)?

Photo of ithacabaron
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely tangerine, topped with a short, foamy head.

Aroma is quite interesting, and difficult to score; while it's off-style for an IPA, it's got a lovely, perfectly caramelized nose. Almost like sticky toffee pudding topped with grapefruit zest. Very heavy on the caramel, in fact. Think British-style IPA with American hops.

Taste is a bit flattened, and largely unremarkable; no bracing hit of hops here. There is some even vienna malt sweetness, the long swallow, and just a frisson of bitterness on the back end. Inoffensive and unassuming.

Mouthfeel is good, if perhaps a bit thin. In fact, this is the major weakness of the beer -- if it had a bit more substance, I have a feeling all the scores would rise with it.

Overall, not a bad brew; a pint or two shouldn't be turned away, but the sweetness will get to you after a while. I bet you this has converted at least a few people onto better beer, and I can't fault it for that! No regrets.

Photo of klinderer
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All aspects of this beer were pleasing (smell, taste, mouthfeel),but underwhelming. Beer could stand more potency - especially noticable at the end of a sip. Good intial flavor but after swallowing there was a noticable lack of an aftertaste. One of my favorite aspects of an IPA is the distinctive fruity, hoppy aftertase - something that in my opinion downgrades this beer from good to slightly above average. That said, I enjoyed it on a hot afternoon and found it tastey and refreshing!At 9 bucks a six pack I need more flavor!

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by May 2011.
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Copper-colored, small white head. A fair amount of lace.
Mostly hops aroma. Citrus, a little floral. A tiny bit of sweet malt.
Grapefruit taste, some piney hops. Hardly any malt.
Average mouthfeel. Definitely more on the meek side, without a lot of that IPA bitterness.
OK beer.

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Florida Avenue India Pale Ale from Florida Avenue Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.