Florida Avenue India Pale Ale - Cold Storage Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ithacabaron:
3.25/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-14-2011 04:05:59 | More by ithacabaron
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3.14/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2014 05:13:14 | More by rawfish
2.95/5 rDev -8.1%
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....
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2014 05:24:15 | More by HalfFull
3.29/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-13-2013 02:30:43 | More by JayQue
Florida Avenue India Pale Ale from Cold Storage Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.