Florida Avenue India Pale Ale - Cold Storage Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +38.2%
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)?
11-22-2011 00:48:54 | More by Immortale25
4/5 rDev +24.2%
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.
04-26-2013 00:08:07 | More by CorvetteMike
3.98/5 rDev +23.6%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic. Dry-hopped with Cascade hops.
This beer pours a moderately hazy amber colour with two fingers of bubbly head. The head retains and laces nicely. The aroma is heavy on the floral hops with a bit of citrus in the back, without too much else of note. A little weak smelling, but still smells good. The taste is quite unique for an IPA. There's not much of a malt backbone here at all, it's just very delicate floral and citrus hops. The bitterness isn't overwhelming, yet the flavors here are obviously predominantly hoppy. Of course, there is a bit of a bitter aftertaste that reminds you that you are indeed drinking an IPA and not a pale ale.
The mouthfeel and drinkability are both perfect. This has a very crisp and delicate mouthfeel that perfectly pairs with the beer. And the drinkability is absolutely off the charts; this is super refreshing and goes down very easy. It's a good "training wheels" IPA that's obviously hop-forward without punching you in the face with bitterness. Like the normal Florida Avenue Ale, I think I'll be drinking a lot of this over the summer.
02-05-2011 05:38:55 | More by shand
3.8/5 rDev +18%
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.
05-23-2012 03:48:20 | More by cjgator3
3.68/5 rDev +14.3%
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!
04-04-2011 21:55:40 | More by klinderer
3.64/5 rDev +13%
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.
06-03-2013 01:50:23 | More by Labeorphile
3.58/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
10-11-2012 00:28:24 | More by jlindros
Florida Avenue India Pale Ale from Cold Storage Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.