Florida Avenue India Pale Ale - Cold Storage Craft Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
10-11-2012 00:28:24 | More by jlindros
3.8/5 rDev +18.4%
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
3.25/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
02-13-2011 19:49:11 | More by lordofthewiens
4.45/5 rDev +38.6%
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
2.83/5 rDev -11.8%
The Lost Spring Break 2012 Beer Reviews, chapter 3
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.
02-23-2013 05:41:33 | More by RonfromJersey
3.29/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-13-2013 02:30:43 | More by JayQue
2.9/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
03-03-2012 13:07:57 | More by KTCamm
3.29/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
06-23-2013 20:29:50 | More by macrosmatic
2.6/5 rDev -19%
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.
08-02-2012 14:32:51 | More by inlimbo77
2.95/5 rDev -8.1%
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....
01-10-2014 05:24:15 | More by HalfFull
3.98/5 rDev +24%
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
Florida Avenue India Pale Ale from Cold Storage Craft Brewery
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