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Florida Avenue India Pale Ale - Cold Storage Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cold Storage Craft Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
50 IBU

(Beer added by: shand on 02-05-2011)
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adam42381

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-09-2013 20:42:30 | More by adam42381
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MatthewPlus

Florida

1.28/5  rDev -60.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 18:41:45 | More by MatthewPlus
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3/5  rDev -6.8%

01-21-2013 20:35:41 | More by craft_shannie
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newenglandontap

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -6.8%

12-11-2012 23:34:50 | More by newenglandontap
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:28:24 | More by jlindros
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Sabrewolff


3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

09-27-2012 02:50:30 | More by Sabrewolff
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KajII

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 16:21:20 | More by KajII
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

09-15-2012 23:19:13 | More by t0rin0
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BrewtalAlement

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

08-25-2012 01:14:12 | More by BrewtalAlement
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inlimbo77

Delaware

2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 14:32:51 | More by inlimbo77
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cjgator3

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:48:20 | More by cjgator3
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NCLorax

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

05-06-2012 15:55:49 | More by NCLorax
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twizzbeatz

Florida

4/5  rDev +24.2%

04-02-2012 06:08:34 | More by twizzbeatz
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cwachtel

Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 19:23:59 | More by cwachtel
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gungoat

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +24.2%

03-15-2012 21:51:00 | More by gungoat
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SkinnyPigeon

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

03-11-2012 19:39:28 | More by SkinnyPigeon
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KTCamm

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:07:57 | More by KTCamm
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orock25

Florida

2.48/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:17:40 | More by orock25
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

02-24-2012 20:28:11 | More by kaelingirl
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -6.8%

11-23-2011 02:39:19 | More by jenray
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Immortale25

North Carolina

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)?

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 00:48:54 | More by Immortale25
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ithacabaron

California

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 04:05:59 | More by ithacabaron
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klinderer

Florida

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 21:55:40 | More by klinderer
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 19:49:11 | More by lordofthewiens
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shand

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:38:55 | More by shand
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Florida Avenue India Pale Ale from Cold Storage Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.