Florida Avenue Blueberry - Cold Storage Craft Brewery
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +18.4%
I stopped in at the tasting room one night with my wife and her mother. We'd just sat down and before I'd even noticed it on the beer list, they'd already ordered the blueberry ale. They were giddy with excitement at how good it was! I, however, found it fairly basic. It's obviously just the Florida Avenue with blueberry extract added. They don't use any fruit, and it's basically the same blueberry ale you've had in brewpubs across the country for the last 20 years - that's not to say it's bad, just that it's fairly common. I thought it was nicely balanced with enough, but not too much, blueberry. And there's a well-balanced beer behind that. It is what it is, and I'm glad they're doing it because it should bring in business. Worth trying.
09-11-2012 13:44:47 | More by NeroFiddled
3.73/5 rDev +12.3%
Poured into a pint glass
A - Light golden in color, with a slight haze. Poured a white foamy head the quickly diminished. Didn't leave any lace around the glass.
S - Very present smell of blueberries. The smell is so overpowering that couldn't pick up any other smells
T - Taste follows the nose...blueberries. The blueberry taste stays with you all the way throughout the aftertaste. Was able to pick up a slight floral type taste at the end of the aftertaste.
M - Highly carbonated, crisp, and refreshing
O - I've had other blueberry flavored beer, but this one actually has a prominent taste of blueberries. Its not a complex beer, but you get what you purchased the beer for - blueberries. Would recommend to someone who enjoys fruity type cocktails.
09-14-2011 01:10:10 | More by Mako82
3.73/5 rDev +12.3%
Pours a hazy yellow with a white head that reduces to a thin layer.
Big blueberry aroma. The label says "blueberry flavor added," so I'm not sure if it's real blueberries or just artificial flavor.
The flavor, like the aroma, is big on blueberry. Though there is still a decent amount of malt flavor in there.
For blueberry beer fans.
10-27-2013 04:11:36 | More by Shaw
3.68/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. Pours a hazy golden color crested with two fingers of pillowy white head. Head retains well and laces decently. Aroma? Blueberries. Lots and lots of blueberries. Fairly one-dimensional, but at least it's a pretty good dimension. The taste hits with blueberries right away, which fade to a slight wheat backbone reminiscent of the normal Florida Avenue Ale.
The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is also very good, especially since the aftertaste is that of wheat, not blueberries. This is just a good, simple fruit beer. It tastes like blueberries with a slight wheat backup. Was I going to expect anything else that says nothing but BLUEBERRY on the label? Nope. Not at all. It does what it sets out to achieve.
04-20-2011 02:46:27 | More by shand
3.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Notes 3/13. Bottle, 12 oz from tasting room, poured into pint glass. Pours a medium straw in color with just a touch of haze. A thin whitish cap doesn't linger for long but continues to drop some lace. Good but needs a bit more carbonation.
Aroma of light grain and a pleasant blueberry character and with a touch of lemony hop character with warming. Taste follows suit with a bit of graininess and some berry. Finish is drier than expected after a flash of berry. Decent balance as the fruit is present and accounted for but doesn't try to tackle you.
Feel is smooth and easy, not too sweet given the fruit, and showing a touch of wheat character. Overall an unobtrusive ale, simple yet refreshing when cold and still stands up to a bit of warming with a subtle and supporting fruitiness. An odd favorite from the three beers sampled.
01-10-2014 05:47:57 | More by HalfFull
3.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.
A: The pour is a pale golden straw color with a finger of quickly dissipating white head.
S: Blueberry extract is the name of the game on the nose. Sweet and slightly syrupy/sugary blueberry aroma with just a little bit of malt and grain aroma and sweetness.
T: Tastes like blueberry too, which is a good thing. The flavor is nowhere near as artificial as I expected after smelling the beer. There's a nice flavor of blueberry skins. A touch of sweet malt and bread in the background.
M: Fairly light in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: For what this is, it's pretty solid, actually.
04-16-2011 19:47:25 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours light yellow with a nice fluffy white head.
Smells like fresh blueberries and not much else.
Tastes as promised. Lots of sweet blueberries with an unexpected, yet pleasant floral quality thrown in there. Finishes with blueberries and light blueberry blossoms.
The feel is chewy, but not entirely unpleasant.
Overall, this was ok for what it was. The base beer could be better. I am still undecided if the blueberries taste authentic or synthetic.
07-30-2011 16:35:08 | More by RomaniIteDomum
3.13/5 rDev -5.7%
Got all three of the Florida Avenue brews while in St. Petersburg at the Pier. Now when I go back I'll grab pictures of the bottles. Oh well.
Poured a fair apple/yellow with no retained head and fairly lightly carbonated w/ little lingering bubbles. Slight blueberry and grass on the nose. It was server very cold and it felt a bit thin. It was smooth, no discernible aftertaste, and consistent across the whole glass.
It was a particularly hot afternoon and this was a welcome refreshment. I would have it again under similar circumstances but I wouldn't seek it out as a regular.
04-15-2011 17:39:22 | More by packetknife
Florida Avenue Blueberry from Cold Storage Craft Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.