St. Florian's IPA - St. Florian's Brewery
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by olfolxholme:
3.78/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle into Sierra Nevada IPA glass
A - Pillowy fluffs of light khaki foam pile atop this light amber colored beer. Major head retention, lots of lace patches left on the glass. Beer is nice and clear, very good looking. The foam reminds me of Duvel.
S - Aroma is mild. Sweet notes of caramel with some citrusy hop aroma.
T - Wonderful caramel malt backbone, with a nice hop bitterness. Hops are "green" with citrus and resin. Could be hoppier, but still appropriate for style.
M - Pretty smooth. A nice lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Light and refreshing.
O - I have never heard of this brewery before. Looks like they just opened this year (in January 2013) and I thought I'd give it a shot. It's a very nice IPA. I tend to prefer them more hoppy, leaning towards the DIPA scale, but this beer does a great job at being what it is. The foam reminded me of Duvel, the flavor reminded me of Fuller's ESB - but definitely with more hop presence. This beer is definitely worth trying and I really look forward to more good things from this new brewery.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2013 02:34:58 | More by olfolxholme
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2.31/5 rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
This was one of the many beers poured at the December Albany Taproom bottle share. I brought this to cover a friend. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Amber reddish in color, with a very small half finger of head that fizzles out almost completely by the time I started taking sips. Contains some small bubbles rising upwards, as well as some noticeable sediment, but it looks more like an English bitter or something, compared to anything else. Definitely not your typical looking IPA coming out of Sonoma County, anyways!
Smells pretty piney and earthy, with a minimal hop presence that would make even the most experienced blind taster consider this to be a West Coast IPA. This isn't a problem, mind you, but this may only be a branding issue. Regardless, let's focus what this beer offers on its own, and mister, it ain't much: light orange rinds, pine, pepper, as well as a biscuit-like aroma stemmed from the malt base. Very mild and earthy, with an underlying soapy issue. Not my favorite to date - mild and anemic.
The flavor is equally mild, and while not bad by any means, this is pretty mediocre, even if this were to be re-branded as an English IPA. Because, unlike your typical West Coast offering, and far more like your English offering, this is very much on the malty side, with big biscuit and earthy caramel notes squandered about light citrus zest and pine-like astringency overall. Maybe some white pepper, and maybe some other spices (such as ginger), but there's nothing wholly recognizable here. Feels astringent and dry, with a light crisp character that's nice yet turns soapy over time, to the beer's detriment. Really acrid and grainy, with nothing to stand on. Sort of disappointing.
Nothing to really write home about, and definitely a simple yet relatively unexciting amber IPA. Everything feels pretty dull and astringent, and far too grainy. This reminds me of a failed home brew I made myself back in the early days when I had started. Hopefully these guys will take any advice to heart on how to improve it.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 00:54:23 | More by magictacosinus
3.25/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Picked this up at whole foods Coddingtown in Santa Rosa.
A-Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a big frothy off white head. Nice lacing.
S-Kinda bland on the nose. Malt some earthy hops. Certainly not what I expected from a West Coast golden IPA.
T-Malty with a lot of bitterness. Bitterness lingers quite a bit and is not balanced by other flavors. rather one note.
M-Medium bodied, good carbonation.
O-Always fun to try a new local brewery when traveling. A bit disappointed though. So many good IPAs to use as a model out here.
Serving type: bottle
10-25-2013 00:13:55 | More by sholland119
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Type: 16-oz. pint glass
Glass: Pint glass
From: Diavola Pizzeria in Geyserville, Calif.
Purchased: July 18, 2013
Consumed: July 18, 2013
Poured a caramel orange color with two fingers of off-white head when I got it. Great lacing on the sides and great retention all the way down.
Smelled red notes with some alcohol, but was hard to track down. Some caramel/toffee heavy notes.
Tasted earthy and malty, like what I think a reddish IPA would taste like. Caramel, toffee, honey, rye hops, iced tea and some skunky resin hops.
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.
Not a bad beer overall. Worth a try of something new.
Serving type: on-tap
07-20-2013 08:07:30 | More by BucannonXC5
St. Florian's IPA from St. Florian's Brewery
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