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Envy | St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant

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St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emerge077 on 07-29-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
6.8% ABV

A - Ever-so-slightly hazed, this beautiful lightly tarnished deep golden beer retrains its ivory head nicely, draping the pint in wispy lacing.

S - Slightly floral with earthy cut grass notes, this IPA comes off much more like a light pale ale with derelict hops, subtle and overcome by caramel sweetness and biscuit dryness.

T - Envy's sweet caramel malt base has a lasting impression on the tongue but hops manage to pull through with slight citrus and earthiness on the finish.

M - Balance of sweet malt and bitter hops through mouthfeel is what's to be envious about this beer as it starts smooth but finishes with the necessary hop kick.

O - Envy's total lack of hop aroma might suggest it's not even dry-hopped, but hop flavor pulls through with a very nice bitter finish, lingering on the tongue with smooth drink ability.

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3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright brassy golden orange, sharp clarity with a long lasting white head. An immaculate collar and unbroken skim last seemingly forever.

Aroma is mellow, yeasty at first becoming floral and a little catty.

Resiny bitter hops, plenty of lingering pine and bitter citrus peel flavors, a good malty backbone underneath. Light to medium bodied, lingering dry bitterness. Seems pretty fresh, it's drinkable and worth a try.

Thanks to Severstad for this one!

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Photo of Wiscodrinker
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TheCzarof85
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

I am not normally one to care much about how a beer looks, but the dense, dimpled head on this one was really something to admire and enjoy. I also greatly enjoyed the maltiness, easygoing mouthfeel, and perfectly balanced citrus hop bite. There is even something in the aroma and lingering aftertaste that is quite appealing and atypical for an ipa, very biscuity. I am shocked the reviews are so unfavorable on this, and glad I did not read before going to the store. Some mention a light or golden hue--my specimen is a rich amber. Makes me wonder if they may have revamped the recipe. Maybe a bit too sweet to be an everyday pour, but certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of owenwood
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A little tinny - maybe I got an old bottle, as this was part of a pick-a-six. Poured it into a pint glass and the taste improved. Distinct lemon on the palate, hops were pretty low-key....towards the bottom of the glass the hops came through much better, more balanced. Should have shaken it lightly and opened it an hour later. Wheat came through a lot more towards the end, also.. Not a bad beer, I'd like to try this on tap to give it a fair review.

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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper color with a rocky foam topping. Aroma of bread and lemon meringue pie. In the taste, leafy hop, some sharp rind flavor, fairly earthy and leaning towards bitter. Pale malt flavor with a bit of toffee and caramel. A small hint of pineapple is in the works as well. Medium bodied, with spot on medium-high carbonation. Overall, this is a serviceable IPA. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Photo of JayCheG
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SCZ
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of tgraven
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NicholasOfMKE
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Beric
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 17 July 2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow, paler than many IPAs, with a strangely off-white, semi-brown head. The head really is quite ugly on this one until it dies down a bit, which takes some time. Leaves some lacing on the glass as the head collapses into about a quarter-finger of bubbles.

Smell: Smells of musky, dank, earthy hops along with some citrus notes. Hop aromas are not as strong as many other IPAs.

Taste: Not what I was expecting. This is a huge malt-driven IPA. Massive light-caramelly malt backbone along with the same dank, citrusy hops as in the nose. The hops add some qualities of earthiness to the beer, which is a bit off-putting at first, though one can get used to it. Hops do not come through cleanly. Finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel: Massive malt backbone, decent carbonation.

Overall: As a malt-driven IPA, you need to expect something different from the thinner ones that seem to be more popular now. This is almost along the lines of an English-style IPA, but has too much malt and too weird a hop profile to fit cleanly into that category. An unbalanced IPA, and not in a good way. Would not have again. An IPA on the border between okay and poor.

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Envy from St. Francis Brewery & Restaurant
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