Florida Avenue Ale
Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

Florida Avenue AleFlorida Avenue Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #643
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
74
Ranked #50,093
Avg:
3.05 | pDev: 20.98%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
92
From:
Florida Avenue Brewing Co.
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  18
SCORE
74
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Florida Avenue AleFlorida Avenue Ale
Notes: A sessionable American-style wheat beer, brewed with noble hops and citrus zest.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by shand:
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shand from Florida

3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic. I'm aware this is a wheat beer of some sort, and the label says "Ale with natural flavors added," but beyond that I'm absolutely clueless to what this will taste like.

I pop this open and pour it, and it immediately pours a pilsner-esque transparent gold - if this is a wheat beer, it's surely filtered. The head is about a finger and a half of dense, white foam which retains decently. Lacing is below average. The smell is a little difficult to coax out, but once accomplished I get some very pale wheat, some pale malts, and some sort of a fruit - perhaps an apricot flavor? There's citrus flavors and something a bit nutty here too. It smells good, just weak. The taste does step things up a notch though. First comes the very pale wheat flavors that simmer for a bit until a strong rush of fruity and nutty flavors rush in - I believe it's a sort of an apricot flavor. It's incredibly juicy, one of the best fruit flavors I've ever tasted in a beer, which might have something to do with the bottling date - this was bottled less than a week ago.

The mouthfeel is good; it's very light and crisp. The carbonation is downright aggressive, but it seems to work well with this brew. The drinkability is absolutely off the charts - I could seriously drink this all day and have a really good time. It's just very pleasant tasting and very easy drinking - almost a light beer for the beer geek crowd. Recommended for fans of Magic Hat #9, this owes more than a bit in formula to it. I surely enjoyed this and will be purchasing it again, but it's not for everyone.

Feb 05, 2011
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packetknife from Idaho

1.5/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The staff at the St. Petersburg Pier were raving about this one and I can't understand why. Think one of those new ultra-light 60-some calories beers. Serve it really cold. This is maybe an upscale version of those?

Poured very very light yellowish, no head at any point, not very well carbonated. Maybe a bit of hop on the nose and maybe a touch less on the mouth. I could actually see somebody accepting this as water-fountain water if they didn't know it was a beer.

I was very disappointed based on the number of people who raved about this at the Pier.

Apr 15, 2011
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a super pale yellow color ale with a medium size pure white foamy head with good carbonation and not much lacing. Aroma of light wheat malt notes with light citrus undertone. Taste is also on the lighter side of things with light wheat malt notes with some unrefined grain notes and light citrus finish. Body is super light with medium carbonation. Not going back for another one of those anytime soon.

Feb 27, 2012
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.57/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cock & Bull in Sarasota.

Pours a clear, bright yellow. Good head fades slowly and leaves a thick film. Some lacing.
Smell is wheat, yeast, light citrus and banana and spices. Good balance.
Taste is similar with notes of good yeasty bread, spices (mostly pepper) and malt. Pretty good balance here, too.
Medim bodied with a medium effervescence. Just a hint of warming. Letting this one sit a few minutes is not a problem as it kind of rounds out the flavor. A good blfirst shot from a new brewery. I will be watching them as they are local to me.

May 05, 2011
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BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another local draft offering with dinner in Tampa.
Poured a pale yellow color, with a white foamy head but not much lacing.
Aroma of light wheat malt, and some lemon.
Taste also has light wheat flavor, grainy and light citrus finish.
Body is light with lots of carbonation bubbles.
Passable, light but refreshing.

Nov 06, 2014
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Widmer from Florida

4.82/5  rDev +58%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my new favorite session beers and an excellent gateway into the craft-beer world for the uninitiated. Had this on tap at Paradise Grill on St. Pete Beach. This is actually a filtered wheat beer and I would classify it as a blonde ale. Amazingly clean, malty and light on the hops, it finishes with a distinct lemon snap. Perfect for hot days on the beach or in the backyard. Hop-heads and beer snobs may turn their noses up in search of the next imperial IPA, but true beer fans will appreciate this deceptively simple session ale.

Apr 01, 2011
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cjgator3 from Florida

2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and very fruity (almost artificial like Fruit Loops). 

T- The taste like the aroma is faint wheat in the background with more of the artificial fruity flavors that were present in the aroma.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- Overall, I just wasn't a huge fan of this beer. Did not taste very fresh or natural.

May 28, 2012
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap. Poured a clear, orange/gold color with a small, white head of foam. Some wheat and grasses. Not a lot going on here. Tasted of cracked wheat, a touch of orange peel and a grassy bitterness.

Jan 21, 2014
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t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev +23%

Sep 16, 2012
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kaelingirl from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -1.6%

Feb 24, 2012
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stampfler07 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +31.1%

Feb 04, 2012
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HalfFull from California

2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 3/13. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This 'American Wheat Ale with Citrus' comes across as a Pale Ale in a way. Pours a medium straw with a thin cap, quite clear for a wheat ale and showing just a hint of haze.

Aroma throws a funky hop pitch at you initially but fortunately this settles out quickly with a bit of exposure. Offers a bit of sour lemony wheat after some warming. Not all bad but not really much going on. Aroma seems like a secondary concern here.

Taste is very light with a touch of malt but no discernible wheat component. Bit of lemon on the finish. Feel is light yet smooth and not watery. Again, no definitive wheat texture to be found. Given the color/haze, smell and taste I would assume this wheat ale has no more than 10 or 20 percent wheat.

Overall just not a whole lot to love here. Similar to the blueberry wheat without the blueberry of course, perhaps the same base beer, and dare I say lacking something as a result. Not bad by any means, just lacking enough character to desire another.

Jan 10, 2014
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brokensail from California

3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this beer, Bobby.

A: The pour is a pale straw color with a white head.

S: Smells sort of adjunct laden. There may not be corn in this, but it smells like there is. Cooked grains and sweet grain and malt notes are really all there is to this beer. Maybe a touch of floral and grassy hop notes.

T: Mildly fruity on the tongue with a sweet grain flavor that really dominates. There seems to be a hint of vanilla in the background, too. Definitely some sugar notes in there.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: This was just sort of your generic "beer flavored" beverage. Not terribly enjoyable.

Apr 16, 2011
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PthPndr from Florida

3/5  rDev -1.6%

Jan 16, 2012
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WickedSluggy from Texas

3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light yellow, clear with a small ring of foam that forms a sparce dotting.

S - Grainy aroma with a little tidal pool and kelp.

T - Served cold flavors are light grainy. Refreshing but unremarkable.

M - Medium body. Tingly carbonation.

O - Drinkable refreshing wheat without any notable flaws or oustanding qualities.

May 09, 2011
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jrohrbacher from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -1.6%

Apr 01, 2013
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nemesis1942 from Florida

1.24/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tasted what was sold as a Pale Ale at the House of Beer in Dunedin. Thankfully it was replaced with a true Pale Ale. This beer had no color and no taste. The color was about what one would expect for a macro brew light beer not a microbrew pale ale. Most of the remainder of this is only to fill space, this is rather silly.

Mar 09, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

2.41/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The new kid on the block comes through with three bottled offerings. This is the poorest of the three, in my book.

A - It pours an absolutely translucent straw-gold hue and is capped with a fizzy white head of minimal duration. There is no lace or retention despite fair carbonation.

S - There is faint smell of hay, straw, and dirty laundry, but not expressed pleasantly like a Saison. Thankfully it is faint, as mentioned. Beyond that though, there isn't much except vague beeriness.

T - The taste is an improvement on the nose, but not by much. The slight straw-sock essence is even more slight, but there is, again, nothing beyond that other than a faint beeriness.

M - Too sharply carbonated, with no real flavor to enhance in the first place.

D - Not so much. Try the Florida Avenue Blueberry instead. It is pretty good for what it is.

Feb 09, 2011
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TripelMark from North Carolina

3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nov 24, 2016
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iemailjack from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -18%

Jan 07, 2013
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bluetrevian from Florida

3.12/5  rDev +2.3%

Aug 21, 2014
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jcartamdg from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with heavy carbonation that still doesn't retain a head. Aroma of wheat, citrus and alcohol. Taste is more citrus and wheat and less alcohol. Taste is not crazy complex but this is a very refreshing beer. Great beer after a long day especially in the warmer weather.

Oct 26, 2011
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Arsenal0328 from Missouri

3/5  rDev -1.6%

Apr 24, 2013
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KajII from North Carolina

2.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a clear pale yellow with a huge (3-4 finger) white frothy head that was fully diminishing and had poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a mild grain malt and a soapy yeast with a hint of citrus (lemon).

The taste was very mild and had a light hint of citrus from the start with a mild funky yeast settling in towards the end. The flavor was short lived and very light after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a very light Wheat beer, that I feel fell just a tad short. Although, the low ABV and easy drinkability make it a decent session brew...

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Aug 28, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

May 05, 2013
Florida Avenue Ale from Florida Avenue Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 92 ratings