St. Florian's Flashover IPA
St. Florian's Brewery

St. Florian's Flashover IPASt. Florian's Flashover IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,691
Ranked #43,963
3.42 | pDev: 15.2%
St. Florian's Brewery
California, United States
St. Florian's Flashover IPASt. Florian's Flashover IPA
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Photo of GarrettB
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

July 28th, 2015 - St. Florian's Flashover is a nice, biscuity brew, with a smear of marmalade mixed in on the nose. The flavor starts quiet, then explodes with fruits and orange jam, offering a rich and satisfying sweetness.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear copper color with a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly but left some pretty lacing.

S: Not much nose at all. Slightly faint floral hops with some malt.

T/F: Flavor is like the nose, understated with nothing really standing out. Very bitter finish, which kind of overpowers the light taste.

O: In general, an OK beer, but too unbalanced and overly bitter. There are better options out there.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the source.

This is a very flawed IPA. No bright citrus. No pine. Bland hops, bland malt. All of this when cold. As it warms, it's a diactyl BOMB. Butter, butter, butter. Meh. Generous score to say the least.

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Photo of mactrail
2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark orangey amber with a modest foam in the wine glass. Herbal tea aroma. Green tea taste with that dirty leaf mold flavor. Slight sweet malt flavor with each sip. Then woody and astringent. Very bitter and quite unpleasant in the aftertaste. Brewery claims 75 IBUs but that again shows the unreliability of the IBU scale. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy dark yellowish amber in color—too hazy to see if there is any visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney and herbal hops are present in the nose along with underlying notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except the underlying flavors of caramel malts are bit stronger, particularly as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an average IPA—it reminds me a lot like the early IPAs of the mid-2000s at the beginning of the craft beer movement as there is nothing overly special about the smell or taste of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the smell is slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of kingmaxwell
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The St. Florian's Flashover IPA is a reasonable IPA with a lot of hop dominance. The beer is bitter and strong. I drank the beer out of a 22 bottle because it was convenient.

Aroma is very appealing for an IPA fan. The smell is of fresh hops and a little malty backdrop. The beer smells a little better than it tastes with a lot of good strong hoppy scent.

The beer tastes very hop bitter. Not much happening other than a front end of bitter hop and an aftertaste of bitter hops. No real complaint, I like bitter hop-laden beers, but I long for some depth of flavor in this beer.

A nice beer for sitting on your porch and getting drunk. I wouldn't bring it to a party.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Florian's Flashover IPA

22oz Bottle with my FW Snifter glass
Noted on 06/19/2014

A: Dark caramel amber color with some considerable hop haze. Thick finger width of ecru cream holds thick and soapy up top. Nice cascade of sticky lace coating the glass all the way down. Looks pleasant and inviting.

S: Bready malt nose filled with gobs of warm toasty malts. Grassy hops with pine and citrus coming together underneath. A touch of stingy booze emits as the other aromas fade. Some florals there but definitely not shy on the malts.

T: Tastes brings forth a robust maltiness with lots of warm bready biscuit flavors and some dark caramel sweetness to it. Citrus and pine hops mingle with a bit of herbal spice. Still manages a very light and frothy experience with a modest bitterness and a good drying finish. Its malt forward yet delicately balanced in that way. Alcohol is better disguised here. Not bad but nothing too spectacular either.

M: Moderate to lighter feel on account of the frothy carbonation. Medium levels of bitterness midway leading up to a nice drying finish. Slightly resinous but mostly clean on the palate.

D: Not your typical West Coast as this one sets out to be more of a PNW style IPA if you will. Forward with lots of toasty malt and biscuit complimented by some common American hops. Not my usual preference but what is nice here is the balance and drinkability. Cool to try this up and comer but probably not something I would go out for again.

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.34/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.27/5  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.


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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.
Price: $6.50
Purchased: July 18, 2013
Consumed: July 18, 2013
Misc.: N/A

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.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


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St. Florian's Flashover IPA from St. Florian's Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 57 ratings