Flashover IPA
St. Florian's Brewery

Flashover IPAFlashover IPA
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St. Florian's Brewery
California, United States
IPA - American
3.44 | pDev: 15.12%
Apr 14, 2019
Apr 27, 2013
Flashover IPAFlashover IPA
Notes: None
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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
by GarrettB from Colorado

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.

Apr 14, 2019
Photo of HoppyHerby
4.31/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HoppyHerby from California

The balance of hops and malt is perfect to my tastes. It may not be for everyone but this is a nice balanced IPA.

May 14, 2017
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3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by mklmcgrew from California

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.

Mar 18, 2017
4 by Brams from New York on Jun 25, 2016
3.34 by LXIXME from New Mexico on May 07, 2016
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

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.

Feb 22, 2016
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2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by mactrail from Washington

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.

Jan 26, 2016
3.75 by pmangold from Florida on Nov 29, 2015
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3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by metter98 from New York

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

Nov 01, 2015
2.58 by dertyd from California on Oct 18, 2015
3.25 by BPMeyer27 from Ohio on Oct 09, 2015
3.83 by GarrettFM from Illinois on Jul 12, 2015
4.06 by DOCRW from Washington on Jun 03, 2015
Photo of blastlung209
2.18/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
by blastlung209

Nice smooth taste. Enjoyable full flavor

May 18, 2015
Photo of GladiatorGomez
4.49/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GladiatorGomez from California

Really well balanced. Has a lot of tropical notes and doesnt really hit you with the hops in any part of the palate(front,middle,back)

Apr 20, 2015
2.79 by Irvinator from California on Feb 23, 2015
Photo of Albabar
4.68/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Albabar from California

Great beer. Smooth and well balanced.

Jan 23, 2015
3.59 by CJNAPS from California on Jan 23, 2015
3.84 by Spreetaper from New York on Jan 12, 2015
3.25 by drewone from California on Dec 06, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by UCLABrewN84 from California

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.

Dec 01, 2014
3.6 by GRG1313 from California on Dec 01, 2014
3.7 by Rado from California on Nov 30, 2014
3.5 by rudedude985 from California on Oct 24, 2014
4 by MIrvine from California on Sep 16, 2014
3.5 by tazzman from Florida on Sep 12, 2014
3.2 by MichaelPiazza from California on Sep 03, 2014
3.75 by dougieboy from California on Sep 01, 2014
3.6 by mizerasteve from California on Aug 24, 2014
2.75 by leftoverburrito from Oregon on Aug 13, 2014
Photo of kingmaxwell
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by kingmaxwell from California

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.

Jul 31, 2014
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3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Nugganooch from California

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.

Jul 18, 2014
3.5 by cdog707yo from California on Jun 21, 2014
3.5 by wlynch from California on Jun 18, 2014
3.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Apr 01, 2014
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2.34/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by magictacosinus from California

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.

Mar 12, 2014
3.25 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC) on Feb 10, 2014
4.5 by natewood from California on Dec 25, 2013
3.5 by humulusphile from California on Dec 11, 2013
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3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by sholland119 from Pennsylvania

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.


Oct 25, 2013
Flashover IPA from St. Florian's Brewery
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 57 ratings