Austin Street Brewery

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IPA - New England
Ranked #568
Ranked #2,437
4.26 | pDev: 5.16%
Austin Street Brewery
Maine, United States
Notes: Florens is a double dry hopped IPA loaded with Mosaic, Citra and Equanot hops. This very aromatic beer has a flavor dominated by pineapple, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet finish features just enough bitterness to balance.
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brureview from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hmm... looks like I have a big difference of opinion compared to other reviewers.

No canning date.

A lackluster beer.

Aroma and taste: Semi piney, earthy taste. Not much citrus. Decent MF- smooth, not too much carbonation.

Perhaps this wasn’t a good batch.

Feb 15, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago but like many of the beers in my stash, I didn't know when since there wasn't a date stamped on the bottom of the can. First beer that I had from Austin Street and even though it was a relatively typical New England IPA from New England, I found this to be easily accessible and quite enjoyable from start to finish!

Not a bad pour to this as the beer was murky, a bit dark, and melon-hued, with plenty of head to top it off. To my surprise, very little lacing was left behind as there were just a few scattered splotches near the top of my pint glass. Melon, oats, spelt, and mango were in the nose as the body really came through in the taste. Some citrus slickness and stone fruit rind rounded things out as this had a heavy, foreboding taste to it although it was still pleasing on the palate. A bit more carbonation would have been appreciated but as it was, this was not a juice bomb like so many other beers in this category.

Not a lot of booze here but I felt some warming by the time I finished it off. This was solid and although it wasn't as sweet as others on here found it to be, I would easily reach for this again for an outdoorsy take on a New England IPA. Glad I was able to give this a go...

Aug 11, 2019
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice orange body with thick frothy head - a nice amount of haze, but not overly so.

Nose has some nice hints of grapefruit peel and larger ruby red undertone with a bit of melon.

I like the bitterness that balances the very pronounced fruit juice and tangerine and peach notes. This one could be a little too juicy for my tastes, but the brewers were wise to balance with a bit more hops upfront. There is an almost old school grassy and piney finish. The malt pops too as it warms - almost a biscuit quality common in lots of Maine beers through the years, but the almost buttery notes compliment the beer in this instance.

Easy to drink and has a good body for the flavor progression. I’m almost surprised at the abv on this - seems a little more agile than I would expect.

Nice ipa- glad they had four pack for me to grab before my week on the island this summer.

Jul 09, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy honey golden colour, with a finger of ivory head that quickly reduces to a collar.

Nose: Primarily citrus-forward, leaning grapefruit and orange, very floral - with some secondary notes of pine, mango, kiwi, and nectarine. It isn't particularly pungent, nor are there baskets of fruit wafting out of the glass. It smells like a good, dry-hopped, Citra-centric IPA.

Palate: A big hit of peach, nectarine, mandarin orange, white grapefruit greets the palate. The malt base is restrained, clean, and provides minimal, albeit existing sweetness. After the initial wave, there are some more subtle secondary earthy notes. Perhaps a touch of Simcoe, though I wouldn't be surprised if it were something else. Maybe some Centennial. There is a nice bright acidity, akin to orange juice, that doesn't burn the roof of your mouth at all, but adds a pleasant juicy brightness, and really makes those citrus notes pop. It is very clear that Austin Street did not shy away from using hops in the boil stage of this beer, which I have much respect for. Quite early on, there is a healthy pithy bitterness that begins to evolve into a more resinous, slightly grassy, slightly piny increasing bitterness, as we get into the finish. It finishes clean, bitter, and fairly dry, with the bitterness lingering as all other flavours fade away.

Mouthfeel/Body: Upon first passing the lips, there is a softness to the feel of this beer. However, that quickly levels out, and the beer becomes quite crisp. It isn't thin by any stretch of the imagination, but it isn't a velvet fluff bomb either. It's still slightly soft, and well weighted for 6.9% ABV. It drinks very easily, but still feels wholesome and satisfying. You could definitely down one of these pretty fast if you wanted to, but between the ABV, the hop oils, and the amount of flavour, it gives this enough robustness to be able to sit down and sip it. Effervescence is about right where it shoukf be for a beer like this. Not weak and flat, nor is it aggressively or scratchy. Just right.

Overall: I want to start off by saying one thing: The can says "American IPA". BeerAdvocate calls it a New England IPA. Well... It is an American IPA. It's an IPA, and it's made in America. But wait...it's a New England IPA too! It's an IPA made in New England! What is the world to do? Here's the scoop. Lately, more and more breweries have been brewing these sort of "in-between" IPAs. Not full on West Coast style, yet not full on hazy dazy juice bombs. Beers like Dinner, from MBC, Epiphany from Foundation. They straddle the divide between classic, bitter, citrus and pine IPAs, and succulent, juicy, fruity New England IPAs. This is one of those beers, and I think they've done a great job with it. It's hazy for dayz...E...It's definitely fruity and juicy from late/dry hopping methods. Yes. It possesses most of the signature NEIPA traits. But it's bitter. Yes, they did not shy away from hopping this beer in its boil phase, to coax the classic bitter grapefruit and pine notes out of those little green bad boys. So, in essence, it's mostly a New England IPA, with some classic West Coast soul. Beers like this really hit the spot when you want just a good hoppy beer, with no extremes in either direction. It's tasty, hoppy, refreshing, and simple, and sure to appeal to both coasts of the U.S.

Jun 01, 2019
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GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted draft at the brewery against Patina, Anodyne, Moses, Rally and Kon-Tiki, and this was definitely the most pleasantly hop-forward and unique to my taste. Very good. Slight bitterness.

Oct 04, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nordic pint glass not sure when it was canned, definetly with in the month. Pours a orange yellow with all kinds of floaties and leaves a thin wall of lace.

Smell is apricot, mellon, mandarin, and white grapefruit.

Taste follows some bitterness throughout, apricot, mandarin, and a healthy dose of bitter grapefruit lingers after each sip.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium plus, fairly soft mouthfeel, a good amount of life, and very drinkable at its ABV.

Overall this is an excellent IPA and I would love to chug this again.

Sep 19, 2018
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can survived friend's 2 wk vacation unchilled.
Solid IPA
Poured golden with white foamy head, darker on top and lighter on bottom (graded color)
Aroma of flowers, sweet malt, and citrus.
Tasted of sweet malt, followed by bright citrus, and finished with bitter pine.
This was my lawnmower IPA today and was refreshing and delicious.

Aug 19, 2018
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Scottsbeer from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion this is a nice IPA but not close to world class. I enjoyed it but nothing stands out as exceptional. Very good but the current BA score of 4.28 is overrated.

Jul 11, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz can, undated but purchased at the brewery and believed to have been canned within the past few days. Served in an IPA glass.

An entirely opaque, murky glass of orange juice with two fingers of darkly cream-coloured, loose, pouffy suds. Retention is very good, settling back to a thick, rocky collar with scattered gobs of lacing.

A sweet, flowery, citrusy nose with orange, lime and vanilla sugar cookies.

Taste meets and exceeds expectations set by the smell - an immediate onslaught of sweet and juicy pineapple-orange and bitingly bitter white grapefruit with tart, zesty kiwi or lime over a base of graham cracker cookie. Bitterness dial is set about midway, juicy as the dickens, finishes with a quick pine-resin-and-orange peel, hoppy zing.

Feel is creamy/juicy, medium bodied and very brightly carbonated.

A nice melange of flowery aromatics, sweet and bitter citrus notes, and a lightly sweet malt body. Yum.

Mar 16, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Florens is a hazy orange color with a thick white head. There is some spotty lace.
Big-time fruit aroma, followed by a bit of pine.
Peach and pineapple dominate the taste, with some slight pine resin later. All over a sweet malt background.
Medium-bodied, a pleasure to drink.

Jan 21, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tumbler glass.

Pours an opaque golden orange color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. The head hangs around for millennia before settling into a thin sheet. Leaves a few splotches of lace along the way.

The aroma is an explosion of peach and mango, with a hint of pineapple. Then comes a wave of citrus; orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. The back end is herbal, grassy, and subtly spicy.

The taste brings a good amount of peach and pineapple, as well as some pear and grapefruit. There's plenty of bready malt character before a wave of pine washes over the palate on the finish. Very mild bitterness. Modestly balanced.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a lightly dry finish.

Overall, a great and flavorful IPA. Austin Street is very hit-or-miss with their beer, at least to my palate, but this one is definitely done well. It's a bit on the sweet side, but there's plenty of malt character present to provide some balance. Definitely worth seeking out.

Nov 17, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque tan-orange with a large off-white head leaving fuzzy, spongy lace.

Smell is sticky peach-tangerine with a spicy, pungent and peppery, almost savory humidor in the background.

Taste starts more malty than the nose suggests, featuring biscuit and graham, and is a bit chalky with a medium body. Then popping accents of mint and eucalyptus come in, which is tangy and almost acidic, but refreshingly drinkable. This is smoothed out by vanilla, wheat, orange and touches of kiwi.

Nov 12, 2017
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TheTimeItTakes from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - hazy orange with good head turning into light lacing as it dissipates

S - tropical, peach, pineapple

T - matches the nose tropical with added complexity of a dank happiness as the initial fruitiness fades. Lasting bitterness on the tongue finishes this beer off nicely.

F - great smooth mouthfeel with the first sip with mild carbonation. Fits well with the taste.

O - I am a fan of Austin street and have had many of their beers. I was happy to get cans and regret not getting more. This beer is one of my new IPA favorites from Maine (inc bissell, Maine beer, foundation.). It reminds me a lot of the treehouse / trillium juiceyness but with a good earthy hop bitterness to finish. I would recommend if you like the NEIPA this one makes it to your list of beers to try.

Nov 01, 2017
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mnj21655 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange in color with a finger+ of white head. Aroma is bursting with tropical fruits, delicious. Taste hits the same tropical fruit notes as the aroma but adds a moderate sweetness. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall I dig this beer but the sweetness just throws me off a bit; it reminds me a bit of a Tored Hands Milkshake but without the additional flavors. I loved this one at the brewery but the cans don't quite do the draft pour justice.

Oct 28, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, muted but deep orange color. maybe a half-finger pale biscuit head. Aroma is sweet and pungent with notes of orange blossom and nectarine. Taste follows smell. All hop flavor up front with low sweet malt in the background and moderate bitterness, which works really well for this profile. Feel is smooth and soft with a little seltzer to it.

Fantastic flavor and feel to this. The brewers at Austin Street have certainly upped their game here. New fave from up that way I think :)

Oct 26, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours opaquely hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very mild pine, zesty, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance; and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is amazing. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.8%. Overall this is an amazing NEIPA! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the very mildly bitter/drying finish. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and lightly dank hops; balanced malts with no residual sweetness or heavy feeling body. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example.

Oct 21, 2017
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - super thick and hazy/milky orange. Slightly dark and greenish.

S - pineapple and coriander. Spicy orange rind and an oniony resin. Vanilla lemon meringue. Smells great!

T - dank and spicy. Biting green onions and earth. Green passion fruit seems to be the main draw. Maybe a hint of dragonfruit with its vegetal, yet fruity qualities. Lively and hoppy, yet dank and floral. Mild acidity. Leaves a lingering grassy bitterness.

F - medium body, befitting of a beer of this caliber. A bit of fizzing when the acid sets in.

O - unique and distinctive brew. Lots of different flavors and sensations going. Lacks any real direction, but sometimes you just gotta blaze your own path, right?

Oct 01, 2017
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Catifor from Maine

4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 32 oz howler purchased at the brewery. It pours almost orange. The taste is incredibly smooth but yet very hoppy. Smells of passionfruit and malt. An absolute winner of an IPA; one of the best I've had in Portland! You should definitely try this beer!

Oct 30, 2016
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fmccormi from California

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a twist-cap 32oz growler made of dark amber glass to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware). This growler was filled earlier the same day at the Austin Street brewery, and additional notes were taken the next day when killing the growler.

Appearance (4.25): Three fingers of ecru-colored, tight, dense foam rise off of the pour, and die down slowly. The head leaves (what initially looks like it will be) crazy lacing and a rocky, pock-marked cap. The body is cloudy and somewhere between a deep orange and honey-amber in chroma and hue. This shit is gorgeous, man. As the drink goes on, the lacing is lighter than initially shown, but still very pretty.

Smell (4.75): Tons of grassy, peachy, passionfruit-heavy tropical character. Nectarine flesh, pear juice, some orange zest, and . . . something else. Maybe gooseberry and more passionfruit character? You can seriously smell it from several feet away. Sauvignon blanc tones dominate, but with more peach. And just goddamned loads of passionfruit—the dirty, funky side of superripe passionfruit. (Which I’m nuts about.) The passionfruit definitely dominates, in the end. Love it!

Taste (4.25): Shockingly smooth, with passionfruit, pear, and peach, maybe white grape juice, subtly blending for a smooth, fruity layer. Limeade-like, zingy bitterness brings up the back end, along with grassy and resinous undertones. The bitterness harbors a touch of grape seed-like starchiness. The malt body is silky smooth, with an oatmeal and Cream of Wheat-like grainy body. The grassy character really comes forward more as the drink goes on, along with limeade and some spiciness as the beer opens up, carrying from the mid-palate to the the finish: bits of lime sorbet, juxtaposed with grassiness, morph into slightly coniferous, resinous tones, and then really give way to spice just before it washes out. At this point, the malt feels less substantial, like water crackers and common crackers. Overall, the hops come across as very grassy, but with light peach undertones. And yet, the spicy finish is what I really dig.

Mouthfeel (4.5): As mentioned above, the body is silky smooth and so, so soft. I noticed this with Patina, too—whatever they do at Austin Street Brewing Co., it’s working. The carb is light, tingly, and well-distributed, while the body is somewhat rich-feeling without being heavy. It feels just medium-weight, but velvety. It’s surprisingly spicy and dry, making it incredibly drinkable but very satisfying all the same.

Overall (4.25): This is, by any measure, an outstanding IPA. That said, I’m not sure I knew what to expect with this one when I purchased it. I guessed it might be an IPA-sized, juicy-ass beer with a soft, creamy feel and more aggressive bitterness. Instead, it’s still soft, creamy, and IPA-sized, but rather than being an all-out juice fest, the hop character is much more diverse. The nose is crazily tropical, whereas the flavor is much more floral, grassy, and spicy. It’s an interesting juxtaposition that didn’t quite scratch my hop itch but certainly set this beer apart from a lot of other IPAs. And without a doubt, Austin Street Brewing Co.’s technical skills are on point and fully on display here. Fantastic stuff.

Oct 23, 2016
Florens from Austin Street Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 100 ratings