Florens
Austin Street Brewery

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #515
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,430
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 5.16%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
96
From:
Austin Street Brewery
 
Maine, United States
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Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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Reviews by hughesm12:
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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

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Photo of mnj21655
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.

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Photo of LostHighway
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liquorpig
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jlogan7
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of erlenmeyer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gcasher
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.

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Photo of bootdown21
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of abrodsky
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Manfrombelmonty
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fmccormi
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of agreenman19
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?

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Photo of jvillefan
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Celtics76
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Florens from Austin Street Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 96 ratings