Saint Florian IPA | Silver City Brewing Co.

Saint Florian IPASaint Florian IPA
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Average: 3.74 | pDev: 8.56%

Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 88

Ranked #5,405 American IPA and #30,521 overall.

ABV: 7.30% | Availability: Year-round

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Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
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Saint Florian IPASaint Florian IPA
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 88
Photo of gandres
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 9:59 PM
22 ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: dark amber, appears clear, small off white foam lacing
Smell: hoppy
Taste: Bitter balance with malt sweetness
Feel: lively carbonation, good follow through, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat

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Photo of pianoguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. No bottling info

Pours a nearly clear golden body with lots of visible carbonation. White head. Some retention, Great lacing

Smell is a floral slightly piney hop at first pour that becomes a little more grassy as it sits.

Taste brings out a nice balance of malt with a very slight hop bite. I'm not tasting any of the (7.3) alcohol

Prickly on the tongue. Lots of carbonation, perhaps a bit too much ?

A nice average Northwest IPA. No complaints.

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Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle:

Pours clear copper tinted amber with a lasting thin white head that leaves a ring and then a patchy sheet of lacing.

The smell is of caramel/brea. A minty, slightly citric (orange) hop aroma is a bit on the muted side. Mild.

The taste is of caramel/bread wuth minty/citric hop touch. Sweet-ish start turns to a soft, bitter-ish finish.

It is smooth. Alcohol very well hidden.

Not a bad brew, and while a hop presence is noticeable, it is restrained by a dominating caramel sweet malt presence. There is a bit of a noticeable hop finish. Still, I would put this in a "balanced" IPA category. Nothing wrong with that, but this one is just a pedestrian IPA. Drinkable (esp. as alcohol is so well-covered and the flavor works well enough, esp. in the finish) but forgettable (IMO). Not bad, but nothing "special".

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Photo of RenzoD
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, small head; fades quickly. Decent lacing. Smells pretty standard. Taste follows- perfectly balanced, really. Maybe too balanced if I can say such a thing. Well carbonated. Medium bodied. This is a really consistent and reliable ipa.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%

Rather malty with a distinct sweetness. Cedar and cigars come to mind. Fruity hops with a citrus finish. Mango with orange marmalade and a bitter peel aftertaste. Roasted malt with something overripe, like fermenting pineapple.

Lovely white cap of foam on the dark amber brew. Long-lasting suds. Makes a nice picture in the big Stella Artois goblet. Spritzy mouthfeel. This all improves after some sipping. Bitter, but not a hop bong. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Malt & Vine in Redmond, Wash.
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a one finger, f fine, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light grassy hops, hints of apple juice and tropical fruit. Flavor is rich caramel malt with notes of light stone fruit and citrus, hops are subdued but of the fruit and mild citrus variety rather than intense herbal bitterness. Hops are not that noticeable in the taste, but leave a long grassy bitterness in the finish. A very pleasant creamy body with great mouth feel. An aberration in NW IPAs, with nowhere near the hop aggessiveness I'd expect, but very enjoyable as a malty, creamy old fashioned IPA. I'd put the profile closer to a classic red ale for the malty body and less intense hops, but this is one ale that wins me over despite not toeing the contemporary style line. Not what I'd go for if I was in the mood for a hop bomb, but I will absolutely buy this again. I've admired this brewery's Scotch style ales in the past and will add this one to my list to watch for.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a good solid IPA by Seattle Standards. I am so glad I get to live here for awhile. Bought it at The Best Damn Happy Hour at Seattle Center. This is the best beer I have found here, hope they keep it on the menu! Funny how your standards change after being in the hood for several months!

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Photo of draheim
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber color w/ a 1-finger head that settles pretty quickly.

Aroma is floral and grassy NW hops, sweet caramel and pale biscuity malt.

Taste follows nose. Big sweet malt presence countered by floral and herbal hops. Some nice spiciness in there too. Pretty standard NW-style IPA here.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium bodied.

Overall a pretty good IPA, maybe a little more malt-forward than I like them.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty pour. Rich amber, good white head, decent retention.

Not a particularly memorable aroma. Some bread malt, some citrus hops, some mint almost?

Hmm... I have a hard time pinning the flavour down. There's elements of citrus rind spice, some earthiness, some mint even.
Lightly carbonated, it's smoothe and drinkable.
An interesting IPA. In this current era of super hoppy NW IPAs, it doesn't stand out in that regard, but it is tasty. I think people would see it more favourably if it said APA than IPA, which just speaks to peoples preconceptions. It's a solid, enjoyable beverage, just not on par with some of the world class IPAs that can come out of the area

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

Bottle opened on 9.24.12.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark orange with a 1/2 inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Lots of orange citrus and malts.

T - Orange, mint, malt, carmel, but all pretty mild.

D - Lower carbonation and a medium body.

O - Muted and balanced. Not bad, but not great at all.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a touch of haze to the body and an attractive effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with a bit of an orange cast. Quite appealing.

Smell: interesting aroma of sweet malt and floral, soapy hops. There's also a hint of resiny character under the floral which is nice.

Taste: very interesting hop combination, with flavors ranging from piney and citrusy to earthy and floral. Malt sweetness provides a mere backbone for the big hop flavors, and though bitterness is somewhat high, it's not overpowering. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Creamier than most IPAs; I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and interesting IPA which I would be glad to have again. Once again, Silver City makes a very good everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of jcanddr
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that was sent to me by friends that live just down the street from the brewery! Poured a deep orange with nice off white head and moderate lacing. Smells of piney orange rinds(delicious). Taste is spot on to smell with a grainy toasted background which equals a super smooth and very drinkable ipa. Maybe not as hop foreword as some but that can be a good thing. Perfect carbonation out of this bottle that lasted the session. Gracious Adlers for the hook up.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of my LetsPour pacific NW IPA mixed pack. Pours a light golden color, 1/2" white head, nice floral hop smell. Taste is on the light bodied side... alright mouthfeel. A bit bitter and too on the hops side. Maybe I'm biased because I had the fantastic India Pelican Ale last night, but that one blows this one out of the water. Not a bad beer by any means.. but a pretty standard IPA that could use some work to hang with the big boys.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright copper color, hazy and effervescent, with dense cream colored head and some nice lacing.

S - Sublte but distinct notes of citrus (lemon rind and a hint of grapefruit) and pine with sweet malt.

T - Hop forward with a smooth meld of pine sap and citrus rinds. Toasted grains lays a nice bed for the hops to float above. Bitterness is present but held well in check.

M - Moderate body which hangs just short of "coating." Carbonation is very nice with an abundance of tiny champagne-like bubbles.

O - A nice standard IPA. Very easy drinking and enjoyable. I'd call it an every day IPA if it were readily available.

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Photo of KyleVester
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant copper with a slight off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Piney aroma that's not strong but very noticeable.

Hits with a bit of bitterness but is well balanced with caramel and toffee notes and a touch of malt sweetness followed by a nice bitter aftertaste.

Finishes dry, with a higher side of carbonation, and overall creamy kind of mouthfeel.

I really like this brew. The perceived bitterness is higher than what Silver City says (55 IBU) and it is very well balanced and highly quaffable. I could switch a clone of this with my house IPA (Stone) and not be disappointed at all.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy orange-gold with almost a finger of just off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell. Toasty grains and citrus hops.

Taste. Nice citrus fruits and rinds, toasted grains, some bitterness but nothing excessive.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice easy drinking ipa. Was surprised to read the abv is this high.

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Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a lightly hazy light gold color with less than 1/4 inch of white head that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was certainly hop forward, in the PNW style, but had a nicely satisfying malt scent too. Mostly citrus, with a few floral notes in the background. On the tongue, this beer was, again, a typical PNW IPA, nice malt foundation, but the bold citrus hops are clearly the star.

The body was fuller than a lot of the style, and pretty close to what I like in an IPA, but a lot of folks seem to like a thinner IPA. Drinkability was good, this beer is almost the equal of my favorite local IPA (Skagit River's The Gospel) in this aspect. Overall, a very nice brew that I hope SC puts into their yearly release schedule. Worth seeking out.

NOTE: I had tried this beer at a couple of fests, including Caskfest, but had figured I wouldn't get a shot at a reviewable amount, given the beers limited release status. I'm very happy that some bottles made it up to tha 'ham. Also, a friend of mine is a Captain in the BFD, so any brew that benefits firefighters gets mad love from me.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally I wouldn't bother to review this, especially as it's a "one off" made to benefit firefighters of Washington, and very limited. Except this also happens to be a very, very tasty IPA.

On tap at E9 today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is just great, showcasing orange citrus, cherry, light pine, and something of an evergreen aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I love the dry, West Coast style in this IPA. There is enough malt flavor (cherry mostly) to counter the considerable hoppy bitterness, but this beer is quite dry and bitter on the finish... refreshingly so. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit lean, but it works well with this beer, especially with the relatively low alcohol. Drinkability is great in this beer.. had no problem whatsoever drinking this down at the E9.

Really liked this and wouldn't mind Silver City making this part of the regular line-up. Much as I like the Whoop Pass, this is the better beer in my book. Very nice stuff...

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Saint Florian IPA from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 88 ratings