St. Florian’s IPA

type: IPA
origin: Windsor, CA
price: ~$7/22
ABV: 7.3%
NSP: 6.8

The beer: very good.  It’s an English style IPA that’s been somewhat Californicated.  It’s a big, delicious burst of caramel malts, a heavy dose of booze, and substantial bitterness, which goes down quite easily.  I think the only thing that could be improved upon is the aroma: it’s somewhere between lacking and nonexistent.  Give it a hefty wallop of dry hopping and take it to 11.

The brewery: It’s new, and it’s small.  There’s no tasting room (yet), and they apparently only brew this and a California Common.  I appreciate the idea of starting with a small lineup, where each is delicious, and well crafted.  I don’t care if you can make fifty different beers, I only care that you can make high quality beers; if that means you only make two, then so be it!

Legend has it that the Patron St. Florian used the water saved for the next day’s brew to “extinguish a catastrophic fire”, and is now the protector of firefighters everywhere.  Let us hope St Florian continues to protect this brewery, because they’ve got some real talent.  I’m looking forward to seeing them grow.

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