I’m originally from Orlando, so why I haven’t been able to visit Orlando Brewing yet is beyond me. But I enjoy watching them succeed, which they certainly are. Their distribution of I-4 IPA and the incredible Right on Red is drifting south, and their I-4 IPA has been selected (along with Cigar City and Bold City) to be featured at Epcot’s upcoming Food and Wine Festival.
I never thought to hope to try anything else of theirs unless I went to the tap room. How wrong I was. My favorite neighborhood place, Coral Springs Tap House, had Orlando Brewing’s Olde Pelican English Pale Ale on tap.
Olde Pelican, like most of the Orlando Brewing portfolio, is organic. It even displays that fact pretty prominently on the label, which I think is pretty cool. I’m surprised more breweries don’t try to go organic.
First, take a look at that gorgeous amber color. The look alone is incredible. As for taste, it has big notes of caramel in addition to a moderate, yet unmistakable, hop prominence. It’s a pale ale, and it sure wants you to know. But that bitter bite is mitigated by the rich malts. It’s nowhere near as strong as an IPA; it’s easily drinkable and has a wonderful breadth of flavors.
I have a bottle of I-4 IPA in my beer fridge ready for reviewing. Other than that, I need to get back to Orlando, and soon.
Drink Florida Craft,