Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company
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2.63/5 rDev -17.3%
Poured into a pnt glass. Appearance was a light gold color with a small to medium sized whitish head that laced away fairly quickly. Aroma was of light hops, grass, and citrus; fairly weak nose. Taste was weak as well, with light hops, grain and citrus. kind of watery flavor.
06-30-2010 05:27:21 | More by Atricapilla
3.2/5 rDev +0.6%
Appearance - Pours a pale yellow color with over two fingers of white fluffy head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves pretty decent lacing.
Smell - Quite a weak nose. Malt, wheat, slight hops, etc. Not much here.
Taste - Slight malts, hops, a hint of bitterness, somewhat like a lager in taste, etc. Has an off taste to it. Not quite sure what it is.
Mouthfeel - Relatively light bodied, crisp, decent carbonation.
Drinkability - Relatively so, but would not seek out again.
05-02-2010 02:04:18 | More by SpdKilz
3.45/5 rDev +8.5%
A - clear light gold with some light white head.
S - sharp grass, with a hint of lemony citrus.
T - Odd chemical flavour, a hint of molasses and a sharp, grassy hop. Some chalkiness, lemon and a grainy background. On the sweet side.
M - Light, sharply fizzy.
D - Fairly drinkable hot weather brew. OK flavours although a touch too sweet.
03-26-2010 01:43:14 | More by allergictomacros
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a bottle into a plain glass.
Pours mildly cloudy copper with little white foam. Minimal lacing. Mild hop notes in the nose, some wheatiness. Lightly fruity taste backed with a firm but balanced hop. Light citrus. Good carbonation. Tasty brew, well made.
03-20-2010 00:50:55 | More by KTCamm
3.1/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to jwale73 for sharing this bottle!!
A - Orange/yellow. Off white head falls to a ring.
S - Light fruit, sweet malt, a little floral hops though a bit understated.
T - Sweet malt, light hops. Slight bitter aftertaste.
M/F - Medium body and highly carbonated. A bit gassy.
D - It's alright but the carbonation really hurts it.
01-07-2010 23:33:56 | More by ThirstyBird
2.15/5 rDev -32.4%
When in Florida, drink as the Floridians do!
12 oz with a nice tropical label. Amber colored, egg white head.
Flat, generic grain smell, some hops spice. Minerals.
A little ginger-like spice -- the label specifically lists Pacific Northwest Cascade hops, but aside from a minor citrus note they taste more like Saaz. Pretty bland.
Thin body, moderately carbonated with coarse bubbles.
Below average, but at least it's an easy quaffer for the balcony facing the beach...
12-26-2009 01:13:36 | More by semihobo
3.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Orlando has a number of microbreweries but not all of them are good. I had one in a hotel, made especially for the hotel that was absolutely horrible. This pale ale was quite good. Nothing too special and certainly not has hoppy as it should be but definitely better than any yellow fizzy alternative that so many of these unelightened bars seem to have.
11-22-2009 22:43:46 | More by david18
2.38/5 rDev -25.2%
A - Clear golden brew with extremely intense carbonation. Large puffy head. Lots of lacing.
S - White pepper, wild grasses, clean yeast.
T - Hay, wild grasses, some bready malt and clean yeast. Aftertaste is a grassy bitterness that fades slowly.
M - Medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth, a little refreshing.
D - Meh, it doesn't resound with me much at all. I will likely give away what remains.
11-08-2009 04:29:38 | More by mrasskicktastic
2.88/5 rDev -9.4%
A: Nice dark amber color. Two finger white head.
S: Sweet malt smell with a faint hop smell.
T: Very average taste. Slight hop flavor but very malty for a pale ale. It also has a copper taste in the finish.
M: Light body with moderate carbonation.
D: Session beer.
10-09-2009 02:10:51 | More by thesyko56
2.95/5 rDev -7.2%
Good presentation. Nice coppery red color with good carbonation.
Head forms okay, but little lacing and leaves quickly.
Smell is a bit strange with malt and hop competing, but ending up with a smell similar to the kitchen after brewing rather than a brew itself. A little cheesey on the hops.
Opposite of balanced, somehow it hits you hard with bitter then hard with sweetness and the hops are simply too bitter without any recognizable aromas.
Still has the unmistakable finish of commercial swill.
10-01-2009 23:22:47 | More by HiGravShawn
2.68/5 rDev -15.7%
A - Poured a golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of grainy malt upfront then mild hops
T - Disappointing like drinking a hoppy macro grainy malt backbone with slight citrus hops rounding out the flavor
M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it
D - For an APA this is a very disappointing beer its just not up to par with other pales out there not worth the time or money to drink again
09-15-2009 21:01:31 | More by armock
2.48/5 rDev -22%
BOM August 2009
Poured into a pint glass this brew is a light copper color with orange tints. The head is off white and with an aggressive pour had a nice 2 inch head that left sticky goodness on the sides of the glass and settled into a thin cap. The aroma is mild but has a fresh bouquet of hops and some thin hints of citrus. In taking my first sip I notice some sediment in large pieces (almost like adding corn starch to a dish without mixing in cold water-for you cooks out there). The taste was, well, watered down! After having a few more sips I get a little more burnt malt in the finish and the carbonation opens up the hops but still very bland.
Again disappointed in my BOM shipment.
09-12-2009 02:55:06 | More by WJVII
2.63/5 rDev -17.3%
Thanks to FishGetter for bringing this brew back. Served chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.
Appearance: Hurricane Reef Pale Ale pours out a crystal clear copper color with some golden highlights. A somewhat hard pour yields almost two fingers of bone white rocky head. Head fades quickly into a thin white ring around the glass. Very little spotty lace is left behind. Notice some carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top of the glass.
Smell: Bit of a weak nose I'm afraid. Big malt backbone that is somewhat grainy. Hints of tobbacco show through. Very light hop aroma, just barley citrusy.
Taste: Again, big malt out front. Big grainy flavor is a bit of a turn off. Very light hop notes, slightly metallic around the edges. Touches of yeast linger in the background. Finish is a bit bitter with an aspirin like touch.
Mouthfee: Thinnish, medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the lower side.
Drinkability: Drinkability seems to be the best part of this beer. Smooth and crisp. Not a terrible brew, just not what I want in a Pale.
09-07-2009 22:08:04 | More by jaxon53
3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
Received in (crappy) August shipment of my BOTM club.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Clear burnt orange with thin head and some minor lacing.
Smell: Citrus and grapefruit, grainy dry malt, some spiciness.
Taste: Mostly dry grainy malts with light citrus and grapefruit hops. Slightly spicy and bitter at the end, but not nearly as bitter as it should be.
Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body (kind of watery), slightly dry finish.
Drinkability: Drinkable but very light standard APA. Certainly worth having on the beach in Florida, which I'm not.
09-06-2009 01:12:15 | More by bsp77
2.53/5 rDev -20.4%
The label looks more like an ad for a Disney water park than a beer. Or maybe a Jimmy Buffet restaurant. Anyway, no matter, poured it out into a pint glass.
Mostly clear, orange/rusty gold, with a tiny soapy eggshell head.
Nose is mild fruity notes, estery hops.
Taste is off... slight chemical strains, faint line of hops, and not much else. Slight acidic, almost canned pineapple flavor. Weird.
Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability not great.
09-05-2009 22:23:11 | More by shivtim
3.18/5 rDev 0%
A: Orange amber color, quick plume of white head, diminished quickly with good lacing.
S: somewhat clean balance of hops, malt... faint hints of yeast and oxidation.
T: Clean, light hops and malt. Has something that resembles that lager bite. Somewhat of an oxidized hint to it as well.
M: Light bodied, crisp, ample carbonation
D: Ok tasting, the hops dont shine and has a little bit of a tainted taste to it.
09-03-2009 14:54:56 | More by rfgetz
3.8/5 rDev +19.5%
A golden color with some amberish tints in there. A nice fluffy white head has some serious lacing.
Aromas are crisp, malty and yeasty. Just a bite of hops at the end.
The flavor is even and balanced, with a burst of caramel, apricot, grain and good hint of alcohol, finishes malty and a bit bitter from the hops.
Uneven and fizzy feel. Thick but the carbonation throws it off.
Decent, if unspectacular. The flavor is well above average, but the intangibles make this a one-and-done.
08-31-2009 01:58:57 | More by cnally
3.05/5 rDev -4.1%
This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
A - clear golden color with a thick head that settles quickly into a thin well retained collar
S - malty, American hops, some minor oxidation noted
T - typical pale malt flavor accented by hops to provide a moderate bitterness; hop character is not very distinctive
M - medium body, moderately high carbonation
D - This is a decent, but pretty average APA. This might be better closer to the source as I believe this bottle is probably past its ideal freshness - the hops might be a little less coarse and more vibrant. The small amount of oxidation would also indicate this and detracts somewhat in the overall appeal.
08-29-2009 17:51:33 | More by scoobybrew
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
My 3rd beer of the month club offering from the folks at FSRI. 12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a one-inch, white head the quickly dissipated into a thin, tight band around the edges. Nose was pale malt and light fruit. Taste was biscuity, toasty, buttery with some hops bittering in the mix. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and gassy - way too much carbonation. Mediocre - carbonation levels in this brew totally kills the drinkability.
08-22-2009 18:00:47 | More by Jwale73
2.98/5 rDev -6.3%
This came in the August Beer of the Month Club package and poured a clear amber color with 1/2 inch tan head; had a hop, malt and mild grapefruit odor.
Very light carbonation and a crisp feel with a mild hop taste mixed with citrus, wheat, grassy/earthy notes, a touch of malt sweetness and a dry finish. Zero lacing on the glass and refreshing, but a little bland in the flavor. A decent to good beer that misses the mark for an APA, as there is not enough hop presence in this brew and it seems more like a lager than a pale ale after trying 3 of them.
08-22-2009 03:40:59 | More by CHickman
3.8/5 rDev +19.5%
12oz bottle poured in an Allagash snifter. Thanks to theghost3 for this!
Pours a nice pale golden color with a small fluffy head, just what you'd expect from an APA. On the nose is a bit of hoppiness and malt. It smells somewhat like a lager but with some tasty undertones.
Taste is surprisingly good after smelling it! It's nice and malty with a bit of toastiness on the finish. Overall quite a solid APA from Florida!
08-21-2009 01:08:37 | More by kingcrowing
3.75/5 rDev +17.9%
Picked up a 6 pack of this a few days ago during my still ongoing vacation here in Osprey/Sarasota Florida. Wanted to try something I would not be able to find back home and thought this one looked good. Poured a 12 oz bottle's worth into a standard pint glass. This beer pours a clear and medium golden/copper color. White fizzy head about 1/3 inch when first poured. Settles quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of my glass. Little lacing. Aromas of fairly sweet caramel. biscuity malt and hops. Bready, biscuity, caramel malt flavor upfront followed by bittering hops. Nice balance, but the hops do tend to dominate a bit. Not complex in any sense, but tasty nonetheless. This is a bit more hoppy than most pale ales I have had are. Would have thought this was an IPA if I didn't know better. Has a crisp, thin to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. this is nice and refreshing on a hot August night here in Florida. Good enough, but nothing special.
08-20-2009 02:14:31 | More by neenerzig
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
A pretty average American Pale Ale. Pours a copper color with a small white head and no lacing.
Very little aroma
Mild taste of a little floral hops up front followed by bready malt. Taste is more robust than the smell. The malt wins out in the balance department.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not bad. Drinkable enough but not something I would seek out.
07-31-2009 23:33:12 | More by JayQue
3.15/5 rDev -0.9%
a: This was a golden color with some coppery highlights. It poured with a sticky, white fizzy head.
s: Some slightly citric hops that have a surprisingly strong bittter element. Sweet aromas of vanilla cookies and caramel. There is a little something spicy in the backround.
t: Bitter, but not all that flavorful. Moderate herbal hop flavors with a little citrus. Sweet malt balance in the form of vanilla and toffee.
m: Gently carbonated with an average body.
d: Thanks to tpd975 for this from the nobody wants to see a beer geek naked BIF. Bitter to the point of being unbalanced, but not bad overall.
07-23-2009 10:40:23 | More by DIM
2.6/5 rDev -18.2%
I tried to sample the more interesting styles at the brewery. A little C-hop aroma. More malt that bitterness. Some lacing. Watery. A little more of anything to add to mouthfeel, taste, and preferably hops for some citrus hops taste. Redkneck IPA, sorry redknecks.
02-22-2009 03:05:22 | More by Sammy
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.