Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company
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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
3.7/5 rDev +16.4%
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale pours a copper color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is primarily malt, with caramel being noticeable. Tastes better than I expected, nice balance of hops and malt for a pale ale. Definitely worth a try.
10-03-2006 00:41:45 | More by Drew966
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
2.98/5 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
3.45/5 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
3.65/5 rDev +14.8%
This is tthe last of the Hurricane Reef trio I brought back from my Dad's 60th B-day party in the Fla. keys two weekends ago. The other two were fairly crap so I'm hoping this one can turn the tide.
Pours an attractive deep reddish copper that loses its head all too quickly. Nose has a surprising dominance of malt with heavy fruit flavors, maybe figs or plums, and hops just barely in the backround.
The taste also sees a strange malt predominance, which means for me that this isn't truly a pale ale. The mouthfeel has the proper depth and crispness but the lack of hops is a little unsettling. Still, not a bad beer at all. The fruit is tasty and round enough to avoid the fate of the cruddy raspberry wheat by the same brewery. Slight alcohol tones follow the fig flavors. Some surpising complexity here, and very nice to drink, but I maintain that a pale ale it isn't. It is, however, worth a shot if you see it, I'll look for it again for sure.
02-15-2007 04:24:55 | More by daliandragon
3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
The beer pours a delicious looking copper color, topped with a generous amount of off white foam, just barely reaching out of the tumbler. The head settles slowly into an uneven, patchy coating, a solid sheet of lace clinging to the glass as the brew's consumed. The stuff laces better than most IPAs or wheat beers I've had. Excellent clarity.
The aroma is very solid, with a moderate, sweetish toasty malt. A bit of graininess, similar to seven grain bread, or maybe even rye. The sweetness is balanced by a woody and citric hopping, just enough, creating an interesting, almost sweet and sour feel. A touch of pine, with some doughy, nutty yeast in the background. Rather clean, with just a bit of lemon and floral esters.
The flavor starts with a surprisingly grainy, husky malt. Mild toasty and biscuity sweetness meanders into the middle, which features little in the way of fruitiness, aside from a vague floral note. The hops march in unchallenged, a lemon/orange citric feel muddied by a dominant herbal woodiness. Northern brewer? The yeast contributes a soft nuttiness in the end, blending with the steadily abrasive grain husk finish. A lingering grain flavor, along with some woody hops, making me feel like I've been chewing on a fallen log. Rather rough hewn all the way through, the toasty sweetness not doing much to soften things up. Some dryness in the finish. Medium bodied, with a surprisingly chewy, grainy feel. Moderate, nondescript carbonation.
Not the easiest drinking beer, but it's gritty, unpersonable feel does have some charm. I bet this would be fantastic in beer batter, or as an accompaniment to tuna or halibut. On it's own, I think I'd go with something else. Worth a try at least once, especially if you're in the sunshine state.
Thanks to Mikeys01 for the bottle!
06-30-2004 03:20:28 | More by UnionMade
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
3.73/5 rDev +17.3%
Pours a clear medium orange with spotty lacing. Smell: bready malt, citrusy hops. Taste: caramel malt + earthy/spicy and citrus hops. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little hard water in the finish. Pretty much spot on for the style. Might be the best thing from FL beer co.
11-21-2008 04:34:07 | More by babaracas
3.83/5 rDev +20.4%
An all around nice brew from Florida. The appearance is a copper colored body with a decent off-white head. the aroma has a nice malty grain sense with the light addition of fruity hops. the flavor is very nice with the malt flavor and fruity hops predominating. The feel is medium but lacks crispness. Overall it has good drinkability.
09-27-2004 16:17:20 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.9/5 rDev +22.6%
This is more of an Amber Ale than Pale Ale. Pours a clean amber with an off-white head and not much lace. The aroma is malty, lightly hoppy, with an odd damp basement smell. The biscuity malt body is a bit more slick and oily than most Pale Ales (thus the difference). Citrus and a mild spicy bitterness round this Amber ale out.
08-12-2003 16:37:40 | More by BeerResearcher
2.73/5 rDev -14.2%
Pours a nice amber in color with a foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.
Faint vegetable aroma.
The taste is big on tannins and bready flavors. Big astringency, too. Decent hop bitterness and mild hop flavor.
Body is fine, with some heft.
Overall this is an OK beer. It's nothing special and there are much better choices out there.
08-28-2010 04:14:01 | More by Shaw
2.65/5 rDev -16.7%
Pours a crystal clear copper with an creamy ivory head. Fruity malt and and herbal hop aromas wafting from the glass..
The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy but...the hop profile in the mouth is quite muted and not particularly tasty. Very little malt profile too, quite watery tasting overall. You could call it refreshing if it was actually pleasing to the tongue but it's really not. It's thin and what little hop flavor there is comes off as harsh and vegetal. Crisp finish.
They need to get more flavor in this one. The mouthfeel is great but it delivers a disappointing tasting ale.
09-10-2008 18:37:13 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
Appearance: Solid gold with excellent suspended yeast in the midst of the carbonation.
Smell: Sweet honey and wet hay.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Malted biscuit and a slightly watery/slick finish. Very tame, but rather refreshing for an ale.
Overall Drinkability: A refreshing if not great ale.
05-13-2014 02:48:56 | More by tjsdomer2
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.