Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-19-2001

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 76
Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice golden, copper color with a nice 2-inch white head. Descent lacing present. The aroma was a nice balance of hops and malts. The taste was more malty with hint of hops. Not a great balance. Had a descent grapefruit sourness to it which seemes appropriate for the style. The finish was a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel was a medium body with medium carbonation. This beer was ok. Something nice to drink on a hot day or after you mowed the lawn.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BDIMike
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange amber color. There is a slight bit of carbonation, but it creates a nice white foam head that has nice lacing all the way down.
Smell has a slightly mild aroma. There is a bit of a hop shot, but not much besides.
Taste is a bit better than the smell. There is a bit of fruity hop taste. Very clean and standard.
Mouthfeel has a very crisp shot. The body is a good meduim thickness that one would want on a pale ale.
Drinkability is good because of the subdued taste. This is a very average and standard beer. Everything about it is stereotypical for the style.

Photo of WJVII
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of wingnutter
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep golden with minimal head.

In the smell I get grassiness, some hops, and maybe a bit o malt.

Taste: Verry bitter up front, feels a bit thin. Slight citrus twang with not much in the flavor department other than malt, and watery malt at that. Im not tasting much of the Cascade hops they list on the neck label. I was really hoping this beer would outproduce its ratings, but it doesnt seem to be the case.

They need to thicken it up a bit and use some of those hops they talk about. Then they might have a decent beer on their hands. Otherwise they missed the mark.

Thin, watery, and not too impressive. Living in Florida its getting harder and harder to find good local beer. Dunedin has the best Ive tried so far.

Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm suprised that the reviews on this are as high as they are. This is a thin, watery, unimpressive beer. Mild hop presence, but almost non-detectable. Nothing tastes bad, but this is as uneventful of a pale ale as I've had. So far, Dunedin brewery (near Tampa) is the only good Florida beer I've had. Skip this.

Photo of devilben02
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the few "local" beers that was available at the local grocery store while I was visiting Miami for vacation, I grabbed a sixer for my hotel room. The appearance is welcoming, with a golden yellow-orange color and a thin but present foamy white head. The aroma is muted and largely malt-forward, with a sweet bready character being complemented by only a little bit of light, fresh herbal hops. The flavor is likewise dominated by bready malt, although there is some lemony acidity and some pine to a lesser extent. The texture is relatively light and easy, which makes this one no chore to take down. Overall, this is an unremarkable buy pleasant pale ale, making it little better than average but fine enough for reading a spy novel on a hotel balcony.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a drink by date of 10/28/08. The appearance is a near perfect amber color that is topped by a two finger off-white head. There is pretty decent lacing and excellent retention.

The aroma is very flowery, mixed with honey and buttered bread. The overall smell pulls in a very sweet bouquet. The taste is a good blend of sweet caramel malts and a decent hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a good amount of tartness. This is a good ale.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

This is a fine example of a pale ale from the tampa based brewer. This is along the same lines as the Dunedin PA (which I thought was very good), and has much of the characteristic charms of most other PAs. The problem with this beer is that there is absolutely nothing special about it. I could easily find the same flavors in a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or an Anchor Liberty Ale (both of which are much better). High hops, notable malt sweetness, some alcohol. This is a good example of the style. I cannot fault the FL brewing company for that.

Photo of BeerRun13
2.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost Pale golden amber. Aggressive pour produced the smallest head with no retention. Looks flat... Very clear though.
Slightly toasty malt aroma. Not much hops in the nose.
Malty bread like up front, but it's quickly washed away by a rather one dimmensional citrus grapefruit hop flavor. Bittering finish. A fruity push shows up as she warms.
Medium body. Kinda watery plain with a citrus bite.
I've got a few more from Florida, and am hoping for a little better luck. Thanks to Hunteraw all the same for giving me the opportunity to try these.

Photo of DarrellK
4.58/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Take has not suffered since Ybor bought them out. The other reviews get into the details but this brew stands up to some of the best British Ales. A great blend of aroma, mouth and taste. Not too bitter, has a buttery notem so it is an excellent session brew. Don't like any of the Ybor product but this one is very good.

Photo of semihobo
2.16/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of mothmanscott
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, with lots of very tiny floaters, deep gold/pale amber, producing 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, slightly beige, frothy head that leaves motes & webs of lace. Aroma delicate sweet malty caramel,honey hints, floral/herbal hops with faint citrus hops & a faint mustiness. Taste is robust compared to the nose. Toast dominant & biscuit malt, caramel, with herbal, bitter citrus & grassy hop profile that provides a hop balance & bitterness. Finishes dry & quite bitter for the style. Producing a lingering caramel, toast & dominant citrus peel bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, lightly astringent with a pronounced prickly pepper bite in the finish that rides into the aftertaste. The most sandpapery Pale Ale in my memory.

Photo of Imbiber
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper-amber coloured, medium carbonation and smallish pale tan/off-white head. Big aroma, earthy, malty of sorts - can't quite place it...

Flavour is well-balanced, malt to the fore is offset by a moderate hoppiness. Some citrus appears later on to form a pleasant aftertaste. A very slight grainy feel on the tongue is there too, but nevertheless a pleasant, well-drinkable beer. Much better than the Key West beer from the same brewery.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to miamiacheal for this extra I was glad to try it.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Darkness tulip 2/24/11

Pours a nice golden amber color with little about 30% lacing left after a white headed foam of 1 finger dissipated after about 3 minutes.

Smell is almost nonexistent. A little malt but for the most part no nose.

Taste is weak as well very little hops and malts don't do it for me in this beer. Nothing really good about the taste.

Mouthfeel is light and tastes don't stay around at all.

Drinkability is low or moderate. I would probably have no problems pounding these back next time I am in Florida as a replacement to get blitzed on from BMC but other then that I won't revisit this brew.

Photo of ThreePistols
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clean clear amber color with a bubbly off white head. Floral hop nose. Definitely Cascade hops. Malt sweetness and Cascade hops are plesantly balanced. Hops not overpowering. Hops bitterness mellows out nicely. Citrus aftertaste with a slighty dry finish. A nice American Pale Ale.

Photo of jtfest
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odd snowflake-like sediment in this brew, though it's not bottle conditioned. Oh, well. It poured a copper/amber with a thin yellow-white head. The aroma was grassy and bitter. The mouthfeel was a little watery, as was the taste -- which began with a honey-like sweetness and then disappeared with a mild hop goodbye. Pretty drinkable, but equally unimpressive.

Photo of Andy
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Radiant, off-orange color and all about cascade hops. Good hop bitterness upfront and also the ever elusive hop flavor throughout. The recipe for this seems to have changed (improved) in recent years.

Photo of Atricapilla
2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of dpend
4.1/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper with a substantial and tan head that holds well. Aroma was mostly of cascade hops.Nice use of malt as well.Taste is balanced throughout and finishes with nice, dry hops.Very drinkable and a great session beer.My favorite of the line.

Photo of pepsican
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is just a placeholder for now, I will move it eventually. Gold pour with just a few white bubbles for the head. The aroma was heavily grainy, cereal, and just a touch of grassy hops. Flavor was similar. Some chalky bitterness and orange peel shines through but I dont know if I care for it. A good try but I was hoping this would be a bit better. 6/3/5/2/11

Photo of thesyko56
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of roller
2.89/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, deep-orange with a very small head that quickly faded. There is not much here in the aroma department, but it's mildly hoppy. There is a slight hop bitterness in the taste with orange rind character. Malt is not strongly represented. This beer (this bottle?) was very lightly carbonated and went flat after a few minutes. Date notches on the label weren't visible (plus the label only went up to 2006). Hopefully it was only my batch that was like this. The beer goes down easy and I could have several in a row if I wanted. But with the general lack of character, I probably won't.

Photo of HiGravShawn
3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.