Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company
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3.93/5 rDev +23.6%
Head is small, off-white and fizzy. Beer is a clear, dark amber. Sweet, ripe, hoppy, toffee, tangy citrus nose sports some milk gone bad. Front is hoppy with a hint of chocolate. Tangy, dark caramel. A piney, bitter, hoppy, fresh finish. Great Cascade burps. This is pretty good. Quite hoppy and malty.
07-24-2004 17:36:14 | More by kbub6f
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
3.75/5 rDev +17.9%
nice deep amber color with a tan head that stick around for a while. grainy malt aroma, with floral smells as well. slight smell of raw malt extract. cirtusy and and sweet floral taste much like the smell. none of the raw malt character in the taste thankfully hops kick in at the the end to round things out, i'd like to see a little more though. the coating mouthfeel is maybe a little too thick, but pretty strong carbonation makes up for it mostly. unremarkable, but not bad by any means.
03-30-2004 21:15:26 | More by kmo1030
3.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Muted hop aroma is about all you get...a slight malty presence benath that. Light tea color. Nice thumb thick head. Mild hop flavor with a small amount of pink grapefruit sweetness. Way better than I expected from this brewer, but still not anything to get overly excited about.
02-17-2006 23:58:50 | More by Jredner
3.85/5 rDev +21.1%
Bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
A- It poured a golden orange with a good finger tall head. I have a feeling there may have been a bigger head if not for my conservative pour due to the limited size of my glass. The head became a nice lace and left good sticking on the glass. It had medium-heavy carbonation.
S- It was fairly balanced between floral hops and sweet malts.
T- The flavor was bold, yet balanced. There were grapefruit hop flavors (I thought it was appropriate for an FLA beer). It was balanced by bready malts and had a clean/dry finish.
M- The feel was a tad on the thick and oily side.
D- It was an easy drinker. I could have more than 1 in a sitting.
Overall- It was a refreshing beer after sitting on the beach and poolside in the Florida sun with temps topping 80F.
02-20-2008 01:55:05 | More by GRPunk
4.33/5 rDev +36.2%
Rich copper color, head was tan, fluffy, and full of slow rising hop bubbles. Smell was slightly biscuit and full of cascade hop aromas. Nice even, smooth, cascade assault on your tongue. Creamy, rich feel, smooth finish. Subtle malt backbone. All the right the traits of a classic American Pale Ale. Tastes like they copied the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale formula, and did a nice job. This is a beer Ybor City can hang their hat on. A pleasant surprise. I would buy this again, and hunker down for a category 1-2 storm. Anything more, I evacuate, and take my beer with me.
3 cheers for a really good Florida brewed beer !
08-20-2002 17:51:21 | More by StevieW
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
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
This beer poured a slightly hazy golden color with a ½ inch head persistent. The aroma is citrus and malty. The taste is bitter from hops with the malt noticeable. There is a slight citrus taste as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is an interesting ale that has noticeable flavors that are not overpowering making it easy to drink.
07-01-2007 17:54:00 | More by barefootbrewer
3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear golden amber with a slight half-finger of white froth, disappearing rather quickly and leaving virtually no lacing aside from a few specks.
Nose is rather downplayed, with a soft resinous hop presence and some buttery, bready diacetyl character.
Flavor is much like the aroma, with a smooth, rounded diacetyl nature combining with a mildly bitter, resiny middle, and going down with a watery finish that leaves a lingering piney aftertaste. Body is very light and thin, with a light touch of carbonation.
Easy-drinking, yet not nearly the most desirable session beer. A bit understated for an American-style Pale Ale, and perhaps with just a bit more hop presence and a fuller mouthfeel, this could be a great quaffer. As it is, it's just not nearly there.
01-18-2009 04:49:41 | More by superdedooperboy
3.48/5 rDev +9.4%
Apearance: Orange amber color with a smallish white head that exhibits nice lacing. Carbonation seems to fade quickly.
Smell: Fairly mild aroma, maybe it needs to warm up... Even after warming, there's just not much there.
Taste: Crisp fruit flavors, very clean. Somewhat soapy. Hops are understated for an APA. Finishes dry.
Mouthfeel: Crisp is definitely the word. Body is on the lighter side.
Drinkability: Not great, but at least it's local. Might be a good beer to cook with.
09-25-2006 19:27:11 | More by hunteraw
2.13/5 rDev -33%
Poured amber copper, with a very thin white head, modest carbonation, and average lacing. Biscuit, yeast, and burned toast in the nose. The taste yielded nothing in the way of fruity, herbal, or bitter flavor, with another awkward bitter finish. No balance. Thin and underwhelming, I was shocked at how little flavor this beer had. Sorry, guys.
07-23-2010 17:37:28 | More by donniecuffs
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
Somehow ended up with a bottle of this from a BOTMC delivery. Have drunk gallons of this in the keys, imagine that I have never reviewed it until now. Bueno, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a sweet hoppiness with an apparent big malt base. Pours into my recently rediscovered sam's perfect pint as a cloudy bright yellow with a clingy foamy off white macro-bubble head. Taste is floral off the bat then a malt base is smoothly bitter, all transitioning to a sweet and sour finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not your pale ales experts brew but the taste brings me back to the keys, and that ups the overall, considerably.
11-25-2012 23:20:15 | More by mooseisloose
3.05/5 rDev -4.1%
a: pours an orange yellow color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a little lacing around the edge of the glass and top of the beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top
s: lemony citrusy grassy hop bitterness with faint toasted malts
t: sweet toasted malts followed by grassy hop bitterness
m: light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation
overall, decent beer but i wont seek it out
06-22-2011 02:38:50 | More by happygnome
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
2.6/5 rDev -18.2%
Pale gold. Near-dead carbonation. Oily bubble-skim on-top. Nice wiley lace.
Nose is off-putting; toasty-grain glue, faux-banana.
Taste is not as bad as nose but nothing good to be found here. Toasty grains follow fishiness, plastic/rubber found in many lower brews, molasses. Tastes frighteningly lager-like, even suggested by my compatriots.
MF: About right. Fresh example, even. Stands up to the suggestions that Florida beer isnt so great.
08-21-2007 03:25:24 | More by GreenWBush
3.33/5 rDev +4.7%
In the Macro-centered world that is the Disney Empire finding this brew was a refreshing change of pace. A nice burnished copper color with an off-white head. Aroma was very faint floral hops and som toasted malt. Taste was piney/citrusy but mild. Not anywhere near what one expects htese days from an american pale ale. Definitely drinkable however and an encouraging sign to find this at the Disney Resorts.
03-10-2006 12:58:06 | More by Citadel82
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
2.93/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
12-04-2008 01:33:12 | More by BDIMike
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
3.18/5 rDev 0%
A-Hazy golden color with a large white head that leaves a good lace around the glass
S-malt and hop mixture
T-hop and malt mixture with a hop bitter aftertaste that is not overpowering
M-light body and heavy carbonation
O-good beach beer with some hop flavor. I could see myself on the beach with one of these
05-10-2014 01:01:51 | More by a0lbudman
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
2.58/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
11-05-2004 05:31:21 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.