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Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 118
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 1
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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 118
Photo of jaxon53
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (612 characters)

Photo of shivtim
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (447 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (414 characters)

Photo of cnally
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (675 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (473 characters)

Photo of CHickman
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (556 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (421 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Eric (1,015 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (357 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (607 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (264 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (836 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.02/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brought this bottle back with me on the plane from Miami Beach this past summer. The bottle was leaking when I unpacked. We just poured it and there was some carbonation but a bit flat. No lace and very little head. Clear medium amber color. Not much hop in the nose. Mostly caramel malt. Body wasn't too bad, cept for the flatness. Not much here. eh. (351 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (270 characters)

Photo of pepsican
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (369 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (598 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date printed on neck of the bottle. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is a little faint for an APA, with some sweet malt and faint citrusy hops. The taste is slightly toasted malt with some citrus hops in the finsh. Overall, this is a decent pale ale, but not something that I would purchase again. (375 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (794 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, hoppy, and some caramel. The taste is more on the malt side, with some hops, sweet, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, nice little Pale Ale. (312 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orange body with a small, white head.

Smell: Thin aroma of caramel and traces of citrus fruits.

Taste: Faint caramel flavor with only a hint of sweetness. Mild, citrusy hops. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ah, good times and good friends. It had been far, far too long since the last time we threw our heads back and had a good laugh over something. (433 characters)

Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
75 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.