Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company

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Hurricane Reef Pale AleHurricane Reef Pale Ale

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-19-2001

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 76
Photo of Gmann
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a toasted straw to light copper color with a small yet dense head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of a bready malt, light toast and honey. Mild floral hop aroma, just enough to be noticable. This APA is more malty sweet than hoppy. Just average.

There is a pleasant malt body. Slighty toasted, with some rustic metal notes. A general fruitiness provides some additional sweetness. The hops are mainly for bittering and don't provide much flavor beyond some grassy notes.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Quite crisp in the finish. Very easy to drink.

A good APA should have somewhat of a hoppy flavor to it and this beer really doesn't have that. The malt body and flavor is enjoyable but doesn't make up for the lack of hop flavor. Can't go wrong drinking this at a BBQ, though.

Photo of DIM
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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 a0lbudman
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of UnionMade
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of bsp77
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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 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 kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with excellent retention on a hazy copper-amber body.

S: mostly musty and pungent hops and some sweet caramel malts.

T: Disappointing as I feel it is overly malted with the hops minor players in the flavor contributing mostly some pine and citrus notes with slight grass bitterness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A little overboard on the malts which is the discretion of the brewer but I like these on the hoppier side.

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 ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of happygnome
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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.

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 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.

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 WoodBrew
2.97/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attended a beer tasting party recently and someone brought a Hurrican Reef Pale Ale to try...froma world beer package that his wife got him for some hallmark gift event. The Pale Ale was golden in color and clear. Little carbonation ane no head was present. The smell had some citrus to it....bought also some metallic waifes. The taste was powered by bitterness and grapfruit....so much so it hurt the mouthfeel. Not the best Pale Ale I ever had.

Photo of CHickman
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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 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 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 blitheringidiot
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Label has a best by APR notch. No year?

Pours as a light peach amber hue, chill hazed with a spotty thin ivory collar with a few scant bubbles rising to the surface.

Light aromatic apple hints with a bit of ginger malt.

First swigs: A well balanced slightly on the Tang juice fruity side. Some soft apple and dry finish. Needs more hop character, but it is a pale and not an IPA so this passes with a C grade. Some copper penny in the flavor, as well.

Feel is soft and nearly flat but still somewhat carbonated with a thin feel. Lingering apple butter tacky aftertaste. Needs work on all fronts.

Last swigs: Just a good ole unscrupulous ale that goes nowhere. Dust cutter at best. Drinking not thinking beer. Forgetable, but edible. Bought 1 bottle to try some Florida beer while in Tampa.

Beer is good. Happy easy beering.

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