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Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company

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74
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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-19-2001)
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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

superdedooperboy, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of david18
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orlando has a number of microbreweries but not all of them are good. I had one in a hotel, made especially for the hotel that was absolutely horrible. This pale ale was quite good. Nothing too special and certainly not has hoppy as it should be but definitely better than any yellow fizzy alternative that so many of these unelightened bars seem to have.

david18, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of northcoastwolf
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

northcoastwolf, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

zeff80, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Jwale73, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of PaulsBrew
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

PaulsBrew, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of binx
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

binx, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SpdKilz, May 02, 2010
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.

Gmann, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  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.

rfgetz, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of a0lbudman
3.18/5  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

a0lbudman, May 10, 2014
Photo of devilben02
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

devilben02, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of DIM
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

DIM, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of bsp77
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

bsp77, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of UnionMade
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

UnionMade, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of pepsican
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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

pepsican, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

ThirstyBird, Jan 07, 2010
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.

jtfest, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

kylehay2004, May 13, 2012
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

cjgator3, Apr 08, 2008
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

happygnome, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

scoobybrew, Aug 29, 2009
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.

Jredner, Feb 17, 2006
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.