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 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)

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 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 happygnome
3.05/5  rDev -5%
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 (438 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of wingnutter
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of HiGravShawn
3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (504 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 WoodBrew
2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (447 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 BeerRun13
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (551 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 thesyko56
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of roller
2.89/5  rDev -10%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of Shaw
2.74/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber in color with a foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin layer in my glass.

Faint vegetable aroma.

The taste is big on tannins and bready flavors. Big astringency, too. Decent hop bitterness and mild hop flavor.

Body is fine, with some heft.

Overall this is an OK beer. It's nothing special and there are much better choices out there. (361 characters)

Photo of armock
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt upfront then mild hops

T - Disappointing like drinking a hoppy macro grainy malt backbone with slight citrus hops rounding out the flavor

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

D - For an APA this is a very disappointing beer its just not up to par with other pales out there not worth the time or money to drink again (443 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 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 brycelarson
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm hitting another Florida brew today.

I got a bottle of this and poured into a glass. Slight off-white color to the head - large bubbles, nice continual flow from the bottom of the glass. It left a good bit of lacing on the glass - but died pretty quickly.

This is a moderate colored pale ale - slightly more brown that I expected.

The nose is heavily yeasty - thick and bready with just a hint of something belgian-ish. Slightly hot.

Flavor is fine - it's much more lightly hopped than I expected. Slight harshness to the flavor.

I'm usually looking for a cleaner finish to a pale ale.

This is a refreshing beer.

I would say that it's not remarkable but is certainly serviceable. (689 characters)

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 Atricapilla
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 isn’t so great. (455 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 JohnnyDuvel
2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (312 characters)

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