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, 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 Gmann
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (846 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 david18
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (354 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a plain glass.

Pours mildly cloudy copper with little white foam. Minimal lacing. Mild hop notes in the nose, some wheatiness. Lightly fruity taste backed with a firm but balanced hop. Light citrus. Good carbonation. Tasty brew, well made. (266 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 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 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 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 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 SpdKilz
3.21/5  rDev 0%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hurricane Reef Pale Ale pours a copper color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is primarily malt, with caramel being noticeable. Tastes better than I expected, nice balance of hops and malt for a pale ale. Definitely worth a try. (262 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 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 allergictomacros
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear light gold with some light white head.

S - sharp grass, with a hint of lemony citrus.

T - Odd chemical flavour, a hint of molasses and a sharp, grassy hop. Some chalkiness, lemon and a grainy background. On the sweet side.

M - Light, sharply fizzy.

D - Fairly drinkable hot weather brew. OK flavours although a touch too sweet. (341 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
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! (1,805 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is tthe last of the Hurricane Reef trio I brought back from my Dad's 60th B-day party in the Fla. keys two weekends ago. The other two were fairly crap so I'm hoping this one can turn the tide.

Pours an attractive deep reddish copper that loses its head all too quickly. Nose has a surprising dominance of malt with heavy fruit flavors, maybe figs or plums, and hops just barely in the backround.

The taste also sees a strange malt predominance, which means for me that this isn't truly a pale ale. The mouthfeel has the proper depth and crispness but the lack of hops is a little unsettling. Still, not a bad beer at all. The fruit is tasty and round enough to avoid the fate of the cruddy raspberry wheat by the same brewery. Slight alcohol tones follow the fig flavors. Some surpising complexity here, and very nice to drink, but I maintain that a pale ale it isn't. It is, however, worth a shot if you see it, I'll look for it again for sure. (959 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 AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An all around nice brew from Florida. The appearance is a copper colored body with a decent off-white head. the aroma has a nice malty grain sense with the light addition of fruity hops. the flavor is very nice with the malt flavor and fruity hops predominating. The feel is medium but lacks crispness. Overall it has good drinkability. (336 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is more of an Amber Ale than Pale Ale. Pours a clean amber with an off-white head and not much lace. The aroma is malty, lightly hoppy, with an odd damp basement smell. The biscuity malt body is a bit more slick and oily than most Pale Ales (thus the difference). Citrus and a mild spicy bitterness round this Amber ale out. (329 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 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 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 mrasskicktastic
2.43/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Clear golden brew with extremely intense carbonation. Large puffy head. Lots of lacing.

S - White pepper, wild grasses, clean yeast.

T - Hay, wild grasses, some bready malt and clean yeast. Aftertaste is a grassy bitterness that fades slowly.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth, a little refreshing.

D - Meh, it doesn't resound with me much at all. I will likely give away what remains. (403 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 tjsdomer2
3.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Solid gold with excellent suspended yeast in the midst of the carbonation.

Smell: Sweet honey and wet hay.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Malted biscuit and a slightly watery/slick finish. Very tame, but rather refreshing for an ale.

Overall Drinkability: A refreshing if not great ale. (287 characters)

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