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Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company

Hurricane Reef Pale AleHurricane Reef Pale Ale

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74
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.99%


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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StevieW

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich copper color, head was tan, fluffy, and full of slow rising hop bubbles. Smell was slightly biscuit and full of cascade hop aromas. Nice even, smooth, cascade assault on your tongue. Creamy, rich feel, smooth finish. Subtle malt backbone. All the right the traits of a classic American Pale Ale. Tastes like they copied the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale formula, and did a nice job. This is a beer Ybor City can hang their hat on. A pleasant surprise. I would buy this again, and hunker down for a category 1-2 storm. Anything more, I evacuate, and take my beer with me.
3 cheers for a really good Florida brewed beer !

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2002 17:51:21 | More by StevieW
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 01:55:05 | More by GRPunk
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shivtim

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 22:23:11 | More by shivtim
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly hazy golden color with a ½ inch head – persistent. The aroma is citrus and malty. The taste is bitter from hops with the malt noticeable. There is a slight citrus taste as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this is an interesting ale that has noticeable flavors that are not overpowering – making it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 17:54:00 | More by barefootbrewer
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:49:41 | More by superdedooperboy
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured amber copper, with a very thin white head, modest carbonation, and average lacing. Biscuit, yeast, and burned toast in the nose. The taste yielded nothing in the way of fruity, herbal, or bitter flavor, with another awkward bitter finish. No balance. Thin and underwhelming, I was shocked at how little flavor this beer had. Sorry, guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 17:37:28 | More by donniecuffs
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hunteraw

China

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: Orange amber color with a smallish white head that exhibits nice lacing. Carbonation seems to fade quickly.

Smell: Fairly mild aroma, maybe it needs to warm up... Even after warming, there's just not much there.

Taste: Crisp fruit flavors, very clean. Somewhat soapy. Hops are understated for an APA. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp is definitely the word. Body is on the lighter side.

Drinkability: Not great, but at least it's local. Might be a good beer to cook with.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 19:27:11 | More by hunteraw
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 02:38:50 | More by happygnome
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow ended up with a bottle of this from a BOTMC delivery. Have drunk gallons of this in the keys, imagine that I have never reviewed it until now. Bueno, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a sweet hoppiness with an apparent big malt base. Pours into my recently rediscovered sam's perfect pint as a cloudy bright yellow with a clingy foamy off white macro-bubble head. Taste is floral off the bat then a malt base is smoothly bitter, all transitioning to a sweet and sour finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not your pale ales experts brew but the taste brings me back to the keys, and that ups the overall, considerably.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 23:20:15 | More by mooseisloose
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 17:51:33 | More by scoobybrew
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GreenWBush

Oregon

2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 03:25:24 | More by GreenWBush
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the Macro-centered world that is the Disney Empire finding this brew was a refreshing change of pace. A nice burnished copper color with an off-white head. Aroma was very faint floral hops and som toasted malt. Taste was piney/citrusy but mild. Not anywhere near what one expects htese days from an american pale ale. Definitely drinkable however and an encouraging sign to find this at the Disney Resorts.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 12:58:06 | More by Citadel82
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BDIMike

Ohio

2.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:33:12 | More by BDIMike
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WJVII

Wisconsin

2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

BOM August 2009
Poured into a pint glass this brew is a light copper color with orange tints. The head is off white and with an aggressive pour had a nice 2 inch head that left sticky goodness on the sides of the glass and settled into a thin cap. The aroma is mild but has a fresh bouquet of hops and some thin hints of citrus. In taking my first sip I notice some sediment in large pieces (almost like adding corn starch to a dish without mixing in cold water-for you cooks out there). The taste was, well, watered down! After having a few more sips I get a little more burnt malt in the finish and the carbonation opens up the hops but still very bland.

Again disappointed in my BOM shipment.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 02:55:06 | More by WJVII
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cnally

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 01:58:57 | More by cnally
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 23:33:56 | More by ThirstyBird
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2004 05:31:21 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 02:29:01 | More by Beerbuddha
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jaxon53

Connecticut

2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 22:08:04 | More by jaxon53
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 00:58:11 | More by abcsofbeer
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LuckySevens82

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

This is a fine example of a pale ale from the tampa based brewer. This is along the same lines as the Dunedin PA (which I thought was very good), and has much of the characteristic charms of most other PAs. The problem with this beer is that there is absolutely nothing special about it. I could easily find the same flavors in a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or an Anchor Liberty Ale (both of which are much better). High hops, notable malt sweetness, some alcohol. This is a good example of the style. I cannot fault the FL brewing company for that.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 03:40:09 | More by LuckySevens82
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 16:20:31 | More by devilben02
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BeerRun13

California

2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 00:21:26 | More by BeerRun13
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semihobo

Michigan

2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When in Florida, drink as the Floridians do!

12 oz with a nice tropical label. Amber colored, egg white head.

Flat, generic grain smell, some hops spice. Minerals.

A little ginger-like spice -- the label specifically lists Pacific Northwest Cascade hops, but aside from a minor citrus note they taste more like Saaz. Pretty bland.

Thin body, moderately carbonated with coarse bubbles.

Below average, but at least it's an easy quaffer for the balcony facing the beach...

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:13:36 | More by semihobo
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Imbiber

New York

4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper-amber coloured, medium carbonation and smallish pale tan/off-white head. Big aroma, earthy, malty of sorts - can't quite place it...

Flavour is well-balanced, malt to the fore is offset by a moderate hoppiness. Some citrus appears later on to form a pleasant aftertaste. A very slight grainy feel on the tongue is there too, but nevertheless a pleasant, well-drinkable beer. Much better than the Key West beer from the same brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 20:55:40 | More by Imbiber
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.