Hurricane Reef Pale Ale - Florida Beer Company
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3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
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!
06-30-2004 03:20:28 | More by UnionMade
3.8/5 rDev +19.5%
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!
08-21-2009 01:08:37 | More by kingcrowing
3.73/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
11-21-2008 04:34:07 | More by babaracas
3.83/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
09-27-2004 16:17:20 | More by AtLagerHeads
3.9/5 rDev +22.6%
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.
08-12-2003 16:37:40 | More by BeerResearcher
2.73/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
08-28-2010 04:14:01 | More by Shaw
2.65/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
09-10-2008 18:37:13 | More by ViveLaChouffe
2.38/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
11-08-2009 04:29:38 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
05-13-2014 02:48:56 | More by tjsdomer2
3.93/5 rDev +23.6%
Head is small, off-white and fizzy. Beer is a clear, dark amber. Sweet, ripe, hoppy, toffee, tangy citrus nose sports some milk gone bad. Front is hoppy with a hint of chocolate. Tangy, dark caramel. A piney, bitter, hoppy, fresh finish. Great Cascade burps. This is pretty good. Quite hoppy and malty.
07-24-2004 17:36:14 | More by kbub6f
3.75/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
08-20-2009 02:14:31 | More by neenerzig
3.75/5 rDev +17.9%
nice deep amber color with a tan head that stick around for a while. grainy malt aroma, with floral smells as well. slight smell of raw malt extract. cirtusy and and sweet floral taste much like the smell. none of the raw malt character in the taste thankfully hops kick in at the the end to round things out, i'd like to see a little more though. the coating mouthfeel is maybe a little too thick, but pretty strong carbonation makes up for it mostly. unremarkable, but not bad by any means.
03-30-2004 21:15:26 | More by kmo1030
3.03/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
02-17-2006 23:58:50 | More by Jredner
3.85/5 rDev +21.1%
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.
02-20-2008 01:55:05 | More by GRPunk
4.33/5 rDev +36.2%
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 !
08-20-2002 17:51:21 | More by StevieW
2.53/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
09-05-2009 22:23:11 | More by shivtim
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
07-01-2007 17:54:00 | More by barefootbrewer
3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
01-18-2009 04:49:41 | More by superdedooperboy
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from Florida Beer Company
74 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.