Key West Sunset Ale - Florida Beer Company

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Key West Sunset AleKey West Sunset Ale

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BA SCORE
70
okay

366 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 12-23-2001

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 131
Reviews by atomicbeer:
Photo of atomicbeer
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer of the Conch Republic: an American Amber Ale with 2-row and caramel malts and First Gold, Chinook, and Mount Hood hops. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Caramel and sweet corn flakes under a fresh floral grass aroma. A sweet caramel flavor dominates backed by floral grassy hops and corn taste. Seems too carbonated. Kind of meh, a below average amber ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NicMurray
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I live in florida and only a few minutes from this brewer so I decided to give this beer a try.
Not impressed. It looks and smells pretty good , however, there is no flavor. I was disappointed at least. It seems like florida brewers only produce wheat or amber ales and their not succeeding at it. I would like to see a dark beer for once. Their 'Florida Lager' is pretty good though. Had it on tap at a local bar.

Photo of ExtraStout
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Chili's in the Ft. Lauderdale airport. This beer was quite average, nothing spectacular. The taste was crisp with a hint of citrus, with little to no aftertaste.

It's better than a Bud or other common beers but not by much. Next time I'll go with hard liquor.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We were visiting Florida and my mother in law picked up a 6 pack of this beer for me, because she knew I like to sample local beers. At least her heart was in the right place.

The beer was an amber color with just a film of head.

Not much aroma. Mostly grain, maybe a little caramel.

Not much taste either. A hint of caramel and a hint of hops.

Light-bodied. It did quench my thirst, but then again, so does water.

Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Orange amber, sudsy topping

SMELL: Grainy, toasted, faint caramel, herbal, buttery, peppery

TASTE: Dry, grainy, slightly acrid, husk, herbal, yeast, light broth, absent aftertaste, bone dry finish

This beer probably has potential but seems to be stripped down, cleansed too much or just not brewed well. Lacks any real character and mimics industrial-like mass produced beers. This sunset has no soul.

Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great tasting beer for an 88 degree day...okay on other days

Photo of OStrungT
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow, with a thin off white head. It I look hard, I can see slight orange tints in the head. It fades very quick, leaving no laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. Not much aroma really. Sort of plain. I can detect a very slight biscuit aroma. No hop aroma is present.

This beer has a bready flavor. As with the aroma, though, there is a bit lacking in the flavor. There is just not much to it. I can not taste any hops.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a week grainy aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and in flavor. I could probably drink this stuff like it was water.

Photo of glid02
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at a seafood place near St. Augustine, FL.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet and grainy malts and not much else. As it warms very light amounts of indistinct fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off with hints of graininess. Midway through the sip an almost vegetal flavor kicks in and carries through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a decent thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I finished my glass but didn't enjoy the last few sips very much.

Overall I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer and that's exactly what I got. Not the worst beer in the world but it's not too far up the ladder.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep orange body that is crystal clear showing off a big carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin wisp of head that fades to a ring around the edge.

S- The smell is very light with a hint of pale malt and a green noble hop note. The smell is very dry with a light sulfur note.

T- This beer has a thin taste with a bitter noble hop with a bitter grapefruit hint to it. There is a carbonic acid bite in the finish. There is very little malt in this beer. There is a light almost sulfur note in the finish also.

M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer has really little depth to the hops and no malt flavors to balance it or support it. This has more qualities of a light adjunct lager than an APA.

Photo of SMark
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces poured at 53º displaying a clear, dark, tan (amber) color with a nice head of foam which quickly dissipated. Bubbles were non existent after a few minutes.

Slight malt bouquet to start which opened up as the beer was exposed to air. Hops were not noticeable.

Nice, slight malt taste with no discernable hop presence. Not overpowering but well rounded and pleasant.

Acidity in the beer leads to a good after-taste and confirms the malt flavors requiring another swallow.

Overall this beer is good and could have been a little cooler to enjoy with a warm, summer sunset.

Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle sampled at the brewery. Some lace, nothing else to look at or smell. Aggressive carbonation. Malt job, macro beer, or as we would call it back here buck-a-beer basic. Boring, hard to beleve they brew Abbey brews here, but that's what quality control can do.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden/orange in color, this beer has an average level of foaminess and a nose that isn’t very pronounced, emphasizing sweet malt. The body of the beer has a slight amount of haze, giving it the appearance of a sunset.

This beer has a medium body and a mouthfeel that is creamy and a tad oily. The taste is mostly malty and sweet up- front, like a beer usually is, with just a touch of smokiness and caramel. Some biscuit- like notes could also be detected, and the beer finishes with a nice dosage of hops. The hops cannot mask the overall sweetness, but they make for a nice balance and an aftertaste that is a little bit citrus- like and a little bit bitter.

Photo of dirtylou
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, from BIF across america and BRoss42

appearance: pours a pale orange-amber, quite a clear body, small beige head with no retention and very little in the way of lacing

smell: a big whiff of sweet malt, bready, apple, syrupy, not a whole lot of hop aroma, caramel

taste: as has been mentioned, this is not much of a pale ale, certainly a lot closer to an amber ale...that said, sweet malty flavour, caramel covered apple, bready...a little syrupy, pretty decent

mouthfeel: syrupy, medium body

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Photo of WoodBrew
2/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whoa!!!! Maybe I got a bad bottle or something....but Key West Sunset Ale is not very good....at least in my opinion. The color is a cloudy amber with no head and no lacing. There may be a hint of honey in the nose....but really nothing. The taste is very metallic and acidic. I really dont know how to describe this beer. The poor taste ruins the mouthfeel of this beer and I would chose Miller Lite over this one.

Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a quickly diminishing head. The aroma is slightly fruity, caramel and floral hops. Taste is really not too bad. Taste starts out malty with a bit of citrus that has a decent enough presence. Overall this is a decent brew that I was actually surprised me a bit as I was expecting a little worse.

Photo of beerluvr
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cream colored head over clear light amber liquid. Light and sweet malt nose. Toasty-sweet malt flavor with a weak hoppiness following. Finishes on a more assertive hop note than I would expect, yet still sweet. A nice tourist beer, nothing to write home about.

Photo of Backer2004
3.31/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first sips were the best with this one. The only non-macro swill available at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee at $5 a pint . . . ouch. Crisp fruit with enough hops and a nice finish, a bit nutty at the end. Reminds me a lot of Bell's Oberon Ale. Got tired of it, however, before finishing it all. Would be good on a really hot day.

Photo of Imbiber
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber in colour (it says 'Amber Ale' on the bottle), small head. Aroma of malt in domination. Malty, slightly caramelly flavour with little hop character; uninspiring. Aftertaste is slightly metallic and has a grainy feel in addition to the malt notes. I also had this on tap in Miami Beach - that version had even less of everything, I went onto Sam Adams Lager after that as a better bet.

A passable beer but not anywhere near great.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.31/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this is a very nice beer. Had on tap at Papa Joe's in Islamorda. An absolutely wonderful setting. Called Sunset Ale probably due to the nightly tradition of gathering in Mallory Square to watch the sunset. The beer retains a close resemblence to the sunset, an appropriately named beer. The bottle does a decent job of educating the drinker about its characteristics. This is an Amber Ale, not a Pale Ale. Sweet malts all over the place with this one. Virtually no hops anywhere. A great session beer, when the alternative is well..you know.

Photo of bierguru
4.05/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say I was very skeptical about this beer at first since it was made with key lime. I have had lime beers in the past and I couldn't stand it so I was figuring I would have the same reaction to one made with key lime. Not the case
The beer pours a light amber color and finishes with a nice thick creamy head.
The smell is a nutty sweet with slight hints of citrus
When tasting the key lime is not over powering at all the beer itself does have a bit of hoppiness to it
I would have to say this beer is very much like a killians red with key lime in it

Photo of KYGunner
3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is orange to amber in the vein of a Key West sunset. I have no idea if this was intentional but they emulated the colors of a Florida horizon. The head was pretty thick but it collared quickly.

The scent was a touch citrusy but had weak malt aromas.

The taste was easy and refreshing and beats many of the adjunct thirst quenching, beach beers. I taste roasted malts and grains with a lemony softness. There's a bit of a roasted or toasted quality but it is mixed or lost in an ease of drink.

I found this to be a very good beach beer, different than so many others and just different enough to drink again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a clear light amber with an average foamy head with OK retention but no lacing. Aroma of medium-sweet malt with a light touch of bitter hops. Taste is mostly based upon some medium-sweet malt and finish is slightly bitter. Body is about average with some OK carbonation. I guess this one is OK but nothing really to write home about.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This strikes me as a gimmicky beer, looking to cash in on two words. "Key" and "West". Big big head, over an almost orange body. Actually, it is orange. Vigerous carbonation. Smells mostly of candy like malts. Nary a hop to be found. Sweetly malted, astringent hops. Vaguely citrusy, but overall a bit bland. Smooth, perhaps from lack of flavoring. Easily drinkable, but why bother? Watery finish.

"American medium bodied amber ale with a tropical twist"- as per the lable. Huh? What is the twist, a big dose of bland?

Photo of DerekF
2.81/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this while waiting for my flight at Fort Lauderdale airport. Not much of a nose, slight hints of citrus and malt. Appearance is a light, burnt orange, more transparent than I like in my beers. Mouthfeel is crisp, and the beer itself is rather watery. I'd almost compare it to a weak Sam Adams' Boston Lager, perhaps with a bit more sweetness and a slight citrus note that is mostly present in the aftertaste.

Overall, it seems like an attempt to create an accessible, yet tasty beer, but falls well short of the mark. Perhaps the only saving grace is that bars that would normally serve heineken, coors and that sort of ilk tend to also serve this. While it isn't by any means a good beer, it is still a craft beer.

Photo of dd43
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Had this on tap at a seafood joint on the way to Fort Myers beach. It was the only non-macro beer available. Ick. Would not drink again. Watery, no mouthfeel, weakly hopped. Served in a frosted mug to add insult to injury.

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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
70 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.