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Key West Sunset Ale - Florida Beer Company

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Key West Sunset AleKey West Sunset Ale

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BA SCORE
71
okay

313 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 12-23-2001)
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Cervezaconcalor

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +40.3%

02-13-2014 03:52:18 | More by Cervezaconcalor
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Portertime

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a very unusual taste, I want to say almost like dill. It was none the less refreshing. I was with my girlfriend in Key West when I decided to purchase a six-pack of this exotic brew. I pleasantly surprised. It's rare to go to a random convenience store and find a decent beer you've never had before. I say it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 00:55:32 | More by Portertime
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bierguru

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +34.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 04:00:10 | More by bierguru
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Ego

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

location location location.

I just got back from the keys tonight.. I sampled this beer in every form except on a hookers ass (that fell through).

on tap @ papa joe's this was pure heaven looking out onto the sunset after a hurricane has landed.

in all seriousness this sucked in a bottle but I am basing my scores on the best case scenario I had in the keys on tues night.

papa joe's is a tiki bar perched about 20ft up on the end of islamorada (a collection of islands in the keys, think a town made up of islands).

Down here you get Killians if you are lucky... seriously. but it doesnt matter this time of year, hot as balls, 90+ plus (yes, that reads 2 pluses) every day and bright, burning sun (I have bacon ears now folks). This beer stood out. On tap in a crappy frat type clear plastic cup it even called to a non beer friend of mine "this smells like pine".. Yep, this has a citrus/pine nose (mellow) with a hop kick (mellow)... medium color, light head.

in a bottle this is pretty much suckage but on tap @ papa joe's (and I had it at the lorelei as well) this is one damn tasty beer.

imagine the sunset on the gulf side of the keys blazing, with shark, tarpon, and all sort swimming beneath you into the mangrove trails...

I dont think an extreme beer in this environment is needed at all, when in rome do as romans do. If you dont like margaritas get this on tap from a popular place, sip hardy! Thinking about it brings me right back to the balcony. and this was after Katrina came through.. this isnt something to order out of its element, it wont be appreciated.

side note: the tap is a conch shell on top... I had ample opportunities to take photos of it.. but hell, I didnt care.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 06:28:26 | More by Ego
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DJoe

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +32%

03-30-2014 00:37:26 | More by DJoe
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Naterg8r

Florida

4/5  rDev +32%

10-04-2012 12:36:41 | More by Naterg8r
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ng85

California

4/5  rDev +32%

05-30-2012 18:25:07 | More by ng85
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ThurstonHowell3

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +32%

01-22-2014 14:59:13 | More by ThurstonHowell3
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JP412

Maryland

4/5  rDev +32%

12-28-2013 17:33:46 | More by JP412
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Cheet577


4/5  rDev +32%

03-29-2012 00:04:09 | More by Cheet577
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GoodOmens1986

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +32%

10-18-2012 23:35:38 | More by GoodOmens1986
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tjkurz

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe this is skewed because it was the only beer besides bmc or yuengling that was even on tap when I visited my folks in South West Florida. Nice amber color with good head and lacing malty taste up front with a bit of hops just to balance and something I couldn't quite put my finger on. Mouthfeel was great easy going down lager like - this is a good beer - if you see it on tap in Florida - buy it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 18:48:25 | More by tjkurz
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +32%

12-05-2011 20:47:55 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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GETTNCRUNKED

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +32%

12-01-2013 01:54:13 | More by GETTNCRUNKED
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +32%

11-25-2011 21:15:42 | More by whallgren
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Andreji

Colombia

3.98/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the miami airport, while on a layover between flights to new york....

pour is quite orange-toned, based on the bottle and the pour alone you wouldn't expecto too much from this beer. very thin head (no more than 0.5 cm even though i tried), it's quite opaque , though.

Smell is fruits right off the bat. very citrusy which i found much in sync with it's florida-style, i'm thinking ruby red here and oranges. in spite of the small head. some hops and grassyness hidden in between, but it's mostly tropical.

taste is different, but it's good, it's once again like biting into a fizzy tangerine or something, full of straightforward taste but with a nice soft hoppy finale, not too bitter either, and not watery at all...in fact i think it was full bodied and the carbonation was just right for the sunshine state feel throughout.

Decent beer for the state, not my top pick but a decent one anyway that i would dare drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 14:46:29 | More by Andreji
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this in a bar on the docks at key west. A nice flavorful amber.this one is better than most. on top of that it's half the price of the less interesting brews on the ship I got off of.

Being an amber I wouldn't normally go our of my way for something like this. Today it tastes great. It's a well created brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 15:56:24 | More by schoolboy
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dstc

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a white head. Head falls to nothing with thin lacing.

Clean malts in the nose, not bad.

Malts come through in the taste. A bit tangy.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

This is a beer I can sit and drink on tap, and I do. Not a bad alternative if there is nothing but BMC on draft (which there usually is down here).

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2008 14:26:26 | More by dstc
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JayQue

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle with a mixed six-pack at the World Market in Pensacola FL. Pours a fairly clear amber color. Slightly malty aroma. Good taste, Mild, smooth somewhat malty to begin with and some very well balanced hops bitterness at the end. Fairly rich mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability ok...nothing unpleasant, bit of variety in the taste and very smooth. This is no SNPL but a beer I would enjoy on a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 14:46:48 | More by JayQue
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best microbrewed beer I could find in the Tampa-St. Pete area. That ain't saying much, though, as this brewery's products were all there was anywhere near St. Pete Beach. Oh well.

Pours a clear reddish gold under a half finger off white head that fades quickly leaving no lace or other trace on the surface of the liquid. The nose features sweet candy and flowery hops - quite pleasant. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste opens with smooth citrus and mild malt, followed immediately by a decent hoppy bite, flowery and fresh. A nice malt-hop blend follows through in the finish, with the bitter edge lingering long after the liquid is gone. A good effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 03:05:27 | More by Globetrotter
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Melissaluke101

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

05-22-2014 16:18:47 | More by Melissaluke101
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Mosley1212

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

04-15-2012 20:38:10 | More by Mosley1212
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

08-14-2012 22:06:09 | More by Immortale25
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

08-20-2013 17:53:44 | More by salthemonster
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

07-28-2012 19:28:27 | More by kaelingirl
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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
71 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.