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Key West Sunset Ale - Florida Beer Company

Not Rated.
Key West Sunset AleKey West Sunset Ale

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125 Reviews

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.02
pDev: 28.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 51 | 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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 380
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a amber and golden body.

S: very light on the nose mostly a little caramel malt and grain.

T: this one is a little strange. Malts make up the majority of the flavor with little hop character to speak of and sweetness on the front end.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: plain but drinkable. not at all memorable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking much of the warmer climate crap beer, it's refreshing to have a true micro on a hot summer's day in the Keys. Though a better than average APA, there's nothing outstanding about this brew. The hops lend a nice spicy character (not piney or woodsy) in the nose and flavor that cut through the thirst nicely. The malt character was a bit big and sweet, more akin to a good amber ale. Nevertheless, the brew had no real flaws other than a slight malt / hop imbalance. The spicy hops lingered breifly into the finish and aftertaste. A tasty brew after an hour of walking Duval Street.

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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.

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Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored, dark but pretty clear, with a head that retains reasonably well. The aroma is on the fruity side, bringing to mind dried apricots or dates. Not as clean as I'd like for the style, nor as hoppy, but it's decent. The taste mirrors the aroma pretty closely, with a big malty backbone, dried fruit, minerals and the faintest trace of hop bitterness in the finish. Not a bad brew, but not exactly exciting, nor am I a big fan of ambers to begin with.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours out an amber color. It had very little head and it didn't last long. It smelled like malt and grass/grains. Those flavors came out when tasting it. There was also a slight hint of hops, but it also seemed a little watery. Mouthfeel was descent. It's drinkable because it is not overpowering, but it also isn't very flavorful for a pale ale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Ultra faint musty grain aroma. Seriously, folks, there's practically nothing in here.

Taste: Simple, light grainy flavor. Hardly any sweetness and even less bitterness. The finish is slightly sour, but even that is all too fleeting.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite watery.

Drinkability: Might be better served and more enjoyed in a sunny, oceanside apartment in Florida.

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Photo of jlindros
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for letting my try this one, but not sure how good it'll be. At least I get to try it.

Pours a decent looking 1.5 finger fizzy fluffy head that fades at a med pace, with a little lacing but not much, mostly clear honey amber orange color.

Nose light hops I think, a little grassy and attempts to be floral and fruity but fails, some light reddish malts, little amber malt, fairly fruity though, it has a bit of a failed lager fruity aroma.

Taste starts light, fairly flat in flavor, just a bit of a grassy hop that seems to die more and more as the beer goes and can never really come through. Again a light fruity failed lager flavor, and some more amber reddish malt character, as well as some extract fake sugar flavors, almost macro ale like. Finish has a light bitterness, little sticky and more bad fruity flavors and adjunct sugars lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall it doesn't seem too bad overall except the flavor really falls off the planet. It lacks almost any real structure, and what it has is very light and tastes like it was made with some table sugar with malt dust thrown in for good measure.

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.76/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a nice reddish-amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, and light citrus and fruit. Kind of weak and not that enjoyable.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, citrus, and fruity malts. A tiny bit of bitterness/tang which is odd.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - Pretty easy to drink but I don't think I'd want to drink it again. I thought the smell was a little weak and the taste had some weird bitterness to it that was not enjoyable. Wouldn't look to have again.

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

Served in a bottle at ESPN Club in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel and toasted malts along with some light floral and tropical hops.

T: Sweeter than I expected with a light caramel malt flavor and some honey, then there is a bit of tropical fruit flavors and some light bitterness from the hops. Notes of apricot as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing and very easy to drink, light enough (in ABV) to be sessionable. Worth trying but not anything that is going to knock your socks off.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was light and slightly malty. Mouthfeel was medium with a light, mildly sweet flavor. Finish was still on the malty side. Kind of like an amber ale. Not bad, but not worth going wild over.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty with lots of caramel. The taste follows the nose for the most part. With a slight sweetness at the beginning. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of corby112
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber orange/ light copper color color with .5 finger off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring.

Light caramel malt aroma with crisp hop presence and faint notes of grass and straw. Very bland with subtle hops and the faintest trace of spice.

Lighter side of medium body with sweet caramel maltiness and crsip bitter hop balance. Citrus fruit notes mostly orange peel and tropical fruit with slight spiciness (corriander, pepper). Clean and crisp and pretty well balanced. Sweet fruit and matly flavors balance themselves out fading into a slightly bitter crisp dry finish.

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Photo of Derek
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber, off-white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Pale malt, caramel, citrus, a little fruity esters.

T: Too sweet. Some hop flavour (grapefruit & floral), not enough bitterness. Plenty of caramel malt flavour.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Too sweet for me to session, but easily approachable for the average Joe.

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Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear amber with a dark cream coloured head. Minimal lace, fair retention. Sweet malt with a bit of grassy hops in the aroma. Mild flavour - some malt, some bitterness and a hint of hop flavour. Slightly high carbonation gives it a bit of a metallic finish. Light, but not thin. An inoffensive beer. Thanks Wintermute!

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Pours a straw like amber, moderate cap of white froth. Pale scent with some musty and damp grain, faint grass, light sweetness. Taste doesnt bring much more to the table - light musty and damp not carry throughout the flavor. Light, watery and bubbly. Again, nothing to see here...

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle I brought home with me from North Miami Beach recently. Poured with an off-white to tan head and no lace. Aroma is at first dark ripe fruits, apricots, and a hint of cherry along with a bit of malt and hops. Shortly after that the aroma is strongly caramel malt. Flavor is similar but more pronounced malt and bittering hops. Body's not bad, perhaps a tad over carbonated. Ok beer. Forgetable finish. Could do worse. One of the best beers I've had from down there so far.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness code. Thanks to my Aunt Christy, who brought this back for me from a recent trip. Pours a mostly clear light copper color, bordering on dark golden. Foam is nice and fluffy and displays above average retention. Not much in the way of lace.

Nose is buttery with a little bit of caramel malt and light fruit. A hint of nuttiness is there as well. Not a whole lot going on here, pretty average smelling amber.

Has a little bit of sourness to go with some toasty and husky malts. It is not sweet, as I thought it would be. Instead, it is pretty dry with a definite hop bitterness on the end. Not really a whole lot of flavor going on in this one, it is pretty watery actually. It goes down easy without much fanfare, which is ok I guess on vacation chillin near the beach. There are certainly worse options you could have while in the beer desert of South Florida.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber color with some light red tints. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that has a rather decent retention. Upon fading the head gives way to a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is almost none existent. All I can pick up are some lighter notes of a bready nature mixed with a tiny biscuit and hop

Taste – The taste begins with a dry biscuit and bready flavor. These flavors remain throughout the taste, but only very light changes are in the taste otherwise. A lighter citrus and grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. It starts out light and grows slightly stronger toward the end with a light caramel flavor coming to the tongue. In the end a bready and lightly bitter flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light to medium in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Decent for the crisper and bitter flavors and makes it rather easy to drink.

Overall – Nothing really all that great. Pretty bland in the taste department and lacking any complexity or nose. Nothing to really go out of your way for.

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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
71 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.