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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

311 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

02-06-2012 03:11:58 | More by zekeman17
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djtomain

Florida

2/5  rDev -34%

02-04-2012 15:13:24 | More by djtomain
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kmckinnon87

Texas

2/5  rDev -34%

01-21-2012 21:17:47 | More by kmckinnon87
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dsauter

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

01-19-2012 23:53:21 | More by dsauter
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

01-18-2012 04:50:25 | More by Rlombardi75
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nickfl

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

01-15-2012 19:17:17 | More by nickfl
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -1%

01-08-2012 20:49:47 | More by imperialking
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:10:12 | More by Jason
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BRLockwood

Virginia

3/5  rDev -1%

01-02-2012 03:14:41 | More by BRLockwood
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Jamstone714

Florida

2/5  rDev -34%

12-30-2011 03:47:27 | More by Jamstone714
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GallowsThief

Florida

2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Bonnet Creek resort Disney World.

A – Poured out a light brown to shades of orange. Maybe a half finger of stark white head. No lacing to speak of at all.

S – Almost no smell at all. Maybe a touch of fruit?

T – Very heavy sweet in my opinion with a lot of fruit and a good deal of honey. Caramel malt as well. Not much else.

M – Medium, bit on creamy side with ample carbonation.

O – Just not for me. This came across as very sweet. It was hard to finish but honestly after a all day Disney trip with the kids I would have poured anything down.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 03:05:50 | More by GallowsThief
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CGMLS3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-21-2011 01:01:18 | More by CGMLS3
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -1%

12-07-2011 00:34:02 | More by JohneHoodlum
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +32%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -1%

11-27-2011 12:11:49 | More by jhartley
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -1%

11-25-2011 22:48:18 | More by doucmehu
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +32%

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

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a 500mL glass

Appearance: Pours a light bolden brown color with a small white head and very little lacing.

Smell: A slight berry smell is noticable, the smell is nothing more than adequate.

Taste: The initial taste was rather pleasant with a slight fruitiness and hint of berries. the middle taste of it isnt quite as pleasant as the begging but better than the end. there is little after taste that I observed with this Ale, it is also relatively dry and light.

Mouthfeel: Light Medium bodied with a more than sufficient amount of carbonation, smooth but not very crisp.

Drinkability: Not the best beer I have had but not the worst either

Overall: Not a terrible beer one that may suit the occasion more so than ordering or trading for. This beer would probably be acceptable to have when in Key West.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 21:28:45 | More by Microbrewtaster
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adam42381

Florida

2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 10/8/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a medium golden caramel with a 1 finger snow white head. Minimal lacing. Doesn't look like an amber/red ale.

Smell: Sweet berries and apricot. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Tart fruitiness and sweet berries with a touch of a flavor I would compare to the aroma of a urinal cake up front followed by a little sweet malt in the middle before ending with a light touch of hops at the finish. Aftertaste is dry and light.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Low drinkability. I wouldn't want another.

Overall: Poor beer overall. This has nothing in common with any amber/red ales I'm familiar with. It's like a poorly made version of Magic Hat #9. Avoid.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 14:39:37 | More by adam42381
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taigor

New York

2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with minimal head and almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight scent of malts with floral hints and lightly hoppy.

T - Grains to start with slight sweetness followed. Slightly bitter hoppy finish but other than that not much there.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Just below average, not overly impressive red ale. Don't go out of the way to get it or try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 17:42:01 | More by taigor
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chickenflea

Florida

2.2/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A -This beer pours a deep orange and almost completely clear. The medium head dissipates quickly leaving no head and little lacing.

S- The malty aroma is pleasant enough with bready notes on the side. Weirdly it has a green tea smell as well.

T- The taste is bizarre. I don't what they are trying to do here, but it tastes like a soapy lemonade with no sugar. There is a tanic acid bite in the finish. There is very little malt in this beer.

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

O - I tried to like this beer. But with each sip I liked it less and less. Now I have to admit, I won this beer as part of a tasting contest at the local ABC. The prize was a basket of beers. This may be an old single. I will try another one some other day, and revise this rating if necessary. But for now I don't find much to recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 22:01:09 | More by chickenflea
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erosier

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice copper color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that laces the glass a little bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, hints of caramel and honey and slight hops at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, caramel, honey, and a touch of some hops at the end.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Pretty drinkable, it went down easy, not a lot of flavors going on but then again it doesn't necessarily need it. It's a decent beach beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 10:54:18 | More by erosier
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marcdalke

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review...and it couldn't be better timed. Just got finished with a great day at the beach, and this beer is waiting for me to quench my thirst. A perfect way to mark the occasion.

A- beautiful color...yes, it really does look like like a sunset. It invites me to take a long pull for sure.

S- not too much to report here. You can bet it has a strong malt taste waiting though...that much definitely comes through.

T- I would say I am usually a hop-oriented guy, so beers with large malt profiles usually keep me away. However, there is something special with this beer. It is definitely interesting enough to keep me wanting more. Yes the malt is definitely forward and I do not get much in the way of hops, but in my opinion it has a nice balance. It is satisfying, thirst quenching and sweet in a good way.

M- pretty much what you would expect by looking at it.

O- maybe I open these beers with a bit of a biased opinion (I've spent many a night in and around the Keys sipping this brew and taking in all of that Key West flavor). But my heart and my taste buds really like this brew. That is one of the main reasons that I chose this a my first review! So crack one open, take a look at that lovely amber hue, close your eyes and pretend that you are on Mallory Square watching another epic sunset. At least that's what I plan on doing.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 22:38:51 | More by marcdalke
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 02:21:04 | More by Rootdog316
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - deep amber, white head that has some retention and minimal lacing.

S/T - Similar and simple with caramelly sweet malts, a bit of grain husk, and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Turns a bit sweet by the end.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, finishes messy, with a load of sweet stickiness still coating the mouth.

O - Had it once, and didn't get get it again, even in the craft beer wasteland that is Key West.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 13:20:33 | More by garuda
Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
71 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.