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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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320 Ratings

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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 16.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of glid02


3.08/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

03-23-2010 22:36:10 | More by glid02
Photo of david18

New York

3.33/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a golden amber with a unique aroma. I think this beer is better than the reviews for it primarily because, as a red/amber ale, it has a lot of fruit character, which is appropriate for Key West where I had it. Good amber ale character with good fruit aroma and flavor.

Often the only non macro beer available at many locations in Key West.

The draft is maybe a little better than the bottle and, again, a perfectly good local example of a region that doesn't have a lot of local beers.

02-19-2010 21:35:32 | More by david18
Photo of Andreji


3.98/5  rDev +31.4%

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.

01-27-2010 14:46:29 | More by Andreji
Photo of tjkurz


4/5  rDev +32%

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.

01-20-2010 18:48:25 | More by tjkurz
Photo of woodychandler


3.53/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

12-18-2009 21:15:05 | More by woodychandler
Photo of HiGravShawn


2.17/5  rDev -28.4%

I can't even give this a full review. The look and smell seems okay and malty like it would be light and tasty (although a little too fruity), but in actuality it's harsh and one note. Starts malty, but in a slimy cloying way. Ends with the harsh and tangy after taste that sticks with you in a bad way. The finish is almost like commercial swill, but somehow worse because it follows the malty sweetness. I have to admit though, this is the best Florida Brewing Co brew I have tasted.

10-01-2009 23:06:42 | More by HiGravShawn
Photo of maximum12


3.18/5  rDev +5%

Picked up a bottle at the Undertow Bar in St. Pete's Beach while here doing, uh, work, and, uh, stuff. No, really, this time I would rather be home. Happy birthday little Leah!

Anyways, a light amber color, nothing exciting, not much to smell either. Although the 21+ a few weeks bartender in the bikini popped it open, stuck her nose up to the neck, & declared "I just love to smell this one!" A BA in training?

Tastes more like a pale than an amber, but hey. Malt-dominated, but with only some mild sweetness. Finish is probably the best part, nice & smooth.

Sunset Ale is macro without the nasty aftertaste & a touch of color & ingredients. Not bad if you're looking for something to sip illegally on the beach as you're walking the surf in the dark, but it's drinkability is its strong point. Fo sure.

09-17-2009 03:05:17 | More by maximum12
Photo of corby112


2.88/5  rDev -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.

08-24-2009 05:31:48 | More by corby112
Photo of jwhawkins81


3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Aroma - A definite sweet malty aroma

Appearance - Light orange amber with a good amount of carbonation.

Taste - A sweet bread maltiness upfront that gives way to a watery middle and ends on a slight twang that must be the hops.

Notes - The mouthfeel was good and this is a beer I wanted to like. I like a malt heavy amber and hoped this beer would provide that. It did but then everything fell a part (not totally just compared to a A+ beer). This is a beer I would session with friends but as a shining example of an American Amber if falls short.

05-24-2009 01:00:40 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of Reagan1984


3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Had this on tap while in the Keys.

Was actually a bit better then I had expected, flavor wise.

Very thin foamy head that vanished. No lacing. Amber colored with some brown tones. No real carbonation visible.

No aroma at all. Maybe some slight sweetness.

Bready, light caramel, a bit of fruit, then a very mild hop note. Back to a bread flavor and finished a touch sweet.

Shy of sticky, but again a touch sweetness that you can sense in the body.

Drinkable. Not too bad. Won't run for it again.

04-22-2009 01:41:06 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.15/5  rDev +4%

Reviewed 6/15/2008 (Tap @ Rum Barrel, Key West, FL):

Pours a somewhat cloudy, dark orange color. Smallish, lasting head, yellow-whitish, decent lacing. Orangish aroma, good. Citrusy taste, some small nutty taste. Some dusty taste, some lager. Hoppy, somewhat bitter taste.

03-14-2009 23:55:26 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of spointon


2.8/5  rDev -7.6%

I had this one in Ft. Lauderdale while on vacation last week. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a dark amber/orange with a thin white head. The head dropped quickly to a thin skim with minor spotty lacing.

S= I found mild sweet malts and a bit of hoppy bitterness. Some off-aromas as well. Possibly infected beer...

T= The malt was ok, decently sweet with some hops to balance, but the off flavors were really off-putting...

MF= Medium body with a moderately crips tongue feel.

D= That off-flavor, whatever the cause, was a real deal breaker.

03-13-2009 05:44:23 | More by spointon
Photo of cdkrenz


3.18/5  rDev +5%

A - Nice lacing of thin white head on top of an amber color.

S - Nice hoppy aroma.

T - Robust, sweet, English hop flavor. Not much else though.

M - Watery with a slightly uncomfortable coarseness in the finish.

~ A good try once but not as dry as I'd like this type of hops to feel.

03-07-2009 00:23:03 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

02-22-2009 03:00:31 | More by Sammy
Photo of drpimento


3/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-30-2008 20:04:04 | More by drpimento
Photo of largadeer


3/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-05-2008 03:55:33 | More by largadeer
Photo of dstc


3.83/5  rDev +26.4%

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).

10-29-2008 14:26:26 | More by dstc
Photo of changeup45


3.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Amber color with a head that quickly settles to a thin layer. Aroma is malty and grassy with just a hint of citrus fruit. Malty flavor with a light bitter hop profile, a bit saazy, and slightly sweet. Darker color and fuller than expected. Pretty basic but I like it for what it is.

08-28-2008 18:05:01 | More by changeup45
Photo of scooter231

New York

2.8/5  rDev -7.6%

Picked one of these up at Publix where they had a bunch of singles lying around. Pours a really pretty orange/red, sunset, rusty type color, clear, but with very little head and no lacing. The color is really quite lovely, though.

Nose is light and fruity, with strawberry type scents coming through, and lightly malty. Nothing big or special, but pleasing nonetheless. Taste is much less fruity, and much more malty. There are some nice toasty flavors coming through. It finishes with a slightly displeasing sourness though, not awful, just unexpected and a bit off putting.

Mouthfeel is okay, not too watery, but not very chewy, either. Still, it's bubbly enough to be pleasant. As for drinkability, I imagine this would be nice in the summer, very cold, and according to other reviews, probably smoother on tap. Not an awful beer at all- if you can find it cheap, and it's hot out, give it a try.

05-21-2008 04:08:11 | More by scooter231
Photo of schubrews

Solomon Islands

1.98/5  rDev -34.7%

The beer presents nicely enough, with a lovely copper color and appropriate carbonation. The head dissipates rather quickly without much lace.

The nose doesn't offer much--a slight hint of citrusy hops, and a tiny suggestion of biscuit and malt.

Upon first drinking it, you expect quite a bit more than what is delivered. The extremely thin primary beer taste is a minuscule toastiness and scratch of hops in the finish. However, the primary overall taste might be compared more closely to seltzer water or club soda, with a more beer-like mouthfeel. Weird.

It's disappointing when a beer initially looks this nice, and then lets you down.

I should also say that I've had this beer on draught at the brewery tap room, and it was considerably better, but still not great. I might be willing to accept that I got a bad 6-pack, and that the bottle version could be better, but even at the source it was marginal. Maybe in the heat of the Florida summer, in the brewery with the pasteurizer running on high, an ice cold, super-light beer like this is just what they're looking for.

04-16-2008 22:43:48 | More by schubrews
Photo of Umbra


3.1/5  rDev +2.3%

Got this on tap at a number of bars/restaurants here in the keys, including happy hour at Sloppy Joe's. As with the bottle version, it pours a pretty nice red orange. However, there was about a finger of head off the tap with no real lacing or retention to write home about. Aroma was very faint with just some wisps of sweetness coming through. Flavor at several places on tap appeared muted. There was a good malt base with some hops to finish it. That in and of itself set it above and beyond the other options in these parts. If I'm looking for several drinks that don't have several ounces of rum, they would be this beer. Unassuming, subtle, and drinkable.

02-11-2008 00:01:09 | More by Umbra
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

01-18-2008 18:11:23 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of scottyshades


3.73/5  rDev +23.1%

Approx. $6.50 for a sixer at Total Wine in Boca
A: Pours light golden brown with a 1/4 in. head that leaves no lace on the glass

S: Sweet notes consisting of honey, caramel, toffee, sweet malts, and a slight note of hops

T: Honey in big on the tongue followed by some other sweet notes such as caramel, and toffee..the hops are not evident, malts dominate

MF: Perfect beer to have on the golf course...very light in body but still rich enough to satisfy...clean finish that is anything but dry

D: On a hot day in Florida (everyday) this beer will refresh even those who mostly enjoy stouts or hopheads.

Highly recommended

12-16-2007 03:44:40 | More by scottyshades
Photo of franksnbeans


3.03/5  rDev 0%

Pours a clear golden with amber hue. Minimal foam that dissapears real quick. Smells of grain and maybe a little straw. Not really anything going on here. Taste is as it smells, very little grain or straw. Nothing abrasive or offensive, just....nothing. Well carbonated and crisp in the mouth. Very drinkable and does the trick of wetting ones whistle on an uber hot day.

11-19-2007 03:19:42 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of Wasatch


3/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-16-2007 01:52:15 | More by Wasatch
Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
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