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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
70
okay

344 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of Microbrewtaster
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of adam42381
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of taigor
2.81/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of chickenflea
2.31/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Photo of erosier
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of marcdalke
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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 garuda
2.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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 schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +30.8%
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.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.37/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Lightly hazy copper color with orange in there. It actually does look like the sunset.

S: Earthy and nutty with floral hops and nice biscuit malt notes. Light corn can be detected as well. Some traces of cheap grains.

T: Front is tangy and spicy with a grainy, bready middle. Slightly bitter on the finish, but with a lingering sweetness that makes everything ok. A citrus presence. Significantly hoppy and dry overall.

D: Why not, it's not a bad beer for a summer day.

Value: Not bad. I can get this for around 7 bucks a sixer.

Photo of argock
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass wine goblet. Freshness date 10299 for Oct 28 2010. 6-pack purchased at Publix (Orlando, FL) for $7.19.

A: Clear amber with thin cap of ivory head with no lacing.

S: Grainy, honey-like malt sweetness with nothing else

T: Flavor is the same -- honeyish grain with a bit of biscuit and minimal grassy hops flavors in the finish

M: Smooth with some biting carbonation, light-medium body

D: Way to sugary sweet with almost no hops presence. Skip it, even at that price.

Photo of vnylbean
1.3/5  rDev -57%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not sure how people gave this beer any credibility at all and some really good beers got rated a lot lower than this. Maybe I got some old bottles but I got a lot of them because my grocery store ran a Buy one 6 pack get one free deal (7.99) on this and the key lime version and both were very hard to drink and actually after about 3, it just made my whole body feel like crap like I was drinking Budweiser or cheap swag like that. The beer felt real heavy on the stomach and the taste left very much to be desired. One of the few times I have poured beer down the sink since I bought a case of each. Usually even with average beer the more you drink the easier it is to get down but the more I put down of this beer the more I was ready to quit drinking for the day.

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

Had a 24oz version with lunch at The Island. Showed up a deep amber with some carb and no head. Smelled mostly of malts but not much else. Tasted pretty good, somewhat standard. Had a bit of a spicey subtle hop with mostly malt flavor. Touch of brown sugar and a subtle flavoring of amber ale. Pretty easy drinkung and mostly beerish water. Not my favorite, bit far more pleasamt than most standard offerings, and I am more than happy to drink one after the other after the other when available.

Photo of LuthersLager
1.75/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I really can't say I didn't like this beer because it tasted like water and everyone drinks water. However, being that it was suppose to be a beer, an Amber beer at that, I found it disappointing... I wonder if they even used hops at all. The scent was very faint, not the malty nostril filled bliss you get from say Bell's Amber. While lacking in taste and smell this beer, like its sibling the Beachside Porter, seems over-carbonation. About the only thing this beer had going for it was the color. The color was a beautiful gold which did remind me of sunset behind Florida's ocean coast, which is exactly where I drank it.

Unless you enjoy gold colored seltzer water I would not recommend this beer. Beers I don't like usually get 0 points for taste but I'll give the Key West Sunset Ale a little credit for not being nasty and a little more credit for its color.

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

a- nice golden amber color with a small head if poured aggressively, minimal lacing
s- not much of a smell, reminds me a little of yuengling but milder
t- a hint of caramel malt and a touch of hops, just barely enough to make this an amber,not much going on really but not bad
m- medium mouthfeel, a tad creamy
d- overall this is a drinkable beer but i see it as more of an upgrade from corona and the likes for party purposes

Photo of epicness
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish amber in color, Key West Sunset Ale is easy to see through, as it lacks any type of cloudiness. A small white head and ring form upon pour but dissipate rather quickly and leave no trace.

S - Upon first smell you get a good whiff of citrus and caramel malts. After deciphering the scent more there's a slight presence of grainy malt hidden.

T - The taste actually follows the scent pretty well. The first response to the taste is grapefruit which gives way quickly to what seem like out of place caramel malts. The finish is full of floral hops and grain. In my opinion it's a truly odd pairing of tastes, but it's not bad. (I didn't say it was great either.) It's just unique.

M - Low to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. It's got a smooth texture to it. Easy on the palate.

D - It's a drinkable beer, definitely. Seems like a good beer to be out on a hot day, which is when I was able to taste this. It's not something I'd want very often. Heck, it's not a bad beer but I'll probably never have it again. It's not extremely appealing to me.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a small off white head. In the aroma, sweet malt and hints of gingerbread. In the taste, sweet malt, a small hop and a small grassiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. The name sells this beer, ok but nothing to exciting.

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.

Photo of errantnight
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a copper amber hue with a couple fingers of lacing, no real retention or lacing to speak of. Aroma is caramel malt with a very faint hint of hops on the perimeter. On the palate this has a simple caramel forward flavor that is snapped off by an off-putting, almost lactic twang, that shuts out hops or any sort of finish. This was barely drinkable.

Photo of Contagion
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer itself has an orangish amber color. There is no cloudiness to it at all, light passes through easily. You can make out images easily looking through the beer. A thin white head formed when it was poured into the glass. It faded quickly to nothing. There is no lacing on the glass or a ring around the edge.

The first thing you notice when you smell it is a citrus hops scent. Feint grainy malt finishes off the scent of the beer. The smell itself isn't very strong and until it warms up almost to room temperature and then a caramel malt scent becomes more noticeable. The flavor is much like a scent. There is a thin malt flavor with a grapefruit and floral hops. The flavor really opens up, much like the scent, as it warms. The caramel malt flavor becomes more noticeable.

This is a light bodied beer with mild carbonation. There is no coating or creaminess to it.

This beer is pretty unassuming. The scent and flavor isn't all that impressive. What it has going for it is that it is an easy to drink beer. It doesn't sit heavy in the stomach. I reviewed this beer on a hot summer day, and this seems to be a perfect beer for just that, hanging with friends at the beach or lounging around a pool on a hot day. After I finished the first one, I wished I had a second one in the fridge to help fight off the heat of the day. It's not a great beer, but it isn't bad either.

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 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.

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.

Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
70 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.