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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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354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 31 | 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

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Beer added by: zerk on 12-23-2001

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Ratings: 354 | Reviews: 128
Photo of dstc
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
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).

Photo of changeup45
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of scooter231
2.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of schubrews
2.02/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Umbra
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of scottyshades
3.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of franksnbeans
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This orange labeled little number is the closest thing you can find to a micro in most of south Florida. It's ubiquitous throughout the keys and states on the label that it's the offficial beer of the Conch Republic.

Sunset does feature an appropriately orange/red hue with a tiny crown of white head. Smells like an amber with heavy malt and a dose of sweet caramel.

Taste is heavy on the sweet malt with a touch of nuttiness. It does seem that there is something artifcial in the taste but I can't quite put my finger on it. Finish is pleasantly dry but the overall texture is too carbonated yet too watery at the same time. Too many lager characteristics showing up here.

Despite its drawbacks, this is drinkable and a refreshing change from all the macroswill and pee yellow beers one normally finds in sun country.

Photo of SMark
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces poured at 53º displaying a clear, dark, tan (amber) color with a nice head of foam which quickly dissipated. Bubbles were non existent after a few minutes.

Slight malt bouquet to start which opened up as the beer was exposed to air. Hops were not noticeable.

Nice, slight malt taste with no discernable hop presence. Not overpowering but well rounded and pleasant.

Acidity in the beer leads to a good after-taste and confirms the malt flavors requiring another swallow.

Overall this beer is good and could have been a little cooler to enjoy with a warm, summer sunset.

Photo of Drew966
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Key West Sunset Ale pours a light copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. There is a sweet malty aroma. Tastes fairly good, a little heavy on the malt side, it's a bit sweet, the hops are noticeable, but could be a little more assertive. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in an airport restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. Pours a dark orange with very little head, and no lacing to speak of. Smell is sweet, caramely, malty--some fruit in the background. Taste is malty, with a slightly fruity aftertaste. Sweet finish and overall a decent beer.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear gold color with a slight head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was cereal like. The taste is sour and it leaves a sour/cereal aftertaste.. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The drinkability of this beer is average – a word which reflects the entire beer.

Photo of hunteraw
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is described by the company as an American Amber, not an APA, and it matches the former much better.

Appearance: Pours an attractive amber color, with a one finger white head. Decent retention, but no lacing.

Smell: Crisp, light aroma. Some caramel malt, slightly oxidized.

Taste: Caramel malts and citrusy hops. Acidic middle and a good finish. Balanced much more like an amber than an APA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Well-carbonated. Aftertaste is slightly offensive.

Drinkability: Unextraordinary, but decent.

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to sample a ton of this during a recent three day business meeting in Fort Meyers. I did not realize that this beer was an APA, I had it pegged for a slightly hopped up amber. The beer pours a light bronze with a bit of clingy lace.

The beer has a soft nose of caramel, malts and just a whiff of citrus.

The taste is slightly sweet with some mild bitterness. The malts clearly lead the parade here and they impart a soft caramel and grain taste. Some citrus taste adds balance.

The mouth is pleasantly soft which makes it easy to session. This one pairs well with fish, chowders and burgers. Still think it’s a red and not an APA though…..

Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew on tap during a recent trip. It has a slim white head and a clear amber color. The aroma is modestly malty, with a little caramel. Very modest use of aroma hops. The taste is mild, with a very slight sweetness up front. There’s a little caramel and lightly toasted malts. A balancing bitterness comes out in the mid-taste and helps this brew in the finish. This is an ordinary, everyday ale. Nothing special, but still satisfying.

Photo of Portertime
4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap at the Key West Cafe Bar in the FLL Airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL on 07/26/06.

Nice bright amber-ish gold color with a low off-white ringed head and good carbonation. Light oxidized aroma and flavor but there are certainly enough caramel and amber malts noticeable. Light-medium bodied with an oxidized finish.

Eh! More of an Amber Ale than an APA. Good enough to taste once before moving on to something else.

Per FBC website: Amber Ale. Pale and Caramel malts.

Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of MeLikeBeer
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Might have been influenced a bit by the heat on this one, but I rather enjoyed it.
Pale orange in color, thin head, glass sweating in the heat of the Florida sun.
Smells faintly of caramels, malt and hops.
Tastes grainy and sweet, a little hoppy/fruity flavor as well.
Refreshing and light, a good beer to sample after a day at the beach (just like I did).

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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
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