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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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339 Ratings

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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 hunteraw
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +15.9%
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 +2.6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +39.7%
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 +16.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +26.8%
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
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
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 -4%
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).

Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-copper color, slim head of light foam, fast dissipation. Aroma is faint, with light caramel malt smell and low hops. Decent bready and nutty flavor from the malt, lightly sweet, not real bitter or alcoholic in finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but bubbly. Drinkability is decent for this beer, not alot of flavor, but no real off-flavors either. Light in alcohol, and its pretty much a solid choice down in the Keys where I couldn't find much else...

Photo of dirtylou
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of shirfan
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden-orange with a blink-and-miss it head, Sunset Ale has a fairly unique aroma. Somewhere between oktoberfest style malts and a strawberry milkshake. Slightly alarming.

Taste: a medium-light dose of caramel malt and *very* faint leafy hops. Seemingly meant to appeal to timid macro-accustomed palates. And there's that damnable "I was brewed with Florida tap water" funk..a mild kiss of vegetation and salt that doesn't belong, which turns light-but-drinkable into ehhhh.

I can almost taste what seems to have been attempted... a light but malty refresher...it just doesn't quite deliver.

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

Golden amber body, good clarity, topped by a rapidly decaying off-white level head which went from a two fingers to a table top in the time to walk to my kitchen and back.

Light bready aroma, bits of hay and grass lurking in the corners.

Sweet, maybe a little too sweet, caramelly beginning and middle, with a quick zap of somewhat undefined bittering in the finish and aftertaste.

Light medium mouthfeel is ok, particularly for sunset. Might want something lighter for a hot Florida afternoon though. Drinkability is also just ok.

An average amber ale, not flawed, but not really interesting.

Served my purpose of a local beer to keep in my hotel room on a recent Disney vacation, but I would pass it by if it showed up on my local shelves.

Photo of OStrungT
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow, with a thin off white head. It I look hard, I can see slight orange tints in the head. It fades very quick, leaving no laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. Not much aroma really. Sort of plain. I can detect a very slight biscuit aroma. No hop aroma is present.

This beer has a bready flavor. As with the aroma, though, there is a bit lacking in the flavor. There is just not much to it. I can not taste any hops.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a week grainy aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and in flavor. I could probably drink this stuff like it was water.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Orange-copper with a wispy head.

S - Slight skunky hop with some sweetness and citrus.

T - Some grain and mild bitterness. Some lemony notes as well, but this is not a particularly flavourful brew.

M /D - Basic, medium-bodied lightly flavoured, easy drinking beer. Doesn't really stand out.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this is a very nice beer. Had on tap at Papa Joe's in Islamorda. An absolutely wonderful setting. Called Sunset Ale probably due to the nightly tradition of gathering in Mallory Square to watch the sunset. The beer retains a close resemblence to the sunset, an appropriately named beer. The bottle does a decent job of educating the drinker about its characteristics. This is an Amber Ale, not a Pale Ale. Sweet malts all over the place with this one. Virtually no hops anywhere. A great session beer, when the alternative is well..you know.

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!

Photo of Backer2004
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first sips were the best with this one. The only non-macro swill available at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee at $5 a pint . . . ouch. Crisp fruit with enough hops and a nice finish, a bit nutty at the end. Reminds me a lot of Bell's Oberon Ale. Got tired of it, however, before finishing it all. Would be good on a really hot day.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer here in SoFla. I have imbibed this brew from the tap in the Keys so thought I'd try it in the bottle. Smell in the bottle is sweet hoppy and yeasty like my first homebrews. Poured a bottle and a half into a 20 oz goblet. Not much head. Rusty bronze color. Seems a bit bitter for an ale, needs more carbonation in my opinion. A steady flavor but a little bit watery. Doesn't finish with a more bitter aftertaste you would expect from when it first hits the lips. Not a bad beer but nothing to write home about. I'll be back to it, if the price drops, its pricy for a run of the mill brew unless you're at the Island. I seem to remember it being alot better out of a barrel.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of PatYoda
1.93/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Consumed at Sloppy Joe's in Key West. This is a pretty poor offering.

Smell is very bland with some mild malts. Taste is just as bland. Malts do show up but so does a buttery slickness which becomes rather sickening making me unable to finish my glass. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Just get a mixed drink instead.

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

This strikes me as a gimmicky beer, looking to cash in on two words. "Key" and "West". Big big head, over an almost orange body. Actually, it is orange. Vigerous carbonation. Smells mostly of candy like malts. Nary a hop to be found. Sweetly malted, astringent hops. Vaguely citrusy, but overall a bit bland. Smooth, perhaps from lack of flavoring. Easily drinkable, but why bother? Watery finish.

"American medium bodied amber ale with a tropical twist"- as per the lable. Huh? What is the twist, a big dose of bland?

Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

location location location.

I just got back from the keys tonight.. I sampled this beer in every form except on a hookers ass (that fell through).

on tap @ papa joe's this was pure heaven looking out onto the sunset after a hurricane has landed.

in all seriousness this sucked in a bottle but I am basing my scores on the best case scenario I had in the keys on tues night.

papa joe's is a tiki bar perched about 20ft up on the end of islamorada (a collection of islands in the keys, think a town made up of islands).

Down here you get Killians if you are lucky... seriously. but it doesnt matter this time of year, hot as balls, 90+ plus (yes, that reads 2 pluses) every day and bright, burning sun (I have bacon ears now folks). This beer stood out. On tap in a crappy frat type clear plastic cup it even called to a non beer friend of mine "this smells like pine".. Yep, this has a citrus/pine nose (mellow) with a hop kick (mellow)... medium color, light head.

in a bottle this is pretty much suckage but on tap @ papa joe's (and I had it at the lorelei as well) this is one damn tasty beer.

imagine the sunset on the gulf side of the keys blazing, with shark, tarpon, and all sort swimming beneath you into the mangrove trails...

I dont think an extreme beer in this environment is needed at all, when in rome do as romans do. If you dont like margaritas get this on tap from a popular place, sip hardy! Thinking about it brings me right back to the balcony. and this was after Katrina came through.. this isnt something to order out of its element, it wont be appreciated.

side note: the tap is a conch shell on top... I had ample opportunities to take photos of it.. but hell, I didnt care.

Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
71 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.