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Ybor Gold Brown Ale - Florida Beer Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

39 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 64
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-17-2002

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 64
Photo of rings
2.54/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a hazy orange in color with almost no head. The nose is malty sweet, with a trace of hop bite to finish. It’s non-offensive, but does possess a tinny malty finish with slight medicinal notes. As a session strength beer, the body was relatively light and very drinkable. Admittedly, this beer was probably six months old and no longer in its intended state, but still, this is a brew with an identity problem.

While it’s not lousy – I had a couple of them to be sure – it certainly isn’t any of the things indicated by the little graphic chart or the label. It would probably more closely resemble a märzen or Vienna style, if it were a lager (which it may well have been), but it’s certainly not what the label implies. (743 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't get what the gold part of this brown ale is. It looks brown with a current or red running through it. Aroma was typical unexceptional brown ale wood and malt.

Taste, a mild brown, it was smooth. No hops, probably comes close to fitting that lame traditional 4% session definition or whatnot. Doesn't tire the palate out with much heft, alcohol or hops. Usual stuff, nutty, caramel, toffee in here. (406 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a copper brown color, fairly light. Very little initial white foam, with quick dissipation. Smell is lightly nutty, hints of caramel.

Taste is lightl sweet, barely crosses to sour but holds. Clean, little carbonation. Coffee and nut notes.

Overall a decent brown brew. (319 characters)

Photo of scooter231
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown, rusty color, some head that disappears quickly, no lacing. Looks a bit thin. Nose is sweet and malty, sliiiightly nutty. It's quite potent, actually. Also getting a little bit of alcohol in the nose, as well as some prunes.

Taste is a little muted compared to the nose, and finishes with a bitter hops flavor. I was hoping for a liiiittle more after the nose.

Mouthfeel is a lil thin, a little sudsy. Over all, this is pretty drinkable- goes down easy, isn't overpowering, probably a good session brew. (519 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with an off-white head, little retention and lacing. There are some very sweet malt and toffee aromas going on in this which I found to be pretty good. First taste is a little light, but some nice sweet flavors come through quickly and finishes with a bit of nutty flavors. Medium carbonation and body. Thanks to Degarth for the bottle. (348 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Best before 5/11/08. Waaay past the best by date!

A: Pours a faintly hazy golden brown color with a small and bubbly off-white head that leaves just a touch of lace.

S: Nice nutty aroma, with a healthy helping of caramel, coffee, and chocolate.

T: See above. Toasty malt, caramel, chocolate, nut, toffee, earthy hops, and coffee.

M: Crisp and full with a nice coating sensation. Slightly prickly hoppy finish.

D: Pretty good and darn sessionable. Given that this was about 7 months past the best by date, I was expecting this to be drainpour. This beer, however, aged especially well. Nice surprise! (695 characters)

Photo of Portertime
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out of the Ybor mix pack. Sreved it chilled in a pint glass. Poured a thin looking brown color with a wee head. Smelled had some caramel malt in there and some very mild citrus malts and a kiss of toffee in the background. Taste was a little thin but still that caramel malt and kind of like used coffee grounds. Needs a little more complexity. (357 characters)

Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance :Amber colored , with a small creamy head...Very nice.

Smell: Some far caramel and grains.

Taste: Caramelized, hops very present, some kind of sweetness.very Nice.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Very nice to drink not any kind of hard taste. I would love to this beer again (282 characters)

Photo of AgingWarrior
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased this as part of a 15 beer assorted Ybor package.

Poured a dark amber color, lighter than many brown ales. Approximately one finger of off white head with some lacing.

The original smell is light and sweet with a trace of caramel malt and hops. The taste is much lighter than my favorite brown ales and has less body. More hop taste than malt. The mouth feel is okay, but nothing special. The finish leaves me wanting to rinse out my mouth. I won't throw it out, but I wouldn't purchase it again. (508 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ybor Gold Brown Ale pours a dark copper color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There's a bit of a nutty, malty aroma. The mouthfeel is thicker than I would have expected (a pleasant surprise). There is a decent amount of hops that are pretty well balanced by the nutty, malt flavor. This one is a winner, much better than most of the offerings I've had from this brewer. Definitely worth a try. (418 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle from the Ybor multipack, "June" notched on the freshness date, though quite alarmingly, only "03, 04, and 05" were listed for years. I'm assuming "2007."

Into the pint glass, a good brown color with a reddish tint; fairly vigorous pour yields a one-finger brown head that quickly fades to a spotty cap with no lacing. Rather disappointing appearance. Nose contains obvious malt and faint yeast. Good malty character in the mouth, semi-sweet balanced against dry, mildly bitter hops. Pretty good tasting beer but not remarkable. Mouth is a bit watery, again disappointing for a brown ale, and softly carbonated. Drinkability is good overall; this beer is easily sessionable.

Overall: A decent but unremarkable brown ale. Worth a try. (758 characters)

Photo of Procrastinator
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Pint glass. Label states best by date '03,'04 and '05. This was a gift to me and by the dates doesn't look very promising.

Appearance: 1" head after vigorous pour almost completely dies into nothingness. Tea brown in color.

Smell: Very faint smell of sweet brown sugar, molasses, slight vapor of alcohol and overripe fruit.

Taste: very mild sweetness, not as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Stale tasting, probably due to being long outdated. Bitterness at finish, but not necessarily hop bitterness. Flat in flavor, yet lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: extremely low carbonation, astringent and watery

Drinkability: This beer has obviously seen it's prime go by. Wouldn't look forward to two in a row of this beer. I've had this beer dozens of times and while it's never been a great beer, it's usually more palatable than this. (878 characters)

Photo of sloejams
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

part of April 06 BeerMonthClub

In college, I was a big fan of English Browns. Since those days, I've not been too big on them. I drink a Newcastle Brown every now and then, when there's really not much else. I guess the sweet, nutty flavor just isn't my thing anymore.

Saying that - this is not a bad beer. It fills pretty much all of the above but it's a bit better than your Newky. It was a bit sweet and I was really ok with just having one. I guess if you're big into Browns this will do you well. (507 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissapearing white head. Smell is faint with grain small hints of caramel and coffee. Taste is a little overly watered down with roasted coffee, a little caramel and a slight hop bitterness to finish. This is not a bad brew, it just does not even come close to some of the top Brown Ale's out there. Okay but nothing special. (359 characters)

Photo of
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Poured a drak brown/copperish color. Head was almost nonexistent. The aroma was fairly mild, with malt, caramel, and some burnt toast. Taste was primarily malt, with enough hops to provide a good balance. As it warmed some fruit flavors came through. Mouthfeel was of medium body and fairly low carbonation. Overall, pretty easy to drink, but not terribly impressive. (382 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a mug, pours a deep copper brown with fizzy whitish head that fades to nothing, pretty boring, and very little lacing. Aroma is a bit weak, an earthy nut and faint chocolate malt is all I'm getting. Taste is better, but not by much, a nice blend of mild hopping and something like chocolate malt, but its really kind of vague, the flavors not really developed, just kind of a mash of stuff that should be good but ends up muttled and actually a bit weak. Add to that a thinner body than expected, and I'll drink the rest I have with no problem, but only cause I already have it. A very average beer indeed. (611 characters)

Photo of porter17
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At pouring, it filled the glass with a nice head and flowing bubbles, settling slowly. As it did, I took a deep inhale to capture the escaping aroma. The smell was good, thick and rich but not overpowering. Kinda what I'd expect. The appearance was dark with reddish hues. The taste was better than I had expected, but I was happy, nontheless. An average mouthfeel, I could certainly drink several in one sitting. (413 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received as part of my April MicroBrewClub shipment.

Beer poured a natural brown with a nice head to start. Nose has a nice maltiness to it. Taste is malty with a sweet nut finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not terribly so. Drinkability is good. This is a nice refreshing beer with a very sessionable abv that is worth a try. (330 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTM offering...

Pours medium brown, rathe translucent, not so carbonated and not much head. Nose was a bit light, slight coffees and caramels. Taste was watery, light maltiness with coffees again was there along with some hints of sweetness. Taste was OK, but would have liked some fuller flavors, everything was hints and wisps. Mouthfeel was watery and I wasn't so satisfied. My gf liked it though :). But, she can rate her own beer. Overall, it was OK but just OK. (471 characters)

Photo of matracy68
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a sweat tasting brown ale. I got this last month in my Beer of the Month Club. Most of the lady's like the taste of the beer because of the sweetness. Since this beer is from a small craft brewery it will be hard to find more of it. I would consider buying more of it if I could get some of it locally. That would keep the lady's that are not big beer drinkers happy. (375 characters)

Photo of hanco005
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of my microbrew of the month club selection, 12 oz bottle, with a space for a freshness date, however it is not notched, poured into a pint glass

A—pours medium brown, almost cola like, clear with a ¾ inch off white fluffy head, quickly fades downs to nothing, lacing that is produced is very sparse

S—very faint caramel and nuts, semi-sweet chocolate chips come out as well, overall fragrance is very mild

T— nutty more than anything, mocha, toffee, bready/yeasty, the taste is not very strong for the style

M—a little watery and thin, light bodied, good carbonation

D—a decent brown ale, but not one that I would seek out, it’s a bit mild so it might be a good crossover beer. (705 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is pale garnet in. Starts with a decent head that quickly fades. Thin lace that also moves on fast. Mildly sweet and roasted malts. Strong malt flavor actually with a decent nuttiness. Seems just a fraction high on the carbonation. Overall decently drinkable. (268 characters)

Photo of Byeast
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with light , thin head. Smells of nuttyness and slight malt. Taste is mellow with some nut and very slight chocolate with a bit of a bite as swallowed. Malt flavors become more present as it warms. Mouthfeel is fairly thin/meduim . I thought this was a pretty good beer and i could drink it often. Would be nice to have a big session with this one. (370 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice nutty aromatic note wafts from my glass as I pour this beer into my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep reddish amber color. It is topped by a light brown colored head that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is fairly subtle, but has a jam like note to it, as well as a light toasted malt note in the finish. The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a thin mouthfeel to it. This is an easily quaffable beer, pretty simplistic and straight forward. The beer has notes of fruity cherry, lightly toasted malt, a hint of roast character, and a lightly hoppy bitter finish. (656 characters)

Photo of schoolcb
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz long neck. Deep copper color, with a head that did not last long. Fairly clear. Not much aroma to speak of, just a little malt. First flavor perceived is sweet malt with a hint of chocolate malt. No hop flavor, although hop's do somewhat balance the malty sweetness. Balance is decidedly malty. This beer is perfectly drinkable and a decent example of the style. (381 characters)

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Ybor Gold Brown Ale from Florida Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.