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Ybor Gold Brown Ale - Florida Beer Company

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Ybor Gold Brown AleYbor Gold Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

52 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-17-2002)
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Reviews by porter17:
Photo of porter17
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

porter17, Jun 25, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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

BeerDreadz, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a old time pub scene on the label. Freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Copper going towards brown in color. Even yet thin tan lace adorns the brew.

Smell: Nutty and earthy grain with hints of coffee.

Taste: First though to mind is steely crystal(caramel) malt though not in excess. Though chocolate malt comes into mind with a coffee/carob characteristics. Hop bitterness is evident yet does not clash in any way. Middle to end of this medium bodied brew is a mix of caramel and chicory which mostly dries up in the finish.

Notes: Cellar temp. is a must with this brew for optimal flavour, the malt profile absolutly shines when tasted at around 50*-55*F. Good session ale.

Jason, Apr 17, 2002
Photo of badbeer
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Byeast
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Byeast, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, clear copper color with a short-lived off-white head quickly bubbles away into nothing. Aromas are choco-nut. On the sweet side. Flavor got better as it warmed. Sweetness on the front side, middle picks up more of the chocolate, and the finish is nicely balanced. A mix of caramel sweetness and bitterness. Decently smooth mouthfeel. Session beer.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of sloejams
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

sloejams, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

cjgator3, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of dgallina
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium brown with minimal head, which quickly recedes to a film. Very little aroma to speak of, perhaps some very light malty tones. Flavor is better than expected from the smell. Malty with very slight hop bitterness and nearly imperceptible roasted notes. Very light in the mouth. An easy-to-drink, but extremely gun-shy brown ale.

dgallina, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

KTCamm, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jredner, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of matjack85
2.5/5  rDev -26%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of scooter231
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

scooter231, May 25, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

GbVDave, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Added this brew to Indian River since it now produced by them in Melbourne, FL for the Florida Beer Co.

Light brown color with a low-moderate off-white/beige head. Big nutty brown malt aroma and flavor; nut brown dominates without being sweet at all. Also has a bit of roastiness. Light bodied and a nice roasty nutty character -- A good session Brown.

Best By: Feb '05
Tasted: 11/05/04

RBorsato, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of CGMLS3
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

CGMLS3, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of objectivemonkey
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

objectivemonkey, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Portertime
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Portertime, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of matracy68
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

matracy68, May 25, 2006
Photo of shertzogovina
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from a beer-of-the-month club - did not see it in the NY area before that. Drank it 2 months before "best by" date (on label).
Nice label with a small chart that indicates the beer's body, taste and color levels. ABV is missing - seems like somewhere between 4-4.5%.
Clear brown with a nice 1-inch off-white head.
Smells malty and slightly nutty.
Tastes a little less malty than what i expected. Body's more medium than what's showing on the label (closer to full).
Mouthfeel is pleasant and smooth. Very drinkable.
Will look for more beers from that brewery.

shertzogovina, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

aquatonex, May 29, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

hanco005, May 04, 2006
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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Ybor Gold Brown Ale from Florida Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.