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Ybor Gold Brown Ale - Florida Beer Company

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 12.87%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-17-2002

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 64
Photo of RBorsato
4.52/5  rDev +32.2%
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

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Photo of matracy68
4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev +17%
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

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Photo of Joey7F
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Confessional note: This is my first Brown Ale. I was a little bit reluctant to try this beer. About 3 years ago, some of my friends parents left a bottle of this at our house. My folks not being beer drinkers let it stay in the pantry and eventually the garage. When I poured it out the smell just about knocked me over, and while it was undoubtedly lightstruck and spoiled, what I could filter out was not that great either. First sip was awesome. Chocolate, Nut and hops dominate. Each was done well as it was very smooth. We remarked it would be a great session beer as it was tasty and drinkable (a rare combination from what I have found)

The ale was somewhat smoky but not compared to some others like Skull Splitter for example. Definitely worth trying, and would be great at a barbeque.


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Photo of GbVDave
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now sold as part of the "Ybor Gold" line.

Appearance is a medium to dark coppery brown with perfect clarity, no cloudiness at all. Develops a good head which dissaipates relatively quick, say 2 minutes, leaving a slight covering and very little lacing.
Smell is very good, a full, smooth nose with just a tiny hint of metal. That sounds bad, but only because I can't quite describe this area well (Yet). That's the way my nose picks up the hops sometimes.
Taste is smooth, well-rounded, nicely malty, not bitter , and lightly carbonated on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is nicely creamy with some tingle of hoppiness all over the tongue. A nice aftertaste but not heavy at all, enough to enjoy without being annoying.
A very drinkable brew, smooth and quaffable. A very good iterpretation of the classic English brown ale. The equal, or better,of a Newcastle Brown in almost every regard without the metallic aftertaste that the bottled Newcaste brings. Light enough to drink in the summer, warming enough to drink in the colder times.

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Photo of porter17
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of shertzogovina
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish brown body, topped by a foamy oatmeal oatmeal colored head. A toast and coffee nose. On the tongue, dabs of coffee, chocolate, a little hop tingle, some nuttiness. Nothing huge, but the intent seems to be English mild, so that is fine. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but considering the climate on Tampa/Orlando, I feel that is a good thing. Besides, milds are not suppose to be interchangeable with porters. An ok example, a long way from Bell's Best Brown, but not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale hazelnut brown in color with a one finger high head of puffy ivory foam, fades slow to a hazey skim always present, leaves no lace though. Smell is a light roasty malt, a smidge of chocolate and must. Taste is quite mild and easy of roasty malts with a touch of cocoa and a breadish quality midway into the finish that reminds me of wet pizza dough. Feel is a lighter body of medium closeness, smooth calm, and lightly creamy. A very subtle and straight forward brown thats not to bad. But there's better.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jettjon
3.42/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Byeast
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of sloejams
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BierReise for the trade. Pours a clear dark brown color with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt and toffee. Medium-bodied and somewhat smooth with malt and caramel in the flavor, along with a pinch of hops and nuts. The finish is rather mild with a hint of bitterness and sourness. A little on the bland side from start to finish, but would be a passable session beer.

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Ybor Gold Brown Ale from Florida Beer Company
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