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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:
Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-17-2002

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Photo of matjack85
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of Procrastinator
2.5/5  rDev -26%
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 Stale tasting, probably due to being long outdated.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.

Photo of bcsbeer
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of rings
2.54/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of AgingWarrior
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of dgallina
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Color: dark brown, with rubyish tinges.
Head is thick and bubbly, cocoay/tan head.
Aroma: some nut and chocolate in there, a little creamy, but otherwise on the shy side.
Some hops are provided to the palate, but not quite enough to sustain my interest. Minimal texture, and spare malt, as well.
A slight coppery twang appears, with a bit of off-putting flintyness. Further into this beer, I found more to like, but not much. Body was far too thin to please me. I'd rate it higher for drinkability, but I would likely pass on it, due to the lack of character and depth.
Still, thanks to JohnnyDuvel for sending one my way.

Photo of scooter231
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of uturn
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of tigerpaws
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style of beer but this one was one of the better of its genre. Nice dark color to it and average aroma. I agree with Jason as this beer got warmer the taste seemed to come more alive................CHEERS

Photo of Biffster
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep copper, brilliant, with amber notes and a low white head.

The aroma is somewhat nutty, but the diacetyl is distracting. There is a hint of caramel, but little fruitiness.

The beer is nutty with a hint of chocolate at the sip, followed big a big maltiness and a hint of hop flavor. The beer finishes with a splash of caramel and nutiness at the swallow.

The beer has a medium/light body and a smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate, but the astringency is distracting.

Overall I found this sample to be a pretty tasty effort. This would be a reasonable session beer. It is a couple of tweaks away from being fantastic.

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.

Photo of schoolcb
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UnionMade
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The second brown ale in my little sampling. I tried four brown ales, and this one came in second.
Aroma is malty and lightly roasted, with some subtle esteriness and mild hopping.
Flavor is much lighter than the first beer, which was Gritty's Brown, body is also lighter. Roasted malts are nice, with subtle coffee and chocolate flavors. Hops merely serve to lend a dryness to the finish. The flavor is smooth and well balanced, but i could have stood for a bit more body, and some more emboldened flavors, particularly the pale and chocolate malts. Good stuff nonetheless.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jettjon
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Ybor Gold Brown Ale from Florida Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.