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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
79
okay

52 Ratings
THE BROS
88
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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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
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

, Jul 08, 2006
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 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
Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev +5%
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.

arizcards, Jun 10, 2006
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 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 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 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 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 Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of schoolcb
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

schoolcb, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Biffster
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Biffster, Dec 19, 2004
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 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 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 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 PorterLambic
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

PorterLambic, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of Joey7F
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

--Joey

Joey7F, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.28/5  rDev -3%
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.28/5  rDev -3%
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.

UnionMade, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

tavernjef, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

RonfromJersey, May 10, 2003
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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 24, 2003
Ybor Gold Brown Ale from Florida Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.