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

64 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 40
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Joey7F
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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 UnionMade
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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 tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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 tigerpaws
3.06/5  rDev -11%
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 Jason
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Ybor Gold Brown Ale from Florida Beer Company
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