Indian River Shoal Draft - Florida Beer Company

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 48
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 20.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Florida Beer Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-09-2002

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Photo of wiseguywood
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I would definitely call this a Pale Ale and the label even ID's it as such. Part of a beer of the month collection. More hoppy than expected but the flavor combination is only ok. Will give it credit for pouring a very nice head that is still there after 5 minutes. (265 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this with my Amazing clubs beer of the month club.

This was a pleasant surprise. Pours a clear amber orange color with a two inch thick head. Clean and crisp and highly drinkable. A medium body nicely balanced with a tight hop character.

Overall - this was a nice beer and clean and refreshing on a 80 degree afternoon. (328 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was given this beer for free from a friend. Was part of some beer of the month thing.

Color is a nice clear yellow with mild orange hue. Smell is mild hops and pale malts. More maltier than I wanted to expected but finish was crisp. Mouthfeel is light to medium and overall not a bad pale. Worth a try. (303 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like this used to be called Indian River and its deff not a Kolsch. Anyway...poured from bottle into pint glass. No head or lacing. Sweet citrus/orange aroma with slight hops, but more malty; but very mild aroma.
Taste is very mild as well. Orangey malts, sweet, and just a bit of hops with a slight bitter aftertaste. This is an ok brew. Nice for a summer day and I would say it would even be a nice "breakfast" brew since its so orange-like. A session beer for a hot day anyway. Its not fantastic, but its not horrible. Its an orange pale ale...in that respect its descent and points for being unique. Meh... (616 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shoal Draft Pale Ale
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date or other distinguishing numbers

Notes: It appears that Shoal Draft has changed.  What used to be marketed as an Indian River beer now seems to be a Palm Beach Brewing  offering.  From my quick Internet research, it appears Florida Beer Company produces both Indian River and Palm Beach Brewing beers (as well as a few others).  It also appears that Shoal Draft is now a Pale Ale instead of a Kolsch.  Also, judging from the review history on BA (reviews from 2008 then nothing until very recently in 2012) Im guessing this beer was retired then reincarnated as a completely new offering.  Not sure of the reason for the marketing change, one would think they would call this new brew something else, but who knows, maybe they liked the bottle artwork or something. 

A: Pours a translucent light amber with 1.5 fingers width of very light khaki colored head, which takes a good while to dissipate down and leaves a good amount of pretty cool cobweb lacing.

S:  A pretty big citrus presence, with notes of lemon.  A white grape aroma.  Has an almost champagne-like character.  A hint of pale, bready malts.  

T: A hop presence is the first thing noted in the taste.  Like the nose there is a lemon character.  I also get floral hops and orange rind.  Not a lot going on and not terriblely complex, but decent.

M/D: On the lighter side of medium bodied,  a good dose of carbonation that allows to flavors to fully reach the palate.  A crisp, refreshing mouthfeel that finishes only slightly dry.    Drinkability is high.

O: Overall, not a bad offering.  The hop presence is much less assertive than many pale ales I've had, and I would have liked more hops in the flavor profile.  Decent, I would probably not buy this again, but I would be happy to drink one if it was handed to me.   (1,887 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shoal Draft pours a brighter copper color, like ginger ale, with a nice decent size head, lots of carbonation, again looks like ginger ale. There is a refreshing, lemon smell; like summer, its pretty pleasureful, especially before the eve of a blizzard. The flavor is very crisp, a little hoppy, but has more of a lemon, and grains of Paradise flavor, finish a little bitter, and rather dry. Easy to drink, and especially on a hot day, better then a bud, refreshing. Overall I really liked this one, I found it very easy to drink, and enjoyable. (545 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.67/5  rDev +58.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruddy yellow with a short lasting thin head.Smells citrusy, like grapefruit. Taste is very, very nice. Citrusy hops well balanced. Pleasing on the tounge.

There is a difference between what the BA site shows and states for "Shoal Draft": My bottle says "Palm Beach Brewing", not Indian River; and it claims to be PALE ALE not Kolsch! ( It certainly tastes more like an IPA in fact!!)Visualy the labels are similar, and they both say Melbourne Fl. (460 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another brew courtesy of my Beer of the Month Club...

Appearance: It has a nice, light coppery color. Decent head with mild retention on the glass.

Smell: Hints of spices, however it faded very quickly.

Taste: Mild for a pale ale, I was expecting more. I will say the bitter finish was refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, could have used more hoppiness.

Drinkability: Average for a pale ale. Goes down smooth, nothing offensive...but nothing stands out either. (460 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- light copper brew with a decent size head and decent retent to match, soapy lacing

S- citrus, tart burnt grain

T- citrus, grains, decent balance, toasted malts, hints of cardboard, fruity malts, and some caramel

M- a tad sticky with a dry finish and carbonation feel

D- decent, pretty run of the mill, but not a bad option (329 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own home before and after a nice brat. From the micro of the month club bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with a small off-white head that doesn't last long.

Smell: Sweet aroma with some citrus and pines.

Taste: Bitter hops and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: By far the best part about this beer. Smooth and crisp, light to medium-body.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Would be great for relaxing after taking care of the lawn, but would not be a session beer for me. (545 characters)

Photo of mhewes
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A : Pours a clear amber with a white head

S : Toffee/caramel with a floral hop aroma. Not a strong smell

T : Some bready flavors along with caramel malt. A little bit of hop bitterness on the finish

M : Medium bodied, low carbonation

D : Not that great. I wouldn't have it again (282 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
4.02/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Monthly club selection for April. Clear amber color with soft thin white head.

Sweet toffee and cinnamon with a full citrusy floral hop aroma.

Sweet biscuity caramel malt with nice citrusy hops.

Medium bodied and smooth with a crisp finish.

Very drinkable APA - a good example of the style. Doesn't taste like a Kolsch to me.

Tasted on 5/12/08. (349 characters)

Photo of 11thFloorBrewing
2.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance - deep orange, finger of head that dissolves to a creamy ring

Smell - lots of sweet malt, some flowery hops, hints of toasted malt

Taste - roasted malt, some sweetness, strong bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, not quite enough carbonation

Drinkability - it's alright. At just 3.7% abv it'd be good for bbqs or a day at the beach, but not what I'd go for if I just wanted one drink. The toasted malt, sweet malt, hop bitterness, nothing is really taking the lead. It's like the beer is having an identity crisis. (589 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a new SA pint glass:

A: Poured a bright copper-yellow color with a thin head of white carbonation which left little to no lacing.

S: Smells slightly buttery and astringent, with a distinct toasted grainy malt nose.

T: The body may be bubbly, but the taste is flat indeed. Sort of bitter metal taste left after the lightly toasted buttery biscuit flavor fades.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy.

D: A lawnmower beer, or something to offer a pal who doesn't like darker beers, or good beer in general.

I certainly wouldn't purchase this if I saw it in a store after having tried it. My dilemma is having two left in my space premium beer of the month delivery. (694 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

A - clear light copper color with a decent head that settles somewhat quickly

S - light spicy hop aroma with some maltiness

T - strong hoppiness up-front that wanes somewhat throught the finish, some malt backing-perhaps not as much as expected

M - medium-light body with moderately high carbonation

D - decent enough beer, but probably not enough to keep me coming back for more (435 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Indian River Shoal Draft Pale Ale
Smells a little like sauerkraut (surprisingly) and sweet malt. Pours to an orange bronze with a little off white head. Taste is sweet and sour with a very tangy bitterness and a dry aftertaste. The sauerkraut is still there in the background, making this an ideal brew to wash down a brat. Mouthfeel is good, this beer gives a different flavor throughout all regions of the mouth. Very different hop flavor for a pale ale, not the classic cascade but more sour than bitter hop. Different.

S 2.5
A 3.0
T 3.0
M 3.5
D 3.0 (553 characters)

Photo of nohead02
1.74/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

It may be my Left Coast bias, but I haven't liked most of the few Florida ales I've tried. But this one really bottoms out. What's the dominant flavor? Nutmeg comes to mind. It isn't crisp and refreshing. It isn't a full-flavored malty brew. It's just some stuff with a big enough off flavor so that the best you can say for it is something like, "hey, this sure has a lot more flavor than a Bud."

If beers were generally like this, I wouldn't be a beer drinker. (464 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber color with a short medium bodied tan colored head that fades at a decent pace and laces the glass nicely on the way down. It has a very sweet aroma of toasted malt, some citrisy flavor at the end of the nose. It has a much more bitter hoppy flavor than the nose let on. It tastes of nice toasted malts and some citrisy hoppy bitterness at the end of the taste. It has a smooth and sort of fresh mouthfeel which makes for a somewhat drinkable beer. I would classify this as more of a Pale Ale rather than a Kolsch. In fact it sasy Pale Ale on the bottle. (574 characters)

Photo of Moxley
1.12/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - Poured an apricot color with ½ inch head that settled very quickly, leaving watery lacing

S - Smelled like a dirty salty ocean with old rusty bottle caps floating around. I think someone may have poured a rusty thimble full of artificially flavored malt water in too. Gross.

T - Not surprisingly it tasted exactly like it smelled. Please see above comment.

M&D - Gross. Do not try this beer. Instead, put a rusty thimble full of salt water in your mouth - whether or not you swallow is your call. (505 characters)

Photo of arizcards
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in early May as part of the MicroBeerClub April shipment.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice initial head. Nose initially was perfumed with floral hops but has evolved to a semi-skunked nose. Taste initially had a refreshing bittering hop flavor but finishes semi-skunked. Mouthfeel is average, light to medium bodied with no special sensations for the palate. Overall drinkability is average. I am not sure if the skunkiness is a result of a bad batch. Nothing special about this beer. (501 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Nice clear orange color.

Faint pale and caramel malts mild citrusy hoppiness and a slight lemony grassy twang. The faintness of the smell makes it much less enticing.

Malts are sweet and sugary upfront and are followed by a coarse dry tannin flavor with a a dry bitterness from the hops. The tannins are a little off putting. Also there is a grassy flavor that s too strong and is a little off putting. This is made a little bit worse witht he citrusy twang. The citrusy and grassy flavors are jus a little too much and ruin the balance of the beer.

The mouthfeel is somewhat weak and lacks enough carbonation. Somewhat seltzery, but not overly bad.

This beer is ok, but has a few flaws that ruin it a little bit for me. (763 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this beer is a nice clear amber color, with a small but steady head. Nose has a pleasant nuttiness to it--not to style but nice smelling, with some resinous hops. What an odd flavor! Sort of sweaty malt, sharp and tangy. Bitterness isn't bad but underlying it is an odd funkiness that isn't very pleasant.

Couldn't finish this beer. (359 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours beautifully: crystal clear light amber. Moderate head with lasting power. Good lace.

The aroma is off and it is not appealing. The smell is something akin to a litter box--uric acid? In a word, stinky.

The flavor is a huge improvement to the smell until the swallow where the flavor becomes very astringent and there are some of the lingering negatives from the nose. Good hop presence. Nice body.

Nearly undrinkable. I wish I could identify specifically what is making this be so off. (494 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't find this beer as terrible as some of the other reviewers, it is indeed mild tasting but also fairly fresh and clean. Fairly average yes, but not terrible. Pours amber with a thin white head that sticks around as a thin ring. Aromas of bready malt and very light citrusy hops as well as a faint saltiness. Clean and pleasant taste of light maltiness, a bit of orange, and some very light floral and earthy notes on the finish as well as another hint of brine. Mouthfeel is smooth and maybe a tad slick. This is fine on a hot day, and much to be preferred to a BMC. (572 characters)

Photo of hyland24
1.21/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner.

A- Poured a slightly cloudy orange with a soapy type foam head that disappeared as quick as it formed. No lacing to speak of.

S- Couldnt place the God awful smell until my drinkin partner moxley said it smelled like sea water at low tide. She nailed it.

T- Not good. Soap mixed with malt and a slight hop bitterness. Thought it might be the glass but I had just rinsed it with hot and then cold water after my last beer that tasted good. Plus mox had a different glass and hers was equally as bad.

MF&D- At this point I am completely down on this beer so the mouthfeel didnt even come into play. If I ever saw someone purchasing this beer in the store I would probably slap them repeatedly and throw this beer to the floor. Stay away. (775 characters)

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Indian River Shoal Draft from Florida Beer Company
72 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.