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 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 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 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 StevieW
3.88/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color, decent foamy white head. Smell was not real noticable, slight malt, some faint bitterness. Taste was a pleasant surprise. Nice crisp saaz snap to it, very tasty, slightly sweet malt finish. Others in the area complained of a slimy bitter aftertaste, I had none of that. Very crisp light to medium bodied beer. Easy to drink, and better than I expected. (373 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 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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep honey-gold in color. Fizzy, bubbly white head died quickly yet manages anice patchwork of lace on the glass. Aromas are yeasty/bannana. Flavor has some definite wheat-like character, along with bannanas, spices, and ground pepper. Finishes with a bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent (a bit on the thin side) and drinkability is nice.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one. (392 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 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 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 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 kbub6f
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-50F.

I poured heavy and was rewarded with a small head: white, dense. The beer itself is a slightly cloudy dark gold.

There's some strange sour malty smell to this beer. Some steel. The front is metallic, somewhat malty, heavy on the pepper. This gives way to a sweetish malty taste. The finish is the best part: dry hop-o-rama. Overall, I kind of like it. It's unusual, but not bad. (482 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Indian River Shoal Draft pours a yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. It tastes like a very mild American Pale Ale, by that I mean it's flavor is primarily hoppy, but it's not a very strong or assertive hoppiness. Tasted on site at the brewery, this is being reintroduced and I believe the recipe was tweaked from the original go round. (364 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 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 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 Minkybut
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this Average beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice amber gold color with a nice head at first. The pretty much disapeared into the tumbler. The smell bready and so was the taste. Not a bad beer but not a great beer. Just a beer. I willnot buy again mostly because.... I want something else. (317 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 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 Morris729
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a somewhat hazy deep golden color with a thin foamy head that fades into a trace amount of lace with a bubbly ring around the sides of the glass. Nose is quite faint with notes of sweet malts and floral hops. Very light in body with a slick mouthfeel at first that becomes almost slimy. Very unusual. Taste is sweet malts balanced with a mild hop bitterness. Probably not a beer I’d try again unless someone else was buying. (431 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy golden brown color with a half inch or so of snow white head, very well carbonated with thick, glass coating lace, fairly good head retention. Very sweet malty aroma with strong floral hops and honeysuckle notes. Taste begins with sweet malt, which give way to very pungent hops with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is actually unpleasant, has a slick, oily feel, quite unlike any beer I have ever tried. I found this beer difficult to finish. (463 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 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 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 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)

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