Havana Red | First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery

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First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-02-2002

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by bschinelli:
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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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Photo of OStrungT
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brownish red with a very thin tan head. The head fades very quickly, leaving no laces at all.

This beer has a malty aroma. It smels slightly of caramel. I can detect a slight hop aroma also. A small spicy aroma was present, but only ever so slightly. For the most part, the aroma is lacking. It is not bad, but it just dosent stand out.

This beer has a rather busciut like malt flavor. Sort of bready. Not very much hop presence in the flavor either. It tasted slightly of caramel. As with the aroma, the flavor was just a little lacking.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a busciut aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

This might be a good session beer. It is not overly high in alcohol content, and the mild, non aggressive flavor is weak enough, to never become overbearing.

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Photo of DougT
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KYGunner
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was deep amber, almost rusty red, with a nice clean complexion. The head, though, was a mass of carbonation that seemed to build nothing at the top.

The nose was barley, toasted and roasted, with a nutty and biscuity air. The aromas, though, were faint and a touch sour.

The flavor came across more nutty and biscuity with decent roasted qualities. The taste, though, had a sour barley and bitter finish.

The feel was light and easy, though, it could have used a bit more thickness.

This beer had the bones to be a good version of the style, though, it would take some extra craftsmanship.

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Photo of Mike
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Bierguy5
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet during happy hour for $2. Hazy, dark amber color. Nice white head disappears rather quickly.

A very faint hint of toasted malt in the aroma, not much else. No caramel, or hop aroma.

Very little caramel flavor. A bit of toasty malt, and an odd sourness at the end. Not much character at all.

Light body, fair carbonation. This was pretty disappointing as well.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of david18
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I went to Kelly's because it was the only micro brewery on Key West. A very beautiful bar/restaurant with a nice setting.

I think the Red Ale is their signature beer and probably the best of the bunch. Not the best amber i've ever had but definitely good beer. Good red/amber color. Subtle aroma. Good carbonation and decent flavor. I would recommend.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Kelly's 5/17/10.

A: Served a deep maple brown with amber highlights. Rather lifeless head never got more substantial than a thin skim. A few lace spaecs were scattered on the glass.

S: Hard to get much of any kind of nose out of this. When it began to warm slightly from the ice cold serving temp I noticed an ever so slight citrus smell as well as a hint of caramel.

T: See above and add to that a bit of toasted malt.

M: Suprisingly dry and prickly-bitter. Oiliness helps stick that bitterness all over my mouth.

D: Goes down surprisingly well...but that could be a result of the 55 degree difference between serving temp and ambient temp.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean copper/ reddish color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet caramel and somewhat roasty malt. In the taste, just like the aroma, sweet caramel and a nice roasty malt, a bit sticky. A smooth and thin bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, sticky caramel in the aftertaste. A decent red, but a little sticky and thin.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good bar poured head that leaves some ring lace on the plastic cup (how its served). Neutral amber color and clear.

Not much smell, but there's nothing off about it. More malty--slightly toasted and lightly sweet.

The flavor matches the profile. Very neutral Red, but it is well-made. Light hop bitterness in the swallow. Short aftertaste. Full bodied and above average carbonation.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a well balanced mix of roasted and crystal malts. It's dry and earthy up front with a hint of hop bitterness. The crystal malt sweetness creeps in balances out the aroma. The taste is decent. Again, it has a nice roasted character up front. It's nothing bold, yet it adds a noticeable dryness. The hops follow. There present, but nothing too intrusive. The caramel malt sweetness is minimal, but adequate. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. A lot of red ales are really dry or overly sweet. This one compromises and it serves it well.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.81/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany, with a slightly sweet roasted aroma. The flavor is quite malty, sweet and bready, with a hint of smoke that becomes more and more noticable as you drink. Mild hop bitterness, but works well for this beer considering they might overwhelm the smoke. All in all, very tasty and the best offering from Kelly's during my visit. The smokiness makes it somewhat unique and memorable.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Corburk
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Andy
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured flat (even when poured vigorously). The name is its best feature. Flavor was earthy in an unpleasant way. Color was solid for style but there was no aroma and little malt or hop presence. The brewing water's quality appears to be the major problem with this brew

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Photo of spointon
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at Kelly's while on vacation last weekend. From my notes:

A= This ale poured a murky brownish amber color with a 1/4" light tan head. The head dropped quickly to a patchy skim and left zero lace down my glass.

S= I was surprised to find that this beer has an almost Belgian ale quality to the aroma. I don't know if that was from the malts used, or from the yeast strain that was used, but it was interesting to say the least. The malt forward aroma was full of bready sweetness and caramel.

T= Like the smell indicated, the taste was all bready/caramelly malt and Belgian ale esters. Hops were seemingly way on the back burner with this one. The sweetness persisted throughout, with only a faint bit of drying in the finish.

MF= Medium bodied and a soft but slightly under-carbed mouthfeel.

D= This was not a bad beer, it just seemed to be lacking something to tie it all together and make it pop.

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Photo of Celtics76
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mitchster
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark chestnut, forming a small light-beige head with minimal retention and lacing. Aroma is of lightly herbal hops, faint amber malts, and roasted barley. Taste has a hint of chocolate, and a roasted barley astringency. Hints of alcohol and vanilla. Mouthfeel is lightly dry with medium-low carbonation. Quite average in all regards.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DuffDaddy
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of clager
2.07/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Havana Red from First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.17 out of 5 with 23 ratings