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Key West Sunset Ale | Florida Beer Company

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Key West Sunset AleKey West Sunset Ale

Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company
Florida, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 12-23-2001

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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well thanks to Lukahn (Reddit) for letting my try this one, but not sure how good it'll be. At least I get to try it.

Pours a decent looking 1.5 finger fizzy fluffy head that fades at a med pace, with a little lacing but not much, mostly clear honey amber orange color.

Nose light hops I think, a little grassy and attempts to be floral and fruity but fails, some light reddish malts, little amber malt, fairly fruity though, it has a bit of a failed lager fruity aroma.

Taste starts light, fairly flat in flavor, just a bit of a grassy hop that seems to die more and more as the beer goes and can never really come through. Again a light fruity failed lager flavor, and some more amber reddish malt character, as well as some extract fake sugar flavors, almost macro ale like. Finish has a light bitterness, little sticky and more bad fruity flavors and adjunct sugars lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall it doesn't seem too bad overall except the flavor really falls off the planet. It lacks almost any real structure, and what it has is very light and tastes like it was made with some table sugar with malt dust thrown in for good measure.

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Photo of NicMurray
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I live in florida and only a few minutes from this brewer so I decided to give this beer a try.
Not impressed. It looks and smells pretty good , however, there is no flavor. I was disappointed at least. It seems like florida brewers only produce wheat or amber ales and their not succeeding at it. I would like to see a dark beer for once. Their 'Florida Lager' is pretty good though. Had it on tap at a local bar.

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer at Chili's in the Ft. Lauderdale airport. This beer was quite average, nothing spectacular. The taste was crisp with a hint of citrus, with little to no aftertaste.

It's better than a Bud or other common beers but not by much. Next time I'll go with hard liquor.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bitzer
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of TuffBunny
3.85/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think that this brewery has stepped up it's game since some of these earlier reviews. I bought a six pack on advice of the young woman working at a small liquor store instead of driving half an hour to look for craft beers. I was a little skeptical, but decided to give it a try.

As far as appearance and aroma, it pours a nice orange amber. The aroma has some sweet malt and maybe a little bready. It did pour with a little bit of head.

The first taste, I was thinking that it wasn't a bad example of what it says it is, an American Amber Ale. Maybe a little on the bland and generic side. The taste has some nice malts, slight bitterness but definitely present hops, and a little lingering tartness. It's a very clean presentation with no perceived defects. The carbonation is a little higher than I expected, more like some saisons. The mouth feel has appropriate body for the style, but only a litte on the lighter side. Overall, I have to say tha t this is a very standard, but decent beer. It's definitely not either bland or wattery. Not "interesting " but certainly pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

We were visiting Florida and my mother in law picked up a 6 pack of this beer for me, because she knew I like to sample local beers. At least her heart was in the right place.

The beer was an amber color with just a film of head.

Not much aroma. Mostly grain, maybe a little caramel.

Not much taste either. A hint of caramel and a hint of hops.

Light-bodied. It did quench my thirst, but then again, so does water.

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Photo of Lazaro
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Orange amber, sudsy topping

SMELL: Grainy, toasted, faint caramel, herbal, buttery, peppery

TASTE: Dry, grainy, slightly acrid, husk, herbal, yeast, light broth, absent aftertaste, bone dry finish

This beer probably has potential but seems to be stripped down, cleansed too much or just not brewed well. Lacks any real character and mimics industrial-like mass produced beers. This sunset has no soul.

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Photo of JC333
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great tasting beer for an 88 degree day...okay on other days

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery taproom.
Reddish amber body with good clarity and a durable off-white head.

Good bitter-sweet balance. Ample light and medium malt flavor.

Feel: a bit thin but this works OK with the medium+ carbonation and light dryness.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden yellow, with a thin off white head. It I look hard, I can see slight orange tints in the head. It fades very quick, leaving no laces.

This beer has a malty sweet aroma. Not much aroma really. Sort of plain. I can detect a very slight biscuit aroma. No hop aroma is present.

This beer has a bready flavor. As with the aroma, though, there is a bit lacking in the flavor. There is just not much to it. I can not taste any hops.

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

This beer would probably make a great session beer. It is low in alcohol, and in flavor. I could probably drink this stuff like it was water.

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Photo of glid02
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at a seafood place near St. Augustine, FL.

Pours a clear amber color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet and grainy malts and not much else. As it warms very light amounts of indistinct fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors kick things off with hints of graininess. Midway through the sip an almost vegetal flavor kicks in and carries through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a decent thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is not so great. I finished my glass but didn't enjoy the last few sips very much.

Overall I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer and that's exactly what I got. Not the worst beer in the world but it's not too far up the ladder.

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Photo of dsauter
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep orange body that is crystal clear showing off a big carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin wisp of head that fades to a ring around the edge.

S- The smell is very light with a hint of pale malt and a green noble hop note. The smell is very dry with a light sulfur note.

T- This beer has a thin taste with a bitter noble hop with a bitter grapefruit hint to it. There is a carbonic acid bite in the finish. There is very little malt in this beer. There is a light almost sulfur note in the finish also.

M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer has really little depth to the hops and no malt flavors to balance it or support it. This has more qualities of a light adjunct lager than an APA.

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Photo of psykad
1/5  rDev -67%

Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -34%

Photo of RDW
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of En29356
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.02/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Melissaluke101
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of SMark
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces poured at 53º displaying a clear, dark, tan (amber) color with a nice head of foam which quickly dissipated. Bubbles were non existent after a few minutes.

Slight malt bouquet to start which opened up as the beer was exposed to air. Hops were not noticeable.

Nice, slight malt taste with no discernable hop presence. Not overpowering but well rounded and pleasant.

Acidity in the beer leads to a good after-taste and confirms the malt flavors requiring another swallow.

Overall this beer is good and could have been a little cooler to enjoy with a warm, summer sunset.

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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
3.03 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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