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

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Photo of Portertime
4.2/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a very unusual taste, I want to say almost like dill. It was none the less refreshing. I was with my girlfriend in Key West when I decided to purchase a six-pack of this exotic brew. I pleasantly surprised. It's rare to go to a random convenience store and find a decent beer you've never had before. I say it's worth a try.

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Photo of Ego
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

location location location.

I just got back from the keys tonight.. I sampled this beer in every form except on a hookers ass (that fell through).

on tap @ papa joe's this was pure heaven looking out onto the sunset after a hurricane has landed.

in all seriousness this sucked in a bottle but I am basing my scores on the best case scenario I had in the keys on tues night.

papa joe's is a tiki bar perched about 20ft up on the end of islamorada (a collection of islands in the keys, think a town made up of islands).

Down here you get Killians if you are lucky... seriously. but it doesnt matter this time of year, hot as balls, 90+ plus (yes, that reads 2 pluses) every day and bright, burning sun (I have bacon ears now folks). This beer stood out. On tap in a crappy frat type clear plastic cup it even called to a non beer friend of mine "this smells like pine".. Yep, this has a citrus/pine nose (mellow) with a hop kick (mellow)... medium color, light head.

in a bottle this is pretty much suckage but on tap @ papa joe's (and I had it at the lorelei as well) this is one damn tasty beer.

imagine the sunset on the gulf side of the keys blazing, with shark, tarpon, and all sort swimming beneath you into the mangrove trails...

I dont think an extreme beer in this environment is needed at all, when in rome do as romans do. If you dont like margaritas get this on tap from a popular place, sip hardy! Thinking about it brings me right back to the balcony. and this was after Katrina came through.. this isnt something to order out of its element, it wont be appreciated.

side note: the tap is a conch shell on top... I had ample opportunities to take photos of it.. but hell, I didnt care.

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Photo of bierguru
4.05/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say I was very skeptical about this beer at first since it was made with key lime. I have had lime beers in the past and I couldn't stand it so I was figuring I would have the same reaction to one made with key lime. Not the case
The beer pours a light amber color and finishes with a nice thick creamy head.
The smell is a nutty sweet with slight hints of citrus
When tasting the key lime is not over powering at all the beer itself does have a bit of hoppiness to it
I would have to say this beer is very much like a killians red with key lime in it

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Photo of tjkurz
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe this is skewed because it was the only beer besides bmc or yuengling that was even on tap when I visited my folks in South West Florida. Nice amber color with good head and lacing malty taste up front with a bit of hops just to balance and something I couldn't quite put my finger on. Mouthfeel was great easy going down lager like - this is a good beer - if you see it on tap in Florida - buy it.

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Photo of Andreji
3.97/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the miami airport, while on a layover between flights to new york....

pour is quite orange-toned, based on the bottle and the pour alone you wouldn't expecto too much from this beer. very thin head (no more than 0.5 cm even though i tried), it's quite opaque , though.

Smell is fruits right off the bat. very citrusy which i found much in sync with it's florida-style, i'm thinking ruby red here and oranges. in spite of the small head. some hops and grassyness hidden in between, but it's mostly tropical.

taste is different, but it's good, it's once again like biting into a fizzy tangerine or something, full of straightforward taste but with a nice soft hoppy finale, not too bitter either, and not watery at fact i think it was full bodied and the carbonation was just right for the sunshine state feel throughout.

Decent beer for the state, not my top pick but a decent one anyway that i would dare drink again.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this in a bar on the docks at key west. A nice flavorful amber.this one is better than most. on top of that it's half the price of the less interesting brews on the ship I got off of.

Being an amber I wouldn't normally go our of my way for something like this. Today it tastes great. It's a well created brew.

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Photo of TuffBunny
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
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 Chinaskifan1
3.84/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap (large plastic pitcher) at Bonita Bill's in Fort Myers, FL, complete with a zip lock baggie full of ice floating in it to keep the pitcher of beer cold. Beautiful deep color, thickish mouth feel. Decent, solid beer. Enjoyable while sitting in the sun and definitely a better option than the BMCs.

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Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle with a mixed six-pack at the World Market in Pensacola FL. Pours a fairly clear amber color. Slightly malty aroma. Good taste, Mild, smooth somewhat malty to begin with and some very well balanced hops bitterness at the end. Fairly rich mouthfeel for the style. Drinkability ok...nothing unpleasant, bit of variety in the taste and very smooth. This is no SNPL but a beer I would enjoy on a warm day.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best microbrewed beer I could find in the Tampa-St. Pete area. That ain't saying much, though, as this brewery's products were all there was anywhere near St. Pete Beach. Oh well.

Pours a clear reddish gold under a half finger off white head that fades quickly leaving no lace or other trace on the surface of the liquid. The nose features sweet candy and flowery hops - quite pleasant. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste opens with smooth citrus and mild malt, followed immediately by a decent hoppy bite, flowery and fresh. A nice malt-hop blend follows through in the finish, with the bitter edge lingering long after the liquid is gone. A good effort.

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Photo of dstc
3.78/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with a white head. Head falls to nothing with thin lacing.

Clean malts in the nose, not bad.

Malts come through in the taste. A bit tangy.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

This is a beer I can sit and drink on tap, and I do. Not a bad alternative if there is nothing but BMC on draft (which there usually is down here).

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Photo of scottyshades
3.72/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Approx. $6.50 for a sixer at Total Wine in Boca
A: Pours light golden brown with a 1/4 in. head that leaves no lace on the glass

S: Sweet notes consisting of honey, caramel, toffee, sweet malts, and a slight note of hops

T: Honey in big on the tongue followed by some other sweet notes such as caramel, and toffee..the hops are not evident, malts dominate

MF: Perfect beer to have on the golf course...very light in body but still rich enough to satisfy...clean finish that is anything but dry

D: On a hot day in Florida (everyday) this beer will refresh even those who mostly enjoy stouts or hopheads.

Highly recommended

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap while in the Keys.

Was actually a bit better then I had expected, flavor wise.

Very thin foamy head that vanished. No lacing. Amber colored with some brown tones. No real carbonation visible.

No aroma at all. Maybe some slight sweetness.

Bready, light caramel, a bit of fruit, then a very mild hop note. Back to a bread flavor and finished a touch sweet.

Shy of sticky, but again a touch sweetness that you can sense in the body.

Drinkable. Not too bad. Won't run for it again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
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 beerluvr
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cream colored head over clear light amber liquid. Light and sweet malt nose. Toasty-sweet malt flavor with a weak hoppiness following. Finishes on a more assertive hop note than I would expect, yet still sweet. A nice tourist beer, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recieved this brew in a trade from fellow BA Chatter down in Florida. It's a decent pale, but not one of my faves. I'm still thrilled by the prospect of drinking beer that I can't get around here, half the continent away.

It looks good. Has a clear and golden amber color to it with a moderate carbonation and a decent white head that recedes to a ring after a minute or so.

The smell is interesting. It has a bit of a sweet spiciness that reminds me of a belgian. Does this have some candi sugar in the recipe? Also smells a bit grainy with some feint grassy hops.

The taste somehow seems belgian in character as well. It is a bit sweet followed by a very moderate spicy hop. The sweetness shows through in the finish over the hop, but it still has a bit of a dry bitter finish to it.

This isn't the most highly drinkable pale I've ever had. It doesn't seem to fit the same refreshing niche as something like SNPA does. Not to say that it is bad just because of that fact, but I like my Pale Ales to be slightly hoppier and ultimately quaffable. This was a good attempt, but it doesn't seem to fit the APA style too well. I find the belgian-like grainy sweetness to be a bit odd for the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After drinking much of the warmer climate crap beer, it's refreshing to have a true micro on a hot summer's day in the Keys. Though a better than average APA, there's nothing outstanding about this brew. The hops lend a nice spicy character (not piney or woodsy) in the nose and flavor that cut through the thirst nicely. The malt character was a bit big and sweet, more akin to a good amber ale. Nevertheless, the brew had no real flaws other than a slight malt / hop imbalance. The spicy hops lingered breifly into the finish and aftertaste. A tasty brew after an hour of walking Duval Street.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is small, fizzy, coarse, noisy and off-white. The beer is a clear, dark amber. Sweet, bready nose with a little sick caramel. Some burnt grains in the bready front. Caramel with a pleasant sweetness in the middle; cream, quite full. Nice grassy hops in the finish: quite bitter, quite grainsy. It's a nice, malty, grainsy PA.

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Photo of Ninjajake12
3.57/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark color with a subtle, yet lasting, citrus aftertaste. It's a very clean beer that you can enjoy any day. Very reminiscent of Blue Moon, but perhaps with more citrus. Only a hint of bitterness. Not the best, but definitely a beer that goes well with everything.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Florida cracker cafe in st. Augustine. Orange-amber with a thin white head. Pretty transparent. Smell is caramel, roasted malt with some citrus and pear. Taste is about the same. Light body and pleasant carbonation. A nice refreshing Florida beer

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Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on-tap at the Key West Cafe Bar in the FLL Airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL on 07/26/06.

Nice bright amber-ish gold color with a low off-white ringed head and good carbonation. Light oxidized aroma and flavor but there are certainly enough caramel and amber malts noticeable. Light-medium bodied with an oxidized finish.

Eh! More of an Amber Ale than an APA. Good enough to taste once before moving on to something else.

Per FBC website: Amber Ale. Pale and Caramel malts.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was light and slightly malty. Mouthfeel was medium with a light, mildly sweet flavor. Finish was still on the malty side. Kind of like an amber ale. Not bad, but not worth going wild over.

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Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to sample a ton of this during a recent three day business meeting in Fort Meyers. I did not realize that this beer was an APA, I had it pegged for a slightly hopped up amber. The beer pours a light bronze with a bit of clingy lace.

The beer has a soft nose of caramel, malts and just a whiff of citrus.

The taste is slightly sweet with some mild bitterness. The malts clearly lead the parade here and they impart a soft caramel and grain taste. Some citrus taste adds balance.

The mouth is pleasantly soft which makes it easy to session. This one pairs well with fish, chowders and burgers. Still think it’s a red and not an APA though…..

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Photo of Drew966
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Key West Sunset Ale pours a light copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. There is a sweet malty aroma. Tastes fairly good, a little heavy on the malt side, it's a bit sweet, the hops are noticeable, but could be a little more assertive. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Brent
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would have pegged this as more of an amber ale. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the beer. Wasn't expecting much - the kitschy palm tree postcard on the label and the "official beer of the Conch Republic" blurb on the neck for some reason shouted "insipid and watered-down." Aroma - hmmm, there is actually some aroma here - a bit of yeasty fruit . . . mango? Some of the fruit shows up at the front of the beer, along with a bit of citric tartness. As the beer warmed, the malt beefed up and a little more hops bite took hold. All-in-all, just slightly above average, but I can see this being a nice session ale.

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