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:
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Added by zerk on 12-23-2001

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear amber red with a half finger of off-white foam.

Toasted malt and a smidge of citrus wafts from this brew, but nothing quite appealing.

Citrusy hops and sweet toasted and caramelly malts lend most of the flavor.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, light.

Overall, while I can't say this beer is terrible, there's not much to it and it's definitely one to pass on.

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Photo of BeerPhilosophy
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Smell fresh, lightly hoppy. Look clear, carbonation and foam as it should be in regular lager. But taste flat, quite tasteless, just fizzy carbonation and slightly metallic acid after taste. Surprisingly disappointing. No bottling date, but for them I hope it is just old.

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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 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 lwillitz
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 1-finger khaki head over a cloudy body of orange amber; medium visible carbonation

S - grains with a touch of fruitiness; weak

T - quite bland; grainy with a grassy bitterness, yeast, dry finish

M - light/medium body, high carbonation

O - not good

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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 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 SierraFlight
1.92/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Bonefish Grill in Merritt Island, FL, poured into shaker pint. Amber body, clear, with off-white head that fades quickly to a ring and slick. Aroma is malty, grainy, and if you really dig in, there’s some hop spice. Boring. Taste is lackluster, too. Some caramel malt sweetness, a touch of husk-like bitterness. Medium body, thin, watery texture, average to soft carbonation, dry nearly taste-free finish. Bland.

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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 dd43
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%

Had this on tap at a seafood joint on the way to Fort Myers beach. It was the only non-macro beer available. Ick. Would not drink again. Watery, no mouthfeel, weakly hopped. Served in a frosted mug to add insult to injury.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured from a 12FL.OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light brown body with a thin white head.

Smell: Grainy malts.

Taste: More grainy malts. Very thin.

Mouthfeel: Very thin body, but smooth and refreshing.

Overall: Key West Sunset Ale billed as the Beer of the Conch Republic but brewed in Cape Canaveral (??) - marketing ploy, no more no less.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love to try craft brews. I'm a Native Floridian, so when I saw Key West Sunset for sale as part of a build your own six pack, I really wanted to try it and support workers in my state. I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. The head was pitiful and was gone within a minute. No lacing. The appearance is a nice reddish brown. The flavor tastes a bit like roasted nuts to me. Overall this beer is drinkable, but nothing to write home about. I don't see myself buying it again.

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Photo of NicMurray
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
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 SpenCycle
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good smelling beer. Beautiful appearance. Poured it and thought, wow, this will be a new favorite. Extremely disappointing. Very little taste, no hops, a little roasty bitterness. I bought a sixer and struggled to reach for another. Really would rather drink a BMC rather than this. A lot cheaper too. Basically this is an amber ale trying to be a light beer. I will be fair and end on a good note though. Decent aftertaste. Roasty and a little bitter.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

My parents brought me back some booze from the sunshine state. Thanks mom and dad.

Amber with a quick to scurry head. Smells like cooled amber extract heavy wort. Tastes toastier than I was expecting. Aspirin finish.

Smoother, less grainy Yuengling? Probably better on a warm Florida beach than a cold Dorchester double decker.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Light golden-amber color, 1f off-white head. Minimal lacing, lots of bubbles.

S-Lots of wet musty grains.

T- Just enough malt and a touch of floral hop to elevate it above a typical AAL.

M- Light and refreshing, well carbonated. Not enough, though.

O- When it was this or AAL on tap, it sufficed. Barely.

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Photo of DerekF
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this while waiting for my flight at Fort Lauderdale airport. Not much of a nose, slight hints of citrus and malt. Appearance is a light, burnt orange, more transparent than I like in my beers. Mouthfeel is crisp, and the beer itself is rather watery. I'd almost compare it to a weak Sam Adams' Boston Lager, perhaps with a bit more sweetness and a slight citrus note that is mostly present in the aftertaste.

Overall, it seems like an attempt to create an accessible, yet tasty beer, but falls well short of the mark. Perhaps the only saving grace is that bars that would normally serve heineken, coors and that sort of ilk tend to also serve this. While it isn't by any means a good beer, it is still a craft beer.

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Photo of weller1js
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a lightly yellowish-amber, moderately carbonated, white foam, little lacing.

S: mild yet balanced between malt and hop notes, light spicy-sweetness is noticeable.

T: begins crisp, yielding to taste similar to the scent, balanced between lightly sweet, slightly buttery maltiness, and a light spicy bitter hoppiness, finish is consistently similar.

O: balanced and basic, would be a good casually drinking session beer, nothing too noteworthy.

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Photo of brandonlovesbeer
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at a restaurant in Cocoa Beach, FL named, "A N.Y. Pizza House." On an unrelated topic, the pizza was very good. Not the best I've ever had, but good. Especially if you like garlic.

I mention the restaurant for one reason. Because one of their lead cooks, and their resident beer guy, was one of the most hated employees according to the waitresses and other cooks.

Why? Because he was a know it all.

My final point about this restaurant. This same beer guy used to work for a Budweiser and Coors distributor, delivering beer. Other than that experience, he knows nothing about craft beer.

He was actually telling the waitresses to do something called, "Rolling" the beer. With all of their beers. But especially the craft beers so that the sediment doesn't sit on the bottom.

So with that intro let me get to the review: FYI: The brewery is a few miles down the road. So this was truly a local beer.

Typical Amber color. Bordering on Orange.

My first stiff gave me an apple juice aroma. Then, as I delved in deeper, I began pulling out some light citrus notes. However the malt was definitely the main character of this beer.

It was a typical Amber Ale. Nothing special. Not bad. Not great. Just average.
There was no apple in the flavor, which was surprising after the strength in the aroma.

If you've never had it, I recommend trying it (if for nothing else), for the experience.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The color is orange to amber in the vein of a Key West sunset. I have no idea if this was intentional but they emulated the colors of a Florida horizon. The head was pretty thick but it collared quickly.

The scent was a touch citrusy but had weak malt aromas.

The taste was easy and refreshing and beats many of the adjunct thirst quenching, beach beers. I taste roasted malts and grains with a lemony softness. There's a bit of a roasted or toasted quality but it is mixed or lost in an ease of drink.

I found this to be a very good beach beer, different than so many others and just different enough to drink again.

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Photo of Traveler407
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Medium bodied amber with a citrus taste and aroma. Pour is filtered with a offwhire color head.
Good session beer
Enjoyed this beer very much
Being fromMelbourn, it's very nice to have a fair local beer which is becoming more available throughout Florida.

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Photo of Labeorphile
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Decent reddish amber color with a thick head and a good deal of lacing. But then it goes downhill.

Aroma is very grainy and malty and the taste is the same, although also with an unpleasant metallic taste. Carbonation is suitable for style.

Overall an average beer. Better than the mass produced junk filling out the rest of the store's freezer, it that's about it.

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Photo of atomicbeer
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer of the Conch Republic: an American Amber Ale with 2-row and caramel malts and First Gold, Chinook, and Mount Hood hops. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Caramel and sweet corn flakes under a fresh floral grass aroma. A sweet caramel flavor dominates backed by floral grassy hops and corn taste. Seems too carbonated. Kind of meh, a below average amber ale.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I poured this beer in my tulip glass. I got about two fingers of foam that died down pretty quickly. The name "Sunset" seems appropriate to the coloring from this beer.

The nose on this one is very minimal. I get some malt and some funk on this one. There really isn't much there.

The flavor is extremely bland. There isn't much flavor going on here. It reminds me of the macro releases for people that don't enjoy beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw like amber, moderate cap of white froth. Pale scent with some musty and damp grain, faint grass, light sweetness. Taste doesnt bring much more to the table - light musty and damp not carry throughout the flavor. Light, watery and bubbly. Again, nothing to see here...

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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
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