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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Added by zerk on 12-23-2001

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Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle sampled at the brewery. Some lace, nothing else to look at or smell. Aggressive carbonation. Malt job, macro beer, or as we would call it back here buck-a-beer basic. Boring, hard to beleve they brew Abbey brews here, but that's what quality control can do.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a amber and golden body.

S: very light on the nose mostly a little caramel malt and grain.

T: this one is a little strange. Malts make up the majority of the flavor with little hop character to speak of and sweetness on the front end.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: plain but drinkable. not at all memorable.

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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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored, dark but pretty clear, with a head that retains reasonably well. The aroma is on the fruity side, bringing to mind dried apricots or dates. Not as clean as I'd like for the style, nor as hoppy, but it's decent. The taste mirrors the aroma pretty closely, with a big malty backbone, dried fruit, minerals and the faintest trace of hop bitterness in the finish. Not a bad brew, but not exactly exciting, nor am I a big fan of ambers to begin with.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a clear light amber with an average foamy head with OK retention but no lacing. Aroma of medium-sweet malt with a light touch of bitter hops. Taste is mostly based upon some medium-sweet malt and finish is slightly bitter. Body is about average with some OK carbonation. I guess this one is OK but nothing really to write home about.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours out an amber color. It had very little head and it didn't last long. It smelled like malt and grass/grains. Those flavors came out when tasting it. There was also a slight hint of hops, but it also seemed a little watery. Mouthfeel was descent. It's drinkable because it is not overpowering, but it also isn't very flavorful for a pale ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, bubbly white head.

Smell: Ultra faint musty grain aroma. Seriously, folks, there's practically nothing in here.

Taste: Simple, light grainy flavor. Hardly any sweetness and even less bitterness. The finish is slightly sour, but even that is all too fleeting.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite watery.

Drinkability: Might be better served and more enjoyed in a sunny, oceanside apartment in Florida.

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

Served in a bottle at ESPN Club in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel and toasted malts along with some light floral and tropical hops.

T: Sweeter than I expected with a light caramel malt flavor and some honey, then there is a bit of tropical fruit flavors and some light bitterness from the hops. Notes of apricot as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Refreshing and very easy to drink, light enough (in ABV) to be sessionable. Worth trying but not anything that is going to knock your socks off.

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Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 mdfb79
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a nice reddish-amber color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, and light citrus and fruit. Kind of weak and not that enjoyable.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, citrus, and fruity malts. A tiny bit of bitterness/tang which is odd.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - Pretty easy to drink but I don't think I'd want to drink it again. I thought the smell was a little weak and the taste had some weird bitterness to it that was not enjoyable. Wouldn't look to have again.

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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 WoodBrew
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whoa!!!! Maybe I got a bad bottle or something....but Key West Sunset Ale is not very least in my opinion. The color is a cloudy amber with no head and no lacing. There may be a hint of honey in the nose....but really nothing. The taste is very metallic and acidic. I really dont know how to describe this beer. The poor taste ruins the mouthfeel of this beer and I would chose Miller Lite over this one.

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

Thanks to Jredner for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty with lots of caramel. The taste follows the nose for the most part. With a slight sweetness at the beginning. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Derek
3.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber, off-white head, very little retention, no lace.

S: Pale malt, caramel, citrus, a little fruity esters.

T: Too sweet. Some hop flavour (grapefruit & floral), not enough bitterness. Plenty of caramel malt flavour.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Too sweet for me to session, but easily approachable for the average Joe.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangey amber with a quickly diminishing head. The aroma is slightly fruity, caramel and floral hops. Taste is really not too bad. Taste starts out malty with a bit of citrus that has a decent enough presence. Overall this is a decent brew that I was actually surprised me a bit as I was expecting a little worse.

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Photo of corby112
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber orange/ light copper color color with .5 finger off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring.

Light caramel malt aroma with crisp hop presence and faint notes of grass and straw. Very bland with subtle hops and the faintest trace of spice.

Lighter side of medium body with sweet caramel maltiness and crsip bitter hop balance. Citrus fruit notes mostly orange peel and tropical fruit with slight spiciness (corriander, pepper). Clean and crisp and pretty well balanced. Sweet fruit and matly flavors balance themselves out fading into a slightly bitter crisp dry finish.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
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 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 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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Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear amber with a dark cream coloured head. Minimal lace, fair retention. Sweet malt with a bit of grassy hops in the aroma. Mild flavour - some malt, some bitterness and a hint of hop flavour. Slightly high carbonation gives it a bit of a metallic finish. Light, but not thin. An inoffensive beer. Thanks Wintermute!

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Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at the Undertow Bar in St. Pete's Beach while here doing, uh, work, and, uh, stuff. No, really, this time I would rather be home. Happy birthday little Leah!

Anyways, a light amber color, nothing exciting, not much to smell either. Although the 21+ a few weeks bartender in the bikini popped it open, stuck her nose up to the neck, & declared "I just love to smell this one!" A BA in training?

Tastes more like a pale than an amber, but hey. Malt-dominated, but with only some mild sweetness. Finish is probably the best part, nice & smooth.

Sunset Ale is macro without the nasty aftertaste & a touch of color & ingredients. Not bad if you're looking for something to sip illegally on the beach as you're walking the surf in the dark, but it's drinkability is its strong point. Fo sure.

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

From a bottle I brought home with me from North Miami Beach recently. Poured with an off-white to tan head and no lace. Aroma is at first dark ripe fruits, apricots, and a hint of cherry along with a bit of malt and hops. Shortly after that the aroma is strongly caramel malt. Flavor is similar but more pronounced malt and bittering hops. Body's not bad, perhaps a tad over carbonated. Ok beer. Forgetable finish. Could do worse. One of the best beers I've had from down there so far.

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Photo of Suds
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this brew on tap during a recent trip. It has a slim white head and a clear amber color. The aroma is modestly malty, with a little caramel. Very modest use of aroma hops. The taste is mild, with a very slight sweetness up front. There’s a little caramel and lightly toasted malts. A balancing bitterness comes out in the mid-taste and helps this brew in the finish. This is an ordinary, everyday ale. Nothing special, but still satisfying.

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