Key West Sunset Ale | Florida Beer Company

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Key West Sunset AleKey West Sunset Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Florida Beer Company
Florida, United States
floridabeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,793
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
443
pDev:
16.34%
Bros Score:
2.85
 
 
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Ratings: 443 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
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 +0.7%
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 acurtis
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

the first beer of vacation! thats always such a good feeling, escape the work life for a week with the family in a nice climate, land at the airport and exchange the boots for some flip flops, and head to the nearest seafood shack for an ale and a fish sandwich, really a great experience! this beer works well in that context, rather robust amber ale, copper in color and with a decent body on it, holding a full inch of off white head too, lots of bubbles rising up to join it. the aroma is a little sweet and a little nutty, pleasing and not at all boring, mildly toasted and smooth, not quite caramelized. the flavor is about the same, not as sweet as many beers this malty are, but losing some of its lightness to the weight of the grain, not exactly a hot weather crusher, and it warms up kind of heavy too, coming apart a little bit, i get some strange minerals and dried fruitiness, more fall than summer, and it just has a lot more body than i need in the baking florida sun. its a nice wash down for a blackened fish blt, which was a heck of a sandwich, and i appreciate the higher carbonation. it also tastes fresh, has a real malt base, and is satisfying me even if the marginal utility is quickly diminishing. ill drink a bunch of these this week i am sure, a nice welcome to vacation but hopefully not the best beer i drink while i am here!

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Photo of spycow
3.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +16.7%
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 oline73
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
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 largadeer
3/5  rDev -2%
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 jlindros
3.03/5  rDev -1%
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 +20.3%
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 Gagnonsux
3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
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 -34.6%
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 good....at 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 ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -23.9%
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 mdfb79
2.76/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Jason
2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
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 rab53
2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.06 out of 5 with 443 ratings