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: 131 | Ratings: 422
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber color with some light red tints. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that has a rather decent retention. Upon fading the head gives way to a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is almost none existent. All I can pick up are some lighter notes of a bready nature mixed with a tiny biscuit and hop

Taste – The taste begins with a dry biscuit and bready flavor. These flavors remain throughout the taste, but only very light changes are in the taste otherwise. A lighter citrus and grassy flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. It starts out light and grows slightly stronger toward the end with a light caramel flavor coming to the tongue. In the end a bready and lightly bitter flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light to medium in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. Decent for the crisper and bitter flavors and makes it rather easy to drink.

Overall – Nothing really all that great. Pretty bland in the taste department and lacking any complexity or nose. Nothing to really go out of your way for.

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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 RonaldTheriot
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Key West Sunset Ale has a thick, fluffy, egg shell-colored head and a mostly clear, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance. The aroma is of musty, funky, wet malt, and the flavor is of tap water, for the most part, with some hop bitterness, orange, and caramel showing up. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Key West Sunset Ale finishes easy drinking and dull. Overall, this is average.


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Photo of bluetravlr
1.61/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks Mark and Joan for bringing this beer back from Florida!

A: Clear, golden-amber coloration. Initial head quickly fades . . . lingers slightly. Good amount of carbonation visible rising to the top of glass.

S: Grassy, mowed-lawn, slightly biscuity with a small amount of roast.

T: Watery with a grassy finish. A touch of grapefruit and caramel in the middle. Lingering bread and grass.

M: Very light body for an amber. Overly carbonated. Lingering grassy resins.

O: Not good at all. I normally do not seek out ambers, but I have had some good ones. This is not one of them. Way too light for an amber. Hopped terribly. Week old lawn clippings and stale bread soaked in water and carbonated.

(This beer did travel to me and was under some stress and high temperatures . . . still, the Jai Alai I received, traveling under the same conditions, was very good)

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Photo of KajII
2.32/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a clear medium amber with a very small (almost none) white fizzy head that was fully diminishing in a matter of seconds, and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was extremely mild of a grain malt and a skunky yeast with a very light note of caramel.

The taste was mildly malty with an ever so light touch of caramel early on and then began to possess a slight bitterness but with a watery feel. The flavor faded almost immediately after the swallow leaving nothing behind.

Mouthfeel was very light in body and quite watery in texture with a nice strong fizzy carbonation.

Overall a brew which was extremely light in body, flavor and alcohol, that being said it was very easy to drink and might be enjoyed on a very hot day at the beach...

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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 ale1
1/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After reading the ingredients, and being a homebrewer, hops such as chinook, golden etc.

we found this today in publix super market,
picked up a sixer to try.

with all the fancy packaging this one leaves you going HUH??? read on please

poured into a Guinness pint glass light amber color with a 1.5 finger tall head,with no lacing.
I tried ..i mean i really tried to find any telltale of hops..there isn't any !!!
Much like the Budweiser Amrican ale this stuff is for dead parrots and budweiser fans it's just bad.

A bad aftertaste of rice corn corporate brewer swill,from the bottom of a food trough in some feed lot. It's to bad as it doesn't cost much more to use good Malt, this is not barley malt of any account it'll be sure to give one a headache if not poured down the drain.

Ale it isn',t swill it is.

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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 shand
2.81/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It's a decent looking beer, pours out a red-brown color with a finger of head that stays afloat fairly well. The aroma is weak, but what I can get is sweet grains and malts. The taste is perfectly quaffable, it's got a well-rounded, solid "beer" taste and not too much more. It's maybe a hair sweeter and just a hair hoppier than the generic-labeled "BEER" can archetype. The mouthfeel is light and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. This isn't a bad beer, it's just thoroughly mediocre in every way. That said, it wouldn't be a bad beer to pour the unadventurous without supporting Big Beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Key West Sunset Ale from Florida Beer Company
3.04 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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