Beachside Porter | Florida Beer Company

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Florida Beer Company
Florida, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jredner on 03-07-2006

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 13
Photo of LuthersLager
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in Florida visiting family when I noticed a specialty beer and wine store across the street. After my morning coffee I strolled in their to see if I could find some local flavors. I found two the Beachside Porter and the Key West Sunset Ale.

This Porter has that classic peppery bite that defines the genre's taste, or at least my experience with it. However the bite was milder than most but maintained a flavorful body. It was quite delightful. The Beachside Porter has a fantastic head that left residue on my glass. The beer had a full coating mouth feel much like having my tongue, throat and gums painted with the beer. The color was rich and black with a lovely red tint when held against the light. The biggest downside of this beer was the carbonation. I thought the Beachside Porter was tad over-carbonated for the style.

If you are a fan of Porters give the Beachside Porter a try. Not the greatest Porter you'll ever drink, but a Porter fan will appreciate it. I was definitely left with the desire to immediately drink another.

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Photo of nick76
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is really nice with toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, and coffee. The appearance is dark brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but suffers from an unpleasant bitterness and an unwelcome fruitiness. The palate is a little thin for a porter. Overall, not bad at all.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thin tan head. It's a mahogany color when held to the light. I really could not work much of a head from the pour on this one.

Nose is black licorice and a burnt coffee/chocolate malt.

Taste is the same with some lingering bitterness at the end. Not a bad porter, but not a great one either.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a porter.

Not a real drinkable porter, but not too bad either. This is one of the best ones from Indian River.

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sadly, the best of the bottles I sampled at the brewery, and found and opened as a favour. A little lace, neutral aroma oddly, watery and above average carbonation. There was some roasting, chocolate malt and coffee. Maybe extracts or attempt at putting the least expensive ingredients and quantities.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice brown with plenty of lighter highlights, some sparse but fine bubbles, a nice ring of tan lacing that hints at the one-finger foamy head that once was. Pretty nice looking.

Aroma: Cocoa powder, grassy, citrusy coffee, some milky, fruity notes - yogurt covered oranges? - a few chocolate notes,

Taste: A healthy dose of tartness and/or bitterness - hints of lemon, grass - that, in conjunction with the roasted malt, coffee-like notes, may or may not be reminiscent of a really light, half-roasted kind of coffee. Flavorful ... just not the best flavors, the ones I'd expect from a good, solid porter.

Mouthfeel: A little too thin and a little too expressively carbonated, but with big and even bubbles, with lends a nice creamy edge.

Drinkability: This one's good, interesting, a little strange though - it's way fruitier and tarter than you'd expect a porter to be. Alcohol's fine (I'm sure, despite not really know where it's at - I'd estimate 5.5%), but it's just a lil' too strange for me. Don't regret trying it, but wouldn't seen it out!

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer, Dark almoxt black in color. Has a dry mouthfeel. Heavy mouthfeel, but smooth going down. Lots of roasty taste. Good dark chocolate taste. Bottled in a nice little brewrey in Melbourne. if you can get a hold of it sample it, it's worth the try.

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Photo of babaracas
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with ruby/brown edges and light brown head which fades to 1/2 inch, ok lacing. Smell: burnt/roasted malts, dark chocolate, compares to hazelnut coffee with half and half. Taste: burnt flavor dominates with a healthy amount of dark chocolate. Mouthfeel: medium to thin bodied, the carbonation plus the grainy finish is a bit harsh. Still a nice porter, especially for being brewed in Florida.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with some brown highlights when held up to the light. Produces a tan colored head. Aroma is dark roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is slightly bitter with coffee and chocolate dominating the taste. Overall, I am quite surprised with this brew. I was expecting far less. Not a bad offering from Indian River Brewing Co.

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Photo of Drew966
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown almost black with brown highlights with a decent sized brown head. Aroma has a nice malty quality with hints of chocolate. Seems a little heavier carbonated and maybe a little thinner than I would like for this beer, but that is minor in my judgment. Definitely dark chocolate and a bit of coffee in the flavor. Not bad, an interesting beer from a Florida brewery. Worth a try, I'll probably buy this again.

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Photo of Jredner
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at HabershamÂ’s Beverage in Savannah, GA

Aroma is low key mild chocolate and heavily creamed coffee. Color is black with a pretty two finger thick, lasting, head. Some tobacco spiciness in the fore followed by cocoa powder and carob flavors. Tastes a bit chalky, but I did serve mine around 60 degrees and the bottle says it is brewed for the Florida lifestyle which I imagine means beers that is substantially colder than 60 degrees.

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Beachside Porter from Florida Beer Company
3.31 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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