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Reef Donkey | Tampa Bay Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.93/5
Very Good
264 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
tbbc.beer

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry-hopped American Pale Ale that drinks like a session IPA. Motueka, Equinot, & Citra give this beer a lemon/lime aroma with a citrus/tropical fruit flavor. Reef Donkey is slang for the popular Florida game fish, Amberjack, which inhabit our coastal wrecks & reefs.

36 IBU

Added by GuttaMane138 on 06-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,787
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
264
pDev:
9.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
104
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by Retroman40:
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3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Pours a nice, clear gold with just a touch of chill haze. Forms a half-finger of creamy white head with good visible carbonation. 4.5/5

S: Resin and citrus hops balanced by a light cracker malt presence. As it opens up, there is some tropical fruit, grapefruit, and floral hops as well. 17.5/20

T: Nice citrus up front, primarily grapefruit, with resinous hops and cracker malts. Hints of tropical fruit and floral hops. Hop bitterness in the hang with a bit of lingering malt sweetness. 37.5/45

M: Light-bodied, good carbonation sensation, and very low alcohol presence. 8.5/10

O: This is a quite tasty APA. I'm glad to have another tasty canned option around on shelves, and very glad to see TBBCo expanding their packaged options. Recommended. 17/20

Estimated final score: 4.21
Calculated final score: 85/100
Old BA score: 4.25

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This blew me away. For an American pale ale, I could drink this all day. I think it's incredible! It tastes a touch like aardwolf's nonchalant with a touch more malt, and a touch less bitterness. Well done!

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Photo of sicilian
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear golden color. Decent sized head with abundant lace.
Aroma of citrus and sweet malt.
The taste followed the nose. Grapefruit, some caramel in the background.
A nice seession beer.

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Photo of WangFire
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deebo
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Oyster Bar in St Petes to go along some shrimp nachos this APA was a real nice surprise. Tons of hop aroma with lots of fresh sweet citrus. Taste is a great balance of said hops with a sturdy malt backbone with a caramel sweetness. Easy drinking yet not light at all. Equally good for slow enjoyment or thirst quenching. I learned what a reef donkey is too-so that's a plus

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doomXsaloon
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An overall forgettable pale ale. Had on draft at Sams in Hudson, Fl. Really nothing going on with this brew....

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alotofcoffee
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.91/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jworkman
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wsf357
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I had several on a rooftop bar in Clearwater.
Its got a nice funky hoppy smell, as you would expect from the name and packaging.
The taste was mostly sweet and fruity, I wish it had a bit more bite. It felt a little flat going down. There was a definite hoppiness, but the fruity flavors dominated.
It wasn't crisp and refreshing. Instead of adding a nice crisp bite, the hops seemed to contribute a heavier musky flavor.
Still, it tasted good and I drank several.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. "Reef Donkey"
on tap @ Sloppy Joe's, Treasure Island, FL
$5.25 for a 12 oz. "pint"

Clear deep gold body beneath a bright white head. Better than average head retention and lacing. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit! Quite tropical. Nicely balanced with a pleasant finish - more hop forward than might be expected. Worth trying.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from @csp0380
A - Pours a clear golden color with 1 finger of head.
S - Aroma is great, somewhat grape fruity.
T - Very well balanced, citrus, hops and malt.
M - Mouth feel is light and crisp.
O - I am pretty tough on APA's as I drink a lot of IPA's and DIPA's and find too many APA's lacking flavor. Not this one! I really like this APA. Hope I can find more of this when I travel to FL in a couple months.

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Photo of Nicksterot
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

While vacationing in St. Pete Beach, I came across Rick's Reef Bar. The bartender said, "Reef Donkey was an APA, " As a fan of APA's in general, I felt obligated to try it. I am glad I did. This may be one of the best beers I have ever drank. It has a fantastic combination of citrus and hops, that makes it very easy on the palate. At 5.5% ABV, it is do able and refreshing for the Florida sun.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of KensWorld
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of MikeThumel
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wilfonzo
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BKotch
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oswick
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Reef Donkey from Tampa Bay Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 264 ratings
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