Florida Beer Key West Sunset Ale (365 Day 15)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Florida Beer Company Key West Sunset Ale

Day 15 of my quest for 365 days of American craft beer began with one simple thought: don’t start off week three with how week two ended. I wanted a solid beer to get off on the right foot. I choose Key West Sunset Ale by Florida Beer Company.

Now I knew there had to be a reason this beer has sat in my cellar for six months after receiving in a trade from a person in Florida. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

I will tell you this: after having that beer, I feel like the unwritten rules of beer trading were broken by this person. It does not rate well anywhere on the internet. Stopping here as I will get myself all worked up.

Onto the beer review.

I really don’t like to bash beers and I am not going to try and go over the top here, but sometimes brewers have to know that they need to make their product better. Otherwise they might not be around for a long time. The pour was probably the best part of the beer: nice head, color, and retention. The nose and test are rich with caramel malt with a sidekick of grain. The level of collaboration in this beer of these flavors does not work well for me. The hops seemed to have fallen out a bit so there wasn’t much of a boost of citrus. I really don’t know if that would have saved my opinion much. Enjoy!

Aroma: 6, Taste: 5, Look: 7, Drinkability: 5, Overall: 5.6

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