Sunday, July 11, 2010

Key West Sunset Ale (2010 original review)

Since I'm vacationing/working here in Key West, Florida I thought it was extremely appropriate to review a beer bearing the Key West name - Sunset Ale by the Florida Beer Company out of Melbourne, FL. I shot most of this review behind the camera, cinema verite-style so you could see a typical sunset here. There are a few other beers in the "Key West" line but I'm not sure if I'm going to get to them while I'm here.

I didn't write a text review of this at the time, but here's my 2016 re-review:

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20Chad9976 (1557) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Light caramel maltiness, a hint of butterscotch. No hops. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear shade of dark amber/light copper. Large, white, frothy head. Good lacing and retention. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward palette, though not especially sweet. Mild caramel/toffee flavors and some dry bitterness in the second half but no hop distinctiveness. No flaws, but not much to spec. Way too mild. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light/medium body; fairly crisp. Smooth and clean aftertaste. Too light for the style. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is clearly a mild beer intended for a pedestrian audience. Succeeds as such, but not a great example of the style. 5/10


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