Florida Beer Company Swamp Ape IPA

This was another beer from the Delaware haul. They don’t distribute to New Jersey, so I hadn’t heard much about it. I’ve seen it on a blog or two, but honestly, I don’t remember what they said about it. So, let’s see how it was.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Florida Beer Swamp Ape IPA is an Imperial India Pale Ale. The fresh and lively hop character is derived using 5 distinct varieties of hops: Tettnang, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade and Amarillo. This beer has an intense hop bitterness, flavor and aroma balanced by complex alcohol flavors, moderate fruity esters and a medium malt character from the balance of 2-Row, Europ and Cherry Smoked.”

Random: Pittsburgh is getting smacked around by the Browns. That’s embarassing.

This beer poured with a three finger, ecru colored head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was really cloudy with lots of floaties and golden orange in color with no visible carbonation. The nose was light with lots of citrus flesh, lemon rind and mandarin orange and pronounced alcohol. The taste had an overwhelming taste of alcohol with some pine and grapefruit. It was really astringent with this odd note of green Nyquil and herbs. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation with a lot of booze warming that lingered on. The finish also featured alcohol and pine. This beer reminded how a poorly done DIPA tastes and to appreciate the good ones that I’ve had. Avoid this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Florida Beer Company Key West Sunset Ale

My last beer in Disney was this one. We went to Downtown Disney and stopped for lunch at Wolfgang Puck’s. First of all, my meal was absolutely amazing. I ate every single bite (which is rare for me). I started with the chicken tortilla soup and then had the pumpkin ravioli. So, so yummy. Anyways, this was the only beer that they had on draft that wasn’t a macro, plus it’s a local, so I figured I’d try it.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Amber/Red Ale

Trivia: This brewery has three beers they brew and are based out of Melbourne, Florida.

Random: I have to say that I expected more local beers to be widely available down here.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was light with a touch of bitterness and a hint of biscuit. The taste was very light too. It started with some bread and bicuit and then went into grassy and citrus hops. At the end, some caramel notes came out as well. This was a very light amber ale to me. The body was light and carbonation was moderate and appropriate. The finish was quick with some citrus and biscuit. This beer went down without a problem, but there wasn’t much to it. I’m glad I tried a local beer, but don’t color me impressed.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0