Reef Donkey

American Pale Ale Tampa Bay Brewing Company

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Reef Donkey, an American Pale Ale by Tampa Bay Brewing Company

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Reef Donkey is an American Pale Ale brewed by Tampa Bay Brewing Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a nonic pint glass from a can.

Appearance

Pours a slightly hazy, golden-orange with a half-inch thick cap of white foam that dissolves quickly. A touch of residue clings to the glass.

Aroma

Aroma is pleasant with citrus and cracker malt.

Flavor

The palate is initially bitter with a squeeze of grapefruit before a malty caramel sweetness asserts itself.

Mouthfeel

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with a less-than-medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall

The Reef Donkey has a solid palate that’s nicely balanced but its watery mouthfeel makes this Pale Ale decidedly mediocre.

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About the American Pale Ale

The American Pale Ale is a hop-forward brew that has less alcohol strength, is less bitter and is more approachable than the American IPA. Its clean and balanced palate makes use of New World or American hop varietals. Prior to the explosion of the American IPA, the American Pale Ale was the most popular craft beer style in the United States.