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Carnie Fire - COAST Brewing Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Heavy on hops with a slight caramel maltiness. Striking orange-red color. Big on Chinook Hops.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 11-24-2010)
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Courtesy of rbradley. Thanks!

Pours hazy orange almost red with a big cream colored head. Clumps of lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma is bursting with fresh citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and tangerine along with some pine resin as well. Toffee and freshly baked bread form the malt backbone.

Flavor is more of the same and wonderfully balanced. Those bright citrus qualities show up at the front before rounding into a chewy bready toffee. Finishes earthy and piney with a distinct bitterness.

Medium bodied with a little stickiness to it. Lowish carbonation amplifies that, although the hop onslaught prevents it from ever approaching sweet.

Fantastic red ale and one of the best I've had. Reminds me quite a bit of fresh Nugget Nectar or Zoe. Would love to do a side by side with all those as I think this may come out on top.

Serving type: growler

02-11-2013 20:54:14 | More by jmarsh123
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOD 1/28/14. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a nice dark ruby accent giving an orange/red appearance. Tremendous head with a thick lacing that lasts. Nice nose of citrus hops - grapefruit, mango, orange - with a touch of peach over a nice caramel sweetness. Medium bodied with a smooth texture. Slightly above normal carbonation level. Unfortunately, the taste is not as good as the nose. It is a citrus pine mix over a predominate bitterness of the same. The malt is there, but has more of an over toasted biscuit character that lacks the sweetness of the nose. The finish is smooth and leaves an aftertaste of tart grapefruit rind bitterness. In short, good but not great.

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South Carolina

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South Carolina

2/5  rDev -52.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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New Jersey

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Friend brought down a growler filled this morning.

A: Medium amber color with an orangish hue. Slightly cloudy. Off-white solid head.

S: Great hoppy presence with a mild sweetness. Clean, pronounced.

T/M: Light, slightly spicy hops. Light caramel sweetness up front of a red ale. Turns to more of an amber ale with hint of prune flavor.

O: Full of flavor while having a light body. Easy drinking. Highly impressed with drinkability and flavors.

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02-11-2013 13:31:27 | More by One2Remeber
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FUwolfpacker

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zac16125

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Bottled on: 2/6/13 (the joys of drinking local)

A: Pours a slightly hazy, dark amber orange with 3 plus fingers width of light khaki colored head. Leaves lots of thick lacing.

S: Tons of great citrusy hop aromas, tangerines, lemon zest, grapefruit. These are accompanied by some resinous piney hop notes. Caramel and sweet bread notes provide a firm malt backbone. Awesome aroma.

T: Less of a hop bomb in the taste than on the nose. Lots of malt; caramel and roasted malts. Burnt toast. There is a good hop presence as well, but unlike the nose that exploded with citrus hop goodness, the hops on the taste are mostly piney hop bitterness. Big flavors for a low ABV beer.

M/D: Full bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Drinkabilitiy is good.

O: Overall, another tasty offering from COAST. Not my favorite Red Ale, but quite tasty and certainly worth a drink. Ill drink this again in the future, for sure. Recommend.

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A: Explosive head from a easy pour. Color is reddish dark amber. Very dark for an ale. Interesting color being not too red.

S: Hoppy. Malty. A bit light. Nothing special.

T: Hoppy! Malty! Nice! Something spicy in there... alcohol comes through a bit as well. I mean, certainly not unique but super big flavor notes! Bring the intensity of a high ABV beer but isn't....

M: Flavors are nice. Carbonation, while being way too much, is smooth on the palate.

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Carnie Fire from COAST Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.