Carnie Fire - COAST Brewing Company
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3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
03-07-2014 21:07:14 | More by tillmac62
3.8/5 rDev -8.7%
Bottle at House of Brews in Mt Pleasant, SC.
A - deep cloudy hazy amber. Moderate quickly disappearing head.
S - not strong but very amberish.
T - easy drinking for an amber. Nice tang and smooth. Not wowed by the style but good for what it is. Definitely a quality amber.
M - creamy and full for sure. But finishes clean.
O - really a solid amber. Can't help feel a bit meh for the style but if I had to drink amber it would be this or fresh NN. I would be hard pressed to choose NN over this Coast offering and that's saying something.
06-29-2012 19:48:23 | More by Momar42
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured into an Allagas glass on 9/21/12
Bottled on 08 24 12
Darkened copper and rust colored with a touch of honey at the stem. It's cloudy to the point that I can't see through it. It poured a two finger head that receded slowly, leaving scattered webs of lace. Retention holds around 1/8th inch.
Aromas of dank pine and tropical citrus hops jump out of the glass and are trailed closely by a balance of caramel and toasted bread. Hints of biscuit dust. Notions of sugar cookies as it warms.
The flavors are similar to the aromas and progress in much the same fashion, though the taste has much more of a kick. Sticky pine tar bitterness leads of, accented by zesty citric tones. The malts are more toasty than sweet. Toasted bread, dry caramel and perhaps a hint of cocoa.
The actual body is on the thin side, but the overall feel is bumped to medium territory due to gripping hop resin and full, prickly carbonation. Hop resins linger a spell. The body thickens up a bit over time and with warmth.
Overall, Carnie Fire is really good, but not extraordinary. It has a good balance between hops and malt, giving a bit of a preference to the former. Worth a shot.
10-13-2012 08:45:45 | More by Ryan011235
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Served this Red Ale on tap at the brewery, in a pint glass. Poured a hazy amber color, produced a nice off white head, excellent retention and it left a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain, caramel and piney hops. Medium in body, the foundation of this ale was toasted grain, caramel, and an unexpected pleasant piney hop finish. A higher hop profile then most red ales, this brew makes for a great session ale.
10-05-2012 16:06:19 | More by GossageBrewery
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
02-09-2013 19:26:40 | More by zac16125
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
Overall this is a great beer. The flavors here are super powerful compared to other beers I've drank... I've drunk? I've drunken? Anyway, a great beer. Nothing really special in terms of flavor notes but it really brings the power!
12-04-2012 00:11:19 | More by Jamesthebrit
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
02-11-2013 13:31:27 | More by One2Remeber
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks to kkipple for sharing!
Appearance: light amber-copper-caramel with a big head; good lacing
SMell: Grapefruit hops; caramel malt, sticky icky leaf
Taste: Caramel malts; grapefruit and pine hops. Lots more flavor than 5.00% should be.
Mouthfeel: creamy, full body
Drinkability; great sessionable hoppy beer. Great for the style, but not Boy King. I typically hate the style but liked this beer (although it is almost an IPA).
12-20-2010 01:48:50 | More by craytonic
Carnie Fire from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.