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
4.66/5 rDev +12%
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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.
02-11-2013 20:54:14 | More by jmarsh123
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
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
Carnie Fire from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.