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Carnie Fire - COAST Brewing Company

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 20
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
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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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so thrilled to be able to have a growler of this. huge thanks to the cbs/gbx crew for getting this one done for me. served cold and polished of on christmas eve.

the pour is a nice medium amber with a light haze to it and a nice and small, compact head that just sits on top lightly thought out the session dropping a bit of lacing up and down the sides. aroma is nice and fresh, deep hops that are ripe with citrus goodness. sticky orange and pine give way to a buttery middle that coats the palate and leaves the tongue dry and sticky with a full feel but yet it still begs you to take another sip.really smooth and creamy with a flavor that seems to improve with each and every sip.

overall a very interesting beer, not really sure what style i would throw it into to, but wow. really digging this one.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2010 04:15:36 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-12-2013 06:55:43 | More by spycow
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-28-2014 03:39:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-29-2012 15:45:19 | More by sendbeer
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, sharp smell of hops, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of malt and caramel up front with a nice hoppy finish. This beer has a higher hops content than most red ales, but it's never overwhelming.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

12-04-2010 13:08:23 | More by avalon07
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Warsteiner mug. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and slight grapefruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, and grapefruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The hop character in this one was nothing short of amazing for a Red Ale. Flavor was very well balanced and had an excellent aroma that invited you in for more. An absolute must try for any hop fan or fan of the style.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2011 13:19:26 | More by thagr81us
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4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the Lodge in Hilton Head, SC. Poured into my COAST pint glass.

A - Cloudy copper with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving foamy little islands on the surface. Sticky lacing left on the glass. COAST always makes such pretty beers.
S - Pungent pine and grapefruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. Crisp and juicy.
T - More pungent pine resin and grapefruit dominate, again with a caramel backbone. Strong, pleasantly bitter finish, similar to the rind of a grapefruit.
M - Creamy with a medium body and crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - I'm amazed by how quickly my girlfriend an I killed this growler. Another great beer from COAST!

Serving type: growler

01-16-2011 06:20:13 | More by jsanford
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-26-2013 14:03:36 | More by RedneckBeerz
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-23-2012 01:46:37 | More by tclapper
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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 08:45:45 | More by Ryan011235
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-23-2012 16:18:20 | More by Satchboogie
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-06-2014 04:07:38 | More by Kurmaraja
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South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful slightly hazy deep amber color with sizable fluffly near white but slightly cream colored head, about 5 minutes later there's still ~ 1/2 inch remaining, lacing is excellent. Poured into a slightly oversized DFH signature glass. Looks amazing

S - Lots of rich caramel malts, fairly toasty and maybe even a little grainy. A nice piney presence mixes in with citric aromas. Mmmm

T - Lots of piney resinous flavors with a bit of a grapefruit/citrusy follow up. The sweet caramel holds its own after the initial bitter pallet rocking, still getting some of those grainy qualities.

M - Perfect. Medium bodied but very refreshing especially with the nice dry hop profile. Appropriate carbonation.

O - I had this once before and really wanted to enjoy it again but whoa, this is much better than I recall. A new go to for me! Near perfect

Serving type: growler

05-23-2012 18:46:45 | More by MacQ32
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4.66/5  rDev +12%
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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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-31-2013 21:44:24 | More by mikeincharleston
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-02-2012 19:35:30 | More by jrohrbacher
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-21-2012 05:06:14 | More by JISurfer
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-10-2013 04:06:44 | More by FUwolfpacker
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-23-2014 23:21:06 | More by mmulebarn
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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: growler

12-20-2010 01:48:50 | More by craytonic
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. A ruddy caramel/amber body is topped with a generous cap of cream-colored and creamy foam. Nice retention and a ton of lacing.

Potent nose, chock full of pungent dry-hopped goodness. The sticky icky and a general leafiness take precedence over relatively mild citrus and pine notes.

Cannabis proves to be a prominent flavor as well, as does a powerful earthiness. Citrus and pine are relegated to background players, but aren't shy about showing themselves in brief flashes. A nice blend of malts- nutty, toasty and mildy sweet- make a more complex base than to expected from your run of the mill amber ale. Slow and sumptuous bitter finish is followed by an eventual drying out and lingering toasty and nutty malt.

Overall impression: Loads of multidimensional flavor packed into a 'sessionable' ABV. Another winning effort from COAST. Great stuff.

Serving type: growler

12-07-2010 21:36:46 | More by PDXHops
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-25-2013 21:23:37 | More by SPRichard
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-11-2011 03:49:26 | More by CarolinaKev
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-14-2012 22:13:58 | More by scottyshades
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4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 3-finger bubbly, frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and great lacing. A cap of cream-colored bubbles stays on the beer surface all the way down. Clear with a decent amount of bubbles.

S – Lots of stuff going on here. Bready, toasty, nutty, caramel malt and a resiny pine, grapefruit, and mango hop bouquet. Smells pretty hop forward for an amber ale, but there’s definitely a healthy dose of malt here, as well.

T – Follows the nose very well. Starts off sweet with caramel and bready malt as well as grapefruit and mango flavors. The toasty and nutty malt flavors come into play about mid-taste. Immediately after, spicy bitterness starts to build with pine, grapefruit, and mango notes. Bitterness and spice keeps building to a tremendous finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, and a very bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Hop spice and bitterness lingers very nicely.

O – This is a fantastic amber ale. It’s definitely on the hop-forward side, but there’s also certainly enough malt to back it up and call it an amber ale. The solid amount of malt is evidenced by the fuller-than-expected mouthfeel. It’s very surprising that this is only 5% ABV because it drinks and feels much bigger than it is. That’s not to say that it’s not as drinkable as other 5% beers. It just has so much more flavor and aroma than other beers of its strength. And yes, it’s very drinkable, too. This is a must try. Awesome job, COAST!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 02:01:55 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Carnie Fire from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.