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Carnie Fire - COAST Brewing Company

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55 Ratings
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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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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-12-2013 06:55:43 | More by spycow
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:11:19 | More by Jamesthebrit
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -27.9%

10-22-2012 14:19:58 | More by fehrminator
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2012 16:06:19 | More by GossageBrewery
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-23-2012 16:18:20 | More by Satchboogie
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

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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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-02-2012 19:35:30 | More by jrohrbacher
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Momar42

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 19:48:23 | More by Momar42
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-21-2012 05:06:14 | More by JISurfer
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-14-2012 22:13:58 | More by scottyshades
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markasparov

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-13-2012 00:57:59 | More by markasparov
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MacQ32

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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Cane4Beer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-22-2012 15:14:18 | More by Cane4Beer
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Heff19

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-14-2012 00:49:07 | More by Heff19
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tclapper

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-23-2012 01:46:37 | More by tclapper
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exposur3

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2011 16:26:30 | More by exposur3
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md655321

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-17-2011 23:21:29 | More by md655321
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-11-2011 03:49:26 | More by CarolinaKev
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thagr81us

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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jsanford

Georgia

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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mikesgroove

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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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from growler into an irish pub pint glass.Very handsome brew, this elixer appears a hazy ruby copper hue with an off white and excellant lacing down glass.
I will say this is def a hop forward beer, grapefruit and reson reign supreme with some sweet carmel malts holding thier own.grapefruit piney resonous with some tropical fruit in the back drop. A strong malty backbone too, creamy breadiness of the artisean type.
This is carbonated spot on for my pallate, creamy smooth and a nice oily finish.
The abv here is making this a quality session beer that anyone would think is bigger than is. Loaded with wonderful flavs, these fine folk continue to put out the best beer in region I think. COAST RULES!!!

Serving type: growler

12-21-2010 01:12:25 | More by welldigger888
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craytonic

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
Carnie Fire from COAST Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.