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Lighthouse Ale - Fire Island Beer Company

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Lighthouse AleLighthouse Ale

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BA SCORE
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fire Island Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-27-2009)
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jeranbrews:
Photo of jeranbrews
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange red cedar mulch color, very low finely beaded bone white head. Plenty of champagne bubble continued carbonation.

S - Lots of creamy toffee caramel and leathery hops. Like a new leather belt in a wooden box dipped in frosting.

T - Initial hoppy flavors are a bit dull. Kind of like cherry pits or peach pits. The goodness has been drained out. Aftertaste is lightly malty and sour. Very much underwhelmed

M - A bit disappointing as predicted by the dismally small head. Watery and indistinct sadly.

D - A random find in a random restaurant on the tip of Long Island. I was initially hopeful based on the delightful smells but overall this beer can't quite deliver. Needs more flavor. good flavor bad flavor just needs something.

jeranbrews, Jul 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev -11.5%

csmartin6, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce, I'm am currently staying on Fire Island, so felt thisw choice was a no brainer. Pours typical medium honey amber, clear, with a light tan head, leaves fine spots of lace. Light malt/hop sniff. Medium bodied, peasant enough ale. Moderate malt underflowage, with a noticable but not beefy hop presence. Middle of the road in every way. Smooth and quite drinkable. Nothing special, just a so so, but still BA worthy ale

Billolick, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fire Island's Lighthouse Ale is a standard, fairly well-made American amber. It's a somewhat hazy orange-copper color beneath a short-lived head of creamy off-white foam; and the head retention and lacing are somewhat limited. The aroma delivers a gently sweet combination of malt and berry-like yeasty fruitiness. The flavor offers more graininess, a touch of breadiness, golden caramel, and some nuttiness as well as some mildly leafy, spicy, and floral hops. It's mildly bitter; and fairly smooth across the palate with a moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. It finishes drying as the malt fades and the hops make themselves known. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper colored pour. Minimal foam, and no lcaing. Visible carbonation.

S - Not much actually. A bit of barley and malt.

T - A bit of caramel sweetness with a bitter finish. A hint of spice is present.

M - Pretty light bodied. There is some carbonation. A spicy feel on the tongue.

O - Not bad, but fairly nondescript.

socon67, May 22, 2011
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +18%

beerman999999, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber color with a smallish white head that quickly settles into a light ring. The aroma is of bready caramel malt with a very light hop spice. The taste is of a bready malt, caramel, a slight toasted nuttiness, and some tea like hops. There are some nice flavors but them seem watered down in the end. The feel is light and almost watery, with very fizzy carbonation, finishes slightly dry. An average amber ale. Again has some nice flavors but seems to be watered down a bit, could use a touch more hops. Not much of a grainy taste which is a plus. Very easy to drink during these warmer days.

Gmann, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of scootny
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good solid amber brew that looks nice in the glass with a decent off white head and a touch of lace. cloudy honey amber with moderate carbonation. Nice amount of fruitiness in the nose overlays a solid malt core with sweet bready notes. Light floral hops. Taste is smooth and malty with just the right amount of hop balance. A bit of mild citrus in the clean finish leaves bit of bread a biscuit and a touch of graham lingering underneath. Feel is crisp and lightly effervescent. Highly drinkable and while not a standout not a beer to ever turn down.

scootny, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of aranheaney
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-decent copper with a finger of head that lasts for a bit

S-some malt, but kind of a BMC tone

T-eh, not so great, a bit of an unpleasant (corn-like) aftertaste, especially after it warms

M-fair

O-fair, glad I tried it, but probably won't buy again

aranheaney, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

LJWalker, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber/reddish hue with a nice cream colored head. Smell was sweet caramel malts with a hint of a corn or grain in it. The taste was very much sugary malts with again a bit of a grain or earthy back to it. Very nice actually. This is very nicely carbonated and goes down smooth

mikesgroove, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at keg and lantern in greenpoint Brooklyn
a-copper color and fairly clear with some bubbles and no head or lace.
s-no real scent to it.
t-this is a great spring tasting beer. Crisp and refreshing with a touch of caramel and strawberry. Smooth and not complex. Good if you are in the mood for it.

Amalak, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of Chugs13
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns floating in the center of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of fruit and bready malts in the nose.
T: The beer tastes a bit metallic and has sweet flavors of caramel and toasted malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink, but nothing really interesting sets it apart from other types of amber ales.

metter98, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of bertywerty
5/5  rDev +47.5%

bertywerty, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Noelito76, May 29, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at T.J. Finley's, Bayshore, New York.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt and fruity hop.

The taste was well balanced and a bit grainy.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent and easy drinking ale. Not an amber.

plaid75, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -11.5%

oline73, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of bsm80x
3/5  rDev -11.5%

bsm80x, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of TheDeuce
2.48/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fire Island Lighthouse Ale……….in a bottle

Appearance-pale copper color, middle of the road head with a little lacing left over by the time it disappears.

Smell-light mix of malt, hops, caramel, alcohol is there, not much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel-subdued, hints of caramel and fruit along with toasted malt character. Smooth, finishes fairly clean. Light mouthfeel.

Drinkability-no major flaws, subdued flavor.

Overall-not an offensive beer but simply not worth a purchase, indistinguishable and bland.

TheDeuce, May 08, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big up to JoeyBeerBelly for the extra!

Poured into a DFH curved pint: a honey-like amber with bright gold highlights & a finger of creamy head that drops to a thin covering.

There's a sweet, apple-ish kind of fruity smell. Some slight musty/funky smell, slightly vegetable, & some pretty clean hops.

Taste has a sweet-ish cereal flavor, like corn flakes or shredded wheat, with a caramel presence that's nooot quite there, never comes full circle. Nice crisp hop taste, just enough to balance it out without making it really bitter.

Light-bodied, just a touch flinty & crisp. Goes down easy, but nothing really to hook me into multiple glasses.

OneDropSoup, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from joeybeerbelly in the SNF squares...thanks Joe! Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a perfectly clear light amber/copper color. Thin head of white foam that disappears quickly. Tons of very large carbonation bubbles rise steadily throughout the glass.

S - Lots of earthy hops in the aroma and a bit metallic. Thin malt in the background, mostly grainy character with some toasty biscuity smells too.

T - Taste mirrors the aroma pretty well. Hops give a refreshing bitterness and sit on top of the malt, which is light in character, but still gives a mild sweetness and some breadlike flavors.

M - Thin to medium bodied, slightly light in carbonation. Carbonation is pretty loose also. Goes down very easy, waterlike in that not much of the flavor lingers behind. Light and refreshing in feel.

D - Overall, a nice mild and highly sessionable beer. Good for after doing some yardwork (getting to be that time of year again too). This is one to grab if your in for a long session, flavorful enough to be satisfying, but in no way heavy...very easy drinker.

portia99, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a trade with JoeyBeerBelly. Cheers!

A- Pours a golden/amber color with a thick white foam head that fades to a ring. Some decent lacing left behind.

S- Sweet caramel malt and toasted grains. A bit of earthy hops.

T- Relatively low hop flavor with just a touch of bitterness upfront. Fruity esters are quite prominent with a sweet caramel malt finish.

M- Medium/light bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Really easy drinking brew with enough flavor to keep me happy.

projectflam86, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale malt scent along with some Munich malts and a touch of hops. The taste is decent as well. It has a bland pale malt flavor along with a moderate hop character and some yeast esters in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, yet it's lacking complexity.

WesWes, Jul 28, 2010
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Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.