Lighthouse Ale - Fire Island Beer Company

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Lighthouse AleLighthouse Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-27-2009

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 37
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.55/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even as I write this , I have decided this is now my favorite American Red!

Although it says Fire Island Beer Co., it is actually brewed in Upstate N.Y. (Saratoga). I remeber trying this on tap years ago at "The Shack";arguably Fire Islands best bar.

This has a sweet malty aroma, pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice thick frothy head that lasts a fair time. A thin lacing of the glass persists. The taste is a bit citrusy tart and smooth delighting the tounge and palate!

The label says " the kind of beer you want to have a beer with", and they are not wrong.

Photo of mrgrinch
4.36/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A clear, copper hue. Moderate head. Vibrant carbonation.

Smell - Both mildly sweet and mildly earthy.

Taste - A bit of bite at the beginning with a sweetish, balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Clean and crisp. Not too heavy or creamy. Light and refreshing.

Drinkability - Enjoyed this beer with a fluke sandwich after a long, arduous motorcycle ride in heavy traffic. It was light enough, and tasty enough I had another! A refreshing and enjoyable beer that isn't too heavy.

Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a good sized white head that left spotty lacing behind.
The aroma is mostly sweet caramel malt but it is pleasant.
Taste is good, sweet and malty with a light touch of bittering towards the finish.
Medium bodied and refreshing.
Easy drinking beer.

Photo of projectflam86
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, light amber color with a very large white head hat dissipates very slowly and leaves substantial lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts and a toasty character, with slight grassiness.

Taste: Toasty and buttery, with a caramel finish that has balanced, nutty hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with well-rounded natural carbonation and a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good session beer and very well rounded.

Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of fps_dean
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper color. There is a feint bready, malty aroma with minimal hops, and it tastes much like it smells. No particular flavors stand out, bad or good, and it goes down rather smoothly.

While it's far from the best beer I've ever had, it's also far from the worst as well. I may buy this again if I see it, but it's not something I would go out of my way to get either.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a amber in color with a thin white covering on top. The head settled out after a few minutes but left moderate lacing on the glass.

The aroma has some toasty malts with some caramel and a little hops coming through as well. The taste is a little light with caramel and toasted malts making up most of the flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent. It's a pretty easy drinking lighter beer that has some good malt flavors going on.

Photo of scootny
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of albern
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, a correction. The bottle says the beer is brewed in Saratoga Springs, so perhaps the contract brewery moved its operation. The beer pours a clear amber with very little head and no lacing. There is zero retention and the beer has fairly low carbonation. The nose on the beer is a touch grainy, maybe a little grassy, some undefined sweet malts maybe the slightest touch of caramel. This is a low ABV beer for sure.

The taste is very simple, modest, a touch watery bland, with some grainy caramel malts, maybe a touch of hop in the finish to tighten things up just a bit, but mostly just a refreshing, light pale type ale. There is a bit of crystal malts and a slightly sourishness that detracts a bit. There isn't much to this beer. It is light all the way through.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. Has a fluffy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Has a malty smell with strong fruity notes. Also has some grassy hops notes.

Taste: Starts off bitter and finishes with sweet malts. Has a metallic tinge at the end of it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Meh...This is a typical amber ale with nothing to really make it stand out. Not bad but not worth seeking out.

Photo of 1Bonehed
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug down the side & finishing with center pour leaving little less that finger of light tan, almost white, slightly fizzy head which dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing. Body is light golden slightly orange hue, moderately cloudy but clean.

SMELL: A hint of sweet malty, almost bready, & a bit of a citrus fruit thing going on, but couldn't make up my mind on exactly what I was smelling. Was kinda curious of how it would taste, based on aroma.

TASTE: Moderate carbonation cleanses the palate almost immediately leaving mostly aftertaste as the flavor profile. That being said, slightly malty sweetness nicely blended with the hops & a somewhat citrus finish. I couldn't really discern much if any of an alcohol flavor. Interesting flavor combination for such a light bodied beer. Quite refreshing & very easy to drink.

FEEL: Very light/watery. Moderately carbonated, making for a very clean finish. Great beer for hot summer day kind of event, but little body as far as the palate.

OVERALL: It's a descent beer. Nothing really stands out about this beer, but it's very drinkable & it's lightness makes it very refreshing. Wouldn't go out of my way to buy, but wouldn't avoid it either.

Hope you enjoyed the review...CHEERS

Photo of Brianjames16
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear light coppery red color. One fingers width of white head dissipates pretty quick. Little to no lacing sticks around on the glass.

S- Nice balance of caramel and toasty malt aromas with a minimal hop presence in the back. Very pleasing and welcoming aroma on this one.

T- Caramel is the most obvious flavor that sticks out. The toasted malts linger in the after taste and coat the mouth. Very nice balance of flavors. Slight bitterness from the hops.

M- Light/medium body with decent carbonation. Refreshing with a crisp finish makes this beer an easy drinker with good flavor.

O- This beers always available by me which is nice. Definitely a beer I revisit often.

Photo of tronester
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle, this amber ale starts with a sweet caramel flavor, then shifts to dried fruit, and a slightly tart malt finish. Not many hops, in either bitterness or flavor. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Drinkability is quite good, light and refreshing. I probably wouldn't buy this but would certainly drink it again. A good starter craft beer.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods at the Time Warner Center in New York recently since I can't obtain this beer in New Jersey. I had the Red Wagon IPA not too long ago so I figured that this would be as good. Unfortunately, this feel a bit short and it wasn't until I signed onto here that I found out what style this fell under. Needless to say, this was a bit weak and not as strong as other American Ambers/Red Ales that I've had recently.

This had a decent pour to it with a bright copper hue and a head that was present but not overpowering. There was hardly any lacing to be seen and the aroma was faint, to the point there it reminded me of a second-tier macro beer. As for the mouthfeel, it was somewhat full and toasty, but the taste wasn't anything special. Just a bit of the metallic copper repeated with some caramel notes. This went down easy and there wasn't a lot of carbonation to go along with the lightness of this beer.

It would be easy to have a few in a sitting since I could hardly taste the alcohol in this. While there are better and deeper American Ambers and Red Ales available, this would be fine for kicking back with after work. It's just not that memorable.

Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a light brown-amber color with high carbonation evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of sweet fruit, roasted malts, bready, and toasted malts.

t - Tastes of sweet fruit, metal, and caramel and toasted malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - Not that great of an amber ale. There was a bit of a metallic taste to it and mostly just malts. Wouldn't look to buy again.

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Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
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