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Lighthouse Ale - Fire Island Beer Company

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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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5/5  rDev +47.5%

bertywerty, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of mrgrinch
4.38/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

mrgrinch, Jul 28, 2010
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 beerman999999
4/5  rDev +18%

beerman999999, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of DCH
4/5  rDev +18%

DCH, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of mitchellaneous
4/5  rDev +18%

mitchellaneous, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +18%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +18%

69davis, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18%

smithmd4, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +18%

GFD400, Aug 30, 2012
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 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 LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

LJWalker, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of VonZipper
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

VonZipper, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Vonhinx
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Vonhinx, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of mfigueroa713
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

mfigueroa713, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of locustking
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

locustking, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Mosstrooper, Jan 15, 2010
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 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 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 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 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
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
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Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.