Lighthouse Ale - Fire Island Beer Company

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Lighthouse AleLighthouse Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
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: 78 | Reviews: 37
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 mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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 RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is an amber ale? Really. What it tastes like to me is an undefined mess of ingredients that come together as a beer that is drinkable but that carries no distinct character enough to differentiate it as a style. Kind of like some random homebrew or something. Like I said, it's drinkable, but I get no distinct character worth mentioning here.

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.

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 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 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 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 cosmicevan
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at flynn's on fire island. Deep amber with a thin head. Nice amber ale smell with some pilsner like malt dominance. Flavor is like the smell only more malty. Really catvges a macro vibe. Watery and easy to drink, but nothing special about this one. Probably move onto something else next.

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 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 micromaniac129
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber in color with hardly any head and then fades to nothing. Carbonation is very light. Smells of malts husks and other stuff.
Taste is bland and sad some malt and yeast.
It is smooth though so thats a plus but thats about it. Tastes waterdown and weak.

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 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 socon67
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 TheDeuce
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a hazy golden brownish color with a thin finger of fine grayish head that dissipates rapidly, leaves zero lacing
S: has a bit of a sweet scent like raspberries or some other kind of berry maybe, also has a slight scent note like some adjunct lagers ive seen out there
T: ok, its drinkable but thats about it, has a bit of sweetness that i guess i would associate with an amber ale but really isnt entirely appealing
M: thin, leaves the mouth clean, medium intense carbonation at the beginning
O: eh, pretty bland and doesnt stand out anywhere, the best part was the mouthfeel and thats never a good sign for a beer

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Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
78 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.