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Lighthouse Ale - Fire Island Beer Company

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Lighthouse AleLighthouse Ale

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 81
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-27-2009

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Photo of 1Bonehed
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of fps_dean
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of h2x21
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I should have saved $3.00 and bought Heineken. Drinkable but very disappointed. There is absolutely nothing that makes this beer unique. It is on the bland side and if I lived closer to the beverage store, I'd return it. At least I bought a bottle of Devestation Ale to make up for this junk.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.02/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of micromaniac129
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of scootny
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.55/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of aranheaney
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
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


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

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Photo of socon67
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mrgrinch
4.36/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of portia99
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.