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Red Wagon IPA - Fire Island Beer Company

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Red Wagon IPARed Wagon IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fire Island Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 11-07-2009)
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Reviews by WesWes:
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

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 malt forward scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and biscuit malts. The hop aroma is tame at best. The taste is decent as well. It has a wonderful malt flavor that's sweet with crystal malts, but also bitter with a mild hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best IPA on the market.

07-19-2011 02:22:37 | More by WesWes
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csmartin6

New York

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-03-2012 23:22:17 | More by csmartin6
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BK2084

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

09-12-2012 00:09:52 | More by BK2084
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%

12 ouncer, w/o freshness/bottling date info. Pours clear, copper hued amber, respectable staying power noted on the oat meal head, that holds onto a thick collar. Leaves low thick sheeting and strands of lace. Faint nose of light peppery hops and perhaps a hint of vanilla. On the malty side for an "IPA", with citric, pine hints but not really showing off much of a hop presence or crunch. Decent brew, but nothing special. Better then a macro fer sure, good "IPA" for a newbie. Works as a sessioner in a pinch or in a marinade in place of an amber ale.

06-03-2010 23:28:19 | More by Billolick
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Milkysunshine

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-30-2012 22:46:08 | More by Milkysunshine
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

06-27-2013 15:26:30 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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bruffco

California

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

12-15-2011 16:40:31 | More by bruffco
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cfadams17

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -6.1%

08-27-2014 01:17:47 | More by cfadams17
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

Woah, I was shocked to see this beer only has a common rating of a "B". I haven't even tasted it yet but I can smell it, and it's great. Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops amidst a rich caramel malt base. Beyond that I get perhaps a bit of yeast, but that's it. It's quite rich and inviting.

The appearance, however, might be considered lacking. It doesn't say "bottle conditioned" or "unfiltered" on the label, but it's cloudy. That doesn't just happen, it must have been intended; and I personally don't mind a bit of yeast in my beer. For me, however, I do want to see a good head with some solid retention (that shows the quality of brewing to me), and that's not there. Ding. And DING.

I should note at this point that although it's listed as an "American IPA" on Beer Advocate, Fire Island never calls it that. It may be more of a hoppy red ale than an IPA, but that's semantics. They may have chosen the IPA designation for marketing purposes to suggest that it was hoppy and bitter. Or not.

I still don't find anything odd in the aroma, so on to the flavor. It's very much as the aroma suggests, which isn't surprising because 90% of what we "taste" is actually an olfactory perception. So, nice hops, nice malt (perhaps a bit full), and a good balance. There are some leafy, piney, and grassy hop notes that emerge across the middle, and then linger into the bitter finish. It's malty and leafy with a dusty dryness and a residual note of apple-like fruitiness. So what's missing?

The mouthfeel, not unlike the maltiness, is a bit full. I don't think it's beyond style guidelines, however, and it certainly doesn't hurt the beer on a hedonic scale.

So, it's a rich, malty and hoppy ale with a good bit of fruitiness, hop character, and a rock-solid bitterness... what's not to like? That it's not really an "IPA"? OK, I can agree with that, but it's still definitely a drinkable "B+" beer.

10-23-2010 15:14:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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socon67

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Pours orange with a healthy foam head. Lively foam on top.

S - Smells of malt and sugar. For an IPA this really has no hoppy presence in the smell.

T - Nice balance from the sweet malts and hops. Not bitter on the back end.

M - Medium bodied. The ABV is masked fiarly well.

O - A kinda interesting IPA that doesn't go for the hoppy bitterness. Probably works well as a gateway to craft.

05-22-2011 17:53:53 | More by socon67
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

07-11-2013 02:40:19 | More by WoodBrew
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Had a pint at Sweet Afton in Queens. This was tasty beer, but I think the low reviews come from the relatively low bitterness for the style. I'm sure it's still around 50-60 IBU, but for a 7% IPA with considerably more bitter competition, this beer doesn't stand out. Still, there's a lovely and classic mix of citrus and pine hops - very American. It reminds me quite a bit of Harpoon IPA.

12-07-2010 02:53:14 | More by tempest
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Ralphs66

New York

2.4/5  rDev -30.4%

Asked my girlfriend to order this for me while I ran off to the men's room, so it was sitting and waiting for me when I returned...no head at all, and very minimal lacing. Smell was virtually non existent. At least, I expected a little hoppiness. Taste, unfortunately, followed smell and there was, well...nothing! Brown water with some moderate carbonation. I left it to warm a bit, as it was probably too cold coming out of the tap....but it didn't get any better. In fact, it didn't change at all. Disappointing night cap...

06-20-2011 12:40:01 | More by Ralphs66
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leinie13

Ohio

3/5  rDev -13%

07-13-2013 03:47:29 | More by leinie13
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Gmann

New York

3.45/5  rDev 0%

Pours an exceptionally clear copper color with a tight and clingy egg-shell colored head. The aroma is of a caramel malt and light floral hops. The aroma is quite light for an AIPA. The taste is of caramel malt, a bit bready, with a floral hop presense, lightly bitter. The flavor is quite neutral. Nice moderate feel with plenty of fizzy carbonation; finishes slightly bitter. This is a good brew but borders more on the APA style. The hop profile really isn't up to snuff for an AIPA, the hops get lost in the malt. As an APA this is pretty tasty. I marked it lower based on the AIPA style. Its worth a purchase. This is quite balanced and very drinkable.

11-22-2009 00:07:33 | More by Gmann
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scootny

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%

Nice to look at with a clear fluid and a decent head with bits of lace here and there. Nose carries a good balance with sweet caramel malt underneath a solid core of pine and grapefruit. Taste is much the same with a balanced overall profile and substantial hop persona. A touch of lightly buttered bread slips in. Dry clean finish. Crisp feel has just enough weight to go with an excellent carbonation. A good solid hoppy ale.

05-05-2012 08:27:36 | More by scootny
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TheMonk41

Michigan

4/5  rDev +15.9%

01-09-2012 23:49:31 | More by TheMonk41
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -13%

02-26-2013 05:10:16 | More by LJWalker
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%

amber in color, light copper tone to it with a nice head of white on top that lasted for a good few minutes before settling down into nothing. Light citrus hops, well balanced against a solid malty back drop, really well done as it seemed to come together perfectly, Crisp, clean, light on the palate, this was asessionable, beer drinkers IPA that could be thrown down with great ease.

Very light and very drinkable

11-22-2011 03:17:21 | More by mikesgroove
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Drew88

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-14-2014 22:26:14 | More by Drew88
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Chugs13

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

11-24-2013 22:02:21 | More by Chugs13
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metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: There are aromas of alcohol and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness. Some alcohol is present, although it’s not as strong compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops make your tongue tingle a bit towards the finish.
O: This beer seems to taste more like a hybrid between an amber ale and an IPA. Some alcohol is noticeable in the smell and taste, which somewhat reduces the drinkability.

06-26-2012 00:37:33 | More by metter98
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errantnight

California

2.55/5  rDev -26.1%

Pours a clear amber with moderate lacing and reasonable retention.

Aroma is flat, some creaky old hops, a bit of citrus but mainly earth and mint and just a touch of diacetyl around the edge.

Fortunately the butter is virtually undetectable on the palate and there's a pleasing balance and some reasonable caramel malt character. Under the category of IPAs which aim for balance it's appropriately bitter to balance the sweetness, but the hop character is miniscule.

The body feels right, nice crisp lift to the finish that turns this from a chore to a mere disappointment.

Mislabeled in today's day and age (or in need of a reformulation) and brewing process needs a touch of work, but it wouldn't be painful if I had to choose this to avoid going macro.

07-12-2010 06:03:00 | More by errantnight
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bensamra

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Apperance is very cloudy compared to other IPA's
Smell is malty with hunts of coffee
Taste is unique
Mouthfeel is just wonderful
Drinkablility goes down with any objections

I would recommend this beer, after I first had it I was given a black and tan with this red wagon and a lion stout which I loved. It has a very malty taste and very drinkable.

09-10-2010 02:19:32 | More by bensamra
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Noelito76

New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

04-12-2014 11:46:55 | More by Noelito76
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Red Wagon IPA from Fire Island Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.