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Red Wagon IPA - Fire Island Beer Company

Not Rated.
Red Wagon IPARed Wagon IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 11-07-2009

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1.75/5  rDev -49.3%

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of Avantyawn
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ugh...I had this on tap and it was really pretty good, perhaps I can review it on tap sometime, but from the bottle it is not very good.

A: The best thing this has going for it is the look from the pour. Thick ample head, murky amber orange, apple cider sort of look

S: This is really an IPA? Maybe this is just a bad batch, but it smells only of caramel sweet malt and sour candy and sharp yeast. There is nothing hoppy smelling here.

T: I am being charitable with a 2 rating. It tastes awful. I think this is going down the drain... It tastes like sour dough bread dipped in beer. Not good at all. Again, on tap it was good! But for this review, the bottle tastes really bad.

M: The mouthfeel is ok. Has a sort of grainy thick chewy mouth to it, and sharp tingly carbonation.

D: Sorry, I can't even finish the bottle, so I have to give this a poor drinkability. It just doesnt taste good.

Photo of AdamPenna
2.41/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass at local Irish pub sort of place by a guy named Todd, who made a point of remembering my name as I left. Nice touch even if it felt a little false since we didn't exchange more than a few perfunctory words. Amber color, slight head, and a very little lacing (lame lacing). The first of the twi I drank was less impressive than the second, whose head stood up better than the first, and whose lacing was even better. Go figure. Slight hoppiness in the nose. Mouthfeel was watery. Ok, and the only IPA on tap. About to enjoy an Old Rasputin. Let's see.

Photo of Ralphs66
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of errantnight
2.54/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of brbrocc
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Chugs13
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of BigJohnShow
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of SkunkWorks
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. There's no bottling date or freshest by information on the bottle and I think this might have been a stale bottle. I'm going to review it anyway since personally I think this is a brewery issue that could be solved by printing the date on their bottles. If I have it again and it tastes fresher I will edit this review to reflect that bottle.

Look: very orange with a foamy white head. There's not much retention on the head but it leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: smells very sweet. Its all malt all the time in the smell. There's a little spicy hop but not much.

Taste: incredibly sweet for an IPA with pretty much no sign of hops. There's a bit of hop spice in the finish but otherwise this is incredibly sweet for an IPA. This is why I think the beer might be stale. Kind of disappointing. It does hide the 7% ABV easily. I'm surprised to see it so high.

Feel: fairly heavy for an IPA. Also tastes kind of flat.

Drink: I could see this being sessioned in a pinch but its not something I would want to session by choice.

Overall, I think the bottle was bad but based on what I tasted I would have to say to not bother with this one, which is a shame because I like to support NY breweries.

Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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Red Wagon IPA from Fire Island Beer Company
79 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.