Red Wagon IPA - Fire Island Beer Company

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Red Wagon IPARed Wagon IPA

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 124
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Fire Island Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 11-07-2009

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Photo of Avantyawn
2.12/5  rDev -38.7%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of AdamPenna
2.41/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Ralphs66
2.44/5  rDev -29.5%
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 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... (527 characters)

Photo of errantnight
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.57/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 11/19/14. I did not look at the date when I bought during a recent road trip through New York. Sampled on July 4, 2015.

Murky, sediment filled brass-orange under a big, lingering off white head. Usually I like sediment deposits but these were floating everywhere.

Any of the hops in the aroma have probably faded due to the age of this beer so I picked up more of a roasted malt character and an extremely thin hop profile.

Medium body.

The taste is far more malt forward than hop forward but again I think that is based on its age. Hopefully if I am back in New York at a later date I can find a fresher bottle. (650 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an Alamo Drafthouse shaker pint.

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark brown color. Has a medium-sized, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells faintly of grassy hops but actually smells more strongly of sweet malts. An IPA that smells more malty than hoppy?

Taste: Strongly bitter throughout with grassy hops flavors. Finishes with a touch of sweet malts. It isn't nearly as malty as the nose would lead you to believe, which I guess is a good thing for an IPA. Still, it doesn't seem nearly hoppy enough for an IPA; drinks more like a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and exceedingly dry.

Drinkability: A very so-so IPA, if you want to call it that. It really feels more like a pale ale, but who knows? Fire Island certainly has better offerings and this one isn't really worth hunting down unless you like in New York and can find it easily. The only plus side I can see it that, for an "IPA," it's very sessionable and I could certainly see myself drinking a few of these in one sitting. (1,068 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 (416 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a medium brown with a slight amber twinge, pours very clean with a small amount of head that dissipates quickly,
S: Nice dark sweetness with a slight underlying hopiness and maple maltiness
T: Pretty decent taste, deeper hopiness than for my particular taste but still nice
M: Strong carbonation initially followed by a nice depth and a slight lingering dryness
O: Nice representation of the style for a small brewery, nice taste for 7% ABV (473 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Drew for this tick.

A: The pour is a hazy dark orange color with a finger's worth of off-white foam.

S: A definite harshness to the nose. There's some solventy/bleach character to it along with acidic grapefruit juice, and some caramel malt.

T: The flavor is pretty bitter, which is nice enough, along with citrus peel in terms of the hops. The malt is there too, and provides what is overall a pretty substantial sweetness.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

D: Not a terribly good example of an IPA. At least the flavor was an improvement over the nose. (580 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a pretty mundane beer. The malt is so high and the hop influence seeking so low that I want to say it's striking me more like an English ipa than an American one. Eh. It's just not bringing anything memorable or interesting, as far as I'm concerned. Nice to try something from a new brewery, but this is a one and done for me. (334 characters)

Photo of anotherpg
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Begins with a light lace head, which disappears quickly. Amber in color. Smells and tastes more of grapefruit than anything else. Drinks clean without being overstated on hopes. Not a big IPA by any standards but a solid beer that I would guess is better on tap. (288 characters)

Photo of oregonskibum
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is dark orange, fading to a burnt yellow along the edges. Pours with a 1/2 inch off-white head, some lacing along the glass as the head slowly resides.

S: Citrus, floral, maybe a little pine from the hops, but generally mild for a IPA. Caramal and faint hints of brown sugar are also present, in equal proportion to the hop aromas. Not bad, but no remarkable for a 7.0% IPA.

T: Lots of bready malts and caramal flavors come close to overwhelming the citrus hops flavors. A little on the sweet side with a fairly low level of bitterness. Finish is likely the best part of the beer. Reminds me of a light colored amber more than an IPA.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body. Fairly crisp and inline with style.

D: Not bad, but not that good either. I'm not sure what they were trying to achieve, but it lacked the bitterness to balance out the malts. Maybe it would be worth trying fresh on tap, but I doubt I hunt this one down again. (991 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (686 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A touch hazy so it must be unfiltered with a light amber body and a 1/4 inch of head that turns to a thick lace ring. A nice sticky lacing.

S - Yep as suspected malt forward with slight bursts of pine and citrus hops. Does smell balanced.

T - Malt and hops are pretty balanced. Can't say the hops are too aggressive or the malt being too sweet and bready. Not bad. Slight linger of bitterness on the palate.

M - Light to medium quite good for the ABV.

Overall not as clean and refreshing as most of my favorite IPA's but not muddled and overly bitter like some I have had. Good beer but I couldn't see myself getting it again. (634 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a murky golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was mostly sweetness from the malts with some subtle citrus and faint hop notes. The taste was also dominated by the malt which made the brew more sweet than anything alse but did had a touch of citrus and underlying hop notes. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, and very mild citrusy hoppy finish. It drank decent to me but was not realla good interpretatiom of an IPA. (557 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy - a lot of sediment suspended - no mention of bottle conditioning on the label; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: restrained; malt come through as caramel; hops comes through as musty;

T: not a lot of flavor; what's there is balanced; bottle is 8 months old, so I'm surprised there is any hop character; malt is dominant up front; floral and citrus hop comes in mid-palate; bitterness without any real flavor at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: at some point, I'll try to find a fresher bottle; not much in this sample that would make me want another; (652 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (395 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle of this IPA into a pint-style glass. That yielded a brownish-orange beer with a very quickly dissipating head. It smelled faintly of yeast (like a fresh warm bread).

I found the beer to have an uncomplicated but pleasant taste. I tend to like relatively high-hopped ales and this beer is not really in that category. The malts and hops are fairly evenly balanced, which yields a taste that many consumers might find bland. It is far superior to the average American mass-market lager because it has some interesting competing flavors creating a bit of depth, but anyone who strongly favors either malt or hops is going to be a bit disappointed in this IPA.

Update: I edited this review and slightly upgraded the rating because I sampled another bottle. I would drink this again, but I would not seek it out. (827 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with moderate carbonation and 2 inches of off white head.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sweet fruits and malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops and some fruit. Little bit of bitterness to it, as well as earth or dirt.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok IPA, but nothing really jumped out at me. Would try again but wouldn't seek out. (445 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 2/1/2010. Bottle. Pours a deep orange with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops, toasted malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt with some bitterness in the finish. Has some English IPA notes and hop character. Decent to drink, but nothing special. (273 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a 1.5 finger tan head. The bubbles hold up for a descent amount of time.

S - Rich crystal malt, pine, herbal hops, doughy yeast, ruby red grapefruit juice.

T - Toasted biscuit, pine and herbal hops rides along the sweet malt and sticks to the teeth and gums. Some bitter lime peel, cranberries, and pecan shell comes out on the finish. The malt carries through but dries out on the finish.

M - Medium to full body, medium to moderate carbonation.

Slightly aggressive malt background but other than that a balanced and straight forward beer. (589 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (657 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was recommended to me by Dave, owner of Bellport Beer & Soda. Good pick.

Odd color, sort of a sepia influenced orange. 2 finger off-white head leaves a thin retention that still manages to stick some lace onto the glass.

Rich toasted malt aroma with some English yeast type fruity esters and of all things...marshmallow. There's some floral citrus hop in there somewhere but it's certainly not IPA worthy. Taste is chunky, robust malt with underlying orange marmalade and swamp hop bitter. Again, not IPA worthy.

It's no Red Rocket or Nugget Nectar but if you switch the style to say ESB, it's dead on. I like it regardless of false advertising. (654 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (390 characters)

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Red Wagon IPA from Fire Island Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.