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 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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,909 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from and IPA glass by DFH bottle purchased from half time.

the color is dark amber with good clarity and thick tan off white head with fine bead. The lace creates a film and carbonation rises quickly from the nucleation site in the glass. The smell has a nice citrus aroma of west coast hops with light sweet malt and hint of yeast ester accenting. The feel is moderately bitter with a tangy hop texture and slight malt sweetness with moderate carbonation and bitterness increasing in the dry finish.

The flavor has a slightly orange rind taste with subtle caramel from the malt and good bitter tangerine accent with some mild grassy tinges and light lemon zest and toasted malt flavor. the alcohol is mild in the mostly bitter dry finish. Overall this is a solid IPA, very drinkable but is pretty familiar with citrus and bitterness dominant in the taste. (875 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 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 WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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. (510 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (554 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours copper in color wit ha one finger white head. The head retreated to the sides of the glass but left moderate lacing.

Aroma is mildly floral with some citrus and some sweet malt. Taste is moderately hoppy with some citrus and a decent amount of malt sweetness as well. More of a sweet finish then a bitter one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. Overall a nice easy drinking and good tasting IPA. (505 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)

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at T.J. Finley's, Bayshore, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy hop and a moderate crystal malt.

The taste consisted of the same front loaded hop spice, with some pine and pepper. The malt arrived soon thereafter and was rather robust for the style. The flavors seemed a bit disjointed however.

The mouthfeel leaned slightly to the heavier side of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA. (493 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 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 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 jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Copper in color. Earthy hop flavor, fairly restrained flavor. could use some more boldness in the hop flavor. good balance though, and hits the expectation for body. (178 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 StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Half Time, Poughkeepsie.

Pours pale amber with yellow-white rocky head that clings. Caramel and red grapefruit candy nose. Yellow cake and apricot malts with hops of warm spice and some citrus. Dry, salty leave. Light-medium, slight chew, no burn.

Brewer was at the store; he said Willamette, Warrior and Cascade, so I see where the earthiness over c-hops comes from. He also said it was designed to be sessionable, and it hits that. But while the light body helps the drinkability, it is a bit thin for the flavors. (531 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear amber color with a white head that left a good amount of lacing.
Aroma is pleasant, sweet malt and floral hops.
Taste is good, the balance is there, malty sweetness between the bitter floral and citrus hops.
Medium bodied with a crisp feel, good carbonation.
Easy enough to have a few of these, abv unkown at this time but I'd guess it's near 6%. (398 characters)

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately had this beer after another IPA that I enjoyed more. This was a good ipa but not among my favorites. A little flat, not quite as hoppy as I'd like and lacking in the bitterness. However, definitely within style and something i'll get again if it's available somewhere else or if I can find it in a bottle. (319 characters)

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

Thanks to Joeybeerbelly for this one!

A- Body is a translucent, medium amber, orange hue. Pours with a decent 1-2 finger white head that eventually fades to a thin moderate collar. Very small traces of lacing left here and there. Body is nearly transparent.

S- Nose is mild and hoppy components are the highlight. Pine stands out the most but there is also an earthiness to it. Sweet caramel malt provides a good backbone.

T- The initial flavor is mild and offers an earthy hop flavor with a mild accent of citrus and scant caramel malt backbone. A touch of pine and a little bit more citrus comes through for the finish. Left to linger is a mild to moderate strength residual hop bitterness. Entire flavor profile is mild to moderate strength. No intense flavors here.

M-Medium carbonation and light to medium weight body. Little hop oils present in the feel.

D- This is a solid, decent example of a classic American IPA. Nothing exciting about it- but it definitely fits the style's profile. (998 characters)

Photo of koopa
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly uninspired and slightly cloudy red/brown (dark fender vintage star burst) with a 1 finger soff white crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Faint floral and earth hop aroma...leaves, grass, etc. Malt is right btw caramel and toffee.

Taste: Same as nose but with a nice herbal hop bitterness over a caramel apple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad but the flavor profile is just too disjointed. The strong herbal bitterness over fruity caramel malt just doesn't work with the body. Tastes like a Diet Barleywine. (664 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber color hue thus red wagon is. On top sits a fluffy and dense off white head thats abit small. It fades to some nice lacing. Very lightly carb'd. Aroma is a mixed bag of hops and malts. Taste off sweet malts maybe even vienna since I can pick up fainted toasted malts. Hops are light. Medium weight on the palette, dry and a clean finish. This beer is pretty much just average at best. (392 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)

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