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Firewater IPA - Catawba Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 03-15-2003)
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4/5  rDev +14.9%

Picked up a six of these at a gas station last time I was in Western North Carolina. Cannot find this brand at the big stores in Asheville (yet!) and was impressed.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, semi-translucent golden color with a close to perfect 1/2" head. Lots of particulate matter floating around in this beer, which -to me-- is always a good thing.

Smell 4.0: Wonderful bouquet on this brew. Hop-forward, like an IPA should be, with predominately Columbus and Cascade hops dominating the nose. Also, there is a deep barley scent that is pleasing and promising.

Taste 4.0: Front is smooth and has a low-level alkaline feel and the pleasant taste of grapefruity hops. Middle is a big punch of biscuit malt and a deeper and tantalizing taste of a rich caramel malt. Finish features almost a perfect blend of peppery, piney hops and a smooth, pleasing malt overtone with a slight sweetness. Aftertaste is of medium length and brings out a very nice taste of a citrus-rind hop flavor missing in the earlier flavor palates.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Smooth, well-balanced and a complementary level of carbonation.

Overall 4.0: Excellent IPA. So smooth, balanced and refreshing. There is a full mouth-feel in this beer that almost makes me think that maltodextrin was used, but if so, who cares. The grain balance and the hop blend is all first-rate. Recommended if you can find it and I hope you will be able to soon.

09-26-2013 03:11:49 | More by BeerDocT
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -16.7%

Had this at Barleys Tap Room in Asheville,I admit I was intruiged by the name,the beer was not anything great though.Kind of deep copper color with orange hue not much head,the aroma was mainley minty from what I got.Not real flavorful mainley hoppy not to much balance here,did go down pretty easy though.Wont try again.

03-15-2003 06:09:20 | More by oberon
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blitz134

California

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Sampled at Barley's in Asheville...

Reviewed from notes...

Somewhat hazy golden color, 1-finger white head leading to good lacing all the way down. Smell was citrus dominated by grapefruit with a sweet strawlike malt presence. Light overall.

No citrus in the taste, mainly pine and resin hop flavors leading to a decent bitterness. Picked up some grassy harshness which didn't do well for the taste.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Heavily carbonated. The lighter flavor helps this to be a drinkable beer. Its a nice, light refreshing beer for this hot, humid summer day.

07-21-2005 00:28:04 | More by blitz134
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Billolick

New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12 ounce can without freshness info being offered.
Pours clouded medium golden amber, under a large near white and lasting head. leaves nice thick webs of lacing.

Nose of pine, hop resin and a hint of ripe melon.

Tasty enough AIPA, with a respectable hop package, more resins and pine providing the bite.

Carbonation and mouthfeel are on point. I enjoyed several of these during a recent stay in NC. Nice everyday type of brew/IPA.

07-25-2012 02:55:14 | More by Billolick
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mjtiernan

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-12-2012 19:20:38 | More by mjtiernan
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juicebox

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-01-2014 11:02:37 | More by juicebox
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

On tap and served in a pint glass in Black Mountain, NC.

Appearance: Lots of lace, not much head; Cloudy orange amber, visible yeast in this obviously unfiltered IPA

Aroma: rather mild and malty for style; tangy hops, baked bread

Flavor 4: somewhat mild hop start with a lasting and moderately bitter hop & grapefruit finish and aftertaste. Hops bring both citrus and piney components to the rather earthy flavor mix.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly low but acceptable carbonation (this pushed the rating down from 4 t0 3.5).

Overall: a fairly typical Western NC IPA in that it is rather malty and somewhat earthy. This one has a more generous (too generous, some will think, no doubt) malt background.

09-05-2011 15:46:38 | More by chinchill
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glid02

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%

Got this at Barley's in Asheville.

Pours a hazy copper color with a rocky one-finger off-white head. The head eventually dissipates into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is good.

Smells of light sweet malt with even lighter citrus aromas.

Tastes good. Sweet malt up front with a hint of citrus flavors. The bitterness is front and center in this beer, it hits midway through and lingers through the aftertaste. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation and good thickness make this a smooth beer.

Drinkability is good. There's not a whole lot of hop character, but I'm a fan of the bitterness. I could definitely have a few of these without getting tired of any flavors.

Overall I liked this beer a lot. It's not an amazing IPA, but it's very crisp and easy to drink. Worth a shot.

11-24-2008 23:01:24 | More by glid02
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Jonmoore89

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%

04-04-2012 22:47:16 | More by Jonmoore89
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%

A - orangish copper with a big, thick, white head that has great retention

S - spicy, earthy, faint citrus

T - bread, citrus, grapefruit, spicy, mint, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, great carbonation

This is a smooth, highly drinkable beer. It has good flavor and balance. It's worth checking out.

05-28-2012 23:10:18 | More by tdm168
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burnzgtm

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

07-11-2014 18:09:25 | More by burnzgtm
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

07-19-2014 23:44:17 | More by dailyminefield
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aleckpa

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

02-28-2014 01:22:45 | More by aleckpa
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +12.1%

On tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria (Asheville, NC) on 4/17/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a thin head of off-white foam. Retains with a thin creamy layer, that leaves a massive coating of sticky lacing back. The aroma is floral and spicy smelling, with a solid tangy backing of citrus and caramel malts.

The taste has a moderate hop bite to it, with bitterness, spices, and a splash of citrus lasting the whole way through. Solid balance to this as well, bringing a silky malt backbone of caramel and toasted malts to the table. The hops still nicely shine in this though, bringing the bitterness but not overdoing it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an overall easy flowing carbonation but there is a bit of a crisp prickle to the proceedings that nicely compliments the bitterness.

A solid IPA for sure, this seemed a bit unbalanced towards the hops side at first but then opened up nicely with some good balance the more I worked on it. The 5.2% feels right here as well, giving up enough taste but staying low enough to give this some decent drinkibility to.

04-22-2009 12:18:03 | More by Kegatron
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Tried this IPA at my favorite hangout in Black Mountain, NC -- the Town Pump. Great to drink but does not have the best IPA qualities, a bit bland for the style. Little head or lacing and very little sting to the tongue. Great name but nothing to special with its taste. Would be interested in trying some others from this brewery.

03-20-2005 22:57:08 | More by Backer2004
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger bone white head that remained throughout. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earthy, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, earthy, slight citrus hop, and slight bitter hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. All of the aspects on this one seemed to be very weak in intensity to me. I really wanted to be kicked in the face on this one (I mean, it is an IPA afterall), but it just didn't do it. Don't think I would try this again as I don't like weakness.

04-01-2011 11:58:06 | More by thagr81us
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-26-2014 23:48:48 | More by sonofliberty2
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -2%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops and pine. Taste is the same, hops, pine, a bit of mint, bitterness and somewhat unbalanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer.

03-16-2013 19:29:20 | More by tone77
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-20-2013 04:44:23 | More by KevinGordon
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boonejag75

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-11-2013 02:51:46 | More by boonejag75
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-07-2013 04:43:13 | More by cantfindme
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%

On tap at Barleys in Greenville.

Came out a nice pale amber, a bit cloudy with a thin white head, that faded to leave a nice lace down the side. Smell was of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, with a hint of sweetness. The taste was straight hops at first, but as it warmed some balance came to it and had a bit of a ever so light sweet maltiness. Nicely carbonated and goes down smooth. This was a good IPA and my first brew from Catawba. I will definatly have to try some more!

02-04-2007 03:49:48 | More by mikesgroove
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%

Served on tap at Parkside in Morganton NC. Dark amber appearance with one finger head. Kind of a strange spicy smell. Not like other IPAs, but good. Taste was hoppy with hint of malt at the end. A little mild. Mouthfeel and Drinkability is where this beer excelled. Mouthfeel had great carbonation that made me want to savor it before swallowing. Drinkability is very smooth to the last drop. Makes you want another...and another. I've heard a rumor that Catawba Valley Brewing is going to move into the Morganton city limits and open a tap room. Man I hope that's true.

08-21-2005 00:05:34 | More by wcudwight
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-03-2011 23:55:48 | More by tclapper
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%

Served to me a hazy burned orange with a ring of head and spotty lacing. Smells a little malty with a bitter hoppiness. Taste is pretty simple with a little malt that doesn't hang with or balance the bitter hops. Medium in the mouth with light carbonation. Took a little time to get through it.

10-09-2007 18:30:31 | More by franksnbeans
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Firewater IPA from Catawba Brewing Co.
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