Firewater IPA - Catawba Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by farrago:
2.98/5 rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Pure white foam, mostly miniscule foam that evaporates as if it was hollow, dissolves down to a thin broken surface coating, the lacing forms a solid sheet down the glass sides, almost coats any free space. Deep golden hued liquid, touch of zinc orange, it slightly hazy but up close it’s not like the liquid is full of particulate, more like it’s filled with tiny bubbles in suspended animation with only a few random larger bubbles showing any movement. Simple nose, even on the clean side, displays hard crusted baguette, grapefruit and more earth than grass, light minerality, not much fruit but minor floral notes, on the soft side, easygoing. Medium-bodied, its general creaminess adds weight. Carbonation comes across as low. Lacking in bite but the herbaceousness does accrue by the end. No sweet citrus, rather on the malty side. Again, has a metallic, minerally side. Bready finish with some honey. Agreeable if dull and without distinct personality, could stand to possess a cleaner, more succinct finish.
Serving type: can
02-27-2013 03:00:35 | More by farrago
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1.54/5 rDev -55.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5
Canned 164/2014 (sometime May-June)
Appearance is sandy blond with a nice, off white head.
The smell is straight biscuit malt
No hops, nothing of a vegetable, fruit, grass, weed, or environmental nature. As a cream ale, this would be acceptable- as an IPA- no.
Taste: Absolutely no hops- Just light malt. Imagine PBR with ale yeast. This is a pathetic attempt at an IPA. I've never had a homebrew this lacking in character...
Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy with acceptable carbonation .
Overall: Worst IPA I've ever had. Out of 1000+ India Pale Ales, this is the most pathetic attempt I've tried and I will never waste money on this again. I asked for and (after the beer manager gagged) received a refund. Shameful.
Serving type: can
06-29-2014 02:50:58 | More by GrapesofWrath
3.26/5 rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Drank this beer during a week of tasting and comparing all new IPAs.
A: Pours a light copper color. Serious haziness, you can see all the particulates floating in the glass. One finger head that doesn't stick around. No lacing.
S: Not a strong hop aroma. Smells of pine and light fruit, like pears and apples. A little bit of caramel malt in the nose.
T: Not bad at all. Same as the nose, pine and pears in the taste balanced with the malt. Maybe more on the malt side.
MF: Good carb. Very drinkable and very pleasant. Leaves with a dry finish that is very refreshing.
O: This is a good beer. It's surprising actually. However, I don't think this fits very well in the IPA style, not even an English IPA. To me, this is a pale ale and a really good pale ale. Not exactly sure how to rate it; on how it tastes or how it fits in with the style.
Serving type: can
05-21-2014 19:52:15 | More by benloho
2.81/5 rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Appearance: orange tending towards yellow color. A finger of a white head that fades and leaves the slightest lacing. Strong clarity.
Smell: lots of medium crystal malts. Mostly crystal sweetness with a slight caramel. Very light on the citrus and resin hop aroma.
Taste: opens with a strong crystal sweetness. Some grassiness, slight citrus and herbal hop. Some spiciness from hops as well
Mouthfeel: sticky, not too refreshing.
Overall: an overly sweet and dull hoppiness makes for a bad ipa. No refreshing qualities and rather bland in a world of lots of ipas.
Serving type: on-tap
05-01-2014 01:26:35 | More by SportsandJorts
Firewater IPA from Catawba Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.