Firewater IPA - Catawba Valley Brewing Company
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Reviews by mattsdenney:
2.63/5 rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
On-Tap @ SunSpot on the strip in Knoxville.
A: Golden orange in color, bubbly, thin head and lacing.
S: Citrus, sweet.
T: Hmmm, definitely bitter but not as much of a hop bite as I would expect in an IPA. Honestly reminds me of a SN Pale Ale knockoff.
M: Light, oily and a little slick.
D: Catawba must have amazing sales reps b/c I can't believe that any bar/restaurant would keep this on draught as their primary IPA, especially with the variety of options available within the style.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2010 15:17:15 | More by mattsdenney
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3.25/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
On tap at BWW.
A: Hazy, shiny new penny copper color. About three fingers of head with heavy lacing.
S: Some citrus fruits and floral hops. Not extremely interesting but not poor.
T: I did get some of the soapy hop character noted by the poster below. Some orange and grapefruit notes and a bitter hop astringency on the way down. Decent, but not great.
M: A bit fuller and heavier than I would expect. It looks lighter and the fullness doesn't really serve it well.
This should be a lot better at the price. There are better IPAs in the local market for $8.99 and this sells for $11.49 for a six.
Serving type: on-tap
02-10-2014 21:31:20 | More by RyanPoff
2.86/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
I used to love this brewery but I just don't know anymore. This beer was great on draft the best I can recall, now they are canning it. I found it along with the other two usual suspects in their lineup. Maybe this was a bad batch, but I found it to be underwhelming. The smell was hop forward, the color was a bit of a tangerine and gold color, which is typical and not that bad really, but the taste was not the best in the world and the mouthfeel was what really got to me, it was watery and had very little in regard to balance. The hops were there but it tasted like hoppy soapy light beer. I don't know if that is a good assessment, but I was sadly disappointed because I was excited to see this beer canned for convenience. It was much better in my memory on draft or at least the growler I had picked up, because this brewery can make some really nice beers, especially the saison.
Serving type: can
02-05-2014 05:50:51 | More by humuloner22
Firewater IPA from Catawba Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.