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Firewater India Pale Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.

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Firewater India Pale AleFirewater India Pale Ale

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of pops28078
4.83/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type Can 12 oz.
Glass used Tulip also sampled from can direct.

Pours light amber on the orange side with medium carbonation.

Head is two finger off-white and all but disappears in 2-3 minutes. Lacing is average.

Aroma of baked bread and very light citrus but I didn't detect pine.

Taste at first is of hops but quickly turns to the malts and at the end back to a lingering hop bitterness, but not too bitter. No hint of sweetness, but maybe the sweet
covers the hops and balances to a nice medium and pleasing taste.

Mouthful is light-medium with no hint of alcohol @ 6.0 ABV.

Overall this is a very pleasing IPA. Very drinkable and I will enjoy it often. Sipping from the can still leaves me with a toned down IPA taste and I detect some metallic, but not too strong. However, decanting into a glass really brings out the full realm of characteristics I enjoy in an IPA. Yet, I'd still consider this one drinkable from the can.

pops28078, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of bcr42
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

bcr42, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of coasterfreak75
4.6/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer a Barley's Taproom and Pizzaria in Knoxville, TN. The pour was an IPA standard amber with a good three-quarter inch head that quickly dissapated and stuck to the sides of the glass throughout the drink.

That is the only place this beer was average! The smell was, to say the least, strange. It was a weird mix of malt and spice. I know you're thinking malt and spice, what's so strange? I can't really put my finger on what it was, just accept the fact that it's strange.

The taste was more like a good altbeir than an IPA. It started very clean and then you get a progressively stronger hop bite. All followed by a clean finish. Absolutely no lingering hops in your mouth after swallowing.

All and all a very refreshing, no forget that, it's just a damn good beer!

coasterfreak75, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of BHP1
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a glass in Black Mountain, NC.

Serving Type: On Tap

Light orange color with a smooth taste. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I am a huge IPA fan and this one, for me, ranks near the top. If you can get your hands on some, it is worth your time to try it out.

BHP1, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of SysopChris
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

I drunk this beer for decades on tap before just now having my first at home. It's awesome! This is the essence of what an IPA should be to me.

SysopChris, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of wceaton
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

wceaton, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of burnzgtm
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

burnzgtm, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

thatoneguymike, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of pasjc2001
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

pasjc2001, Saturday at 04:55 PM
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I dance with excitement and anticipation each and every time local, in-person trader tone77 mentions that he has beer for me. He was recently in North Carolina and came back with a significant CANtribution to The CANQuest (TM). I have thoroughly enjoyed each one and wish that I could get some more for review.

From the CAN: "'Professionally Brewed Beer for Professional Beer Drinkers.'"; "Fine, Hand-Crafted Ales"; "Since 1999"; "This golden straw colored IPA is made with 5 varieties of malts and 6 massive hops. It is a stand-alone great in flavor and aromatics. Any fan of a classic India Pale Ale will be pleased to taste this intricately crafted beer."; "Firewater is a very balanced and drinkable East CoastIPA. Six separate British hop varieties make your taste buds jump up and say 'Wow!', while wheat and five different barleys provide a malty balance. n Ameri[CAN] version of the historic English style, this beer [CAN] stand up to a journey - either halfway around the world or just from [CAN] to mouth!"

First white lightning, now Firewater. I CAN see where this day is headed. Holy carbonation, Batman! The Crack revealed a beer eager to come out and greet me, much like a puppy on its master's return. This was notable as the beer had been unmoved, cooling in my reefer until just a moment ago. Full? No wonder it popped. It was so full that there was no room for the tab to move into the CAN! The inverted Glug was the work of a master, forming two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose had a mintiness reserved for chewing gum and/or mouthwash. Minty fresh! Mouthfeel was medium and I simply allowed the beer to roll around on my tongue, letting the hops linger like a kiss. Schlitz used to advertize as "Just a kiss of the hops" and that being the case, this was a French Kiss of the hops. Gimme, baby. Dense sticky lacing began to form in the glass with each successive sip. It was not fiery, but neither was it mellow. It was striking a nice balance between too many hops and not enough. Finish was dry, but not so dry that I was gasping for water, either. More, I want more.

woodychandler, May 25, 2013
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barley's, Asheville.

This one was a nicely clear, yet dark amber color. Solid head of khaki bubbles left some nice lacing down the glass. The head really lasted on this one. I like my IPA's to have this darker color for some reason and this one looked really good to me.

The aroma was of citrus hops with a hint of pine in the background. Nice caramel malt smell lingered in the back, as well.

The taste was of those hops...nice and bitter. Pine came through more in the flavor, but the citrus still made an appearance. Slightly sweet malt backbone tried to balance it out, but wasn't very successful. I'm glad it wasn't.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Slightly drying with a nice bitter aftertaste. With the abv barely above 5% I could easily see this being the beer of choice for a long afternoon. I'll have to find a place to get a growler of this one next time I am in the area.

Imstillthegman, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of franksnbeans
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

franksnbeans, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: The beer is a hazy amber in color with great retention and heavy lacing

smell/taste: Good pale and amber malt presence with a light to moderate sweetness. Citrus hops are a nice compliment to the grain flavors. Nice bitterness level. This is a good beer but I would like the hops to be a little more fresh and livelier.

m: The body is medium with low-medium carbonation

d: easy

blackie, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of rangerred
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. 6% abv printed on the can.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a one finger off-white head. Light lacing.

Aroma is fairly malt with with dark bread and some caramel. There is orange and grapefruit hop aroma along with some earthiness.

The flavor is quite earthy in the beginning; almost dirt-like but in a good way. Some dark, rye bread in there too. A strong bitterness takes hold right away and doesn't let go through the duration. A little bit of orange hop flavor along with a slightly Belgian spicyness. Mouthfeel is quite full considering the strength and style.

Overall this is a fairly unique and enjoyable IPA. Plenty of hoppyness but enough of a malt backbone to support it. Easy to have a few of these in a session.

rangerred, May 10, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Jonmoore89
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Jonmoore89, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

mikesgroove, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.6%

tclapper, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerDocT, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of mcline09
4/5  rDev +14.6%

mcline09, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Ik_hou_van_bier
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Ik_hou_van_bier, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +14.6%

zekeman17, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of PhillyNole
4/5  rDev +14.6%

PhillyNole, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a couple of pints while in Asheville, NC. One of my favorite beer cities.

The pints came with Creamy head and lots of visible carbonation. Color is amber/orange in color with a slight unfiltered haze. Insane amounts of lacing leave behind a trail of your enjoyment.

The IPA's in the area all share a similar aroma and flavor component. Some brown sugar. You can smell a touch of sweetness amidst the hoppy aroma. Pretty interesting.

Nice flavor. Very fruity with a light cracker tone. As described, not overly sweet but definitely some brown sugar notes. Finish is real nice.

Mouth feel is that of a freshly drawn IPA with just enough carbonation to sparkle the flavor.

I had never heard of the brewer and tried this as it was suggested by the bartender.

Many thanks Bartender!

Reagan1984, May 03, 2011
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Barley's Tap in Knoxville.

Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Good hoppy citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Moderate bitter hoppy citrus flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of average duration.

Good drinkable beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 30, 2009
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Firewater India Pale Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.