Firewater India Pale Ale - Catawba Brewing Co.
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3.43/5 rDev -1.4%
Can > Pint Glass
A - Pours a hazy orange color, 2 fingers of off white head, medium lacing. Its says on the can "beautiful straw color" (-_- ) right
S - Smells wayyy too soapy, some floral hops, bread and biscuit malt, some pine, astringency, some tart grape.
T - Taste is dominantly malt, caramel, biscuit, lots of soapy hop residue, some mild floral traits.
M - Dry, soapy and weird.
O - Will avoid in the future, too much odd unbalanced character.
11-05-2013 00:36:20 | More by Omnium
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
3.53/5 rDev +1.4%
A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some hues of amber along with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a mélange of flavors—including herbal hops as well as notes of caramel malts plus hints of citrusy, grassy and spicy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and hops and tastes a little like a hybrid between an American and English IPA.
08-21-2013 01:22:03 | More by metter98
3.7/5 rDev +6.3%
12 ounce can -> snifter
A - Pours up a medium hazy gold with a snow white one finger head which recedes quickly leaving only a small ring of foam and a few lingering surface bubbles. Lacing is moderate.
S - very earthy. Citrusy, especially orange peel and lemon.
T - Very hop forward. Not particularly well balanced, but I'm not sure balance was what the brewer had in mind. Bitter grape fruitiness and a smoky rye flavored finish.
M - Adequate carbonation with a bit of a lingering aftertaste.
O - Pretty good stuff but definitely more bitter than I expected.
07-17-2013 02:52:10 | More by Mojo
Firewater India Pale Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.