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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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BA SCORE
80
good

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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3/5  rDev -14%

aleckpa, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14%

jaswilson2, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of RyanPoff
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

RyanPoff, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of humuloner22
2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

humuloner22, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Guitars_and_beer, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

RyanAU, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Ik_hou_van_bier, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jak, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Dave1999, Jan 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

adam42381, Dec 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

jerefreakinmiah, Dec 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Bustersuess, Dec 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14%

JoninVT, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Agentveba, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

navin, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

buckyp, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Omnium
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Omnium, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

AngusOg, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

BlueMoon10, Oct 05, 2013
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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
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3/5  rDev -14%

inspektor, Sep 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

FIN, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

BeerDrinkingRhino, Aug 31, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Aug 21, 2013
Firewater India Pale Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.