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Firewater IPA - Catawba Valley Brewing Company

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Firewater IPAFirewater IPA

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Catawba Valley Brewing Company 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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Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
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inspektor

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

09-05-2013 03:09:29 | More by inspektor
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FIN

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

09-03-2013 17:22:57 | More by FIN
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BeerDrinkingRhino

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-31-2013 16:38:00 | More by BeerDrinkingRhino
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2013 01:22:03 | More by metter98
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-20-2013 04:44:23 | More by KevinGordon
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-19-2013 17:39:36 | More by Chris77McGrath
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adam_e

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

08-15-2013 12:56:34 | More by adam_e
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brauseboof

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-12-2013 22:40:38 | More by brauseboof
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jkd03c

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-28-2013 02:45:19 | More by jkd03c
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%

07-20-2013 01:09:54 | More by zekeman17
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Mojo

Alabama

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 02:52:10 | More by Mojo
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

07-17-2013 01:00:32 | More by mwbrady12
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops with lighter notes of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts with strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pith and citrus/orange rind along with a lighter amount of pine/resin. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of creamy carbonation. Moderately dry in the finish.

O: Pretty strongly bitter but an enjoyable brew that went pretty well with BBQ pork - not the easiest to drink because the bitterness is aggressive.

Serving type: can

07-14-2013 22:50:34 | More by dbrauneis
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-13-2013 20:32:34 | More by davemathews68
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Johnny_Duck

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +14.9%

06-16-2013 04:03:23 | More by Johnny_Duck
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kemoarps

Washington

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to brentk56 for sending this one along

Pretty little pour: hazy light amber with a massive pillowy head

I'm not getting too much on the nose. Maybe some musty hay, Some lightly spicy hops maybe?

The haybale continues on into the taste, with a musty grainy backbone. Soon enough the hops pop in and take a sharply bitter turn. Not much else. The bitterness isn't particularly flavourful, just kind of... bitter.

Sharp bitterness with not much... shape, or much balancing it, somewhat thin. Decent, certainly drinkable, but nothing to write home about. Of the package I recently received, this was the one for which I had the lowest expectations. If it turns out to be the least enjoyable, then I'll be happy (let's be honest, even if it's not, I'm still gonna be pretty happy). It's not a BAD beer, by any means, and I don't mean to present it as such, it's just not one that really brings anything special.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 00:59:18 | More by kemoarps
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67couple

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-04-2013 21:32:54 | More by 67couple
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
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."

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.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 19:00:15 | More by woodychandler
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

05-17-2013 05:22:21 | More by Falcone
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carolinahophead

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a first time try here :
Another NC craft beer offering.
It pours a straw color with a huge snow white head.
Aromas of imported and domestic hops ... Not over the top . Sweetness and
earth notes.
Medium mouthfeel and smooth bitterness. Easy to drink when it warms up.
The beer is a good example of a blended IPA. England and the American South..
Enjoy it and share it with friends..

Serving type: can

05-15-2013 23:15:05 | More by carolinahophead
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

05-11-2013 07:52:40 | More by RedneckBeerz
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

05-07-2013 04:43:13 | More by cantfindme
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

05-05-2013 22:19:03 | More by ZEB89
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.44/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 20 March 2013.

Pours a pale golden straw yellow. Huge white head, thick and foamy. Good retention, nice lacing. Very solid.

Smell is grainy, herbal, and reminiscent of some kind of tincture. Smells like oils extracted from plants, with a dash of hop acid in the back.

Taste is thin and grainy, like pale boiled grains. An acidic chalky medicinal bitterness fades in, making it even worse. No sweetness, no positive flavors, no balance. It's not exactly terrible, but I'd rather not drink it. It's like everything in here is over-extracted, releasing all the acids and tannins and burning off the aromatics and sugars.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, appropriate level of carbonation. More lasting than I want it to be.

Not my favorite. Hate to say it, but this is the kind of beer that turned me off to IPAs. There's not much to it other than thin grainy flavors and aspirin-like bitterness with nothing to balance it out. I finished it, but I wouldn't drink another.

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 04:00:13 | More by zeledonia
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B-SHAY

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

03-28-2013 12:37:22 | More by B-SHAY
Firewater IPA from Catawba Valley Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.