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Fire Eagle IPA - Austin Beerworks

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BA SCORE
86
very good

339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 19
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 05-24-2011

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Ratings: 339 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by ccoff:
Photo of ccoff
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden in color with a big, white head that goes down fast but leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells like citrus hops and bready malt. The malt comes out first with those citrus hops playing around on your tongue. Then the bitterness builds slowly until it lingers at a high intensity after swallowing, but the hops aren't overwhelmingly bitter thoughout. I think this is one of the most balanced and consistent ipas I've come across.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review based on two tasting of the beer, once from a growler and once from a can.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly hoppy. I get a lot of floral hops as well as some juicy orange citrus notes and some biscuit malt.

The flavor is full of juicy orange notes. I also get some grass from the hops and a little bit of biscuit malt. However, the malt does very little to balance the beer, which has about a medium level of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of fivehoursfree
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looked like beer. I don't drink beer with my eyes.

S: Not a huge in your face hop aroma, but enough to let you know it is serious about being an IPA

T:Very smooth and drinkable taste. Hop flavor and bitterness weren't over the top. Warms up nicely

M: Again, smooth and drinkable. Maybe a little too drinkable if you know what I mean. I liked the fact that the sweetness and bitterness didn't stick in my mouth. I guess that's the "clean" they are going for.

O: The best IPA you can get in a can right now. A good IPA to let non-IPA drinkers get a taste. It's above average for sure, but not necessarily a home run.

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

A very clear burnt orange with some visible carbonation running up through the glass. Small to moderate near-white head that leaves messy spiderwebs of stick down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

An earthy and mild citrus hop character, along with bread, and a bit of honey/cracker sweetness.

Moderately bitter, with the earthy, mildly citrus hop character complementing lots of toasted biscuit character. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Good, but not great.

Photo of JohnF
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Bought at Trader Joes in Austin. Good almost English style IPA. Nice bitters not very hoppy.
Good for a canned beer.

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty decent sized off white head settles into a nice lacing above a clear bright copper golden colored beer with fairly decent carbonation.

There seems to be a light sourness to citrus, grassy to piney hops aroma.

A nice hops bite with some citrus and some piney aspects coming to the forefront, with a little bit of some malt tastes coming through later.

A almost wet aftertaste turns to a light dryish aftertaste with just a bit of the hops notes sticking around on this medium bodied beer.

A easy drinking IPA with a decent hops presentation that has you wanting to take another swig.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dusty orange brew that is mostly clear with a sponge like cream colored head. A solid looking beer that has a light haze to it but pours really well.

The nose is solid citrus. A nice blend of grapefruit and tropical flavored gum. A scoop full of grains round out the nose profile which is fantastic for an IPA.

Nice. This is a great IPA and even better, it's in easy transportable, pool ready cans. The taste like the nose is full of hoppy citrus, warm grains and tropical fruit. All very balanced, strong and palatable.

The mouthfeel is equally as good with a simple bitterness that could be a little more prickly. The body is smooth with a lighter then expected carbonation. Combined together all of these attributes make for one easy drinking awesome brew. Well done Austin Beerworks!

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from can into a Boulevard tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grass, onion, earth, earth hop, and onion hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, grass, onion hop, earth, earth hop, and subtle metallic. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. If I am completely honest on this one it really reminded me of Oskar Blues Gubna as far as the aroma and flavor (minus garlic). It was really earthy as well which mixed quite well with all the onion and grass aspects going on. I really hate a metallic flavor note showed up in this one as it would have been a really solid brew if it were not there. Definitely worth your time to try if you are an IPA fan.

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap tonight at the Draught House. It was served in a shaker pint glass and paired with a hard sheep's milk cheese. I would have tried to review this at their unveiling earlier in the week, but the line was out the door. I guess they're too popular for their own good!

The beer is golden with distinct orange hues. It has a white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing... but the bubbles are a bit too large for my tastes. If it had a slightly denser head, I'd give it a 4.5. Still a good looking beer.

The nose is mostly hops. As soon as I sniff the thing, memories of Racer 5 come rushing back to me. Pine and slightly sticky grapefruit pith. I think this might just be a subdued Racer 5...

The taste is also right along the Racer 5 lines, but less sticky. Pine and pithy grapefruit. I'll go ahead and guess that this is mostly a C-hop blend. I might prefer a bit brighter fruit flavor in my IPA (I'm a sucker for Amarillo hops), but I can see what they're aiming for with this blend and it hits the target quite well. The beer is distinctly dry. I can almost feel the water being sucked out of my mouth. This combined with the pleasant carbonation makes for a very solid IPA mouthfeel. The beer ends with a bitterness that's distinctly IPA, but it's clean and not overpowering.

This was one heck of a refreshing debut for ABW. If I wasn't coming back in to work after grabbing this beer, I would have definitely had to sample their other offerings. I'm excited to see this around Austin in cans. I'd definitely pick up a six pack of this over another canned IPA like Modus Hoperandi.

Photo of TJBurgess
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#36
Served into a Southern Star tulip.

A: 2 fingers of off white head, reddish-orange and yellow with some transparency. 4.0

S: Ohh. Nice hoppy and pine smell with a little malty undertones. Citrus / orange / lemon seem muddled, but there. 4.0

T: Ouch. Hoped for more. Malty out the gate, hops are bitter and not citrus-y as the smell would lead you to believe. 3.0

M: Creamier than anticipated with average carbonation, but the creaminess is what is contributing to the domination of the malts (or maybe vice versa?). 3.0

O: Had such potential from the initial pour, but just doesn't come close to others in the same class. Average. 3.0

Photo of Dajtai007
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it directly from the can! I love how some of the Texas Micros are going this route.

Great deep golden with crisp clarity. Good amount of head retention but not overly thick.

Smell of bright hops. Almost like they just dry hopped it. Good balance of biscuit and citrus/floral hops.

Clean drinking IPA. Smooth and not overly thick on the palate. Bold hop presence with out a long bittering tail on the taste buds. I can drink this all day.

This is a great offering from a young Texas brewery. A very tasty IPA with a long standing drinkability. Can't wait to try out their other offerings. Great job guys!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can pours a fairly clear, dark gold color with a bubbly white head. Nice lacing.

Nose is juicy, resinous, tropical and piney hops. Caramel maltiness is there, doing a bit of backseat driving along with a whiff or two of nutty yeast.

Earthy malt and nuttiness adds a unique perspective on the IPA style. The hops are not as bright and juicy as the nose would indicate, but the resiny bitterness is still there aplenty. Something about the malts does not jive with me...too earthy, peat-like almost. The love-child of a menage-a-trois between an East Coast IPA, heavy rye beer and an English bitter. Im a little disappointed in this after having the most excellent Pearl Snap Pilsner, but I can see this having appeal to plenty of folks...just not me. I prefer a much cleaner, citrusy/tropical hop-flavor heavy brew in my IPAs.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to wagenvolks for this one

Look: Murky orange in color with a 1/4 inch white head and no retention

Smell: Floral hops, floral hops, and more floral hops that is followed up with a bit or orange zest and lemon

Taste: Earthy and soil notes more than likey from the hops used and it has a bit of funk to it. Not much else honestly

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation and a bit dry

Overall: Not that great not that bad just kind of blah

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fire Eagle had a nice clear amber pour with a good hop aroma and light body. It was a very smooth IPA that doesn’t overwhelm you with hops but still leaves you with a nice lingering bitterness. While not overly complex it is still a very refreshing and satisfying IPA. I am always looking for a good local beer and it’s great to have another very drinkable local IPA option.

Photo of sukwonee
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange color with 2 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: All I smell are lemon and pine. It almost smells like a lemon dishwasher.

T: Pine. Orange. Finishes bitter, but the taste doesn't linger too much (which is a good thing in this case). Not my type of IPA. Little bit malt near the end but ends quickly.

M: Good amount of carbonation, light to medium body. Decent!

O: I thought this was an okay IPA. Certainly not my favorite type of IPA (too much hops vs balance). Mouthfeel was good, which makes this beer much more drinkable than it tastes.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yay cans, thanks to AdamR46 (reddit), no date on the can.

Pours a nice creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, fades somewhat slowly with a decent soapy lacing, crystal clear orange nectar colored with a light amber hue.

Nose brings nice hops, an nice fruity aroma, mild papaya and resinous musty passion fruit, mild citrusy clementine like, hint of grapefruit pith and little orange rind, as well as a mild fruity bubblegum, very small hint of grainy malt.

Taste starts with a big bitter hop bite, resinous and a bit musty with more mild passion fruit and grapefruit pith, little fruity bubblegum, little juicy guava and papaya like, mild fluffy malt and little sweetness that tries to balance the big bitterness and hint spicy hop. I even think I get a hint of pear and stone fruit, a little syrupy too. Finish dries and gets quite bitter but leaves a mild sticky feel, little syrupy sweet malt, more dank resinous hop and a little spicy hop bitterness.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little syrupy.

Overall not bad, there were some great points in the hops, but it seemed to go to too many different places all at once, too many different hop profiles, but still tasty, malts are a little too syrupy, but a nice balance. Enjoyable.

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had some vociferous hatas recently with regard to The CANQuest (TM) and stupidly, I sank to their bait and ended up disheartened with my post locked. It is a trade like the one that brought me this beer, though, that makes it seem worthwhile. JenRay is a fellow hophead who was recently gifted several of these and thought of me as a potential trade source for an IPA that she had not previously tried. All I CAN say is, it pays to advertise!

From the CAN: "We're an owner-operated Texas brewery hell-bent on excellence. We make bold and clean ales and lagers and put them in cans so they''ll get cold quicker and stay good longer. We brew for two reasons: to make consistently exceptional craft beer and to build community in the town we love."

The Crack & Glug went as planned and I soon had two fingers of dense tawny head with great retention in the creeping humidity. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-amber. I use a pour that is designed to really release the beer's aroma and the room quickly smelled like I had sprayed hops air freshener! The nose was redolent with hops, mostly pine but also some grapefruit/citrus. My mouth began to water. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the grapefruit flavor came on like gangbusters, followed by pine and a biscuit maltiness. This was the kind of thing that got me hooked on hops in the first place and it is always welcome to try some out of a CAN. Finish was literally breathtaking, super dry and hoppy.

JenRay seemed to think that this was from a test batch of CANs, so once they are in full production, I recommend trying some for yourself. Since they are based in Austin, maybe for your next Longhorns tailgate party ... In the meantime, I remain a proud honorary TexCAN!

Photo of waldoiverson
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into Nonic

A: crystal clear and dark straw color with moderate eggshell colored head, strong but blotchy lacing, and very visible but lazy looking carbonation

S: resinous hop aroma with parts citrus bitter and dark herbaceous tones, sweet finish of honey. It's not the most dynamic aroma but fits the style and does not overpower with sweetness nor citrus bitterness. approachable.

T: well balanced by punchy hop bitterness, floral and honey sweetness (in that order). The taste reads sweet but the lingering taste leans bitter.

M: a bit sticky and resinous but a blast of carbonation does a reasonable job of cleaning things up.

O: this beer is one of my all-time favorite go-to AIPAs. The price is great (in Austin, at least) It drinks well out of the can but really opens up and shows its serious side in the glass. For 6.2% it drinks big and will make a hop head satisfied AND allow your tongue to tolerate more than one or two. Solid.

Photo of obrike
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a sixer at Whip-In in south Austin for just over 8 bucks.

Poured a very light orange with two inch head that faded very quickly...a nice whispy ring remained for the duration though..very little lacing.

Crisp, clean grapefruit scent...a bit of lemon or orange as well. A bit of fresh cut grass as well. I like it.

Initial hop bite right off the bat, more citrus than pine, then leads to a clean, sweet malty finish. I would have loved this to be a bit bolder, but, it's hard to complain here. This is a seriously drinkable IPA, maybe even an entry level IPA for newbies who don't want to have bitter beer face upon first sip.

A nice effort by a very young Austin brewery...and in cans to boot! I'm looking forward to future releases from these guys.

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can shared by Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed orange color with a finger of soapy white head.

S: Citrus hops to start with a mild floral aroma. Quite a bit of grapefruit to it and it's very perfumey. There is a little bit of malt sweetness underneath, mostly bready in character.

T: The grapefruit flavor really stands out, as do the floral and piney hop flavors. Lots of bitterness all the way through, but still a pretty nice hop flavor profile. A little bit of bread and malt to it.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Pretty good IPA, especially considering some of the other Texan IPAs I've had.

Photo of TheBeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six-pack of 12 oz cans at Whip In in Austin. This is a drinkable IPA, but nothing about its smell, taste or mouthfeel is particularly notable. Oh, I'll happily imbibe the rest of the six-pack, but with so many other IPAs to try, I doubt I'll be seeking this out in the future.

Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger well formed white head rises with excellent retention. Light lace is left behind.
S: Just a great hoppy aroma. First, I get fresh cut grass and white pepper. Lemons, and orange peal. Other tropical fruits like pineapple. Light toasted grains balances everything out perfectly towards the end.
T: Follows the nose with grassy hops at first. A spicy/peppery flavor. Lots of fruit flavors come out next. Lemon, orange, pineapple. A bit more bitterness lingers than in the nose. Not a complaint because it is still balanced nicely with toasted grains.
M/D: A medium body and great carbonation. So crisp, clean, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. All day with this.

Another hit from Austin Beerworks. Everything they make has the great crisp bite to it that makes it so enjoyable to drink. I am not a hop head at all, but this is a great IPA.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can opened on 5.29.12.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy medium orange with a small light tan head that fades to a small film covering the top.

S - Bready malts and ripe oranges.

T - Bitter grass, malts, oranges.

D - Light body with lower carbonation.

O - Malty and maybe a bit old due to the flavors that I am getting. Glad to be able to try it.

Photo of fatmcb1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow, amberish color with a 1 finger off white head that leaves a ring and plenty of lacing down the glass.

Nose is rich with citrus... grapefruit, orange, and lemon.

Citrus follows in the taste, but is cut through by very bittering hops. Kind of a cut and dry bitter flavor with little malt balance.

Body is a bit light and carbonation is medium.

Overall, an average IPA. Taste was a bit disappointing because it was just bitter without much else going on.

Photo of 2xHops
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent IPA i tasted at Flying Saucer here in Austin.

The appearance had a copper hue to it and it was not murky at all. The head was not not that thick.

I thought the beer was a bit ordinary for something I usually love to drink. It just seem to be a straightforward, textbook IPA, and that is not necessarily bad. I simply think there are tons of other IPAs that have more lively character to them. The hops, at least for me, did come up but without fanfare on my tastebuds!

Overall, it is a decent and solid beer, but with the glut of competition out there, I think it is safe to say that many of you will easily find better IPAs. It is good to see more local beer around here, and I will be watching closely to see if Austin Beerworks will be releasing beers in different styles.

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Fire Eagle IPA from Austin Beerworks
86 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.