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Fire Eagle IPA - Austin Beerworks

Fire Eagle IPAFire Eagle IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

209 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%


Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 05-24-2011)
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GrayHam

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, next to two other IPAs. This was my clear winner.

A: Brilliantly clear light copper color. Light head with medium
lacing.

S: Fantastic citrus/floral aroma with and a faintly sweet maltiness.

T: Bitterness perfectly balanced by the malt, followed by pure hop
flavor and a clean, dry finish.

M: Nicely carbonated, full-bodied but a dry finish. Perfect.

O: My only complaint is I'd like to see a fluffier head with better
lacing. That's a minor gripe though. My new favorite local IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 23:20:10 | More by GrayHam
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Dajtai007

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Serving type: can

06-28-2011 07:04:49 | More by Dajtai007
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Retro-looking can into a Jester King snifter.

Nice appearance, with a bright, brassy-gold body that shows good clarity. The spittle-colored head doesn't show the best retention, but leaves some sticky lace on the glass. Not surprised by the hoppy aroma, which hints at fresh-cut grass, orange zest, and pine sap. Pale malts add a hint of doughy bread.

Very juicy, very hop flavor-forward IPA. Malts lay down a solid backing of bread crust and graininess while the hops steal the show, dripping with tropical fruit and pine. Masked bitterness and a touch of mineral water in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely carbonated with a medium-light body. All in all, an very drinkable brew from an up-and-coming Austin brewery. Glad to have ABW on the scene!

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 01:55:40 | More by wagenvolks
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djjohnnyd

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am excited to have another Texas IPA that we can get on the shelves. With the FireEagle, I'd say this is the best packaged Texas IPA on the market now.

Appearance - dark copper

Smell - Opening the can and pouring release a huge burst of citrus hop.

Taste - lots of hop complexity. You can tell this was brewed with 4 hops. Even with all the hops though, it finishes clean and dry making it easy to have a few of these.

Great job from a new brewery. Keep it coming.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 15:32:22 | More by djjohnnyd
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a CBC pint glass. Much thanks to htomsirveaux for fostering my nascent ticking habit. Reviewed from notes.

As single IPAs go, this is definitely on the darker side. Deep auburn like an amber ale, with very attractive clarity. A quarter-finger white head recedes rather quickly, but the lacing is pretty.

I'll fess up: in my notes on this beer, I used the word "dank" to describe the aroma. An absolute hop bomb, I really wasn't expecting this. Tons of resiny, piney hops in the mix, clean and fresh. The smell is both grassy and citrusy sweet. There is some malt in the mix, but it takes a backseat here.

As expected, this is one hop-forward IPA. Almost brutally bitter, to the point that the hop bitterness overwhelms some of the underlying grapefruit and other citrus flavors. The lasting bitterness in this beer is pretty similar to that of very fresh Stone Ruination.

The feel is great: crisp, full-bodied and very easy to drink. The carbonation is spot-on in this beer.

A total surprise for me, and one that I'm still thinking about a day later. I generally prefer more citrus fruit sweetness in IPAs, but I can respect extreme hop bitterness when it's done well. I'll be trading for more beers from Austin Beerworks soon.

Serving type: can

10-24-2011 01:33:03 | More by amphion1065
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champ103

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-09-2011 18:53:41 | More by champ103
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elNopalero

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hey, you know what? I like this one. Wasn’t sure what to expect given my experience with their flagship pale ale but their IPA hits all the right notes. It pours a crystal-clear resplendent gold with a good layer of foam that hangs out for a minute. Aroma is all sorts of zesty, piney, and mildly orangey, notes which carry through on the flavor as well but balanced with a bit of a pleasing malt backbone. It holds up well, it’s nicely balanced, and its hoppy and distinct in a way I can enjoy repeatedly.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 19:52:48 | More by elNopalero
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 02:47:16 | More by UTCengOwl
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: can

07-25-2011 22:23:42 | More by woodychandler
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northaustin

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

also received mine at the draught house. a clear yellow/light orange with a finger of even white head. the head disappeared quickly but left some nice stringy lacing.

smell: all hops, floral at first, then lemony and citrusy and sorta dry.

taste: interesting small caramel flavor for a split second, followed by a blast of hops which is somewhat tart at first, but quickly becomes very piney and lemony.

mouthfeel: smooth and oily. superb for an ipa

overall: cant wait to see more of this beer around town.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 16:14:34 | More by northaustin
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jamescain

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper-orange with a thin off white head that leaves a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tropical fruit notes with pine and citrus.

Taste: Clean and hoppy with mostly pine and a touch of citrus, no malt backbone with this one, but I enjoy that.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation and a dry finish with a lingering hoppy taste.

Overall: A welcome beer to the Texas line up, I look forward to trying their other beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 15:20:53 | More by jamescain
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

Serving type: can

09-08-2011 23:19:10 | More by jbphoto88
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tjkinate

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love this new brewery in town, keep it up!

A: A large 2+ fingered foamy white head that exhibited great retention and some lacing. The body is golden with loads of bubbles that continue to rise throughout the tasting.

S: Floral hops, grapefruit accompanied by a nice amount of pine. Sweet bready malts poke through and really balance the scent nicely.

T: Tropical fruits, similar flavors to that of Alpine's Nelson (not a bad comparison) accompanied by a kick of pine. The backend was more bitter than I'd like to see, but didn't detract much from the experience.

M: Very well carbonated, brew dances across your tongue with each sip.

O: Solid first entry from this young local brewery.

Serving type: can

01-07-2012 23:17:45 | More by tjkinate
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GregSVT

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip - dated 1/16/2012

A: Pours a clear gold with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has nice notes of tropical fruits, grapefruit, and sweet malt. Pretty nice aromas in this one.

T: The taste starts with the tropical fruits and then moves to bitter grapefruit and pine. The taste is nice but the bitter flavors really take over the finish.

M: The feel is crisp and drying on the finish.

O: This is one of the better IPAs I've had from TX and something I would probably buy on a regular basis if it was available in Dallas. Great aromas and flavors even after a month of age.

Serving type: can

02-12-2012 08:38:03 | More by GregSVT
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The can delivers a crystal clear honey colored liquid with a solid cap that displays excellent retention and leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Floral, with tropical fruit undertones

Taste: The malt tilts toward toffee and provides a backbone that lingers from start to finish; in the middle, the hops add a resinously bitter character with an edge of tropical fruit (grapefruit and just a hint of mango and guava); in the finish, the bitterness hangs around to hold the toffee malt in check

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The malt flavor and balance are what stand out about this beer; while it is not a standout for the style, it is eminently drinkable

Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 17:29:29 | More by brentk56
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-25-2011 18:13:40 | More by Mora2000
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light gold in color into my snifter with just about a finger of head, moderate retention and light lacing.

S - Citrus and hops with a nice malt backing, grapefruit and other tropical fruits, light toasted grains and mild peppery notes.

T - Grassy hops, lemon, orange, and grapefruit are all present, has a evident spicy quality to it and a nice malt balance.

M - Medium body and carbonation, overall very well balanced.

O - Really solid IPA from Austin Beerworks that is very enjoyable and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: can

09-30-2011 02:51:39 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - soft golden to honey-colored in appearance with a bubbly, but well-built white head on top that slides into the depths leaving some lacing.

Aroma - like walking through a pine forest when suddenly it opens up into a grove of mango trees and there you happen upon a bunch of ripe pineapples cut up and sitting out on a picnic table. Sit back and imagine that and you might have something close to what is coming from this glass of hoppy goodness.

Taste - resiny and drying in the finish with a crisp, hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Some hints of tropical fruit flavors, citrus, over-ripe pineapple and some bready/doughy malty notes. Put it altogether and you've got the makings of a hop-forward IPA that is certainly worth your while.

Overall - this will paint your palate green and leave a dry, bitter taste on the tongue for as long as you're enjoying this beer. Nice floral and tropical flavors with a crisp, refreshing finish and a solid amount of IBUs. Crack open a can and enjoy!

Serving type: can

03-15-2012 01:35:40 | More by indiapaleale
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bundy462

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a burnt orange tint. Big frothy head, white. Super lacing the whole way down the glass.

S: Big piny hops. Grainy backbone, citrus hues, classic IPA profile.

T: Citrus over a nice caramel malty base. Huge hop blast, pine lingering. Finishes prickly yet smooth.

M: Juicy and prickly, tingling the mouth. Smooth yet abrasive, very good.

O: High quality IPA, I'd recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 21:35:06 | More by bundy462
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brurevu

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-05-2013 22:40:23 | More by brurevu
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can tried 30 Oct 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Austin Beerworks wheat glass.

Large beige head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright gold in color. Aroma is strong, pineapple and sweet resin. Starts with a light sweet graininess that quickly turns cirtic hoppy. Lots of citrus peel and pineapple. A bit floral as well. Light body, moderate ethanol becomes warming towards the finish. Slick mouthfeel (A). Lingering moderate citric bitterness.

Well done, will pick some up the next time I'm in Austin.

Serving type: can

03-13-2012 16:51:52 | More by htomsirveaux
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can w/o date. Special thanks to bentwookie for this one and other TX brews. Poured this into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours an incredibly clear yellow gold color. So clear. Two fingers of fluffy egg shell white head. Marshmallow like. Good carbonation. Some sticky lacing.

S: I get subdued fruity hops, maybe Citra? I get lots of grapefruit and overripe peach. There are some bready malts in there behind.

T: You get some mild hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Not crazy. It's balanced nicely in the mid mouth with the malts. The finish is really clean and dry.

M: Light leading to medium.

O: B+ solid little IPA. Good offering and very unassuming.

Serving type: can

01-14-2012 22:42:17 | More by inlimbo77
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ccoff

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 06:36:01 | More by ccoff
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waldoiverson

Texas

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 22:30:33 | More by waldoiverson
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fivehoursfree

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 17:53:09 | More by fivehoursfree
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Fire Eagle IPA from Austin Beerworks
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