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Fire Eagle IPA - Austin Beerworks

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 369
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 27.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 77 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of zander4dawin
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - A light golden color with a head that explodes out of the cans. Really good clarity, no haze at all.

Smell - Smells pleasant with grapefruit undertones and some floral sweetness. Not a very strong smell.

Taste - It tastes hoppy without being too bitter. The malt body is too light but on the same token the hops did not get to shine enough. More of a light-bodied pale ale taste. Just comes off as not very exciting. Floral and grapefruit tastes take center stage. Earthy.

Mouthfeel - A lot of carbonation leaves when the beer is poured, leaving the beer itself too watery.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pint at Red's Porch on 9/20/11

Clear, yellow with a short lived head and no lace. Very muted aroma of fruit. East coast IPA style flavor. Earthy hops and some grain. Medium body and carbonation. Good but not great IPA. An admirable product from a fledgling brewery in a town not know for its beer.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Hugomarink
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had this out of a can at Earl Campbell's Sports Bar in the Austin airport. Pretty decent IPA, especially to find in an airport. This one won't bowl you over but could do much worse. Quaffable, pleasant.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into pint glass. Another thanks to SSW117 for sending this.

A- Pours a translucent brownish golden with about a half finger of white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer. Decent carbonation, leaves some carbonation.

S- Light citrus hops with a tiny bit of pine, oranges, bready malts, and spices, below average aroma strength for an IPA.

T- Light citrus hops mixed with bready malts, spices, a little bit of caramel, finishes with bready malts.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, easy to drink.

O- This IPA definitely had a lot more bready malts then I was expecting with a light citrus hop taste. The citrus hops were more dominant when I first opened the can, but faded fairly fast. This was an average IPA that was easy to drink, but nothing in it particularly stood out. Glad I got to try it though, thanks again Sam!

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Photo of TJBurgess
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of TheBeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of JTK713
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

West coast style ipa
cask from cask engine hand pump at flying saucer, houston
hoppy, grapefruit, decent lacing and mouthfeel
Nice hop linger
A. Orange, nice head and lacing
S. Grapefruit, sweet, some type of citrus hops?
T. Smooth, sweet, grapefruit on back end
O. I'd like to try regular conditioned. Cask is creamy and smooth

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Photo of 2xHops
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of seeswo
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow-orangey color with a nice whitish head. The nose is grassy and lemon hops with just a touch of balancing malt. Smells fresh, bitter and decent. Taste is grassy and faintly peppery and lemony hops, a bit of malt and grain balance. There's an indication of some slight tropical flavor, but nothing that pops like some recent competitors. Mouthfeel is fairly dry and not too heavy. Good carbonation. Definitely smooth and not too bitter. Overall, I though this beer was a really nice option as a can beer to take to the beach if I could get it fresh and easily. Nothing special, but B's can be good beers.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to bentwookie for this, my first beer from Texas. 12oz can to tulip glass.

Pours absolutely clear, light golden color with a finger of white head, slowly receding and leaving some nice lace; average retention. Aroma is very faint: floral, clean orange and pink grapefruit. Taste is pretty malt forward with toasty malt, but also a touch of lemon/orange and pink grapefruit, with a light bitterness that gathers a bit in intensity on the finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Overall, refreshing, relatively light IPA. Easy drinker.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the can at a bar on Rainey Street in Austin. Pleasantly surprised with this one. Drinks much lighter than 6.2 percent. Pretty tasty - I could see myself drinking a few of these on hot days.

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Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Pinthouse Pizza.

Poured a pale orange. Tame citrus hops to the nose with a good bitter bite on the tongue. Aroma doesn't presage the taste. A bit oily; light to medium bodied. Toned down and arguably indistinct, but good for starting the evening.

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Photo of jefe2
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA
taster, on tap at whip in, 8/4/2011

a - pale amber orange, with descent off white head
s - cascade hoppy, with some sweet fruit malts
t - solid west coast hoppy IPA, has some good estery and light malt sweetness. There is a good amount of floral citrus aroma hops, and a pronounced bitter hop finish
m - medium light body, nicely carbonated
d - quite drinkable, a well balanced west coast hoppy IPA, though there is a sharp hop bitterness in the end that may build up over quaffs.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks jenray!!

Can opens with a killer aroma of hops! My original bias against Texas beers begins to sway

Pours a reddish orange. Fairly clear. Nice white frothy head. Pretty :)

Aroma dies back from the opening but nice malt sweetness with some piney hops overtop. Not too shabby!

Tastes a bit disappointing. The hops are mostly just bitter and the malt backbone overpowers. A bit underwhelming but certainly not bad

Well carbonated and good mouthfeel. Overall a decent ipa but nothing to write home about

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Photo of readbaron
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JJSupaFly for passing this along. Pours out a golden amber - nearly yellow - with a finger of white head that fades without lacing.

Smell is initially impressive - hoppy, with tropical notes. However, it fades a bit as it warms and bready malts show up. Finish is all grain.

Taste is solid, bitter hops, crisp, refreshing, well balanced. Not as punchy or fragrant as a lot of IPAs are, but still a tasty and well crafted beer.

Feel is nice - crisp, on the lighter side of medium bodied, rather dry.

Overall - a tasty and refreshing IPA.

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of obrike
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a clear translucent gold with about a finger of off white head that settles quickly. There is a nice rocky ring of bubbles along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose a mix of pine and malt. It smells resiny and sticky, but has a caramel backbone that is a pretty noticeable.

T: The taste follows the nose. It's a lot of pine hops with an undercurrent of light malt sweetness. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

M: Light bodied beer. It's smooth and thin, but the pine notes linger forever. It's like this beer grabs a hold and doesn't let go. It's not the most pleasent for a standard IPA. A bit too harsh.

O: This beer it's decent, but it's not something I'd look for again. I was expecting a nice drinkable IPA, but this just isn;t that. Overall, it's not terrible though.

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Fire Eagle IPA from Austin Beerworks
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