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Fire Eagle IPA - Austin Beerworks

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 365
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 21
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
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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 MtnSoup
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (196 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a chalice. Pours a crystal clear auburn color with a half finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Aroma has a moderate amount of citrusy hops in it, mostly grapefruit and pineapple.

The flavor come across as fairly malty at first, but then gives way to a long finish that is full of citrusy hop flavor, but not a ton of bitterness. Finishes very clean and refreshing. This is quite enjoyable, with just enough hop flavor to excite the palate, but with out the tongue curling bitterness of some other IPAs. (534 characters)

Photo of Hugomarink
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (202 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light amber color with a half finger width carbonated head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is mild. Has a fresh, grapefruit, piney aroma. Bready malt, with a nice hoppy burst and grapefruit aftertaste. Mildly astringent but not too bad. The malt and hop don't seem to gel together really well. Could use a better transition. The bitterness of the hops could be a little smoother. Drinkable nonetheless. (422 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDog
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (739 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a beautiful clean copper pour with 2 fingers of foamy head which caused excellent layers of sticky lacing. smells of grapefruit, caramel, grass..getting a hint of sweaty gym socks , kinda weird. slightly bitter up front followed by lots of citrus flavor, a slight hint of "can" metal, lots of sweet malty backbone. a sweet ipa, but pretty tasty. medium body with moderate carbonation. the bitter finish makes this one a little bit of a sipper.

not a bad ipa but nothing to go out of your way for. this was part of a mystery trade on r/beertrade. glad i am finally getting to try some of abw beers.. have had the glass for a year without having any of their beer. (663 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of ccoff
3.93/5  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. (441 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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! (851 characters)

Photo of JTK713
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 (328 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (998 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (510 characters)

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Fire Eagle IPA from Austin Beerworks
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.