Fire Eagle IPA - Austin Beerworks

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Fire Eagle IPAFire Eagle IPA

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very good

356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 70 | 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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Ratings: 356 | Reviews: 59
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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 pmarlowe
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of tjkinate
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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

Big thanks to miikezombie for hooking me up with this in a recent trade. Always a pleasure doing business with you, Glen!

Pouring into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. It's a somewhat hazy dark orange with a 2-3 finger off-white head that is retaining very well.

Plenty of hoppy fruit in the nose - grapefruit, mango most prominently. Clean malt.

An herbal and red grapefruit hop flavor up front, not as intense as expected based on the nose. Medium-high level of bitterness stands tall and lingers long into the dry finish. Toasted malt undertones.

Medium-light in body with a prickly carbonation.

This is an IPA that has the looks and aroma that can match some of the best. Flavor isn't quite up to snuff but still a worthwhile offering.

Photo of readbaron
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of amphion1065
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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 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 Urbancaver
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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 LittleDon
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of seeswo
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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 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 zander4dawin
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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 jefe2
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA
6.2%
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.

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.

Fire Eagle IPA from Austin Beerworks
86 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.