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Steam Pumper IPA - Fire Station 5 Brewing Company

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Steam Pumper IPASteam Pumper IPA

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BA SCORE
78
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76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 02-24-2003)
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Reviews by troutmask96:
Photo of troutmask96
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%

This is not a good beer. Last week, my wife picked up a sixer of this for when company was to come over. I decided to bust one in advance to check it out. Upon my first sip, I wondered if they'd accidentally poured fecid cider into my bottle. Very, very carbonated, and very, very crisp. As I choked my first mouthful to the back of my throat and gulped, I was overcome by a soapy bitterness that lingered for a good fifteen seconds. Belch, belch, belch.

Beware...

troutmask96, Nov 03, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%

Appearance – This one was solid orange in color and clear with a decent head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This has a very sharp IPA aroma. The stiff floral notes are covered with piney resin. There’s a hint of malt to this one as well.

Taste – The big, malty backbone to this ale comes through nicely at the tongue. Good thing, too, because the big hoppy bite needs a lot of support. It all comes together nicely and ends with a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel – This IPA has a terrific mouthfeel. It is a solid medium in the body and will leave your mouth bone dry.

Drinkability – Surprise! You can find a good one in the mishmash of the cheap beer section. It certainly doesn’t look the part, but this is a classic PacNW IPA.

RoyalT, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of Schmit
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

I'm trying to figure out who the hell brews this, because the web site here says it's from Oregon, but the label says Olympia, WA and I can't find any information on "FireStation 5" anywhere online. Mysterious.

But I was pleasantly surprised by this IPA that I bought on sale for under $3 at Fred Meyer. Reddish-golden amber color, smells good, tastes good. Maybe a little flat, but the sweetness and bitterness were well balanced and I drank my way through 22 oz. without regretting a single sip.

Will probably get this one again, especially if it's always such a bargain.

Schmit, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%

12 oz bottle pours a slightly hazed, golden orange body with a small, but sturdy, head that leaves behind attractive patch lacing.

Aroma is one sided with hops, lots of fresh cut hay and some citrusy grapefruit. A hint of pine resin lurks in the background.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated on a light medium body.

A brash, dry, hoppiness dominates the palate. Pine cone, fresh cut grass, and grapefruit rind weave in and out. Only a suggestion of a malt presence. Finishes dry and bitter with a fresh leafy hop aftertaste. Pretty good stuff here.

This is a very sessionable IPA, but nothing to get excited about.

merlin48, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +10%

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Light hazy honey in color, tiny bubble head, disolving to a film and leaving nicely developed lacing and some sheeting. Citrus hop nose. This is a pleasant IPA, perhaps a tad on the light side to compete with the heavies of the style, but pleasant none the less. Good sessioner. Finishes quite dry and crisp. Good stuff.

Billolick, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of ohmybock
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%

Surprisingly, I found this beer at Smitty's in the tiny town of Lake Park, GA just off I-75. I had never seen this brew before, but at $6.99 a sixpack I figured I didn't have a whole lot to lose when buying this Utica, NY brew.

This beer will never make an IPA-lover's favorite list, but still it isn't all that bad. It wasn't a great brew at all, but it was acceptable for the style, and I've certainly had a lot worse. There was a mild earthy hop aroma and flavor along with a light maltiness and hop bitterness. For the price, you could do MUCH worse. Will I buy this again? Probably not...but it wasn't a drain-pour either...and it's better than a macro beer and some other (more expensive) micros I've had.

ohmybock, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Thrasher
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%

Wow, another surprisingly enjoyable beer from FireStation5. Pours an autumnal orange-gold with medium head, with some sudsy, big-bubbled lace. Absolutely appealing aroma of hops with grapefruit, grass, and an earthy wholesome quality that is difficult to describe. Very fresh, very natural, and very very good. Aroma is often the high point of hop-centric beers and this is no exception. The flavor somewhat betrays the hop aroma, in that the taste is relatively mild and not too bitter. However, this aids drinkability, and the backbone of the beer is a large malt sweetness which is almost closer to a regular pale ale than an IPA. That aroma, though, whew, a different story altogether. Full, supple mouthfeel, and fine drinkability, due to the addictiveness of the aroma. The flavor doesn't fulfill the promise of the smell, but it's still a fine, fine beer and shows that the maker of FireStation5 obviously had intentions of making world class beer, rather than just product to fill Freddie's shelves.

Thrasher, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a totally clear orange/amber color with a nice fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is a soapy floral hop flavor. Some hop resins and slight pine.

Taste isnt so bad, but is nothing special. Hop flavors are kind of soapy and subdued. Floral notes are there, bitterness is kind of weak, and there is next to no grapefruit going on.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and kind of slick. Carbonation is good, but could be a touch livelier.

Drinkability is pretty good, but It makes it tough with the akwardness of the flavor.

Overall an Ok beer, but odd for an IPA. A very soap like flavor makes it tough. Not a horrible beer, but one I probably wont purchase again.

AKBelgianBeast, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of scootpolute
2.95/5  rDev -13%

***Weird, my bottle states that this brewery is located in Olympia WA, but BA says Portland OR...Perhaps they have locations in both?!

P:12oz brown bottle poured into a cone pint glass...

Appearance: clear orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head...GREAT lacing!

Smell: Carmel, grapefruit, some hints of orange peel, with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Hmmm...VERY mellow! The initial taste is...NOT MUCH!!...grainy/caramel malt sweetness...VERY sweet throughout...just dies off with a wet sweetness from the initial lack of hops, malts...

Mouthfeel-A smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body...Moderate body, not overwhelming VERY limited on hops. Goes down easily.

Overall-Pretty much a boring IPA. Due to the extreme low hop flavor, I wonder if this should be even considered an IPA...Has more ESB characteristics if you ask me...This beer 'is' easy to drink due to it's smoothness...but as mentioned earlier, VERY boring...Chasin' Cheers :~)

scootpolute, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jmccraney, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of Docer
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%

Not impressed with this one from Pyramid. Its much like their apricot ale, minus the fruit.

Not much of a smell from the 22oz. bottle I paid too much for. Just a bright golden pale really... can't call it an IPA. Bubbly head much like all Pyramids.. but bland.. hardly any lacing.

Taste is bitter, but not a sour bitter. The good flavors present themselves when they are belched. Rather mild fruity tones without being very citrus-like. Nice citrus hop flavor and aroma.. but just not quite enough.

Aftertaste isn't very great... a little watery with a bitter bite. A very dry pale.

Rather easy to drink.. but too much like a pilsner which i don't like.

Would I buy it again? Nope. Not impressed.

No date, not much info... ABV? - I would guess about 5%.

Docer, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Spikester
2.95/5  rDev -13%

From a 22 ounce bomber. No date or abv listed.
Pours amber with a one inch foamy cream color head. Fair amount of lacings.
Some hop aroma present.
Taste is bitter citrus hops and a thin malt backbone. Fairly light as IPAs go. Not bad tasting just a bit ordinary.
Mouthfeel was O.K. for the style.
Drinkability is quite good actually due to the fairly light bitterness. Not a beer for hopheads though.

Spikester, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Hopmodium, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

Clear light copper in color. Thin white head holds together fairly well. Citrusy and earthy hop aroma. Not as present as I would like in an IPA. Not much malt backbone, but also not a lot of hops backing this up. Kindy of a raw earthy and citrusy flavor, a bit astringent. Medium body, carbonation seemed appropriate. Pretty tame for an IPA. Not bad, could be a decent session beer.

Bierguy5, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%

Poured this undated 12 oz. brown bottle into a DFH shaped pint. The body was honey colored and had a chill haze. The off-white/yellowish head slowly faded to a clotted cap.

Smell was sweet toffee. Herbal hops notes.

Taste was caramel malty sweetness. Lightly bitter. This one seemed more like an APA than an IPA. The mild hops were secondary to the malty sweetness. This beer was rather one dimensional. Not terrible just not good.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with some zesty carbonation (which fueled the long-lived head).

Cresant, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.9/5  rDev +15%

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Nice orange color.

Smell is of citrusy hops that are somewhat faint. SOme pale and crystal malts lie underneath.

Taste is somewhat balanced for an ipa. The crystal and pale malts balance nicely with a moderately aggressive citrusy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is a pretty good ipa. Not a hop bomb, but it is nicely balanced and the flavors are nice.

jasonjlewis, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%

Pours a very slightly hazy orangeish amber brew.

Smells quite good. Very fragrant malt and biscuit with abundant hopping levels. Hops are a mostly citrus with a little herbal and grassy scent to it.

Taste is a little sweet and bready with a strong but not sharp hop flavor. Bitterness is solid and is mostly citrus and woody in flavor. This beer is a little bit astringent, but the hopping makes it ok.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is VERY good. A tasty IPA that ISN'T over the top on the hop levels. Very well balanced and tasty brew; this is a beer that I can recommend.

Zorro, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of BradBLR
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

This beer poured a nice rich amber color typical of an IPA, the head was a stightly tinted white and did not last long at all. The was very little lacing. The aroma was very hoppy, I could smell it as I was pouring it. It was a floral IPA smell that was very strong.

The taste was a medium hoppiness, almost a little mild for an IPA but still in the IPA category. It was balanced with a nice crispness, but with out much malt. The mouthfeel was ok, the CO2 was a little mild, but other than that it was ok.

Not a bad beer, but considering they carry it at my local drug store it's not bad. Worth a try if you want to try a different IPA.

BradBLR, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a clear copper with a nice white head that quickly drops to a little lace. Smells interesting, sweet and a little odd for an IPA. Tastes just as sweet, with a strong malty backbone and some caramel on the end. The hops are kinda weird as well. Not the usually powerful, fruity bitterness that I've come to expect from IPAs. More of a piney sweet hop with minimal bite. Mouthfeel is fine, a bit thin, but ok. Easy drinking but not that impressive.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of 1whiskey
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%

12 oz bottle pured into a standard pint glass.

Clear gold/amber color, 1/2" head diappears pretty quickly.

Smells...suprisingly wonderful. Mmmm...hops. Distinct Cascade hop aroma. Something else too, very sweet and floral.

Wow....great hop flavor! Lovely floral notes (rose and hibiscus)....reminiscent of Racer 5 and Bridgeport. Clean finish....just enough lingering bitterness to please. Hard to believe this a contract brew.

Light, watery mouthfeel. So-so carbonation. Highly drinkable.

1whiskey, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

Bought this in a 12 ozer at Fred Meyers ( apparentlly its brewed for this grocery chain).
Came in a regular long neck brown bottle.
Pours a nice amber colour with a small head..that leaves a lace down the glass..looks nice.
Smell is pretty hoppy as one wopuld expect from an IPA.
Tastes pretty good not too bitter..
Feels good on the palte not too much carbonation
over all very drinkable
A pretty good beer..far from being exceptional..but worth drinking.

Reidrover, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of ani
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%

This is my husbands and mine's favorite beer. After living in BC for a couple years and only drinking beers like Sam Adams when we came home to the US for visit; we were pleasantly surprised to find a beer with such a nice palatable flavor.

The smell is mild and pleasing but the tast is rich in flavor. A smooth bitterness that melts off the tongue. I agree with the grapefruit but it seems like their is a little nutty flavor as well. We are just hoping to add a keg to our bar so it will always be on tap!

ani, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of velmalikevelvet
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured a clear orangey-amber with virtually no head and very little aroma, the flavor isn't bad but it was a little sweet & under-hopped for my taste. Slightly thin in the mouth and a bit flat, with little in the way of an after-burn, I think if it were more robust I would have liked it better. Not bad, but not great either.

velmalikevelvet, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of GreenCard
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: light copper-gold, very slight haze, thick sudsy layer of light tan foam with good head retention

Aroma: scrumptious combo of caramelly malt and piney/grapefruity hops

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a resinous, pine hop flavor; hint of grain and burnt caramel; finishes dry with a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, crisp, hoppy astringency

GreenCard, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours to the typical IPA hazy golden orange, with medium off-white head that lingers nicely, and shrinks to leave good lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of bitter hops and citrus, mopstly grapefruit, with the flavor following suit. The only issue I had with this beer was the palate. While it was dry and bitter as expected, it left a funky aftertaste, like a mixture of old wet tube sock and cardboard (not that I really know how that combination tastes). Aside from that, not a bad IPA.

kimcgolf, Nov 29, 2006
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Steam Pumper IPA from Fire Station 5 Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.