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Firefly Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 222
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 36.22%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 07-28-2012

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 222
Photo of AdamBear
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A-clouy golden orange with a thin white head

S-smells like a super fresh pale ale, almost like a fresh mountain rain. English malts. Faint scent.

T-comes in with a crisp taste of aged grass and English barley. It has a decent bitterness as well. It really fills the mouth with flavor but is still quite mellow. After-taste is matching with a sticky bitterness.

M-great heavy creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-one of the more easy drinking English pales I've had, and it's so fresh tasting. Something I could drink a lot of, but considering this is at the DFH alehouse...it's quite dull compared to what else is available.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail deli, served chilled in a pint.

The color is resplendent golden with light haze with thin white head and fine bead with small bubbles that rise at a moderate pace while lace sticks in a film. The smell is slightly fruity with fragrant floral hops with slight citrus/lemony odor with a semi-sweet malt aroma.
The feel is very good with malt balanced not quite -more like leaning to the hop side with slight caramel texture and moderately carbonated with semi-bitter and dry finish with low astringency

The taste is wonderfully fruity and citrus flavors that pop with a mild spice and lemon zest flavor with subtle malt adding a light sweet taste w/ mildly bitter hop quality with slight herbal and earthy flavor as it warms with a nice peppery dry finish. Overall this is a pretty wonderful pale, very clean and full of hop flavor -recommended

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fairfax DFH brew pub. Pours light gold with quickly disappating head. Really enjoyed the light and fruity aspects of this beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color deepening toward orange in the middle and a bit hazy. Poured with a short, rich, dense froth that slowly reduced leaving a ladder of sticky lacings on the glass. Brady and biscuity malt aromas with lemon, earthy grass and herbal hop aromas in the background. Medium bodied with a creamy feel and subdued carbonation. Bready, buttery malt flavors up front that taper to biscuity malt as the hop bitterness rolls in. Light lemon and earthy herbal hop flavors grow through the middle and slowly taper at the end. Finishes cleanly and crisply with a bitter hop snap at the finish. A malt forward pale ale in a world of intensely hopped ales. Not as dry as most english pale ales bit very refreshing and easy to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of m_hall
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft, poured into a nonic pint from a growler filled at the Brewery. Very slightly hazy straw-golden color, topped by a white two finger head that falls away to a film. Spotty lacing. Quite lager-like.

Nose has a touch of sweet fruitiness leading to citrus and spice notes from the hops. Once again, not unlike a good pilsner lager, if just a bit thicker.

Tasting starts out with lightly sweet caramel malts, some fruity esters (banana, pear) that are quickly chased down by spicy/lemon-y hop notes. The finish is dry, crisp, and just a touch bitter, though that bitterness doesn't linger on the palette so long as to overstay it's welcome. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is just slightly thick, still very sessionable at a moderate 5% ABV. This is certainly the lightest beer I've had from Dogfish Head.

The folks at DFH clearly knew what they were doing with this one. This being a special brew for their partnership with a major summer outdoor music festival, having this be a fairly light, thirst-quenching offering was a very wise move. I could easily see one downing quite a few of these on a hot day... one could approach this as if it were a just slightly "overweight" lager.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish head description: An English-style Pale Ale with Marris Otter barley and American Calypso hops To add a fruity and citrusy aroma.

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: half finger head on a clear bright gold body.excelent lacing.

S: wheat, green apple, green grapes and light on the pale malts.

T: open with pale malts and barley moving slightly bitter hop varieties finishing with sweet fruitness mostly from citrus notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Most finish.

Overall: awesome experience being at the Rehoboth location. Pain in the but getting there on a Saturday in July but worth it. This one is highly drinkable, a little disorganized in the flavor but the flavors that are there are well done.

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Photo of jancona
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells and tastes like a great pils. A touch of fruit (pear in syrup) and grassy hops. Loved the subtle malt - tasted like a Munich or Vienna malt - sweet bread - delish.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Dogfish Head Ale House in Fair Fax, VA

Yellow in color with tons of visual effervescence. Eggy white topper retains very well.

Aromas of clover, floral hops, light English maltiness, citrus peel, and light honey.

English maltiness comes through nicely, but there's a liveliness to American hopping. Floral and citrusy with a lemon note. Good clean bitter finish.

Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of ckollias
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at Dogfish head pub in Delaware

A: Pours a golden hue with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving a slight trail.

S: Citrus aroma – mostly lemon.

T: Sweet at first then slightly fruity and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

O: Interesting brew – worthy of a try.

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. Low retention but good lace.

S - Clean, bready malt with a bit of spicy red apple.

T - Yeasty bread and lightly musty hops up front. Some red apple and a background note of black licorice in the background with moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, iit is a pretty good interpretation of the style with a nice, bready malt profile, very drinkable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Dogfish Head's Alehouse in Gaithersburg Maryland. From notes.

Peach orange body. A bit hazy and slightly cloudy looking. Some minimal rising carbonation present. Glass is topped with a faint ring of off white head, which laces quite large while drinking and consuming.

Interesting nose. Biscuity malts and fruity classic English esters, some lemon, and fruity marmalade. Slightly crackery and there seems to be a hint of American hop presence possibly with a faint hint of grapefruit like rind possibly.

Palate matches nicely with the hints from the nose. Quite a nice dry biscuity palate, classic lemon and marmalde like bitterness as well. Slight dry with the fruit angle matching nicely, and a good hop presence on this. Hints of herbality and possibly some floral sensations, but also some strong grapefruit zest rind and oils. Oily action on the aftertaste in the hop realm seems quite varied and matches nicely with the base beer, coating and filling the palate nicely.

A distinctly different English style which is probably just a little bit better than most typical run of the mill English Pales I've had.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed at the Tap House on draft.
Looks much like a plain old American lager, but with nice snow cap that retains long.
Smells of malt with flowers and faint nuts dipped in honey. Hops emerge, lightly, with warming.
There's a flinty note to the taste with a little grass and subtle tart apple and pear. I like it a whole lot until it warms--then, the sweetness overwhelms.
When cold, the mouthfeel is bright and shiny...easy to quaff. Not particularly long, but enjoyable.
The thing with this beer is that you know a lot is there in subtle layers right from the start. And it's a very enjoyable start, picking apart the different elements. But one expects to enjoy them more fully as a glass empties and warms, but the sweetness keeps this beauty shrouded, and eventually spoils the moment. But there's still appeal in its chill.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, July '12
Unmarked tulip
Enjoyed on tap at Deer Park Tavern the weekend of Firefly concert in DE.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden yellow color. On draft I didn't get much head, but the ring is bring white. Seems nicely carbed.

S: Smells light and biscuity actually. Grainy grassy hops. Sweet light grain bill. Maybe some light citrus hints.

T: Taste follows the nose, it's a very quaffable pale ale. Very faint bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Some of the citrus that I smelled. In the mid mouth you get those sweet grains. It's fairly crisp and refreshing compared to the old Shelter Pale. On the close, crisp and dry.

M: Light leading a touch toward a medium.

O: B+

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a couple of these during the Festival right from the DFH Brewery Tent. Nice and refreshing. Very enjoyable on a hot day. Glad I got to try this one, but went right back to the 90 Minute. Great venue to have a few beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at DFH, Rehoboth

Clear golden-yellow pour, with a foamy white head. Citrusy hop aroma, balanced with bready malts; nothing surprising here. Taste was similar, citrus and grassy hops, pale malt backbone, decent balance of sweet and bitter, with light zest and apple skin notes. Light-medium body, and a solid brew overall, but nothing really distinctive.

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Photo of plaid75
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet pale malts and a light grassy hop.

The taste offered sweet round malts, a touch of honey, some fruity esters and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a pretty tasty ale.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Draft: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light fruity ester with some light dry caramel malt with a dry floral hops presence that is also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel malt with a dry and slightly bitter hops presence. Body is pretty full for style with good carbonation. Well brewed for the style.

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Firefly Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.