Carnie Fire | COAST Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heavy on hops with a slight caramel maltiness. Striking orange-red color. Big on Chinook Hops.

Added by mikesgroove on 11-24-2010

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of welldigger888
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from growler into an irish pub pint glass.Very handsome brew, this elixer appears a hazy ruby copper hue with an off white and excellant lacing down glass.
I will say this is def a hop forward beer, grapefruit and reson reign supreme with some sweet carmel malts holding thier own.grapefruit piney resonous with some tropical fruit in the back drop. A strong malty backbone too, creamy breadiness of the artisean type.
This is carbonated spot on for my pallate, creamy smooth and a nice oily finish.
The abv here is making this a quality session beer that anyone would think is bigger than is. Loaded with wonderful flavs, these fine folk continue to put out the best beer in region I think. COAST RULES!!!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a growler purchased at Green's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC.

A: Hazy deep amber-copper color. Nice light tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Piney, malty, and sitrus. Some underlying caramel.

T&M: Very smooth and tangy all the way through. Malty and caramel up front with a nice, semi-dry hoppy finish. Very well-balanced. Very unique taste.

Very drinkable beer. Another home run by the folks at Coast! This brew is THE BEST red ale I've had. Red ales are not my go to favorite beers, but I ususally enjoy them. I could drink this stuff regularly. Wow!

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a 3-finger bubbly, frothy cream-colored head. Really nice retention and great lacing. A cap of cream-colored bubbles stays on the beer surface all the way down. Clear with a decent amount of bubbles.

S – Lots of stuff going on here. Bready, toasty, nutty, caramel malt and a resiny pine, grapefruit, and mango hop bouquet. Smells pretty hop forward for an amber ale, but there’s definitely a healthy dose of malt here, as well.

T – Follows the nose very well. Starts off sweet with caramel and bready malt as well as grapefruit and mango flavors. The toasty and nutty malt flavors come into play about mid-taste. Immediately after, spicy bitterness starts to build with pine, grapefruit, and mango notes. Bitterness and spice keeps building to a tremendous finish.

F – Medium-to-full-bodied with decent carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, and a very bitter, spicy, and dry finish. Hop spice and bitterness lingers very nicely.

O – This is a fantastic amber ale. It’s definitely on the hop-forward side, but there’s also certainly enough malt to back it up and call it an amber ale. The solid amount of malt is evidenced by the fuller-than-expected mouthfeel. It’s very surprising that this is only 5% ABV because it drinks and feels much bigger than it is. That’s not to say that it’s not as drinkable as other 5% beers. It just has so much more flavor and aroma than other beers of its strength. And yes, it’s very drinkable, too. This is a must try. Awesome job, COAST!

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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into glass from a growler, courtesy of The Charleston Beer Exchange (thanks to Brandon for the stong recommendation), and enjoyed with my good buddy Travis. Cheers!

Pours a nice amber color with a creamy head and nice semi-sticky lacing follows you as you drink. Nose is full of hoppy goodness with some maltiness as well. Tastes fantastic! Full of hop bursts with some malt sweetness to balance it all out. Good creaminess in the mouthfeel, which is my favorite quality of a good red ale.

Another home run from COAST. Its like they blended a great IPA with a great red ale without sacrificing any of their characteristics. And at 5% abv, I could drink this one all night. I look forward to my return trip to Charleston for this one. Seek this one out as you will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Courtesy of rbradley. Thanks!

Pours hazy orange almost red with a big cream colored head. Clumps of lacing all the way down the glass.

Aroma is bursting with fresh citrus hop aroma. Grapefruit, lemon and tangerine along with some pine resin as well. Toffee and freshly baked bread form the malt backbone.

Flavor is more of the same and wonderfully balanced. Those bright citrus qualities show up at the front before rounding into a chewy bready toffee. Finishes earthy and piney with a distinct bitterness.

Medium bodied with a little stickiness to it. Lowish carbonation amplifies that, although the hop onslaught prevents it from ever approaching sweet.

Fantastic red ale and one of the best I've had. Reminds me quite a bit of fresh Nugget Nectar or Zoe. Would love to do a side by side with all those as I think this may come out on top.

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Photo of Zraly
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacQ32
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful slightly hazy deep amber color with sizable fluffly near white but slightly cream colored head, about 5 minutes later there's still ~ 1/2 inch remaining, lacing is excellent. Poured into a slightly oversized DFH signature glass. Looks amazing

S - Lots of rich caramel malts, fairly toasty and maybe even a little grainy. A nice piney presence mixes in with citric aromas. Mmmm

T - Lots of piney resinous flavors with a bit of a grapefruit/citrusy follow up. The sweet caramel holds its own after the initial bitter pallet rocking, still getting some of those grainy qualities.

M - Perfect. Medium bodied but very refreshing especially with the nice dry hop profile. Appropriate carbonation.

O - I had this once before and really wanted to enjoy it again but whoa, this is much better than I recall. A new go to for me! Near perfect

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Photo of jsanford
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler filled at the Lodge in Hilton Head, SC. Poured into my COAST pint glass.

A - Cloudy copper with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving foamy little islands on the surface. Sticky lacing left on the glass. COAST always makes such pretty beers.
S - Pungent pine and grapefruit hops with a solid caramel malt backbone. Crisp and juicy.
T - More pungent pine resin and grapefruit dominate, again with a caramel backbone. Strong, pleasantly bitter finish, similar to the rind of a grapefruit.
M - Creamy with a medium body and crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - I'm amazed by how quickly my girlfriend an I killed this growler. Another great beer from COAST!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

so thrilled to be able to have a growler of this. huge thanks to the cbs/gbx crew for getting this one done for me. served cold and polished of on christmas eve.

the pour is a nice medium amber with a light haze to it and a nice and small, compact head that just sits on top lightly thought out the session dropping a bit of lacing up and down the sides. aroma is nice and fresh, deep hops that are ripe with citrus goodness. sticky orange and pine give way to a buttery middle that coats the palate and leaves the tongue dry and sticky with a full feel but yet it still begs you to take another sip.really smooth and creamy with a flavor that seems to improve with each and every sip.

overall a very interesting beer, not really sure what style i would throw it into to, but wow. really digging this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. A ruddy caramel/amber body is topped with a generous cap of cream-colored and creamy foam. Nice retention and a ton of lacing.

Potent nose, chock full of pungent dry-hopped goodness. The sticky icky and a general leafiness take precedence over relatively mild citrus and pine notes.

Cannabis proves to be a prominent flavor as well, as does a powerful earthiness. Citrus and pine are relegated to background players, but aren't shy about showing themselves in brief flashes. A nice blend of malts- nutty, toasty and mildy sweet- make a more complex base than to expected from your run of the mill amber ale. Slow and sumptuous bitter finish is followed by an eventual drying out and lingering toasty and nutty malt.

Overall impression: Loads of multidimensional flavor packed into a 'sessionable' ABV. Another winning effort from COAST. Great stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Photo of modernartblues
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark Copper-Amber, large head recedes to a thin white head as you drink. Lacing is not quite substantial, but is constant.

S: Hops. I'm told several hop varieties were used, but Chinook was the primary. Regardless, this a well hopped Red Ale. It kicks most Pale Ale's asses and even a couple IPAs in the nose category.

T: Dry and not as sweet as most red's. There is some hop bitterness, but its hardly puckering. This took all the best parts of a red ale and a pale ale and put them together.

M: Medium bodied, certainly not light, but not as creamy as some red's.

D: At 5% abv and the healthy dose of hops, I could drink this all night.

This is another superb beer for COAST. They can't seem to miss and at the abv level, I would dare another brewer to pack an equal amount of hop flavor.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Warsteiner mug. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and slight grapefruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, citrus hop, and grapefruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The hop character in this one was nothing short of amazing for a Red Ale. Flavor was very well balanced and had an excellent aroma that invited you in for more. An absolute must try for any hop fan or fan of the style.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Carnie Fire from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 79 ratings