Carnie Fire | COAST Brewing Company

Carnie FireCarnie Fire
BA SCORE
4.09/5
79 Ratings
Carnie FireCarnie Fire
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,404
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
79
pDev:
11.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a nice ecru head; quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Caramel malts along with citrusy hops, featuring tangerine, lemon and grapefruit aromatics

Taste: Caramel and toasted malt forward with a budding piney aspect; citrus flavors also build through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I typically avoid Amber Ales, I had a hunch that Coast would brew a good one and my guess was affirmed

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, sharp smell of hops, malt, and something sugary.

T: Tasted of malt and caramel up front with a nice hoppy finish. This beer has a higher hops content than most red ales, but it's never overwhelming.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

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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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Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of RichH55
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeincharleston
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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 jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of mtbdonn
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seanchai
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Allagas glass on 9/21/12

Bottled on 08 24 12

Darkened copper and rust colored with a touch of honey at the stem. It's cloudy to the point that I can't see through it. It poured a two finger head that receded slowly, leaving scattered webs of lace. Retention holds around 1/8th inch.

Aromas of dank pine and tropical citrus hops jump out of the glass and are trailed closely by a balance of caramel and toasted bread. Hints of biscuit dust. Notions of sugar cookies as it warms.

The flavors are similar to the aromas and progress in much the same fashion, though the taste has much more of a kick. Sticky pine tar bitterness leads of, accented by zesty citric tones. The malts are more toasty than sweet. Toasted bread, dry caramel and perhaps a hint of cocoa.

The actual body is on the thin side, but the overall feel is bumped to medium territory due to gripping hop resin and full, prickly carbonation. Hop resins linger a spell. The body thickens up a bit over time and with warmth.

Overall, Carnie Fire is really good, but not extraordinary. It has a good balance between hops and malt, giving a bit of a preference to the former. Worth a shot.

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