Lighthouse Ale | Fire Island Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fire Island Beer Company
New York, United States
fireislandbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 06-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.83%
 
 
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2
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13
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of EddieJoe
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a hazy golden brownish color with a thin finger of fine grayish head that dissipates rapidly, leaves zero lacing
S: has a bit of a sweet scent like raspberries or some other kind of berry maybe, also has a slight scent note like some adjunct lagers ive seen out there
T: ok, its drinkable but thats about it, has a bit of sweetness that i guess i would associate with an amber ale but really isnt entirely appealing
M: thin, leaves the mouth clean, medium intense carbonation at the beginning
O: eh, pretty bland and doesnt stand out anywhere, the best part was the mouthfeel and thats never a good sign for a beer

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber in color with hardly any head and then fades to nothing. Carbonation is very light. Smells of malts husks and other stuff.
Taste is bland and sad some malt and yeast.
It is smooth though so thats a plus but thats about it. Tastes waterdown and weak.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber/reddish hue with a nice cream colored head. Smell was sweet caramel malts with a hint of a corn or grain in it. The taste was very much sugary malts with again a bit of a grain or earthy back to it. Very nice actually. This is very nicely carbonated and goes down smooth

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Photo of scootny
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good solid amber brew that looks nice in the glass with a decent off white head and a touch of lace. cloudy honey amber with moderate carbonation. Nice amount of fruitiness in the nose overlays a solid malt core with sweet bready notes. Light floral hops. Taste is smooth and malty with just the right amount of hop balance. A bit of mild citrus in the clean finish leaves bit of bread a biscuit and a touch of graham lingering underneath. Feel is crisp and lightly effervescent. Highly drinkable and while not a standout not a beer to ever turn down.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even as I write this , I have decided this is now my favorite American Red!

Although it says Fire Island Beer Co., it is actually brewed in Upstate N.Y. (Saratoga). I remeber trying this on tap years ago at "The Shack";arguably Fire Islands best bar.

This has a sweet malty aroma, pours a slightly hazy orange color with a nice thick frothy head that lasts a fair time. A thin lacing of the glass persists. The taste is a bit citrusy tart and smooth delighting the tounge and palate!

The label says " the kind of beer you want to have a beer with", and they are not wrong.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Whole Foods at the Time Warner Center in New York recently since I can't obtain this beer in New Jersey. I had the Red Wagon IPA not too long ago so I figured that this would be as good. Unfortunately, this feel a bit short and it wasn't until I signed onto here that I found out what style this fell under. Needless to say, this was a bit weak and not as strong as other American Ambers/Red Ales that I've had recently.

This had a decent pour to it with a bright copper hue and a head that was present but not overpowering. There was hardly any lacing to be seen and the aroma was faint, to the point there it reminded me of a second-tier macro beer. As for the mouthfeel, it was somewhat full and toasty, but the taste wasn't anything special. Just a bit of the metallic copper repeated with some caramel notes. This went down easy and there wasn't a lot of carbonation to go along with the lightness of this beer.

It would be easy to have a few in a sitting since I could hardly taste the alcohol in this. While there are better and deeper American Ambers and Red Ales available, this would be fine for kicking back with after work. It's just not that memorable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at flynn's on fire island. Deep amber with a thin head. Nice amber ale smell with some pilsner like malt dominance. Flavor is like the smell only more malty. Really catvges a macro vibe. Watery and easy to drink, but nothing special about this one. Probably move onto something else next.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fire Island's Lighthouse Ale is a standard, fairly well-made American amber. It's a somewhat hazy orange-copper color beneath a short-lived head of creamy off-white foam; and the head retention and lacing are somewhat limited. The aroma delivers a gently sweet combination of malt and berry-like yeasty fruitiness. The flavor offers more graininess, a touch of breadiness, golden caramel, and some nuttiness as well as some mildly leafy, spicy, and floral hops. It's mildly bitter; and fairly smooth across the palate with a moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue. It finishes drying as the malt fades and the hops make themselves known. Nicely done!

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange red cedar mulch color, very low finely beaded bone white head. Plenty of champagne bubble continued carbonation.

S - Lots of creamy toffee caramel and leathery hops. Like a new leather belt in a wooden box dipped in frosting.

T - Initial hoppy flavors are a bit dull. Kind of like cherry pits or peach pits. The goodness has been drained out. Aftertaste is lightly malty and sour. Very much underwhelmed

M - A bit disappointing as predicted by the dismally small head. Watery and indistinct sadly.

D - A random find in a random restaurant on the tip of Long Island. I was initially hopeful based on the delightful smells but overall this beer can't quite deliver. Needs more flavor. good flavor bad flavor just needs something.

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Photo of aranheaney
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-decent copper with a finger of head that lasts for a bit

S-some malt, but kind of a BMC tone

T-eh, not so great, a bit of an unpleasant (corn-like) aftertaste, especially after it warms

M-fair

O-fair, glad I tried it, but probably won't buy again

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Photo of socon67
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper colored pour. Minimal foam, and no lcaing. Visible carbonation.

S - Not much actually. A bit of barley and malt.

T - A bit of caramel sweetness with a bitter finish. A hint of spice is present.

M - Pretty light bodied. There is some carbonation. A spicy feel on the tongue.

O - Not bad, but fairly nondescript.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Fire Island Lighthouse Ale……….in a bottle

Appearance-pale copper color, middle of the road head with a little lacing left over by the time it disappears.

Smell-light mix of malt, hops, caramel, alcohol is there, not much else.

Taste/Mouthfeel-subdued, hints of caramel and fruit along with toasted malt character. Smooth, finishes fairly clean. Light mouthfeel.

Drinkability-no major flaws, subdued flavor.

Overall-not an offensive beer but simply not worth a purchase, indistinguishable and bland.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear light coppery red color. One fingers width of white head dissipates pretty quick. Little to no lacing sticks around on the glass.

S- Nice balance of caramel and toasty malt aromas with a minimal hop presence in the back. Very pleasing and welcoming aroma on this one.

T- Caramel is the most obvious flavor that sticks out. The toasted malts linger in the after taste and coat the mouth. Very nice balance of flavors. Slight bitterness from the hops.

M- Light/medium body with decent carbonation. Refreshing with a crisp finish makes this beer an easy drinker with good flavor.

O- This beers always available by me which is nice. Definitely a beer I revisit often.

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at keg and lantern in greenpoint Brooklyn
a-copper color and fairly clear with some bubbles and no head or lace.
s-no real scent to it.
t-this is a great spring tasting beer. Crisp and refreshing with a touch of caramel and strawberry. Smooth and not complex. Good if you are in the mood for it.

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Lighthouse Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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