Red Wagon IPA | Fire Island Beer Company

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Red Wagon IPARed Wagon IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 11-07-2009

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of TheDeuce
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fire Island Red Wagon IPA… the bottle….

Appearance-Dark red to light brown color…medium head with a lock of thickness, settles down nicely.

Smell-balanced smell of hops and malt, piney bread combination, pungent aroma that stayed with me.

Taste/Mouthfeel-well balanced flavor, hops slightly win out over malt with a refreshing taste backed up nicely. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, exceptional smoothness on the way down as well. Slight fruit notes.

Overall-well done tasty IPA, goes to show that balance can take you a long way. Cheers.

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Photo of rodney45
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dirty Hazy Amber with a medium off white head.

S: Big hop aroma, crystal malt. Has floral, as well as cinnamon notes.

T: For an IPA this is very malt heavy. It has a caramel sweetness and roasted barley profile that ends with crystal malt kick. Some amounts of floral hops in the way of citrus and grapefruit notes. Very nice satisfying finish with warming alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy, with medium carbonation. Slight bitterness, but not high.

O: Wow, I was really impressed by this beer. Great balance of flavors which is hard to find in an IPA. A little under hopped for an IPA, but I would certainly recomend this beer. Not designed for the hop head. Im surprised it hasnt gotten the accolades it deserves.

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4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was given this bottle by a traveling rep who promised me it was as close to brewery fresh as one could get. Perhaps this can account for my review which is more favorable than the already positive reviews on BA.

Color is a burn orange with an amber center. Carbonation is moderate, more carbonated than cask but significantly less than most other bottled IPAs. Lace retention started off heavy with a thumb width ring sticking to the top of my pint glass, but oddly, without leaving any lace below the initial ring. Flavor profile is reminiscent of a more sophisticated Cascazilla. Yes, Cascades are here and here in proportion. Malts notes of apricot and thin caramel malt strike a great balance. Entertaining and satisfying, I am impressed with this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Clear amber color with a white head that left a good amount of lacing.
Aroma is pleasant, sweet malt and floral hops.
Taste is good, the balance is there, malty sweetness between the bitter floral and citrus hops.
Medium bodied with a crisp feel, good carbonation.
Easy enough to have a few of these, abv unkown at this time but I'd guess it's near 6%.

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Tartarus
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S: Pours a dark copper with a thin layer of head. Lots of hops in the scent with a bit of malt.

T&M: I get some nice hop bitterness up front followed by some malt flavor finishes, medium bodied mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable IPA, hops don't kill the tastebuds and there is a good balance of malts. The only thing that's slightly concerning is the 7% abv.

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Biggie39
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of glasscleaner
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good find,when added to a short 6'er of Hop Devil at the local Stop+Shop market.
This "Wagon" found a smooth path between hops and malts,and many flavors emerged through its cloudy consistency.
"Red" rates on the green side of the beer rating divide,is very drinkable,add it to the roster at the beach,or wherever...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woah, I was shocked to see this beer only has a common rating of a "B". I haven't even tasted it yet but I can smell it, and it's great. Lots of bright citrusy and floral hops amidst a rich caramel malt base. Beyond that I get perhaps a bit of yeast, but that's it. It's quite rich and inviting.

The appearance, however, might be considered lacking. It doesn't say "bottle conditioned" or "unfiltered" on the label, but it's cloudy. That doesn't just happen, it must have been intended; and I personally don't mind a bit of yeast in my beer. For me, however, I do want to see a good head with some solid retention (that shows the quality of brewing to me), and that's not there. Ding. And DING.

I should note at this point that although it's listed as an "American IPA" on Beer Advocate, Fire Island never calls it that. It may be more of a hoppy red ale than an IPA, but that's semantics. They may have chosen the IPA designation for marketing purposes to suggest that it was hoppy and bitter. Or not.

I still don't find anything odd in the aroma, so on to the flavor. It's very much as the aroma suggests, which isn't surprising because 90% of what we "taste" is actually an olfactory perception. So, nice hops, nice malt (perhaps a bit full), and a good balance. There are some leafy, piney, and grassy hop notes that emerge across the middle, and then linger into the bitter finish. It's malty and leafy with a dusty dryness and a residual note of apple-like fruitiness. So what's missing?

The mouthfeel, not unlike the maltiness, is a bit full. I don't think it's beyond style guidelines, however, and it certainly doesn't hurt the beer on a hedonic scale.

So, it's a rich, malty and hoppy ale with a good bit of fruitiness, hop character, and a rock-solid bitterness... what's not to like? That it's not really an "IPA"? OK, I can agree with that, but it's still definitely a drinkable "B+" beer.

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3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the chance to try this one courtesy of JoeyBeerBelly. Thanks for the extra!

A- Pours a clear amber/copper color with a creamy white foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Some faint malt and floral hop aromas.

T- This has alot more hop bitterness than I would have expected! Sharp floral and citrus hop flavors initially with a well rounded malt center that helps to balance the finish.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D- Nice easy drinking brew.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the extra!

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass (tulip pint?): 3 fingers glistening, lumpy head over a deep amber body, translucent. Thick "foamcore" lacing, sticks to the glass in chunks.

Floral & grassy hops dominate the aroma, with a mild balance of caramel & graham cracker malt.

Taste is more balanced than I expected: lemony hops, earthy, zesty, but more subdued than in the smell. Also a restrained caramel, slightly toffee malt. Aftertaste definitely on the bitter end, but not knock-your-socks-off-bitter. Show tea shows up later.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation.

Nothing really standing out with this one, but that in itself is kind of outstanding & I appreciate that about it. A modest IPA that knows the meaning of moderation & is very content to be what it is. One of the few IPAs that I'd consider "sessionable."

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amber color hue thus red wagon is. On top sits a fluffy and dense off white head thats abit small. It fades to some nice lacing. Very lightly carb'd. Aroma is a mixed bag of hops and malts. Taste off sweet malts maybe even vienna since I can pick up fainted toasted malts. Hops are light. Medium weight on the palette, dry and a clean finish. This beer is pretty much just average at best.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Half Time, Poughkeepsie.

Pours pale amber with yellow-white rocky head that clings. Caramel and red grapefruit candy nose. Yellow cake and apricot malts with hops of warm spice and some citrus. Dry, salty leave. Light-medium, slight chew, no burn.

Brewer was at the store; he said Willamette, Warrior and Cascade, so I see where the earthiness over c-hops comes from. He also said it was designed to be sessionable, and it hits that. But while the light body helps the drinkability, it is a bit thin for the flavors.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft. Copper in color. Earthy hop flavor, fairly restrained flavor. could use some more boldness in the hop flavor. good balance though, and hits the expectation for body.

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Red Wagon IPA from Fire Island Beer Company
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