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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Photo of VoxRationis
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at the Mermaid Inn, UWS, NYC on 2/23; decanted from a bottle into a Stange glass. Poured an amber to orange color with minimal off white head which dissipated quickly. Citrus and malt nose initially, but a grapefruit flavor was influenced by a subtle but notable sickly sweetness; somewhat bitter finish. Medium body. I usually like American IPAs but I felt the balance here was off. Not a wonderful example of the style.

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Photo of moodenba
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Red Wagon IPA draft tasted at restaurant before dinner 4/14/16.

Amber beer with a balanced flavor. Agreeable malty character with subdued hops (for an IPA). This goes well with food.

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Photo of calitrie1486
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After downing a sip of sunshine and a 2nd fiddle I made the mistake of cracking this open bc it was the only 12oz beer in my fridge. That was not a good idea! Took 1 sip and realized it was not good, took a 2nd sip and realized I could not drink it anymore and drain poured the rest!

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Photo of puboflyons
2.57/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 11/19/14. I did not look at the date when I bought during a recent road trip through New York. Sampled on July 4, 2015.

Murky, sediment filled brass-orange under a big, lingering off white head. Usually I like sediment deposits but these were floating everywhere.

Any of the hops in the aroma have probably faded due to the age of this beer so I picked up more of a roasted malt character and an extremely thin hop profile.

Medium body.

The taste is far more malt forward than hop forward but again I think that is based on its age. Hopefully if I am back in New York at a later date I can find a fresher bottle.

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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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Photo of HamdenHector
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy - a lot of sediment suspended - no mention of bottle conditioning on the label; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; very nice lacing;

S: restrained; malt come through as caramel; hops comes through as musty;

T: not a lot of flavor; what's there is balanced; bottle is 8 months old, so I'm surprised there is any hop character; malt is dominant up front; floral and citrus hop comes in mid-palate; bitterness without any real flavor at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: at some point, I'll try to find a fresher bottle; not much in this sample that would make me want another;

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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 Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from and IPA glass by DFH bottle purchased from half time.

the color is dark amber with good clarity and thick tan off white head with fine bead. The lace creates a film and carbonation rises quickly from the nucleation site in the glass. The smell has a nice citrus aroma of west coast hops with light sweet malt and hint of yeast ester accenting. The feel is moderately bitter with a tangy hop texture and slight malt sweetness with moderate carbonation and bitterness increasing in the dry finish.

The flavor has a slightly orange rind taste with subtle caramel from the malt and good bitter tangerine accent with some mild grassy tinges and light lemon zest and toasted malt flavor. the alcohol is mild in the mostly bitter dry finish. Overall this is a solid IPA, very drinkable but is pretty familiar with citrus and bitterness dominant in the taste.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This is a pretty mundane beer. The malt is so high and the hop influence seeking so low that I want to say it's striking me more like an English ipa than an American one. Eh. It's just not bringing anything memorable or interesting, as far as I'm concerned. Nice to try something from a new brewery, but this is a one and done for me.

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Photo of AdamPenna
2.41/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass at local Irish pub sort of place by a guy named Todd, who made a point of remembering my name as I left. Nice touch even if it felt a little false since we didn't exchange more than a few perfunctory words. Amber color, slight head, and a very little lacing (lame lacing). The first of the twi I drank was less impressive than the second, whose head stood up better than the first, and whose lacing was even better. Go figure. Slight hoppiness in the nose. Mouthfeel was watery. Ok, and the only IPA on tap. About to enjoy an Old Rasputin. Let's see.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head.
S: There are aromas of alcohol and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness. Some alcohol is present, although it’s not as strong compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops make your tongue tingle a bit towards the finish.
O: This beer seems to taste more like a hybrid between an amber ale and an IPA. Some alcohol is noticeable in the smell and taste, which somewhat reduces the drinkability.

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Photo of scootny
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice to look at with a clear fluid and a decent head with bits of lace here and there. Nose carries a good balance with sweet caramel malt underneath a solid core of pine and grapefruit. Taste is much the same with a balanced overall profile and substantial hop persona. A touch of lightly buttered bread slips in. Dry clean finish. Crisp feel has just enough weight to go with an excellent carbonation. A good solid hoppy ale.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: straight amber with a white head poured to maybe a 1/4" off the body.

Smell: light hops, ehh...smells good but not impressing.

Taste: now this is impressing, hops, burnt caramel and slightly floral.

Mouth: medium but with a feeling of heavy goes down easier than gravity.

Overall: great everyday IPA, satisfying and full of taste. Definitely would buy it again and so should you. Salud

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A touch hazy so it must be unfiltered with a light amber body and a 1/4 inch of head that turns to a thick lace ring. A nice sticky lacing.

S - Yep as suspected malt forward with slight bursts of pine and citrus hops. Does smell balanced.

T - Malt and hops are pretty balanced. Can't say the hops are too aggressive or the malt being too sweet and bready. Not bad. Slight linger of bitterness on the palate.

M - Light to medium quite good for the ABV.

Overall not as clean and refreshing as most of my favorite IPA's but not muddled and overly bitter like some I have had. Good beer but I couldn't see myself getting it again.

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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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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 mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber in color, light copper tone to it with a nice head of white on top that lasted for a good few minutes before settling down into nothing. Light citrus hops, well balanced against a solid malty back drop, really well done as it seemed to come together perfectly, Crisp, clean, light on the palate, this was asessionable, beer drinkers IPA that could be thrown down with great ease.

Very light and very drinkable

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color with a 1.5 finger tan head. The bubbles hold up for a descent amount of time.

S - Rich crystal malt, pine, herbal hops, doughy yeast, ruby red grapefruit juice.

T - Toasted biscuit, pine and herbal hops rides along the sweet malt and sticks to the teeth and gums. Some bitter lime peel, cranberries, and pecan shell comes out on the finish. The malt carries through but dries out on the finish.

M - Medium to full body, medium to moderate carbonation.

Slightly aggressive malt background but other than that a balanced and straight forward beer.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle of this IPA into a pint-style glass. That yielded a brownish-orange beer with a very quickly dissipating head. It smelled faintly of yeast (like a fresh warm bread).

I found the beer to have an uncomplicated but pleasant taste. I tend to like relatively high-hopped ales and this beer is not really in that category. The malts and hops are fairly evenly balanced, which yields a taste that many consumers might find bland. It is far superior to the average American mass-market lager because it has some interesting competing flavors creating a bit of depth, but anyone who strongly favors either malt or hops is going to be a bit disappointed in this IPA.

Update: I edited this review and slightly upgraded the rating because I sampled another bottle. I would drink this again, but I would not seek it out.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a medium brown with a slight amber twinge, pours very clean with a small amount of head that dissipates quickly,
S: Nice dark sweetness with a slight underlying hopiness and maple maltiness
T: Pretty decent taste, deeper hopiness than for my particular taste but still nice
M: Strong carbonation initially followed by a nice depth and a slight lingering dryness
O: Nice representation of the style for a small brewery, nice taste for 7% ABV

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malt forward scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and biscuit malts. The hop aroma is tame at best. The taste is decent as well. It has a wonderful malt flavor that's sweet with crystal malts, but also bitter with a mild hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer, but not the best IPA on the market.

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Photo of Ralphs66
2.44/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Asked my girlfriend to order this for me while I ran off to the men's room, so it was sitting and waiting for me when I head at all, and very minimal lacing. Smell was virtually non existent. At least, I expected a little hoppiness. Taste, unfortunately, followed smell and there was, well...nothing! Brown water with some moderate carbonation. I left it to warm a bit, as it was probably too cold coming out of the tap....but it didn't get any better. In fact, it didn't change at all. Disappointing night cap...

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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 socon67
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange with a healthy foam head. Lively foam on top.

S - Smells of malt and sugar. For an IPA this really has no hoppy presence in the smell.

T - Nice balance from the sweet malts and hops. Not bitter on the back end.

M - Medium bodied. The ABV is masked fiarly well.

O - A kinda interesting IPA that doesn't go for the hoppy bitterness. Probably works well as a gateway to craft.

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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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