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Red Wagon IPA | Fire Island Beer Company

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Red Wagon IPARed Wagon IPA
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Red Wagon IPARed Wagon IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 11-07-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,517
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
135
pDev:
14.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours copper in color wit ha one finger white head. The head retreated to the sides of the glass but left moderate lacing.

Aroma is mildly floral with some citrus and some sweet malt. Taste is moderately hoppy with some citrus and a decent amount of malt sweetness as well. More of a sweet finish then a bitter one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. Overall a nice easy drinking and good tasting IPA.

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Photo of smithj4
3.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with moderate carbonation and 2 inches of off white head.

s - Smells of caramel malts, sweet fruits and malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of citrus hops and some fruit. Little bit of bitterness to it, as well as earth or dirt.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok IPA, but nothing really jumped out at me. Would try again but wouldn't seek out.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
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 Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev +9%
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 WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Drew for this tick.

A: The pour is a hazy dark orange color with a finger's worth of off-white foam.

S: A definite harshness to the nose. There's some solventy/bleach character to it along with acidic grapefruit juice, and some caramel malt.

T: The flavor is pretty bitter, which is nice enough, along with citrus peel in terms of the hops. The malt is there too, and provides what is overall a pretty substantial sweetness.

M: The body and carbonation are both medium.

D: Not a terribly good example of an IPA. At least the flavor was an improvement over the nose.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness/bottling date info. Pours clear, copper hued amber, respectable staying power noted on the oat meal head, that holds onto a thick collar. Leaves low thick sheeting and strands of lace. Faint nose of light peppery hops and perhaps a hint of vanilla. On the malty side for an "IPA", with citric, pine hints but not really showing off much of a hop presence or crunch. Decent brew, but nothing special. Better then a macro fer sure, good "IPA" for a newbie. Works as a sessioner in a pinch or in a marinade in place of an amber ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Gobzilla
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a murky golden orange with yellow highlights that had a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was mostly sweetness from the malts with some subtle citrus and faint hop notes. The taste was also dominated by the malt which made the brew more sweet than anything alse but did had a touch of citrus and underlying hop notes. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, and very mild citrusy hoppy finish. It drank decent to me but was not realla good interpretatiom of an IPA.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Sweet Afton in Queens. This was tasty beer, but I think the low reviews come from the relatively low bitterness for the style. I'm sure it's still around 50-60 IBU, but for a 7% IPA with considerably more bitter competition, this beer doesn't stand out. Still, there's a lovely and classic mix of citrus and pine hops - very American. It reminds me quite a bit of Harpoon IPA.

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Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at T.J. Finley's, Bayshore, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy hop and a moderate crystal malt.

The taste consisted of the same front loaded hop spice, with some pine and pepper. The malt arrived soon thereafter and was rather robust for the style. The flavors seemed a bit disjointed however.

The mouthfeel leaned slightly to the heavier side of the style.

Overall a tasty IPA.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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 puboflyons
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
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 petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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 DrDemento456
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Red Wagon IPA from Fire Island Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 135 ratings
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