Frozen Tail Ale | Fire Island Beer Company

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Frozen Tail AleFrozen Tail Ale

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Fire Island Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A festive layered blend of five different American and British hops, balanced nicely with four specialty malts that impart delicious roasted caramel and toffee flavors. Frozen Tail Ale is a medium bodied mahogany-colored beer that is intricately balanced to be clean, smooth, and flavorful.

Added by JoeyBeerBelly on 12-14-2010

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5/5  rDev +42.5%

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2/5  rDev -43%

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2/5  rDev -43%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of illpass78
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown with a minimal white head that recedes quickly. Lacing is moderate to minimal. Carbonation less than I expected.

Aromas: Smells like a glass full of liquified pine cones. The nose gives me pine, hops and booze. Really, really heavy with piny hops. Smells like an IPA almost.

Taste: This is a lot more bitter than I expected. The taste has notes of pine, grapefruit, and raisins. Those flavors are kind of dominated by a heavy, biting hop bitterness. Maybe it's just my lack of familiarity with winter warmers, but I was expecting malts and sweetness more than hop bitterness. There's some sweetness here, but the bitter bite dominates, especially on the finish. Gets boozier and more bitter as it warms. I can't find the IBU for this anywhere, but it must be a lot. It's not bad, but it's not what I expected.

Mouthfeel: The body is pretty decent. Not watery, not sludgy thick. In terms of thickness it's a nice alternative to the heavy stouts that dominate winter seasonals.

Overall: Decent winter beer. I'm not surprised they don't market this as specific style, because it's kind of a hybrid. The ad copy hints at it being a winter warmer, but it also has characteristics of strong ales and hoppy ales. All in all, it's very OK.

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Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of pjkelley82
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bsm80x
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of longisland1983
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of JLapadura
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single

Served in a new holland pint - garnet mahogany body, smells of buttery toffee, caramel, grains, herbal hops. Some bitterness, dry herbal finish.
Drinkable winter seasonal but not particularly memorable - time to move forward to spring.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of GPHarris
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a one finger thick light tan and bubbly head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was dark brown with purple highlights.
s - dark cherries and some spice.
t - grainy, dark fruits, grapes, a hint of piney hops, spice.
m - medium thickness that was bubbly and crisp but as it warmed it became more slick.
o - solid sipper and complex, i wish it had more carbonation though.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Packman4IL
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - color is a nice ruby brown color, clear with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head.

S - English malts and sweet caramel malts are the first thing I notice. Mild herbal hops and spices second.

T - Well it's not a very spicy beer and it drinks well. Taste of English herbal hops mixing well with sweet malts and a mild twang of what I can assume is cinnamon. Not bad.

M - Light to medium could use more body to be a "warmer"

Overall for what it was it was good. Similar to the Red Wagon IPA it's just another beer that was good just not distributed to me so hurts a re-visit quite a bit. COME ON PA!

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of OscarO67
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mahogany color came forward right away. Some light ruby tones showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice inch and half of creamy white head popped up over the top and settled down to a thin crown with some nice side glass lacing.

Nice aroma of caramel malts, hints of spice and touches of light herbal hops. Not a heavy aroma, but defintley on the winter tone with nice spice notes. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied ale with a nice carbonation really let the flavors pop. Intresting mix again of light caramel malts, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of light grain

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Photo of david18
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this beer on draft and the information was not clear about the style. The abv was somewhat low for a winter warmer but the title suggests it's a winter beer. I was surprised how much knowing the style will effect my experience of a beer. Anyway, I liked it other than the fact that the alcohol did taste a bit thin for the other ingredients.

A redish/brown color but quite clear and a little light or thin looking. Carbonation was a bit low.

Aroma featured a lot of light fruit as well as a bit of raisin and bread.

Flavor, as I mentioned earlier, is a little bit unbalanced. Overall, it had a twang that I associate with the style.

I probably wouldn't order this beer again as it's not heavy enough to be warming and there are plenty of other styles I prefer in that abv range.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown color. Has a medium-sized, foamy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet malts with strong notes of caramel.

Taste: Starts out mildly bitter with some spiciness as well. Finishes sweet and mildly fruity.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice bite to it.

Drinkability: A decent beer and a good winter warmer. It certainly has a warming quality to it and is an unassuming, simple beer. I could see myself putting back several of these on a cold night. Certainly worth a try, if you can find it.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color and poured with a two finger high creamy beige head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very malty and has flavors of caramel, grainy and roasted malts as well as toffee. The finish has some notes of bitterness and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish along with some hints of warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer isn't overly difficult to drink and the variety of malts used keeps the taste interesting.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color with a large slightly brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel is dominant with some notes of citrus, apple, grape, and plum.

Taste: Begins with sweet caramel and grape flavors, rounding out to more fruity flavors that stay around in the finish, but the finish also has a notable, assertive, hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with rounded carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a good, well-balanced beer with a good flavor profile. I would be happy to drink this again, but, given the assertive hops and dryer finish, I don't know how well it fits as a winter seasonal. A good beer, but it loses points for mouthfeel and drinkability due to it's out-of-season characteristics.

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Frozen Tail Ale from Fire Island Beer Company
3.51 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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