Firewater India Pale Ale | Catawba Brewing Co.

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Firewater India Pale AleFirewater India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
catawbabrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 03-15-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
12.39%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
41
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0
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half finger head with no real retention but nice lacing on a hazy golden with slight amber hue body. Herbal, musty and fruity hops intermingle to form an aroma which is not very inviting. Flavor is very metallic and herbal with pale malts in the background remaining tart and bitter late into the aftertaste although the bitterness isnt all that overwhelming, it just doesnt want to go away. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one is basically bitter and has lamost no flavor to it being very bland.

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Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has some hues of amber along with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has a mélange of flavors—including herbal hops as well as notes of caramel malts plus hints of citrusy, grassy and spicy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and hops and tastes a little like a hybrid between an American and English IPA.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second visit (9/8/07) Much better balalnced beer that I remember. Hops stand out with a pine character. Very clean and refresthing.

From a name like Firewater, I'd expect much more. Aromas are hoppy, but not overly dominant. Lots of bready and caramelly malts come through in the nose. The hops are strong bittering, but not the floral, spicy, earthy kind that usually accompanies and IPA. The color is a lightly murky orange-straw color. The head retention is nice and lace-ey. Flavors are well balanced between the sweet malts and assertive hops. The problem is that I don't want balance in an IPA! I want hops out of balance! This one didn't scream HOOOOPs! I would have said that it makes for a good English IPA, but the American hop varietly wouldn't let me. The body is better than moderate. It softens a bit into the finish, making for an easy drinking beer. It's not bad, just not what I expected.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Mellow Mushroom - Asheville

A - Poured a clear, orange gold color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, pineapple and caramel.

T - A citrus hop presence with grapefruit flavors. It had a sweet caramel taste wild a mild spice and bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This was recommended by the bartender after I told him I liked hops. It was not a bitter/hoppy brew like I had expected.

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap and served in a pint glass in Black Mountain, NC.

Appearance: Lots of lace, not much head; Cloudy orange amber, visible yeast in this obviously unfiltered IPA

Aroma: rather mild and malty for style; tangy hops, baked bread

Flavor 4: somewhat mild hop start with a lasting and moderately bitter hop & grapefruit finish and aftertaste. Hops bring both citrus and piney components to the rather earthy flavor mix.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly low but acceptable carbonation (this pushed the rating down from 4 t0 3.5).

Overall: a fairly typical Western NC IPA in that it is rather malty and somewhat earthy. This one has a more generous (too generous, some will think, no doubt) malt background.

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Photo of nickfl
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Some spicy to slightly sweaty hops and light malt.

T - A bit of pine and acidic malt up front. Some grain and burnt toast in the middle with a finish of pine and somewhat harsh bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, a dry finish and a touch of astringency.

D - Not very good. The hop character is almost all in the bitterness with a unfortunate lack of aroma and flavor. Couple that with anemic malt and harsh bitterness and you have a poor showing.

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Photo of oberon
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Barleys Tap Room in Asheville,I admit I was intruiged by the name,the beer was not anything great though.Kind of deep copper color with orange hue not much head,the aroma was mainley minty from what I got.Not real flavorful mainley hoppy not to much balance here,did go down pretty easy though.Wont try again.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden orange in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops with lighter notes of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sweet caramel malts with strong flavors of hops - citrus/grapefruit pith and citrus/orange rind along with a lighter amount of pine/resin. There is a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of creamy carbonation. Moderately dry in the finish.

O: Pretty strongly bitter but an enjoyable brew that went pretty well with BBQ pork - not the easiest to drink because the bitterness is aggressive.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria (Asheville, NC) on 4/17/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a thin head of off-white foam. Retains with a thin creamy layer, that leaves a massive coating of sticky lacing back. The aroma is floral and spicy smelling, with a solid tangy backing of citrus and caramel malts.

The taste has a moderate hop bite to it, with bitterness, spices, and a splash of citrus lasting the whole way through. Solid balance to this as well, bringing a silky malt backbone of caramel and toasted malts to the table. The hops still nicely shine in this though, bringing the bitterness but not overdoing it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an overall easy flowing carbonation but there is a bit of a crisp prickle to the proceedings that nicely compliments the bitterness.

A solid IPA for sure, this seemed a bit unbalanced towards the hops side at first but then opened up nicely with some good balance the more I worked on it. The 5.2% feels right here as well, giving up enough taste but staying low enough to give this some decent drinkibility to.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barleys in Greenville.

Came out a nice pale amber, a bit cloudy with a thin white head, that faded to leave a nice lace down the side. Smell was of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, with a hint of sweetness. The taste was straight hops at first, but as it warmed some balance came to it and had a bit of a ever so light sweet maltiness. Nicely carbonated and goes down smooth. This was a good IPA and my first brew from Catawba. I will definatly have to try some more!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I dance with excitement and anticipation each and every time local, in-person trader tone77 mentions that he has beer for me. He was recently in North Carolina and came back with a significant CANtribution to The CANQuest (TM). I have thoroughly enjoyed each one and wish that I could get some more for review.

From the CAN: "'Professionally Brewed Beer for Professional Beer Drinkers.'"; "Fine, Hand-Crafted Ales"; "Since 1999"; "This golden straw colored IPA is made with 5 varieties of malts and 6 massive hops. It is a stand-alone great in flavor and aromatics. Any fan of a classic India Pale Ale will be pleased to taste this intricately crafted beer."; "Firewater is a very balanced and drinkable East CoastIPA. Six separate British hop varieties make your taste buds jump up and say 'Wow!', while wheat and five different barleys provide a malty balance. n Ameri[CAN] version of the historic English style, this beer [CAN] stand up to a journey - either halfway around the world or just from [CAN] to mouth!"

First white lightning, now Firewater. I CAN see where this day is headed. Holy carbonation, Batman! The Crack revealed a beer eager to come out and greet me, much like a puppy on its master's return. This was notable as the beer had been unmoved, cooling in my reefer until just a moment ago. Full? No wonder it popped. It was so full that there was no room for the tab to move into the CAN! The inverted Glug was the work of a master, forming two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep-amber. Nose had a mintiness reserved for chewing gum and/or mouthwash. Minty fresh! Mouthfeel was medium and I simply allowed the beer to roll around on my tongue, letting the hops linger like a kiss. Schlitz used to advertize as "Just a kiss of the hops" and that being the case, this was a French Kiss of the hops. Gimme, baby. Dense sticky lacing began to form in the glass with each successive sip. It was not fiery, but neither was it mellow. It was striking a nice balance between too many hops and not enough. Finish was dry, but not so dry that I was gasping for water, either. More, I want more.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - orangish copper with a big, thick, white head that has great retention

S - spicy, earthy, faint citrus

T - bread, citrus, grapefruit, spicy, mint, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, great carbonation

This is a smooth, highly drinkable beer. It has good flavor and balance. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. No decipherable dating except some puzzle on the bottom.

Simple orange amber body, kind of light towards lemon and fairly clear with nice light carbonation. Head is fluffy and off white, with about three fingers tall and settling to a small clumped up top of about a finger with no lacing. Pretty solid.

Aroma is really closed. Really. Nothing. Practically zero, not even a whiff of malt caramel off this thing. Other than that it's clean and non faulty on the bouquet.

Palate unfortunately continue much of the noses flavors. Neutral palate in the middle. No malt presence, and not even any hops. Finish is light grainy, and a very mild bitterness that if stretching it, perhaps has a hint of pine. Palate in feel isn't a total loss but is a little weak in it's structure. Only flavors seem to come on the aftertaste and also come off thin and weak.

A real miss on the IPA realm, and one of the most uninteresting ones I've had in awhile. Not bad, just really boring with nothing going on.

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Firewater India Pale Ale from Catawba Brewing Co.
3.47 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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