Firefly | Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Bad Weather Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by morimech on 11-01-2013

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 53
Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat sweet overall, with caramel, fruity notes and spicy rye. The finish is a little bitter and spicy, but also has a little lingering sweetness. Good Rye Pale Ale but doesn't quite gel as well as I had hoped.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i like a rye pale ale these days, and i like one that isnt shy on the rye. too many of these use it as an accent or as a little twist, instead of as a dominant player on the grain side, rye driven. this one really brings it all the way home on the rye side, it has to amount to a fairly large quantity of the grain bill. a little haze and a little copper color to this thing, murkier and a little more raw on the whole than most, and thats okay with me in a beer like this. the rye is evident in both nose and taste, with a lot of white peppery spice and a cool dry intensity to it. the rye ramps up all the way through, and right before it fades at the end, the hops come on. almost ipa-esque in bitterness, and its intense after the rye. like heat on heat, which i think makes it more interesting but less drinkable. i dont really mind, but i made a point to drink this pretty quickly, even with a little bit or warming up it kind of breaks down, but this is a bold brew, not to be taken as nonchalantly as most american pales, there is a lot going on here. well done, but i liked the other beer i had from these guys a little more than this one. a bit abrasive for what it is, but tasty and distinct.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours gold to amber with a slight haze. A 2” white foam collar takes 2 minutes to drop to 1/3 its original size. Fairly lacy. S: Light rye spice with a hint of pumpernickel on the nose. T: moderate malt supported by citusy hops, rye spice and a moderate bitterness. : F: Medium body and mediu high carbonation. O: A flavorful, easy to drink rye beer.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear Gold with some light tan head
Taste: Moderately sweet caramel/maple with rye overtones, slight citrusy hops and moderate bitterness
Feel: Medium body, average ale mouthfeel

Overall: Like other Bad Weather beers I've tries, Firefly has a sweet tooth. That aside this is a decent rye ale, though admittedly my least favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

From a bottle into a New Belgium globe glass
A: Light orange/copper, 1 finger head, good lacing.
S: Citrus, juicy fruity hops, a little bit of rye bread and spiciness later.
T: Delicious. First you get some citrusy juicy hops, then you get some pale malt and it finishes with some great rye and spiciness that makes your tongue tingle. Delicious.
M: Lots of flavor, a little slick, but good carbonation and buzz.

Overall: Great beer. Would be interesting to do a side-by-side with others like Cane & Ebel or Red's Rye; I think this might hold its own. Another promising brew from Bad Weather.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Firefly pours a golden color with a nice lacing head. There is a hoppy and very spicy aroma. The taste also is hoppy, and has a big spice flavor. Good body, and good feel. Overall its a very spicy and bold rye beer.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A nice, refreshing Rye IPA that pours a medium amber with a two finger head with significant lacing on the glass. The scent is piney hops with spice undertones that come out more strongly in the flavor. Peppery rye flavors are well represented along with a bready malt and little sweetness. It finishes creamy, yet dry with a light buzz on the tongue. Well constructed and nicely balanced overall, worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 19 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium orangey amber. 98% clear. About 1 finger of white head, nice retention and really nice lacing. Leaves a thick cap on top.

Smell is a really nice mix of rye spice and citrusy hops. Delicate but two-toned in a delightful way. I love the combination of aromatic hops and rye.

Taste is part clean pale ale, part nicely spicy rye. Has a delicateness that allows the rye to play on a gentle base.

Medium-light body. It's alive with carbonation; there's a split-second where it feels undercarbonated, but then it comes through in a pulse.

A really tasty beer. The aromatic hops work so well with the rye.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a very hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A fruity and spicy aroma with good hints of rye and citrus fruit. Hoppy scent upfront with earthy and floral hints of wet grass and pine. Citrus fruit hints of orange, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach, and lemon. Good hints of rye spicing. Bready malts with hints of biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, and cracker. A pretty solid juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and spicy taste with good notes of earthy hops, citrus, and rye spice. Upfront mix of hops with earthy and floral notes of wet grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, and peach. Solid presence of the rye spice. Pale malt with notes of biscuit, straw, grains, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and fairly oily with a dry, smooth finish.

Overall: A solid take on a lighter rye beer. Good hop presence and use of rye.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

And the quest for the Holy Local Rye beer continues...I'd love to find a Minnesota rye good enough to keep in the beer fridge every day. Is this it? Is the promised land just under the black cap? Let's find out. 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is golden orange, standard issue. The nose picks up a promise I hope it can keep. Citrus hops & huge notes orange juice notes...actually, not real orange juice, more like Sunny-D. But you get the idea. Appealing.

Firefly out the bottle tastes nothing like Firely flowing from the tap. Great, dirty, stanking dankess fouls up the taste buds. Some distinct earthiness & lilting spiciness from the rye punches through the dirt clods, & the citrus pokes its head out of a nearby tunnel. Finishes dry, with more earthiness. Really, splitting this small bottle with my wife is enough.

Greatly disappointed. This was pretty good on tap & I was eager to give it a whirl in bottles, but it's a 6'7" guy's step down. Strictly averge. And the Quest goes on.

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Photo of gatornation
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

from a 12oz bottle
A- pours a clear golden/orange color with a very white long lasting head that leaves some nice lacing
S- some dank hops with with fruit and rye bread and spice
T- fruity hops up front notes of citrus give way to an earthy and dank rye and spice
M- medium and fruity
O-good stuff fruity hops mixed with rye and spice a great brew for the fall

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Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight haze. One finger of head forms and quickly settles to a film. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

A lot of hops upfront in the aroma. A combination of tropical fruit, citrus, and I also get a little evergreen. A solid rye aroma lies underneath the hops.

Wonderful flavor. Plenty of fruity hops upfront balanced with plenty of rye. Finishes very rustic with a slight twang. Everything marries together beautifully. Bitterness is moderate at 45 IBUs and it feels very balanced to me. Really good rye flavor.

Nothing remarkable about the mouthfeel. Feels a little thin but does have nice carbonation.

Pairs some remarkable hop and rye flavor. Lovers of rye beers should seek this out.

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Firefly from Bad Weather Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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