Mississippi Fire Ant | Southern Prohibition Brewing

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Mississippi Fire AntMississippi Fire Ant

Brewed by:
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Mississippi, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of larryi86
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you richj1970 for this
16 oz can poured into a tulip

A- A murky reddish brown with a two finger off white head.

S- Fairly malty, getting caramel malts, some toasted malts, bready, decent amount of piney hops with some citrus.

T- More balanced than the nose, some citrus up front, caramel malts, some toasted/roasted malts, bitter piney/resiny finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A decent red ale that I'm happy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden, not the most hop forward imperial red ale I've had, but does have a nice balance between hops and malts.

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

Poured at 47°F from a 16oz can into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 18Jul16.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel, sweet peaches, white grapes, and pears commingle with mild aromas of vanilla, plums, and figs. Subtle scents of spicy and floral hops provide a minute hop balance to the dominating fruity esters and malt profile.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A mild sweetness of peaches, white grapes, pears, and caramel initially step on to the palate. Subtle flavors of campfire and vanilla immediately follow as the fruitiness of the brew becomes stronger. The fruity goodness expands as mild flavors of plums and figs make their debut while the campfire flavors grow faintly more intense. A mild balance of spicy and floral hops joins in lastly as the flavors of vanilla now grow become slightly more dominate.
4 out of 5
NOTE: Southern Prohibition impresses me once again. They aren't a brewery that I ever hear about. The can name and art do not depict something that would stand out, yet here I am, loving this beer. The sweetness really took over until it was met and balanced by a great hop presence. I just wished this tasted as strong as the aroma smelt.

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Photo of richj1970
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16 oz can with no visible date.

A: Sligthly cloudy medium brown with some red hues. Two finger dense white head with nice retention and leaving some significant lacing.

S: Bready malts with a piney hop punch. Some caramel sweetness, and a slight peppery spice note to the aroma that I can't quite place.

T: Toasted malts and caramel mixed with earthy pine and citrus hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M: Full bodied and average carbonation with an almost creamy quality to the feel.

O: Very nice imperial red. Easy drinking and refreshing. Happy to have SPB distributing in our area now.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had an Imperial Red Ale. I like it.
About as dark brown, slight reddish hue, slightly cloudy. Almost no head at all. Very subtle nose, mostly sweet caramel malt. The taste is relatively subtle and extremely well-balanced. Sweet malt, hops bitterness with an apple-like quality. Hides its high ABV well. Great beer!

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber color. Great head retention. Nose is fairly unremarkable. Malty caramel, slight pine. Taste is a nice caramel malt followed by a bit of pine and slight tropical fruit. Maybe just an old can? No date. Not a bad beer, though.

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Photo of Squire123
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark reddish brown like old copper, eggshell cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Rich malt supported by darker tone hops, lively in a strong way without being heavy.

Taste: This is where it shines, rich malt, and mostly malt, through mid palate where the hops march forth. Hops through to the finish with lingering malt and hops in the aftertaste with hops putting a period at the end of the sentence.

Texture: Full without being heavy.

Overall: Definitely an Imperial style, this one strikes all the cords right in tune. 8% and 80 IBUs, this one could've been a bruiser but it isn't, surprisingly agile like a large man who turns out to be a graceful dancer.

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Photo of BTG84
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

At first taste you think ESB, but then the hops come through but nothing like a IPA. Excellent yeast finish especially off draft. The caned are very good as well. No off flavor or bad after taste. Wonderful malt flavor that lingers.

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Photo of papat444
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light brown body, looks more rust-like. Very tight lacing, nice flavor, some tobacco flavor in there and nice lingering bitterness at the end.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy dark copper, beautiful dense off-white head, Belgian lace everywhere. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Big malt backbone with a slightly boozy, earthy, citrusy, refined and subtle but assertive 80 IBUs. Hop heads should certainly not be disappointed with this one. Alcohol ninja at a stealthy 8%, goes down super easy. The 16 oz. cans will sneak up on you, but it deserves an Imperial pint glass to appreciate it properly. Overall its character reminds me of a cross between a red and an English bitter on steroids. Another winner from SPB, and an underrated classic.

Note: I'd like to take this opportunity to mention that a great beer doesn't always need 15000000 IBUs of cascade hops to give it character. There's more to life (and beer) than lupulin.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #88 (May 2014):

Bold, Brash, Lively, Fun

A lively showing if maltiness in this Imperial Red Ale, thick layers of toasted grain and caramel take over the palate to start. Alcohol and hops keep things on an even keel here. Warming and malty throughout proof that it lives up to its style. Tastebuds are having way too much fun with this beauty.

STYLE: Imperial Red Ale | ABV: 8.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of tigg924
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is pine, toffee, tree bark, and bread. This is a tasty and boozy, heavy amber ale. There is a slight bitterness that clings on. I enjoyed this one and would get it again if I was looking for the style.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a strange brew. Calling it an imperial red seems like a bit of a stretch, as it doesn't have the sweetness and malty bread-like body of a red. It has some aggressive hops, according the the reported IBUs, anyway, but they are subdued and muted by the body.

It is more like an Old Ale, without the wood-like character that old ales tend to have. It also has more hops than an old ale, but not as much booze.

Like I said, its a bit strange. If you aren't looking for a category to place it in, then this is an above average high grav treat. If you want to compare it, good luck.

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

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" head. Some lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, malt sweetness, and some hop bittereness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, a strong bitterness, some citrus, and a bit of alcohol rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness throughout.

Overall: a nice amber ale with a bit of a boozy kick and nice bitterness.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doing some snowbirding and trying some local beers.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark beige color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is caramel, alcohol, some hops, a bit on the boozy side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz tall can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a moderate haze. Head is several fingers of orange-tan foam; it's a pretty attractive beer.

Smell: sweet and caramelly with just a little bit of toast and a hint of alcoholic fruitiness. This is an imperial red done pretty well.

Taste: toastier and biscuitier than the aroma, but still with a good caramel character. Not 100% my bag, but a pretty decent beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a silky smoothness and a nice creaminess. I quite like the texture of this beer.

Overall: while it's not terribly my thing, this is a very well-made example of the style. Not bad at all -- plus, it doesn't drink like an 8% beer, so be advised.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Cloudy, amber/copper with big frothy tan head after aggressive pour. Long lasting head with good lacing

Smell: Big mix of aromas; malty with US hops and good citrus notes; something earthy and sweet I can't put my finger on, but smells really great; light hints of roasted grains and oak

Taste: Whatever I couldn't put my finger on hit me quick when I first sipped it; malty and sweet but the hops and roasted grain balance it out really well; hoppy dry lingering finish. Really quite good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy overall; expected for the ABV

Remarks: Excellent beer from my home state

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Photo of Mikecap
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep reddish brown with two fingers of frothy off-white head that fades to a nice splotchy lace.

S: Citrus, fresh-cut grass, pine, and some oak. Grapefruit, lemon and orange all at play, not mind-blowing though. Definitely some west coast hops in there.

T: A bit malty at first with some caramel and bread but the hops come through with nice pine, citrus fruit, and even a touch of oak. Nice bitterness at play.

M: Medium bodied with moderate bitterness balanced with some sweetness. Pretty easy drinking for it's size and alcohol is masked well.

O: A tasty amber - or "imperial" amber here and can't complain about the tallboy can format. I've enjoyed everything from this brewery thus far.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Buffalo Wings in Laurel MS. They have a pretty vast selection of both drafts and bottled. I asked if they had something in Brown Ale, They gave me two choices, and the Fire Ant was one. Liked it the best.
Lighting in the restuarant kept from telling if this was a red or a brown. Didnt' matter it was good.
Had a good balance of some toasty malts as well as some mild spicey hops.
Smooth, creamy.

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

Well, there just aren't many choices for craft beer in Mississippi.
Fire Ant hit the spot and with an abv of 8%, has a good kick to it. Southern Prohibition beers are not cheap but reasonable I suppose. Typically $7-8 for a four pack of 16 oz. cans.
I'll be in MS for awhile and will be drinking more Fire Ant.

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Photo of ahommell
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark Amber Red to an almost Brownish hue. Commensurate with a hazy Newcastle brown. Finger head which never fully dissipates. Lacing throughout is impressive.

S: Malt, Hops, light fruit. Oak, and a hint of spices lingers.

T: Refreshingly clean at first. Burnt malts. Hops. Alcohol finishes the taste. Nothing wrong with this. Has a bitter finish at spots. I feel like this is from water in the brewing process. Is not unlike Oaken Barrel Brewery in Greenwood, Indiana. Both have fantastic reds that really pull together this unique bitter finish. The difference here is the mouthfeel. This is much better here than Oaken Barrel.

M: Excellent. Clean. The perfect amount of buzz and sip at once. Thicker than one might believe. The foam lasts and lasts.

O: Quite a tasty brew. I am somewhat critical of these brews, but this one takes the cake as a good one. It is a must try if it is available.

Note: poured from growler from Whole Foods now that it exists in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Photo of soupermirl
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Malty. Tasty hops. Smells of hops and a little roastiness, but it is sweet on the front, a little bitter on the end. Dark red color kinda brown with a frothy top. Looks rich, is rich. Is tasty. Mouth feel is full. That's right full of flavor. This red is strong, but doesn't taste it. It tastes good.

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Photo of BigGold
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had repeatedly since 2013 release, both on draft and from (still-available) pint can. The only "big beer" in SoPro's current year-round lineup, the typical amber/red ale sweetness is balanced by the higher ABV.

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Mississippi Fire Ant from Southern Prohibition Brewing
3.87 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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