Firefly Hollow Brewing Co.

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,674
Ranked #11,704
3.99 | pDev: 13.03%
Firefly Hollow Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Notes: Find flavors of passion fruit, cirtrus, melon, white grapes, kiwi and guava that cane together ina harmonious balance wiry delicate marshmsllowy - pils malt and a big bitter finish.

Hops: Galaxy, Vic Secret, Topaz, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of sulldaddy
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

SAmpling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a snifter. I picked up the can straight from the brewery on the release day. This beer seems like it is similar to the retired beer listed from 2014. But different ABV and no other reviews recently so here we are.
The beer pours a clear goldenrod color with minimal eggshell white head of .5 cm that fades to a wispy surface layer and tight, yet thin edge layer. Some scattered lattice on the glass after each sip. Several streams of carbonation rise to the surface of the beer after the pour.
The aroma is some resin and pine sap notes of hops with a little citrus rind as well. I do get a little biscuity malt that pokes through the hops, but no hint of the elevated booze on this beer.
The first sip reveals a slightly syrupy and sticky texture in a fairly thick body. The carbonation is fine and sort of prickly as it rolls across my palate. The physical traits allow me to know this is a big boozy beer.
Flavor is slightly sweet up front with some caramel and a bit of sweet fruit and then sticky resin and pine sap come full throttle. These hop flavors linger for a long time on my palate and are fairly bitter with some grapefruit rind notes on the finish. I also get some black peppery booze which gives a bit of heat after the swallow. Yes this is a big beer.
I do find it drinkable for the high ABV and enjoy the big bitter hops. Definitely worth a shot if you are a hop head and looking for something that isnt a juice bomb but is still a hop forward beer. Nice job Firefly!

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Photo of captainsdaughter
4.9/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wow this beer is fantastic, hops all over the place with such a delicious citrus aroma on the nose.
Out of all the IPA's, DIPA's and triple IPA's (this was my first triple) this is the most drinkable at such a high abv percentage. Next to Dogfish head's 120 minute which tastes more like wine, this beer is killer sweet and bitter and after one 8 oz pour you will be stumbling to wherever your'e off to next.

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Photo of Mciocca
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored IPA that smells like tropical fruit. The alcohol was well masked, and the tropical fruit comes through. It had a taste that lingered, but I wasn't really able to identify. With a few tweaks this could be a really good double(triple?) IPA.

Served in a flight. ABV was around 10%, not the ~8 listed here.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at Firefly Hollow. Pours a semi translucent burnt orange color with an inch of thick white head. Some lacing. The aroma is lots of juicy tropical fruits. Citrus, melon, guava, white grapes, mango, kiwi and orange. Smells fantastic. The taste is more of the same. Mango, guava, white grapes, grapefruit, and some dank hops. Bitter and fruity with a big alcohol presence. A hint of floral hops at the end. Warming alcohol finish. Medium bodied. Overall, outstanding boozey and hoppy Imperial Ipa. Glad it got bottled.

App-4 a- 4.5 t-4.25 m- 3.75 o-4.25 = 4.24

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Photo of JKali860
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

They changed the recipe, upped the ABV and the result is fantastic. Such a good beer, Firefly is starting to hit it's stride. If they continue to make IPA's such as this... watch out.

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A radiant amber color with a healthy off-white head and a thorough sheet of lacing. The aroma is a little bit toward fermenting tropical fruits with a preference toward alcohol and muted caramel grapefruit. Not great but leaves you hopeful that there's a path to tasty beer. The flavor does make for a bit of an improvement on the aroma although it certainly goes for such a bitter priority that the flavor is far from refined. Of course, they do call it an XIPA which implies extreme so from that perspective it doesn't disappoint. I get more apple juice tropical fruit marinating over a syrupy pine-citrus medley. I also get that grainy overtone that heavy hops often deliver. The flavor is simply not ideal so the extreme bitterness doesn't really help like it might otherwise (if you like bitter beers). But it's not bad and as a lover of bitter hop brews I can appreciate it in small quantities (though I'm fine rolling through this growler with my neighbor). The body is definitely medium plus with a spicy carbonation and frisky feel. Extreme but not a bad beer really. With a little work this could be a winner.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

This beer is brewed with hops that evoke grapefruit, tangerine, and pine among other things. I think it's great that there's a new small brewery in this area, and their other beers were better than this one, but this Luciferin xIPA was not something I would drink again. I've gotta be honest, the grapefruit and pine notes were just entirely overpowering. That's all you could taste. It's like a very bitter fruit cocktail and strongly smells like a pine air freshener that you'd put in your car. My friend and I agreed that it doesn't even taste like beer because all the grapefruit and tangerine flavor crashes over your tongue and washes other tastes out.

That being said, if you like the extreme category beers then this may be for you. Personally I like more traditional beer characteristics, therefor it didn't sit too well with me. But it's distinct and although it's not for me, you may love how different it is, especially if you tend to like fruitier tasting beers.

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