Fire Iron | Urban Artifact

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Brewed by:
Urban Artifact
Ohio, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by chrismattlin on 06-28-2017

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by meanmutt:
Photo of meanmutt
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The instructions should read: "Whisk to combine, pre-heat oven to 350, bake for 30-35 minutes until center is set". And that's because Urban Artifact's tropical fruit beer, piled high with guava, banana and passionfruit is about as close to cobbler as beer gets.

Pouring a viscous, clumped pinkish mauve hue, the beer comes equipped with extra pulp. Sediment rich with fruit additions, the rich and frothy ale settles with a dense stillness soon after the pour. Rich fruit aromas take charge with a scent of hawaiian punch, fruity with berries, tropical fruit, citrus and wine. A bold and granulated sweetness comes with simple syrups, light honey and an overall pastry-sweet, batter rich taste.

Holding onto a fruit salad, doughy richness, the middle palate is soon matched by the tangy acidity of fruit and the underlying ale to inform the tastebuds with the strong and promised identity of guava and passionfruit, with the banana coming across more like papaya, pawpaw or plantain. A winey finish of acidity, vinous fruit and a pectin rich balance takes an edge off of the lasting sweetness for a truly smoothie-like experience.

Medium full and chunky, the beer's odd mouthfeel has a gritty texture that's finer than natural orang juicy. Bready, rich and tart, the yin-and-yang taste and texture battles out until the very end. A medium length linger of true fruit puree carries over into the next fruity sip. Can someone pass me a toothpick already?

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gerasimos
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a thick and turbid looking dark orange color. The end of the can is basically a melted smoothie- just pure fruit puree.

This smells like tart passionfruit and guava, and nothing else.

This is a really good expression of tart and juicy passionfruit and guava, but it certainly doesn't really taste like beer. They clearly used a lot of fruit here, but I don't actually get any banana. It's slightly tart, but mostly sweet.

This is medium bodied, and actually fairly thick at the bottom of the can, with a good level of drinkability.

This is basically pure fruit puree. I don't see it as beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A ``Midwest Fruit Tart'' brewed with pink guava, bananas, and passionfruit. Bonus points for putting a picture of an 1860 Colt Army revolver on the can (even though the hammer spur is missing). Poured from a can into a Urban Artifact Thoroughbred glass. The pour is cloudy and orange in color with about a finger of fine white head that is quickly chased away by the acidity. The nose is very fruity. I get bananas, guava, apples, pears, a little lemon, and even some bubblegum.

Medium body with a firm feel and a flavor that is all fruit. Sharp sour notes up front of lemon juice and apple skins, then the acidity backs off and bananas, guava, passionfruit, and grapefruit come forward. And how do they! This may be the most fruit-forward sour beer I have had to date. The fruit contributes it's own tartness and a little bit of pithy bitterness. As the fruit carries to the back of the palate, the beer dries out completely and leaves a puckery, mouthwatering acidity on the finish.

I used to seek out sours, but gave up a few years ago. They all tasted the same to me! Several months ago, Urban Artifact came to Party Town for Friday Night Flights. When I tried their beers I was really impressed. They are reasonably priced and their beers have something going for them that is sadly missing in a lot of sours; you can taste the fruit - really taste it. Urban Artifact has completely rekindled my love of sour beers. I can't wait to see what else they come up with.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grackos
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm so confused. Doesn't taste like beer but I like it. It's a smoothie with beer in the background.

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Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Korbynlehr
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of maz
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich, muddy, delightful Tropicana juice color with a head of 1 finger.

Aromas of peach and nectarine skins, passion fruit, and farmhouse funk. Slight wood, lots of juicy fruits.

The flavor is impactful, with aged moldy peach and astringent woody tannin to start. Lemon juice and banana follow, with a huge wallop of passion fruit, sour candy, and farmhouse yeast. It's neither too fruity nor too sour.

Feel is creamy and smooth, like a yogurt, but carbonation is there to spritz it up a bit. Nice buzzing citric acid on the finish.

Overall, a very impressive sour that I would definitely have again. Delicious.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, so I got the last two cans at my dealer. It does not disappoint, and with this much fruit in it, it must be good for you!

It pours like grapefruit juice with a head. Then the head disappears. The aroma is dangerous. Not for the weak. Fruit cocktail plus a mild but powerful ale underneath.

The taste is big and unique. Sour fruit mix with each other and the beer or ale tastes nicely. Everything seems well represented, and the fruit blend does not completely overpower the ale (almost, though). The aftertaste is tart and fruity.

This unique brew totally works. I would highly recommend it but it may never be seen again. Maybe, eh?

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Photo of joemochas
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fire Iron from Urban Artifact
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 16 ratings