Steam Pumper IPA | Fire Station 5 Brewing Company

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Steam Pumper IPASteam Pumper IPA

Brewed by:
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Reidrover on 02-24-2003

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden color with a fluffy head that lasts about a min.

Smell is ripe citrus fruits with caramel and toast.

Taste is refreshing with pine, pineapple, orange, lemon, and biscuit.

Feel is low carb with a nice flavor profile that fits the style well.

I like this, this is the first time I've had it and I am pleased.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

***Weird, my bottle states that this brewery is located in Olympia WA, but BA says Portland OR...Perhaps they have locations in both?!

P:12oz brown bottle poured into a cone pint glass...

Appearance: clear orange/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head...GREAT lacing!

Smell: Carmel, grapefruit, some hints of orange peel, with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Hmmm...VERY mellow! The initial taste is...NOT MUCH!!...grainy/caramel malt sweetness...VERY sweet throughout...just dies off with a wet sweetness from the initial lack of hops, malts...

Mouthfeel-A smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body...Moderate body, not overwhelming VERY limited on hops. Goes down easily.

Overall-Pretty much a boring IPA. Due to the extreme low hop flavor, I wonder if this should be even considered an IPA...Has more ESB characteristics if you ask me...This beer 'is' easy to drink due to it's smoothness...but as mentioned earlier, VERY boring...Chasin' Cheers :~)

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Photo of welldigger888
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured an orange gold color, white head with some lacing.

Soft caramel maltiness and a slightly washed out piney citrus hop aroma.

Citrus and piney hops with a caramel malt. A firm hop bittering finishes dry with a little oil slickness.

Very thin and watery mouthfeel.

If beefed up grain bill maybe the thinness would improve, descent for the price though $2.50 a bomber.

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Photo of olmatty
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a lightly clouded orange amber with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell-Perhaps the least aromatic IPA I've had The slightest bit of bitterness and absolutely nothing else. Nothing off-just nothing much either.

Taste-Smooth, clean opening with a moderate citrus hop bitterness. Malts come on with a hint of caramel and a little orange peel at the finish with a mild lasting bitterness. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel-Moderate body, not overwhelming with sticky hops. Goes down easily.

Overall-A fairly sessionable IPA. Not anything off, but just not very memorable. I suppose this could be lauded for its ease of drinking.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good beer. If I didn't know any better, I'd think I was drinking a Deschutes or Bridgeport IPA. Of course this rather slick looking label might not look leathery enough for some folks to be able to see it as a true craft beer, but this is definitely a good craft IPA.
Golden amber pour, piney citrus nose. Taste is predominantly hops and the ABV is quite well hidden. This was the lowest priced IPA at Fred Meyer tonight, so this is the one that won a ride home.

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Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass and shared with the friends who gave it to me (Hi Nancy and Jim!). Poured a nice medium golden amber color with about a half-inch of off-white head that had decent retention and light lacing.

As expected, the hops are upfront in the nose and there's a slight caramel malt scent in the background. On the tongue, there's a nice little blend of hop flavors, not really a tongue burner, and decently balanced.

The body was too thin for the style, and drinkability was pretty decent. Overall, a decent little brew. Since these beers seem to be a "store brand" for the Fred Meyer chain (I've never seen them anywhere else) and are very friendly priced, if you're in the area of a FM and are sort on cash, those probably aren't a bad budget option.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice rich copper color with creamy held head and fair lace. Smell of citrus, big hops and sweet malt. Taste is not as big as it smelled, Same senses on the palate, but more of a mellow IPA. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A toned down IPA, but that doesn't mean it's not good, rather enjoyable.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an orange-copper into a pint class. Fairly weak aroma for an IPA, just hinting at piney/citrus hops. Moderate to low carbonation contributed to a slightly thick mouthfeel. The initial taste was more wheaty than expected, with a bitter, almost pilsner-like grain finish. As the beer warmed the flavor of hops and a bit of caramel sweetness started to come forward, but never quite competed with the toasty quality of this IPA.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear orangey-amber with virtually no head and very little aroma, the flavor isn't bad but it was a little sweet & under-hopped for my taste. Slightly thin in the mouth and a bit flat, with little in the way of an after-burn, I think if it were more robust I would have liked it better. Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of Schmit
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm trying to figure out who the hell brews this, because the web site here says it's from Oregon, but the label says Olympia, WA and I can't find any information on "FireStation 5" anywhere online. Mysterious.

But I was pleasantly surprised by this IPA that I bought on sale for under $3 at Fred Meyer. Reddish-golden amber color, smells good, tastes good. Maybe a little flat, but the sweetness and bitterness were well balanced and I drank my way through 22 oz. without regretting a single sip.

Will probably get this one again, especially if it's always such a bargain.

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Photo of karma99
4.42/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV Unknown, poured into a chilled pint glass.

Nice copper color, clear, minimal head no lacing (first bottle poured, next one I will pour more vigorously).

Scent of a nicely hopped brew, citrus and pine, caramel, subtle sweetness.

Tastes excellent, although not an exemplary IPA in the tradion I am used to. More balance, less hops and consequently less bitterness than most IPAs, and better balanced malty sweet caramel bread finish many IPAs lack. I think maybe we need a new IPA category besides AIPA, and that is PNWIPA, for PacNorthWest IPA, because it seems morre and more excellent beers are being produced here in the PNW similar in style to Steam Pumper but yet not a true IPA or even AIPA. At any rate, a great beer.

Nice carbonation, good drinnkability, wondering about the ABV, I'm guessing about 6.8% but would love to know. Definitely will be purchasing again, love to support the hometown breweries!

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Abecall98 for providing this as an extra in a recent trade.

Pours with a foamy off white head that shows some good structure, then suddenly collapses on itself. A thin white cap of foam remains. The beer is a slightly hazy gold/amber color with some orange highlights. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Aroma is fruity, a touch of mineral notes. And slightly sweet.

The flavor is fairly well balanced. The initial sweetness and fruit is taken over by some hop bitterness. This does tastes like an Oregon IPA to me. I am really starting to notice a difference between the California IPA's and those from Oregon. When I think of "west coast" IPA, I think of those from California. Those from Oregon seem more balanced, and I think this fits into that category. Some caramel notes... slightly earthy. And a touch of lingering bit bitterness....

Almost sticky but not quite. Carbonation allows the flavor to dance on your tongue.

Fairly drinkable. I'm not the biggest fan of this... But glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of GJ40
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle picked up on a whim while in Seattle. I haven't been to Portland in a while and this is a brewery I haven't come across so I thought I'd give it a try.

A - Golden with good clarity and a thick white head that yields some decent lacing.

S - Mostly piney hops with some fruit and toast.

T - Starts piney with lesser citrus and floral notes. Just enough toasted malt to do the job. Finishes with a mild bitterness. There's something missing in between but it's not a big detraction. This is a decent beer but not compelling. I expected more from a Portland IPA.

M - A bit on the thin side with good moderate carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink. Makes a good session beer (but maybe not for the right reasons).

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice orange/amber colour. Head was very nice and foamy, stayed around for a while and left nice lacing and ringing too.

Smell was of a faint amount of hops and pine (usualy for an AIPA) with a nice malty backbone

Tastes like a standard AIPA. Nothing fancy, not too hop infused, but not too malty either. Nicely balanced

Mouthfeel is nice and medium, minimal bubbling, and a little bit of a malty aftertaste.

not sure what the ABV is, but this is a decent beer.

Also, the side of my bottle says that this is brewedd in Ukiah, CA and not Portland, OR!!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: light copper-gold, very slight haze, thick sudsy layer of light tan foam with good head retention

Aroma: scrumptious combo of caramelly malt and piney/grapefruity hops

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a resinous, pine hop flavor; hint of grain and burnt caramel; finishes dry with a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, crisp, hoppy astringency

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a totally clear orange/amber color with a nice fluffy white head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is a soapy floral hop flavor. Some hop resins and slight pine.

Taste isnt so bad, but is nothing special. Hop flavors are kind of soapy and subdued. Floral notes are there, bitterness is kind of weak, and there is next to no grapefruit going on.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and kind of slick. Carbonation is good, but could be a touch livelier.

Drinkability is pretty good, but It makes it tough with the akwardness of the flavor.

Overall an Ok beer, but odd for an IPA. A very soap like flavor makes it tough. Not a horrible beer, but one I probably wont purchase again.

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Photo of SickBrew
2.64/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this and a couple other styles from Fred Meyer.

The brew poured nicedly into my favortie pils glass and left about a finger of head. This white head dissapated moderatedly fast and left some lacing. Nose is grassy with some slight citrous tones and otherwiise a bit weak for an IPA.

Taste follows nose, except there is that unwelcome metallic taste in the finish. Body is light and the co2 light as well.

I don't think I'lll be going for another.

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Photo of Docer
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed with this one from Pyramid. Its much like their apricot ale, minus the fruit.

Not much of a smell from the 22oz. bottle I paid too much for. Just a bright golden pale really... can't call it an IPA. Bubbly head much like all Pyramids.. but bland.. hardly any lacing.

Taste is bitter, but not a sour bitter. The good flavors present themselves when they are belched. Rather mild fruity tones without being very citrus-like. Nice citrus hop flavor and aroma.. but just not quite enough.

Aftertaste isn't very great... a little watery with a bitter bite. A very dry pale.

Rather easy to drink.. but too much like a pilsner which i don't like.

Would I buy it again? Nope. Not impressed.

No date, not much info... ABV? - I would guess about 5%.

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Photo of philbertk
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

ABV?Big fizzy foamy lacy head.Very fizzy head producing clear thin bright gold color.Mild earthy floral hop front.Dry sweet thin crisp pilsner caramel mild earthy pine body.Crisp bitter hop spice tangy earthy end.Thin spicy CO2 tangy fizzy IPA.

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Photo of Spikester
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 22 ounce bomber. No date or abv listed.
Pours amber with a one inch foamy cream color head. Fair amount of lacings.
Some hop aroma present.
Taste is bitter citrus hops and a thin malt backbone. Fairly light as IPAs go. Not bad tasting just a bit ordinary.
Mouthfeel was O.K. for the style.
Drinkability is quite good actually due to the fairly light bitterness. Not a beer for hopheads though.

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Photo of dholway
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll admit to being the kind of Beer Advocate that has a tendency to ignore beers like this. Never heard of it before (that's not good), from....Utica?....(that's worse). Oh well, I bought a twelve-pack anyways, just on a hunch that their IPA would be passable. Guess what? It was plenty passable! It was by no means a great American IPA, but it is a perfectly tolerable example of the style. The hops were there on the nose and on the palate, and there was none of that cheesy brewery lameness that I fear. I'll happily buy a six of this if nothing better is available.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of Steam Pumper IPA at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. Rich foamy off-white head is quite resilient, and leaves rings of lace about the glass.

Smell is faint, and unremarkable. A bit of a pine and citrus scent.

Taste is good. A subtle malty presence upfront, a little caramel flavor, with some mildly bitter citrus flavors, and a mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK. Full-bodied and slightly cloying Well carbonated.

A very drinkable IPA especially for the price. I think I bought it for less than $7 for the sixer. Worth a try, and I'd have it again for sure.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Shamrock Liquors in Ashland, KY. Pours a slightly cloudy amber-orange color with a medium off-white head that has decent retention. Thick rings of lacing on the glass. Herbal hops and earthy malt in the nose, along with a bit of pine. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with flavors of spice and floral hops with a fairly solid malt base. The finish is lightly spiced hops with a lingering bitter aftertaste. Fairly straightforward all around.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 1/2 finger head with good retention. Nice orange color.

Smell is of citrusy hops that are somewhat faint. SOme pale and crystal malts lie underneath.

Taste is somewhat balanced for an ipa. The crystal and pale malts balance nicely with a moderately aggressive citrusy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is a pretty good ipa. Not a hop bomb, but it is nicely balanced and the flavors are nice.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found this ipa in hillsboro oregon in the fred meyer two days before thanksgiving bought the whole 12 pack cause the parents in from out of town were paying, so why not.

this beer was good, a good session ipa not too bitter more like a pale ale, good color and taste, although not hoppy enough for me.

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