Firefly Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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253 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kylehay2004 on 07-28-2012

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Ratings:
253
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ConorGolden
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerCon5
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ctb6582
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shoretaxi
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Dogfish Head Ale House in Gaithersburg MD. Served in a Shaker Pint Glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with a hint of amber/honey color to it. Thin white head with fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Not a lot of aroma. A tiny bit floral and herbal.

Taste: Bready malt with a hint of honey. The hops brought a woody/herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness. A bit sticky on the teeth. A little bit too carbonated for the style. Got a bit fizzy toward the end of the glass.

Overall / Drinkability: An American take on a English Pale ale, and not quite hitting the style. I think it's an American Pale Ale with some English malt. It's tasty, just not amazing vs. the rest of the lineup produced by this brewer. One is enough but I would probably have it again. Went well with a brisket grilled cheese and fries.

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Photo of Barracudas
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of citizencane
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes bready with a hint of hops. Hops are a faint herbal sun tea note. Not a great beer, but coming into air conditioning after a hot walk and drinking this was quite nice. Balanced and refreshing, but wouldn't try more than once unless it was free in the future.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Falls Church restaurant.

Not your typical over the top DFH offering. In some respects a normal brew. Nevertheless, just an average effort on this brew.

A - Too pale. Faded yellow with a foamy white head.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sanitarium16
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6/10...served on tap. Pours hazy bronze with heavy white foam. Bright fruity nose. Malty. Light malt taste with a crisp citrus bite. Notes of rind. Creamy. Simple sharp bite, and tasty. Rather simplistic for DFHBC but well made.

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Photo of RyanByorick
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A brew I had 32oz of at Firefly this year ... it's pretty decent. A little "dusty" tasting than I like, but hey, it IS an English Pale -- this just isn't the style of beer I would expect for Firefly. Maybe something with citrus in it -- a kind of shandy, maybe? Something infinitely refreshing. This is good anyway though.

...maybe a cayenne pepper and lemon shandy? I'd dig that..

All-in-all, a good beer, just not a brew I would have made to be a staple at a hot-hot-hot music festival.

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

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Firefly Ale"
on tap @ Johnny Brenda's, $6.50/pint

I stopped in at Johnny Brenda's last night to see a band called Pere Ubu. I wasn't impressed with the draft list but then I noticed DFH Firefly Ale which I'd never heard of so I ordered it. I thought it might be too much for my big gay friend who doesn't drink beer, so I ordered him a hefeweizen, but I was wrong in my choice and later on he ordered a Firefly himself and liked it even better than his first.

Appearance: Arghhhhh.... I hate to review a beer in a bar.... seems a clear golden-amber that's headed towards copper in color (shall we just say brass?) beneath a half finger thick head of white. The head retention is OK, and the lacing is surprisingly good given that I'm looking at a bar glass as opposed to a "beer clean" glass at home.

Aroma: Again, how difficult is this in a bar? At least there's no smoking and no one is wearing strong cologne or perfume... grainy/malty, almost wheat with apple/pear and perhaps grape in the yeasty fruitiness. OR, is that the hops?

Flavor: Sweetish grainy malt with moderate fruity notes (as noted: apple/pear, grape, but also a slight touch of lemon). Well balanced. Sweetish and malty but then dry in the finish. It begs to be served from cask via hand pump.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a standard carbonation.

Overall: Quite drinkable. Balanced and nicely rounded. Interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBass
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Firefly Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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