Firefly Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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English Pale Ale
Ranked #41
Ranked #35,413
3.7 | pDev: 8.92%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 263
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The appearance was a nice light to somewhat hazy golden yellow to orange color. The bar pour didn’t allow too much head but once the beer went down the lacing looked pretty nice as it trickled for the most part. The smell had a nice blend of sweet citrus fruits and allowed the normal amount of English pale malts to amplify a smooth take on the style. The taste was mainly sweet but light. On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium with a decent sessionability running about it. The carbonation seems appropriately matched for the style as it shows a decent harshness but not overbearing. Overall, I say this was a pretty good English Pale Ale that went excellent with the Reuben I had.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 VABA
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has light malt and citrus hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with light malt and citrus hop flavors
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice Pale Ale

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Photo of citizencane
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -12.4%
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 KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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 SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +6.2%
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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Photo of m_hall
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft, poured into a nonic pint from a growler filled at the Brewery. Very slightly hazy straw-golden color, topped by a white two finger head that falls away to a film. Spotty lacing. Quite lager-like.

Nose has a touch of sweet fruitiness leading to citrus and spice notes from the hops. Once again, not unlike a good pilsner lager, if just a bit thicker.

Tasting starts out with lightly sweet caramel malts, some fruity esters (banana, pear) that are quickly chased down by spicy/lemon-y hop notes. The finish is dry, crisp, and just a touch bitter, though that bitterness doesn't linger on the palette so long as to overstay it's welcome. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is just slightly thick, still very sessionable at a moderate 5% ABV. This is certainly the lightest beer I've had from Dogfish Head.

The folks at DFH clearly knew what they were doing with this one. This being a special brew for their partnership with a major summer outdoor music festival, having this be a fairly light, thirst-quenching offering was a very wise move. I could easily see one downing quite a few of these on a hot day... one could approach this as if it were a just slightly "overweight" lager.

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Photo of jancona
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells and tastes like a great pils. A touch of fruit (pear in syrup) and grassy hops. Loved the subtle malt - tasted like a Munich or Vienna malt - sweet bread - delish.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a couple of these during the Festival right from the DFH Brewery Tent. Nice and refreshing. Very enjoyable on a hot day. Glad I got to try this one, but went right back to the 90 Minute. Great venue to have a few beers.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Brass Rail deli, served chilled in a pint.

The color is resplendent golden with light haze with thin white head and fine bead with small bubbles that rise at a moderate pace while lace sticks in a film. The smell is slightly fruity with fragrant floral hops with slight citrus/lemony odor with a semi-sweet malt aroma.
The feel is very good with malt balanced not quite -more like leaning to the hop side with slight caramel texture and moderately carbonated with semi-bitter and dry finish with low astringency

The taste is wonderfully fruity and citrus flavors that pop with a mild spice and lemon zest flavor with subtle malt adding a light sweet taste w/ mildly bitter hop quality with slight herbal and earthy flavor as it warms with a nice peppery dry finish. Overall this is a pretty wonderful pale, very clean and full of hop flavor -recommended

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fairfax DFH brew pub. Pours light gold with quickly disappating head. Really enjoyed the light and fruity aspects of this beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Draft: Poured a light copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light fruity ester with some light dry caramel malt with a dry floral hops presence that is also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by dry caramel malt with a dry and slightly bitter hops presence. Body is pretty full for style with good carbonation. Well brewed for the style.

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Photo of plaid75
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a brassy hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet pale malts and a light grassy hop.

The taste offered sweet round malts, a touch of honey, some fruity esters and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a pretty tasty ale.

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Photo of ckollias
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at Dogfish head pub in Delaware

A: Pours a golden hue with a white head that quickly dissipates leaving a slight trail.

S: Citrus aroma – mostly lemon.

T: Sweet at first then slightly fruity and finishes on the dry side of sweet.

O: Interesting brew – worthy of a try.

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Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color deepening toward orange in the middle and a bit hazy. Poured with a short, rich, dense froth that slowly reduced leaving a ladder of sticky lacings on the glass. Brady and biscuity malt aromas with lemon, earthy grass and herbal hop aromas in the background. Medium bodied with a creamy feel and subdued carbonation. Bready, buttery malt flavors up front that taper to biscuity malt as the hop bitterness rolls in. Light lemon and earthy herbal hop flavors grow through the middle and slowly taper at the end. Finishes cleanly and crisply with a bitter hop snap at the finish. A malt forward pale ale in a world of intensely hopped ales. Not as dry as most english pale ales bit very refreshing and easy to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Dogfish Head's Alehouse in Gaithersburg Maryland. From notes.

Peach orange body. A bit hazy and slightly cloudy looking. Some minimal rising carbonation present. Glass is topped with a faint ring of off white head, which laces quite large while drinking and consuming.

Interesting nose. Biscuity malts and fruity classic English esters, some lemon, and fruity marmalade. Slightly crackery and there seems to be a hint of American hop presence possibly with a faint hint of grapefruit like rind possibly.

Palate matches nicely with the hints from the nose. Quite a nice dry biscuity palate, classic lemon and marmalde like bitterness as well. Slight dry with the fruit angle matching nicely, and a good hop presence on this. Hints of herbality and possibly some floral sensations, but also some strong grapefruit zest rind and oils. Oily action on the aftertaste in the hop realm seems quite varied and matches nicely with the base beer, coating and filling the palate nicely.

A distinctly different English style which is probably just a little bit better than most typical run of the mill English Pales I've had.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A-clouy golden orange with a thin white head

S-smells like a super fresh pale ale, almost like a fresh mountain rain. English malts. Faint scent.

T-comes in with a crisp taste of aged grass and English barley. It has a decent bitterness as well. It really fills the mouth with flavor but is still quite mellow. After-taste is matching with a sticky bitterness.

M-great heavy creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-one of the more easy drinking English pales I've had, and it's so fresh tasting. Something I could drink a lot of, but considering this is at the DFH's quite dull compared to what else is available.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed at the Tap House on draft.
Looks much like a plain old American lager, but with nice snow cap that retains long.
Smells of malt with flowers and faint nuts dipped in honey. Hops emerge, lightly, with warming.
There's a flinty note to the taste with a little grass and subtle tart apple and pear. I like it a whole lot until it warms--then, the sweetness overwhelms.
When cold, the mouthfeel is bright and shiny...easy to quaff. Not particularly long, but enjoyable.
The thing with this beer is that you know a lot is there in subtle layers right from the start. And it's a very enjoyable start, picking apart the different elements. But one expects to enjoy them more fully as a glass empties and warms, but the sweetness keeps this beauty shrouded, and eventually spoils the moment. But there's still appeal in its chill.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the Dogfish Head Ale House in Fair Fax, VA

Yellow in color with tons of visual effervescence. Eggy white topper retains very well.

Aromas of clover, floral hops, light English maltiness, citrus peel, and light honey.

English maltiness comes through nicely, but there's a liveliness to American hopping. Floral and citrusy with a lemon note. Good clean bitter finish.

Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

This is very light and drinkable, with a bit of fruity lemony hops up front, a sturdy malt backbone, and a very crisp finish. This is well constructed and without any major flaws.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at DFH, Rehoboth

Clear golden-yellow pour, with a foamy white head. Citrusy hop aroma, balanced with bready malts; nothing surprising here. Taste was similar, citrus and grassy hops, pale malt backbone, decent balance of sweet and bitter, with light zest and apple skin notes. Light-medium body, and a solid brew overall, but nothing really distinctive.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, July '12
Unmarked tulip
Enjoyed on tap at Deer Park Tavern the weekend of Firefly concert in DE.

A: Pours a fairly clear golden yellow color. On draft I didn't get much head, but the ring is bring white. Seems nicely carbed.

S: Smells light and biscuity actually. Grainy grassy hops. Sweet light grain bill. Maybe some light citrus hints.

T: Taste follows the nose, it's a very quaffable pale ale. Very faint bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Some of the citrus that I smelled. In the mid mouth you get those sweet grains. It's fairly crisp and refreshing compared to the old Shelter Pale. On the close, crisp and dry.

M: Light leading a touch toward a medium.

O: B+

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. Low retention but good lace.

S - Clean, bready malt with a bit of spicy red apple.

T - Yeasty bread and lightly musty hops up front. Some red apple and a background note of black licorice in the background with moderate bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Not bad, iit is a pretty good interpretation of the style with a nice, bready malt profile, very drinkable.

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Firefly Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 263 ratings