Firefly Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish head description: An English-style Pale Ale with Marris Otter barley and American Calypso hops To add a fruity and citrusy aroma.

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: half finger head on a clear bright gold body.excelent lacing.

S: wheat, green apple, green grapes and light on the pale malts.

T: open with pale malts and barley moving slightly bitter hop varieties finishing with sweet fruitness mostly from citrus notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Most finish.

Overall: awesome experience being at the Rehoboth location. Pain in the but getting there on a Saturday in July but worth it. This one is highly drinkable, a little disorganized in the flavor but the flavors that are there are well done.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Slatetank
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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 mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of imbibehour
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Firefly Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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