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Indigo Imp Firebrand

Formerly brewed at Indigo Imp
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Cleveland, Ohio USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
A light amber ale brewed with international ingredients for an Impish take on the India Pale Ale. Malt and light fruit flavors from the yeast are balanced by a bitterness that leaves you wanting more. Firebrand (Belgian-style India Pale Ale) This light amber colored ale is brewed with a combination of American, British, and Belgian ingredients for a refreshing take on an IPA. Hints of spice and fruit are well balanced by malt and hop bitterness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Bottle. Body is a slightly hazy orange and supports a fairly thin head of white bubbles and foam. Citrus and tropical fruit are present in the nose, as is an apple juice/caramel sweetness and a faint spice presence (Belgian yeast?). Flavor is very nice, but Iím not seeing much of a connection to an IPA, even a Belgian one. Lots of spices up front and then again in the finish... kind of a peppery clove presence or something like that. In the middle there is a pretty good mash-up of fruit and sugars... oranges, peaches, pears, etc. This is pretty exciting on another level as well... this is the fourth (?) Indigo Imp beer that Iíve tried and all of the previous samples left me with serious questions about whether this fledgling brewery was simply figuring out how to do QC for their bottling line or just a very bad brewery... Iím hoping that this is a sign of things to come and will go back and try some of the previous beers that were less than pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle at The Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a hazy orange with a medium white head. Citrus aroma with orange peal and some spicy notes. Grapefruit flavour with peppery and coriander hints. Palate of raisons, honeycomb and some hop resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to blutt59) opaque orange with a lsting film of bubbles. Nose of bandaid, oranges, white pepper, cinnamon and cream. Taste of big cinnamon, coriander, lightly spice, unsweetened citrus fruits and honey. Finish is oily but dry (if that even makes sense) with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steelhead3686 (258) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours a clear and fizzy amber with a medium white head. Medium hops with citrus and herbs with some sweet candy notes. A nice medium bitter with a light sweetness. It has a light body, thin texture that is slightly sticky, and a faint bitter finish. This is a very interesting beer. The nose says Belgian as does the look (somewhat). The taste is more pale ale, but it has hints of hints of American ale that takes the edge off just a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured gold with a white head. nose is musk, hops, yeast, and spices. nice on the palate, flavors are yeast, dried fruits, and light hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (797) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Pours a cloudy dark golden, medium head.Cereal malt, subtle citrus and spice on the nose. At first slightly sweet, but agree with the brewer the balanced bitterness leaves a nice bitter finish that leaves you wanting more. This beer has potential and is enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured a honey and light brown color with a one finger head. Aroma of coriander, citrus fruit, bubblegum notes, pepper. Light sweetness, Light bitterness. Full flavored . Quite complex. A more mild IPA. But still satisfying. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1702) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2010
A mild citrus hop aroma starts this beer off. It pours a hazy orange with a white head that quickly fades to a ring and a dusting. Nice crisp flavor, with more hop bitterness then I was expecting. There is just a hint of light fruit in this beer, and it has a nice long bitter finish. Overall, I was impressed with this IPA, itís probably one of the better Belgian style IPAís that Iíve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6156) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, orange and cinnamon. The flavor is caramel malt, grassy hops and orange citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
12 oz bottle
The last of the three special beers to try this one was probably the best by a thin margin. Despite the lack of hops in a "india pale ale" it had enough depth that I was actually interested in finishing the entire bottle. If any of them make a comeback I hope that this is the one chosen.

Aroma / Appearance - The blood orange body and yellowed head (like old newspaper exposed to sunlight) gives this a nice visual warmth. Sweet citrus is not hoppy at all - instead the dominant factor is a mix of grapefruit juice and cotton candy extract. This has balance but is a trace feeble.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy and sweet the mouthfeel coats the tongue with a gooey texture. Mango or peach gelato provides the transition to the candy like finish. This is an ideal warm summer beer if served at the right temperature. As it warmed the flaws were highlighted. By the time I got to the last sip I was ready to move on. Overall this is not a bad experiment but it could use improvement.

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