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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Firewater is a very balanced and drinkable East Coast IPA. Six separate British hop varieties make your taste buds jump up and say “Wow!”, while wheat and five different barleys provide a malty balance. An American version of the historic English style, this beer can stand up to a journey – either halfway around the world or just from can to mouth!

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3.3
agl108 (1242) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2009
On draft at Mellow Mushroom, Asheville. Poured hazy gold with virtually no head at all. Watery. Nothing flashy but this one does have a nice hop profile of bitter citrus.

3.6
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Growler brought from Morganton to Philly (thanks Pat!) - Pours a rich golden color, slightly reddish with a generous white frothy head. Aroma is more malty and sweet than hoppy - some mild floralness, but not a lot. Flavor hits you with bitterness right away, and then trails off to a nice malty, nutty finish. IMHO, could use more hop aromas, and some more hop character at the finish. Quite drinkable though.

2.8
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Draft at Barleys Asheville. The pour reminds me of a pilsner. Light carbonated gold. Nose is grassy, corn, some sweet malt, hop character is very mild. Flavor shows some sour malt, grassy hop character, very mild bitterness. Barely any hop bite. Did not like.

3
Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Served on draft at the Bier Garden in Asheville, NC. Pours a vibrant orange color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Faint aroma of citrus hops and sweet sugary malts. Wow. Very bitter taste, with citrus and resin notes, as well as some bread. Medium bodied.

2.7
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2009
The aroma is quite hoppy with citrus and grassy hops as well as malt. The appearance is golden with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma but astringently bitter. The palate is average for the style. Overall not a great IPA but very drinkable.

2.8
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2008
Draught. Towards the end of the night - lots of astringent, medicinal quality where the hops should be. Finish is lots of aspirin. I did not end up finishing this - part of it could be a lack of freshness, but I cant be sure.

3.4
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
On tap @ the Bier garden, Asheville, NC. Orange copper pour. Citrusy hop aroma. Grapefruit. Malty flavor seems to overpower the bitterness. More of an APA to me

3.4
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Cloudy orange with a finger of smooth silky white head. Very dry maltiness. Some caramel then all citrus hopes. Taste is smooth caramel malt, then a light citrus hop finish.

3.4
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 20, 2008
On tap. Poured a clear amber with a two finger off white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Flavor is oranges, grapefruits and a sweet malt balance.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2008
(draft) Clear amber body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, light bread. Taste is medium sweet, orange/grapefruit, some earthy, light peach. Light-medium body, some acidity.


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