Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Nice up front, but underwhelming in the finish and aftertaste. Malt side is toasty and chalky, with nips of cocoa, but it lacks depth. Hop side is decent at first (very floral and grassy), but the aromas fade fast, and the mild bitterness in the aftertaste is somewhat one-dimensional. Overall, it’s not that bad; it’s just not very exciting or multi-layered. Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Not a very pleasing IPA. Musty hops with a slow aftertaste. I’ll try another but I’m not expecting fireworks. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2010
The Dan Journal #382. Tasted 8/4/10. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a dark golden amber hue. Off white ring and moldy head. Aromas of bright citrus candy. solid nose! Nice and full bodied with a good dose of hops. Tasty with a tingling effervescence. Mildly sticky and bitter finish. Subtle tea like quality. But a solid IPA overall! poisoneddwarf (2599) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2010
12 oz bottle into shaker. I’ve learned to expect extremely substandard quality from these Fire Station beers. Every one I’ve tried has been mediocre to terrible. So that’s my mindset before even ranking. Aroma is surprisingly not bad. Not great, but not bad. Has signature IPA aromas of pine and floral notes. Pours a slightly hazy orange with no head and a collar of foam full of big bubbles and mediocre lace. Tastes pretty good, but there’s a faint offnote of vegetable matter. Highly carbonated, medium bodied. Overall, the best Fire Station beer I’ve had, but it’s definitely substandard for the style. It’s drinkable at least, unlike the "Hefeweisen." DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
Big bottle shared with Parksy. Pours a flat dirty orange, no head. Wet vegetal compost aroma. Rotten melon sweetness-- where are the hops? Maybe a bad bottle? Drainpour.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Fire Station 5 Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company--Steam Pumper IPA--India Pale Ale--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.50%-45 IBU’s? (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Fizzy thin no lace head. Clear bright thin dark golden color. Mild floral CO2 hop front. Crisp thin mild dry sweet caramel earthy grapefruit fizzy body. Clean balanced mild tangy citrus hop IPA end. Thin. Sampled 9/17/2005.
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company--Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Steam Pumper IPA India Pale Ale--2008 Release--22 oz. Bottle--5.60% ABV--40 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0) IPA--Big fizzy foamy lacy head. Very fizzy head producing clear thin bright gold color. Mild earthy floral hop front. Dry sweet thin crisp pilsner caramel mild earthy pine body. Crisp bitter hop spice tangy earthy end. Thin spicy CO2 fizzy IPA. Sampled 12/12/2008. $2.79 Each.
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company--Portland Brewing Company--Pyramid Breweries, Inc.--Steam Pumper IPA India Pale Ale--Venerable--Stubby Neck Bottle--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.60%--40 IBU’s. (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Big foamy lacy white head. Fizzy nucleating head. Clear bright pretty thin dark gold color. Delicate floral hop front. Crisp zesty mellow sweet cloying caramel mild fruit dough tasty body. Crisp clean balanced mellow hop spice smooth end. Sampled 2/5/2009. 6-Pack $7.99.
FireStation 5--Olympia, WA--Fred Meyer. Inc.--Steam Pumper IPA India Pale Ale--Venerability--2010 Release--22 oz. Bottle.--6.50% ABV--65 IBU’s? IPA--Thin lacy off white lasting head. Clear rich bright pretty dark copper amber color. Earthy toasted caramel herbal floral pine hop front. Cloying doughy toasted caramel crusty fruit mild hop resin malty body. Tangy hop cloying earthy malt spice rich balanced end. Minimal fruit citrus notes. Nice well done Contract Brew. Sampled 2/8/2010. $2.79 Each. New Contract Brewer?
Fire Station 5--Olympia, WA--Fred Meyer. Inc.--Steam Pumper IPA India Pale Ale--Venerability--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--55 IBU’s.? (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lace thin light white head. Clear bright amber gold color. Mild earthy pine light floral hop front. Crisp very tangy dry sweet earthy caramel mild grapefruit pine thin hoppy Golden Ale body. Mild hot hop spice earthy dry pine end. Hops increase in prominence from light front to spicy end. Well made mild IPA, but a little bland tonight. Sampled 3/24/2010. 6- Pack $6.99. leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2009
This beer is not memorable at all. I wish I could write more about it but it left no impressionable flavors or aromas and I can’t recommend anyone drink it. Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 Another lame offering from Fire Station 5. This one pours a light golden with a minor head that is gone before you notice it. Way too overly malty for an IPA, and has a very heavy astringency level. Bland and bad. troopie (2379) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bomber. Poured cloudy orange with Medium white head. Some lacing. Light aroma of citrus and hop. Flavour is sweet malt core with a hoppy kernel, but a metallic ting kept the flavour from being better. Hop finish with more metallic tinge jarndyce (38) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2009
I’ve never heard of Fire Station 5, and now I know why. This beer is mislabeled. It is just another boring, forgettable "quasi-lager" dressed up as a "micro" IPA. If my beer had any hops in it, the hops is no longer detectable. The beer seems to have fermented into a Lager. It’s not an IPA. Very disappointing and pondering a drain pour with the rest of the sixer. Avoid this one at all costs.