Saturday, March 10th 2012
Fire Eagle American IPA
Austin Beerworks began canning their beers in the summer of 2011. Designed to embody the look of old oil cans you've got to love the three cans they've released thus far (see below). Fire Eagle is the brewery's take on the classic American IPA. Brewed with four different hops and a grain bill that features wheat, this is indeed an original recipe.
From the Austin Beerworks site:
"Flavor swoops in (cue EAGLE SCREAM), grabs you by the face and flies you through the hop rainbow. At the peak of the ride it swoops back to earth and gently drops you back on your bar stool where you are refreshed, excited and ready to ride again. It’s hoppy, bold and American."
Here we go...
Pour - soft golden to honey-colored in appearance with a bubbly, but well-built white head on top that slides into the depths leaving some lacing.
Aroma - like walking through a pine forest when suddenly it opens up into a grove of mango trees and there you happen upon a bunch of ripe pineapples cut up and sitting out on a picnic table. Sit back and imagine that and you might have something close to what is coming from this glass of hoppy goodness.
Taste - resiny and drying in the finish with a crisp, hoppy bitterness on the tongue. Some hints of tropical fruit flavors, citrus, over-ripe pineapple and some bready/doughy malty notes. Put it altogether and you've got the makings of a hop-forward IPA that is certainly worth your while.
Overall - this will paint your palate green and leave a dry, bitter taste on the tongue for as long as you're enjoying this beer. Nice floral and tropical flavors with a crisp, refreshing finish and a solid amount of IBUs. Crack open a can and enjoy!
Note - one of the reasons that Austin Beerworks went with cans is because you can drink beer while tubing in Texas - just not from a glass container. We'd like to think that a good many cans of their beer have floated their way down many-a-river in the Lone Star state. Cheers guys!
Posted by Russ
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