Tuesday, May 15th 2012
Firestarter India Pale Ale
(Bonfire Brewing Company)
The town of Eagle, Colorado (pop. 3,000) is about a two and a half hour drive due west of Denver. This is where you'll find Bonfire Brewing, home to a now famous barleywine called "Tebrew", and makers of this particular IPA which they've just recently begun canning with the help of Longmont-based, Mobile Canning. We love the theme with Bonfire's beers and the idea of sipping some great beer around a big fire with friends is one of those joys in life that is hard to beat.
From the Bonfire site:
"A traditional India Pale Ale recipe, bitterness-enhanced with Falconer’s flight hops and aroma-strengthened with an extra dose of Cascade hops. At 6.6% ABV, this one gets the fire going quickly."
Here we go...
Pour – a glowing orange with yellow hues. The head forms loose but leave some decent lacing as it slinks away. Carbonation might be a bit on the light side.
Aroma – citrus, lime leaves, vanilla, a bit of pineapple and perhaps some mango. Nothing too overpowering in the aroma.
Taste – that first sip provides the malty sweetness and its quickly followed by a nice smooth bitterness coming from those hops. Some lemon and lime citrus flavors are present as is a caramel malty sweetness that sticks around. In the end my tongue is dried out a bit, which means the hops have done their job.
Overall - a solid IPA with some nice floral hop aromas and flavors. Not overly bitter and without a real "bite" so to speak. Still, at 6.6% and 72 IBUs this is an extremely refreshing and easy-drinking IPA.
Note - Bonfire Brewing's story is one that has been echoed a number of times in the craft beer world. A story of years of homebrewing turned into a business plan and eventually a small brewery that is a labor of love. You can read more about it HERE!
Posted by Russ
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