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Wednesday, March 14th 2012

Firewater India Pale Ale
(Catawba Valley Brewing Company)

Our first can from a new canning brewery located in the small town Western North Carolina town of Morganton. Catawba Valley Brewing just recently released three of their brands in cans bringing the number of breweries now canning in the Tarheel State is up to five. Since they are using decal labels on blank cans be on the lookout for more offerings from these guys in the near future.

From the Catawba Valley site:

"This golden straw colored IPA is made with 5 varieties of malts and 6 massive hop additions. It is outstanding in flavor and aromatics."

Here we go...


Pour - a clean, medium amber color with a BIG fluffy head that sticks tightly to the inner walls of the glass. Nice carbonation levels and a great looking pour.

Aroma - spicy, caramel, honey, sweet citrus and what to me smells like coriander or something similar to that of a witbier


Taste - slight flavors of orange peel, spicy, earthy hops and a dry finish that is quite refreshing. After a few more sips I am really digging this beer. Its not an in your face hop assault but more like the IPAs that were around in the mid-90s which more balanced. It has a certain spiciness that I can't seem to figure out as it almost makes this taste like a Belgian IPA. Perhaps its the yeast strain? 


Overall - a great IPA that was actually ramped up in ABV for the canned version as the draught is closer to 5%. Regardless this is a very balanced beer with a nice hop flavor and solid malt backbone. A little more of a unique take on the style and one that won't wreck your palate and will permit you to enjoy a few without worry.

Note - Catawba Valley Brewing brewed their first batch of beer back in 1999. They are currently canning three of their brands (below) and distribute in North Carolina and Western Tennessee. 


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Firewater India Pale Ale
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Catawba Valley Brewing Company
Morganton, North Carolina  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: ???
Date: March 14th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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