Beer Review: HALF HITCH BREWING COMPANY, Fire ‘N’ Fury Red Ale

Fire ‘N’ Fury
ABV – 5.0%
IBU – 35
SRM – 14
Style – Red Ale

 

STEPHEN BEAUMONT

The second in what I’ll call the ‘Shotgun Wedding Trilogy’ – along with Farmer’s Daughter and Shotgun Wedding, with a storyline uniting the three – this is billed a red ale and is certainly attractive in its reddish-amber countenance. The nose has a teasing fruitiness with notes of toffee and fragrant toasted grain along with whiffs of berry and red apple. The body is much more forthcoming, with a toasty palate entry that blossoms into fruity notes of red plum, candied apple and red currant, all against a backdrop of gently citrus peel bitterness. There are soft tannins throughout that grow slightly to dry out the mildly bitter finish, making this a solid refresher for any time of the year.

LUNDY DALE

Half Hitch creates an amusing trio of beers based on old school farmers “life cycle”- from Farmers Daughter Pale Ale,  Fire n Fury Red Ale ending with the Shotgun Wedding Brown Ale. The Fire ‘N’ Fury is an American style amber ale, coppery brown in colour with a nice off white foam head that slowly dissipates.  Red or amber ales always have a nice balance of aroma and resiness hops with the sweet caramel maltiness, and this ale is a great example of that.

It is medium bodied beer with light carbonation. The aromas and flavours are very malt forward- caramel, almond, toffee and provide a lingering sweetness, but the piney and resiness hops move in creating a bit of a bite and balance to the malt sweetness making for a very drinkable and refreshing ale- great on its own but even better with a burger and fries!