Foxfire

North Carolina
United States
Foxfire, Fullsteam Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

With touch of wanderlust, Foxfire IPA explores new ground...yet remains deeply rooted in the South. Aromatic hops take center stage with a bright tropical aroma. Vermont Ale yeast adds a layer of fruity esters and blankets the beer with a soft haze. Yet the fox does not stray too far: ever-mindful of our roots, we ground the beer with a grain bill that includes North Carolina-farmed sorghum.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
24
Served at: 
45º - 50º
Hops: 
Ekuanot, Azacca, Centennial, Chinook
Malts: 
Brewer's Two-Row, North Carolina Grain Sorghum, Epiphany Foundation, Flaked Oats, Carapils, Copper Carapils
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Foxfire India Pale Ale by Fullsteam Brewery is an American IPA with sorghum and is being evaluated as an American IPA (category 21A in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines).  Despite being brewed with sorghum, this beer is best evaluated as an American IPA as the sorghum does not impart a significant flavor (as suggested by the BJCP Style Guidelines in the Alternative Grain Beer category 31A). Foxfire is brewed with Ekuanot, Azacca, Chinook and Centennial hops and North Carolina-farmed sorghum among other typical grains.

This canned beer pours golden in color, hazy (acceptable for style), with a big, fluffy, mousse-like white head. The aroma is dominantly hop-focused with aromas of mango, apricot, tropical fruit with a lighter resinous character. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and no astringency.  The flavor is moderate citrusy, orange, mango, and tropical fruit hops with a hint of maltiness. The finish is moderately bitter with a moderate mango and orange hops lingering in the finish. This is a very nice citrusy and tropical fruity hopped IPA with little malt character.