Firestation 5 is the beer brand set up by
Portland Brewing which produces beers exclusively for Fred Meyer (according to RateBeer) SB Northwest (updated: see below). Kind of like the Trader Joe’s deal on beers, I guess. At any rate, I had their Steam Pumper IPA recently and it wasn’t too bad.
Appearance: Clear, light orange in color, leaning toward gold with yellow tinges.
Smell: Relatively mild—though it’s the hops in the nose (not the malt). It’s a northwest hop, I think, but more resiny/spicy than citrus scented.
Taste: The hops are more prevalent in the taste than the aroma would indicate; they’re nice and bitter, but not overly so. Spicy, a tad woody, nice flavor to them; otherwise, malt and beer is rather nondescript—clean, but nothing stands out.
Mouthfeel: Light, a bit thin, has a carbonation "bite" to it. Easy drinking.
Overall: I don’t know the alcohol content, but I don’t think this qualifies as a true IPA. It’s safe, not too strong or wild in flavor—neutral.
Update: I received an email this morning from Kim Terrell, who writes:
I am the marketing manager for SB Northwest. We produce the FireStation 5 Beer. You have it listed as a Portland Brewing Beer, this is incorrect. SB Northwest does a variety of beers available at specific grocery store chains. I suggest trying our Metolius and Elk Rock brands as well.