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Firehouse (CA) American Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A delightful example of the classic American Pale Ale style. It has a deep amber color and full bodied complex character with no aftertaste. The fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor are the results of the generous use of the best Cascade hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2008
draft - Pours amber with a two finger, lasting head and an aroma of caramel malt and light hops. Caramel malt also leads the flavor with some moderately strong, crisp hops, especially in the finish. Lively on the palate, this pale ale is good, but by no means great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
From the tap poured amber with a fair amount of head. Nice crisp flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky retaining off white head and copper color. Aroma is sweet citrus hops (a blend), secondary caramel medium malt, slight sharpness. Taste is caramel/toffee medium malt, citrus/earthy/flat/metallic hops. OK carbonation. Boy, for an APA seems to have about 20% English malt and hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Fordest -
Slightly cloudy, yet transluscent amber with white head. Smell is sour, rusty and vinegary malt. Sour malty taste with a touch of hops at the end. Tastes likes its definitely no longer fresh, but this would be decent if it were. Definitely on the maltier side of pales, still, but just not the best bottle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
9-29-07. nice amber color with cloudiness. Smells earthy and like copper - tart and sour smell. Not a fresh smell. It finishes somewhat flat as well. Smell just ruins any chance this beer had of impressing me. Taste - or what I can enjoy past the awful copper smell is okay but not really worthwhile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
17-Jun-07 (12 oz bottle: Purchased 20-Apr-07 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) This beer has been slowly grabbing tap handles around town for the past few years, but whether it can keep those handles remains to be seen. The problem is not that this is a bad beer, but rather that it’s not at all distinctive, it doesn’t stand apart from the plethora of other generic American pale ales out there and thus isn’t likely to win devoted fans because of the distinctiveness of the beer. But the cause is good, and that alone should earn some fans, even if the product is only so-so. The malt base features an array of grain, corn and caramel, but the grainy malts do seem to be the dominant flavor from sip to finish. A gentle, mildly bitter hops barely registers though and as a result, this APA doesn’t show a full spectrum of flavors. It’s medium-bodied, only mildly sweet in taste, and considering the light bitterness and a hint of tartness, is fairly dry on the palate. In the nose, the cooked graininess of the malt really stands out. Medium level of carbonation is appropriate. Dark-golden amber in color with good clarity. Off-white heading is small on the pour and falls away to a wide ring, leaving a small spotty ring of lace near the top of the glass. Overall, this is drinkable, but given all the amazing beer being produced in San Diego, this one falls well short of the high standards being set by our proud brewing community.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
On tap at Del Mar Microbrew fest as well as from 12oz bottle, pretty tasty ale, impressed, i like it. Nice amber color with froathy tan head, good balnce!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Case of 12 oz bottles from Costco: Reddish amber color with a medium, but fading light tan head. Smell is malty sweet and lightly grainy. Flavor starts caramel sweet followed by a grassy, grainy bitterness and a light sweet finish with a hint of mineral. Medium bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. More of an amber than a pale IMHO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Draft at Oggi’s, Liberty Station Point Loma. Aroma reminiscent of a spicy wit. Color is amber with a decent white head. A bit thin bodied with fairly strong carbonation. The flavor is mysterious. Something like floral spice hop overpowering light malt. Turns smooth and creamy as it goes along. A dry finish with floral notes and decent bitter. Really very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
On tap at Firehouse. Yellow with a big fluffy white head. Citrus aroma and an orange and spice taste. Fairly one dimensional, but certainly not a drain pour.

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