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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Firehouse is an immensely drinkable amber that has served as McNeill’s flagship beer for fifteen years. A citrus nose blends with notes of caramel and raisins to make this stand out beer with a full red color.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (784) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle. Hazy amber pour with decent head. Citrus, fruit, caramel, toasty. Nice bitterness at the end. Medium body. Not bad.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2011
22 oz bomber from Canal’s Hainesport. Once again some of the worst beer in a bottle I’ve ever had. Poured a nasty ugly brown/orange body with a rocky off white head. Aroma is bland with some notes of caramel malt and well that’s it. Medium to thin body with strong carbonation and no aftertaste. Flavor of wet caramel malt. Blah this is like a bad homebrewed amber, and sadly all the homebrewers I know make beers world better than this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2664) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy head. The aroma has some fruit, bread, a hint of caramel. The flavor has the above with a nice hop balance that gives it a dry bitter finish. Looking forward to trying some more from this brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (1969) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAY 24, 2011
Full of plesant fruits and caramel malts. Has a toasty, near roasted, malt profile that adds meters of depth. Solid and easy to gulp (if that is your thing). The raisins kick in as it continues to warm. Very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
Draft. Pour is hazy amber, medium head. Aroma is yeasty, citrus. Flavor is caramel, bready, citrus. Decent beer!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2233) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Nice surprise today at the store 3 new bombers to try. Pours a cloudy, murky orange, amber color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus hops and fruity yeast that has an almost Belgian flair to it. Caramel malt in there as well. Taste is caramel and citrus, lots of esters from the yeast and even some phenolics. Are we sure this isn’t a Belgian inspired brew? Medium body, ample carbonation, watery/syrupy mouthfeel. Not a bad brew but not what I was expecting.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slipstream (1994) - USA - MAR 12, 2011
While I’m not a big fan of ambers, I still rate them, and McNeill’s Ruby Amber is one of the best I’ve had. Unfortunately, I did not feel the same way about this. Things start off well - the cool label has a photo of a small town firehouse from 1908, and it pours out with a 2-alarm puffy head. The yeasty-funky aroma was less than delightful. The flavor leans yeasty as well, and is lacking in other, more drinkable elements. Things do change as it warms. The aroma gets more pleasant and floral, and there were some noticeable German hops in with the yeasty bread flavor. Not too bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours orange with a bug fluffy off white head. Sweet crystal malty aroma with some floral hoppy notes. Tastes much the same, crystal malt base, toffee, and floral hops. Decent. Not infected like some of the other McNeill’s beers I’ve had.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Amber. Long, foamy head. Aroma: Caramel, bread, floral hops. Flavor: Piney hops, caramel malt, spices. Bitter hop finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a hazed golden orange with a medium sized beige head. Papaya, pineapple, and nice citrus hops on the nose. Very nice hop aromas here. Sticky malts, a bit thin, earthiness as well. A bit empty overall, especially after the great aromas. Caramel and toast, lightly bitter on the finish.


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