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Firehouse is an immensely drinkable amber that has served as McNeillís 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BroSpud (1740) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Large bottle. Not very impressive. Predominant taste is water with very slight malt and almost no hops. In other words a very bland amber with almost no character.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jblauvs (1345) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 25, 2009
dark amber pour, nice frothy offwhite head. slight floral hop and some sweet malt notes. first impression, this is flat. Sugary malt with some tartness, mouthfeel is a bit watery. Bizarre sour finish. Overall an odd beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerimbiber (2) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2009 does not count
Bottle. Nice frothy head that lasted awhile. Dark amber and hazy but according to the label, it is bottle conditioned - most likely yeast in suspension which is OK. Did not detect much on the hop side for aroma; faint malt notes. Upfront sweet taste that fades to a lasting bitterness. Medium bodied

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Very cloudy! Orange amber color. Large bubble head initially, but there is a wonderful cascade of tiny effervescence that replaces it. Short lived, though. Light, spotty lace on the glass. Yeasty and chewy smell. Dry-ish malt aroma. Low hop nose. The flavor has a strong citrus bite to it. This reminds me of my best homebrews, although it is overly sour in the swallow. Light hop background. Very short aftertaste on the flavors except the tart bits. Good body with a subtle carbonation that prevents it from becoming too rich. Simply put, if you are curious about what a homebrew tastes like, this would be a good sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2224) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 30, 2009
FRom the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date checked off (there is a spot to do that). The pour is dark amber and much cloudier than I would expect. Not a lot of head. It looks like it was bottle fermented. I am struck at first by the floral hoppy aroma, which was a tad unexpected for an amber ale. The taste is a complex mixture of sweeter malts and a noted hoppy sensation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11217) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
on tap-pours a retaining white head and hazy gold color. Aroma is sweet light malt. Taste is sweet light malt, tart fruit, some perfumy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (861) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 17, 2009
aroma is fruity, a bit of yeast, bit funky sweet, way overripe banana. nice long white head. Refreshing attack of well balanced hops and darker malt. Fun.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a small white head. Aroma is hugely diacetyl (buttery popcorn). Really canít get anything else. Flavor is more diacetyl with peppery spices and some bitterness in the finish. Watery, weak palate. This is bad...drain pour... 5/3/5/3/11 (2.7/5)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Aroma very unique, roses, mint, grapefruit, marshmallow, some sort of minty candy. Flavor starts quite sweet and malty but is joined by an herbal tartness and straight bitterness. A bit watery. This one was odd. So odd in fact that I clearly had a terribly difficult time describing what the hell I was tasting. Though nothing about it was too offensive, I canít imagine this is the beer that was originally designed...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bomber. Cloudy amber color. Yeasty nose with some citrus action - I get lemon. Pretty smooth upfront, with an under layer of raisin flavor. Medium body that fades to a creamy finish. I like this beer, and itís definitely one of the better ones from McNeillís.

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