RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours a dark golden orange color that’s almost completely opaque except for bright golden orange edges. Half finger off white head that quickly settles into thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with spicy hop notes, pine needle and subtle citrus fruit. Countered by sweet malt notes and bready yeast. Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a blast of juicy hops up front that linger over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly bitter dry finish. Subtle floral quality with some dry piney character but the hops are mostly citrus flavored with hints of mango, orange peel and grapefruit. Sweet malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit with alcohol heat toward finish. Decently balanced but sweetness from alcohol and malt take away from the hops a bit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (5876) - Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Malty aroma, kinda stale flavors, easy drinker though. Very simple, kinda boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeremytoni (3040) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
From a bottle poured an amber color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (1296) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dmac (6028) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (3088) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (3120) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
Draft. Pour is hazy amber, medium head. Aroma is yeasty, citrus. Flavor is caramel, bready, citrus. Decent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (4112) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Slipstream (2566) - 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.

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