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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (8881) - La Mesa, California, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (10089) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (6067) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Hop Devil Grill 16oz ($3.25): Pours a clear amber with a long-lasting creamy head. Aroma is mostly of caramel malts and maybe some bubblegum or butterscotch. Essentially, this is a good amber ale and it is a good amber ale without overhopping it (Troegs, Green Flash). It manages to take the amber ale lameness and create a very smooth and very drinkable beer that is actually interesting and not just lame like most beers of this style. Sure there are hops and bitterness in this beer, but they don’t make the beer. It is rather the balance with the butterscotch flavors and malts that make this an example of what the amber ale could be, but seldom is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (3708) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Pours a clear amber color with a tall cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel, citrus and some hops. Sweet flavor with caramel and citrus upfront and a slight hop bitter ending. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle. Poured hazy orange with a creamy off-white head that settled to a ring and left good lace. Aroma of floral and a toasted malt background. The flavor found caramel, floral, and citrus. Medium body and a medium bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Bomber. Poured watery amber with a light, but persistent cap of white head. The aroma picked up soured caramel malts with hits of brown sugar and nutty character.. seemed off. The flavor found the same sour malts paired with associated residual sugars.. more brown sugar on the back-end, but the sour, nastied malts stuck.. meh. Light-medium bodied and grainy on the palate with unpleasant sourness.. this was off.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
802CATAMOUNT (3) - gastonia, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2010 does not count
this still one of best beer i have ever tasted i have been drinking it for 12 years ... ray and his brewers sucessfully made this beer awesome every batch......you should try this beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of diacetyl, malt, light Earth, and a hint of hops. So buttery. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a large, loose, off-white/tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of diacetyl, hops, malt, and Earth. Medium body. Lightly tingly texture. Average to slightly lively carbonation. Diacetyl, malt, and hop finish is lightly dry. WAY TOO MUCH diacetyl/butter ruins what could be a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
decaturstevo (6130) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Amber pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of light caramel malt and resiny hops. Flavor starts with light caramel malt, with a light resiny bitter. A tad thin and fizzy with a really metallic off flavor that lessens as you drink more of it.

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