Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2016
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a murky semi-dark burnt amber to red color. Quickly dissipating finger’s worth of bubbly (with slight foam), and no lace.
The aroma had some sweet cooked corn edged with sharp burnt cake batter, weird.
The flavor was sharp burnt sweet cake batter with an extremely soapy aftertaste and finish. Got extremely hard to put the rest down my throat.
On the palate, not as sessionable as one would like for an amber ale, that soapy feel is smooth - I’ll give it that, but who wants spaciness to smooth out a beer. Low carbonation.
Overall, wow, what an awful beer. Really think McNeil’s should toss in the towel. Can’t hang in this state anymore and nor the business.
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with a medium white head. Mild hoppy aroma somewhat resiny. Malty at the front with a well balanced hoppiness leaving a nice hoppy aftertaste. Def a good canned beer. veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Beau nez houblonné résineux avec un corps soutenue et une finale amère et bien balancée.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone PattyBat (84) - - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle from Vermont poured into pint glass. Poured hazy amber color with little head. Smelled of hops, citrus and caramel. Smooth taste, mostly caramel, but nothing really stands out much. Decent beer. shigadeyo (3766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2013
6/17/2010: McNeill’s Firehouse Amber... Aroma: Light and weak. Appearance: Golden amber color; lasting beige head; average level of visible carbonation. Flavor: Mild; slightly fruity and floral; balanced. Palate: Medium-light body; high carbonation feel in the mouth. Overall: Only so-so...
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #129 for this beer.
Dark amber pour. Light medium body. Smooth taste, nothing overbearing. Decent not great berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2013
On tap at McNeil’s in Brattleboro Vt. Poured a dark amber with a tan head. Medium body nice balance of malt and hops. Enjoyable beer, very drinkable. mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle pour. Caramel is heavy in this amber that lacked an appropriate amount of head formation for me. bnielsen13 (265) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2013
On tap. Reddish-orange pour. Carmel, malt aroma and caramel malt flavor. Okay beer.