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McNeill's Firehouse Amber Ale - McNeill's Brewery

McNeill's Firehouse Amber AleMcNeill's Firehouse Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.36%


Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-14-1998)
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Reviews by Murph:
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Murph

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great looking, slightly hazy bright amber color with a perfect sized creamy off white head on it. This brew couldn't look more appetizing. Smell is very hoppy with strong citrusy hop aromas but there is also some sweet malt lingering in the background. This brew starts off with some tingling hops on the tongue but a war is then fought for domination of this brew. The hops are attacked by the awesomely smooth malt of this beer. The malt soon asserts it's presence over the hops as the dominant characteristic of the brew. The brew finishes with a lightly fruity malt flavor. The hops get their revenge as you will be burping them for some time after though. Great smooth and creamy mouthfeel yet the brew is surprisingly crisp and does not really linger at all. Amazingly drinkable. This is by far the best amber ale that I have ever had and I seriously doubt if it will ever get knocked off of it's throne. A huge thanks to the Bierman for this brew. I was expecting something good, but this blew my expectations away.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2002 22:26:49 | More by Murph
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JLapadura

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle poured into lager glass.

Appearance was a cloudy, more towards the orange/red color than amber, but not bad looking. Creamy head, maybe two fingers worth that retained well, sticky thready lacing on glass.

Smell was malty and bread-like up front, some caramel or toffee sweetness, grainy. Over the top of that base was some spiciness with citrus notes and a little pine/resin. An odd fruity component too - maybe a little apple aroma.

Taste was initially malty/bready with some nuttiness, slightly toasty. The citrus/pine showed up mid-taste and built up a little bit. Definitely a hops presence that was evident through the taste once it started. Pretty decent bitter kick at the end, maybe a touch of saltiness? And wondering about the apple - slight taste of that in there matching the aroma.

Mouthfeel was medium to light bodied, pretty lively carbonation, surprisingly astringent finish.

Overall, a decent beer but nothing I would seek out again. Reasonably balanced, but I am none too sure about the apple/other fruit flavor that I picked up. Some fruit character expected with the style - not sure the apple component works for me. Good to try, very cool label theme.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:39:22 | More by LeRose
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05-27-2013 16:54:42 | More by InspectorBob
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3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gift from the sister. Brought back from Vermont.

A- pours a hazed red with a creamy luscious off white head. Excellent retention with fair amount of lacing as well. Looking good!

S- the malt is the highlight of the nose. Lots of toasted bread, caramel and fresh cracked grain notes. Subtle pine and earthy hop characteristics come out as well.

T- rustic home baked bread and toasty malt flavors hit the palate at first. A bit of a sharp hop bitterness in the middle with a pine and earth like character. Finishes with a lingering dry malt flavor. It tastes like eating the malt you use before you brew. Balanced and drinkable.

MF- smooth mouthfeel with a light body. Solid bottle conditioned carbonation.

D- very drinkable and good with food.

Overall a solid beer. A little subtle and underwhelming but thoroughly enjoyable and well crafted for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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22-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep amber in color with slight chill haze, and a fluffy off-white head that has excellent retention. Sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: Hops shine through on the nose first, with some citrus and pine, along with a spicy, somewhat briny aroma. Malt lends aromas of caramel and fresh bread.

T: Caramel up front, with some nutty aspects and toast. Hop bill adds floral, piney, and citrusy character to the beer, with just a slightly astringent finish.

Notes: Balanced, although the astringent character on the end is a bit off-putting. However, that fades as the beer warms in the glass. Medium in body with a silky mouthfeel. While not the best out there, it's a solid brew and represents the style pretty well.

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McNeill's Firehouse Amber Ale from McNeill's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.