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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

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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 TXHops:
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TXHops

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McNeill’s was one of my most encouraged purchases on the AOBF trip to Boston and my anticipation is high. Firehouse Amber actually looks kinda red. Well, redder than most red beers. In reality it’s more a very deep amber, burnt orange like color with a very slight chill haze and a long lasting, sheeting head of beige foam. The aroma is like hopped Juicy Fruit gum—so fruity!!! This was the aroma of fresh Mendocino County Red Tail Ale out in California—simply amazing. The flavor—exceptionally fresh malt, juicy hops and a lingering bitterness that turns a little more like the inside of malted milk balls in the finish, is just as fruity as the nose, but in a very clean way. Then the beer gets bitter and stays that way until I have another sip. I love hops, but bitter is just bitter unless its hoppy too. This beer was hoppy, THEN bitter, and that’s a detraction in my opinion.

I suspect the use of a good portion of aromatic malts in the grist—Belgian aromatics, or biscuit or something comparable. Excellent effect. This is what Amber beers should be—sweetly, freshly malty, nicely hoppy and well balanced. I think the hop bitterness lingers a little long on the finish, but that’s just a matter of personal preference. Not all beers can be continuously hopped (at least not yet). Wonderful beer—I could drink a lot! I'd score it slightly higher if it didn't thin out ever so slightly in the finish and if it had a little more going on in the finish than just bitterness

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 18:45:39 | More by TXHops
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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.

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

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