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Fire Boat Amber - Fire Station 5 Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
72
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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 03-02-2003)
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Reviews by jreitman:
Photo of jreitman
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The best way I can describe it is a Bud drinker's amber. For all the mass market ambers I have seen, this is by far the worst. The flavor and aroma profile are minimally and and overall pretty subdued. Beer is very watery without much body or flavor. Is quite easy to drink, but that's more due to lack of character than skillful brewing. Not horrible, just not interesting in any way.

jreitman, Aug 18, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one was shiny orange in color and clear with a full, white head.

Smell – This one has a nice, nutty aroma that blends well with the light citrus and floral hops. It also has a solid malty base that’s slightly sweetened.

Taste – The nutty malts took over this fire boat. There’s some light spicing in there that kept things interesting but the hops fell off the table and this amber ale took a turn for the worse.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a slightly tingly mouthfeel. The nice malty smoothness is heavy at times but feels good, especially on the back part of the tongue.

Drinkability – I’m clearly in the minority here, but I didn’t think this was all that bad.

RoyalT, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, medium orange body with a tiny offwhite head that quickly vanishes. No lacing. Aroma is weak, toffee and some vague fruits that seem to be apple or orange. Medium body with a nice medium carbonation. Taste mirrors the aroma, toffee maltiness and the same vague fruity notes. A very pedestrian amber, but engaging in its own way.

merlin48, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Thrasher
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fire Boat Amber pours an orange amber that is not very dark for an amber ale. It could be the color of a bitter; it's lighter than many British pale ales, and I think it's lighter than FireStation5's ESB. The head is small and fleeting and the aroma is mild. The taste is of caramel, sweet bread, pizza dough, perhaps nuts and a twinge of brown sugar. It's very mellow and a bit difficult to grap a hold of, but pleasant. It's in the same ballpark stylistically as some British brown ales, such as Newcastle or Samuel Smith. This has the added advantage of being local and packaged in brown bottles. It could go nicely with pizza. It could also be a fine session beer, since it doesn't draw much attention to itself and the maltiness is relatively tame compared to some bigger ambers. FireStation5 makes some brews that I quite like. This one isn't as good as the others, but I like it better than other reviewers did.

Thrasher, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Sargully
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Sargully, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought a sixer of this stuff to my house, and we weren't very impressed the first time around. I picked another up out of the back of the fridge, and I have to say it's about the same on the second chance.
Body is a dark amber hue, topped by a small, temporary flourish of creamy white head that dissipates to a thin ring almost immediately. Aroma of caramel malt, along with a touch of floral hops. Palate is malty up front, with a bit of balancing bitterness from the hops emerging mid-palate, yet yielding again for the fairly sweet finish. Body is nice and firm, creamy but not too thick. This is certainly not a bad beer, just a boring example of a tired style.

ElGordo, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Spikester
2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 22 ounce bomber.
Pours clear reddish amber with a very modest head and few lacings. Aroma is not bad there just isn't much of it.
Taste is astringent, sweet, and turns a bit sour due to the modestly bitter hops. I could taste a bit of citrus but it ends up somewhat sour on the tongue. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability is O.K. but I'll not buy a sixer any time soon. I agree that this is close in quality and value to the Henry Weinhard line.

Spikester, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark reddish coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good rentention and lacing. Mild aroma of caramel malt and grassy hops, slightly sour. Flavor follows aroma, with mild caramel, slightly biscuity malt, light grassy hops which persist into the finish, which has a bit more light toasted malt character. Medium bodied. A decent, simple amber ale with no outstanding features, but well balanced and a pleasant malt body. Not bad for a cheap amber.

LiquidAmber, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of rrock44
3/5  rDev +3.1%

rrock44, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber colored brew with a fast vanishing white head.

Smell is very malty and a bit fruity. Lots of grainy and caramel smells and a bit of raisin and soy sauce in the scent. Smell is similar to Fat Tire Ale but not as strong.

Taste is a bit sweet with tartness in the background. Bit of butterscotch in the taste and a little bit of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Taste is OK but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad beer but not a great one either. I would say that this is just a bit better than Killians Red, but not by much.

Zorro, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Reidrover
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fred Meyers generic "micro"..comes in a 12 oz brown bottle..simple dark red label.
Not too bad a looking beer in the glass..sort of orangy brown in colour..short lived pure white head..minimal lacing.
Smell is decidedly average for a NW Amber ale..clean but subdued caramel malt..and thats about it.
very lightweight taste..doesnt really register on the taste buds until the end of the sip when i get a small caramel malt flavour and some weak hops.
too watery for my liking in the mouth.
Its drinkable..but not very inviting.
I cant understand why this is usually priced around the same price as Full Sail , Deschutes and MacT products its more in line with Weinhards.

Reidrover, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of kimcgolf
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This started out great, but was dissappointing. Poured to a reddish-orange color with little carbonation, a thin off-white head and little lacing. Had a great aroma of malty sweet caramel, with hints of chocolate. Unfortuantely, little or none of this was found in the taste, which was bland. Mouthfeel was slightly spicy, but nothing great. Finish was a little stale, like wet cardboard. Not real impressed with this aside from the aroma.

kimcgolf, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Phi_Psi_OR_Beta, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.4/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a nice coppery color, a thin head on top, off white in color. Thin rings of lace.

Aroma - bready, crackery grain. Clean but average.

Taste - roasty caramel to start. A metallic touch also, moving to the bitter hop side without much of any citrus. It's low-key though and a nice overall balance to the front-side malts.

Mouthfeel - crisp carbonation, average body and weight. Good fit for the style.

Drinkability - pretty good, as the last swallow from the sixer disappeared a few moments ago. Easy to drink, but pretty middle of the road.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was better than most other BA's. It's a simple style, and I think that the flavor profile was expected, and the brew is neither overly sweet, nor under malted. A pleasant toasty, carmel, malt aroma remains light, but persistant throughout the session. The appearance is a clear ruby, mohogany color with average CO2. Tastes mimic the aromas with the light toast, caramel / toffee flavor. Hopped for balance in flavor and bittering. The beer has a clean crisp mouthfeel, while remaining firm until the end. Finishes a bit sweet, but still clean. I prefered this brew to their Hefeweizen.

BEERchitect, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of britzdog
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a bad beer but there are better ones out there. i did not care for the carbonation level , a little to much for me. the aftertaste seemed a little off.

i sampled two bottles bought a week apart from different dealers and the results were the same

"live long and prosper"

britzdog, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of beertaster13
1.73/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a watered down amber at best. Pours a dark goldish red with nice head that turns into nothing, lacing is nowhere to be seen. The smell is slight skunk and grain, otherwise nothing else. The taste is like a dark lager, very light, hints of grain and corn, very light and watered down, by far the worst from Firestation and I do not recommend even looking at this beer.

beertaster13, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of ginuwin794
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

ginuwin794, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of BeerManDan
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color when poured was a hazy amber, with foam that disapated immediatley. The smell had a hint of roasted malts and sweet aroma of candy.
The taste was not as I expected. I tasted a combination of grass and malts, with a hint of spice? Not to sure, but the flavor was really weak. Different taste that I found one bottle was enough for me!

BeerManDan, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of freed
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wrote a review about the Porter from Fire Station 5 Brewing. I felt as if it had been bottled much too early. It had a a very green flavor to it. As an encore, Fire Boat Amber tastes much the same.

The Amber tastes like maybe they cut porter, but its had time to age on the back shelf in the grocery store. I wonder if this will be around next year.

freed, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of abeldiaz
3/5  rDev +3.1%

abeldiaz, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of SickBrew
2.98/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz twist off BB, and, after having two other sub-par brews from this Fire Station 5, my expectations are quite low.

This brew with a weak off white head that quickly dissipates to basically nothing. It pours a weak amber hue which is mostly gold in color, but it is quite clear. Nose is slightly sweet, somewhat malty and then has something like maple syrup in the end of the whiff.

Taste is actually fair. It has a decent malty sweetness but lacks that caramel quality of a good amber. Hops are basically absent and a grainy, almost cardboard quality finishes this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium light, which a bit weak for the style and there a bit a astringency which may from the carbonation.

To finish, this beer needs an infusion of body, composed of a rich malty, caramel backbone.

SickBrew, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of shelby415
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of arizcards
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up in late April as part of a mixed six-pack from Fry's for $5.99.

Beer poured an amber color with a decent white head. Nose is pretty non-descript outside of the hint of caramel malts. Taste is very fruity and sweet for the style. Finish is rather tart. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate from a decent amount of carbonation that appears. Overall drinkability is average. I have had this at tailgate parties in the past. It is OK for a session beer and worth a shot.

arizcards, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of lwillitz
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - transparent amber body under a very thin off-white head; small amount of visible carbonation

S - honey-sweetened biscuits with grassy hops

T - sweet and bready up front; bitter grass and citrus add balance, especially in the finish; well-balanced, but dull

M - light/medium body with medium/high carbonation, carbonation gives it a bite, astringent, refreshing

O - The flavor is pretty plain and the carbonation is stronger than I would like. Fire Boat is drinkable, but nothing special.

lwillitz, May 06, 2012
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Fire Boat Amber from Fire Station 5 Brewing Company
72 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.