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Station 33 Firehouse Red - North Country Brewing

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Station 33 Firehouse RedStation 33 Firehouse Red

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 123
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 27.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Country Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BuckSpin on 04-09-2005

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 123
Photo of JamesS
4.53/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on cask at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA.

Came to the table a wonderful deep, blood-ruby red with a nice bit of thick foam and had very nice lacing throughout. Very nice thick malty scent, deep and slightly woodsy. Excellent taste, a very nice maltiness, just south of a brown ale, with a touch of tartness to it and a nice light hoppy finish; unlike a lot of red ales, they did not overhop this one, it was just about perfect. Went down wonderfully smooth, although I know part of that is because it was through a cask ale system. I'd like to compare to a non-cask version, but definitely recommend it on cask.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.11/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- It was a beautiful clear red color. Thin white head that disappeared quickly.

S-hard to detect with everything going on around but a hint of hops and malt.

T- The tase was rich, bready and smooth with a subtle hint of hop bitterness and a dry finish.

M-medium weight body and very little carbonation. One of the smoothest beers I have ever had.

D-This was delicious and I could have drank it all night.

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Photo of LogicalDave
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark amber in color, very hazy, good head retention.
Smell: Slightly malty smell, with some sweetness.
Taste: Slightly sweet, but overall a very toasty malt taste. A bit bitter at the end, but not overpowering.
Feel: Very lightly carbonated, but still tingly on the tongue.
Overall: A delicious beer that is easy on the palate. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a 5oz sampler.

One of my favorite macros is Killian's, so I was looking forward to trying a craft version. Of course it has a warm reddish hue with a nice head of white lace that clung nicely. Nose was light, spicy, fragrant without revealing anything. Nice very mild pepper & hops on the tongue that balanced well with the malts, then gives way to a smooth finishing. Very drinkable, but yet a safe & for the most part predictable brew.

Item of note - NCB donates a small percentage of all sales of this item to the aforementioned Station 33 Firehouse in Slippery Rock, so try a glass, enjoy a good Irish Ale and help out our heroes all at the same time.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer is served a deep copper color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and some smells of a bready nature. Along with these aromas are some smells of a light dark fruit nature as well as a tiny level of grassy hop.

Taste- The taste begins with a big caramel flavor along with a toasted bready flavor and a bit of toffee sweetness. As the flavor advances some very light grassy and herbal hop flavors come to the tongue, with these remaining very light throughout the entirety of the taste. A little bit of a grainy and light dark fruit of cherry and fig flavor join the profile at the end with a hint of apple sweetness to leave a rather sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side for a beer of only 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is average. The average carbonation complements nicely the mix of roasted malt and sweetness of the brew all while the creaminess really helps create a thicker feel; nice for allowing the flavors to really linger on the tongue, accentuating them more than they normally would.

Overall – A very enjoyable red with lots of flavor and a nice sweet, but not cloying taste as it is nicely balanced by some good roasted malt and very light grainy and hop flavors.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Aroma: Nice caramel notes waft out of the glass. Earthy hop bitterness provides a subtle counterpoint. Fermentation character is clean.

Appearance: Dense brick red pour with a medium white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Pleasant caramel sweetness up front with bready undertones. An earthy hop bitterness provides good balance. Balance is nearly even with enough malty character and earthy bitterness to keep the palate intrigued. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: An easy drinking balanced Irish Red. Not sure why this hasn't gotten more love. Well crafted, approachable, and tasty. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Served on tap at the brew pub. Reddish orange with some head.

S. Caramel malts, american hops.

T. A woody, nutty, roasted malt body with some citric american hops (cascade,simcoe?). A nice irish red with a good hop profile.

M. Medium bodied and smooth.

D. This is a good session beer, but I would only have a few of these.

Notes: Second time I've tried this one. This seems to be a local favorite. I tried it at the Penn Brewfest and it was popular among my group back then.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed copper amber color. Two fingers of tan frothy/creamy head. Retention is good and a short, spotty ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Toasty malts with a strong caramel backbone. Notes of toffee, plum and fig fruitiness, and black currants. There's a slight, slight vegetal component, but it works with the brew.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Plenty going on. Big toastiness. Bigger caramel. Toffee, plum, fig, currant. Cleaner than the nose, but still just a hint of off-flavor. Still, this is tasty.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and quite smooth.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. Just a slight off-flavor. If that was addressed, this would be stellar.

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Photo of Lepley
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I go to Slippery Rock this is what the majority of their customers seem to be ordering.
This has been sitting in my growler for two days so I can't be too harsh.

A: Little to no head, might be my fault for not consuming it fast enough. Little carbonation, but pretty good lacing. Deep, murky brown. I have to say I love the color.
S: Malty and sweet. Doughy.
T: A little flat, again probably my fault. Sweet, little hop presence, malty, honey. Very flavorful.
M: Smooth, little carbonation.
D: Pretty solid ale. Another good one from North Country.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's some caramel in the nose along with a tiny bit of smokiness and a mild hop character. Sweet nose that leans on the malty side.

Taste isn't bad. The growler tends to lose some carbonation (since I cracked it last night) but in the pub, it's crisper. Definite caramel here but not as much as I expected from the nose. A bit on the dry side but it's balance pretty well. Faint to mild hoppyness but in prefect ratios for the style. Not a bad sip of beer. Nothing really comes out to get you here but it's a great balance and a good session beer. Slight amounts of sulfur from the Slippery Rock water are present but when made into beer it's barely there.

The finish is dry with a caramel subtlety. Good brew!

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Photo of tkelley
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from my fourth beer of the every other month club shipment. Poured into a shaker pint.

A - dark amber/ruby color with a thin creamy head. Good lacing. Body is clear when held to the light.

N - very sweet smelling with good caramel notes. Maybe a little bit of dried fruit too.

T - tasty for the style. Caramel sweetness and biscuity taste. Dry.

M - decent carbonation ans good mouthfeel. Easy drinker.

O - probably not the best summer beer (its ninety plus degrees as I drink it) but a very tasty drinkable Irish red ale.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

The wait is over! I have purged the bulk of my bottle backlog and this allows me restart The CANQuest (TM) in earnest! I am so happy.

From the CAN: "Reminding you to drink responsibly"; "A rich malty ruby ale with a smooth finish"; "A Five Bugle Ale. S[CAN] Your C[AN]!; "Enjoy responsibly & please recycle".

Just hearing a Crack! was enough to give me a chubby! I began the inverted Glug and sat back as the pseudo-cascade began. It settled into two-plus fingers of fizzy, tawny head that immediately began to fizzle and pop its way out of existence. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a rich, biscuit-malt sweetness, almost but not quite, CANdy-like. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness. Taste had an interesting sweetness, not cloying, but more like maple syrup on buckwheat pancakes. Sweet, but with an underlying bitterness. Finish was ... semi-dry? Semi-sweet? Man, this one really straddled the fence in a big way! I absolutely stand by my pancakes and syrup analogy, though. That was all I could think of as I drank this one. I would be interested to hear other people's feedback if you get a chance to try this beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can dated 10/19/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Reddish brown with just under one-finger of head
S: Malty, grain, some brown sugar
T: Also malt/grain/caramel, and a hint of the metallic note that was mentioned below
M: Medium-bodied, somewhat sweet
O: Fairly average but if you like malt give it a try

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light, a bit of malts. Taste is malts, some caramel, a bit of sweetness, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing from a can at cellar temp. The beer is a clear amber color with minimal beige head that recedes fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is some caramel and grainy malt, also fairly bready and a bit sweet. A bit of floral hop character.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine rolling carbonation. The flavor is actually fairly sweet with some darker fruit and red grape mixing with the anticipated caramel and grainy malt.
Finish is kind of dry and leaves a bit of a bitter hop bite on the finish. Beer is very easy to drink even if it isnt overly complex. Not a bad beer to enjoy a few of and not have to think too deeply about while you enjoy them.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost two fingers of head. The foam is fizzing loudly and quickly deflating. Big, coarse foam sitting atop a dark brick-mahogany colored beer.

Sweet red malts, stable grain, buttery caramel, toffee, and a chuckle of hops.

Toasty malts with that red ale sweetness. Almost a red candy vibe, with richness from the malt and a sweet herbal note. Too sweet, in fact, with obvious caramelized sugar and implied beet juice. Atypical for an Irish Red.

Drinks plain, but approved. Moderate carb, wet body. Has some sticky thickness.

Just okay. That's how I'd write it in my book.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pours a hazy amber color, bit of a film for a head.

Smell is pretty faint, but there is some malt there.

Taste is mild, grainy malts, sweet and smooth, no bitterness.

Feel is smooth, moderate to thin, goes down easy.

Pretty refreshing. Nothing special, but an easy to like session beer. Hurt by a lack of a noticeable scent though.

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Photo of KevBot89
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark copper, almost brown with about a finger-width cream head. Lighting was a bit rough, but it appeared a touch hazy.
Aroma: Sweet malts, definite caramel presence, maybe a tinge of booze at the end.
Taste: Mild caramel flavors are the most present part of the taste, though there is also some sweet malt flavor. It finishes with a bitter dryness that leaves the palate begging for another sip. This beer is extremely drinkable.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied with a long dry, bitter finish
Overall: This is a solid flagship beer for North Country. This is not one of my favorite styles, as it is not overly-complex in flavor or aromas, but this is a sturdy version of the Irish Red Ale. I'd prefer this over the commercially available imports (ie Murphys, Smithwicks) any day. The dry finish is a desirable effect.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving from the Paw Friendly 12oz Can

First thing I note with all the beers in the sampler from Slippery Rock is, no matter how long they rest, they open with lots of foam so open over the sink or napkin.

L: Deep red to almost brown. Little head and good lace. Carbonation flying up but could only see it with a close look.
S: Nothing but the malt. Maybe slight hops.
F: Mild foamy, slight bitter, slight impression of hot dog water???
T: I've had very few reds in my day. This doesn't have the disadvantage of adjuncts added, so that's a plus. But comparing it with some reds I've reviewed, this misses the mark. There is a bit of bitter and more of a toasted malt profile also a bit of licorice but oddly misses what I'd identify as a red. It is a dryer ale and decent otherwise.

O: I'd say a pretty decent ale overall but not as advertised. I like it on it's own but if I was in a brew pub, I would be disappointed and not get another unless it was described as it tastes. Maybe calling this "Firehouse Ale" rather than "Firehouse Red" would have changed my opinion. Still, bonus for no adjuncts.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red to slightly orange color with little to no head. The smell is of caramel malts with some slight smell of citrus hops. The taste is very similar, it has a slight caramel malt taste that is slightly sweet and is balanced out with some citrus hops. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, not much going on for the mouthfeel. The drinkability is good, it is a serviceable beer that you could have a couple of, but not go all night.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet roast and a sugar cookie batter like smell. In the taste, sweet malts, a dry sugar cookie and a small hop in the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice red, sweet cookie like but balanced.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at North Country, this Irish Red pours woody copper amber with a decent head that holds decently well and leaves little lace.

The aroma is mild and somewhat uneventful with dry hops and a nice malt backbone. Little else is detectable.

The flavor is again mild as the aroma indicates. Primarily sweet malt and just a hint of light roast. Just a bit of fruit is present as well. Fruit and honey arise more in the finish; mild and just a bit bland. Not a bad representation of the style, but not as flavorful as I'd like.

Very clean and crisp finish with moderate carbonation. Not a lot of texture to it. I guess there was not much substance overall. A solid selection, but very mild in all aspects.

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Photo of Omnium
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap at the brewery

A - A nice red amber color, one finger of head, but no lacing to be found.
S - Real sweet malt, smells syrupy almost, no hops, some maple, old coffee cake.
T - Sweet malt trumps all other flavors here, a mild bitterness, and some weird wheat like flavor.
M - Cloyingly sweet, and palate coating.
O - When people visit the brewery, this the most liked beer, but for what reason? There's so much malt going on here, its not a clean and light feeling beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Six-pack dropped off by son, no date, can into imperial pint at 50 degrees
Faint malt aroma
Head average (4 cm), off-white, frothy, mostly (rapidly) diminishing to a 2 mm layer
Lacing scant
Body clear, medium reddish amber
Flavor begins lightly malty, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; just blandly sweet
Ends with a slight sour note
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft.

A nice looking beer which I’ve also had on tap. Not much flavor, so probably a good beer for non-beer drinkers. The best thing about this beer is that a portion of the proceeds go to the local fire department, so worth picking up a sixer occasionally.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured fresh from the growler.

A- Incredibly clear for a craft beer. Rich, copper-red color. Really nice to look at. Small thin head that turns into nothing.

S- Hoppy and smooth. Very natural and earthy smelling.

T- Slightly bitter to begin but it soon turns in to a medium bodied solid beer. Leaves you thirsty for more.

M- Light and crisp. Just a little bit dry, not enough to really say so.

D- My friend loves this beer. I'm not too keen on irish reds, but this is well made. Much better than killian's IMO.

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Station 33 Firehouse Red from North Country Brewing
78 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.