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Station 33 Firehouse Red - North Country Brewing

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BuckSpin on 04-09-2005)
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4.55/5  rDev +36.6%

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.

08-29-2009 15:38:17 | More by JamesS
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

01-16-2012 01:30:10 | More by sunavamitch
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

08-21-2012 23:53:14 | More by scm2787
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4.13/5  rDev +24%

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.

04-20-2007 23:51:33 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

08-22-2014 17:27:53 | More by kcc
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

06-13-2014 18:22:05 | More by tallfellapgh
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

07-05-2013 22:55:35 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BuckSpin


3.83/5  rDev +15%

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.

04-09-2005 12:30:58 | More by BuckSpin
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-24-2013 04:16:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-24-2014 02:44:05 | More by vwbus7
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-13-2014 04:48:56 | More by bret717
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

08-06-2014 00:29:05 | More by curlybird
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-25-2014 18:54:15 | More by twonder23
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-05-2014 18:59:55 | More by NoProblem
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-12-2013 13:01:19 | More by Hermthegerm
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

08-22-2014 00:12:11 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-07-2012 01:02:03 | More by rcjennings
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-09-2014 00:28:46 | More by zdogix
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

08-17-2014 20:44:09 | More by mattcrill
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-28-2014 03:43:53 | More by squirreljr
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.73/5  rDev +12%

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.

08-30-2008 15:02:04 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Lepley


3.65/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

12-09-2008 04:06:56 | More by Lepley
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3.55/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-23-2014 23:46:25 | More by tkelley
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3.55/5  rDev +6.6%

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!

05-07-2011 14:06:51 | More by GreenJetta912
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-23-2014 22:45:32 | More by tdm168
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Station 33 Firehouse Red from North Country Brewing
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