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Station 33 Firehouse Red - North Country Brewing

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BA SCORE
77
okay

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Eh. This beer is merely "okay" at best. It's well too malty and sweet from it for my liking. There's too much good beer out there to be spending time on bland stuff like this. Better beer out there and better beer from North Country to be trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 14, 2014
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.

woodychandler, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +19.8%

ejimhof, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

tdm168, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Rhettroactive, Feb 17, 2014
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.

tone77, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

OWSLEY069, Apr 13, 2011
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.

Darkmagus82, Aug 22, 2014
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.

thecheapies, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Station 33 Firehouse red is a dark, reddish-brown color with a light brown head that is creamy and leaves a few scraps of lacing behind.

The aroma has toasted malt, and a slightly sharp fruit character to. A good bit of malt sweetness also.

This beer is too warm. It's not cellar temperature. It's not room temperature. It's about what I expect Tea temperature to be, and that is unpleasant. A good bit of toasted malt and a lot of fruit flavors and fruity hops mixed together. Just a touch of sourness creeps in. Caramel malt fills in the background.

Even for a cask, this beer needs more carbonation.

Too warm, too flat. Fairly enjoyable. This one is better on-tap.

Hojaminbag, May 27, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | 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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Morey, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of whatname
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

whatname, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of JamesS
4.55/5  rDev +36.2%
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.

JamesS, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

TimoP, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

goblue3509, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Chucker17, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap

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.

Cylinsier, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Omnium
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Omnium, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

skaboom420, May 04, 2014
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.

mattcrill, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

KeyWestGator, Jul 20, 2014
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Station 33 Firehouse Red from North Country Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.