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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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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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 -9.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jonesy24, Jan 08, 2012
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2.58/5  rDev -22.5%

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
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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!

GreenJetta912, May 07, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev 0%

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
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2.65/5  rDev -20.4%

Has a bit of a minerally taste to it. Also was a bit hazy for the style. Probably not filtered, which is odd cause it doesnt have much taste for an unfiltered beer. I do like the idea of helping the fire department, but I wish the beer tasted bettter. It was way too mild for me.

kimbo33, Jan 01, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%


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
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1.63/5  rDev -51.1%

Had the cask version of this beer at Pipers Pub in Pittsburgh. I'm used to having a nice creamy head from a beer drawn from a hand pump, but this one had none at all. Very low carbonation. The nose was literally non-existant - similar to smelling a glass of water. Very strange. The flavor followed suit with not much of anything going on. Very thin in body - not much in the way of a discernable malt pallete, and only a hint of hops in the tail end of the finish. To sum this beer up in one word - Bland. I was excited to try this beer being that it is local, but ended up completely dissapointed, and $5 poorer. Not a great introduction to North Country Brewing.

ChuckVee, Dec 28, 2009
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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.

JamesS, Aug 29, 2009
Station 33 Firehouse Red from North Country Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.