McNeill's Firehouse Amber Ale | McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Firehouse Amber AleMcNeill's Firehouse Amber Ale
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McNeill's Firehouse Amber AleMcNeill's Firehouse Amber Ale

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 02-14-1998

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of papposilenus
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz. can, best by 04/10/16, served in a... well, I don't actually know the name of this glass. It's like a tulip, but taller. Ah, never mind. Anyway, next time I'll drink it from the can because it's the kind of beer that wants to be drunk from a can. After you've had it, you'll feel pretentious for having poured it into a glass.

Pours a deep golden brown, the colour of apple cider, with vigorous carbonation and a big fluffy cap of suds. Retention is so-so but a few gobs of fat lacing remain on the glass.

Smells sharp and yeasty with big fruity esters - apples, oranges and bananas, allspice and clean earthiness.

Well-balanced with biscuity malt and assertive bitterness both right upfront and straight through to the finish. Nothing complicated going on here, just good, plain, clean-drinkin' beer.

Medium-light bodied, crisp and heavily carbonated.

I have no idea whether this is really an amber ale. I doubt it. Anyway, it's a good, old-school beer, perfect for fishing in the sun or hanging out with the old folks on the porch at night. Not a good beer for thinking brooding thoughts or obsessing over beer style classifications.

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3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a wispy cap; very little lacing; steady stream of bubbles rising;

S: sweet malt; a little floral;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking; no complexity;

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy amber under a persistent 2.5” rocky cream colored foam collar that grips the sides of the glass.
S: Big bread aromas with traces of hops.
T: Big fresh bread to biscuit flavors backed by an assertive bitter hop emphasis.
F: Medium to medium full bodied and slightly below medium carbonation.
O: this is an amber ale for people who find amber ales boring.

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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SparkieDog
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Identity crisis:
This beer is somewhere in between and an amber or a red. It looks like an amber when poured into a glass, but the "thinner" feel and low maltiness are more like a red ale. I got a 6 pack before reading the BA reviews. So, my initial expectations for straight out amber ale faded after the first sip. (Maybe I should have caught the hint with "Firehouse" in the name.) However, Firehouse is not quite a red ale either. It's not a bad brew. Just, if you grab some this expecting an amber (or a red), be prepared. I suspect the wide range of BA ratings on this beer reflect identity issues rather than quality. So, if curious about the children from a marriage between Amber and Red, this might be a fun adventure for you.

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3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is going to sound weird but… this is like a very clarified homebrew. Aroma is really similar to the red I brewed. Speaking of that yeast, I'd guess something in the same family as Safale US-05. A bittersweet maltiness front to back. Hops are pretty mild. Stand-out flavor comes is coming from the yeast I think. And/but/so yeah, significantly more clear than the red I made; but right there in that color range &c.

ALSO: having had a few times... it's pretty inconsistent from serving to serving.

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3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdamTebbs
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of LeRose
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle poured into lager glass.

Appearance was a cloudy, more towards the orange/red color than amber, but not bad looking. Creamy head, maybe two fingers worth that retained well, sticky thready lacing on glass.

Smell was malty and bread-like up front, some caramel or toffee sweetness, grainy. Over the top of that base was some spiciness with citrus notes and a little pine/resin. An odd fruity component too - maybe a little apple aroma.

Taste was initially malty/bready with some nuttiness, slightly toasty. The citrus/pine showed up mid-taste and built up a little bit. Definitely a hops presence that was evident through the taste once it started. Pretty decent bitter kick at the end, maybe a touch of saltiness? And wondering about the apple - slight taste of that in there matching the aroma.

Mouthfeel was medium to light bodied, pretty lively carbonation, surprisingly astringent finish.

Overall, a decent beer but nothing I would seek out again. Reasonably balanced, but I am none too sure about the apple/other fruit flavor that I picked up. Some fruit character expected with the style - not sure the apple component works for me. Good to try, very cool label theme.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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