Firehouse American Pale Ale | The Firehouse Brewing Co.

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Firehouse American Pale AleFirehouse American Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Firehouse Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 06-19-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

so I'm watching football yesterday. Got some homemade buffalo chicken wings. ready to see the late game. Grabbed a bottle of this brew as a good hoppy apa for me cuts the heat and cleanses the palate nicely. So, looked nice but definitely average at best for an APA. some hop notes but the best I can say is this is a nice session beer but a tad light for an APA.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a medium white head. Aroma of malt and light hops. The taste is very well balanced. Bittersweet up front with a back of hops. Its kind of like a heavier version of AleSmith's X. Crisp finish. Sweeter with more citrus than a Sierra Nevada.

This beer may not be the best, but these guys to a TON of charity work for firemen and others through their profits, so I'm more than happy to buy their beer.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My brother-in-law from San Deigo brought this back for me to try on a recent visit. Was in a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Served in a nonic glass poured a medium amber color,very hazy.2" froathy, off white head that fades quickly to a slight coat, soon looking flat. some medium sized bubbles on the sides of the glass release quickly to the surface dying out quick with minimal spot lacing.

Very grassy aroma,touch of citrus,fruity withan apriocot/peach like scent,doughy.some metallic with just a hint of malt.

Grassy/dried hay,faint fruityness,with citrus rind tartness, astrigent finish with a bit of sourness. Very little maltiness with a watery feel.
Very light bodied with a grainyness.

Not terrible,lacking in taste,the taste present was not appealing to me. Dissapointing beer nothing I would drink again.

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Photo of far333
2.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly murky, dark honey colored, perhaps some chill haze. Streams of fine bubbles rise up to a head of white meringue.

Aroma of fruit and brown sugar, some lemon and cinnamon.

There is no flavor upfront, but some biscuity malt emerges as it crosses the tongue, followed by some ripe fruit and hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Some faint hops in the finish, but also some acrid corn and a metallic tinge. Light flavor overall, no complexity.

Thin mouthfeel, a bit slick. This isn't a bad beer, but there is just so little flavor and body, not worth the calories.

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Photo of mbunje
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance is nice. Clear, amber color. Not too much carbonation. Fluffy 1"+ head shrinks to a constant thin layer all the way through. Medium lacing.

Smell is nice, slight hops to start, followed by nice ripe fruit...plum/cherry scent, and some malt.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet. Bready taste, but not heavy. The best thing is that there is very little malt aftertaste. Its very clean.

Mouthfeel is average. Very smooth with little carbonation.

Pretty drinkable if you like this style. I'll have another!

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Photo of Sammy
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Supporting the 9/11 firemen, on-tap at Oggi's at Carmel Country Road. Neutral aroma. Light amber with whisp of a head and lace. Malty carmel. Too carbonated, water in there. A bit of off-bitterness and metallic. Nothing special and well below the average Oggi line.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ South Beach Bar & Grill (San Diego, CA) on 3/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of smooth off-white head. This maintains its size with a decent foamy richness to both the retention and lacing. The aroma is lightly is lightly floral and citric smelling, with a bit of a backing tang from the bread and caramel flavors of the malts.

The taste has some light feeling hop bitterness to it, with fresh feeling citrus in the background and a flush of breaded caramel across the rear. Touch of lingering dry spiciness works the finish of this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice crispness to it that also stays smooth in the mouth. This has an acceptable quenching feel to it.

Decent look and drinkibility here but the flavors were pretty muted and light. Not exactly what I would call full-flavored. This was my first offering from Firehouse and it doesn't really make me want to rush out and try anything else from them. At least it paired up decently with my plate of world class fish tacos from the restaurant.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy dirty blonde with a fizzy off whte head that left in meer seconds after the pour.

S - Has a earthy wheat and metalic grainy aroma to it with some bitter hops and citrus.

T - The wheats and citrus hits frist on the palate followed by a blah metalic grian taste and a hint of bitter hops.

M - Med bodied, heavy for a Pale Ale, low carbonation.

D - It's drinkable but would not be my first pick.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange amber with a thin and porous head. Offers some minimal lacing.

Smell is initially of smoky malts, some hops peaking through after the head settles and only then upon agitation as the malt notes are more volatile. Reminds me of an oktoberfest style brew given the noble hop presence, as well as some spice notes. Claims 'generous' use of Cascade hops but some may debate such things, or perhaps said hops are simply overwhelmed by the sweetness of the brew.

Taste initiates with a pucker of sweet malts and finishes with a lingering more well defined malt close. Not a lot of variety on the malt structure however, rather shallow.

Feel is rather rich and viscous for an APA, and the sweetness is greater than expected given the color. Carbonation is a bit high but well matched to the sweet, full body of the beer. As the carbonation diminishes, the flavor and drinkability do disintegrate some as the beer can't stand too well on its own, think of flat diet coke.

All in all not a bad beer, but very atypical for the style. And the sweetness overwhelms and seems to be greater than needed given the mysterious, and assumably not too high, ABV.

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Photo of brandoneast
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an American pale ale this falls a bit flat. Good appearance of a a hazy orange with a nice head. Disappointing aroma, not much here nothing stands out - some malt, biscuit, slight floral hops. Tastes of pale malts all through the palate but yeilds a lingering hop bitterness through the back, not present throughout the the entire tasting. Couldn't drink too many of these as there are better choices of the style.

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Photo of grandma
1.88/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

What a terrible beer.

Appearence...slight haze (no big deal) but the color is way off. looks like an amber.

Smell...where's the hops? Toffee, cardboard, and some DMS.

Taste...just as bad as the smell.

Mouthfeel...nice, full body

Overall...crap. Get with it Chris Finch. you kook.

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Photo of traviserickson
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- head falls apart like with a quick swiss cheese appearance in less than 20 sec. Translucent with weak lacing

S- yeasty but and weak

T- malty, not very pale. Biscuity and watery.

M- carbonation leaves quickly and you can only taste malt and water.

D- yep, the dollar beer has spoken loud and clear.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Light copper color, decent off-white head, light lacing.

Smell- Light, buttery aroma, sweet bready malt, caramel, slight creamed corn, light-hoppy aroma.

Taste- Lots of malt, quite buttery flavor, dry mildly hoppy finish, fairly dry and crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Fairly sweet, low abv, not too impressive flavor-wise, but easy to drink and inoffensive.

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Photo of Soilworker
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy amber red with a white creamy head.

Smell: Strong ripe fruitiness with a prominent backing of floral hops and slight fruitiness. Significant malty biscuit aromas come through.

Taste: Predominately bitter and malty. There are hints of biscuit and baked bread that are apparent and the floral hops only slightly offset this. not quite what I would expect with an APA.

Mouthfeel: Very nice! Pleasant carbonation and moderate to full body.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer. It is definetely worth a try if you see it for sale. I wouldn't buy a six pack of it but a single in a sampler is well worth it.

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Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.19/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

It's hard to stand out as a brewery in a very competitive San Diego area. If you're going to try, you're beer better be good. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't do it.
Pours a light gold in color with a nice inch of head. Smell is off, with lots of lager like qualities. Not sure what's causing this, but it's not good. Taste is much more of the same. Way too much bitter lager like qualities. Taste has a bit of a burnt taste to it as well. This is way off and becoming very hard to finish.
There's way too many world class breweries in the area to seek out and try this. Hopefully these are growing pains and they can clean this beer up a bit.

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Photo of xhcadamx
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark honey with a creamy head that stayed afloat and a tad amount of lacing

S - sweet malts and a tad bit of C hops

T - Lots of Carmel and Chocolate malt... weird for an APA. Has some fruitiness and C hops.

M - thin bodied with a dry aftertaste

D - I dont really like this beer. It reminds me of those orange/chocolate candies - just doesn't work for me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a distinct orange tinge to it. Small white head forms and falls.

Smell is sweet and woody with a pronounced tea aroma. Herbal and earthy this uses English style hops. Caramel and an unexpected aroma of mint.

Taste starts out dry and malty with an earthy and woody flavor. Mildly woody and a bit sweeter as you drink it this is just a mild English Style Ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Nothing here but easy drinking ale that is moderate in all measures. English Ale, extra user friendly.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing back a bottle for me from his trip to California...

Pours copper with a thin creamy white head. The head has good staying power and leaves broken rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is floral and citric with a grainy, caramelish background.

The taste follows the nose nicely at first, but as it progresses the hops lose traction and sit behind the caramelish/grainy malt. Very slight toasty notes come through here and there. I liked it less as it progressed, mainly because of the amber ale-like maltiness that dominates towards the end. (Fine for an amber ale - not for an APA.) A touch of sour in the finish also could be done without. Still in all, with the good start, it still is a decent taste.

It just reaches medium-bodied with a touch of slickness.

Like I mentioned, I was less impressed as it progressed, but still hung on to be a decent brew.

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Photo of jczn
2.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange, somewhat cloudy. Airy, white head disappears quickly. (2.0)

S: Deep malt aroma; sweet like the FG is high. No hop aroma. Reminds me of wort boiling. (3.0)

T: The initial taste is rather bland, nothing about it sticks out. The after taste, however, has a bit of something that, to me, tastes like an off flavor in this style. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but it could be an English style yeast strain or perhaps a higher fermentation temperature. The flavor is cloudy and murky, not at all the clean, moderately hoppy flavor I expect from an American Pale Ale. (2.0)

M: Too much carbonation, too much bite. (2.0)

D: It's not a beer that I'm going to throw out, but it's also not a beer that I'm going to buy
again. Labeling it an American Pale Ale is misleading. I think the flavor is more akin to darker amber ale with very little hop presence. Overall, I'm not a fan. (2.5)

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is hazy amber, has an off-white high head that leaves good lacing.

The smell has some toffee, citric notes, and pine.

Upfront caramel, bread, then grape-fruit, grass and lemon zest.

Medium high carbonation, slightly spritzy, a dry finish.

A nice one, felt almost IPA:ish.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Typical light amber color, clear, with a thick white head that had a good amount of lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of aroma, a little hop presence, but mostly malts.

T - Again, there wasn't as many hops present as I would have imagined for an APA and the finish/after taste was quite nutty almost like a brown ale.

M/D - It had an average amount of carbonation, medium-light body, and it was very smooth. It finished semi-dry but very clean.

Had this beer on tap at a local pub when I visited San Diego...not quite an APA in my books and could use a little more hop presence.

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Photo of likeemdark
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: A pretty dark, amber color that is semi-transparent, but not cloudy. Had a good 1-finger head, that lasted for a little while.

Smell: A fair hop aroma with a hint of sweet fruit lingering in the background.

Taste: I found no bit of the fruity smell in the taste. I thought it was fairly bitter all the way through, but finishes very smooth.

Mouthfeel: I was surprised that it had a fairly full body. I was expecting it to be pretty thin, but it actually has some texture to it.

Drinkability: I liked this beer. It's not my favorite thing ever, but I feel it's very worthy of a try. I could see myself getting this again.

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Photo of EmilNoldSinclair
3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this served in a pitcher and was given plastic cups (arghh!) with which to pour it into. I can't really say too much with regards to the appearance, because of the damn plastic cups. What I will say is that it had a realy decent sized head that retained well. It was more of a amber color than pale. The smell was a bit fruity and kind of musty. Decent carbonation and medium bodied. Easy to drink. The taste also had a bit of a musty, almost moldy (?) flavor initially. It tasted (dare I say?) like strawberries. This taste is immediately followed by some mild hop bitterness, then comes to a close with a bit of malty sweetness. It was a pretty good beer and I'd have it again.

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Firehouse American Pale Ale from The Firehouse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 57 ratings