Fireman's Pail Ale | Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

Fireman's Pail AleFireman's Pail Ale
16 Ratings
Fireman's Pail AleFireman's Pail Ale

Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mshallah on 10-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by KTCamm:
Photo of KTCamm
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pour into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark with 1 finger white foam. Nice retention.

Predominantly malty smell, notes of caramel.

Mostly malty taste, opens lightly sour. Dry finish. Some orange in the mouth. Tasty malt close.

Creamy in the mouthfeel. Very well made I was really impressive and loved this beer. Will seek out again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber served in a mug. The beer was a hazy amber color with a moderate white head. It had a malt and citrus aroma. The taste was similar, biscuit and citrus. Neither the aroma nor the taste were overwhelming, and I thought they were on the mild side. The taste certainly doesn't linger very long. Not an unpleasant beer, but not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 650 ml. bottle and sampled on March 1, 2009. The color is a copper-amber mixture with good clarity and a long-lasting foamy off-white head and decent lacing. The aroma is very sweet and something akin to pine, caramel, and malts. The taste was also very sweet but at the same time bitter. It tasted a bit like a honey lager with a dry finish. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a darker amber with a 1 finger white foam head. Smell was a bit hoppy, with some sweet citrus. Taste was slightly bitter up front, but mellowed out to a very diluted, slightly sweet orange flavor. Finishing off was a dash of hops. Felt ok in the mouth, not overly carbonated, perhaps a little on the thin side. Very easy to drink, could definitely do more than I should with this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character and some caramel and citrus sweetness. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in but does over-power everything and brings a good balance. There's a little bit of tea in the background as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this 22 oz. bottle!

Pours bright copper with a thin off-white head. The brilliant color makes up for the lack of lacing.

The smell is of caramel with musty-ish Cascade hops - The smell is of a hoppier amber ale.

The taste is caramel and grainy (in an amber/red ale way) with some pine/resin. Semi-sweet, but with balance in the finish.

Medium-bodied with nice carbonation level. Good enough to give it the higher of the two scores I was between on the feel - smooth.

Easy-enough drinkability. Interesting blend of Caramunich malts with obvious (though not strong) Cascade hops. Leans towards amber, even autumn harvest-type ale to me, not that it matters - A solid, smooth brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head dwindles at a moderate pace, with average to good delicate lacing. Aroma has moderate sweet and fruit character. Taste follows along, with light to medium generic bitterness in the middle through the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, soft over the tongue, and drinkability is easy.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a hazy orange/rust color with a one finger of white head to it. Head recedes moderately leaving a film the whole way through. Slight spotty but thick lacing.

S: Nose is of strong citrus hops, rich caramel malts, a touch of biscuit and hint of floral hops.

T: Taste starts off with a slightly muted citrus hops - good but not as dominant as in the nose. Middle is filled out with a rich biscuit flavoring and strong, rich caramel malt flavoring. Finish has a hint of floral hops that lingers in the after taste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium to high carbonation, slight stickiness in the finish.

D: Goes down easily, nicely flavored, well's a maltier APA than I prefer but still very drinkable.

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Photo of mshallah
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a med-light copper with a perfect beige-white head. Some lace and stickiness. Liquid is super clear with lots of fine bubbles racing upward. Aroma is of roasted and toasted malts and citrusy and spicy hops. Hop aroma is mild. Right away the roasted aroma is a bit different for the style. Taste is very clean and of the toasted malt, some roast and drying hops. Roast and bitter citrus hops linger in a slightly watery but still delicious aftertaste. Hop bitterness builds on the tongue as the 22oz disappears. Fruitiness is subdued by the dominant flavors but still comes through as subtle peach and apricot notes. A med-light tasting session beer with some interesting things going for it including being fresh and local.

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Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper-amber color with a thin one-finger head and light to mild carbonation.

Aroma has a decent whiff of biscuit malt upfront followed by flowery hop bitterness.

Taste starts out with biscuit malt upfront and light hop bitterness. Kind of smooth as well.

Mouthfeel is mainly comprised of remaining hop bitterness and biscuit malt.

Nice and drinkable pale ale. Just about right for the balance of hops and malt. Good choice.

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Photo of whartontallboy
1.25/5  rDev -65.4%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to joepais for the chance to try this one.

A - Dark amber/caramel color. Solid two finger head with lots of little bubbles in it. Head slowly fades to leave 1/4 inch cap of foam.

S - Surprisingly strong citrus fruit aroma dominates the nose. Aroma of caramel malts and a little toasted bread provide very good balance.

T - A nice mix of sweet caramel and biscuity malt mixed with citrus juiciness. Hints of grapefruit and a little apple.

M/D - Light to medium bodied with a touch too much carbonation. Still an excellent feel and very good drinkability.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle picked up at Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a hazed apricot color with about an inch of dense bone white foam. Nose and flavors are of citrus fruits such as tangerine, lemon, grapefruit, a healthy dose of caramelized malts, sweet toasted bread, biscuits, fruity and a bit sweet. A notch or two better than medium bodied with ample carbonation and a bitter, slightly slick finish. Certainly check this one out if you are a pale ale fan.

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Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at American Flatbread this beer was an orange/amber color with great clarity. The head was tan, the retention good and the lacing decent. The aroma was very hard to find, citrus hops way down in there and some floral notes too. The flavors were much more distinct, a powerful caramel malt presence (odd for a Pale Ale) and some biscuity malt was complimented by piney hops though the balance was not there. The body was medium, the mouthfeel good and the carbonation good. Decent enough to drink, but not really what I think of when it comes to Pale Ales.

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Photo of JayNH
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a cloudy amber color with a large frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S- Citric hops, plenty of diacetyl for an APA, with a biscuity maltiness in the background.

T- Slightly citric but more tea-like hops balanced with a toasty malt. Overall a very weak brew.

M- Watery, no body and flat.

D- This tastes more like an English pale ale than an APA. Overall a bland, boring brew. I wouldn't waste six bucks on another bomber.

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Fireman's Pail Ale from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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