Jimmy D's Firehouse Red | Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe

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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
New Jersey, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gavage on 03-06-2005

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 8
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is brewed in honor of Deputy Chief James D'Heron of the New Brunswick Fire Department, and a portion of the sales goes to charity. The beer is reddish copper in color, with a 1" head, that slowly recedes to a surfae foam. The aroma is of caramel. This is a simple red ale consisting of caramels and medium bitterness levels, with some mild ripe fruit tones in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth all around. The finish is fairly clean, with just a quick-leaving caramel flavor after swallowing. Very drinkable and pairs well with several food dishes on the menu. Raise your glass to salute Jimmy D and enjoy a fine brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to get Jimmy D's Firehouse Red at Harvest Moon on 3/22/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

This Harvest Moon brew poured a clear reddish/amber that had a 1/2 inch head of foam. This head of foam had good retention and left behing a small white film and a few streaks of white lace around the glass. The aroma was mild with dry roasted hops and a splash of grapefruit and roasted malts in the background. I thought the taste of this Irish Red Ale was great. This taste featured dry roasted hops, roasted barley, a touch of sweet caramel and grapefruit, and then it ended with more dried lightly sour roasted hops. It was a light bodied beer that contained a full flavored aftertaste of dried roasted hops and roasted barley. Overall, it was a great full flavored dried hoppy Irish Red Ale. A must try a Harvest Moon. Not only is it a nice full flavored Irish Red, but some of the proceeds of the sale of this beer go to a worty cause.

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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My very first review of a cask-conditioned brew, woo-hoo!

Appearance: A very dark copper color. An initially thick, reddish-tan head that quickly turns to a sticky lace.

Aroma: A sweet malt aroma with just a touch of roastiness. A bit of floral hops too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A sweet, fruity malt flavor with a bit of caramel. A rich roastiness too. The hop bitterness is there and balances nicely, and is most noticeable in the finish (the roastiness is most pronounced in the finish as well). Mouthfeel is very smooth with mild carbonation

This brew is balanced in a number of ways: it’s very rich but also surprisingly smooth, and the malt character is very pronounced but the hop bitterness complements it very nicely. This is easily one of the best Irish Red ales I’ve had in a while. I’m glad that Jimmy D, a local fire fighter who died in the line of duty, was honored with a beer this good. It’s also really cool that portions of the sale’s proceeds of this beer go to a victim’s burn camp for children. Bravo Harvest Moon!! Highly recommended!

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Photo of KDawg
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had at harvest moon. Poured into a pint glass and pours a nice dark red color

well balanced with good aromas of malts, grains and some citrus. The aromas aren't that complex though

medium bodied with a nice feel and flavors of malts and grains. Lacking a slight bit on the feel too

A good beer. Balanced and easy drinking, but a bit hollow.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a standard American pint.

The body is dark ruby, with slow sparse bubbles rising, and a slight head-ring at the top. Smells of coconut on the first whiff, but light afterward. Taste is a very strong malt flavor (or is that the high carbonation?). Still, tasty, lightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium. A good easy drinker, very quaffable.

Seems like all HM beers that I've tried (tripel, mild manor, and this) have a "house character" that I can't put my finger on. It's something I sometimes attribute to strong malt, and other times, to high carbonation. I'll investigate further.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a nice clear red/amber color with a small creamy head and laces very well. A slight malty aroma. Malty taste with a slight sour after taste. Very mild and easy drinking. This is my favorite brew at Harvest Moon from the regular line up. Always get a few when I'm there. Named after a local fire fighter who had lost his life and a portion of the sales go to a children's burn center.

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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jimmy D's Firehouse Red is available at the Harvest Moon Brewery in New Brunswick, NJ. Aside from being their signature beer, part of the proceeds are donated to charity. From their website - "Brewed in memory of Deputy Chief James D'Heron of the New Brunswick Fire Dept. A portion of every sale will be donated to The Children's Burn Camp of the Connecticut Burns Care Foundation."

Appearance - Dark and cloudy brown with red tinge. Small but tenacious head of creamy foam. Inviting.

Smell - Toffee, lightly roasted malt, maybe a hint of chocolate.

Taste - Caramel, a little butterscotch. Slightly roasty sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Assertive, though somewhat thin. Crisp, well-carbonated.

Drinkability - Pleasant and easy-drinking, with just enough complexity. A good session beer.

Stop by Harvest Moon when you're in the area, and snag a pint or two of Jimmy D's Firehouse Red. Not only will you enjoy a nice Irish Red Ale that compares favorably to Killian's, you'll be contributing to a worthy cause.

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4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jimmy D's pours a deep copper red with a one-inch fluffy off-white head with sub-par retention but top-notch lacing.

The aroma is simple, and what a good Irish Red should be. Toasted caramel malt dominates the nose with mild grapefruit hop bitterness.

The taste, too, is dominated by toasted caramel malts with a slight fruity hop bitterness, with notes of earthy hops in the end and a touch of sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a semi-dry aftertaste.

Overall, this Irish Red is simple, yet doesn't sacrifice the great roasted caramel taste that's expected from the style. And of course, it's brewed for a good cause by a local brewery.

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Jimmy D's Firehouse Red from Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 20 ratings