Fire Road Red Ale | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

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Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Docer on 04-21-2009

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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Laurelwood has long made the best red ales anywhere. Perhaps it's for this reason that Fire Road seemed somewhat disappointing compared to Free Range or Bridgid's Irish - this one has a lot to live up to. Fire Road is certainly a worthy ale, but it's far more gruff than Laurelwood's other reds. Instead of the plush fruitiness that I enjoy in a red ale, Fire Road has an excess of bittering and lacks malt body. The 68 IBU puts more fire in Fire Road than I'd care for.

Still, I shouldn't complain. This is a spicy beer as if brewed with noble hops and tastes a bit like an overhopped ESB. It delivers a spicy-floral aroma and abstract lace above a body of clear dark bronze. But it's also a bit tannic and takes a little attitude adjustment to appreciate.

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Photo of Docer
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fire Road Red Ale

An aggressively hopped amber ale with strong American hop character. Dry hopped with Centennials. A bigger beer that finishes with a slight malt and sticky hop sweetness.

7.1% ABV

68 IBUs

O.G. 16.2º Plato

Had a pint of this on tap today and wrote down some notes...

- To me it looked more like an Amber Ale.. Amber and brown color.. with only a slight red shade.. creamy head, off-white, and mega-lacing all about...

- Smelled quite fruity and not so much bitter.. a great caramel and malt profile in scent, and yet a very complex hop scent.. very unique in smell.

- Smooth caramel and floral balance.. then a bit of pine.. and a rather dry and bitter after-bite that caught me off guard.. couldn't see it coming in the smell. Almost a rye presence... a big bite!

- Dry mouth, sweet aftertaste.. sweet grain in which the place smelled the same.. grainy and slightly chewy..

- Very drinkable for me.. perfect carbonation... but wouldn't be a winner to those that don't like a bitter hop finish. Hides its strength well.

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Fire Road Red Ale from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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