Fireman's Brew Redhead Ale
Fireman's Brew, Inc.

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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,157
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
75
Ranked #49,427
Avg:
3.2 | pDev: 17.5%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
103
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Fireman's Brew, Inc.
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Offa from California

3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a good, solid malty ale. Reddish brown, it has a nice, medium pale tan head slowly shrinking, hint of lace.

Aroma is malty earthy fruit.

Taste is malty, lightly caramelly-toasty fruit faintly wine-like, with light earthy-woody bitterness. It is fairly well balanced, slightly light on the hop-bitterness. Feel is slightly full but a touch flat. It's a nice, enjoyable beer, not exciting or complex but well-made and reasonably characterful.

My batch says it was brewed in Ukiah, CA.

Apr 14, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours brilliant amber to medium brown. Streams of bubbles scurry to the join a 1" tan cap with good retention.

It smells malty with some light toast and caramel with some light fruit aromas in the background.

T: The flavors start with rich malt, light toast, caramel, fruit and raisin. Hop bitterness is medium low. Fireman's Redhead Ale dries on the finish. The bitterness is not aggressive but provides balance to the hops and helps pull the beer together.

F: It is very creamy with a medium body and carbonation.

O: While nothing stands out, the beer is flavorful and easy to drink.

Jun 27, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of toasted malts, bread. Taste is bready malts, light hops, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a little light on the hops, but this is a pretty good beer.

Nov 15, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light nuttiness, light citrus, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light nuttiness, light citrus, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, chocolate, light citrus, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light citrus hop flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good brown ale(labeled as an amber ale on this site though). All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light citrus hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jun 06, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fireman’s Brew Redhead Ale has a thin, off-white head, a mostly clear, rust-red appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is muted, but one can, with deep inhalation, pick up sweet, roasted malt. Taste is of the same, with mild hop bitterness and brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is mostly on the light and watery side, and Fireman’s Brew Redhead finishes fairly crisp and highly drinkable.

RJT

Jun 04, 2015
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Tone from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, hint of yeast, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, hint of yeast, and caramel malt. Overall, decent appearance, but unimpressive aroma, body, and blend.

Nov 21, 2014
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mralphabet from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Not a bad little red... Brown with hints of red mixed in, less than a fingers worth of head that settles to a small ring with no lacing to speak of. Very much on the malt side with hints of caramel and a very light earthy hops. Mid bodied with a light clean finish. If you are looking for a malty red this one is worth giving a try.

Aug 18, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of head on a clear, but dark red colored body.
The aroma is a nice wet grain smell.
The taste is big on the malt side, though not too sweet. There's some caramel and mild lemon bitterness. Nicely balanced.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
It's a easy drinking brew.

May 09, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear amber color with a tiny, off-white head. Smelled of roasted malt and grasses. Toasted caramel taste with citrus. Thin mouthfeel. Felt watered down.

Mar 28, 2014
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MrBoz21 from Colorado

2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured brownish red with no head. Thin white ring and skiff on surface. Dark in center.
Aroma: Caramel malt. Diacetyl.
Taste: Plum raisin and molasses with mossy hops.
Mouthfeel: Moderate, malty but watery.
Overall: Once I got the diacetyl, it was hard to notice other dimensions of character. Seems like it could be a drinkable beer.

Mar 08, 2014
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 11/22/13 from a 12 ounce bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and pored into a pilsner glass.

Pours a nice dark red amber in color with a very small off white head. Lots of bubbles from the high carbonation. Some spotty lacing was seen but not a lot. The aroma was of some malts with citrus and floral. The taste was close to the aroma but had a bitter aftertaste that lingered around for a bit. A tad on the 'watery' side. It's really not one of the better red ales I have had.

Nov 24, 2013
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metter98 from New York

2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear but dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts and malt extracts with slight hints of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, a little thin and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is easy to drink, the smell and taste aren't very interesting and seem like they could both use complexity and hops.

Aug 09, 2013
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Auraan from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber red with a thin ring of head that disappeared quickly. Standard for a red ale. Scents of toasted grain, a slight hint of roast malt and some toffee aromas. Pretty good, but nothing spectacular. The taste was mostly toasted malt, with some slight toffee and nutty flavors and a grain husk finish. There was also a slight sourness to it. Not bad, but I've had better red ales. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with low carbonation. It drank well enough. Overall it's an okay red ale, though I'd go with Marble's any day.

Jul 22, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a real generic American red ale, on the sweet side. this has a rich malty nose of dry red malts and sweet amber ones, the sugar being dominant, and a light toast on everything. tastes like it could have some oatmeal, fuller bodied and smooth in texture. copper and dusty flavors challenge the sweetness unsuccessfully, while the vibrant carbonation percolates on the tongue. the bright feel of this beer is a contrast to its robust sweetness, sort of an odd match, but with a little fuller fermentation, I think this beer would be quite good. for now, its an American red ive had before, and one that does very little for me as it stands. I like the kiss of honey flavor, and the touch of smoke, but the sweetness is just insurmountable for me. overall I really like the cause, but im only so so on the beer.

May 16, 2013
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like the Fireman's Redhead ale....its got a great malty caramel base that is lightly balance by hops. The beer pours a clear rich amber with thin white head that is not lacing much. The smell is mostly malty....with hints of sweetness. The mouthfeel is ligh to medium inbody with good carbontation. Overall its a nice session ale...not the best red I've ever had, but decent.

Feb 19, 2013
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium amber and ruby color. Quick head with a ring of residual foam.

Toasty malt aroma and maybe a little earthen hop aroma.

Flavor is simple toasted malts with some bread crust and biscuit malt flavors. Maybe a hint of grassy hops for balance. Palate is sweet and a little crisp.

This is a simple, straight forward red ale. Not a bad session beer.

Dec 15, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Starting the Fireman's series with the redhead (c'mon, like I'm the only guy goin' after the redhead, right?). This stuff pours a sunset amber-topaz topped by a finger of dusty off-cream foam. The nose comprises lightly-toasted biscuit, light orange zest, and a touch of vague greens way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit, now covered in plenty of honey, taking center stage and chewing every bit of scenery it can find. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty boring amber, one that goes way too far with the apparently lightly-toasted malts for its own good.

Nov 12, 2012
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.59/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Acquired as part of a variety pack at a local Ralph's market.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured.

A: Pours a two finger head, quite thin, with no cream at all, and abysmal retention (about 15 seconds). Colour is a dark amber-black. Not much to look at.

Sm: Amber hops, some caramelized malt, and sharp carbonation (it actually penetrates me nose!). A moderate strength aroma.

T: Amber hops, some light caramelization, light toasted malts, and carbonation - on a bothersome level. Decently built, but poorly balanced. Feels like they used an amber extract to brew this. Very mundane. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Approaches a medicinal character (though I think 'medicinal' is thrown around too much).

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit undercarbonated (in contrast to its overdone taste). Too thin. Lame. Doesn't suit the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and unremarkable. I wouldn't have this again, except maybe on draught (assuming that'd fix the carbonation issues). It's okay. Merely below average.

C-

Mar 03, 2012
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PintOHops from California

3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Nonic

A - Copper colored brew with medium-clarity and moderate-high visible carbonation. It produced a 2-finger off white head that looked a little creamy and held well. I got a splash left on my glass.

S - I get a semi bright floral and citrus hop characteristic that doesn't dominate the malty undertones. I pick up caramel, biscuit, toasted bread, and soft peanut brittle like notes. It's a bit dry with dark fruit like alcoholic characteristics as well.

T - This first thing that comes to mind is a Brown Ale. Upfront I pick up herbal, rind like and citrus hop flavors, it quickly unfolds into semi rich tasting malts. I get lots of caramel and biscuit, brown sugar, a touch of toffee, coffee, and almond. It finishes dry with soft bitterness and cloying malt flavors.

M - Medium-full bodied with a smooth and kinda chewy feel to it. Medium crispness.

O - Overall it's kinda like a Brown Ale to me, which isn't a bad thing I guess. I liked the beer's flavorful malt profile, but I didn't like that it was cloying. The beer looked great to me and it smelled very inviting. I would buy it again because it's cheap and tastes good, but I don't think this is a solid representation of the style.

Dec 30, 2011
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JosiahS from California

2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

glass: nonic

a: Dark brown copper body with tinges of red. Fluffy and creamy 1-finger head. Splashy lacing. Looks nice.

s: Cereal grain, roasted coffee and cocoa nibs, sharp overtones of citric hops and tart cherry.

t: again, lots of cereal grain in the taste. Mild overall. Citric hops, a touch of chocolate, some date, molasses and cherry. Slightly astringent.

m: A bit watery, tries to make up for it in carbonation. The result is a mid-pallete collapse.

o: Not very good..

Dec 30, 2011
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-clear dark amber-copper color with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt, malted milk, and slight toffee. Taste is of toasted malt, slight caramel/toffee, and some stale hop flavors. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a decent level of carbonation with a creamy and slightly bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer in all categories. I got this as a gift from my brother-in-law and I am sure I will be sharing these back with him.

Jul 28, 2011
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AWolfAtTheDoor from Washington

3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My step mom's brother is a fireman, so we had a couple of six packs in his honor at thanksgiving.

Poured copper into a fluted glass. Not a lot of head nor lacing.

Smells quite malty.

Wow, full malt bomb on the mouth. Sweet and biscuity. Unfortunately quite watered down as well.

Mouthfeel is light, the beer is pretty dang wattery. Interesting mix of watery and malty.

It's fairly drinkable since it goes down easy? Pretty lacking in the taste department. Won't be buying another 6er of this.

Nov 27, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

A contract-brewed brand where a portion of the proceeds go to a charity. Brewed with pure Indian Wells Spring Water. OK, go figure.

Hazy reddish amber view; decent lacing does not stay around for long. Nose is a little husky and citric with a faint bubble gum or medicinal note. Slick, snappy body made us almost grimace as the snap ended with a near astringent collision with the taste buds. Hops come across a bit coarse with the backside of American hop flavor of watery citric and grassy flavors. Grainy with a dirty toasted husk flavor in the puckering finish.

A bit pedestrian, lackluster and somewhat out of whack. Not horrible, but hardly a something to quaff back. Perhaps someone needs to make a call to the contract brewer on this one.

Nov 15, 2010
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Contract brewed by the infamous Indian Wells Brewery, on to the beer:

Very dark amber in color, could qualify as marron. The head doesn't form very high, and the retention is a little subpar. The nose is shallow, but does have a little straight up maltiness. Notes of dates and grapes emerge.

Tolerable flavor, but it does have its flaws. The taste seasaws between sweet fruity esters and rough astringent grain. There's a bready dark malt flavor which is pleasant, though inconsistent with the flow of the beer. The body is a litte light, I was expecing a little more meat on the bones.

Redhead Ale is not your typical red ale. Unfortunately, in this context, it's not for the better. But fortuntaely, if by chance this is your first ever red ale, you'll be glad to know there are hundreds of better ones on the market.

Aug 03, 2010
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armock from New York

2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is pretty light only slight caramel malt with a touch of hops come through

T - Like the nose light caramel malt very mild hopping comes through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Sure this beer is a little lacking but its still better than drinking an American Lager theres plenty of other beers out there that are with picking up before this one

Jul 28, 2010
Fireman's Brew Redhead Ale from Fireman's Brew, Inc.
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 103 ratings