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

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Fireman's Brew Redhead AleFireman's Brew Redhead Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fireman's Brew, Inc.
California, United States
firemansbrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by scottoale on 08-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,541
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
102
pDev:
17.61%
Bros Score:
2.73
 
 
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 27
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1/5  rDev -68.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -60.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -45%

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2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of lamergod
2.26/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served:Bottle with minimal descriptions on it,not even ABV

Appearance:Dark,copper red with a finger head with yellow colour,somewhat like a yellow teeth with loads of carbonation

Smell-Malts and slight hops

Taste-Pretty carbonated,tasted sweet .Had a very unique aftertaste(In a bad way)In my opinion it tasted like the smell of burnt plastic which was evident in the smell halfway drinking and the taste was damn nasty

Mouthfeel-Watery,mellow even though it's carbonated

Drinkability-I didn't finish the whole beer,I left about 2/5 of the mug because the taste of the burnt plastic was horrible .You're better off with a Carlsberg or something

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Photo of SShelly
2.29/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Went into this with an open mind, not knowing what to expect.

Pours nice enough, crystal clear dark amber with poofy white head.

Aroma is where this beer takes a strong turn for the worse, straight up diacetyl bomb, and i mean from about 12" away that is all i can smell.

Flavor is even more bizarre, really this tastes like a gram cracker, lots of butter and sweet malt mixing in with some hopless mess behind.

The only reason im not giving this an F is because the flavor was a little more palatable than the aroma, but overall a giant mess of a beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
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-

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Photo of JosiahS
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
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..

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2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
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

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.84/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Nolster
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of scottoale
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. brown longneck with no freshness date, but an inked bottling code on the bottle below the label. It pours a darkish coppery-red with a short lived, ivory colored finger of foamy head. Good carbonation is evident, but the brew has no head or lace whatsoever after less than ten minutes.

The smell is faintly sweet malts with a dose of insecticides? Not really sure what this smell is but it reminds me of a Holiday fogger...very strange. This is the third bottle out of a six-pack, I don't recall the first bottle having this strange of a smell or flavor for that matter, but it was consumed out of the bottle, not poured into a glass. The flavor is somewhat balanced but leans a little towards the malts. Not a whole lot going on in the flavor dept. really. Let's just say that it looks much better than it tastes for sure.

Pretty watery mouthfeel, might just be desireable if your truly parched after fightin fires though. Drinkability is average at best, that's all I got. I will give the Blonde a try for comparison's sake.

Note: This ale is contract brewed by Indian Wells Brewing Company. That's all folks.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bammer21
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MrBoz21
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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