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

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75
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102 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
102
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.11
pDev:
18.01%
 
 
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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of metter98
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -16.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of JAHMUR
1.25/5  rDev -59.8%

Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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Photo of sendbeer
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.58/5  rDev -17%
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 enelson
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Haybeerman
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

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