9 Alarm Amber | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

8 Ratings

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-25-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Available as of 3/29/2014

Darker than most ambers--close to brown. Light shines through easily and the liquid is clear. Impressive lasting head. Leaves a combination of ring lace and blanket of fine bubbles on the glass.

First impression is faint cat pee. I did kick the keg, though. Strong aroma of semi-sweet crystal malts.

Smooth combination of pale and darker malts, perhaps chocolate malt. In the swallow there's a strong, borderline harsh peppery hop bite. Surprisingly, this doesn't show up in the aftertaste, although I detect a lingering (more mellow) bitterness. Round body with a decent level of carbonation.

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Photo of Aexoonge
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at Beer Works Fenway: Pours a clear light amber color with a thin light khaki head that dissipates rapidly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of crystal malts and a bit of hops. Light body with a sweet malt flavor offset by hops. The finish is creamy and sweet with not much aftertaste. Overall I am firmly in the "Where’s the fire?" column.

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Photo of gumphood
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you are a fan of Red Beers, this one is a good offering from Boston Beer Works. I enjoy it more than the Red Light, or the Crimson Irish Red they put out in the spring.

Its a smooth beer, but with alot of flavor on the way down. There was a carmel and toffee taste that wasn't overpowering. The aroma was very nice off a large thick head out of the tap.

As a triva point, I was told it was named after a large fire that burned out the orginal buisness in the building.

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Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear red-amber, topped with a two finger marshmallowy slighty off-white head, leaves rings of lacing.
Caramel and earthy aroma.
Really nice caramel taste - not too strong but it's in there, toffee, earthy note, and a minor citrus presence.
Caramel and nut aftertaste.
Light bodied, good session beer enough to it to keep it interesting.

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Photo of chaduvel
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a couple of Beer Works beers before watching the Red Sox fall apart in the 8th again across the street. This one pours a brilliant red, almost the color of a cherry Jolly Rancher. Hoppy aromas and hints of roasted grains. Tastes hoppy and crisp, some notes of grain, but not very complex. I didn't taste much in the way of sweetness on this one. [?]

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Photo of Alewife
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper and clear in color. Medium body with a hop nose. Tangy, with a picky mouth feel. Hints of citrus, wheaty, some sweetness thrown in for balance. Dry hoppy finish. It was good, but didn't set off any alarms with me.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp with a toasted sweetness rushing from the grain. Mildly assertive hop bitterness and a touch of husky grain also. Kiss of sweetness giving off a caramel-toasted flavour. Very well balanced and quite drinkable. Went perfect with the Knockwurst, Bratwurst & Weisswurst served with German style Kraut and Bavarian mustard.

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9 Alarm Amber from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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