Station 33 Firehouse Red | North Country Brewing

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Station 33 Firehouse RedStation 33 Firehouse Red

Brewed by:
North Country Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BuckSpin on 04-09-2005

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by tkelley:
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3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can from my fourth beer of the every other month club shipment. Poured into a shaker pint.

A - dark amber/ruby color with a thin creamy head. Good lacing. Body is clear when held to the light.

N - very sweet smelling with good caramel notes. Maybe a little bit of dried fruit too.

T - tasty for the style. Caramel sweetness and biscuity taste. Dry.

M - decent carbonation ans good mouthfeel. Easy drinker.

O - probably not the best summer beer (its ninety plus degrees as I drink it) but a very tasty drinkable Irish red ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Aroma: Nice caramel notes waft out of the glass. Earthy hop bitterness provides a subtle counterpoint. Fermentation character is clean.

Appearance: Dense brick red pour with a medium white head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Pleasant caramel sweetness up front with bready undertones. An earthy hop bitterness provides good balance. Balance is nearly even with enough malty character and earthy bitterness to keep the palate intrigued. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: An easy drinking balanced Irish Red. Not sure why this hasn't gotten more love. Well crafted, approachable, and tasty. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Almost two fingers of head. The foam is fizzing loudly and quickly deflating. Big, coarse foam sitting atop a dark brick-mahogany colored beer.

Sweet red malts, stable grain, buttery caramel, toffee, and a chuckle of hops.

Toasty malts with that red ale sweetness. Almost a red candy vibe, with richness from the malt and a sweet herbal note. Too sweet, in fact, with obvious caramelized sugar and implied beet juice. Atypical for an Irish Red.

Drinks plain, but approved. Moderate carb, wet body. Has some sticky thickness.

Just okay. That's how I'd write it in my book.

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Photo of aae667
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid red ale. One of my favorite beers.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

North Country Brewing "Station 33 Firehouse Red"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 05/24/17" and sampled 08/17/17
$2 @ Wegmans, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice can. Great design with good colors, it really stands out on the shelf. Very deep reddish-mahogany body beneath a finger-thick head of creamy khaki colored foam. Surprisingly dark. It doesn't look like the head will last long but we'll see. The aroma is malty with that Irish red ale mix of caramel with a touch of roasted malt. It's toasty and grainy and sweetish with an edge of roastiness that can sometimes seem like bittersweet chocolate. Let's see if the taste is the same, oh wait, the head has already dropped to just a very thin surface covering. OK, it's definitely got that roasted edge working, and there seems to be some chocolate malt in there as well. The richer graininess that I found in the aroma isn't really there though, but more underneath. It's a hint fruity, mainly apple, and there are some spicy and grassy hops in play. Somewhat nutty as well. Hmmm, I feel like the aroma was better than the flavor. Still, it's pretty full flavored, it's just not as balanced as I'd have hoped. There seems to be a touch of acidity to it that kind of deflates the malt. On the other hand, it's a little sticky in the finish, with sweet malt lingering so I'm not sure if that wouldn't be even worse without the acidity. I'm still getting grassiness in the finish, and there's also a kind of raspy edge of something going on, I initially thought it was roastiness but I'm not finding that now. Lots of apple as it warms though. Meh, it's OK but I wouldn't buy it again. Just a basic red ale. Medium bodied with a dextrinous side. Median carbonation.

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Photo of mbbiggins
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ChuckVee
1.62/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had the cask version of this beer at Pipers Pub in Pittsburgh. I'm used to having a nice creamy head from a beer drawn from a hand pump, but this one had none at all. Very low carbonation. The nose was literally non-existant - similar to smelling a glass of water. Very strange. The flavor followed suit with not much of anything going on. Very thin in body - not much in the way of a discernable malt pallete, and only a hint of hops in the tail end of the finish. To sum this beer up in one word - Bland. I was excited to try this beer being that it is local, but ended up completely dissapointed, and $5 poorer. Not a great introduction to North Country Brewing.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light, a bit of malts. Taste is malts, some caramel, a bit of sweetness, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Ryften
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vwbus7
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of bret717
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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Station 33 Firehouse Red from North Country Brewing
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 140 ratings