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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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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 woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +2%

The wait is over! I have purged the bulk of my bottle backlog and this allows me restart The CANQuest (TM) in earnest! I am so happy.

From the CAN: "Reminding you to drink responsibly"; "A rich malty ruby ale with a smooth finish"; "A Five Bugle Ale. S[CAN] Your C[AN]!; "Enjoy responsibly & please recycle".

Just hearing a Crack! was enough to give me a chubby! I began the inverted Glug and sat back as the pseudo-cascade began. It settled into two-plus fingers of fizzy, tawny head that immediately began to fizzle and pop its way out of existence. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a rich, biscuit-malt sweetness, almost but not quite, CANdy-like. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness. Taste had an interesting sweetness, not cloying, but more like maple syrup on buckwheat pancakes. Sweet, but with an underlying bitterness. Finish was ... semi-dry? Semi-sweet? Man, this one really straddled the fence in a big way! I absolutely stand by my pancakes and syrup analogy, though. That was all I could think of as I drank this one. I would be interested to hear other people's feedback if you get a chance to try this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity!
Clear deep reddish brown color with a tightly bubbled tan head that dissipates quickly. Heavy toffee and caramel maltiness with an earthy edge to counter. Rich sweet caramel maltiness with earthy and bits of oxidation obviously present. Medium to thin body moderate carbonation. Middle of the road Irish ale with a bit of an oxygen problem.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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 RblWthACoz
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Eh. This beer is merely "okay" at best. It's well too malty and sweet from it for my liking. There's too much good beer out there to be spending time on bland stuff like this. Better beer out there and better beer from North Country to be trying.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Served on tap at the brew pub. Reddish orange with some head.

S. Caramel malts, american hops.

T. A woody, nutty, roasted malt body with some citric american hops (cascade,simcoe?). A nice irish red with a good hop profile.

M. Medium bodied and smooth.

D. This is a good session beer, but I would only have a few of these.

Notes: Second time I've tried this one. This seems to be a local favorite. I tried it at the Penn Brewfest and it was popular among my group back then.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy tan over glowing ruby. 4
Candy corn! 4
Toast and caramel, cherry skin, carob, candy apple and no real hops. 3.75
Medium, creamy, chewy. 4

Big and satisfying. Reminds me of the 90s: no particular style (Scotch Ale, maybe?) Gets pretty cloying as it warms. Different but easy. 3.75

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- The beer is served a deep copper color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and some smells of a bready nature. Along with these aromas are some smells of a light dark fruit nature as well as a tiny level of grassy hop.

Taste- The taste begins with a big caramel flavor along with a toasted bready flavor and a bit of toffee sweetness. As the flavor advances some very light grassy and herbal hop flavors come to the tongue, with these remaining very light throughout the entirety of the taste. A little bit of a grainy and light dark fruit of cherry and fig flavor join the profile at the end with a hint of apple sweetness to leave a rather sweet and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side for a beer of only 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is average. The average carbonation complements nicely the mix of roasted malt and sweetness of the brew all while the creaminess really helps create a thicker feel; nice for allowing the flavors to really linger on the tongue, accentuating them more than they normally would.

Overall – A very enjoyable red with lots of flavor and a nice sweet, but not cloying taste as it is nicely balanced by some good roasted malt and very light grainy and hop flavors.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Station 33 Firehouse Red Ale had a medium, ivory-colored head, a hazy, rust-red appearance, bubble streams, and a bit of lacing left behind, on the glass. The aroma is of rich, bready, syrupy, brown bread crust, with caramel and sweet, nutty notes. Taste is of all those elements, with just a touch of balancing bitterness and nut shell. Mouthfeel is medium, and Station 33 Fireshouse Red Ale finishes medium dry.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet roast and a sugar cookie batter like smell. In the taste, sweet malts, a dry sugar cookie and a small hop in the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice red, sweet cookie like but balanced.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed copper amber color. Two fingers of tan frothy/creamy head. Retention is good and a short, spotty ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Toasty malts with a strong caramel backbone. Notes of toffee, plum and fig fruitiness, and black currants. There's a slight, slight vegetal component, but it works with the brew.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Plenty going on. Big toastiness. Bigger caramel. Toffee, plum, fig, currant. Cleaner than the nose, but still just a hint of off-flavor. Still, this is tasty.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and quite smooth.

3.5 D: Tasty beer. Just a slight off-flavor. If that was addressed, this would be stellar.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing from a can at cellar temp. The beer is a clear amber color with minimal beige head that recedes fairly quickly after the pour.
Aroma is some caramel and grainy malt, also fairly bready and a bit sweet. A bit of floral hop character.
First sip reveals an average body with very fine rolling carbonation. The flavor is actually fairly sweet with some darker fruit and red grape mixing with the anticipated caramel and grainy malt.
Finish is kind of dry and leaves a bit of a bitter hop bite on the finish. Beer is very easy to drink even if it isnt overly complex. Not a bad beer to enjoy a few of and not have to think too deeply about while you enjoy them.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Six-pack dropped off by son, no date, can into imperial pint at 50 degrees
Faint malt aroma
Head average (4 cm), off-white, frothy, mostly (rapidly) diminishing to a 2 mm layer
Lacing scant
Body clear, medium reddish amber
Flavor begins lightly malty, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl; just blandly sweet
Ends with a slight sour note
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft.

A nice looking beer which I’ve also had on tap. Not much flavor, so probably a good beer for non-beer drinkers. The best thing about this beer is that a portion of the proceeds go to the local fire department, so worth picking up a sixer occasionally.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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