August Schell Brewing Company FireBrick
What the brewers say
Reddish-Amber hue. Carries a mild, pleasant maltiness with subtle sweetness and a light hoppy finish. It has a subtle maltiness combined with a hint of hoppy taste that creates a mild, pleasantly drinkable beer. It is made with four specialty malts, along with Vanguard, Chinook, and Hallertau hops.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Hops aroma is assertive for the style—earthy, woody and spicy. Big malt aroma is bready with crackers, some toast, and light caramel. Slight sulfur notes and a little ethanol keep it interesting.”
Flavor: “Soft sweet malt is quickly lightened by a crisp, balanced hops bitterness. Aftertaste of malt and lingering hops. Crisp lager finish leaves just a touch of bitterness.”
Overall: “Clean and refreshing without cloying malt sweetness. Hops in the middle of the palate are somewhat resinous, which should keep craft-beer drinkers happy. There’s a flash of excitement at the first swallow; then you’re left to figure out what happened. Clean and subtle. Flavors are spot on. I love this beer!”