Fire Chief Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ManekiNeko:
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
Served on a hand pull at the brewpub. Nonic glass, cellar temperatures.
Appearance: Dark reddish copper, somewhat hazy in appearance. Thick and creamy offwhite head which stuck around for awhile. Rings of lace left on the glass.
Smell: Orange marmalade-esque aromas with a titch of grassy hops. Could've used a bit more hops, but not too much.
Taste: Sweet toasty malts with judicious amounts of fruity character. Slight grainy taste on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat creamy. Relatively refreshing.
Drinkability: Very sessionable and food worthy beer. Nice and pleasant, overall. I might have to go back for a growler of this...
04-01-2005 00:47:25 | More by ManekiNeko
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4/5 rDev +12%
Pours into my glass a deep copper/amber color with a nice half inch of khaki head on the top. Very nice clarity here. Aromas of toasted grains and caramel along with a spicy orange hop twang. A touch of fresh baked bread. Really nice citric aroma. Good stuff.
First sip brings a toasted caramel grain maltiness upfront along with spicy orange pekoe tea flavors coming from the hops. Goes down crisp with a slight biscuity finish and a mild bitterness. A solid amber ale to be had here.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with good carbonation. I could easily drink a good deal of this brew. A nice session beer for sure. Really toasty and worth checking out. I hope for more like this from RB Warrenville.
04-07-2006 22:09:03 | More by orbitalr0x
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
On tap at the Rock Bottom in Minneapolis, MN.
Appearance: Deep amber red. Decent sized tan head with nice retention and lacing.
Smell: Scent of citrus and pine hops followed by toffee, malts, and caramel.
Taste: Piney hops followed by earthy bread. Hints of caramel and toffee.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.
Overall: A good version of an amber ale.
04-13-2011 08:37:23 | More by MattyG85
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
Same beer as Fire Chief Irish Red
( Served in a tall glass mug)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy brown body with an orangeish-copper glow to it. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that support a thin film of cream that last for a few sips.
S- This beer has a soft dry tangy malt nose with a light dry toasted quality to it. The smell is very clean until the beer warms a bit.
T- The taste of soft nougat gives way to a soft dry toasted note that has almost a perfume quality to it and a finish that is best described as zippy hops. They are green and just a bit tangy with the carbonic acid flavor. There is also a light field corn and raw grain quality after the finish after the beer warms a bit.
M-This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz at the finish.
D- This beer has some slightly odd flavor with the tangy notes and the raw grain notes at the end left kind of a dull flavor in my mouth after each sip.
03-17-2008 18:50:01 | More by rhoadsrage
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
Red color with an average white head. The smell was nothing special, basically just a bit of malts and a tiny bit of hops. As for flavor it was a slight hoppy twang up front and a bit of lighter malty sweetness. I did detect a slight oxidized or metalic flavor. The mouthfeel was pretty standard, crisp, but not too light. Overall I didn't really see anything special about this beer.
03-25-2006 05:38:34 | More by zjungleist
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
Its clear, deep copper body has an orange-ish glow to it, and its creamy tan head holds well before dropping to a thin surface covering that leaves thin splashes of lace. The nose is caramelish and fruity. Its medium body is accentuated by a crisp carbonation that gently "zests" the tongue and wakens the tastebuds. In the flavor, a juicy, berry-like fruitiness is found up-front; followed by a caramel-tinged, toffee-ish malt and lightly spicy and floral hops. It's very well balanced by a firm bitterness, and its fruity and toffee-ish flavors combine brilliantly. I didn't think I was going to like this one as much as I did... but I just had to have a second pint. Very well done, and quite drinkable!
04-21-2004 22:25:45 | More by NeroFiddled
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
I am all about the charity! So when I saw that there is a combo of beer and charity...SCHWING! The growler came from Rock Bottom D'Town Chitown! The amber color was very nice and two finger white head gave to a nice lace. The aroma could have been more, bit was a nice subtle cross between malt and hop! The taste is nice and caramelly. I really like this beer and could Session all day long!
03-26-2011 21:17:29 | More by WoodBrew
2.68/5 rDev -24.9%
Served at Rock Bottom Chicago. Here it was presented as an Irish red ale, and I dont think any of us has many great expectations from this style. Still, there are some nice roasty malt notes, and a noticable hop profile in an attractive red body. A decent enough session ale.
02-01-2005 18:49:22 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4/5 rDev +12%
Had this today at lunch. I think this was also dry hopped
Poured caramel/ruddy red with loads sparkler foam & bubbles & 2 fingers of tan lovely head. Cleared quickly, fantastic head retention & lacing
S: Citric hops & faint toasted malt
T: Grapefruitty hops & roasted malt up front. Earthy hops & slight grainyness as this warms. Finished with citiric hops & crispness, not as much malt profile as the draft version
MF: Nice & creamy with good carbonation levels
Drank pretty easy, a nice red
06-02-2007 03:18:20 | More by russpowell
2.78/5 rDev -22.1%
Served on tap at the La Jolla location last month. Pours a deep golden/orange in color, quite clear. A thin head sticks around for a bit and can be stirred back up to a degree after it dissipates. Not much lacing.
Rather light on the nose with a bit of roasted malts. Some woodsy hops are present later on but only if you work them out with a good spin and catch a quick whiff as they don't linger.
Smooth and light in flavor for an Amber with some short lived malt flavors on the tongue. Rather thin in body and sports excessive carbonation for the style, but is actually befitting of the beer due to its light body. A bit drying on the finish keeps the drinkability in check, though not bad if only due to the light body.
04-22-2009 00:36:49 | More by HalfFull
3.5/5 rDev -2%
I went to the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, though because it's a chain I am going to assume the beers carry over the same. I ordered a flight of six of their standard beers and as I tried each one I found that each was spot on to the style. The remarkable thing is how unremarkable the beers are. Don't get me wrong, they are well worth the try and certainly above average but they are produced for a mass market. So as lazy as it may be I am going to simply say that this beer was a text book example of the style without breaking out and setting itself above.
03-09-2014 22:05:38 | More by KYGunner
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
This beer raises funds for a firefighter's non-profit.
A= Beer is dark copper-orange
S= little to no hop aroma
T=Tastes of toasty malt and caramel, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.
M= Mouthfeel is medium
D= Drinkability is good, though beer a little too carbonated for my taste.
04-08-2008 11:42:09 | More by bradybeer
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Ordered this as part of a sampler. It was their seasonal ale at the time.
A - Very little head on this which to me signaled a higher ABV since most of these are loaded with carbonation. Sadly its under 6% but it looks like a red ale very bright red brown clear in color.
S - It has a toasted malt smell, slightly sour with some caramel but mostly grainy.
T - It tasted kind of unbalanced very bitter pine grainy character making the body more boozy than it should have been. Not very sweet just loaded with toasted malt.
M - Daymn was this 8%? When I checked the menu it said it was 5.6% and I thought no way. Hard to drink despite the medium body.
Overall I was not very impressed and kind of saddened since pint profits go to local firemen and I only got a sample. It Ok overall.
03-18-2014 18:10:46 | More by DrDemento456
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Rock Bottom in Bethesda, MD.
Pours a moderate amber color with a bit of a tan head. Some lace rings follow a quickly-receding head. The nose brings some light bready and caramel malts with a bit of roast. Slightly roasted malt character alongside some light caramel and toffee. A bit of citrus in there with some bitterness following along. Drinks fairly well and the lighter malt is complemented by light citrus hopping.
10-24-2010 17:22:40 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev +20.4%
Appearance: This brew pours from the growler with a nice thick foamy eggshell in color. Head retention is excellent. Lacings and spiderwebbing are plentiful. Brew color is a nice reddish amber in color. Clarity is high with no cloudiness.
Smell: Aroma is a carmel sweetness with a very faint spice character. The aroma curve is a littole shallow and tapers quickly. Minor hop presence during sustain. Malt is very faint throughout aroma curve but generally superimposed by other charicteristics.
Taste: Flavor character is a little interesting with flavors merging an fading during curve intervals. Onset has high carbonation with provides a nice transition to hop zing. This tapers off quickle and permits spices to appear with biscuit and butter overtones. These quickly fade and the hop presence reemerges. Sustain is fairly long. This is an amazing flavor mutation where the hops presence is distinct during two separate phaces of the flavor curve. Interesting and VERY well presented. Great job.
Mouthfeel: The initial carbonation hit, while not rare, does provide the palate with a presentation of strong hop quite smoothly. The transition to spice is interesting and very coordinated. The reemergence of hop is a little suprising at first, but the drinker, wantin that esperience again finds that another sip will follow quickly. Palate does not clear perfectly, however this is not unusual in a high hop profiole brew.
Drinkability: The flavor transitions will strike the drinker as fairly unique. The hop dual emergence is very inviting, and the drinker will find that he/she ends up taking multiple small sips to reexperience this effect. Due to this, I rate this brew very highly.
Overall: Great job Rock Bottom! Too bad this is a brewmaster selection and not a regular offering. If the drinker has the opportunity, be sure to sample this brew!!!
02-25-2009 02:19:29 | More by stockingcpl
2.2/5 rDev -38.4%
First had: on tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA
I was not impressed at all by this seasonal brew. They said it was an ESB, BA says it's an Irish red. But it basically tasted like a watered down amber. Profits go to charity, but...meh.
Poured an orange-amber with a thin layer of bubbles for a head. Light aroma of toasted caramel malts, nutty. Not much in the flavor department. Nutty, somewhat toasty, bready, a bit of hoppy bitterness, but nothing really distinctive. Light-medium mouthfeel, and after one mug, I had no desire to have another.
06-10-2011 14:49:15 | More by Rifugium
Fire Chief Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.