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Fire Chief Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Fire Chief Ale
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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Our fresh-brewed Fire Chief Ale* is a medium-bodied,
auburn-colored Ale that gets its pleasant sweetness and lightly toasted character from select caramel and crystal malts. Hand-selected hops from the Pacific Northwest lend a crisp and satisfying citrus finish."

(Beer added by: oggg on 03-20-2004)
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: growler

03-26-2011 21:17:29 | More by WoodBrew
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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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.

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Rock Bottom Fire Chief Ale

From 4/3/13 tasting notes. Enjoyed on tap with dinner. Arrived in tulip style pint glass. Served chilled.

A) The red brew with at least a finger of off-white head. Nice retention and ample lacing. Quite an attractive beer.

S) A nice malt forward aroma toast, light roast, and a hint of caramel. A little earthy, with some pine in the distance.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely. Has a bready/toasty flavor, touch of sweetness, but that is balanced out with a decent hops presence, that is slightly piney and herbal. Earthy finish...

M) A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Pretty crisp and refreshing.

O) The last red I had was a Killian's. This was substantially more flavorful and more enjoyable. Not too shabby Rock Bottom. Really, quite a good effort.

Paired with the chicken fried chicken... I love me some chicken fried chicken.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 02:25:49 | More by RoamingGnome
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Fire Chief Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.