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Fire Chief Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
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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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Hines219, Apr 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Martin293, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of JamesS
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(On tap at Rock Bottom, downtown Indy) Poured a very nice semi-deep red with excellent head and some very nice lacing. Nice deep malty scent, with slight sugar and caramel tones. Wonderful taste, with a great middle-depth malt deepness, with good caramel undertones and a nice crystal malt sweetness; decent hop finish under a nice tangy maltiness. Goes down extremely smoothly; very refreshing and cleansing.

JamesS, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of stockingcpl
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Prosit!
Nikki

stockingcpl, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of squack
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

squack, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MattyG85, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of jaz
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish amber color with a thin layer of light foam. Lace was minimal but there was some. The aroma was floral and mildly malty, somewhat earthy. Taste was fruity with a bittersweet flavor. Mouthfeel was somewhat watery. Sharp tang finish that disappeared quickly. It's a very drinkable session beer.

jaz, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of Biscuit033
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Burnt orange with a thin off white head with great lace.

S: Sweet malts (not too caramelly), some flowery notes, and a hint of citrus.

T: Balanced malts and hops up front, with the hop coming forward at the end with pine and citrus notes and some tropical/red fruit hints as well.

M: A bit thinner than expected but smooth with a clean, dry finish.

D: Very nice ESB with lots of flavors. This is something that I would drink all night and would love to try cask conditioned.

Biscuit033, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this years batch is hoppier than past versions, the brewer stated he used lahtanum (sp?), cascade, and simcoe. a cloudy brownish amber in the glass with a creamy head. citrus and bready caramel in the nose, although a bit subdued as are all the beers here (local water?). taste followed suit with fresh bready caramel malts, lightly roasted nuts, and a citric hop twang. mouthfeel was rich, creamy, and quite full-bodied for this abv. freshness adds to the drinkability. a good session beer.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

WoodBrew, Mar 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

orbitalr0x, Apr 07, 2006
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

russpowell, Jun 02, 2007
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

idarwin, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Vlaminck, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

tbone64, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rock Bottom Long Beach

A: The pour is not quite amber, more of a dark orange, with an off-white head.

S: Much more hoppy than their standard amber ale. Lots of citrus notes with some notes of pine in there too. Though it is hoppier, there is still plenty of malt character. Good toffee and bread aromas providing the backbone of the beer.

T: Citrus fruit, citrus peel, and pine hops provide a nice flavor and a bitterness that I find enjoyable in an amber ale. Like with the nose, substantial bread, toffee, and caramel to provide sweetness and balance.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Nothing to complain about with this beer. Good flavor, and while it doesn't blow you away, it packs a lot of flavor into a 5.5% ABV beer.

womencantsail, Apr 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stopped by RB before a work outing and lucky for me, it was the release party for Fire Chief Ale. A portion of the sales goes to the Chicago Fire Department and they had firemen on-hand for the taping.

The beer is a dark red with a tight off-white head. Nice lacing.

The beer has an aroma of some caramel, a slight touch of citrus and something earthy.

The taste is pleasant and just screams out session beer. There is a bit of sweet caramel and slightly grainy malts all moderated by some subtle hoping . I thought the hoping seemed to increase as the beer warmed and some grapefruit tones started to emerge.

The mouth is pleasantly sturdy and workman like. This is an easy drinker and would be a perfect cross-over beer.

Bottom line, good beer for a good cause. I also picked up a commemorative pint glass.

Redrover, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of hdf561
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 22nd 2011 Rock Bottom Brewery Indy

Served in a Fire Chief Ale Pint glass, from draft tap.

Appeared darker than most beers I drink, but not as dark as a Guiness.

Smelled good, not offensive, I think I smell the caramel they say its brewed with.

Taste, great initial taste no aftertaste. Kinda of tasted like Yuengling.

Mouthfeel was very smooth.

This was a darker beer but very very drinkable, I had 2 of them, and could have drank this all nite had it been served at other locations I was going to.

Overall this is a really good beer, and I wish they served it here at home, I will definetly try and get my hand on more, plus it supports my profession, and it was being used as a fundraiser for Indy Firefighters, which made it even better.

hdf561, Mar 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

KingBiscuit, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

KateK, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

MtOrion, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

deapokid, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Sheehan50, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

mds1101, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 21, 2004
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Fire Chief Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.