Fire Chief Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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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
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
2.68/5 rDev -24.9%
Appearance - nice copper color, cream colored head holds at a solid cap and laces quite well.
Aroma - just a bare whisper of grain, not much at all here.
Taste - light flavor, a moderate grain presence. RB's description says 'sweet caramel tones' but I'm not picking that up. It does have some sweetness on the aftertaste, but this comes across very average.
Mouthfeel - decent body, crisp bubbles, no issues here but I'm getting an average impression overall.
Drinkability - it's as drinkable as any 'okay' beer but considering the other RB taps, I'll save my growler for something else.
04-05-2005 18:59:48 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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
3.15/5 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
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
Poured into a pint glass from the tap.
The color is red amber with a white head
The smell is slightly muted with flavors of hops, caramel, and some mild malt.
The taste was somewhat fruity with a bitter hop feel to it. Some spicy feel to the beer.
Overall the beer was easy to drink and was a little crisp. Not too heavy.
01-30-2009 05:41:29 | More by Duhast500
3.25/5 rDev -9%
Served at the Arlington location, typcal pint glass, colder than it should have been. It had a medium reddish brown color, with a large faomy head. It had a sweet, mildly fruity aroma with mild hops. The tatoh sweet and roasted. It had a mediocre mouthfeel with a good balance of carbonation, sweetness, dryness and smoothness. It was, however, very drinkable, and rather refreshing.
03-27-2006 20:04:01 | More by sinistrsam
3.25/5 rDev -9%
Well-carbonated iced tea amber-brown with generous reddish highlights in the body of the beer and bright orange ones at the edges. The liquid was capped by a disk of ecru colored foam that lasted no more than several minutes. Thin, smeary, tried-to-be-rings ended up on the glass, but followed the surface of the disappearing beer rather than remaining in place from the top edge down.
The aroma was woefully short on... aroma. I could appreciate minimally toasted malt with a little hop fruitiness that wasn't prominent enough to identify with any degree of certainty. I kept smelling the beer for the life of the pint (not as obvious and as obviously geeky as repeatedly holding the glass up the light), but it failed to come out of its shell with warming.
The flavor was a more forthcoming approximation of the nose. First impression: not enough malt. What was present was moderately toasted. I've noted on more than one occasion that some beer from this brewpub tastes apple-like, a flavor that I've attributed to the house yeast strain. Who knows whether there's any truth to that or not, but I tasted appley notes (and some orangey ones as well) in Fire Chief.
In fact, the central flavor could be described as apple chunks rolled in toasted malt powder with a pinch or two of crushed aspirin for bitterness. It tasted better than that description sounds, but that's the general idea. I was fully prepared to guess that English hop varieties comprise the hop bill when I burped something citric. Could be an Anglo-American effort.
The finish was brief, bittersweet and lightly coating. Although it was too light and too fizzy initially, the mouthfeel did make a comeback of sorts by the bottom of the pint. It didn't come back far enough, however, since the last swallow was still too busy in the mouth.
Fire Chief Ale is definitely in the bottom half of all the offerings that I've had at this brewpub over the years. Since it's a beer that has been released at numerous Rock Bottoms around the country, and since most BAs don't seem overly fond of it, I wonder if the recipe was predetermined by corporate headquarters. Better to let the local brewmasters unleash their creativity. At least then there'd be a chance at good beer.
04-06-2006 00:55:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.28/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured hazy deep copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Complex earthy hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a very good beer.
06-08-2010 01:08:54 | More by tmoneyba
Fire Chief Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.