1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fire Chief Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Fire Chief Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

89 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
3.25/5  rDev -9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Rihup
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Rihup, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of KingBiscuit
4/5  rDev +12%

KingBiscuit, May 04, 2013
Photo of Hines219
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Hines219, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of idarwin
4/5  rDev +12%

idarwin, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

RoamingGnome, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -9%

LXIXME, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the Westminster location. an appropriate beer for st pattys day. the pour is clear brick red, nice and dark with a good inch of off white foam. the nose is surprisingly complex, lots of floral springtime essences and an orange or tangerine citric element that's uncommon in the style. all this behind a sturdy red malt body and a biscuit ale yeast. the flavor is identical to the nose, but with the orange only coming out after its swallowed. I love the layers here, and it feels just right for spring. its an easy mug to get through, with a medium body and cruisy carbonation. its not really as dry as advertised, but who cares. the long finish allows the orange and flower petal thing to really come out. overall I like this a lot, especially for a chain produced red ale. I think rock bottom is pretty impressive for a chain though, the food is fantastic and the beers are always a little creative. also, proceeds to charity for this one, so props for that.

StonedTrippin, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of gshoes3
3/5  rDev -16%

gshoes3, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -2%

GeoffreyM, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock Bottom Brewery
Fire Chief Red

Pours a firey clear reddish color, with an off white head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel malts and some toffee. In the taste, caramel and toasted malt flavor, with a restrained sweetness. Fresh kilned malt flavor. Mild hop flavor of herbs, citrus and distant pine. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a more than decent red ale. With proceeds going to support local fire departments, this is an all around winner.

Enjoyed at Rock Bottom, Homestead PA

Stinkypuss, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
2.75/5  rDev -23%

Adkins1203, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -2%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of mds1101
4/5  rDev +12%

mds1101, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of KateK
4/5  rDev +12%

KateK, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of beerpadawan
3.25/5  rDev -9%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of BigDog0996
3.25/5  rDev -9%

BigDog0996, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +5%

CaptDavyJones, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Vlaminck
4/5  rDev +12%

Vlaminck, May 30, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
3/5  rDev -16%

ccozzi, May 15, 2012
Photo of ncworster
3.75/5  rDev +5%

ncworster, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +12%

deapokid, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of AJD1201
3.5/5  rDev -2%

AJD1201, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -2%

claytong, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -16%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Fire Chief Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.