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Fire Chief Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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.

04-06-2013 02:25:49 | More by RoamingGnome
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New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -9%

03-25-2013 20:52:58 | More by LXIXME
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.74/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

03-18-2013 15:49:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -16%

03-13-2013 15:42:52 | More by gshoes3
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-10-2013 19:59:07 | More by GeoffreyM
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3.51/5  rDev -1.7%

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

03-04-2013 01:30:37 | More by Stinkypuss
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

03-03-2013 01:47:45 | More by Adkins1203
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-02-2013 15:54:47 | More by ssimpson89
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4/5  rDev +12%

03-02-2013 00:11:49 | More by mds1101
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4/5  rDev +12%

01-27-2013 22:10:50 | More by KateK
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

08-25-2012 21:24:49 | More by beerpadawan
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

07-26-2012 21:57:13 | More by BigDog0996
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-19-2012 21:39:43 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4/5  rDev +12%

05-30-2012 17:28:57 | More by Vlaminck
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3/5  rDev -16%

05-15-2012 01:19:33 | More by ccozzi
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-19-2012 21:13:39 | More by ncworster
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4/5  rDev +12%

03-18-2012 16:09:27 | More by deapokid
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-13-2012 01:20:33 | More by AJD1201
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

03-08-2012 01:59:48 | More by claytong
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3/5  rDev -16%

11-29-2011 05:07:55 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Rifugium


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
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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
Photo of womencantsail


4/5  rDev +12%

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.

04-09-2011 18:52:02 | More by womencantsail
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4/5  rDev +12%

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.

03-30-2011 19:39:43 | More by hdf561
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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
Fire Chief Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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