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Fire Chief Ale - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Fire Chief Ale
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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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Photo of palliko
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a medium brown/copper, with a beige head, mild lacing. Aroma is a very muted hint of malt. Initial taste consists of a gentle caramel (but not as sweet) grain, few hops, dry and mildly carbonated. Few high notes. Designed to be an average crowd pleaser. I know the brewmaster (John) and his standards are higher. He is planning some awesome brews for the coming months after March 2006. Stay tuned.

palliko, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

zjungleist, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on a hand pull at the brewpub. Nonic glass, cellar temperatures.

Appearance: Dark reddish copper, somewhat hazy in appearance. Thick and creamy offwhite head which stuck around for awhile. Rings of lace left on the glass.

Smell: Orange marmalade-esque aromas with a titch of grassy hops. Could've used a bit more hops, but not too much.

Taste: Sweet toasty malts with judicious amounts of fruity character. Slight grainy taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat creamy. Relatively refreshing.

Drinkability: Very sessionable and food worthy beer. Nice and pleasant, overall. I might have to go back for a growler of this...

ManekiNeko, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served at Rock Bottom Chicago. Here it was presented as an Irish red ale, and I don’t 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.

DrunkMcDermott, Feb 01, 2005
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
Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed in Chicago

Served in a big mug as bright red beer on the verge of orange cherry.

Aroma seems intense with both a caramel malt and an american hop slap with some sandalwood (Simcoe?)

Flavor is well balanced with a malt forefront and a hop zing. As the finish comes on and the malt flavor takes a break the hops come back and dance on the tongue to wipe the caramel and bring us back to a zing for the next sip.

drewbage, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a light malt scent along with some mild aroma hops. The taste is decent. It is a little weak in the malt department as well as the hops department. This is supposed to be an American pale ale. That usually means some good hop flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied brew with good carbonation. This is like most of their beers, weak and made for the masses. It falls short on style.

WesWes, Apr 01, 2004
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 oggg
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is made yearly, I believe, as part of a charity event for the firefighters. It's billed as a hoppy amber ale.

The beer looks much like the Rag Top Red -- a deep ruby red with an average head. After having the dry hopped Rag Top Red, this beer had a much less interesting aroma. On first taste, the beer was spicy. Very spicy. Amid medium bitterness which subsided to let in the mild to moderate malt character. Medium body. All-in-all, the spiciness is a good thing. This amber is clearly different from the Rag Top and is worth trying.

In the restroom the recipe is posted: Centennial, Willamette, and Mt Hood.

oggg, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't really know what I was expecting with this brew. I was just happy to see a new beer on the menu. Fire orange in color, a bit hazy and topped by a generous head, the aroma is mellow and hints at just a bit of spicy hops. The first sip brings forth a smooth, rounded brew with a mild maltiness and a nice bold, but not aggressive bitterness that carries through in the finish. Not like any other steam beer I have had, but fairly tasty by any standard. Very drinkable, even caught on with some of my beer-wuss buddies.

beernut7, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Harvard Square brewpub.
"For the seventh consecutive year, Rock Bock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery will hold its annual Fire Chief Ale promotion in tribute to Fire Fighters across the nation, kicking off Thursday, March 20th, and lasting for three weeks."

This beer poured a cloudy, copper color with white foam. The smell was good: malt and floral hops. The taste was dominated by hops but with a good amount of malt to balance. The mouthfeel was smooth, but a bit astringent from the hops. The body was medium with low carbonation feel. The drinkability was OK.

To be honest I am unsure of the Style. Comments elsewhere on the web imply that this might be a Steam beer.

UncleJimbo, Apr 01, 2003
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Fire Chief Ale from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.