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Fire Chief's Red Ale - Pump House Brewery

Fire Chief's Red AleFire Chief's Red Ale

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%

Brewed by:
Pump House Brewery visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A deep tawny reddish hued Irish-inspired ale with a lingering nut-like maltiness. Very lightly hopped with a pleasant estery fruitiness expiring to wonderfully smooth finish. Slainte!

(Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-17-2003)
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-22-2013 23:37:55 | More by djcreepshow
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Here's hoping this one's better than the Cadian Cream Ale from the same combo pack.

A: It looks good. Chestnut and clear, with a couple fingers of light tan head that lingers and lingers.
S: Malty sweetness, a hint of milk chocolate. Not really what I expected for a red ale, but I'm not complaining either!
T: Very malty, balanced with some grassy hops. A good brew.
F: Smooth and very drinkable.

This isn't my new favourite beer, but I'd certainly be willing to buy it again when I'm back east in the Maritimes. I did expect something hoppier, but that's because my main experience of amber/red ales has been Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 23:13:59 | More by souvenirs
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

09-21-2013 16:13:41 | More by ZachT
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

09-09-2013 23:47:17 | More by DoubleMalt
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

09-07-2013 13:50:40 | More by TT--Cashout
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2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper colour with impressive clarity and a great creamy head that settles to a thin foamy layer.

The aroma is that of nutty, toasted and sweet caramel with some grassy hops in the background. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied but carried with a full malt flavour that starts off as a sweet caramel and then moves towards a toasted character in the middle.

This is quite a nice drinkable red ale that is more malt forward and slightly nutty than I'd prefer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 11:25:41 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

08-13-2013 03:44:51 | More by hef
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-12-2013 02:14:48 | More by evil_liver
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-17-2013 02:05:03 | More by Olek4374
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

06-02-2013 05:28:46 | More by StomachUlcers
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-19-2013 06:31:22 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

04-13-2013 01:45:38 | More by beerhunter13
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-06-2012 19:52:36 | More by cfalovo97
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-24-2012 02:49:50 | More by Foudebiere
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-18-2012 00:46:47 | More by CurtisD
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

03-15-2012 15:29:50 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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New Brunswick (Canada)

5/5  rDev +42%

12-23-2011 22:40:02 | More by Skizem
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.6%

12-21-2011 00:07:13 | More by schnarr84
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-18-2011 06:35:53 | More by 1p5v
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle at The District into a pint glass

Visual (3.5): deep amber hue with slight clarity. Good darkness that hints at complexity. Single finger rolling head that simmers into a thin off white film leaving a light lacing.

Aroma (2.5): not what I expected. A fruity smell, crisp and sharp, almost like apple juice but a little sour. Made me worry the beer was a little off. As it warmed notes of almond seemed to poke through the sharp fruity sweetness.

Taste (3.5): malts dominate the whole way through with a nutty flavor that coats the tounge. A toasted, almost burnt, flavour adds an interesting kick at the end.

Mouthfeel (3): a light and watery feel that easily goes down. A very drinkable beer. Good for the style, but lacking an outstanding quality.

Overall (3.5): a good red, in it's own terms, and something I'd be proud to say I brew. Good appearance and interesting taste with a high degree of drinkability. The aromas seemed a little off, something I'll have to check when I have this again. A fairly average offering from last year's Canadian brewery of the year.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 07:47:53 | More by tonyf55
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 18/10/11

A clear amber with some very tiny suspended particles being moved around by just a few slow moving bubbles, thin film of foam leaves a couple patches of lace

S slight chocolate with a little nutty fruit bar

T what I smell but with a leafy herbal aspect that works well for it, some hard toffee as it warms

M just enough carbonation to give it some life and a aftertaste that may be stronger then the liquid in your mouth

O decent brew but nothing to go searching for

tastes good so that should count for a fair bit, I prefer the hoppy stuff from these guys in my experience but this ones nothing to be ashamed of

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:50:57 | More by wordemupg
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4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Pumphouse--served into a pint glass

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, amber in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of almond

Taste: toasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of cherry

Mouthfeel: sweet, medium-high carbonation, medium-light body

Overall: This is one of the better reds I have had in a while. I am really loving Pumphouse beers and this is one that surprised me. The richness and the complexity set this one apart.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 13:54:20 | More by tigg924
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a slightly hazy copper with a 1cm tan head. Head reduced to ring sticking to the glass. Some lacing is produced.

S - Brown sugar, honey, some nuttiness, a hint of toasts and a hint of herbs.

T - A honey and caramel sweetness upfront, mild nuttiness, light toastiness and a mild bitter hop finish. The balance is as expected on the sweet side.

M - Good carbonation, some creaminess and a dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable. Definitely in the "drink only this all night long" category.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 21:42:22 | More by decimator
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3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly dark red brown amber, with a small amount of bubbly white head. A small layer retains, but doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Light, sweet brown sugar.

T: Lightly sweet, with a relatively hoppy finish. Not bad, not exceptional.

M: Medium body, light to medium carbonation.

D: Fairly drinkable, if a little bland.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 16:28:32 | More by seand
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this as part of our Canada Day beer swap.

A - Pours a hazy red colour with a brown hue, a thumb of head which slowly dissipated leaving no real lacing.

S - Chocolate, toffee and caramel malts. Definitely on the sweet side.

T - The toffee and caramel malts come through nicely off the top. Some bitter hops are noticeable on the finish.

M - A little on the syropy side, not enough carbonation for my liking. That being said, it still goes down quite smooth but does finish a little on the dry side.

D - I've overlooked this on several occasions when at the liquor store, but I am glad that I got an opportunity to try it. Pretty tasty red ale, and a solid offering from Pumphouse. Not mind blowing, but still a memorable ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:12:59 | More by andrenaline
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Fire Chief's Red Ale from Pump House Brewery
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