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Fire Chief's Red Ale - Pump House Brewery

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by djcreepshow:
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

djcreepshow, Jul 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

beerhunter13, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

tigg924, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass. Auburn or russet hue, orange to the light, and slightly opaque. Decent retention, a bit of patchy lacing.

The smell is sweet and bready, with caramel and perhaps some dark fruit.

The taste is certainly enjoyable; the sweetness isn't too overpowering, and the finish is slightly bitter. Gradually becomes more nutty as I work my way through it.

Thick, almost creamy mouthfeel, with decent levels of carbonation.

A solid brew, perhaps a bit too sweet for a session, but certainly flavorful. I wasn't blown away by it, but I'll certainly pick up a 6 pack again.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, on a pleasant summer patio on bustling 109th street in Edmonton's university area.

This beer pours a clear, medium red brick amber colour, with two fingers of densely puffy, foamy off-white head, which settles at a lolling pace, leaving some decent storm cloud lace around the glass.

It smells of fruity, biscuity caramel malt, mild nutty notes, subtle store-brand honey, a further toasted bread character, and softly herbal, earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a hint of toffee, a hollow orchard fruitiness, some soft nuttiness, and a touch of floral, leafy hops.

The carbonation is averagely sedate, the body a fairly solid medium weight and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, with a tempered dose of biscuity malt and earthy hops lingering.

An above-average Canadian red ale, with a nicely rounded overall flavour. I could very well see enjoying a few of these, given the occasion.

biboergosum, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish-brown with a finger of off white head quickly fading to a thin cap. No lacing left behind.

Smells of dried fruit. Sweet raisins. Toffee is present as well. Hop presence isn't noticeable. Pleasant, but very malt-forward.

Tastes sweet. Dried fruit and toffee. Some nut flavours are here as well. Hops are very subdued, confined to a really mild bitterness toward the end. The beer gains a little roasted character as it warms up.

Body between light and medium, moderate carbonation. I've made my way through this bottle pretty easily.

mintjellie, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colour with a good amount of foam. Very malty aroma. Initially, a creamy slightly overcarbonated taste but the bite is fine, and I did get initially some hops. Then, the rest of the beverage was caramel, with some yeast. This is too sugary sweet.

Sammy, Jun 21, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice amber with a thick, satisfying head of foam. Nice lacings all the way down. Clear with visible carbonation.

Subtle caramel notes on the nose.

Soft caramel sweetness up front. Surprising nuttiness through the middle with a bit of a roasted character. Finishes off with some light hopping and a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, perhaps a touch to heavy on the carbonation.

Close your eyes and this could be a brown ale, it's that heavy on the nut flavours. I'd like some more sweetness to this, but it is firmly in the American red category.

CanuckRover, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of souvenirs
3.79/5  rDev +8%
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.

souvenirs, Dec 14, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear red amber colour, with more than a finger of ivory foamy head. Head recedes slowly but steadily.

First to hit the nose is cherries. Almost a musty cherry. Not what is expected. Somewhat nutty.

Taste is also somewhat nutty, with a sweetness that reminds me of some form of candied nut. Finish is lightly citrus flavoured. Balanced overall.

I like the mouthfeel, it gives a very full impression in the mouth, with a solid amount of body and lively carbonation. Feels right.

Not exactly what I expected from a "Red Ale", but my first Pumphouse brew is pretty nice. Thanks to my folks for bringing it back from a recent trip to NB.

elricorico, Nov 07, 2007
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2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Mountainmanbrewing, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This red ale pours out a striking burnt copper hue with impressive clarity. The head is a massive spongy cream colour with great retention, and settles down to a thick cap.

The malt on the nose is nutty, toasted, with a good dose of sweet caramel. Dry grassy hops make an appearance as well.

A medium-bodied creamy mouthfeel carries a malt dominated flavour profile similar to the aroma. The malt starts off a sweet caramel, then picks up a more toasted character in the middle, while the finish is nutty, accompanied with the faintest presence of hops, which only seem to gain ground well into the aftertaste, which is dry and grassy, not quite herbal.

Quite a pleasant red ale, most certainly leaning towards the malty side, but there's enough going on that this can't be accused of being one-dimensional in that regard either. The hops really seem to come out once it's warmed up a fair bit, and do tend to linger long into the aftertaste once the glass has been emptied. This would do well as a session ale.

IronDjinn, Dec 17, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

CurtisD, Aug 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

DoubleMalt, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14%

MrTinnedPEach, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14%

hef, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the LCBO- A deep but transparent amber with a frothy but short lived white cap. The aromas here are all about malts. Caramel and toffee, brown sugar, molasses, quite toasty too, with a smidge of grassy hops. Sweet caramel is the main flavour contender, with toffee, rye bread, spicy roasty malts, and grains. Creamy and sweet finish, with just a touch of hops to balance. Pretty good, though based on the hype on local beer forums, I was expecting a bit more.

mrmanning, Jul 29, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack at the local LCBO. This is you stereotypical red ale but with a little more mouthfeel than macros. Colour is red amber, aroma of caramel, nut and citrus. Taste is sweet toffee, hop with a medium body. I'd definitely drink this again.

cfrancis, Oct 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +14%

BryantForestry, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of nighthawk
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Giving this beer another shot at a review, after many more pints and six-packs have given me a better overall impression than my previous review. 341mL bottle with no freshness date (Pumphouse seems to be putting them on the boxes, not the bottles these days, and this one was purchased as a single) poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep copper-amber, with lots of red hues. Head is off-white, foamy at first, settling to a thin haze. No lacing.

Some tropical and dark fruit in the nose. I can't quite put my finger on it, sometimes it seems to be cantaloupe or peach, other times more like prunes or dates. Some caramel sweetness too.

Taste is also malt-centric, though I find it to tend more toward the caramel and toasty biscuit end of the spectrum, while the fruit fades into the background slightly. Hops only seem to come out near the end, lending the slightest bit of leafy bitterness to the mix.

Medium to light body, low, smooth carbonation and sweet through and through with a clean, fairly refreshing finish.

I do like this beer, and find it tasty and refreshing, enough so that I will gladly drink a few in an evening at home or the pub. Not particularly complex, but it is competent. Try it if it's around.

nighthawk, Nov 01, 2008
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3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a very small, off-white head and a clear, amber body. Average malt smell (some coffee in there), with light yeast present. Medium body on the palate, with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Taste is malty with an average duration, and moderately sweet. A better amber ale than I would have expected... somewhere between macro and micro.

berley31, Jun 18, 2009
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2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my boy FishGetter, for picking up this brew while in Canada. Served chilled, in a pint glass, from a 341ML brown bottle.

Appearance: Fire Chief's Red Ale pours out a clear amber copper color. A semi hard pour yielded about a finger of thin, off-white head. Head faded quickly into a thin ring of foam around the glass. Slight spots of off-white lace were left randomly on the glass.

Smell: Tons of biscuity malt dominates the nose. Mild notes of plum and raisin. I really don't notice much of a hop aroma. Has a bit of a spicey yeastiness to it. Not a very strong nose.

Taste: Flavor is a bit of a mess in my opinion. Completely unbalanced. Not much more than a strong malt flavor. A slight hoppiness in the background. Has a bit of a chemical like flavor that is quite a turnoff. A bit of raisin is again noticed.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Drinkability is rough. The heavy unbalanced flavor gets boring very fast. This is definitely a beer I won't be seeking out.

jaxon53, Jan 02, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this 6'er at a liquor store in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It states 5.5% abv on the label. It is a light copper color with minimal head and retention although the carbonation is lively.

This one leans towards the amber side of the category. I've always loved this category because reds can be so hoppy and ambers can dominate the heavy side. Hops are subdued and more of an afterthought. Slightly toasted. There is a general malt sweetness to this and then in the aftertaste is a sharp woody bitterness. Like green bark.

Notes: I have nothing but time....nothing but time to investigate the beer scene here. This is an average to below average amber. Nothing stands out and it is a bit rough around the edges.

DogFood11, Dec 22, 2007
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Fire Chief's Red Ale from Pump House Brewery
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