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Fire Chief's Red Ale - Pump House Brewery

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: PiratePete on 11-17-2003

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!
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of ofosho
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From a limited, dated journal): Lively carbonation, nice retentive brown head. Medium brownish-red hue with hints of cherry and coffee in the nose. Rather dry, medium-bodied with a noticeable hoppy aftertaste but strong malt flavor. Caramel notes were lovely after the beer warmed up. Serve 'warm'! I poured this into a dirty glass, but this red ale was perhaps my favorite of the beers I enjoyed in the Maritimes. Awesome stuff.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful malty aroma fills the nose with some nice earthy hops in the background.
A - light thin head that quickly dissipates (could be due to pour or glasswear cleaning?). Clear amber body.
M - medium carbonation. Body is a little light for what I was expecting from the malty aroma.
T - Taste follows the nose nicely. Light chocolate in the background. Nice complexity to the malt. Very slight but smooth bitterness from the hops.
D - I would like a bit more body, but still a great red ale that I would definitely drink a six-pack of.

Photo of souvenirs
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.78/5  rDev +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.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of nighthawk
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of elricorico
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/amber with a nice creamy white head.

Smells very nutty, sweet caramel malts and some butterscotch, very interesting!

Nutty upfront, some vanilla and caramel, very subtle hop background, mostly dominated by sweet malt, maybe a bit watery though...

Decent creamy mouthfeel, doesn't leave much of an aftertaste, but overall a decent red ale, probably wouldn't buy again.

Photo of decimator
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber/red ale category is really a catch all that reminds me of the Quebecois fashion of naming beers after colours. While you can come across intense hop bombs, you can also fing malt-dominated brews, and the Pump House definitely leans toward the latter.

An attractive deep copper pour, with strong red tones, Fire Chief's Red Sports a finger of smooth light tan head, which coates the glass in lace and shows good retention. Its an encouraging start and already a vast improvement over their blueberry ale. The aroma contains caramel and milk chocolate with a slight soapiness in the rear. The taste is all malt up front with a slight hop bite in the finish. Caramel and chocolate dominate, with hints of toasted walnut, followed by a delicate citrus. The caramel and chocolate do make for a pleasant beer, and it almost feels like a traditional English brown ale. While no one element stands out, including its medium-light body and moderate carbonation, it is a pleasant drink, and certainly approachable.

The new brewer at Pump House really knows his stuff, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's made some tweaks to this recipe. Whether he has or not, its a solid brew.

Photo of Stonepot
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great dark red color with a creamy head. Drank it out of a big ass heavy glass mug with a thick handle. Made me feel manly and tough. I love that glass so much, it makes me feel indestructible, like Superman. If I drink too much then my arm gets sore. The beer is great too, but the glass was the hilight. I think I will name it, Elmer.

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought it at the NLC.

Poured a nice, clear copper-brown. It had a thick tan head that remained much more than lace throughout the entire glass.

Aroma was ground coffee, caramel, freshly cut crisp apple, hops, and biscuits.

Mouthfeel was smooth with good carbonation.

Taste was roasted malt with a tad of tart cider. A little bit grainy. The finish is hoppy enough with a balanced tart-bitter aftertaste.

Nice and balanced. A good ale.

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Fire Chief's Red Ale from Pump House Brewery
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