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Fire Chief's Red Ale - Pump House Brewery

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
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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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 34
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fire Chief's Red Ale from Pump House Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.