Fire Chief's Red Ale - Pump House Brewery
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3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
06-21-2009 02:42:31 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-24-2009 02:03:00 | More by biboergosum
3.4/5 rDev -3.7%
The Fire Chief's ale is coloured like a carnelian gemstone; it is an amber tone that encompasses shades of cedar and ruby. The beer is spotlessly clean and has a gleaming complexion that dissects the light into glinty fragments. Squinting reveals the beer to be rife with bubbles. Its ultra-lush heap of off-white head sits unruffled and thoroughgoing.
The best Red Ales set themselves apart with a distinctly toasty, caramelly sweet maltiness - this is nearly there. There is a good deal of biscuity, toasty, almost roasted maltiness and a toffee-like tinge but it isn't quite appetizing. Easy-going? Sure. Better than average? Definitely. But does it make me want to guzzle the beer down? Almost, but not quite.
The same could be said about the taste. The flavour of toasty, biscuity, caramelly malts does suffice but fails to go that extra yard. It is tasteful but not tasty. Again, it is surely easy-going, definitely better than average but am I guzzling the beer down? Not exactly. That being said, they have hit the style profile right on the mark.
Which leads me to believe that when it comes to Irish Reds maybe we should stress overall drinkability, not flavour. After all, these beers are meant to be simple, easy to please ales. This example is most certainly quaffable; moderate carbonation, sufficient maltiness, balanced sweetness and a dry, almost abrupt, finish make for a good session ale.
The last few swigs are revealing wonderfully nutty and estery essences that I suppose come only with warming. The brewery has those to thank for a last-second increase to the flavour score. Regardless, I'd say that overall Pumphouse has crafted a highly quaffable, reasonably flavourful beer that is a solid representation of the Irish Red style.
09-07-2009 18:52:06 | More by biegaman
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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
10-19-2011 02:50:57 | More by wordemupg
4.22/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
09-02-2011 13:54:20 | More by tigg924
2.68/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
01-02-2009 01:33:48 | More by jaxon53
3.48/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-03-2010 02:12:59 | More by andrenaline
3.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-18-2009 22:16:35 | More by bobsy
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
12-17-2007 05:07:51 | More by IronDjinn
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
12-22-2007 23:08:26 | More by DogFood11
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured a reddish-copper color, clear and bright with a decent frothy 2 finger cap wich laced the glass. Modest carbonation.
Aroma of Caramel, some sweetness, almonds, warrior hops (on long boil leave a light "soapy" smell)
Hearty body, good malt spine, silky texture, mellow character
Rich caramel malts in the front side, some nut and cocoa tones finishes wet and bittering with piney-citrus tastes.
Very well put together red ale, I like it and I'm not all that partial to ales.
09-01-2006 13:49:25 | More by pootz
3.05/5 rDev -13.6%
New at the LCBO, grabbed a six. Decent looking beer, nicely red. Moderate head settles to a heavy film that surrenders nice lace. Properly handsome.
After that pretty much average across the board. Subdued malt aroma. Equally subdued taste, some malt, slightly woody. Somewhat odd mouthfeel - thin, a little dry and puckery.
Overall an average sort of beer experience. Won't get you all excited, but nothing offputting either - simply a middel of the road brew.
06-20-2009 22:10:18 | More by TerryW
3.55/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-02-2010 22:43:27 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-07-2007 06:13:26 | More by elricorico
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
Great head and lacing on this Monton, NB offering. A pale copper/red in color. Smells mostly of roasted caramel malts with some musty graininess and sweet floral hop. Taste is quite nicely balanced with the malt and sweet hop working well in tandem. Noted some metallic aftertaste, but doesn't ruin the experience. Maybe a touch on the sweet side with the aftertase. Found the mouthfeel to be medium to full bodied, actually somewhat creamy and smooth if you wait for the the head to settle properly. This is a decent red ale, nothing here to offend and is actually quite drinkable.
11-28-2007 02:42:49 | More by Shadman
3/5 rDev -15%
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.
07-29-2009 11:46:21 | More by mrmanning
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-18-2009 19:05:22 | More by berley31
3.35/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
07-04-2010 16:28:32 | More by seand
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-27-2009 20:47:47 | More by CanuckRover
Fire Chief's Red Ale from Pump House Brewery
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