shigadeyo (2400) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/14/2012: Rock Bottom Fire Chief Ale... Aroma: Grapefruit/pine hops seem to ooze out of the aroma - quite unexpected based on my experience with this beer in previous years... Appearance: Pale amber color; cloudy. Flavor: HIgh level of citrusy hops, but a bit soapy; moderate to high level of bittereness that sticks in the throat; lightly caramelized malitness hides underneath the hops. Palate: Medium body; smooth. Overall: Lots and lots of hops in the 2012 version to satisfy hop-lovers! This is the best version so far...
Draught (6.5% ABV; 60 IBU) at Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #3 for this beer.
Chudwick (1073) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - pours amber with offwhite head and great lacing. Nose is pine. Flavor adds a caramel backbone with cheesy undertones. Wife says it smells like vomit. I disagree, a second whiff does reveal artificial pine smells like paint thinner. Hoppiness does wear off eventually. Decent to the style but nothing more.
DrSilverworm (2692) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample on tap at the Rock Bottom Cincinnati. ABV was labeled 6.3%, and IBU labeled 50. Clear orange-reddish color (amber, basically). Good thin off-white head, full thick lace. Medium-plus body. Good, smooth lighter carbonation. More dry texture. Nice moderate bitter taste, light sweet in the finish. Lightly toasty malt. Spicy hop. Solid, hoppy amber
Daytonbeer (384) - Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brownish orange with off white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is is faint with citrus hops. Taste is loaded with citrus & piney hops and grapefruit. A touch of carmel on the front end. Good carbination.
Tmoney99 (8768) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Poured hazy deep copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Complex earthy hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a very good beer.
phaleslu (4427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pint at the brewpub on the tapping event night, March 11, 2010. Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with a one-inch thick off-white head; foamy and resilient. Aroma of centennial hops, pale malts, caramel, toast, and citrus. Malty, hoppy flavor, with notes of caramel, grass, citrus, and cherry. Light-medium bodied, with above-average carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing. Pretty nice beer, and 25 cents a pint goes to local fire departments and fire-related charities. My dadís a firefighter, so I wasnít going to miss this one. Cool idea and event.