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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
A portion of the proceeds from Fire Chief Ale will go to the local fire departments or like charities in each Rock Bottom community and the FDNY Widows’ and Children’s Fund via the Rock Bottom Foundation. Editor’s note: This beer is a Rock Bottom standard and can be found at several locations (as Irish or Amber ales around 5% ABV).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36934) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small a qhite head. Aroma is mild spiced, herbal and light citric. Sweet, toasted malty and light caramelish. Bitter and toffee malty. Bitter and caramelish into the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pinball (11703) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
clear brown, small white head. mild aroma, almost malty. flavor is mild malty, slightly herbal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (31417) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
Bottled. A deep red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and straw, leading to a dry finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Label says Rock Bottom, Arlington. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramellish aroma. Medium body, caramel and a subtle fruitiness. No real bitterness. 200912

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kassner (1460) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2012
OK, Not great dull rusty amber, mild malt odoer and a tad sweet. Not much carbonation

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (6053) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2012
Clear copper with a laceful white head. Biscuity nutty aroma of slightly earthy caramalts and toast. Flavor is nutty and toasty with some subtle malty sweetness. Almost too balanced, comes across as unassertive. No real prominent hop or malt tones, though a general balanced toastiness comes through. Not bad, just not a highlight of my night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Daytonbeer (710) - Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3387) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012

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.

Earlier Rating: 4/6/2007 Total Score: 2.9
Date: 4/05/2007
Serving: Draught sample.
Location: Rock Bottom Brewery (Cincinnati)

Tasting Notes
Aroma: Lightly hoppy.
Appearance: Hazy/murky light amber color with a dense, creamy head with good, thick lacing.
Flavor: Caramel and lightly nutty with a dry, hoppy finish. Mild to moderate level of sweetness.
Palate: Average (medium body and smooth).
Overall: An average Amber Ale that has been dry hopped. Nothing more, nothing less. Somewhat drinkable, but definitely would not be my first pick of amid all the offerings.

Tasting Notes (Cask)
Aroma: Weak, hoppy aroma.
Appearance: Similar light amber color with a thin, frothy head that leaves some light lacing.
Flavor: Dry and hoppy. Earthy and grassy hop flavors. Mild bitterness.
Palate: Medium body. Very smooth.
Overall: Good. I liked the cask version better than the regular one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cbfobes (2800) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2011
On tap at the Rock Bottom Milwaukee location, pours a clear amber with a very thin diminishing head, aroma and flavor were weak with some notes of grain and a hint of caramel, pass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DiarmaidBHK (3848) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
It’s sad to say but beers that are usually brewed for charitable reasons tend to be somewhat underwhelming. Poured from tap at King of Prussia location. pours copper color without a ton of aroma. There’s a slight hint of hoppiness without much malt action. it’s a bit sloppy in the finish. Meh!

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