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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2009
on tap in scottsdale. listed at 4.8% abv, "bready, dry and crisp".

coppery brown colored pour with a frothy off white head and lots of spotty lacing. the aroma is a faint mix of caramel, toasted pale grain and some orange. the flavor shares the same characteristics along with a bit of straw, cooked carrots and a dirty, earthy, bready finish. there is nothing wrong with it other than being bland. it has an easy drinking light to medium body which is refreshing and well suited for food. 5/3/5/3/13/2.9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
That1Guy (1962) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. All the bartender could say was it’s a red ale. I assumed it’s an amber. It’s a really nice brew actually. Good balance of hops and malt. Mostly very sweet but pretty damn nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Tap @Scottsdale location. Pale malty aroma. Amber body with off white head. Good carbination to beer and some sweet malt and bitter. Easy on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
From the KoP brewery. Poured translucent copper with a thin white head. Nose was hoppy, sweet licorice, and malty. flavor was hoppy sweet, maple, vanilla, oak, licorice, malty. Somewhat peppery carbonation but less so than their king’s wit. I found it to be very reminiscent of Fuller’s esb but not quite as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Draught at RB King of Prussia; Listed as an ESB: Aroma of hops, citrus, light malts, and maybe Amarillo hops. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, dense, off-white head. Slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pale malts, water, and Amarillo hops. Medium body. Thin, watery texture. Average carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 25, 2008
This draft brew from the College Park location in Indianapolis, IN poured a small sized head of medium to large sized mostly diminishing off-white colored bubbles that left behind a transparent softly carbonated dark orange colored body with a frothy top and a fair lacing. The mild thin red malt flavor contained a soft hop backing. The aroma was mild with malt-hop notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Draft at College Park location, Indianapolis, IN and an ABV of 5.6%. Small tan head that mostly lasted, good amount of lacing, transparent, no carbonation observed, and a red hue. Nose was malty, caramel and hoppy. Ditto for the flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and light in body. A very easy, smooth beer to drink and nicely balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3551) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2008
On tap at the College Park pub. Mahagony red with a sticky white head. Lightly hopped nose. Caramel sweetness with sharp pine hops and a hint of orange juice that grows in the finish. Some lightly burnt grain taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
tap at Walnut Brewing, they have their own line of beers but since they are owned by Rock Bottom, I’m going to guess their Fire Chief Red is this one. It pours light amber and smells mainly of caramel malt. The flavor has those caramel malts along with a good hops bite. It’s light to medium bodied, easy going, and decently balanced. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2008
On Tap in Bethesda, MD: Pors a deep amber color, had a slightly bitter taste for an amber. I initially thought is was an Alt. Shows what I know. The description is more telling than it knows with "this beer is a Rock Bottom standard". Not a bad beer, just nothing special here. I think there are usually better beers to be had at RB, have one for the rating and move on to other, better staples.

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