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RATINGS: 98   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13618) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2010
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.
Earlier Rating: 7/30/2006 Total Score: 2.9
Draft in Indy in May 06. Amber color with a medium white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate sweet balanced aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture. Medium sweet balanced flavor with a sweet finish of short duration. Average drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2010
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 dad’s a firefighter, so I wasn’t going to miss this one. Cool idea and event.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Poured into a pint glass from the tap. The color is red amber with a white head The smell is slightly muted with flavors of hops, caramel, and some mild malt. The taste was somewhat fruity with a bitter hop feel to it. Some spicy feel to the beer. Overall the beer was easy to drink and was a little crisp. Not too heavy.

   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 (2195) - 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 (2628) - 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 (4959) - 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 (5799) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, 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 (4874) - Fort Wayne, 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.

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