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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chadje (184) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 26, 2010 On Tap in Long Beach. Pours a nice dark amber color with a good head. Smells of malt and hops. Has a good hoppy and a good bitter finish. Tastes similar, but not as good, as Bear Republic’s Red Rocket Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2632) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Tap @ San Diego. Dark/medium amber in color. Some maltiness along with grain. Somewhat bitter finish. Pretty bland.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Draught in Colorado Springs at Rock Bottom. Aroma is faint with just a hint of malt. Color is a hazy amber with a nice tight head and somewhat low carbonation. It has a medium body that goes down crisp. Finish is a mild malt flavor with a nice hop taste and a full bitterness. Aftertaste is dry as the bitterness lingers. This is a tasty and well done Alt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Highly drinkable, but watery. My second least favorite of the not very good rock bottom beers. Some amber malt flavor, but not too much of anything. No hops of course.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Highly drinkable...that is what their intent is, right??? Vibrant burnt orange body with average clean white head. The aroma is minimal at best; with notes of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavor follows and is also minimal at best!!! You’d think they’d step it up a notch with a Special Edition ale. I think, instead of adding qualities one would think about when envisioning the job of firefighter (strength, bold flavors, smoke), they added what every good firefighter needs...WATER!!! It’s all about the Benjamin’s!!! At least the proceeds go to a GREAT charity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
Brown-red, swampy khaki head. Sweet, malt, saazy aroma. Tannic, lightly woody, lightly tart, dry. Medium light body, finishes peaty. Fair, drinkable. On tap, Chicago, Winston trip.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
Very thin and watered-down amber ale, to the point that I really had no idea what they were shooting for with this beer. Very unremarkable drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2007
On tap at the KOP location and billed as a malty ESB. Pours a lightly hazy orange amber with a creamy/bubbly off white lightly lacing head. Aroma of malt, sweet toffee, some nuts and caramel. Flavor of toffee, nuts, toasted malts, slight hop bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Not very interesting flavor. I had hoped for better out of a new one I had in a sampler. Low hop flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2007
On tap in Bellevue. Pours a clear bright copper with a fading but lacy white head. Pine and grapefruit hop aroma, backed up by a dollup of sweet malt. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The style math for this beer says "APA," it’s right in there between Amber and IPA. Lightly sweet taste of fruit, citrus and caramel with a crisp, bitter finish.

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