patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
KUEric (889) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
chadje (194) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mjg74 (2852) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Tap @ San Diego. Dark/medium amber in color. Some maltiness along with grain. Somewhat bitter finish. Pretty bland.
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.