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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a copper red with medium white head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is caramel sweet but also has some earthy hops in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12501) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2005
(Denver) Clear copper body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, herbal. Taste is medium sweet, raisin, caramel, herbal. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2005
Malty nose, but faint. Amber in color with no visible carbonation. Excellent lace. Malty mouthfeel; no hops. Some decent flavr. Basic maltfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2005
Draft at the King of Prussia, Pa brewey. Nice crisp beer. Has a sit bitter smikley taste to it. I found that this had more APA character than and amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3407) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2005
22 oz bomber given to me by the head brewer at the downtown denver location-pours a copper red hue with a nice white head-foamy. bready. toasty slight diacytl aroma, but this is somewhat acceptible in this beer (its said to be an irish ale). sweet malts, caramely and toasty. flavors cold were somewhat unbalanced-caramel malts that didn’t fuse well with the earthy/sliglty piney hops. Some diacytl on the flavor, but never becomes a major problem. Some great lacing as the beer went down the glass. Not really a complex beer, but gets the job done and true to style. Slightly under-rated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2005
I’ve been told that this year’s Fire Chief is an Irish Ale, not Scotch, as it has been in previous years. I’ve cracked my growler and am ready to find out. clear, coppery crimson color, adequate 1/4" slab of creamy-tan foam. Herbal nose, a little spicy, pale fruit...nice... Taste: smooth, malty, herbal/vegetal, medium bodied, slick texture, nicely hopped...good integration, excellent balance. Truly fits the Irish Ale style. Hail to the Chief!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 12, 2005
On tap at the San Diego brewpub. Dispensed under nitrogen. Poor head retention. No aroma. Burned flavor (was that intentional due to the name?). This beer burns the tongue and NOT from alcohol. This makes the beer drinker ask: What the hell is this? A truly crap beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8800) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2005
Clear medium dark yellow color. Very sweet bubble-gum hop flavor, biting and sweet. Oak and orange and a gritty amarillo and cascade hop flavor. Fresh tasting. A bit of some burnt orange and wheat. Very pungent and strong hop nose. Biting the nose. When warmed there is an unpleasent soap flavor that is hard to get through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2005
Fairly large head, reddish amber in color. Pretty nice hoppy aroma. Bitter and hoppy but not overly so. Light and refreshing. Good beer to drink during a lazy day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Brown Coloring with White Skin. Cheap/Sweet Malt and Hops. Which Comes into Flavor..Even Hot Sauce Would do Little to Blanket the Grainy/Malt Flavor. Swill Lover’s Beer.

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