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).

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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.

roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Poured a dark red with a small amount of fizzy white head. Aroma is sweet and malty and also a little citrusy. Flavor is smooth and a nice mix of malts and hops. Very nice balance. Could have drank this all night. Went very well with my enchilladas.

eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Red with an off white head. Aroma had the slightest hint of apricot and perhaps some other fruits that I could not distinguish. Barely noticable fruit in the taste, and very watery.

badgerben (5327) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Dark red color with no head. Hmmm... smells like grains... and tastes like a grain silo! Damn, I was hoping they’d make a good session beer out of this, but it just tastes muddled.

iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Draught (Chicago Brewpub), 2005 version: clear, dark orange color with a decent white head. Fresh, hop laden aroma with a nice bit of sweet malts and caramel. Flavours were better than I expected with a good pairing of hops to malt, too often ambers forget that the hops should play a part as well, this one allows both to play. Overall a decent brew and one that I could have a couple in one sitting, though there are plenty others I would rather have…

Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Chicago, 2005. Clear, amber body with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is niceky balanced between whole grains and nuts from the malt side and pine resin on the hoppy side. The body is nothing outstanding--fairly full but also lacking any sort of creaminess. The flavors are good and fairly well balanced. The malt and hops interact well and create satisfaction for the tongue. Certainly not the best beer from Rock Bottom, but not a terrible one considering it’s being marketed to anyone and everyone.

PWalk (338) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2005
KoP near Philly: A decent amber that didn’t impress nor did it depress. On Nitro it was uncommonly smooth.

StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Had this years ago at Rock Bottom in Milwaukee. Poured a copper-red, with nice tan head. Smelled of hops and bittering agents - very alive. Smooth, but with a bite. A solid red ale.

DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Pours coppery/reddish. Aroma of malt, slight caramel and cabernet. Tastes malty, similar to Killians, with a crisp, malty finish.

DrnkMcDermott (3137) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Draft, RB Chicago. Here it was presented as an Irish red ale, and I don’t think any of us has many great expectations from this style. Still, there are some nice roasty malt notes, and a noticable hop profile in an attractive red body. A decent enough session ale.

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