talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 The pour is a sparkling clear, pale orange with a moderately full, white, creamy, frothy head which settles to a frothy layer throughout and leaves frothy, drippy lace. The nose is very fragrant, very citrusy and spicy; lots of pepper, white grapefruit and faint passionfruit, some green hops, leafy hops, and a slight honeyed malt background. The flavor is similar but turning a bit herbal (maybe basil, as the description suggests?), still grapefruit and tangerine, pepper everywhere almost chile pepper-esque, some honeyed cereal notes underneath, and a nearly high bitterness. The palate is nearly lively, nearly full, creamy, sticky, and oily. The beer finishes with the peppery spice almost seeming warm, bitter herbal notes, slight resin, and similar citrus notes still keeping from a dry IIPA. My first experience with Firestone and I was pleasantly surprised. Very different from other IIPA’s, lots of peppery spice but minimal dryness, a pleasant malt base but still a nearly high bitterness, and very high herbal notes but still quite drinkable. The palate worked very well for me with just enough carbonation and body as well as a mixture of mouthfeel textures that was just nice. I am surprised by this one, the citrus calmed the intense pepper, the pine/resin notes were minimal which kept the dryness low, and somehow the herbal notes only added nice complexity. Very nice surprise.
rmussman (1664) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled in a big bottle. Pours deep brown with a thick head on it. The hops are very fresh and leave a bit of a taste in the mouth. A very good brew.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poor light gold with little head. Smell is dried grass with a little sweetness. Taste is raw grapefruit pulp with a little honey. Good stuff thx kickinchalice.
drowland (5892) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/5/11. 22oz bomber courtesy KickInChalice! Clear amber pour with a small tan head. Dank, malty aroma with plenty of sweetness. Rich, sweet flavor with caramel, citrus, pineapple, and more. Very balanced, but I was hoping for more fresh hop character. Not bad!
Dogbrick (7090) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by JaBier. The beer pours a clear copper color with a medium thick fluffy white head that has good retention. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops and fruit.Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character that has resiny and floral qualities. Notes of sweet malt and citrus as well. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left behind. Good IIPA all around.
SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on Tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City .. . Pours a deep gold, great foam .. . lots of pine, resin and sap- very pure and sticky .. . I really enjoyed this brew and very well made also.. . we’re looking for treasure!
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber on #IPADay - purchased at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA. pours a bright orange with a 2 finger creamy white head which falls to a thin lacing. big citrus hop nose with some herbal qualities and a bit of spice. medium to full body with lots of citrus bitterness and an underlying malt base that balances things out. Very creamy throughout. Soft, delicate and assertive. Big finish with tons of orange peel, lemon and lots of lingering bitterness. Outstanding IIPA!
acearl (371) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, first from Firestone, tangerine orange hue with white creamy head, resin/piney aroma with lots of alcohol, grapefruit hops and bread malt, very astringency/alcohol comes through and though, subtle, balanced and clear but overriding alcohol detracted a tad, description says enjoy in moderation must be because the alcohol, better to share
AskForJenny (1011) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 22oz - Frothy white head over orange liquid leave nice lacing as it subsides. Fresh, resinous, citrus aromas. The taste is malt offsetting the hops, with nothing out of balance. Nice.
Just as awesome on tap. - 27 Aug 11
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I pour the brew into my nonic pint glass and it arrives a very clear golden color with a frothy off white head sitting on top. It leaves a good amount of lacing as it subsides too.
The nose is super fresh smelling. Lots of resiny and citrus hop aromas. Tons of grapefruit and tangerine. Slight grassy note in there as well.
The taste is a lot of the same. The hops just jump out at you. Citrus and resin once again. A slight bready malt character lends some backing to this hoppy attack. And an alcohol bite comes through in the finish as it warms up.