ramboraffe (668) - SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Golden with white head. Smell is citrus, flowers and hay. Taste is light caramel with hoppy pine, citrus and floral. Dry with light body, medium carbonation and low bitterness.
GG (2319) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12oz bottle -
Aroma - tropical fruit aroma, dank hops, grassy and herbaceous. No noticeable malt aromas around....right on.
Appearance - clear body, gold in color, 2" white head, medium retention
Mouthfeel - light bodied, medium carbonation, almost feels like a pilsner
Flavor - tropical flavors on the palate, piney power, bready with a clean bitter finish
Overall - high marks for Firestone making a phenomenal 1/2 an IPA, or a APA 1.5..whatever. Affordable, it delivers the hops you’d expect from Firestone, zero flaws, super tasty...damn fine.
badgerben (4490) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2014. Gold color with a small head. Light fruit and orange aroma. Moderate orange flavor. Very light bodied.
Jur (357) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy gold, lil' white head - morning piss...
Quite fruity (orange, peach) dry light bitter finish. Sessionable, not spectacular.
williamherbert (1317) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Straw yellow color, massive head. Hazy but no sediment; some tiny bubbles. The color isn’t that impressive but the complexion is. A sticky lace is left over on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is super pungent, onion-y hops. Tangerine and heavy clove. There is a very sugary malt balance, just south of a barleywine. Cannot believe this is only 4.5%; it seems boozy in the nose. Pine and spruce.
Flavor is more oniony hops, perfumey West Coast hops. Blood oranges and pungent tangerines. A little bit musty, but that might be the age; either way, it’s not a bad thing.
Slick, oily feel: buttery. This a "dank," flavor-packed beer. Much too flavorful for a session beer, but it’s a very good trend.
cafgen (143) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice gold/orange color. Aroma is citrus and slight tropical fruits. Taste is citrus and slight sweetnes. A We'll balanced saison IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled May 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, palely tanned, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright, light honey color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a huge fruit focus to it with notes of kumquat zest, tangelo zest, guava, a bit of mango, and lychee notes in the first pass. A second pass sees a light spiciness accentuating the fruit character with a suggestion of pepper, as well as a bit of earthy herbal character.
The body is very light, and this is peppered with a zippy, prickly carbonation; there is just enough texture to keep this from being watery, but this is definitely a hot-weather, quaffing type beer. This has a firm, biting bitterness from beginning through to the lingering finish. The bright fruitiness of the nose is reduced in the flavor due to the dryness of this beer, but it is still the biggest contributor. Flavors of Meyer lemon zest, kumquat, tangerine zest, essential guava and lychee, as well as a tropical flower nectar character are all quite present. The bitterness has a bit of pine like character and an herbal edge to it that adds some balance to the fruit character. The malt plays a purely supporting role here, with barely a suggestion of pale malt; more an accentuating hay like character than anything, but, perhaps, at times there is a suggestion of saltine cracker like malt character towards the finish.
This is a nice hoppy Pale Ale; it definitely gives me a needed hop fix, and I like that I can easily through a couple of these back without too much affect.
pinkzambia (1522) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Doolittle: clear gold color with a foamy white head. Fresh citrusy hop aroma. Thin body and kind of watery. Expected more from FW. Not offensive and I guess is probably closer to a session.
Huhzubendah (2635) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light golden body with a small white head. Aromas of citrus, hops, assorted tropical fruit. Light bready body in support of a hop forward beer. Light body, even thin, making for a nice session brew. I prefer Founders All Day IPA to this. I’d like to try an über fresh bottle sometime.
onceblind (4470) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear bright golden under a sticky thin white head. Very floral and a bit herbal nose with some piney hops aroma as well. Bitter flavor with pine resins and a floral finish with a clean and clear malt body throughout. A very by-the-numbers session ipa, and kinda forgettable. And just a wee bit too bitter.