Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark golden with a nice half inch head. Good retention and sticky lace.
Aroma is caramel malt with some earthy and piney hops.
Flavor is pine up font, with a caramel backbone, and a medium length earthy piney finish.
Low alcohol and balanced flavors make this an excellent choice for a session beer.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Hopmonk. Pours a bright, clear orange color (hint of amber); white head with patchy retention and lacing; really nice color. Pleasant and crisp earthy and light orange / citrus bitterness in the aroma; quite aromatic and clearly expressed. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: following the aroma, lots of juicy earthy and citrus hop character here; light malt core; again, very clean and crisp and drinkable; I’ve a decent fondness for pretty much everything FW does with involving hops. Medium finish: nicely dry, lots of earthiness and toast.
Earlier Rating: 9/25/2009 Total Score: 3.5
12oz bottle. Pours a bright, clear, slightly tarnished golden color; bright-white head with beautiful mixed-bubbled lacing creeping up the glass; nice pour. The nose here has a very strong fruit character and hints of tea, kind of like tea mixed with orange Jell-O; definitely engaging, in a generous, crisp, authentic way; hop tea! Medium mouthfeel: following the aroma, this has a pleasant orange and floral hop bitterness throughout with a balancing, lightly tannic tea-like middle; nicely crisp, bitter on the edges, and a very drinkable rendition overall. Solid stuff; while slightly one-dimensional, I could drink a fair amount of this quite happily. Nice, lasting finish of toasty malts and light biscuity notes; mineral bitterness end.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle.Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and pale malt. Flavor repeats this exactly. Watery body, medium carbonation. Probably would make a decent summer sessioner if there was a Sierra shortage in town. Overall, fair to good.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Golden with fine thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet citrus, lemon and orange, and lighter syrupy sweeter caramel hint. Flavor is similar plus some general unidentified funk. Palate is nice and sticky like some of other higher abv pale ale brews. Great feel and a great session I had.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 Pours murky pale yellow/orange. Aroma- honey, pine, orange, other sweet fruit. Same taste, slightly skunked and a sticky body. Maybe this bottle is old. I finally got another bottle of this on a massive beer run to Spokane. Pours clear gold, foamy white head recedes pretty quickly. Aroma of pineapple, cereal grain, orange. Taste is mild, citrusy, sweet, medium bitter finish. Damn good stuff, glad I got this again.
after4ever (6103) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22. Pours a crystal clear bright orange with a loose tan head that falls quickly away. Butterscotchy, piney nose. Would be pleasant but for that butterscotch. Creamy medium body, decent carbonation. Caramel, pine, and butterscotch mid-palate. Mild piney finish. Curious to see what this would taste like clean--it’s a fairly down-the-line APA, which is a little surprising for Fire Walk, but it’s more surprising to see the butter.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Frothy 2 finger white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.
Sweet citrusy hop aroma with nice butterscotch malty presence and earthy grassy notes. Interesting combination of sweet lemon peel/grapefruit citrus along with butterscotch like biscuity malt and earthy grassy straw notes.
Pretty hop forward for a pale ale with a prominent dry earthy pine presence that’s complimented by a sweet citrus lemongrass/grapefruit character. The malt backbone is a lot stronger than I expected in a west coast beer but provides excellent balance. Hints of caramel, butterscotch and biscuit. More dry bitter earthy hops and citrus sweetness in the dry finish.
Oscbert (1019) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
~Big aroma of floral and citrus hops, slight grassines, Some sweet bready malts in background.
~Light clear copper color with persistant creamy white head, lacing.
~Citrus flavor very well balanced with bready malts
~Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Citrus bitter finish that lingers.
~Excellent Pale ale. The hops are showcased and delicious. Well done.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Poured very nice with a large, white head that diminished to around 1/2-finger size. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark orange color, and clear.
S: Nice aroma of average-to-heavy hops, heavy on the pine, with some citrus present as well.
T: Mild hoppy flavor, with some citrus and pine present too. A little watery with a short duration for an IPA, but understandable at an ABV of 4.8%. Still quite enjoyable.
M: Medium-bodied with a creamy texture, and lively carbonation.
D: Very easy to drink with quite a good flavor and excellent appearance... the perfect session IPA.
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bready malt aroma, nuts. Slight piney hops aroma.
Restrained hopping, good sweet fruit malt characters,and some mild spice(mint?) charactetize the flavor.
Vibrant well carbed palate is a little over board for me, but there is a pleasant buttery mouth on this beer.