drowland (6569) - Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/10/10. My first ever Firestone Walker brew, with HUGE thanks to mkade for an awesome Secret Santa box! Pours a muddled orange with a fluffy white head that fades to a ring and a film in a few minutes. The aroma is big time west coast hops - piney, some pot, a hint of pee, and lingering flowery citrus. The flavor is much the same but with a bigger hint of sour and a surprising dry grainy malt backing that reminds me of pilsner malt. Quite tasty!
EithCubes (5148) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from State Line. Sweet doughy nose, bread and flowers, lovely hoppy nose. Rich, complex malt. Pale golden pour, clear, lots of carbonation, Duvel-light-esque head unusual for this type of yeast. Watery light body, taste has strong grassy hop bite, but overall light balanced. Nothing but kudos for these guys - I love California!
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL. Pours a clear deep yellow to light amber with a rocky, off-white head that left excellent lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued, cream of wheat, oatmeal, slight diacetyl. Taste is not hoppy or floral like other APAs. It is malt-forward, rich in freshly ground barley, grist powder, slight lemon and butteriness. Not hop-forward enough. A little too session "lagery" and muted to be an APA.
RichardW (1633) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Good grassy hop note, leading to a fine fresh tasting pale ale, with some grapefruit. Well carbonated mouthfeel and a zesty finish.
MartinT (8281) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and leafy hops ride this Pale Ale’s rotund pale malts, building a clean but sweet session ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim film of foam floats atop the misty golden.
-This is as impeccably brewed as their other beers, but it is way too round for my tastes in Pale Ales. This type of body works wonderfully for strong ales, but for a 5% brew...
-The leafy hop finish is levelled with the rest of the flavour profile’s medium intensity.
-The hops aren’t nearly bright enough to alleviate the malt’s heft.
On tap at the brewery tasting room.
CampesinoTino (798) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, tropical fruit and a little caramel. Appearance is a light reddish golden color with a half inch of pillowy white head. Taste starts off with lots of bitter, resinous hop flavors along with a bit of orange citrus and pine. These flavors are nicely balanced by the bready toasted malts and caramel. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-bodied with full carbonation. It finishes dry and bitter with a pleasantly hoppy aftertaste. This is an extremely flavorful and balanced APA that makes for an ideal session beer. I’ll definitely be adding this one to the warm weather rotation.
haggis03a3 (164) - Piedmont, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color with a disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, sweet, caramel. Flavor very hoppy, not excessively bitter, and has the right level of malt. Ends dry and has a soft mouth feel and carbonation. This is a great APA - restrained except with the aroma hops.
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronzed brew with a fine dewy cream head. Airy floral nose with Chinook accents. Breezy leafiness. The flavor is similarly of a breezy, Chinook-accented floral leafiness. The malting is underweighted for this brew. Ok
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Honey blond translucent body with a small off white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves swirls of lace.
Smell: Tea, grass, herbal hops, slight touch of lightly toasted malt.
Taste: Like drinking a carbonated glass of sun tea with a nice english hop profile. Earthy!
Mouthfeel: Thin but with a nice amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Goes down like water. Super pale malty and earthy hoppy water. Totally sessionable but the flavor profile isn’t to my liking enough to give it a 5.0 in this dept.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-03-2009
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to visionaries!
Bright copper, lacing, soapy white head. Strong nose of crackers, orange, soap, and lemon pine-sol. Balanced flavor of orange, pine, cracker, metal, and grass. Sticky, soapy body, thick enough but with light hop and bubblegum sweetness through the finish. Enjoyable and with a lot to enjoy, but its mouthfeel certainly could use some toning down, and overall, its a bit too aggressive to be called an APA.