JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden pour with a thick white head. The nose is lightly piny with a soft earthiness in addition to a lot of grapefruit and pale malt. Bright and clean with excellent balance. It’s a simple brew, but it’s very tasty.
nickd717 (4058) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the taproom in Buellton.
Firestone-Walker’s slogan is "passion for the PALE," and this beer really exhibits that, as it is one PALE-ass beer. PALE golden in color with a one-finger PALE white head that has decent retention.
The aroma has just a hint of sweet PALE malt, with loads of west coast hops lending citrusy, herbal, and earthy notes.
The flavor also has a little PALE malt, but that gets out of the way for the hops, as this is a true west coast style PALE ale. Orange, grapefruit, earth, herbal qualities, and resin.
Medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation, and considerable hop resins.
A solid PALE ale overall. Sort of like a toned-down Union Jack if I had to call it anything. Enjoyable.
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice clear golden color with a white head that sticks to the top of the glass. Aroma is mild hops and some some sweetness. Taste is very crisp and refreshing with nice hop presence and some maltiness at the same time. Very enjoyable.
Crit (3762) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep gold,small beige head.Citrus hop nose and palate, medium strength lasting hop finish. Unremarkable
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear yellow/orange. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, floral hops. The head is off-white and quickly disappears. Flavor is very light, sweet with a mild bitterness. The finish is a little bitter and hoppy. The beer overall is well balanced and very drinkable!
drowland (7798) - 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 (5458) - 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!
GT (9918) - Oceanside, 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 (1813) - 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 (9063) - 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.