ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hoppy aroma that blends British and US hops; mild malty, toffee flavor and clean, lightly bitter finish; nicely balanced , very drinkable and clean. Good pale.
SSSteve (3878) - - JAN 14, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
orange with no head. hoppy aroma with hints of wood. palate is a little watery and low in carbonation. flavor is hoppy, orange, and lightly bready. notes of honey, and caramel. very nice.
Foxbush (1368) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 This is my first ale from Firestone. The APA was very good. The head was small and no lacing. The straw color was pleasing . The aroma of grapefruit was muted by the vanilla nd toffee. the well balanced APA was well worth it. I would try from the tap. I will also look for more Firestone products. I purchased a 6-pack on father’s day 2009. It was great with steamed crabs.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clear yellow, light white head and lacing. Nose of fresh hops. Very light malt and nice crisp dry hops. Dry flavor, nice bouquet. Finishes thin, lightly dry. Bitter mouthfeel. Good.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
white moderately lasting head. realy nice piney citrus aroma (best attribute of this beer)
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased from State Line Liquors. Pours golden abmer with a white head. Nice aroma . Aroma of toffee, honey, caramel, and grapefruity hops. Lively mouthfeel.Initial flavor of pale malts, vanilla, toffee. Clean and mild bitter finish, with some faint dryness. This was nice, just a well crafted simple beer.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an attractive clear pale golden/copper with a medium, yet tight creamy white head. Fresh, floral, citrusy Cascade hop nose. Very pleasant and well-balanced. Flavor has notes of light roasted caramel malt, toffee, bread, grapefruity cascade hops and a touch of lemon (perhaps there are some noble hops in here too). Has a nice level of malty sweetness and body. The bitterness is very smooth yet prominent enough for a APA categorization. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. At 4.6% alc, I was expecting this to be somewhat lifeless and dull but it’s the total opposite; I love it when that happens. After all, isn’t that why we spend all our time on this site in the first place?
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF-pours a white head with gold color. Aroma is light citrus hops-grapefruit, secondary malt. Taste is light citrus hops-grapefruit, secondary malt, crisp.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a slightly chill-hazed, amber-tinted gold, with a good white head that retains well and leaves good lace. nose is SNPA - tart citric notes balanced with a light blush of malt. flavor is again quite similar to SNPA, without the underlying carapils chewiness, and therefore with a bit more of a percetion of rattiness from the hops.
so I don’t get it - this is quite close to being an SNPA clone. why bother? another Firestone Walker beer that is clean, well-made...and thoroughly un-inspired. Firestone Walker continue to leaves me cold, especially given all the accolades they have gotten (of course, that’s what GABF types like - clean and un-inspired)
daveloch (4) - USA - OCT 3, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice golden light amber with a quickly dissapating head. Good aroma with definite hoppiness. Taste is the expected Pale Ale fruitiness with a lingering bitterness that is not all that unpleasant. Has been a "go-to" beer for me for a while now.