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Firestone Walker Solace (-2011)

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer

ďNever under estimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made (fish) taco and a cold bottle of (wheat) beer.Ē Tom Robbins

Product Specs:
OG = 14P / 1.057SG
FG = 2.5P / 1.010SG
Color = 6 SRM
IBUs = 15
ABV = 6.0%
Appearance = Hazy / Opalescent

Brewing Program:
Multi-step infusion mashing program using wheat to insure a creamy mouth feel
Traditional biological acidification program to insure bright zesty acidity
Warm (free range) farm-house style fermentation to add tropical flavors and spicy aroma
Cold conditioned and blended to soften, mellow and round
Presented unfiltered to retain all flavor, aroma, texture and visual opalescence
Lightly hopped with a unique blend to add spicy balanced drinkability

Recipe Components:
Hops: Yakima Valley Willamette, French Strissel Spalt
Malts: North American 2-Row Malted Barley, North American White Wheat Malt, Toasted Wheat, Munich Malt, Acidulated Malt, German (Weyermann) Cara-Wheat, German (Weyermann) Cara-Foam.


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asedzie (598) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Aroma is wonderful - has saison-like pungency of ripe fruit, mild herbal hops. Flavor is lightly sweet round bready malt with just a hint of acidic sour. Finish has lingering malt sugars and light bitterness. A phenomenal wheat ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 3 oz. Tast @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 6.0% ABV. 15 IBUís. Foamy cloudy darkish lemon gold color. Wheat ester front. Odd citrus wheat fruit ester body. Clean banana Hefe slightly too sweet fruity end. (3.0 / 5.0) Firestone Walker Brewing Company solace--Craftily Unfiltered Ale--Limited Release 2010--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 15 IBUís. (3.75 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Foamy mild lace white head. Clear bright orange gold color hazes creamy orange with rich sediment. Light floral wheat ester citrus clove hop hint front. Tangy dry sweet creamy malty wheat mild fruit delicate spice smooth refreshing body. Dry citrus end. Sampled. 8/19/2010. 6- Pack--$9.49.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Nose of honey, wheat, and yeast. Cloudy yellow gold with a small pale yellow head. Flavor is light banana, a hint of clovey spiciness, and wheaty bread.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bottle pours hazy yellow with a white to off-white head. Aroma is wheat, banana, mango, vanilla, and a small amount of lemon. Flavor shows the same. Overall body is moderate weight with a creamy soft mouthfeel and lightly bitter finish. Pretty interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2010
Got a ton of tropical flavors accompanying the traditional banana and wheat. Papaya, mango and guava all there...rising out of a murky golden tangerine body with a 1/2 inch eggshell head. Virtually glowed. Nice mouthfeel...coating without being cloying. Actually a solid summer brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2010
12oz bottle from BevMo. Hazy, pale yellow pour with a frothy white head, spotty lacing. Nice nose of pineapple, mango and Belgian spices. A very tasty and refreshing summer brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours cloudy golden yellow with a small white head that leaves specks of lace. Smells cereal and malty sweet and yeasty with some fruit and citrus as well. Tastes the same. Yeasty and malty sweet. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Found a bottle on the coast! Didnít even know wtf it was. pours a cloudy orange, nice and expected. flavor is nice, typical wheaty with banana clove some nice spicy notes. mouthfeel is very nice, definitely not watery in the slightest. i actually think itís great that this is a 6%abv wheat, it gives it more body and character. no off flavors detected here, but i am no wheat beer expect. definitely not a typical hefe though. if this is in fact going to be a regular summer seasonal itís actually one that i will come back to.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 Rerate on tap at TAPS Petaluma. Much improved character, none of the acetaldehyde flaws (thankfully, it seems like I just got a bum sixer); this is nicely toasty, wheaty, with light esters and phenols coming through; vanilla and small touches of white pepper. Creamy, wheaty, tasty. 7.4.7.4.14=3.6

12oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. Despite the listing and the shown label, my bottle states 6.0%; evidently even American wheats need to be 6% these days. Pours a hazy, medium tarnished-copper color; creamy off-white head with patchy lacing and retention; i do appreciate the unfiltered aspect, but the head just isnít there long enough. Ugh, says the aroma: significant amounts of green apple / acetaldehyde from the get-go: some hints of a wheat character and light citrus hop character, but this is just an acetaldehyde bomb: wtf? Medium body: lightly creamy, lively carbonation, hints of light huskiness from the wheat, but nothing rough; feels reasonably nice in the mouth; the taste is slightly more forgiving than the aroma: despite the fact that thereís an impressive amount of acetaldehyde in here for any 4.8-6.0% beer, thereís also some pleasurable wheat, a hint of a mineral bitterness, and even vague gestures in the direction of a yeast character (not Bavarian in any reasonable sense, but some vanilla and something resembling creme brule / caramelized sugar and bananas); what an odd beer. I was hugely looking forward to a 4.8% unfiltered wheat beer; instead I come home to a 6% acetaldehyde bomb; this is just disappointing brewing from a company I generally admire. Címon, people, this is not a well-made beer in the slightest. What is this beer? Medium finish, showing bananas, hints of clove, and no green apple in the slightest; ends moderately dry and pleasant, in fact. I hope this was just a bad sixer, but Iím not revisiting this one. 4.3.5.4.11=2.7

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Poured cloudy orange with almost no head. Light lacing. Sweet citrusy aroma,. Light sweet citrusy flavour, with a wheaty tang in the finish. Light bodied, probably best cold.


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