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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

“Never 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.” 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
(sampled at the Manitou Craft Lager Festival 8/14/11). Cloudy gold color. Small white head. Moderate citrus aroma with light wheat and malt. Flavor of the same. Avg duration. Light dry finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle. Poured a lightly hazy golden-yellow color with a quarter-inch thick white head that quickly faded to a tight ring. Aroma of light maltiness initially, with a touch of biscuit paired with a moderate fruitiness including some apricot, as well as a lightly spicy yeastiness. Smooth, lightly biting lemon on the entry with some sweet fruit (apricot, orange) pairs with a light wheatiness that carries into a lightly spicy, dry finish with a touch of hops. Relatively full mouth feel that is still moderately dry thanks to the hopping. Overall, it is certainly simple and doesn’t show complex layers of flavors, but it’s a nice combo of simple flavor and refreshing crispness that would make it a nice warm day beer, I just wish it wasn’t 6%. As it warms it does get a bit sweet and seems to lose balance, so I guess you have to drink it quick.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6232) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially very small, fizzy, white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Wow. Very little odor whatsoever. The head is just like soda pop...fizzy and disappears completely in an instant...subsequent swirls rouse no activity whatsoever. Kinda like soda pop in the mouth too...sugar and not much else to balance. What an odd (and poorly made) beer!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Pint @ Sweet Lou’s. I just don’t think I like wheat beers. Sweet and sugary tasting like a semi-flat soda. Tastes and smells like bubble gum. Just blah.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Pours hazy orangeish yellow with white head that is pretty thin, aroma has notes of some fruit with some lemon, grass, some honey, pepper notes, touch of spice, and some sweet biscuit. Taste is pretty smooth but a bit weak overall, easy to drink, with notes of lemon, biscuit, grass notes, some nice spice, touch of earthy notes finishing clean and slightly sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
thewineguy42 (4) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2011 does not count
A summer beer that is a must for me, every summer. It is light in body, but long on taste. Instead of some of the more gimmicky summer brews, this is a well crafted beer, from an excellent brewery. A perfect beer for a warm day, and a big upgrade to countless supposed summer brews.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (1941) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Crushed with TheRon. Hazy orange pour with no head whatsoever. Aromas of lemon, orange, and wheat. Flavor is very refreshing and tasty. Pretty full-bodied for a wheat ale. Thought it was excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spjensen (89) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle, pours golden, almost an orange color. Aroma is citrus, with almost a flora aroma in the background. First taste came through as a sweet banana. Goes down quite smooth with just a little lingering on the palate.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2011
From a bottle @ 2011 Craft Lager Fest. Partially see-through golden, with a small white head. Nice wheaty aroma with a touch of lemon zest. Beautiful flavor as well. A bright lemony zest backing up a yeasty, wheaty smooth brew. Not amazing, but perfectly made and satisfying. Nothing makes it bad, but nothing makes it standout, either.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4030) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Shared by turdferguson, thanks Sam. Pours a cloudy orange amber with two fingers of creamy ofwhite head. Nose is big on banana and clove with notes of raw orange flesh. Spicy and phenolic flavor with a good bit of isamyl acetate and sourdough bread. Medium bodied with a good round mouthfeel.


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