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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Bottle poured a hazy golden amber with a small lingering white head. Aromas of honey, bread, lemon and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, honey and light citrus with a crisp malty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Pours a nice clear tan yellow/gold with a decent amount of white foamy head that dissapated quickly and left a little bit of lacing. Smells of tropical fruit, namely jackfruit, wheaty malt, and a light aroma of banana. Taste has a lot of banana and tropical fruity flavors, though not jackfruit in the taste. Very rich tasting beer, full bodied and creamy in texture, which is delicious. Hops and citrus help keep this beer from being too creamy. The clove and other spices are evident as the beer is swallowed. Carbonation produces a light tingle when first sipped, but isnít really present otherwise. Highly drinkable beer, as the finish is crisped by the hops that are there. Well balanced, tasty wheat beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Norcalgrowler. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is woody with a yeasty fruit character. No discernable hop aroma. Highly carbonated, medium body. Flavor is slightly spicy, with fruity yeast character. No perceived bitterness

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Hazy gold pour with a foamy head. Aroma of grain, yeast lemon and spice. Flavor is a pretty standard wheat with a bit of citrusy hop on the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cmonster (982) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Bottle served in a shaker. Pours hazy sunlight. Short head, very short retention. Not liking the nose. Transferring this to a narrower, lager glass. Already a better pour. Short white head holds. Aroma is somewhat farmhouse as I remembered it when tasting it previously. Spice, yeast, and wheat. Soft sweet flavor. Light-medium body, creamy texture. and dough and tropical fruit on the medium length finish. Proof that proper glassware does make a difference. I would not turn this away if offered.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
12oz bottle pour. Not much head from this one. What little is there is white in color with a light orange/yellow body. I notice some sediment floating around, so the color isnít very clear. The aroma is light, with some notes of spice. The flavor is actually interesting, though not my favorite. Itís pretty complex and seems to move around a bit. Thereís spice, hops, sweetness, and a slightly bready finish. Overall, a decent beer, though FW has far superior brews in their repertoire.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joet (2224) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Iím not sure what to make of this one. Itís a very hoppy version of what what seems like a poke at a German wheat. At 6%, itís too big to be session or hot weather beer. And despite the obvious nods to Bavarian origins the phenols and other fruit flavors are obscured by the robust hop flavors. Even the fruit flavors of melon and apricot are over-sharpened by a stark acidity. Why didnít they stick with citric flavors if they were using high acidity? Despite what seems like a train wreck in some respects, this beer is endearing for what it is.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (1047) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours a cloudy yellow with aroma of orange and lemon zest. Taste of orange peel and citrus. Slight bitter aftertaste, a decent refreshing beer.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oscbert (1054) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
On tap at Firestone Walker ~Orangey aroma, citrusy, wheaty malt. ~Pours cloudy orange with quickly disappearing head. ~Orange citrusy flavor with wheaty malt in back. ~Med body, med CO2, Sweet orangey finish. ~Good Summer Brew when you are hot and thirsty. Pretty simple brew and uninspiring tho.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Pours deep golden with no head or lacing. Notes of wheat with a hint of citrus. Balanced taste with a slightly sour finish. Tangy and crisp.


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