RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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.

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skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2010
You know, I’m normally not big on American Wheats, but this brew actually fulfilled the flavor department enough for me to actually dig this style! Nice work gentleman. Lots of sweet sugary like malts on the nose, transfers into the body of the beer, and then you’re blasted with a firm hit of wheat in the finish, which sizzles on the tongue lightly for a moment, before subduing to make you want another sip. Finally, someone does it right!

omhper (25752) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2010
Draught at Vino Versato, Pismo Beach, CA. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Fairly sweet with an aroma of sugared banana. Medium bodied with rounded, creamy mouthfeel, Persistnt but light banana flavour.Low bitterness. Tasty, but on the sweet side.

SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
12oz bottle, though I had a couple pints on draught back in the spring when it came out. To be honest off the bat, I haven’t particularly cared for it either time, though for different reasons. The spicing turned me off back then, as did the sweetness and generous body for a summer refresher. This time, it’s flat and dead on the palate, with not nearly enough carbonation to get the sticky, heavy wheat texture from coating your mouth. The aroma is very yeasty, but more actual yeast than phenols or esters, though there is still some spice and vague fruit. The flavor has some melon rind, light clove and cinnamon, and light stone fruit. Very light hops and a lingering sweet finish. I see some saison elements mixed in with wit or weizen or something, but the blend and execution just isn’t really there. I know that Matt is better than this, so I can only assume that he wasn’t in complete control here, or got pushed out of his comfort zone. Lil’ Opal was a great summer session beer, but the heaviness of this, coupled with it’s higher alcohol and weird mix of flavors really kills its function as a summer beer or anytime beer for that matter. I have to be this critical of a Firestone beer as I have a huge amount of respect for them, but I really hope this gets replaced or overhauled next year.

beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2010
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with joeneugs. Usually as August approaches I’m pretty tired of wheat beers. This beer was a happy exception. Pours a cloudy gold with a thin-moderate linen white head that evaporated before the first sip. Pleasant aroma of malt and lemon. The flavor is malt with a bit of sweetness to it along with lemon that likewise was just a tad sweet. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A solid choice for a summer ale.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
355mL. Poured a clear yellow with really no head. Aroma is a bit urine, a bit vegetal. Taste is somewhat spiced, some unflaked malt, lager graininess, honey. Not very good.

tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Overall, this beer was terrible, it was about as vile a beer as they come. I’ll avoid it like the plague form now on. tastes like a grainy butthole.

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle... Poured hazy, golden, with a white head. Crisp, refreshing, very sweet. Tones of honey, tangerine-like citrus. Quite floral with a malty backing. Also a yeast tanginess.

mar (5444) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. yellow pour with a white head. nose is wheat, lemon, and clove. decent on the palate, flavor is wheaty, light clove, and lemon.

Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Golden hazy pour with a moderate white head, falls fairly quick. Smells of citrus, grass, spice, clove, light sweet toastiness. Smells a little better than it tastes. Little bit of overripe banana on the flavor, more clove and spice, citrus and juicy tropical fruit, herbal and grassy notes. Doesn’t really fit together very well, somehow.

zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Sweet citrusy and yeasty aroma. Super hazy yellow color with a slight green twinge. Bitter with a bit of vegetalness. Not as yeast in the taste.

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