Marston’s / Firestone Walker California Pale Ale

Formerly brewed at Marston’s
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Special.
This multi award winning West Coast brewer specialises in brewing American pale ales using its patented Firestone union oak barrel fermentation system. This West Coast-style pale ale is characterised by the use of American-grown hops, with their herbal, citrus-like aroma and flavour. The bright and fruity hop aroma is balanced by an elegant malt texture, with hints of toffee and toasted malt. Hops used: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, American Fuggles

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
halfonit (1341) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2014
On tap at English Cellar Alehouse. Pours a clear golden orange color with a small white head. Light fruity hops aroma. Slight metallic flavor of malts & hops with a light sweetness and citrus hoppy base. Subdued malts. Kind of seems watered down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (18486) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein orangegelbes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr fruchtig süß, hopfig, malzig. Geschmack fruchtig hopfig, bitter, malzig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Cask at JDW in Finchley Road, London on 1 July 2013. Poured a clear orange with a nice white head. Good hop aroma with hints of caramel malts. Beer was in excellent condition. Strong initial grassy bitterness with hints of citrus, balanced by some brown sugar and cereal flavours. Palate was a little thin, but a pretty good beer to find in JDW.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (4974) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Light golden clear. No bubbles. Pleasant citrus aroma and flavor. The malt is subdued. The beer is very sessionable. Refreshing moderate carbonation. Strong and mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2213) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
pours a clear orange-yellow with a small bubbly head, and good lacing. smell is of some citrus, grain, and cereal. taste is of grain, lime, some caramel, malt, and hops. ends dry and somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3322) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Wow! What a great beer for such a small ABV. Bought this from House of 1000 Beers not knowing it was retired. I was expecting a weak flavored watery beer, but this beer has a great hop profile and a lot of flavor for a 4.5% beer. Aroma was alright. Freshly cut grass and pine. Pour was a medium light gol with no bubbles or head. Uh this beer flat? Nope. Taste was a big surprise. Strong hoppy flavor with the pine and grass big and bold. Nice and bitter with little sweetness. If this was regularly available in PA I’d buy it by the case. Nice hop flavor, strong carbonation and low ABV. A gem.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7288) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright golden color with a large foamy yellow-white head that faded and left minimal lacing. The aroma was bitter and tart with notes of pine, resin, lemon, caramel and then more pine. The flavor was bitter, dry and somewhat tart with pine, lemon and an astringent presence. The finish was medium length dry pine. Thin and watery body. Unimpressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
aaron_bossart (33) - Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2012
This is a refreshing summer beer. The type of ale you’d want to enjoy after a hot days work. However, it was nothing special. The taste was alright, but the top was very thin, and seemed slightly flat. Almost comparable to Firestone’s Solace seasonal release, which I would HIGHLY recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottle. Strong hops, bitterness, pine on the nose. Pours golden in color, not cloudy at all, white head that disapates quickly. Flavor isn’t as strong as the nose suggests, moderate palate. Easy drinking pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2012
Mostly yellow in color. A little cloudy w/ a thin head. Nice floral hops, some orange/ citrus flavors. Very easy drinking & ’light’ but flavorful & enjoyable.

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