Firestone Pale AleMarch 1, 2008 Paso Robles, CA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, CA
Original Gravity: 1046
Wisp of head. Clear, concise golden color. Remarkable hop aroma seems to emerge as the best of a hybrid American-English combo. Delicious aroma. Flavor of hops perform a groovy break dance on the palate. Malt background lends support and satisfaction, but it’s the dancing with hops that perform beer drinking miracles with this world class brew. Worth seeking and as good as it gets, in its own unique way. Love and leave some for me. I’m in a beer drinking mood, so I’ll pass on the food.
- Charlie Papazian
Hops steal the show right from the moment you flip the cap off this shiny blonde, exploding with pithy grapefruit and juicy melon. The same hops then skip and jump all over the tongue, leaving oily, bitter footprints. The juicy fruit is not so full in the mouth—there’s more of an earthy resin note—but it’ll still delight hop lovers. It’s when we get to the aftertaste that the not-so-secret ingredient plays its hand. This beer is fermented in American oak and there’s certainly a tangy, woody dryness to the dry-hopped, bitter finish. A big, tasty, satisfying beer.
- Jeff Evans
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Author of the Good Bottled Beer Guide and The Book of Beer Knowledge, Jeff Evans is an eight-time editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and one of Britain's best-known beer writers.
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