Does the beer live up to it?
Smell-Light citrus aroma
Taste-Smooth on the lips (unlike yesterday's IPA). Pleasing hop taste in the mouth. The finish is bitter and tasty. Nothing overpowers. Everything is balanced just right.
Mouthfeel-Medium bodied (is that supposed to go here? I'm still new.) and bitter.
Drinkability-This style isn't right up my alley but I enjoyed this beer because of its subtly. Definitely give this on a try.
It began innocently enough: a couple of brothers-in-law sitting around debating the subject of good and bad beer. Instead, their search for a decent ale to led them to brew their own. Given Mr. Firestone’s winemaking bias and Mr. Walker’s complete lack of fermentation experience, they believed 60-gallon oak barrels were the appropriate vehicle in which to create their perfect elixir. OK, so initial attempts were forgettable. But like so many great ideas, out of that disaster was born a handy invention – the Firestone Union. Based on classic brewing traditions from Burton-Upon Trent, this bizarre and unlikely system of linked barrels has the ability to produce rich and complex ales. In 1996 the accidental duo shelved their endless discussion on better beers and settled for building a world-class brewery that bore their names on California’s Central Coast……the debate was now over.
Rich dark malts and spicy rye careen into bold citrus laden hops creating a new dimension in IPA flavor. This brew has been left unfiltered and unfined to retain all of its texture and character. Medium bodied, slight bitterness from malts and loads of hops. The high bitterness masks the alcohol rather nicely making this rather easy to drink. REMEMBER: Watch for bottled on dates located on the necks or bottom left corner of the label of the beers. Our beer is not pasteurized, so it is best when stored at 44F or below, out of light and within 120 days of the bottled on date...this ensures freshness and ultimately a great Firestone Walker beer. 8.3% ABV.
The balance of malt and hops makes them perfect for savory and sweet dishes. Try items with bacon, cheddar, chipolte.
On sale today at Gilly’s Craft Beer (available in 650 ML bottles)