Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

502 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 34
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010)
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was straw orange. Light gray lacing that went away very quickly. No film on the sides.

Initial smell was alcohol, then came the banana and cloves. Circus Peanuts, grass, wheat, bread, bubblegum, and some light lemon citrus notes.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got wheat, cloves and banana up front. Also grass, bread and light Circus Peanuts (not as much as the smell).

Light-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Refreshing.

I’ve had the Solace many times before, but this was the first time I rated it. It was just like I remembered it, decent, but not good. It is good for a June/July day, though.

Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of this from Albertsons Grocery in Los Angeles, CA for $8.99. Grabbed one of the 12 FL OZ baby blue bottles with a sun around the O in Solace and poured into my 0,4l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. No freshness date on the bottle. (Enjoyed before Game 1 of the World Series- STL vs. TX.)

Aroma- Strong grapefruit aroma from the beginning with tons of grain. Has a nice hop aroma but everything well balanced in the aroma. Seems like it is going to be smooth and great tasting Hefeweizen style brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies very quickly (unusual). Has a deep golden color body that is hazy and nice to look at. At this point, others at the party are wondering what other brews I'm going to be breaking out since these have such good appearance. Leaves good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has a good grainy taste to start and then the citrus flavor kicks in huge! Very nice tasting, sweet and has good strength. This Hefe puts some pop into your mouth!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, and has good flavor all the way through past enjoyment!

Overall Impression- This Hefe was almost stronger than the ABV's are listed! I didn't mind this though since the citrus flavor was so dominant. Since this is a limited release, I don't think I'm going to be seeing this one anytime soon (until next summer if I go back to Cali).

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of rawfish
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw body with a good amount of haze. On the pour you can make the head as large as you would like but retention is poor and lacing is barely hanging on.

Not much of an aroma, yeasty and slightly musty with Belgian saison spice of coriander and powder. Husky and raw malt aromas come up while hops are light and grassy with a note of lemon zest.

Bready with a lemongrass and wheat twang. Light coriander and powder spice notes. Hops are balancing and grassy. Very crisp but the raw husky taste of the wheat and malt keeps it from being very clean.

Adequate carbonation and a slight bitterness keep the palate scrubbed nicely with lingering grains. Moderate body, heavier than most summer ales.

A hybrid saison and wheat beer, spice notes make it bright and things interesting on an overall average brew. Easy to put down a few.

Photo of jdense
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Alembic SFO 5.29.2010, $6.00 for imperial pint poured into nonic glass.

Light golden fairly clear body (chill haze?) one finger white head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Nose is pretty spicy, coriander with some lemon zest. The taste is quite sweet, more like a wit than a APWA, a bit too sweet for the style, may be attributable to the yeast, a bit funky. Mouthfeel is medium, minimal effervescence. Pretty drinkable, but once again too sweet for the style. My least favorite Firestone Walker beer to date.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle : tulip snifter

Lightly hazy, golden orange with a foamy white head.

Aroma and taste is mostly fruity banana and wheat.

Medium body, smooth, prickly carbonation.

An easy drinking, well made beer. Definitely well suited for warm weather.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy light gold/dark straw. Head is bright-white and drops to a wispy nothingness in short order. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Wheaty. Grass, touches of banana and clove. Sweet. Corn and apples. Was this hit with a Belgian yeast strain. Reminds me of a traditional hefeweizen. Loaded with fruity sweetness. Very bright. Some bubblegum and pale malts. Mildly earthy.

Taste: Lemon and earthy fruit. Dirt, grass, and the distinct bite of wheat. Yeast drops some big ripe banana with a faint clove spiciness. Sweet and pale. Lingering sweetness. Bubblegum on the back. Yeasty without being overbearing. Very clean. Some mild funk layered in the back, but it's mostly hay. Slightly toasted.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a decent carbonation. Incredibly clean and bright. Easy drinking and highly quaffable.

Overall: Hello summertime in a bottle. If this doesn't make your list of hot summer beer, nothing will.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white 2 finger head, good retention, leaving behind a thick, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of heavy yeast. Notes of banana and wheat.

Taste - A light bubblegum yeast and banana upfront, a touch of spice. Aftertaste rings with a hint of citrus, and a mellow pineapple zing. Complex and delicious!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Silky smooth and a touch creamy. Carbonation is lively and leaves a nice tingle.

Overall - This beer is simply fantastic. I'm really impressed. Drinks closer to a hefeweizen, but I can definitely taste the saison influence, particularly in the finish. Only available in the summer months? Boo! We want year-round release!

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Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.