Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by eclaycamp:
4.81/5 rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Really excited to try this one. Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries on the planet, and I absolutely love a great pilsner. I have high expectations for this one.
Pouring the 12 ounce bottle poured into my neo-classical pilsen glass the first thing I noticed was that this is the definition of brilliantly clear, with a frothy small head. You can literally read through this beer. Bubble formation is small and tight. Color is extremely light – 2 to 3 SRM – think light straw and you’re on the right track.
The first thing you’ll notice when drinking this beer is that there is a pronounced Noble hop presence up front. The hop profile seems somewhat flowery, herbal, and spicy in nature. That’s backed up with malt sweetness. If you take the time to rouse the beer a bit brings out a light sulfur lager characteristic that isn’t unpleasant or unwelcome.
You don’t care about any of that though. What’s important is how the beer tastes. I’m pleased to report that this beer is just as delicious as I had hoped that it would be. The flavor is amped up all over the place. Typical pilsners have some hops; this beer has more. Typical pilsners emphasize malt sweetness, this one is sweeter. Some folks are going to complain about the fact that this is “too hoppy” – something I think is a little bit ridiculous, given the beer’s name and all. I personally really like the amped-up hop profile, as it’s something that could easily be overdone but here it’s restrained and works beautifully. The hops are difficult to discern – I get some lemon characteristics, for sure, but also earth and herbal, like fresh tarragon. The malt backing this up reminds me a bit of a lavosh bread – cracker-like but substantive.
As you finish taking a drink, you’ll notice that there is a slight bitterness that lingers on the tongue a little bit, though not as much as an IPA. I find that the beer can easily be described as “clean, crisp, and super dry”, which to me would indicate a deft touch in regards to fermentation and appropriate lagering time. There’s very little in terms of alcohol presence, and the light body of the beer seems to encourage volume drinking.
An unparalleled home run from the folks at Paso Robles, this is a beer that crosses off all the boxes for me. Pretty much a flawless beverage in my opinion. The hop profile may chase some folks away, but that just means there’s more for me. Awesome.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2013 23:06:21 | More by eclaycamp
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United Kingdom (Wales)
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dry hopped with saphire bottled on 6/4/14
Pours a pillow topped off white head. Color is a clear straw yellow with active carbonation in the glass. Lots of lace left.
Flavor profile: Dry, grassy hops. Kind of herbal. Bready like a pils should be. Has a light lemon zest citrus flavor. Light fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Clean. Light bodied. Ends dry.
Overall, a pretty decent pils. Seemed to lack on flavor a little bit. I did enjoy it, however.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 01:24:43 | More by mothman
3.66/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours golden color with very small head and mild lacing. Strong tropical fruit aroma. Malty tropical fruit taste, especially at the end. Mild hops, but cannot discern any bitterness. Aftertaste is fruity. Now this rating is based on a small sample taste at a bar. I would be willing to try a full glass to see if my rating changes. As of now, it is not really what I look for in a beer. I can see the potential for high ratings, though.
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 13:14:06 | More by jngrizzaffi
Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.