Fillmore Fusion Ale | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Fillmore Fusion AleFillmore Fusion Ale

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AgentMunky on 01-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 38
Photo of watermelonman
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold and orange with a touch of cloudiness, this sat with a short head and left plenty of lace.

Citrus and grapefruit are strong in the smell, with a touch of earthy hops and malt in the background. Pine pops up in the taste but light and balanced across malt. The mouthfeel is appropriately light without being thin, and this is highly drinkable.

I do not find too many american pales that I want more of, usually they leave me wanting either something more mellow or a full on IPA. This is an exception, great blend.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a very clear light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: The aroma starts out with a touch citrusy hops that are quickly overtaken by earthy and somewhat dank hops. I get a bit of pine as well. A moderate amount of caramel sweetness is also evident.

T: Dank and earthy hops are now front and center, stronger than any other flavor. I also get a bit of spearmint in the hop flavor. Bready malts are way in the background, with very little sweetness. Low bitterness.

M: Medium to light thickness for the style with light carbonation.

O: I'm not a huge fan of the dank hops, though Lagunitas obviously is. The flavor is very clean and crisp and I definitely enjoy it, but I'd prefer a different hop profile.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.14.13

A - Pours a clear copper- orange with a two inch off-white foamy head with solid retention.

S - Hoppy citrus, sweet and tropical, and touch of grass.

T - Hop citrus and pine, pretty muted and soft.

D - Good carbonation and a light body.

O - Soft and subtle. Hop focused ale.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raul is on the beat and during it well. Straight up at the Lagunitas tasting room and sucking on the goody goodies.

Raul's Dodger shirt might not be playing well with the crowd, but Fillmore Pale Ale is. So many times Raulsky has had a Pale Ale that deters between an IPA and what it claims to be on the bottle. But this thang? Straight Pale Ale goodness.


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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly foggy, glowing honey color. Light head. Very mild lacing. The body really shines.

S-Light nose but what it lacks in intensity it pays back with pleasantries. Light tropical hops. Soft citrus and pineapple. The hops are well balanced by a mixture of cracker and sweet bread.

T-The flavor is also light but tasty. Exotic paler-flesh hop flavors such as apricot and pineapple are backed by clementines. Malt softly supplements the hops.

M-This brew is extremely drinkable. Super-sessionable. My flight of it was gone in an instant. Subtle bitterness.

O/D-Nothing about this beer will blow you away but I love those easy-imbibing APAs that stress hop complexities. Would be a solid six-pack or even a great summer 12-pack. I can only wish right?

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive amber-tinged golden in the tall Stella glass. A nice head to start and plenty of frothy lacing. Quite adequate carbonation in the mouth.

Smells quite hoppy, but the taste is not so bitter. Fairly light bodied. Modest fruity flavor with a hint of pear skins. Lots of resiny and piney flavors. Dark undertones of burnt biscuits. Bitter aftertaste wears out its welcome, but IPA enthusiasts will like this one. Foam lasts well in the glass.

A plain but quite quaffable Pale Ale. If it was even a little lower in ABV it would be a great entry in the Utah Supermarket Beer sweepstakes. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Coit Liquor in San Francisco.

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a clear plastic cup. Beer pours a dark amber, mostly clear, with two plus fingers of loose bubbly white head. Head laces a decent amount while dissipating quickly. A few bubbles here and there, but not super carbonated.

Nose is pure pine and grapefruit. Not much malt character coming through the hop aromas.

Hop bitterness hits the tongue first, more bitter than expected for an APA, primarily pine and herbal hops, with a touch of grapefruit peel as it warms. Some caramel malt sweetness comes through as you swallow. Lingering pine flavors predominantly.

Light mouth feel with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty tasty APA and very easy to drink as the initial bitterness is easy to grow acclimated to.

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Photo of popery
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium amber gold. Transparent, no noticeable haze. Big white head. Rocky with big bubbles sticking to the walls of the glass. The aroma could be turned up. It has a nice hop tone of grapefruit, tangerine, grass and a bit of pine. There's also a pleasant malt presence contributing a good deal of caramel. Maybe a touch of butter. With a big increase to the hop aroma, this beer would shine. The taste is a step up from the aroma. There's some pleasant bitterness, particularly in the finish. Fairly dry. Very easy to drink. The malt flavor is pleasant enough. Nice doughy, caramel flavor. However, this is a hop-forward APA, and while the hops are well handled in the taste, they need to be turned up in the aroma. Still, this is a good beer, and I'd be very happy to drink a few pints while watching a football game or something. Nice session-ish beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Grapefruit, pineapple, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, grassy, lightly spicy hops, sweet caramel and biscuit malts.

T - Grapefruit, tropical, orange, citrus, pine, floral, and lightly spicy hops, good smooth bitterness, sweet caramel and biscuit malts, orange and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Fantastic hoppy APA. Great hop profile and bitterness from start to end with good balance.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer Store last week $4.99.

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a densely packed topping of white foam. Good retention and lacing. Mixed fruity bouquet with pineapple, tangerine, and a kiss of mango. Some honeydew/melon comes on later. Mostly clean malt backbone lets the fruity hops shine in typical Lagunitas fashion. Citrus, mixed tropical fruits making up the primary flavors. Very subtle toasted malt with just a hint of spice. Moderate level of bitterness on par with many a pale ale. Dry and clean on the back end. Moderately bodied with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Smooth, well-flavored pale ale loaded up on tropical/citrusy hop notes. According to an article on SF Weekly, they're using an experimental hop variety (ADHA 483) in this brew. Might have to track some down and brew with them at home…tasty stuff!

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Photo of jesus808
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You smell this thing, and the citrus jumps right out. Nice pine tree flavor kicks in, and the bitter balances right on the back end done oh so cleverly. Wonderful head, lacing, cold is good but as it warms up its gets even better. Didnt expect it to be amber in color, but doesnt take anything away. This is a beautifully crafted beer for a prestigious name and legacy. Bravo Lagunetas. Bravo.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz into a pint. Pours a very clear orange/gold with a nice two inch head. Ultra sticky lacing lasts until the end.

Pale malts and slight citrus start the smell, a hint of grass follows. Eh.

Citrus starts this off with a bang, a nice grapefruit and orange peel combo. Pale malts and a nice fresh grass taste follow it up. The aftertaste is mellow and citric. The body is just a little light for the style.

Overall, this was an excellent APA, hop forward, but not at all overwhelming.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Two fingers of head have decent retention. The actual beer is a pellucid amber, with a handful of bubbles. Pretty.

S: Bright grapefruit and herbal-spicy hops. Smells a lot like Lagunitas IPA. Dry malts.

T: Damn tasty! Honestly, without a side-by-side comparison, I might be hard-pressed to differentiate it from the IPA...lighter and fruitier perhaps? It's only lightly bitter, with the excellent tropical undertones of the hops shining through. The aftertaste is biscuity and dry.

M: Full, malty-dry, and rather unremarkable.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable, if unspectacular, beer. I would have another or two, and recommend it to all. Lagunitas refuses to classify it, but I'd say it's a pretty hoppy, drinkable pale ale.

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Fillmore Fusion Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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