West Side Beavo
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Lager - American
3.89 | pDev: 7.97%
Jan 23, 2021
Jun 15, 2017
Very Good
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Notes: We're so excited to share with everyone our 2017 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival collaboration beer! This year we partnered with our friends at Beavertown Brewery & brewed an India Pale Lager named West Side Beavo, a nod to both Beavertown & our own Pivo pilsner, a hoppy beer in the lager family. Brewed with hops from the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom, most notably Jester hops.
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

Collab with Beavertown. Shared 355 ml can at a local tasting. Pale golden colour, white head. Citrussy and spicy aroma and flavour. Fairly dry. Overall a good beer.

Jan 23, 2021
3.89 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Jan 28, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From a 12 fl. oz can that has a June 2017 canning date. I didn't notice it when I bought it and I'm sampling it on August 22, 2018.

The pour is yellow, carbonated, and bubbly leading up to a lingering white foamy head.

Surprise - even though this is very old I am still getting some citrus and fruity hops on the nose along with a stale breaded malt character.

Light to medium body.

The taste tends to feel more stale than the aroma with a kind of cardboard like breaded sweet malts followed by a subtle hint of fruity hops. No real bitterness left.

Aug 22, 2018
4 by kdown from California on May 04, 2018
3.86 by uncleotis from Illinois on Apr 17, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jazzyjeff13 from England

A 12oz can with a canning date of June 2017. Acquired a little while back from a webshop. A collaborative effort from Firestone Walker and Beavertown; described on the label as an India Pale Lager.

A: Poured into a tulip. A bright golden hue with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Produces a decent head of frothy white foam that lasts for a moment or so before subsiding and dissipating.

S: Aroma of intense fruity hops with hints of grapefruit, citrus, peel, mild tropical fruit, white grape, grass/hay, faint pine, caramel malt, subtle yeast and a touch of earthiness. Doesn't seem as dry as some lagers but the hop profile is great.

T: Tastes of seriously fruity hops with notes of grapefruit, citrus, peel, pine resin, dank weed, tropical fruit, subtle grass/hay, leafiness, caramel malt and a vague earthiness. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust hop-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and good body. Hop oils tickle the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops, citrus, pine resin, weed, caramel malt and faint yeast.

O: Nice - good hoppy character. Lacklustre looks; the head retention needs work. Aroma and flavour are awesome with an avalance of hop notes hitting your senses. Lovely body. Could be a shade drier given the style; the malt profile is slightly on the sweet side. That said, very drinkable and a hop-head's delight. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

Feb 23, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

I am sifting through the backlog here at Chez Woody & as different things, especially CANs, surface, I am getting them in. This CAN has some great graphics & I would love to retain it from/for The CANQuest (tm), but I have Jeff Lebo in neighboring York County, so he gets my spent CANs. C'est la guerre!

From the CAN: "IPL (Lager)'.

I Crack!ed this beauty open & CANmenced a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. There was no need foran in-glass swirlas it raised a finger of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated, leaving decent lacing in its wake. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4-5) with NE-quality clarity, enticing The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas to pay me a visit. Nose smelled of lemon zest and biscuit malt & my thoughts drifted to Enrico's Biscotti in Pixburgh. Mouthfeel was medium, but impressive for a Lager. The taste was especially lemony, but underlain with notes of grapefruit, hay, grass & dark berries as well as a pleasant biscuitiness. Mmm. I really liked the way that the flavors commingled in a mellow, unobtrusive manner. It was not so mellow as to be CANsidered tea-like, but it was in the neighborhood. Finish was semi-dry to dry, very refreshing & one that I hope that they will see fit to revisit. I was rather tired after a long day & I was scouring around for something light to drink when I uncovered this one. Whatta find! This was a perfect beer for a wrap-up to the day. Deelishus!

Feb 14, 2018
4 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jan 19, 2018
3.79 by dcmchew from Romania on Jan 09, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EmperorBevis from England

Canned in a craft can, are these things conditioned acting like cask?
Pours a fairly clear lemon jello coloured body with decent enough white head
Big lime citrus aroma
So you’ve got a dry malt runny my aside a pineapple flavour

Jan 07, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 10-9-17 for $1.49. Canned on 6-1-17. Stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured a golden color with a nice white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is citrusy and some light fruits.

Taste is light grapefruit, some white grapes, and some fruit sweetness over a pale malt base.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth yet refreshing.

Overall this is an enjoyable hoppy lager, glad i snagged a can.

Dec 24, 2017
4 by cdwil from Texas on Dec 23, 2017
3.8 by hasse67 from Sweden on Nov 11, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly clear straw yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like juicy hops, lemon, lime, and grassy hops.

This has a little bit of a weird soapy astringency on the finish, but up front it's quite nice, with an intriguing hop character- slightly resinous and grassy, with lemon, lime, and passionfruit.

This is very light bodied, and mostly clean, except for the finish. The carbonation level is typical.

This isn't as good as regular Pivo, but it's solid enough.

Nov 10, 2017
3.53 by safaricook from Netherlands on Nov 10, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by FLima from Brazil

Collaboration with Firestone and Beavertown drank in the former brewpub in the old world.
Light golden color with a thick thin head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of lemon, passion fruit, yeast and Pilsen malt.
Flavor with notes of passion fruit, lemon, lager yeast, pine, lychees and mild spices. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% is completely hidden.
Very good IPL with good complexity and bold lemony and tropical notes.

Oct 31, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

Poured to a Ora et Labora taster.

A: Body is yellow and crystalline. Head is white, shows nominal retention and no lacing. Much like a regular lager.
S: The aroma is averagely hoppy, being very empty behind the little hoppiness found here.
T: Taste is much like a corn, rice beer ended with a sparkling hop giving life to this liquid. Nothing great here.
M: Body is low. Carbonation is quite correct. Alcohol is unnoticeable. Bitterness is medium high.
O: Probably the best IPL I've had, but not my type. Still, technically, great beer for its style.

Oct 30, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Skrumpy from Oregon

Mostly clear, golden lager with a bubbly, white head. Streak lacing. The aroma is melon and floral, light citrus and caramel malt notes. The flavor is more along the lines of a session IPA or hoppy Pilsner. Floral and citrus, with some resinous hops bitterness. I don’t think lager when I drink it. It is quite crisp and dry. The hops bite in the aftertaste comes through boldly, but not overpowering. I truly enjoyed this beer, and would definitely have another. Once again FW impresses.

Oct 29, 2017
3.72 by eluvah from New York on Oct 29, 2017
3.63 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts on Oct 28, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a foggy yellow-straw with a finger and a half of white foam on top. Good head retention with fair lacing. Aroma is lemon zest, pine, dry citrus, and pilsner malt. Flavor profile is straightforward, with notes of lemon zest, pine, resin, oak, and pilsner malt. It tastes the way a brewery smells. Mouth feel is medium-thin, with a fizzy, carbonated, crisp texture. Overall, a lager with a bit of flair. The flair is minimal, just adding a little to the experience.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

Oct 13, 2017
4.24 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Oct 12, 2017
4 by Mattias from Sweden on Oct 11, 2017
3.48 by hophugger from Virginia on Oct 10, 2017
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3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by flyingpig from Scotland

355ml Can from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£3.70):
Quite a light and clean beer with touches of citrus and some floral hops as well but it was definitely basic and not as full-bodied as I'd have liked either. The beer seemed thin at point but it was at least easy to drink without it impressing at any point sadly.

Oct 10, 2017
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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a brilliant, clear yellow, with fine, soft foam.

Smell is malty with shots of citrus and a hint of pine.

Taste is similar to the nose, with a bit of rye bread on the back end.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, lacking a bit of depth though.

Oct 09, 2017
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipate quickly but leaves a very nice looking bit of bubbly film to it. The beer itself is a gorgeous looking clear metallic pale gold and looks very nice. It's definitely a looker.

The smell is decent. It has a good earthy pine hop note to it with a good moderate honey malt note.

The taste is okay. It has as good clean honey malt taste but a fairly light hop note to it.

The feel is decent. It has a smooth and refreshing feel to it along with a biting carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer but nothing really ground breaking.

Oct 08, 2017
3.74 by dsshuck from Delaware on Oct 06, 2017
2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Oct 06, 2017
3.89 by Heeenrik from Finland on Oct 05, 2017
3.75 by sgregory from Connecticut on Sep 29, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by josanguapo from Spain

Can. From Zombier. In Teku glass. Playing Draw Love. Very citrusy fruity, with low bitterness, like a neipa, but with the light mouthfeel of a lager, without being watery. Very drinkable

Sep 26, 2017
3.91 by Budlum from Maryland on Sep 24, 2017
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Sep 23, 2017
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2.16/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz can, canned on 6/16/17. Pours clear straw yellow with a big bubbly white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - grainy malts and noble hops.

The flavor is sweet grainy, slightly vegetal, malts with a dry grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not much to it.

Sep 18, 2017
3.59 by nmann08 from Virginia on Sep 17, 2017
3.98 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Sep 15, 2017
3.78 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Sep 13, 2017
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 10, 2017
3.73 by grue_soda from New York on Sep 10, 2017
West Side Beavo from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 127 ratings