West Side Beavo
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Lager - American
3.91 | pDev: 8.18%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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EmperorBevis from England

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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arizcards from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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FLima from Brazil

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Skrumpy from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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JamFuel from Sweden

3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.16/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass canned on 6/16/17. Pours a clear straw yellow with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves sporadic lace.

Smell is floral, biscuit, honey, earthy herbal hops, and mellon.

Taste follows biscuit, honey, slightly herbal, and honey dew.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky, plenty of life, maybe a tad dry, and very nice drinkability.

Overall this is a very solid pilsner, plenty going on, but may drink larger than the ABV would have you expect.

Sep 07, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is melon and dank hops. Medium bodied, slightly bitter with high carbonation. While there are other IPAs I prefer, I could polish off several of these

Sep 05, 2017
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Vader444 from Scotland

3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into schooner glass. Pretty rad can art that fans of FW and Beavertown will love.

Pours a mid yellow with massive head. Light malt and hops on the nose with tonnes of crackers. Crisp but ultimately nondescript taste. Well carbonated and refreshing. I think collab brews should be something pretty special but this is a fairly generic, albeit tasty, pilsner. Bit disappointed. Cheers anyway.

Aug 28, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, bright gold color; thick, creamy head. Very floral aroma; hint of lemon and freshly cut grass. Delicate, light grain base with bold hop bitterness; bread crust and cracker; very subdued esters. Medium-light in body; crisp and relatively dry overall.

This is a nicely done collaboration brew, doing a fine job of blending some tasty, tempered hop flavors over a mild malt backbone all wrapped up in a nice, smooth, lager-styled mouthfeel.

Aug 27, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like FW and I like this way of collaborating (less of a Big Deal than Beer Camp)... But I am having trouble liking Beavo.
Start with its strength: it Looks good, clear, golden, foamy. It Smells mostly citrusy, hoppy. It Tastes that way, too; the malt never gets a chance to create intrigue. Feel is too carbonated and dry to leave me smiling.

I hope this is for others and the recipe becomes worth the collaboration. But, Beavo is not for me.

Aug 24, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden brew with a tall pile of foam in the even taller Stella Artois goblet. the crazy perfumey hop aroma is striking. A touch of grapefruit and some kind of Washday Miracle. It's just so strange, but very intriguing.

Flavor of melon with a touch of honey. It seems malty at first, but the body is svelte and it seems to be the aromatics that just keep on shining. From the 12 oz can purchased at Whidbey Beer works in Oak Harbor, Wash.

Aug 23, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into SA Perfect pint.

A: Clear straw golden with a thick and fluffy white head that slowly faded into a bubbly collar. A thin, bubbly, collar lasted the whole beer through leaving patches of soapy, sticky, lace.
S: Fragrant and fresh citrus hop nose with perfumy notes of citrus and a kiss of sweet tropical fruit. I get hints of the bready pilsner base poking through the citrus hops.
T: Super hoppy and fresh notes of citrus and tropical fruit hops up front, with a classic crisp and grainy pilsner finish. Sweet and fruity hops dominating, with moderate peppery/earthy spice undertones beneath. Earthy and herbal bitterness in the finish, lightly grainy and lightly sweet aftertaste.
M: Medium-light body, clean and smooth mouthfeel with a crisp, peppery, and herbal bitterness in the finish. Bubbly carbonation, with a slick and slightly greasy amount of hop oil.
O: Fresh and light IPL that is all hops up front with a crisp and refreshing pilsner finish. Very hoppy and light; drinks well.

Aug 20, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow gold with a large white head. Smells of malts, hops, and biscuit. Tastes of lemon, malts, mild hops, and some breadiness. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable IPL.

Aug 18, 2017
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can x2

A pretty average pour produces a giant 5 finger head into my pilsner glass. I will have to wait for this to settle. The head is frothy, but somewhat soapy looking. Body is a crystal clear yellow, very light color, even for a lager. Carbonation looks medium. This looks ok so far.

The nose is quite nice here. Assertive and powerful. Loaded with piney hops. Pretty hoppy, even considering the fact it’s an IPL. Somewhat floral as well, and maybe just a tad perfumey. It’s not terribly complex, but it’s solid.

Yeah the flavor is pretty good here. I’m not a huge fan of the style in particular, but I do like hoppy lagers. It has a nice bite to it. Not as hoppy on the flavor as on the nose though. Really a hard flavor to put my finger on here - it’s not really a citrusy beer, but the pine is not as assertive as it was on the nose either. A little dank in the back of the throat. As I take some swigs I notice a very oily hop presence hitting my nose, not too oily on the mouth though. Overall, really a simple, clean lager, with some bitterness; but not a very complex flavor, especially compared to the nose. It’s a solid beer. Could go 3.75 here for lack of complexity and defined flavors, but at least it has flavors, and they are all good – so 4.

The mouthfeel is maybe just a hair under carbonated, but it’s not too bad at all. There is a nice bite from the carbonation and the hops. Bitterness doesn’t really linger at all. Pretty clean and simple here, but good. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation.

The drinkability is super high, it’s a light beer that is tasty, with really no drawbacks.

Overall this is an interesting beer, it’s got a big nose, and a good flavor – just not quite defined enough flavors. Nothing terribly wrong with it, and certainly a little unique. Overall good.

The appearance turned out ok, the head had me on the wrong track from the get go, but overall it actually turned out decent. Retention was whatever, but honestly, the sooner the head disappeared, the better. The body was fine, and the lacing wasn’t terrible.

Aug 18, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can canned on 6/17/17 opened on 8/16/17.

A mostly clear golden color, good carbonation with heavy, streaming bubbles hold up a chunky, white foam cap.

The juicy hop aroma just bursts out of the glass. Jester hops is a new one for me, and the aroma proves to be unlike any hop smell I've experienced. Fruity candies, big juicy aspect, honeydew mellon, sweetc honey and buttery lager malt effect, cotton candy and wild berries give the nose a very unique aroma. Complex as hell.

The flavor is also very unique in the hops, as it mirrors the aroma. Big juicy effect, cotton candy and sweet mellon. A slightly earthy effect of grains and wheat at the end but it's very subtle. The malt has excellent, light, crisp and slightly sweet aspects, along with the classic sweet corn and buttery taste.mostly just clean and crisp.

The mouthfeel is also very clean, bright and sparkling, full of life with a light to medium body. Insanely easy to crush.

The complexity of flavor, especially the unique hop tones makes this a hit. Nevermind the endless drinkability.

Aug 16, 2017
West Side Beavo from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 127 ratings