Santa Lucia IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Santa Lucia IPASanta Lucia IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,666
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,719
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 5.81%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
27
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
87
Very Good
Santa Lucia IPASanta Lucia IPA
Notes: Santa Lucia is a next-generation unfiltered West Coast IPA inspired by Firestone Walker’s flagship Union Jack IPA—but with its own unique blend of Cashmere, Azacca, Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc and El Dorado hops. The result is a fresh twist on a Firestone Walker classic, combining a bold malt foundation with a progressive hop profile.
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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

drinking to St. Lucia on this first day of Lent!

A just a tiny bit cloudy, stadard honey color, respectable 2 finger bone white head that stays, and solid lacing as well

S SLIGHT ipa to the nose

T grapefruit and hops

M standard only

D not bad! but that's the best I can say

Mar 08, 2019
More User Reviews:
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maxarvo from England

3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 20, 2018
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AleManDan from California

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks: dark golden, slightly hazy. Almost copper.

Smells: Biscuity sweetness and slight hop blend of dank pine and citrus and overripe fruit and some floral orange zest.

Taste: A blend of “softer” hops with floral and zesty citrus....

Mouthfeel: Great medium round feel with a semi-dry finish. Awesome!

One of my new favorites from this great brewery.

May 27, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up as part of a sixer mixed pack from the Safeway in Sedona on 4-20-19 for $11.99. Bottled on 3-20-19; consumed on 6-19-19.

Beer poured golden-orange with a beautiful white head that has some nice hang time. Beer was crystal clear, nice!

Nose gives me hints of floral and citrus hop additions.

Taste is a moderate pale and caramel malt base with a nice touch of floral, orange, mango and peach. Finishes with a moderate citrus rind, 5/10 on my bitterness scale.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice refreshing crispness.

Overall another high quality product from FWBC!

Jun 20, 2019
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jameswaldo from New York

3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Filled a growler with this fairly decent IPA at Finger Lakes Beverage Center to drink with an Ethiopian Eid al-Fitr celebratory supper at Hawi Cuisine downtown. It went well with injera, and the lamb, beef and vegetable stews we often enjoy at that fine restaurant. But on its own, this brew is underwhelming: very gently hopped with no lingering bitterness. More for the malt lover than the hop head, this one. Call it a mild ale for those who don't enjoy hop bittering.

Jun 05, 2019
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Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 11, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear golden tan. Nice foaming. Fresh aroma, with lightly floral hoppy notes shining through. There’s a real friendly flavor profile on this, with some juicy berry notes to the hops. Seems less malty than its Union Jack counterpart, which speaks to the differences in the hops and bittering. Tasty.

Nov 29, 2019
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eldoctorador from Chile

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

May 23, 2019
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TrojanRB from California

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unfiltered orange gold with a thin head

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest

Has a bready sweetness that really complements the orange presence. Balanced with lemon and grapefruit to keep it fresh.

Moderate carbonation, nice clean finish.

Really a well crafted beer....lots of layers of flavor, but still balanced

Mar 22, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: VONS in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $10.97 for a mixed 12-pack with the app ($8.02 off the regular price of $19.99)
Purchased: Aug. 23, 2019
Consumed: Aug. 23, 2019
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Packaged on June 28, 2019 at 11:39 p.m. PT

Finally got to try this. Never really wanted to pull the trigger on a mixed 12-pack of Firestone because the price was usually $19.99. Today it was $15.99 (maybe $14.99) with the Vons card and then I saw something about the app when I went to pick up a 6-pack of Luponic Distortion. Quickly downloaded the app and paid just $10.97 for the 12-pack. Online description read, “Santa Lucia is a next-generation unfiltered West Coast IPA inspired by Firestone Walker’s flagship Union Jack IPA—but with its own unique blend of Cashmere, Azacca, Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc and El Dorado hops. The result is a fresh twist on a Firestone Walker classic, combining a bold malt foundation with a progressive hop profile.” Damn. That’s a lot of hops.

Poured a light amber clear color with four fingers of rocky off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the sides and bottom of the glass at different speeds. World-class uneven foamy lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Could pick out Azacca, El Dorado and Amarillo for hops. Also herbal, candied tangerine, orange zest, papaya, mango, pineapple, purple grape, sweet tea, melon and lime. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was not as good as the nose. Very malty. Also herbal, melon, caramel, bitter tangerine peel, candied orange, Amarillo, Huell Melon, El Dorado, pineapple, papaya, mango, lime, hints of purple grape and apple and black pepper. Grew on me a bit as it went down. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Dry, malty finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was very good overall. Grew on me as it went down. Didn’t really see the resemblance to Union Jack though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.74 | 84 | B

Sep 20, 2019
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sansho from California

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 08, 2019
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schopenhauerale from Arizona

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

Mar 23, 2019
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emwilke from Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 15, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

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

Oct 02, 2018
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jakecattleco from California

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 25, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 01/05/19

Appearance - Pours clear and pure gold in color with an off-white, finger width head. Good retention before dying to a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Nice lacing with broken sheets, lines and spotting.

Smell - Strong bready aroma, with lesser citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste - Follows the nose. Bready malts at the forefront while hoppy notes of citrus, peppery spice, guava and a hint of banana play off that solid malt base. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick, easy drinker.

Overall - Good, interesting brew. Not the hoppiest IPA out there, but it drinks nicely. It certainly won't deter me from picking the mixed 12 pack, though the Easy Jack might.

Feb 11, 2019
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jaydoc from Kansas

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 08, 2018
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AlbertiusMaximus from Arizona

3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nicely carbonated, rocky head, nice lacing on the glass. The beer is dark walnut (think a shade darker than Allen Edmonds)
color and hazy, just how I like it! Floral smell, almost like brief hits of poppy and chamomile tea before it dissipates. The malt character combined with the floral hops tastes very sweet to me, although it is pleasant. There is strong a slight astringent note when aerated over the tongue. Overall this is a pleasant IPA but I wouldn't want to drink more than one at a sitting.

Apr 01, 2019
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 02, 2018
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The brew is served a clear golden amber color with a nice two finger head of pure white foam. The head fades very slowly over time to leave a light level of spider web lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is huge of tropical fruit smells. There is tons of delicious pineapple, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Along with these smells comes some sweet caramel, a bit of a bready small, and some aromas of an herbal and grassy nature.
Taste – The taste is rather similar to union jack with a little less malt and a little more sweetness due to a higher presence of tropical fruit flavors and hops. The taste begins with a somewhat bready and caramel flavor that has a decent showing of sweeter tropical fruit tastes right upfront. As the taste advances these flavors all remain, creating a base flavor for the brew. Toward the middle to the end, some other hop tastes of pine and herb come to the tongue and with a touch of a yeast taste and lemon, leave one with a fruity hopped and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly chewier and creamy side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of fruit, caramel, bread, and hop the feel is rather nice and creates a nice mouth coating media for all the nice rich flavors.
Overall – I quite enjoyed this brew overall. Very flavorful and very easy to drink. Another great one by firestone walker!!

Aug 29, 2018
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 04, 2018
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2018
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BAsbill from California

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

Oct 13, 2018
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Donkster46 from Washington

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

Sep 12, 2018
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jwc215 from Arizona

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

12 oz. bottle - Part of variety 12-pack. Bottled on 02/12/19:

Pours golden with a head that thin and stays. Some web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is of grapefruit, orange, melon, a bit musty. A hint of cracker.

The taste is of grapefruit, orange, a hint of melon. Cracker-like backing with a subtle sweet kiss gives enough balance. Spicy bitter bite in a refreshingly dry finish.

Smooth despite the bite. Hop goodness lingers on the palate.

Personally, I prefer the Union Jack (also included in the variety pack) - this is a bit softer in tone. Shouldn't compare though. This is still a great hop-forward (with enough malt backing) American IPA! Enjoyable!

Apr 26, 2019
Santa Lucia IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 27 ratings