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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ThreeWiseMen on 06-25-2009

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional DIPA that is unusually mild in terms of both flavor and feel.
In part, this is due to the low hop level for style. Not sure of the age of this bottle, but that could contribute to the mellow nature.

Rich flavor that changes with warming.

ABV well hidden.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 9.50% ABV kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is right up there with the best ones that I’ve ever had.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear orangish golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and spices. Beautiful aromas here with big strength, this might be a fairly fresh bottle. Taste of huge caramel, pine, orange, grapefruit, spices, and a bit of tropical fruits. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish with lingering notes of citrus, caramel, pine, and spices. Fantastic balance of bitterness and sweetness in this, nothing is overwhelming. Alcohol is practically invisible, only a very small warming on the finish noticeable. Medium carbonation and body, with a bit of a prickly and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable stuff, I am surprised how easy this is going down at this alcohol level(9.5%). Overall, this is an absolutely incredible DIPA with great balance of flavor and smooth drinkability.

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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours 1 finger of white head. Great retention with some thick lace.

Aroma: Pine hops, grapefruit citrus with a load of malts int here as well. Very bready with some booze showing.

Taste: More bready malts and a sweetness showing here. A lot of citrus flavors and the pine hops from the nose.

Mouthfeel: Very bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, a bit too malty for my liking. It is very hoppy, but also very malty. Not my favorite dipa.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oakmont National Pub, Havertown, PA

Nice IPA! Poured into a stem glass, a clear golden with brown shadows, moderately carbonated, with a half finger of creamy white head that receded to a thin layer eventually, and left some nice lacing. Great head for an IPA. Big citrusy hops in the aroma, and not much else noticeable. Big citrus hops in the taste as well, with notes of orange and grapefruit mainly; piney; also a subtle sweet malt background, but it's the hops that are primarily noticeable here. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very very smooth for an imperial IPA. Alcohol is well hidden, boosting the drinkability of this fine quaff even more.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark orange in color, very nice white foam and great lacing.

S: Citrus hops, primarily grapefruit, a piney smell is also very present. Quite a bit of malt in the aroma, also.

T: Some bitterness, decent citrus characteristics, mild pine, and a lot of malty sweetness. I was hoping for a bit more hoppiness, however.

M: Medium bodied, a bit "sticky" from the malt.

D: Definitely a good drinking DIPA, but would have loved it to be more bitter and have more citrus.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a tulip of this at Capone's on 4/23.

A golden slightly sunburst color w/ red accenting and a thick cap of white cream w/ tiny bead and lots of lace sticks. The clarity is good with only a very mild haze when held to the light. The smell has a high amount of citrus fruit w/ light malt odor and tangy orange aroma from the hops w/ slight alchohol and mild grapefruit w/ gentle floral and hints of mango in the nose. I goodly amount of malt is felt w/ resinous juicy tinges and slightly high amount of carbonation w/ subtle and smooth bitterness throughout. The malt adds a slight caramel sweetness to the feel.

The flavor has an excellent amount of bitter and fruity hop flavor w/ mild tinge of orange and apricot w/ moderate spice and caramel element in the flavor from the malt w/ juicy effect from the hops which has a mineola tangelo taste and subtle green herbal accent with light toasted tinge as the Imperial IPA finishes with bitterness lingering slightly. I enjoyed this beer as it is a very tasty strong IPA overall I was very happy with sipping this gradually, would I have enjoyed it more had I not just tasted Ephraim from Hill Farmstead? probably, but that doesn't mean it is lacking, this is a solid beer in most every way.

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Photo of duceswild
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in in to a SA perfect pint glass. Bottled on 4/13/2012. Picked up for 8.49 a bottle.

Pours a golden yellow with brownish tint. Pour left about three fingers worth of head the slowly faded leaving no lacing. Smells is of pine and hops. Taste is of hoppy pine with a little spice,on the aftertaste. Also taste is not overly bitter like other DIPAs. Mouthful is moderately carbonate with a dry finish.

Overall this is a solid DIPA that I would go for again.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

Light clear orange, small white head, quick to a frothy lace.
Smell of sweet citrus, mango, lychee, ripe pineapple, sturdy caramel malts, faint booze.
Sweet juicy fruitiness up front, surprisingly tropical, with lots of pulpy mango and papaya, maracuja, kiwi seeds, juicy pineapple. Pomelo and tangerine, a nice citrus character that's more sweet than bitter, but not too unbalanced. Robust malt backbone with sticky caramel. A sweet spongecake taste splashed with a bit of brandy. Pine towards the finish, leafy hop bitterness, quite pronounced.
Medium body, low carbonation, a bit sticky. Gets just a bit boozy towards the end of the 0.65 ml bottle. Aftertaste with pine, some caramel, faint tropical fruit, grapefruit peel.
Bottle is quite a few months old, that's why it probably seems lacking that final extra hoppy kick. It's still plenty hoppy, but there's a small empty spot there that needs filling. Rated keeping that in mind.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Pineapples, lemons, & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, caramel & breadyness up front, along with leafy hops & pineapple. Pineyness, with grapefruit, tangerines & a touch of boozeyness & sticky caramel once warm. Finishes a touch boozey, dry with pineapple & grapefruit & pine

MF: Chewy, light carbonation with nice stickyness & a touch of booze bite

A nice DIPA, not perfect, but scratches the hop itch pretty hard, if the boozeyness was dialed back this would be a world beater. A welcome addition to the Mizzou beer scene!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Review #1500! Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a clear amber-brass topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises caramel, plenty o' leek, pine, dank greens, and light grapefruit peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with increased leek and some added light butter, insanely light sour cream, and a sharp sting of pine at the end. The body is at the lighter end of the medium spectrum, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a fairly solid DIPA, though the hop selection just didn't quite do it for me. The onion-i-ness and the pine-i-ness seem to battle it out with no clear winner, much to the detriment of my tongue. It isn't cataclysmic, but it keeps things from reaching potential heights of greatness and whatnot.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at TJ's into a snifter.

A - Pours amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of sweet caramel malt, HUGE citric fruit punch; most notably grapefruit and mango; Piney hops and a tiny bit of biscuit hiding in the shadows. The booze comes thru a bit once it warms but it is hidden well. This is nice and fresh with a big citric hop aroma that could last for days. Very nice nose.

T - Plenty of grassy hops up front quickly giving way to a mix of citric fruit and sweet caramel malt. The strong citric presence is not as strong here but it is still prominent. The finish is a mix of caramel sweetness and lingering citric hop bitterness. This was enjoyable but a bit of a letdown after that nose.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky sweet feel with tons of pungent, grassy, hops lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

O - I really enjoyed this one. The taste was a bit of a letdown but the overall beer was very solid. It isn't Pliny but that is no problem. Thanks again to Matt for putting on another great event!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber to pale copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Significant notes of citrus hops, with grapefruit and tangerine being the dominant aromas. On top of the intense citrus hops aroma, there is a solid amount of tropical hop notes including mango and pineapple.

T: This is a great tasting beer that really follows the aroma. There is a nice sweet caramel malt body that is the base for the hop flavors. Intense flavors of citrus hops - grapefruit and tangerine- as well as the tropical hops flavors - mango and pineapple. This is a great blend of the different hop flavors without being over aggressive in the bitterness - it is just moderately bitter in the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly coats the inside of your mouth and tongue with an oily feeling.

O: The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden, thus making this high ABV beer easy to drink and slightly dangerous. This beer is very enjoyable and one that I would definitely like to have again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear with a dark gold color. Nice domed head which leaves ring lace after each sip.

Despite the color, there is powerful, lightly sweet caramel malt aroma--not what I was expected. There is little hop nose. What I do smell is like grapefruit rinds.

Good bitterness in the taste. Also, the alcohol is potent on the tongue--lots of wRmth in the swallow. Rich body, even oily from the alcohol, The aftertaste is like grapefruit rinds, but it is relatively short lived.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured amber in color with a fluffy white head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left some pretty nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has an excellent hop presence to it. Pine and grapefruit citrus are the most prevalent with a little of a mango, pineapple, tropical fruit presence as well. Excellent hoppy aroma overall.

The taste shows even more of the tropical fruit, pineapple, peach and mango hoppiness throughout the beer. The peach flavor especially comes through in the finish. It's not overly bitter at all and seems to have a pretty nice underlying sweetness that balances it out relatively nicely. A bit of alcohol is there in the finish but not too bad.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was very good for me, I loved the hoppy flavors it had. I typically really like DIPA's that aren't overly bitter and show some of those tropical fruit like flavors to them. This was no exception. Best hoppy beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for sharing.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy one finger white head on top. Nice retention, sticking around for most of the time it took to drink the beer, leaving behind some thin lace on the glass.

S: Really nice aroma on this beer, a great combination of citrus and pine. There is some orange zest, red grapefruit, pineapple, and a bit of apricot.

T: A nicely balanced DIPA, though it is of course more hop forward. There is a slight bitterness up front and some pine that leads to a nice orange and tropical fruit midpalate. It is a bit spicy with a bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied, but rather smooth, with medium carbonation. The finish is sticky and bitter with the bitterness lasting for quite some time.

O: Very nice offering from FW here. ABV is hidden very well, making this one a bit dangerous. Wish I could get it all the time.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and pine hops.

t - Tastes of oranges, fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, light pine hops, slightly bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Doesn't taste like it's 9.5% ABV.

d - A very nice DIPA. Lots of orange and citrus in the nose and taste, but not too bitter or overpowering. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam!

The beer appears hazy and light orange hued with an inch of dense, white head. Plenty of lacing coats the walls of the pint glass. The aroma offers some malty sweetness, as well as some hop and citrus notes. The flavor brings forth a huge helping of malt and candied oranges. Strong. Hop presence is there as well, of course, but the flavor seems dominated by malt, candied oranges, and a sweet presence throughout. Thick in body, even a bit syrupy. Alcohol presence is prominent throughout. Overall, an ok beer, but not my thing.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capones served in a tulip. This brew appears a clear orange to copper color with a fluffy white head that fades to a thin lacing across the top of the brew. A swirl revives the head back to a finger's strength and forms patchy and webby lacing effect on the glassware.

The smell of this brew is bright with hop elements. It is fruity for the most part and includes some spiced aspect accented by the alcohol. Big fruity sweet smell includes notesnof rinds and a solid backing of caramel maltiness.

The taste is rindy and bitter but almost equally matched with a caramel malt sweetness that is lightly toasty. The hops provide flavors that are citrus-like and herbal with a light catty quality. The alcohol inclusion is both warming in effect and fusel in taste but it isn't off-putting at all, it integrates well with the rest of the flavors.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Easy drinking with an awesome balance of flavors. I am super excited to see FW enter our market. However, regarding this particular experience leaves me a little perplexed. I recently had this brew from a bottle and was completely blown away by how awesome it was. Perhaps the "newness" factor has worn off because the experience on tap was not as enjoyable as the bottle...which is a strange contradiction.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Looks pretty. Just darker than a bright gold body with chunky lacing. Big distinct bubbles in the head, which doesn't last all that long.

Smell - Grapefruit upon grapefruit. The sweetness from the malt combines to make a slight peach smell. Interesting and delicious. Definitely smells like a hop bomb. I like it.

Taste - Tastes like a hop bomb! Bright citrus flavor of hops overwhelms a sweet malt backbone at first, but succumbs rather quickly. Ít doesn't taste all that bitter to me. I think the caramel malts come through over the hops in the end and it actually finishes with a bit of a sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit syrupy. Maybe a bit too thick for the style, but just barely. Medium to medium-low carbonation, I think.

Overall - Mmm mmm good. I could have downed the glass in minutes, but I restrained myself. I so wish I had more of this. Not quite world class, but a very delicious substitute when world class isn't available.

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Photo of jwc215
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours copper with a white head with very good retention.

The smell is hop heaven! Great blend of citric, tropical, herbal hops.

The taste of hops shine through - citric, tropical, piney/herbal with a firm malt backbone that gives just enough sweetness to keep the hops giving flavor along with bitterness. Some booze shows in the finish.

This is an AWESOME double IPA. Hop heavenly!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/copper color with a tightly bubbled white head that gets sticky. Pine and grapefruit pine and grapefruit. Little bit of tropical fruit and hints of malty caramel deep underneath. Curiously after a couple of sips the head disappeared and the aroma really changed. I get lots of pineapple and lemon with hints of alcohol. Taste is bitter and resinous with just enough of a bready caramel malt base to keep this drinkable. Finish is a bit dry with a long lingering resinous aftertaste long after each sip. Creamy oily mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, medium to thin body. This is a big hoppy monster, bordering on harshly bitter. I enjoyed this I'm glad I got to try this, but I've enjoyed other DIPA's more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to d0b for sharing this growler with me and my wife. Leaked a tiny bit in transit, but seems to be no worse for wear. Served in a Goose Island pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipated fairly quickly and leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing. Nice transparent golden color. I think it had been on-tap it might've had a little more foam.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and earthy dankness hoppiness that is well balanced lots of toffee and doughy malts.There's also some notes of zest and rind. Big smell - jumps out of the glass.

T - The taste starts sweet with a nice mix of candied sweet orange citrus and piney flavors. I don't get as much of the dankness in the taste as I did in the aroma. There's some nice toffee balance and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish, although I'm shocked that this is supposedly 100 IBU.

M - A little thinner than I like for DIPAs - needs a little more viscosity to support the 9.5% ABV. Carbonation is kind of low, which I would attribute to the leakage in transit, but it doesn't bother me so much as I prefer just the slightest tingle anyway. Lots of residual stickiness in this one.

D - The drinkability is kind of off the chart for a 9.5% brew. You can't taste the booze at all, and the bitterness is under control. It was easy to down two pints of this - wish there was more of this in Chi-town.

Another great FW offering, and another high quality west coast DIPA.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Soapy large just off white head of about three/four fingers is poured. Body is a gorgeous orange/amber that is clear almost a dark peach color and has some slow and fast rising carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Bouquet is a soft but very sweet mushy sense of citrus, sort of fleshy grapefruit but stronger. A big sense of density to come perhaps, really like this smell it's big, simple, strong and wonderful.

Big initial sweetness, following with a giant grapefruit and mushy citrus rush. Hop feel/taste seems a bit burried and overpowered by this giant citrus bomb. Feels thick and almost syrupy but mostly heavily concentrated and this brings my taste score down.

This is a bit too sweet for my tastes it gets into borderline drinking liquid honey, but it's got some great character I'll say that. I suppose though for tastes I was expecting a bit more variety also.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A orange/light gold color with a large white head.

Smell- Has a slight hop and grass smell.

Taste- Lots of hops and dryness with a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Hoppy and finishes very dry.

Oversll- Kind of reminds me of Pliny but I don't really drink thast enough to say for sure. The sweetness prevents this from being just hop juice and for that I am grateful.

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