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Sour Opal | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#968
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
250
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
46
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of IKR
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 Vintage
375 ml bottle

Appearance: Clear straw yellow color with a modest sized white head that slowly faded.

Smell: Moderate barnyard funk with some mild grassy/hay notes.

Taste: Mild barnyard funk, tart citrus notes along with some mild leather-like notes. More balanced towards the tart side rather than sour side on the sourness spectrum.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a modest level of carbonation.

Overall: A good Barrel Works wild ale.

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4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewsby
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a lovely, hazy honey color with a white, effervescent head.

S: The nose is very acidic and assertive. There is a huge amount of lactic funk, with a noticeable acetic nature. Citrus and lemongrass are also present.

T: The beer is aggressively tart, but the flavors blend well. There is quite a bit of lemon juice flavor amidst the bouquet of citrus and acid.

F: It is crisp with a medium carbonation.

O: This is a great wild sour. Opal is one of my favorite saisons, and this variation does it justice.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a big creamy white head. Excellent retention and streaks of lacing.
Smells of sour peach, apricot, passion fruit, lemon warheads, barnyard funk, white oak, and vanilla.
Tastes of sour peach, apricot, passion fruit, lemon, cracker, honey, orange blossom, pineapple, coconut, white oak, and vanilla. Medium-plus Warhead-like sourness with medium-plus acidity, sour and puckering, but not quite like vinegar-like. Moderately funky upfront, but finishes rather cleanly with only a bit of lingering tart peach and lemon.
Medium mouthfeel, lots of prickly carbonation, smooth and soft on the palate.

This is an exceptional American barrel aged sour. Fantastic.

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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden color. No head retention light-medium carbonation.

Aroma is very citrus and lactic foward. A little Brett funk.

Aroma follows the nose tart lemon juice. Some soft wheat character that melds with a slightly sweet berry character.

Overall, another good sour from FW. It isn’t their best sour, but yummy nonetheless. It gets a 86/100.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrewh995
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orange gold with a foamy white head. Smells of sour citrus, funk, and wine. Tastes of light fruits, dry white wine, ascetic acid, vinegar, funk, and coconut on the finish. Medium in body and medium high in carbonation. Overall an excellent wild ale.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of n2185
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hermit990
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of megapyro6
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this for a while, and finally got a bottle of batch 003. Well worth the wait. Poured into a tulip.

Pours slightly hazy golden orange. Good carbonation, and foamy white head. Recedes to lacing and patchy coverage.

The aroma, where do I start, there's a little bit of everything. Tart, fruity, apple skin, a little bit of cheesy funk, white wine, pineapple or tropical fruit.

This beer has a nice tartness, but well balanced. Not overly sour. The taste is funky and fruity. There's a farmhouse funk, barnyard, hay, earth, cheese, not too smoky or some of the more extreme brett flavors. There is also notes of apple, peach or apricot, pineapple, lemon, slight vinegar. Very bright.

Mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation. Not overly sour or tannic. A little prickly from the sourness, with a long finish, but great.

Overall this beer did not disappoint. This is fantastic and lived up to the hype in my mind. Tart, funky, everything I expected and more.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 2, bottled 4/27/2016, 6.6% ABV

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a bright white head that dissipated quickly, nice stream of tiny bubbles going up the glass's side, no lacing.

A: Lots of tart aromas, green apples, berries, slight funky notes like wet hay and barnyard, stone fruits like peaches and apricots, some pear, complex and deep aromas, not picking up any oak on the nose, smells very nice.

T: Very tart, green apples, tart berries, stone fruits like peaches, pears, slight oak from the barrels, white wine and white grapes, great balance of flavors.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, finish is very dry and acidic.

O: Another solid wild ale from Barrelworks, this one is more tart than sour, it's aged well as it's over a year old as I rate it, going to cellar a few to these how much better this ages.

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3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tinfang
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shoegueuze
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sour Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 250 ratings
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