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

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 09-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#953
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
262
pDev:
7.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
51
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantB
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle $12.99. Bright orange color, good lacing, decent bit of head after it died down. Earthy, fruity, and an enticing brettanomyces aroma followed by a sugary sweetness. Mildly sour, super juicy wild ale. Extremely easy to drink, Firestone Walker makes quality wild ales.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle, batch 3 bottled 5/8/17. Pours clear straw gold with a smallish bubbly creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet funky malts with some acidic and tart fruits and a little bandaid.

The flavor is sweet tart and sour acidic fruit over a washed out Belgian base. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent sour.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

not too sour, until the end of the bottle. very well crafted.reserve bottle at Venice FW. shared with Rafael. Well made and well played for sour wild fans.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold to light copper with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering the majority of the top. There's a considerable amount of carbonation bubbles erupting from within. The aroma is of sour and lactic acid along with refreshing and woodsy oak. I'm tasting a blend of restrained blend white vinegar lactic sourness, a touch of tart brettanomyces. Green apple and pear flavors lead the way with a touch of cherry in the back of the palate. The mouth is very bubbly, crisp, and reminiscent of champagne.

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On the bottle reads "batch no. 003"; bottled "05/08/2017."
This was poured into a tall tulip.
The appearance was a semi-hazy bright peach color with a finger's worth of fairly quickly dieing head. Some stringy lace ran around the glass enthuisiastically with a little bit of messy film.
The aroma wove a really nice arrangement of sweet to sour Bretty to white grape and vinous meshing of cherished oaky wood to apricot and peach skin. Freshly cut grass bled in underneath.
The flavor was semi-sour with a brisk touch of the sweet freely flowing into the white grape and oakiness. Apricot and peach skin was there, but with a little bit of stickiness but was nice. Moderate aftertaste of the white grape.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a favorable sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good, nothing distracting. ABV felt on par. Finish was semi-oaky, light vinous/white grape-like with some apricot.
Overall, absolutely wonderful American Wild ale that I would more than welcome again.

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Photo of ChrisG523
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Bottle shared by Matthew. Thanks man, you are always such a generous host. Cheers.

Transparent, light orange, body with a small, off-white collar. Funky aroma. Brett, white grape. Really solid.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayQue
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good sour. Pours a clear deep gold color from a 375 ml corked and caged bottle. Medium size bubbly white head with average retention. Large patches of lacing on the flute glass. Aroma has yeast, more than a hint of oak and sour citrus. Taste has more of the same, sour citrus flavor with a yeastiness and some bitterness from the barrel. THe aroma and taste area both outstanding. The bitterness is just right. Mouthfeel is crisp and tart with a good but not off-putting level of bitterness. I enjoyed this one very much.

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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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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
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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Photo of DaverCS
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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Photo of Gtwreck45
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

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Sour Opal from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 262 ratings