SLOambic | 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): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are fortunate to have great relationships with our local growers who provide us with superb fruit for our beers. Like last year, we had the opportunity to purchase fresh marionberries and boysenberries, both close cousins to the blackberry, so we pounced. For this vintage, fresh berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured up to 24 months in oak barrels, and then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional 3 months. Bursting with ripe berries and brambles, as well as hints of jam, the fruit gives way to a rustic funk and soft oak flavors, finishing with a mouth-watering acidity.

Added by Thorpe429 on 08-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#590
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
324
pDev:
7.55%
 
 
Wants:
116
Gots:
62
Trade:
10
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Photo of MickeyHops
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kitch
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch No. 003, bottled on 8th November 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear ruby purple colour with a big two finger pinkish head that dissipated quickly while leaving only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, blackberry, mixed berries, lightly jammy.

Taste: Sour, tart, blackberry, mixed berries, with a touch of oak and funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Very nice blackberry aroma and flavours. Enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of cd34
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex. 2015 vintage.

Pink with a light pink head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is jammy, bright and fruity, with a nice blend of seedless raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. A mild red wine note is present as well. The palate opens very fruity with the marionberry and boysenberry, noticeable in their lack of tannins, along with some strawberry. Jammy, moderately fatty to the detriment of the mouthfeel, this beer also has a nice vinous note. Red wine, vanilla, yogurt, a little lactic acid are present. Drying on the finish, this beer is medium light in body. Finish is a little lacking, maybe this beer was better fresh? The clean fruit expression is excellent, though.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml cork and caged bottle. Served in a wine glass. Pours a dark purple reddish body, light pink head measuring about one and half fingers, good retention, lots of lacing. Smell is tart blackberry, tannin, lactic acid, a bit of blackberry preserve, light lemon. Flavour follows; lemon, blackberry tartness, moderate lactic acidity, light tannin, a bit of red vinous character as well. Nice complexity, although the sourness itself is slightly one-note. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly dry tart blackberry finish. A very nice wild ale with a good blackberry fruit presence.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had this on tap a few times at the source, the high bottle price prevents me from taking any home, but on tap, good deal. Pours a color that is berry-esque, you get that light blue, purple, pink kind of blend of colors with this one and it even has a slight 1/4" head on it that is a lighter color than the body but in the same vein. Aroma was sour lemons and berries.

Taste is definitely pushed by the high degree of sourness to it. This is like an 8 or 9 on the 10 point scale. But it isn't a one trick pony, the berries are juicy and the oak is clean and impactful. They carbonate well and always seem fresh even if its an old batch. If you're looking for funky complexity this doesn't really do that, but it does do a very nice mix of sour and fruit with plenty of oak.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was psyched to find this at the Propagator's walk-in fridge in the gift shop. That place is awesome. The beer has a ruby and blue color to it. The smell is mild berries, oak, funk, sharp lactic tones. Taste does have a bit of depth and complexity, but not as much as others have described below. The beer is quite tart and sour, but not overly so. The berries lend a nice flavor profile that's blended with the base beer, and the oak wine barrels lend a sharp presence at the finish. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luminous raspberry. 4
Big balsamic + red fruit Pastilles. 4
Cherry cough drops, some wood, deep forest fruits, and milk funk. 4
Dry, snappy, light. 4

Boysenberry! Lots of fruit, low on tartness. I don’t know about anything lambic - could need time to get funky. But works fine as it is. 4

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Photo of Shaneb818
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep purple with a small purple head. Smells of berries, funk, and some lactic acid. Tastes of blackberries, boysenberries, lactic acid, light vinegar, and acidity. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall and incredible sour.

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Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WadeBridgman
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NeilSilber1
3.57/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Marionberries and boysenberry soul opal, a bit strong on the hibiscus and jammy fruitiness.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snowmageddon
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdlb44
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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SLOambic from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 324 ratings