Review: Solace, Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. — Paso Robles, CA

  • Style:  Wheat Ale
  • Bitterness: 25 IBU
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts: North American 2-Row Malted Barley, North American White Wheat Malt, Toasted Wheat, Munich Malt, Acidulated Malt, German (Weyermann) Cara-Wheat, German (Weyermann) Cara-Foam
  • Hops: Yakima Valley Willamette, French Strissel Spalt
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Firestone Walker presents Solace, an ode to warmer weather in the northern hemisphere. A hint of citrus fruit and clove aroma are followed by tangy dry malt flavor and a silky finish making it an approachable and refreshing session beer. We bring you this beer unfettered, a craftily unfiltered ale full of flavor and perfectly constructed to compliment those lazy warm days ahead. Ideal for washing down fish tacos or other south o’ the border-inspired dishes."  — Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  As we near the end of summer, I thought it's fitting to celebrate with a summer beer.  As a limited edition seasonal release, Solace fits the bill.  Prior to tasting, I had never heard of Firestone Walker or Solace.  After checking their website, I learned that they consider themselves to be Pale Ale specialists.  Solace is fermented in oak barrels.  Not sure what that does for the beer, but I hope I don't get splinters.

The tasting:  Color is light golden yellow and a bit hazy.  Carbonation is light.  It almost looks like juice.   Not a lot of aroma.  Body is medium.  It has a very creamy mouth feel, which is unusual, but nice.  It's almost buttery.  I wonder if this comes from the yeast?  Taste is primarily citrus with no strong hop flavors.  I could see myself adding a lemon to this, but you really don't need to given the citrus flavors that are already present.  Overall it's very smooth and nicely balanced.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again.    Not too light, but very refreshing.  I'm really glad I picked Solace up and look forward to sampling the two other Firestone Walkers in my fridge.  This is a really great beer—and no splinters!

Have you tried Solace or any other Firestone Walker beers?  If so, let me know what you think.

Here's to a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!  I hope I've given you a few ideas for weekend beverages.  I'm taking the weekend off.  Next post is Tuesday. 

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