Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles and Buellton, California
Style: West Coast IPA
Serving Style: 12-ounce cans, 12 and 22-ounce bottles, kegs (our sample from draft)
Availability: Year-round in much of the U.S.
Appearance: “Light amber or dark golden in color. Creamy head that dissipated quickly.”
Aroma: “Pronounced citrus nose. Mostly grapefuity, but there seems to be some tangerine or orange notes and a bit of spice, too.”
Taste: “Strongly-hopped, but great balance here. The malt is very welcome. Seems to be reminiscent of British IPAs, though I know it has much more hops. A lot of personality in this beer. Good carbonation, too. One pint invites a second.”
Food Affinity: “Given the flag reference, I’d think a Scotch egg with some Colman’s mustard would be nice right now, as would some really good fish and chips done in a light, clean batter.”
--Guest reviewer Stanley Morrison is an English ex-pat who does kitchen remodels in California.