Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Commercial Brewery | Paso Robles, CA, United States of America

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, CA, United States of America)

Beers

Overall average: 83 (logged 489 times)
Firestone Lager: 71 (logged 2 times)
European-style Pale Lager
Firestone Walker §ucaba: 91 (logged 37 times)
Barleywine (Aged in Barrels, Oak, Bourbon)
Also known as: Firestone Walker Abacus
Firestone Walker 805: 50 (logged 11 times)
American Blonde Ale
Firestone Walker 805 Cerveza
American Adjunct Lager
Firestone Walker Agrestic Ale: 73 (logged 4 times)
Wild Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
Firestone Walker Bravo Imperial Brown Ale: 83 (logged 2 times)
Brown Ale (Imperial / Double)
Firestone Walker Bretta Rosé: 71 (logged 2 times)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Bretta Tangerine: 83 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse: 90 (logged 4 times)
Berliner Weisse
Firestone Walker Champs de Fraises: 83 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale
Firestone walker Cinnamon Dolce: 83 (logged 1 time)
Stout
Firestone Walker Coconut Merlin Milk Stout: 83 (logged 2 times)
Stout
Firestone Walker Dark & Stormy: 92 (logged 2 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker DBA: 67 (logged 17 times)
English Pale Ale / Bitter
Firestone Walker Double Coconut Mind Haze IPA: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Double DBA: 85 (logged 26 times)
Barleywine
Firestone Walker Double Jack Double IPA: 75 (logged 4 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA (Imperial / Double)
Firestone Walker Easy Jack Summer Session IPA: 75 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Feral One: 92 (logged 2 times)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Flyjack Hazy IPA
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Fortem Unfiltered Imperial IPA: 67 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Generation One IPA: 67 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Hammersmith IPA
English India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Hat Trick: 100 (logged 2 times)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Helldorado: 91 (logged 11 times)
Barleywine (Aged in Barrels)
Firestone Walker Inferos Imperial Rye IPA: 83 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Krieky Bones: 89 (logged 3 times)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Lil' Opal Farmhouse Ale: 71 (logged 2 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
Firestone Walker Mezca-Limón: 42 (logged 1 time)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Molé Merkin: 92 (logged 2 times)
Stout
Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout: 70 (logged 3 times)
Stout
Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest: 74 (logged 8 times)
Märzenbier / Oktoberfestbier
Firestone Walker Old Man Hattan: 100 (logged 1 time)
Barleywine
Firestone Walker Opal Farmhouse Ale: 75 (logged 7 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Firestone Walker Pale 31 California Pale Ale: 73 (logged 4 times)
American Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Parabajava: 98 (logged 4 times)
Stout (Imperial / Double, Aged in Barrels, Oak, Bourbon)
Firestone Walker Parabola Imperial Stout: 91 (logged 48 times)
Stout (Imperial / Double, Aged in Barrels, Oak, Bourbon)
Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils: 72 (logged 10 times)
European-style Pale Lager
Firestone Walker PNC Rolling Bones: 83 (logged 2 times)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Santa Lucia IPA: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker SLOambic: 71 (logged 2 times)
Lambic / Gueuze
Firestone Walker Solace Unfiltered Wheat: 73 (logged 5 times)
American Pale Wheat Ale
Firestone Walker Sour Opal: 81 (logged 3 times)
Lambic / Gueuze
Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee: 96 (logged 20 times)
Barleywine
Firestone Walker UnderCurrants: 83 (logged 2 times)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker Unfiltered DBA: 58 (logged 2 times)
English Pale Ale / Bitter
Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: 66 (logged 14 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Velvet Añejo Merkin: 75 (logged 1 time)
Stout
Also known as: Firestone Walker Tequila Merkin
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin: 86 (logged 36 times)
Stout (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Firestone Walker Walker's Reserve Porter: 68 (logged 8 times)
Porter
Firestone Walker Winter Wookey: 73 (logged 4 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA: 74 (logged 11 times)
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / American Black Ale
Firestone Walker Wookus Imperial Black IPA
Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale / American Black Ale
Mission St. Anniversary Ale: 75 (logged 9 times)
Brown Ale (Imperial / Double)
Mission St. Blonde Ale
American Blonde Ale
Mission St. Hefeweizen
Bavarian Hefeweizen
Mission St. IPA
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Mission St. Pale Ale
American Pale Ale

Limited Edition Single Releases

Firestone Walker 13th Anniversary Ale: 89 (logged 8 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Ale: 93 (logged 5 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion IPA Series No. 016: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 001: 79 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 002: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 004: 58 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 008: 75 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 009: 67 (logged 1 time)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Firestone Walker PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout: 95 (logged 18 times)
Stout (Imperial / Double, Aged in Barrels, Tequila)
Firestone Walker Velvet Mocha Merlin: 73 (logged 5 times)
Stout
Firestone Walker XIX Anniversary Ale: 88 (logged 2 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker XV Anniversary Ale: 89 (logged 3 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker XVI Anniversary Ale: 91 (logged 10 times)
American Strong Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak, Bourbon, Tequila, Brandy)
Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary Ale: 90 (logged 19 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker XVIII Anniversary Ale: 93 (logged 7 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker XX Anniversary Ale: 92 (logged 1 time)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker XXI Anniversary Ale: 92 (logged 3 times)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker XXIII Anniversary Ale: 100 (logged 1 time)
American Strong Ale

Collaborations

21st Amendment El Camino (un)Real (collaboration): 42 (logged 1 time)
Vegetable / Spice / Herb Beer
Firestone Walker / Beavertown West Side Beavo (collaboration): 50 (logged 1 time)
American Pale Lager
Firestone Walker / Cigar City Los Leñadores (collaboration): 83 (logged 2 times)
Brown Ale
Firestone Walker / Flying Dog Hydra Cuvée (collaboration)
American Strong Ale
Firestone Walker / Liefmans West Odnar (collaboration): 75 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker / Russian River STiVO Keller Pils (collaboration): 72 (logged 3 times)
Czech Pilsner
Firestone Walker / Sante Adairius Big Mood (collaboration): 83 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker / Three Floyds Ol' Leghorn (collaboration)
Barleywine (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
Firestone Walker / Wild Beer Violet Underground (collaboration): 75 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale
Firestone Walker D'Vine Visions (collaboration): 92 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale
Revolution Dos Osos IPA (collaboration): 58 (logged 2 times)
American India Pale Ale / IPA
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America: Hoppy Pilsner (collaboration)
American Pale Lager
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America: Torpedo Pilsner (collaboration): 58 (logged 3 times)
Czech Pilsner

Logs for beers from this brewery

Thickish as you’d expect from Parabola. Strong mocha, fainter coconut… something of a stronger bitterness than expected to finish.
Cinnamon actually goes really well in this stout. And nitro of course. Yum.
Nitro Draft at Blast 825 Brewery, Santa Maria
I’m surprised I’m giving this such a low rating but it just seems over the top after the Georgetown. Not integrated in its strength yet.
Comparing this to the Zephyros from the day before, this was somewhat less appealing though it is, I think, meant to have a similar flavor profile. The sourness is sharper, more unrelenting, and I don't think I got any interesting hop flavors. Maybe the elderflower in the Zephyros is what made the difference? Or maybe this was just not as well-conceived.
Bottle at Home
Seems to be right at the perfect stage of aging. Fruitier, a little fizzier, just a touch more bitterness than the XXI. More toffee, more bourbon. Can definitely tell there is booze here, still.
Bottle at Home
Almost to the edge of too smoothed out, but still delicious. Light date flavors, caramel, just a hint of bitterness before dissipating to nothingness. Whatever edges were there are gone. This isn't the oldest anniversary ale I have, makes me wonder how the XIX is.
Bottle at Home
Smells strongly of strawberry puree, just deliciously fruity. The flavor is just a bit more tart than I was expecting, but still bright. This was delicious, and definitely lives up to Barrelworks' name.
Bottle at Home
Somehow this seems more cider-like though there are apparently no apples involved. Much more tart than the D'Vine, with a sourness that lingers on the lips.
Tart, clean apple, lightly sparkling. Finishes straight through sour with some bracing bitterness.
Harsh, almost tequila like, coconut is obscured. Fiery. A little vegetal.
Still tasted young but super interesting, cinnamon notes (from the wood if the descriptions are to be believed!), smoothly sweet and caramel.
The herbality of the orange bitters was a bad fit here, I think. I found it off-putting.
Bottle at Home
It is still very good, and probably smoother than before (but I have no clear memory to compare it to). Still, though, it's less coherent than other Parabolas have been and it finishes somewhat bitter after an interesting vinous opening. Maybe the tannins from the wine are creating a bit of disharmony with the hops. Still, small complaints!
Superlative Urn beverage consumed with gratitude to Eden.
Bottle at Super Bowl LV party with ourselves
The cinnamon and chili are immediately present in the nose. So much so that I expected it to overpower the palate, but surprisingly, it balanced it really well with the cocoa. Very good. Just short of perfection. Also happy birthday Mike. Thanks for the beer!
Bottle at Home
Firestone Walker Sour Opal (Batch No. 3, Bottled 05/08/17)
Bottle at Home
A super-resinous hop-bomb of a hazy IPA, the kind of beer I intensely dislike, but the coconut really mellows everything out. I couldn't tell if it ever became a harmonious experience or if my brain kept switching between "yuck" and "yum" but I guess it averaged out to decent.
Smooth. Burnt bitterness. I think this one is now clearly on the side of over-aged - it's definitely missing a lot of the complexity and there's nothing to buffer the finish.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
I had just a sip or two of this but it was nice.
Lots of rum, caramel, a kiss of licorice at the end.
Very good; slightly sweet, smooth coconut; creamy Merlin flavor.
Honestly, this felt like a big disappointment after the other two - especially right after the Molé Merkin. In comparison, there was a bit of a vegetal weirdness to the flavor here. It evened out after the palate adjusted, and it's hard to argue the easy appeal of sweet, but it definitely colored my experience.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
This was super yummy! Not overwhelmingly sweet, but just smoothly dessert-like. A bit of heat on the backend.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
So many winners from Firestone. This one was exactly as advertised, a sweet bourbon Manhattan flavor; cocktail-like until it veers back to beer territory right at the end. Boozy without being punchy or strong. Smooth, refined, and delicious.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
So, I realized recently I haven't liked any maple stouts, and this one edges toward the same faults, but - it's just barely not too sweet, and underneath it's still Parabola, dark and complex and a bit dry, balancing it out. That said, the maple still floats a little separately, and while it's still great, it's maybe my least favorite Parabola so far.
Love wine barreled stouts, and this is ... big winner. I foolishly didn't take notes and this was a couple weeks ago, but I have another bottle so I'll write more then.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
This beer has now been ten years in the bottle, and it definitely seems like that was too long. This is like the skeletal remains of a great beer - it's there in outline but all of the character has smoothed out to the point where it's just a vaguely empty chalkiness and a pure alcohol flavor. Real uncanny valley stuff.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
A little different than I expected; opening is smooth, sweet chocolate, a notable alcohol flavor (not whiskey; just... strong), and a more bitter than expected finish. It's as if the aging erased a lot of the middle complexity of this beer leaving a strong beginning and end but no progression between. I mean, it was still excellent.
Bottle at A Friend's
I spy a glass of this left in the bottle for me. Woah. Boozy & Chocolate. I’m suddenly very sleepy...
Bottle at Home
Aged a bit but just short of perfection today...
Bottle at Casa de Calvin, Bothell
Sooo smooth. Toasty, light coffee, caramel.? Clean not to sweet finish
Tropical-citrus "juicy" hop flavors of the type that are common in Hazy IPAs, however this one was so mild in all of the other aspects of hoppiness (bitterness, resin, sharpness) that it crossed over into highly unusual territory. A "juicy light blonde" is maybe the closest I can come to describing it.
Smells strongly of rum. Mellows out quickly, with lime and ginger subtly mixing to create a harmonious, possibly healing concoction. Yum!
This was good. I only rated at the time, didn't write notes, so I can't say more than that, except that I remember thinking this was as expected for Firestone Walker.
Not bad. Fairly mild, a little brackish but with hints of sharp juice.
Just hints of spice, primarily caramel. Super mellow, less booze, more barrel.
Very rich, butter and cornflakes, yeast Tang and grass. Takes a little away from crispness, but it is tasty.
Firestone Walker Feral One (unknown release)
Just as good as I remember, light,tart, vinous, clean. Doesn't stick around in the throat, and I appreciate that it wasn't an ABV bomb too. Cause on a day like this... Anyway, see my previous entry for this.
Such tart. Many raspberry. Seriously, though, this was so sour that I think it gave me a headache. I'm reading my previous description of this beer and it doesn't even sound like it's from the same universe.
This is the first time I've had this beer on draft, and it seems... different. In the bottle it's got very honey-like, mellow buttery notes. This was a little more like straighter butterscotch flavors on top of a strong, good barleywine. It was still very good but it wasn't sublime. Out of the bottle it was sublime.
I mean, this is a very good beer but after two Parabolas it's going to lose. Sorry not sorry. Lighter, a little sharper. Definitely less intense in every direction.
Yeah, this was delicious. Still thick and intense, but with the wonderful complexity of Parabola smoothed out by coffee. Absolutely delicious, and you could almost say this goes down easy after the Scotch!
I mean, this is just a whole heck of a lot. This is smoky, peaty, and also a lot less sweet than what gets transmitted to the regular Parabola from its barrels. It tastes like Scotch, basically, and that character is dominant. Parabola is here, thick and rich, but smoke is king. Something to chew on more than adore, this needs to be sipped in small increments.
Still a superb beer. Not profound, I think its lightness prevents that, but so, so smoooooth.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
I’ll just add what Mr T said here because he so rarely gives a description: “Mmmmmmm. Smells like something worn many, many times by a lady of the night.” “I can smell the arthropods.” “Are you trying to get me drunk?”
Bottle at Home
Fragrant and super-flavorful. Decent amount of cereal body. For something with the words "imperial" and "rye" in the name, this was actually refreshingly light and smooth. Then again, I thought the same thing about Fortem and then was totally disappointed the second time. WE'LL SEE.
Firestone Walker Sour Opal (Batch No. 3, Bottled 05/08/17)
Bottle at Home
Complex, lightly sour weisse. Funky, aged-cheese character plays with the mind but doesn't really detract from the flavor in the end. Only wished for slightly more carbonation.
This was a lot more grapefruit and alpha than I remember for this beer. Very meh this time around.
Bubblegum and alpha. This is a much different flavor profile than I expect from a Firestone Walker IPA, so at first I thought it just tasted weird. Then I realized it was just my expectations.
Firestone Walker SLOambic (unknown release)
A very dry berry sour, one of the least juicy I've tried. The berry flavor is very realistic, but muddied by a kind of tomatoey murkiness. Finish leaves a salty feeling on the lips and a few smacks of the mouth. It's... more good than it is enjoyable, I guess?
Definitely the style of IPL I do not enjoy, this was decidedly in the hops camp with high alpha bitterness and a kind of undefined tropical guava flavor (but definitely not the real-guava of Back Pedal earlier in the week). Slightly metallic.
Can at Home
Pours very dark. Lots of astringent chocolate and a lot of roast. A lot like a CDA in that there's a fruity hop spiciness that kind of fights the normal dark ale flavors, but with additional spices added. Some dried-fig/molasses and a ginsengy root flavor.
Firestone Walker Feral One (unknown release)
Another really strong sour beer from Firestone Walker; fruity, stone fruity sour with a medium-strong tartness and a super-clean finish.
Thick, sweet and boozy. Not as purely enjoyable as I've remembered from the past, but the competition was decidedly strong.
Less overwhelming than Parabola and more nicely balanced for today, I thought. Good barrel overtones, definite whiskey/toffee notes, but in a more medium-bodied porter. Definite roast-smoky character further distinguishes it as its own beer.
Smells quite tart, flavor is puckering but somewhat less sour than I expected. Very clean, bright cherry flavor, dry, savory-ish lip smacking finish. Another keeper from Firestone Walker.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Firestone Walker Krieky Bones (9/26/16 Batch 003)
Bottle at Home
Firestone Walker Krieky Bones (9/26/16 Batch 003)
A deep red color, with an effervescent sour scent. A lovely drying sweet/sour flavor.
Bottle at A Friend's
Dug this out for a special occasion. Yeah. That's... smoooooooooth.
I can totally see where that taste in the anniversary ale came from now.
Pretty delicious; doesn't taste nearly as strong as the Imperial moniker would hint at and with the pretty much perfect balance of hop and malt flavors that you'd expect from Firestone Walker. This might be my favorite IPA of theirs yet.
Plum, booze, toffee. Very, very smooth, which is a nice surprise for an anniversary ale this young. Otherwise, has a great deal in common with the most recent years of this series.
Bracingly tart, complex sour ale. Clean, "aged tasting" finish. Really, really delicious. I didn't notice a sweetness in the finish as the previous log entries state, but it may just have been in comparison to the noticeably sweet finish of the Saint Archer Gose.
Bottle at A Friend's
Assertively tart to open, with a funky, crisp, undefined-fruit (cherry x apricot?) sourness. The funk starts with a white wine fruitiness and finishes with a curl, but not quite into the goaty cheese territory of a Cantillon, etc.. In fact, it borders on refreshing, somehow. Some tannic / metallic dryness to finish.
Mild hoppiness that was good but a little weak.
2016 Big Wood Festival. Tequila at the forefront, blunts the natural sweetness of the base beer with agave vegetal flavors. Finishes clean. Can't decide if this is better or worse than the regular Merkin, but it's certainly fascinating.
Excellent lager with well-integrated fruity-hoppy notes - like a grapefruit pale ale combined with a pilsner. As refined as you'd expect from this pair of breweries. I think I like this better than the Pivo Pils.
Fresh-tasting IPA, much like I remember the #001 tasting, although in context, the dry-hopping seemed a little blatant and oily-feeling. Lemon-droppy hop character. Still pretty good but I couldn't help thinking I could have done better.
Heavy on the bourbon, clear toffee and caramel and alcohol on top of a solid brown. There's some kind of interaction between the hops and the wood here, though, making for a dry pucker and acrid bitterness on the finish. This should have been an easy winner and instead it bordered a bit on unpleasant.
The Sure Thing, starring John Cusack.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Clean, tart, sharp opening. Some fruit, with a sweet, wheaty finish.
Very complex, a perfect balance of the thick molasses and the lingering oak finish. So easy drinking it's dangerous.
Bottle at Home
Oatmeal sweet, mellow stout. Smoothed out considerably by nitro but without the chemical/soap flavor that usually hits me with such beers. Not surprising, because the original Merlin was so good, but a really tasty nitro stout.
Nitro Draft at Malt & Vine, Redmond
So I'm not normally into light hoppy beers, but this one has a nice mouth feel and the hoops are nice and pine needley and grassy. Comes together well.
Dry raspberry, very clean. Not very beer-like, and surprisingly little funk. This was cleansing, and I liked it a lot.
Very smooth. Chocolate, caramel, roasted flavors.
Bottle
Tasty. So tasty it'd be worth walking a block over to a friend's place to drink.
Bottle at Karthik's
Still really tasty. Maybe even better than I remembered.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Still one of my favorites! Smooth, buttery, dark fruits, molasses, caramel, dark chocolate.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Pretty good oatmeal stout. A little light though. Boozy, fruity, very slight carbonation.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Fruity hoppy, citrusy, bright, grapefruit.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Wonderful coconut, vanilla smell. Similar flavors with some additional bitter flavors. I get some kind of rice pudding flavors?!?
Holy sweetness blowout, after the Simple Malt.
So this is the proper level of sweet in a beer.
Firestone knocks it out again! A strong blonde barleywine with a similar scent to Sucaba but with a much mellower, honey-butter-like finish, with a touch of florality on top. You can even taste the barley in there, which is nice for something so boozy
Bottle at Xbeer One
Very nice. Tastes a little bit stronger than what I remembered. A little bit more bitter also. Otherwise it's a great barley wine with nice roasted caramel flavors.
Bottle
Wow. Really well done. Citrus and hops hit you right away, but smooth's out to a lovely rye spice finish.
Bottle
Bright hop smell, forward snappy hop taste and strong hop finish. Cereal taste is flat after the hops are accounted for.
Bottle
Deceptively smooth, but hard hitting. Loads of citrus notes with a lovely hop forward finish. Great beer.
Bottle
Loads of citrus load up this smooth easy drinking session ipa. A lovely beer.
Can
Amazing beer! Reminds a lot of the Sticky Monkey I like so much. Great mix of caramel, molasses, dark fruits and oak flavors.
My first impression of this is that this was largely Stickee Monkee in composition, due to the color, thinner mouthfeel and forward plum/date flavor, but apparently this beer is almost 50% Parabola. Never would have guessed. A clean-ish finish with just a bit of tannic / woody astringency to close. This probably needs time to mature -- it was really good but I'd take a straight Parabola or Stickee Monkee any day.

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