Firestone Walker Brewing Company Solace (365 Day 288)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Firestone Walker Solace

American craft beer brings ideas of big beers using quality ingredients to a lot of people. Quality ingredients are always on the docket but not all and probably most American craft beers are not are big. I rant about this a lot. The biggest mistake that most reviewers make in reviewing a beer is what they want the beer to be or comparing it to some “big” beer they have had in the past.

Because of the American craft beer revolution, styles have been skewed more than ever recently. American Wheat Ale is one of those styles that has taken on many forms and changes recently. Some are traditional with a lot of wheat coming through. Others have spices added. While even more have been over hopped to take on characters of a light IPA. The boldest of the group take from each of the preceding, combining to make a very bold wheat beer. It seems that the most outlandish within the style are the favorites.

Solace by Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a light cross bread that has plenty of wheat with touches of fruits/spice. Green apple or grapes are the first while banana comes later in the aroma. This is a light bodies beer that delivers a highly drinkable beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.4

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