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Review: Firestone Walker Mezca-Limón and Tequila Barrel Sunrise

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Firestone Walker continues to churn out artistic barrel-aged brews from its venerable Classic Sequence with two significantly distinctive releases dropping earlier this summer time: Mezca-Limón and Tequila Barrel Dawn. These “cocktail beers” are designed for heat climate sipping and meant to evoke traditional flavors of Mezcalita and Tequila Dawn, respectively. As of this writing, we’re nonetheless within the canine days of summer time, and these each sound fairly refreshing. Let’s examine them out!

Firestone Walker Mezca-Limón – For Mezca-Limón, Firestone brewed a specialty base beer with agave, chili peppers, flaked corn, and sea salt after which aged it in quite a lot of completely different mezcal barrels, together with a smaller portion in orange bitters barrels, all of which was blended collectively and completed with freshly zested lime. The beer pours a ruddy copper colour with minimal head. There’s ample citrus within the aroma with lime peel and a little bit of spiced orange. The agave is noticeable, extra candy just like the syrup than earthy or smoky like Mezcal, though there are delicate, salty smoke notes hiding beneath. The palate exhibits a whole lot of complexity with loads of cocktail parts: honeyed, agave sweetness, salt rim, squeeze of lime, and a few bitters for good measure, all in good stability. The corn comes by means of roasted and candy, whereas the Mezcal barrel-aging gives a various set of secondary notes, starting from floral to savory. The ale base provides it extra physique than your common cocktail, amplifying the flavors and by some means tying all of them collectively. Refreshing, distinctive, and dangerously drinkable. Proof that Firestone Walker has mastered extra than simply whiskey barrel-aged beers. 13.5% abv. A / $11 per 12 oz bottle

Firestone Walker Tequila Barrel Dawn – The muse for this beer is a tequila barrel-aged Helldorado blonde barleywine. Firestone has utilized this type of getting old to Helldorado earlier than (a small quantity went into the XXIII Anniversary mix), however for this explicit launch, the barrels have been from rarer Further Anejo expressions. Added to this was beer aged in a mixture of cherry and orange bitters barrels, all of which was infused with orange zest and hibiscus. Tequila Barrel Dawn pours a wealthy gold colour with a reddish, coppery tint. It’s barely hazy at first pour with a beneficiant head that dissipates slowly. Apart from a slight, vegetal sweetness, the aroma doesn’t present a lot agave. It’s crisp, dominated by flowery hibiscus and dried and closely spiced orange peel. The palate exhibits a significantly malty basis from the barleywine, accented by pulpy citrus that may be a useless ringer for the OJ in a Tequila Dawn. The tropical flower element makes for a little bit of an odd distinction, nevertheless, leaving a peculiar, however nonetheless refreshing, oolong tea observe lingering into the end, which in any other case showcases a little bit of tequila-tinged salinity and vivid, inexperienced hints of lime zest. 11% abv. B+ / $11 per 12 oz bottle

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