Two new brews — neither of which spent a second in a bourbon barrel, for as soon as — from California’s Firestone Walker, plus the introduction of Cali Squeeze, which doesn’t carry Firestone branding and which is confusingly a brand new line of each beers (all hefeweizens) and seltzers, all made with California fruit. We solely acquired the Cali Squeeze beers, not the seltzers, for assessment. Let’s give these brews a whirl.
Firestone Walker STiVo Keller Pils – Two operations identified for his or her IPAs — Firestone Walker and Russian River Brewing — have collaborated on what? A pilsner! This mashup of each breweries’ flagship lagers was beforehand a draft-only launch and is now obtainable in cans. The outcomes are superb, if in need of something enthralling. Large notes of banana bread and walnuts pave the best way to a gently bitter character that begs to be paired with a fats pretzel and a few mustard. Grassy on the end with lingering hops. Extremely foamy however a bit mild in physique, it’s an inoffensive beer that finally doesn’t come throughout as an enchancment over both authentic. 5.3% abv. B+ / $NA (16 oz cans)
Firestone Walker Hopnosis IPA – Made with Mosaic Cryo Hops. I used to be anticipating a boldly tropical beer, however Hopnosis comes throughout with a surprisingly light strategy, its pineapple fruit layered with rumbling, earthy hops and a modest bitterness. The physique does really feel appropriately juicy, balanced with mild notes of coconut, tangerine, and gently honeyed sweetness. Extra simple than I anticipated, however by no means in need of satisfying. 6.7% abv. A- / $11 per six-pack
Cali Squeeze Mango Hefeweizen – Aggressive mango on the nostril and assault results in a candy, tropical palate that’s nothing if not fruity — nearly candylike. A peachy word enhances the mango character — however solely when you’ve got a little bit of a candy tooth — with a prolonged, barely saccharine end quickly rising. No hoppy bitterness in impact right here. This will not be a seltzer, however you’d by no means understand it. 5.4% abv. B- / $13 per six-pack
Cali Squeeze Tropical P.O.G. Hefeweizen – POG — ardour fruit, orange, guava — is a basic Hawaiian beverage, and also you catch that unmistakable high quality instantly on the nostril of this brew. Not fairly as candy because the mango, the guava ingredient tempers the brew, giving it a barely bitter, ruddy high quality. Right here the eagerness fruit — usually the centerpiece of POG — is dulled by a evenly hoppy element, the end folding in a layer of earth that’s sudden in a hefeweizen. 5.4% abv. B / $13 per six-pack
Cali Squeeze Blood Orange Hefeweizen – Large blood orange notes on the nostril give this a direct pop of citrus, the beer transferring from there to a mildly bitter however largely nameless character on the palate. Finally innocent, with a little bit of a Hello-C character to it, and barely watery on the end. 5.4% abv. B- / $13 per six-pack