Brew Review: Firestone Walker Opal

by Kelli H. on January 13, 2015

Opal1Beer: Firestone Walker Opal
Date: 1-1-15
Type: Farmhouse Ale Dry Hopped Saison
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Alcohol: 7.5%
IBU: 35

“Enjoy Fresh Within 120 Days” – Firestone Walker

OpalAppearance: Bright yellow, sunshine, lots of carbonation bubbles, small to little head retention, white head, completely clear.

Aroma: Fresh, Spring scents, lemon, mango, yeast

Body & Texture: Crisp, carbonic bite, light bodied, tad bitter

Aftertaste: Mango!

Opal2Overall Impression:

When I first tasted this beer at the brewery I loved it. It was right when I was really getting into saison’s so it made a good impression. I was happy David grabbed a bottle during the holidays for us to do a brew review since I hadn’t had it since August. Good thing I still liked it! 

This beer upon first sip might be a tad radical to someone who doesn’t enjoy saison’s. It was super crisp and had lots of carbonation which I enjoy. The color is super bright and reminds me of spring or a warm day, but it was also delicious on a cold winter day in the cabin over my vacation. So, I think this beer could be enjoyed anytime. 

The taste isn’t really too funky for a saison. It’s definitely not a beer for everyone but if you’re into saison’s I don’t see how you couldn’t enjoy this beer. It’s very light and super easy to drink. I think that even someone who is a novice saison beer drinker could get into this one. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a drinkable saison that isn’t too cray cray.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane @ Life of Di. January 13, 2015 at 8:10 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had a saison beer! I’ll have to try to find one next time Marty and I head out for date night. 🙂


Jane January 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

I usually really love saisons! Again these were everywhere in Colorado! I have been seeing them more and more in the Bay Area and that makes me quite happy!


Meghan January 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

Love saisons! The color of this one is lovely.


David W. January 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

Yummmmm! Love citrus in my beer. 🙂


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