Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, CA
Style: Blonde Ale
Alcohol: 4.7 %
Serving Style: 12-ounce bottles and cans, kegs
Availability: Widely distributed on the West Coast of U.S.
Appearance: “Light-to-medium gold in color. Quickly-dissipating white head.”
Aroma: “Seems sweetly malty at first. Quite floral and maybe some citrus, I’d say. There’s a whiff of banana or maybe guava or some other tropical fruit.”
Taste: “Opens with a sweet maltiness that continues into a slight hoppiness that shows toward the finish. There’s a slightly sweet feeling overall, but it doesn’t come across in a cloying way. The feeling in the mouth is somewhat creamy, but this beer finishes cleanly.”
Food Affinity: “This is really a pretty mild beer. It might accompany a lot of stuff. I like deep-fried prawns with that hot mustard like you get in a Chinese restaurant. I know that would taste good. Maybe grilled chicken with grilled pineapple would be a nice pairing with that sweet malty quality.
--Guest reviewer Allen Pierpont manages three franchises for a major restaurant chain. He enjoys a couple of beers at end of each business day