Beer Review: Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion No. 002

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Luponic Distortion is Firestone Walkers new revolving hop series beers. The recipe will change every 90 days as the brewers tweak the beer slightly as hops and malt change. Luponic Distortion No. 002 comes in at 5.9% ABV.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger head and some great lacing. Classic looking Firestone IPA here.

Nose: Pine, resin, tropical fruit, mango and mandarin oranges. This beer was danker and juicier than I expected. Some pineapple and melon notes as well. Smell it as soon as you crack it.

Taste/Mouth: Great tropical fruit flavors, mango, pineapple, some piney bitterness as well. Real clean, light feel and easy to drink. Finishes with a lingering tropical fruitiness. Some sweetness on the back end as well. This beer is really just super crushable and clean.

Price/Availability: Damn does this beer shine in this category. Super easy to get as Firestone’s footprint is massive and at $10 a 6 pack of cans, hard to beat that.

Overall: A great, accessible offering from Firestone. Just a good go to beer and a great series. Firestone is one of those breweries sometimes people sleep on because of how big they are but don’t because they are still making incredible beers and pushing boundaries just like those hype breweries that you are waiting an hour in line to get 4 cans of. Can’t wait to get a hold of 3 and 4. Always keep Luponic Distortion as a back pocket option when you need a great crushable fresh and delicious IPA.

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Sierra Nevada/Firestone Walker’s Torpedo Hoppy Pilsner

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One of the beers in the pack I was most excited about the hoppy pilsner collab between Sierra and their fellow California brewery Firestone Walker. Torpedo Pilsner easily had the potential to be one of the best beers in the pack as Firestone makes an incredible pilsner on their own, Pivo as well as some other incredible hoppy beers. They went with some newer interesting hops from New Zealand to make this a very unique America/German hybrid pilsner. Torpedo Pilsner comes in at 5.2% ABV and 45 IBUs (another one).

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a 1/1 finger head. Some good lacing pretty much what I anticipated as far as appearance.

Nose: Fruity and floral hop notes out in front. German lager yeast and pilsner malt definitely noticeable as well. Nice clean fruity, floral and earthy notes coming out of this one for the most part. An enjoyable lager nose.

Taste/Mouth: Clean and refreshing definitely first thing coming to mind as I take a sip. Fruity hop notes and lager yeast flavors as well as some grainy malt. Hops lend a little bite of floral and bitterness on back end. Very good drinkable and refreshing pilsner.

Price/Availability: One and done!

Overall: As expected this was one of the better beers in the pack, in the top 5. Glad they decided on this style wish I could have had the opportunity to try this on draft as I can picture it being even better.

Grade: B+

Beer Review: Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack IPA

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The newest addition to the Firestone Walker Jack family of IPAs is next up on my reviews, Easy Jack Summer Session IPA. The Jacks are some of the most solid, consistent IPAs available and definitely ones I grab if I see some fresh in my area. Firestone is also a brewery that really just produces nothing but quality beers. Regardless I was very excited to hear this would be distributed in my area and got my hands on a six pack as soon as possible so I could review it very fresh. Easy Jack comes in at 4.5% ABV and ~50 IBUs.

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle. Light orange color pretty hazy with a nice 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Really loved the look of this beer and I would say its definitely a good example in my mind as to what I want a session IPA to look like.

Nose: Good tropical fruit up front, definitely some mango and pineapple. Get some pine and resin as well but the fruit notes really shine on this beers nose.

Taste/Mouth: Piney hop bite up front with some of the fruit carrying over from the nose as well. This beer has a good malt backing though to prevent it from being to dry and bitter. The balance of it makes this one great on a hot day and very crushable. Really refreshing.

Availability/Price: Price is reasonable, I think its around $9 for a six pack. I like that this is gonna be a summer seasonal as that is definitely the season I think Session IPAs are most desirable in.

Overall: Really well done session from Firestone. Pretty much exactly what I expected, they keep the quality releases coming. Pretty much on par with Stone’s Go To which I consider the benchmark Session IPA. I would have it again for sure.

Grade: B+