Triple Beer Review – Angel City

Angel City sent a nice care package with a nice variety of beers so let’s taste through this trio and see which is victorious….

Pinot Grisette pours a bright yellow color.  Has that hybrid beer / wine flavor nailed down. I certainly get white grape flavor but not in that fakey candy way.  The Belgian yeast is working hard here. Lots of esters on the nose and palate. This is a substantial beer for something so refreshing. 

B.O.S.S. beer is a pretty orange color. A lot of ingredients listed on the can and the Saison part is a bit buried but I like the flavor profile overall. Citrus leads but there is a little spice and a rough edge to it.  

Dollarydoo Aussie IPA has pine up front on the nose. This is kinda aggressive. No juicy notes that I can find. More old school hoppiness here. The hops stick to the palate. Some menthol notes for me. The label is very well done has a currency look to it. 

Dual Review – DBA at 25 and Double Barrel Parabola

Barrels aplenty today as I dive into the 25 year old DBA and then the brand new 2021 Double Barrel Parabola Imperial Stout from Firestone Walker.

Starting with the slightly smaller ABV’d DBA (Double Barrel Ale) which pours a lovely dark orange color. First flavor is minerality, a slight salt hit. There is a corresponding sweet aspect to the beer as well. A bit of apple and oak finish the profile.

10.5% higher is the Double Barrel Parabola Imperial Stout. A combo of bourbon and wheated whiskey barrels were used on this stout. It is super smooth and there is not much burn at all on this. It is a quick cheek warmer though. The dominant flavor is toasted coconut.

Join the Paso Club

So, another player is entering the beer club game….

Yup, Firestone Walker is going into their vault of goodies and as this video shows, the Brewmaster’s Reserve will be special. Before you get too giddy at the prospect of having all that beer and specialty glassware shipped to you (CA residents only), you are going to have to be fast on the ordering draw and have a spare $599 in your wallet. If you have that 5G internet and still have your government $600 then you might be in luck because you will have a fun year of beer.

DBA at 25

Yes, Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker is 25 years young this year and to mark that occasion, the label gets a refresh…

…and might I suggest that you refresh your palate to this beer. It is a heritage beer and I mean that in not only a good but great way. These are the beers we drink at Super Bowl parties, the beer we know will be really good and that many will have fond memories of.

Back in Black

I need recent days, two fan favorite beers returned to distribution. First….

Stone Brewing stuck SS-R in its 12 Days of IPA’s box and then this year decidedly to re-release it all on its own. That was followed by…

…the label re-designed Wookey Jack from the SoCal Firestone.

How many more Black IPA’s do you think will cone back this year?

Cobbler Slide

Firestone Walker dropped some new beer s from their BarrelWorks division and from their cocktail inspired series…

…and I am in a bit of a quandary. The Gin Rickey beer which I had such high hopes for was not to my liking at all so can they re-find the magic of past beers? The Blackberry beer sounds intriguing but mint and cinnamon in a wild ale? In normal times, I would just order tasters and see which won out.

19 vs 24

Each year, I buy the latest Firestone Walker Anniversary Blend and also bring out the oldest one that I have. Then I review them. Here is old vs new for 2020.

24 – big tan head quickly bubbles away to practically nothing but super dark brown. Sugar and fondue on the nose. Getting rum and sugar flavor wise. No burn on this at all.  Very smooth but there is a bit of cola bubble too. Tiramisu / custard notes send this into dessert territory. 

19 – dark brown with bubbles. Caramel in the aroma and the first big hit of flavor.  Still an alcohol burn here which makes it a bit prickly.  There is a tiny bit of spirit barrel flavor coming through as well. Still well carbonated after five years. My little cap popped off and flew across the room.