Figueroa Mountain Brewing can be found in sleepy Buellton, California, in the state’s Central Coast region, where it employs a whopping 200 people and produces dozens of styles of beer. Today we look at the production of the so-called FigMtnBrew for the first time, with reviews of four styles of beer. Thoughts follow.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Paradise Rd. Pilsner – Boldy malty in comparison to the typical American pilsner, this is otherwise a nice and chewy pilsner, slight nutty with hints of toasted corn and a little sprinkle of earth. Straightforward, but highly drinkable. 5.5% abv. A- / $10 per six-pack
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. 101 Blonde Ale – Not what I was expecting. Slightly salty, with notes of overripe fruit and tinned vegetables. Thinner on the palate, with a finish reminiscent of canned fruit syrup. 4.8% abv. C+ / $10 per six-pack
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Lizard’s Mouth Imperial IPA – This mega-boozy IPA initially comes across with some stout character, including notes of coffee grounds, toasted nuts, and darkly roasted grains all up front. As the palate builds, dense resin notes come to the fore, the finish fully indicative of the massive alcohol level. 9.0% abv. B / $12 per four-pack
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Danish Red Lager – Spicy with notes of cinnamon and caramel, with tons of malt underneath. This ruddy lager is aggressive and rounded, with hints of dried fruit and lingering malt syrup notes on the finish. 5.5% abv. B / $10 per six-pack