Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GuinnessAtRogerWilco:
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers that he picked up while out in CA. Poured into a Victory pint glass.
AP: Straw gold colour. I can see my fingers through the glass. White head about 1" fizzling down to 1/8", either way it's not dense at all.
AR: Biscuit, cracker, caramel malt. There's some subtle fruity notes in the background trying to make themselves known: orange, grapefruit, pineapple. There's a floral aroma as well. Nothing is really jumping out and making a bold impression.
T: Taste if better than the nose, thankfully. Pretty much all of the above that were in the nose, though the malt base is more like toasty grains and the main hop note is pink grapefruit with a touch of floral lavender. As it warms a little a hint of lemon mixes in with the GF.
M: Moderately carbonated, body on the lighter side, fairly crisp with a semi-dry finish.
OV: A decent brew, but certainly nothing that is going to 'wow' you. Seems like this was made to be a simple sessionable Pale Ale with a kiss of hops on it, if so then nicely done. However, if someone just shoved a glass in my hand and said 'taste this' without knowing what it was or is supposed to be, I'd probably just say 'it's nice' or 'it's good' and not add anything to it.
09-21-2013 04:26:50 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
consumed as draught beer served in a pint glass.
A: pale golden color with a thin, white head.
S: citrus aroma.
T: hoppy with malt flavors, a bit of strawberry on the tongue. finishes dry and clean.
M: crisp mouthfeel. not too much carbonation.
D: nice balance, easy to drink.
03-12-2008 22:52:56 | More by dill
4.63/5 rDev +20.3%
Thanks to IntriqKen for this one. Pours a clear golden with a smallish head and decent lacing. Aroma is sweet breads and citrus hops - very nice. Taste is tasty sweet malts up front followed by pleasant citrus and a good hop finish to cleanse the palate. Perfect mouthfeel and drinkability. Excellent APA, very refreshing.
06-07-2007 18:18:05 | More by Duster72
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with an offwhite head that rises about one centimeter and stays there. Good patch lacing effect. Aroma is citrusy hops, with inviting esters of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Malty caramel is in the background, and there is a hint of vanilla from the oak barrel fermentation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with crisp moderate carbonation. Taste features juicy citrusy hops, with orange and grapefruit lending a soft bitterness. Caramel and toffee notes serve up a pleasant malt balance. A hint of oaky vanilla adds a nice touch. The finish is clean, with a lingering grapefruit hops bitterness that is soft and mild. Very nicely balanced, and rather tasty. ABV is under 5%, so this one would make an exceptional session ale.
09-17-2005 11:22:49 | More by merlin48
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
12 ounce bottle, Brewed on 12/31/13.
Pours near clear, w/ bubbles continuing to rise. Off white head is moderate in size and leaves a typical film, collar and respectable thicker low sheeting and scattered lace upon a gentle swirl.
Nose is faintly of some piney hops/grapefruit.
Resin and more pine hops on the palate. Grapefruit comes to mind. Respectable and nicely crafted APA. As somebody else remarked this one does not blend the lines between APA and IPA. Aggressive? No. Highly sessionable? Yes.
Quite dry in the long and hoppy finish. Worth a try.
02-19-2014 14:58:47 | More by Billolick
3.79/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, high carbonation, clear
Smell: honey, pale malt, meadow
Taste: toasted English malt, honey, dry citrus hops
Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness towards the end, medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation
Overall: An above average sweeter APA with California style hopping. Above average for a pale ale. If I wanted a pale ale, I would certainly reach for this.
04-28-2014 13:57:02 | More by tigg924
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
picked this up in a variety pack at costco
pours out looking like s typical pale ale with a about one finger of head that doesnt stick around too long.
smells of nice floral and citrus highlights with a slight malty aroma that sneaks in, very balanced in its aroma
a little lacking in flavor slightly above average could have had a tiny amount ofl more hopped flavor thats just what i am into thse days, but goes down nice a smooth
nothing ground breaking, but still drinkable
02-14-2011 03:08:18 | More by mikegreen138
4.24/5 rDev +10.1%
Growler from Oliver's brew crew. Albany. Served in a pint glass.
A: golden color that is a hazy with carbonation.
S: nice hoppy aroma that isn't overpowering
T: this beer's straightforward, simple and solid taste makes it an amazing example of what a California Pale Ale should be. Nice hops without overpowering your taste buds but enough to keep you coming back.
M: smooth medium body
O: amazing session beer that should be used as a benchmark to evaluate all other Pales
04-01-2013 01:35:45 | More by MikePags
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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