Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.94/5 rDev +2.3%
Enjoyed along with a lunch--roast beef sandwich with horseradish and french fries--at the Bellagio while on vacation in Las Vegas. Served out of a 12 oz brown bottle with the bottling date 08/12/13 marked clearly on the base of the label and poured into a medium-sized goblet.
Appearance - Pours a transparent golden amber with subtle copper shadowing and maize highlights. Atop the body rests an effervescent and delicate-looking head of about a finger thick, the color of cream. Retention is moderate and leaves sparse lacing along the sides of the glass.
Smell - Bright and refreshing, with traces of grass and herbs peeking out through a bouquet of citrus notes and light acidity. The biscuity pale malts also shine through to balance out the sharper aroma with some bready roundness. Overall quite a balanced aroma.
Taste - Like the aroma, notes of toasted sourdough and butter cracker play with more astringent aspects of grassiness and pine, along with a more subtle citrus component at this point. Light bitterness like baby garden greens flashes on the finish and lingers for just a second on the aftertaste. Since it fades quickly, like many APAs, it makes for easy drinkability.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a crisp finish and quickly fading aftertaste.
Overall, a balanced and highly drinkable take on this great style and it has plenty of flavor for a 4.8% beer. I would gladly order this again with food or to take home to crack open for an easy drinking beer that won't knock me on my ass. Unfortunately, it's not too common in my local market, otherwise I'd likely find myself drinking it quite a bit.
10-15-2013 06:15:18 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
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.
87 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.