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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,361 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002)
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Reviews by Philousa:
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4.44/5  rDev +15.3%

Imbibed at Wine Affairs on 3/4/13.

Very pale with copper color, and clear. Head retention is great, big rocky head that laces very well for the style. Lemon and grapefruit dominate the nose with floral notes and slight biscuit. Flavor is lemony and bright with a lot of orange flavor to start as well. Fades to overcooked biscuit and slight a tartness, then floral hops, which are not heavy handed. Bitterness comes on gradually, but its definitely noticeable. Feel is middling, finish is slightly dry. This one tasted especially fresh. I could drink this all day.

03-05-2013 18:25:09 | More by Philousa
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04-25-2013 23:32:29 | More by Tiernan
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-02-2013 03:12:53 | More by Todd
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-12-2013 03:13:22 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-07-2014 07:56:03 | More by Fcip78
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-18-2013 00:41:07 | More by Beerswag
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-18-2013 04:15:57 | More by megamass
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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
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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.

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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

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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.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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smells of nice floral and citrus highlights with a slight malty aroma that sneaks in, very balanced in its aroma
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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

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A: golden color that is a hazy with carbonation.

S: nice hoppy aroma that isn't overpowering

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O: amazing session beer that should be used as a benchmark to evaluate all other Pales

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.