Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
3.86/5 rDev +0.3%
APPEARANCE: This is a bright beer. The pale, orange-yellow color almost matches the label on the bottle with a stark white head on top. The head foams up to about a finger and a half and then very slowly recedes until it caps the glass with about a quarter-inch of foam. Some very nice lacing develops at the top of the glass and eventually slides down the sides.
SMELL: A lighter aroma emerges from the glass once it has been poured, but sticking the nose into the glass provides a real treat; a wonderfully floral and slightly grassy aroma.
TASTE: A touch of caramel dances around the edges of a pleasant, but subtle hop flavor. The hops provide some citrus and a touch of grass.
MOUTHFEEL: It always surprises me how light this beer is especially after sticking my nose in the glass. The body is very light and it goes down incredibly easy. The carbonation just provides a very light tickle, which contributes to the ultra-drinkability of this beer.
OVERALL: This is simultaneously a very satisfying and unsatisfying beer. The lighter body, subtle hop flavors and lighter malt character leave the palate constantly wanting just a touch more, but on the other hand you can have more. At 4.9% this is a tasty, flavorful and easy drinking Pale Ale.
08-13-2013 01:43:40 | More by StoneTSR
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 1,377 ratings.