Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chadlebald:
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a sort of dark golden (almost an amber hue to it). Solid initial head that tapered off quickly but leaves a nice 'cling' to the sides as its drank. Smell is very floral right out of the gate, but with a slight caramely sweetness.
Lots of hoppy flavor that if I were blind tasting it, would say it was an IPA. I think it does have a fair amount of malt balance, though. On the whole, it drinks 'dry'.
Feels full in the mouth, and hits the taste buds evenly at first before lingering more in the mid tongue.
I am far from being a hophead even though I seek out hoppy beers on occasion. This is one that I would seek out more often I think, since it's just at that point of not overdoing it. In other words, I could order more than one in a session, whereas with IPAs, I usually switch after just one.
"Two bottoms up"
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2007 04:35:21 | More by chadlebald
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3.71/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to my glass with a fairly clear golden yellow body. A cap forms on the brew to about a finger but the fizzy texture alludes to me the poor retention. The head dies down to a small ring that leaves spotty lacing.
S- Aroma presents a nice blend of malts and hops. Prevalent aromas are of cracked cereal grains, citrus and floral hops as well as yeast bread and light fruits. A bit faint compared to some APAs but I don't have to stress too much to pick up what's happening.
T- Follows the nose and presents a balanced APA flavor. The hops are crisp with mostly flavors of citrus zest and oil as well as floral notes. They do bring slight herbal and spicy hints but those are secondary. Base of cereal grains, biscuit, lightly sweet and crystal malts with a fruity bready American Ale yeast coming into play.
MF- Light bodied with a crisp, creamy texture that has some fizziness to it. Carbonation at a high end level which lends that crispiness and helps the hops shine. Light bitter finish.
Simple but enjoyable APA that provides a nice mix of Cascade citrus with some spicy, floral hops as well. Crisp and refreshing.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 01:47:46 | More by cbutova
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A-Pours a clear, orange gold. A half an inch of white froth settles on the beer's body. Laces well.
S-Balanced, even leaning toward the maltier side. Sweet honey, white bread and some floral hoppiness.
T-Maltier. The malt reminds me definitely of honey. Malt is relatively airy but more forward than the hops. Hops give me some light flavors of flowers and sweet orange.
M-More body than I thought would be there. Lots of soft bubbles.
O-A bit disappointing. I was able to put down my pint very quickly, though because none of the flavors were actually off putting.
Serving type: on-tap
04-03-2014 01:04:21 | More by VelvetExtract
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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