Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,671 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 67
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of oggg
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Six-pack from BevMo

This beer pours a golden orange hue with a soft pillowy white head. Slightly hazy in a good way. Hop aroma is floral, mildly citrusy. A touch of biscuit in the aroma too. On the tongue, moderate carbonation gives way to malty sweetness, then moderate bitterness (less than SNPA or Full Sail PA), hop goodness, and then biscuit and bread. Very clean. Medium bodied.

Overall: this is my new favorite session beer. Beautiful. Good for adventurous newbies, too.

Photo of Philousa
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker is finally in Colorado!

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Their pale is a slightly hazy copper orange with good sticky head. Some lacing is left as it settles.

Aroma is a really nice, fresh and hoppy with classic American citrus hops.

Flavor is very well done with great balance. The sweetness is perfectly offset with fresh crisp hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and the same could be said about the carbonation.

A perfect session-able pale ale. Light in body and alcohol but big in flavor and hops. Dale's Pale Ale was always my go-to in this category but this one might just challenge it in the future.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: Sweet citrus aroma dominates the smell. There’s a good complimentary hops aroma along with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The citrus sweetness that you get in the smell comes out first in the taste. The hops quickly follow and it’s a much stronger burst than the smell leads you to expect. Once the two flavors are introduced, the taste stays very well-balanced the rest of the way.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, the only drawback I can see with this beer would be that you might look for something with a little bit more of a kick to it. Overall, it’s an excellent representation of style while at the same time keeping the beer lighter than most APA’s.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange/straw with a fluffy white head that lingers.

Smells of light/tropical fruit mixed with dank pine and some barrel/oak character.

Tastes of pine and lighter pitted fruit up front before going into more pine and astringent middle before ended on a floral/soapy/pine ending with slightest hints of oak barrel.

Light body and medium to high carbonation works well enough.

This pale ale really benefits from the barrel characteristics as they make it subtly complex as it warms. Big, interesting hop character, dry, and my current favorite pale ale. Fantastic.

Photo of BierJager89
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Amber/copper color, with a creamy white head.

S: Nose is loaded with citrus, as well as some grassy notes, and pineapple.

T: Sweet orange, pineapple, citrus peel and malt are well balanced by a dry hoppy bitterness.

M: Body is on the light side of medium, extremely refreshing, I could literally drink this all day.

O: This is delicious. One of my favorite pale ales.

Photo of Spikester
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an APA that won't knock you're socks off. It is just about perfect for the style however. So if you are looking for the next bigger, hoppier APA this ain't it. It is just a well executed APA with no bad character whatsoever. Pours a light amber with a good-sized white head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is citrus floral hops. Taste is mildly bitter citrus hops with an ideal amount of sweet malt. The perfect session APA for me. The problem is that it is hard to find in Oregon. I bought the last bottle at the store today.
Just bought another bomber. As good as the first. Exceptional APA. Buy some now. Especially at the low 4.8% abv. Great session beer.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yes, an "exceptional" for drinkability. 31 is now my new favorite number and (ironically) ended-up being #731 on my all-time taste list (an expensive collection with nothing to show for it). In any case, this was good stuff. The photo on the bottle was "right on," as the beer poured gorgeous gold into the glass with a nice had that quickly dissipated and left very delicate lacing on the glass. Very subtle fruity, piney hops were evident in the smell and that carried into initial taste. Nice balance of sweetness (very light) and the aforementioned hops, with a moderate malty body, punctuated by delicate carbonation. Those are two words I'd use a lot with this beer: delicate and subtle. Nothing "in your face" about it. No alcohol taste at all, with a very slight dry bitterness at the end. I never put the glass down--and it tasted great right through to the warmer last few swallows. It's an excellent session beer you'd never grow tired of. Clearly a winner all the way around.

Photo of fps_dean
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a glass a clear golden yellow color, with moderate lacing.

Smells like piney, lemony hops.

Tastes as hoppy as it smells, with the hops overpowering the malts from start to finish, but at no point being too extreme. This is clearly a hop lover's Pale Ale. Could almost pass as an IPA based on the hop content, but it's definitely a Pale Ale.

Goes down fairly smooth as well, with medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very solid Pale Ale, and a very solid session beer and has become one of my go to session beers.

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light amber with a thin white head. No head retention, which is to be expected.

S - Lots of bready malts combined with a light citrus hop notes. Toffee and caramel really overpowering the hops.

T - Just what you want from a pale ale. Light and refreshing. Goes down very smooth with the malts and hops making a pretty perfect combination. Great session ale.

M - Very light and refreshing. Lots of carbonation keep this tasting fresh. Not a lot of after taste to speak of.

O - Firestone does it again. Another amazing beer that seems to fit the style perfectly. Very drinkable pale ale that doesn't remind me of a pilsner.

Photo of pcrager
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid example of a American Pale Ale. Fresh, aromatic, and crisp. Delightful hint of hops, moreso than other APAs. Pale straw colored with a white head. Very clear.

Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber (stamped 10/1/09) poured into my Meantime snifter, Pale 31 is chill-hazed golden orange with a creamy off-white head that leaves scattered lace. Nice glow to it.

Smell light and clean, limes, oranges and apricots, a touch overripe and soured, nice.

Taste is pleasantly hoppy, more so then I expected for a pale, with really clean but satisfying fresh bread malt backbone that goes great with the fleeting citrus of the hops and esters before the dry, spicy finish. Not super complicated, but an exceptionally well made and tasty APA. Very impressive, I love the freshness (even though it's 3 months old) and sessionability.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and dry, a sharpness to it, although served at fridge temp.

Drinkability is very high, this is a tasty but clean pale ale that's not to robust or strong but very satisfying, I can see really sucking down a bunch of this at a party. This immediately became my all time favorite APA, from a style that I granted don't normally much care for.

Photo of jwc215
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a white head that thins to a wide patch, leaving dots of lacing.

The smell is citric, floral, a touch of pine with grainy/caramelish backing.

The taste if of citrus/grapefruit with some floral and piney notes and an orangey, grainy, caramelish balance. It has a bitterish, dry finish. I might like the nose a tad more, but not enough to distinguish in the score.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body.

A relatively modest abv for an American Pale, yet with strength in aroma and taste and a sturdy body. A great choice for a "sessioner" for those who like their pale ales edging on the hoppier aroma side!

Photo of grittybrews
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head that slowly receded to a thin film. Mild floral aroma of pine and orange citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy, almost resiny mouthfeel. Citrus up front with a nice honey caramel malt backbone. Gentle hoppy finish with just a hint of bitterness.

Not flashy, but another well-crafted brew from Firestone Walker. Balanced and refreshing.

Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The West is blessed with many fine American Pale Ale's, and Firestone has got to be one of them. It looks like your classic Pale Ale, with an light orange crystal clear appearance and a smell of fresh pine. Firestone Pale Ale gives you a dose of that West Coast feel primarily with its Cascade hops. It is crisp, has a nice carbonated bite to it, and is refreshing.

Photo of Auraan
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber with a thin white head that receded to a white ring leaving no lacing. It looks okay, but not as good as some. Scents of citrus-zest, pine resin, grapefruit, and faint hints of floral hops and malt. A bit more hop-forward than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, with more citrus, grapefruit and pine. Very good, but not as balanced as Sierra Nevada's. Flavor begins with a moderate level of hops, with bitter citrus-zest, grapefruit and pine dominating. These flavors stick around throughout the sip. Towards the middle a bit more floral hop flavors come through in the background, but not heavily. Malt is present, though on the breadier, grainer side, not much sweet caramel or toffee like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Finish is dry with citrus-zest, grapefruit and pine resin dominating. Aftertaste is bitter with a grainy malt flavor. Pretty good. More hop forward and less balanced than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but not in a bad way. It certainly doesn't hurt the flavor profile, it just makes it a different take on a pale ale. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and semi-drying. A bit less smooth than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, more of an IPA mouthfeel, but not bad to drink at all. It makes you want to drink another sip right after you finish. Overall this is another good American Pale Ale. While not as balanced as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, it has a good aroma and flavor profile that balance more towards the hop-forward side of things, while still keeping a sessionable ABV and providing a good drinking experience from the mouthfeel. I recommend it.

Photo of JosiahS
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a standard pint glass. It has a great golden color and it gave off about a 1-finger white head that looks to be semi-creamy with some large bubbles around the rim. Lacing is splashy.

The aroma is excellent, I'm not sure of the hops used but it's a very singular smell. Intensely floral with some pine and light tropical fruit. When swirled i get a very pungent hop aroma that i almost perceive as oily. Very subtle malt character comes through.

Taste is well-balanced bringing a nice floral bitterness up front followed immediately by citrus and bright fruit, like mango, pineapple. Bitterness is there throughout and finishes on the pallete along with a great dough-like maltyness that i did not expect. It rounds out very well leaving me wanting to sip again and again.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with medium carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

The hops seem to be a little more present than what i'm used to tasting and smelling in a pale ale but that's certainly nothing to complain about. This beer is very drinkable and goes down great. For what it is, it has great flavor! Definitely recommend.

Photo of mltobin
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland.

The appearance is a deep yellow tone with a thin head that quickly becomes a thin ring. The smell is light hops and faint spice. The taste is crisp and perfect for a pale ale, a little bit of that bite too. Mouthfeel is barley, some hops, very clean and well balanced. Drinkability is good on this beer, the first time that I have every drank a Firestone. It is a great pale ale.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a light golden color with small head that dissapates. Nose of very subtle hops. Tastes is hoppy that's not too overpowering, keeps in balance overall. Some subtle floral and pine notes. Extremely drinkable and tasty, dangerously good! One great Pale! A perfect example of a West Coast Pale!

Photo of far333
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear light apricot colored with a bright white frothy head that settles down to a half innch head of thick foam and hangs out for a while.

Aroma of semi-sweet fruity malt and hoppy freshness. Good balance of malt and hops, understated citrus, ripe fruits.

Clean and crisp flavors that match the aroma well - more floral and citrus hops balanced out with fruit and honey malt. Very clean, refreshing, not trying to knock anyone down, just doing what a right-on pale ale is supposed to do.

Even and smooth mouthfeel, a bit dry and crisp.

Very drinkable, way tasty session ale. Thank you barleywinefiend.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker- Pale 31

A- Bright yellow orange with a thick frothy head and thick lacing.
S- Light caramel/ butter malt. Lemony citrus with a touch of pine.
T- Sweet buttery caramel/ butterscotch with lemon citrus and a light touch of pine hops.
M- Buttery sweet and smooth with a nice touch of citrus and pine hops.

Overall- Creamy smooth and nicely balanced.

Photo of Cresant
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada glass. No date. The body was a clear pale amber. One finger + of creamy head which left splotchy lace.

Smell was sweet citrus. Caramel. Fresh grains. Nice.

Taste was fruity and mildly bitter. A tad piney with a bittering finish. Cracker-like. Well balanced and well crafted. Moderately dry. Very drinkable and flavorful.

Mouthfeel thinner than expected. Some slickness.

Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very floral and smooth. Excellent pale ale.

Photo of poluti
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw-gold with a nice tuft of white head which slowly fades away.
Smells of citrus and hop goodness. I noted that I picked up a slight biscuit-like malt note. It smells good for a pale ale, not overly hopped and not overly biscuit malted. I did not pick up too much of an indication of alcohol being present.
I enjoyed the taste. It is an interesting pale ale with many flavors running over the palate and finishing with a little bitter hop kick. It is well balanced and the citus and biscuit notes work together very nicely.
It sits heavier than it looks on the tongue. It coats the mouth well.
I will pick up another six pack of this soon and drink it in the shade overlooking the pool.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great extra beer provided to me by EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again!

Attractive, classy label with no freshness date.

A: Pours a crystal clear, light copper with a slightly off-white ¾ inch head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ¼ climb of lacing on the edges of my fancy dancy Samuel Adams pint glass. Nice looking beer and true to style.

S: A moderate amount ofsweet, pine-filled hops. Slight bitterness detected from the hops, as well.

T/M: Light bodied with medium to full flavor in the body of the beer. Much like the nose - pine hops, slight bitterness in the middle and finish and sweet, light malts balanced in very delicately. Nicely blended, quality pale ale. Nothing bounces out and bites you, which is nice.

D: The dry, crisp mouthfeel mixed with good carbonation makes this very drinkable. If this was readily available in my area, I'd seek it out for a night out at friend's.

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.