Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,665 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 69
Gots: 166 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of tony223366
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: About 1 finger of white fluffy head. Awesome lacing. Golden/orange color with crystal clear clarity. Makes up for the lack of head. Lots of action from carbonation.

S: Delicious citrus aroma jumps out and tells me to jump in. Caramel malts are also present and smell great. Some breadiness exists in this beer too. Nice juicy fruits too.

T: Great citrus flavors up front. Malts come off as a breadiness and caramel. There's a nice juiciness too. Finish is mostly clean but has a bitter finish.

M: Great carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. I think it's a touch thin though.

O: Very drinkable pale. Light and refreshing. Great citrus and juicy hops. For a low abv pale it has good complexity. I recognize it's very good but I'm not in love with it. I'd always reach for a Dale's instead. Above average though.

Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber gold. Not much head. Smell is floral hops, and the taste is unbalanced pine/grapefruit hops with maybe a hint of malt sweetness. Decent, surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel was okay. Bubbly, appropriate for the pale ale style. A nice little pale ale that's expensive for the style, but good.

Photo of kaseydad
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this after I was blown away by the IPA.

Pint glass pour and an apple juice-like ale is produced with a small bright white head. Citrus, hoppy and malty aroma. There is a bitterness in each sip and a malty backbone trying to break through. Sort of a battle between the hops and malt but neither winning.
The taste is somewhat strange. I think it may have to do with the malt used. Not sure. It is much smoother than quite a few Pale Ale's out there so that was a welcome change. At only 4.8% there is quite a bit of flavor, hops and malt packed into this.

Overall I was a little let down by this Pale Ale. Coming from the same brewery as their amazing IPA, I was hoping for something more but got a rather mellow Pale Ale. Still worthy of a try.

Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sessionable, serviceable, drinkable pale. Floral and citrus and malty aroma. Light colour with short-lasting foam. Tasty and citrus hops comcommitant with aggressive carbonation. Medium or less body. Slight better than average pale, average beer overall.

Photo of litheum94
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Clear, golden body. Bone-white head with big bubbles that pop and fizzle, leaving moderate coverage.

Very floral hops on the nose. Some pine. Brown sugar-like sweet malts. Bready. Tropical fruit sweetness.

Floral tones. Apricot sweetness. Bready, with a decent malt backbone. Some citrus flavors and a very sneaky pine bitterness on the finish. Crisp, with good carbonation.

Very subtle tones. Good flavors, and very sessionable. Won't knock your socks off, but I could drink a bunch of these.

Photo of denver10
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellowish golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus, a touch floral, and light cereal grains Flavor follows suit with the cereal grains giving off a little more sweetness than was found in aroma. A thin, active mouthfeel. overall, solid apa.

Photo of pjwilson
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

appearance: very pale, almost unpeallingly so. nice head though

smell: ok that's some nice hop aroma, i gotta admit. it's the kind of hops I like in a APA too. dry hopping.

taste: wow this is a hoppy beer. not very bitter though, almost under bittered for how hoppy it is. But i'm tasting chinook alot. there is no malt balance to this beer.
mouthfeel: here's were things go wrong; this beer is very, very watery. It so hoppy and yet it sort of feels like you are drinking water. It's not very fun.
drinkability: well i got a single and i'm going slowly and I won't buy this in bottles again. It's just too watery, smell just isn't enough to sell a beer no matter how great the nose is.

Photo of originalsin
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've avoided drinking this for too long now--Been staring me in the eyes from the shelves, often with a discount sticker. Got this 6 pack on the cheap at a local Ralphs. Pours a transparent honey amber with about a quarter inch of white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Pretty typical looking pale ale. Nothing stands out here.

Smell is of caramel malt and some light citrus hops. Taste doesn't diverge much. Big on the caramel and bready malts. A bit too malty for a pale ale for me with next to no hop bitterness and little hop flavor coming through. Oh well. The mouthfeel is relatively light. All of the above make for a decently drinkable pale ale.

Not necessarily something I'll be drinking again any time soon--far too many better examples of the style for me. I expected a bit more from a company with a "passion for the pale". But that's alright, it's a well crafted pale ale nonetheless. Just no my favorite. Cheers.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear light copper color, fast fading white head, leaving a little lace and some foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Nice hops in the nose, dry and citric, very inviting.

Taste:A little subdued, maybe underpowered, but not bad. Hops and malt are in harmony. Definitely a sessionable APA.

Drinkability: Because of it's low ABV and subtle flavors, sessioning and drinking would be very easy Thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a golden copper pale color.

The flavor has a huge round grain maltiness at the end. The hops in this beer are quite light, nothing too powerful.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, but the malt roundness really gives it some decent body.

In the end, I prefer the sweetness and juiciness that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker is new to PA. Picked up a single bottle at The Beer Stop for $2. Poured into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear golden yellow color with about half an inch of quickly fading off white foam. Smells lemon, tangerine, biscuits, and pine. Tastes of bitter orange peel, bready malts, maybe a touch of grapefruit pith. Slightly thin bodied with medium carbonation. Dry, bitter finish. Not too shabby for an APA.

Photo of dbmernin83
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, bubbly head and light lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and more citrus hops

Tastes like a lemon had an orgy with some hops! Light malt tries to poke its head in to see what's going on, but is quickly apprehended and shoved out by the hops

On the lighter side on the mouth.

Definitely a sessionable beer if you like citrus.

Photo of MattThomas
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again, a decent head with a mild nose. This pale ale is fairly true to style in taste. The big draw to Firestone Walker is the oak barrel fermenting, yet their beers are very clean with little oak notes. The pale has a slightly less that solid hop character and still not much of a malt balance. Perhaps this one falls a little week.

I still find this drinkable and better than the Macro-brew alternatives, but will not be something worth shipping across the country for others to try.

Photo of mitchfor3
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased at Bevmo in a six pack for about $7.

Disappointingly pale straw color with a thin and fizzy head with poor retention. Tons of bubbles hint at strong carbonation.

Mild floral aroma - not particularly strong but also not bad.

The first thing that hit my palate was a rush of carbonation, as suspected. Somewhat overpowering, and followed by a pleasant but too-thin flavor that was quite hoppy..

Overall, this beer was enjoyable, but not something I would seek out again. I was pleasantly surprised by its flavor, but it was simply too thin for my tastes. Still, because of that, makes for a surprisingly good session brew @ 4.6%.

Photo of bitterthebetter
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light yellow golden with white head

aromas of citrus hops, slight malt and slight pine

lemony upfront with solid dry piney hops on the finish, slight malty balance on the back palate

light bodied, good semi dry finish that lasts longer than the initial sip lets on

a very crisp and refreshing pale, light bodied yet sturdy enough, I like them hoppier but its tasty for a pale

Photo of MichaelJames_82
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A:
Golden color can see clearly trough the glass

S:
A very malty aroma. When I first poured it had a very faint hint of floral hops which quickly dissipated.

T:
Hint of Grapefruit. Not bitter at all. Very drinkable

M:
Very Light bodied. Medium Carbonation

O:
Very drinkable beer. Great beer after a long day in the sun. Goes down with ease. Nice session beer.

Photo of colts9016
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A thin white head that has no retention. The color of the beer is a medium gold color, with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A descent bright floral aroma with hints of grapefruit, pine toasted malt and some biscuit characters.

Taste: A good amount of floral esters, grapefruit, and light pine. The malt is lightly toasted and cracker and biscuit notes.

Overall: The mouth feel is boring, carbonated, and slightly crisp. The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium light. I was hoping more from Firestone Walker but I get this boring interesting poor pale ale.

Photo of alexgash
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange-golden with a slight haze and a thin, spittly white head.

Smell: mostly sugar cookie malt, laced with fragrant, citrusy hops.

Taste: fruity malts with a dough-y backbone. Met with a spritzy, citrusy hoppiness. Finish is moderately bitter with lingering citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: pretty much a standard American pale ale; felt a little on the watery side, but overall not too bad. I liked the citrus quality in the hops.

Photo of mooseo
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear gold brown with a fluffy white head.

S - Bright fruity hops with some light caramel malt notes.

T - Good balance of citrus hops and caramel malt. Some piney and grassy flavors throughout. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Smooth, crisp, light-medium in body. Average carbonation.

O - Solid pale ale. The hop and malt flavors are rather subtle, but work together well. It's just an extremely drinkable and refreshing brew.

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking, near-session weight pale that’s a lot less west coast than I’d expected. Clear amber color with a good sized head, solid retention and lacing. Visibly lively carbonation. Nice aroma that’s more floral than anything else; less citrusy than I anticipated, perhaps why I felt this was less of a west coast IPA-light than I thought I was getting myself into. Taste follows the nose closely, with floral and grassy hops very forward, ample bitterness, and a light grainy malt character beneath.

Carbonation was crisp, body pretty light, and the finish was short and dry. Tasty but not exactly exceptional or memorable for me. Perhaps a little unexciting?

Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the White Harte Pub in Woodland Hills, CA.

Appearance: The color is quite a bit darker than how I remember the bottled version looking. It's darkish amber with a respectable off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, bready malt aromas, much like Double Barrel, take charge of the nose in front of fruity apricot and citrus hops.

Taste: The flavor profile is malty up front, the sweet and bready notes get lighter in the mid-palate, and the fruity hops give the finish a burst of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and smooth, but it's a tiny bit aqueous.

Drinkability: I think the crisp flavors in the bottled version make this beer more drinkable than the sweet malty draft offering.

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it pours from the bottle presents an unambiguous copper color the head modest in size and the color a beauteous light tan, it vanishes quite quickly leaving a fair sheet of lace behind. A sturdy hop aroma upfront and a candy like sweetness, fresh, crisp and pleasing to the senses this nose, start is overly sweet, the top thin to medium in feel to the palate. Finish is leniently acidic, the hops perky in their spicy bite, dry and long lasting aftertaste. A nice session beer me thinks, but does seem a bit too sweet, but nothing I can't live with.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into nonic.

Firestone makes some great pales but this really was deflating. Watery, nothing too spicy (maybe it was the 4.8%) or complex, almost transparent golden color.

Would go well with pretzels or something as there is a certain body to it, but stand-alone is meh.

Photo of GNWBC
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great brew to session with your boys on a warm summer night.
A: pours a golden orange with a thin white head and minimal lacing

S: lots of orange, little spice and floral hop notes

T: just like it smells, mild orange and honey, nice hop bite to it

M: goes down pretty clean, doesn't leave that funky hop resin that gives you cottonmouth.

OA: good PA pretty tame but thats not a bad thing, like i said i would gladly session with this during the summer.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral, soapy;

T: floral that build through the finish; not really getting any malt; low to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: a bit thin; moderate carbonation;

O: good, but not remarkable;

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.