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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pale 31Pale 31

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very good

514 Reviews
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Reviews: 514
Hads: 1,748
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 19.9%
Wants: 70
Gots: 203 | 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 Phocion
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear gold with a thin head that quickly recedes, leaving decent lacing and just a bit of a frothy crown on top of the beer.

Strong floral and somewhat citric (orange grapefruit) hops aroma with a pleasant sweet and nutty malt background.

Not a bad taste, but no match for the nose. Floral hops balance nicely with the malts, but it is a little underpowered for the style.

Oily mouthfeel, but very clean and crisp. Low ABV and excellent balance make this a very drinkable APA that I could easily session. Not a particularly special brew, but nonetheless a solid offering I wouldn't turn down.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was a great extra that I received in a recent trade! 22 oz bottle.

A- Body is a nearly transparent golden yellow. Pours with an approximately 1 finger foamy white head and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S-Sweet pale malt collides with a semi-bright citrus and piny hop presence. Nose is on the hoppier side of APAs

T-Upfront is a minimal balance of seltzer flavor and some piny flavor with a substantial sweet pale malt backbone. There is a touch of piny and floral hops as well as a sudden quick burst of citrus flavor for the finish and a medium strength hop bitterness lingering. Though my description sounds very hoppy the flavors are all pretty subtle and the general balance of the beer comes through the most.

M-High tingly carbonation and light body that is still full and drinkable.

D- This is a decent-definitely above average APA that, to me, is pretty typical for the style. It really doesn't have anything unique and it is quite drinkable-but not my favorite APA. I'm all over the place with this style as it is and this example falls somewhere in the middle of the road.

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Photo of Lothore
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clean orange hue with a 1 finger sticky head which leaves lots of lacing.

S- Hints of a malt presence.

T- Light malt all the way through. Bits of caramel.

M- High carbonation, medium bodied.

D- This is very drinkable. A good lawnmower beer. Not too interesting but very smooth.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Gold color with a firm white head. Hoppy and bright aroma, with some toasted malts. The flavor is light and drinkable, but with a nice hoppiness and medium bitter finish. I'm still not sure if they actually changed the recipe from the old pale ale, but the samples that I have had do seem hoppier and more flavorful than the old stuff.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear yellow pour with about a finger or two of white head. The retention and lacing are both top notch. 4.5

S: The aroma is wheaty with some complimenting pine and citrus hops. It seems to have a maltiness underneath, pretty light overall. 3.5

T: The taste continues the wheat, slight hops and malts theme. The hops do seem to take a larger part in the taste than they did in the aroma. The malt base is more prevalent. It seems to be a pilsner pale ale mix. 3.5

MF: Extremely light and crisp with a medium to low carbonation. This beer is damn drinkable. I put down my serving very quickly. 4

Pairing: This was the introduction beer, so it wasn't paired with anything but a speech, which was very well done. 4

O: Really nice offering, but nothing special. I probably wouldn't pick it up again. 3.5

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear and translucent, maybe a little too pale. Light-medium golden color with a thin white head and medium lacing
S: Smells really hoppy relative to the alcohol content. Smells of an assortment of citrus
T: Pure, clean and smooth, but nothing too special. Tastes of pineapple, Valencia orange, coriander, and slight bite of spice. Very little taste of any wheat or malts
M: Lacks enough carbonation, but is considerably smooth. Wish this ale had a little more bite or zing
O: Decent beer, but nothing too special. Is somewhat drinkable even though it tastes pretty hoppy. There is not that biscuit or bread taste you want with a pale ale, and instead we were given the modern taste of ales with a hoppy body and aftertaste and no balance of malts

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Photo of mralphabet
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Copper in color, with less than a fingers worth of light tan head, that settles to a ring. Not much lacing.

S: Light floral hops, very nice

T: Nice hops taste right up front, hint of citrus mixed in. Little bitter in the aftertaste. There is a little hint of citrus mixed in but hops is the real star... Hops are there but it is not crazy hops, just light.

M: Crisp, clean, and the carbonation is right on.

D: Low ABV and tasty, a good session beer. I'm not a big APA guy, but this one was very APA light.... Great Hops smell, but not overly bitter or over hopped. Nice little brew, good hoppy beer to start someone on.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came as an extra in my recent trade with Wasatch. Thanks John.

A light, very translucent body that is copper in the center but golden around the edges. About one finger of off-white head that disappears almost immediately, but some how manages to leave some decent lacing on my glass.

Some sweet malt in the aroma with a good dose of citric, bittering, west coast style hops. However, overall I would say that the aroma is a little weak.

A blast of hop bitterness greets me during the beginning of my sip, while at the same time the hops express a distinct citric quality much like grapefruit. Next a bit of sweet, caramel-like malts pops up, but only for a second. The finish is pretty clean, just giving the slight hint of bitter hops. The aftertaste is all hops.

Mouthfeel is really oily with a medium body and fairly low carbonation; a good combination in my opinion.

I can understand why the bottle of this one says it is a "California Pale ale" instead of an APA; it is completely dominated by west coast style hops. Lots of bittering and citric hops. Good beer overall, but I like a little more balance in my APAs.

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Photo of tony223366
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of litheum94
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of pjwilson
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of originalsin
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of MattThomas
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of mitchfor3
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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%.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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

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Photo of MichaelJames_82
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden color can see clearly trough the glass

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

Hint of Grapefruit. Not bitter at all. Very drinkable

Very Light bodied. Medium Carbonation

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

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Photo of colts9016
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.