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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

1,398 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

cwelsh55, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GregDuB65, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Amerikon, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Surprising little Pale Ale here...

Very pungent citrusy hoppy aromas roll out of the glass with this one... Very similar to Alpha King to be perfectly honest... Rather pungent...

A nice little blend of citrusy American hops blended with a smooth sweet caramel maltiness... Quite balanced with the hops taking over on the finish... very sessionable...

I liked this one... even following Union Jack and Double Union Jack, this one was assertive and tasty..

Tilley4, Nov 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Guyute, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JuliusCaesar, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Stevie_Janowski, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

JGLittle, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

savagepm, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

This poured a clear gold with a little off-white head. It smelled like lemon and pine hops mixed with malt. It tasted like copper hops balanced evenly with malt. It was pretty thick and oily with a little carbonation, and had a very mild bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a good pale ale, but nothing too special.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mythaeus, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Paccamacca, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Served as part of 2012 CBI Beer Tasting.

One finger off white head over clear medium amber body. Bready, biscuity malts dominate the nose with floral notes. Taste is certainly malt forward but not in a heavy way, the brown bread taste is complemented by toasted oak notes and floral hops, an interesting taste profile. Mouthfeel is medium, not overly aggressive mouthfeel, decent effervescence. A world-class session ale. Highly recommended.

jdense, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

**Please tolerate my 'Short Review Series' which come from sparsley populated notes.

Pours a clear gold with a decent head. Smell is, uh, good! Citrus hops; I'm happy with this. Taste is good clean crisp bitter hops. Very nice. Smooth brew. I like this one. Could easily sit back with a sixer and some Married with Children reruns.

PatronWizard, Apr 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

brauseboof, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DONA812, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerNoobNC, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Found this at the local discount food market.
Light amber with a fairly thick head. There is a nice hoppy, slightly floral aroma. Very pleasant.
The flavor is mostly of hops. Not a lot of malt sweetness to speak of. I'd call this one a nice choice for someone who wants a hoppy little beer without the high ABV penalty or a lot of sweetness.I only bought a single bottle to sample, wish I bought more.

industrialswill, Sep 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GFD400, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DMB, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

GrindFatherBob, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

mmmbeerNY, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a finger of off-white head that gradually reduced to a thin layer over a body of deep gold to palest amber.

Smell - 4.0
Pleasant and surprisingly balanced aroma; big bready malt aroma is not dissimilar to that found in good Bavarian lagers, accompanied by a little fudge and the grapefruit and orange expected in this style.

Taste - 4.0
A tasty malt backbone tasting of sweet biscuits and toasted bread and light fudge, followed up by a level of hopping that is surprisingly restrained for an American ale. Moderate to firm bitterness with flavours of mandarin and grapefruit, finishing bone dry.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to medium body with fine and lively carbonation, slightly coarse over the tongue.

Overall - 4.0
The first impression is that this is very similar to Little Creatures Pale Ale - one of my all-time favourite beers. While the hop character is perhaps not quite as good as in that classic beer, I am seriously impressed by the malt profile of this beer. Beautifully balanced and very drinkable.

LittleCreature, Jun 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

KimenTshom, Jan 15, 2012
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.