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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 520
Hads: 1,769
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 20.16%
Wants: 72
Gots: 210 | FT: 1
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 520 | Hads: 1,769
Photo of dukeandduke
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chicago 1/13/16 (12 oz bottle poured into pint glass). Very clear blonde pour, with high initial carbonation and minimal white head. Orange and pine scent. Nice texture and easy going down. Pleasant malt and orange taste, Solid feel. Solid beer, looking forward to my next offering.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle. Pours clear golden with large foamy white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma has floral and citrus. Taste pine, citrus, and floral. Not too hoppy. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.37/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bright yellow, shockingly transparent, with miniature, less abundant champagne bubbles.

Smells faintly of lemon, pungent hops, pilsner.

Light, bitter and astringent. Does not go down as smoothly as anticipated.

Really this is only a slight step up from a typical, conglomerate pils.

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Photo of bonterra69
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer!
Poured into a Pilsner glass. Appearance is a perfect gold. Extremely effervescent throughout its life, with tiny tiny bubbles. Head is thin.
Aroma is very hoppy - Floral, fruity. Hint of apple and grapefruit. Lovely.
Very balanced taste. Dry finish, with a bitter lingering.
Feel is light and tingly.
Overall, the taste is straight ahead. It comes at you, you know what to expect, and then it leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of drmeto
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

-strong floral notes
-pleasantly balanced
-mango,grapefruit,oranges,pineapple,maracuja,caramel hop bitterniss
-well carbonated
Finish is sweet,fruity,slighly bready with medium hop bitterniss.
Absolute Reference in the Style

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. I was expecting that the beer may be stale because the bottling date was April 2015. It did not seem to be the case. The beer hit just the right mix of hops. Not too bitter. I can see why this is a popular beer. I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of stevoj
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprised at the ratings here, as I’m underwhelmed by this. Sour notes in the aroma and taste, and appearance is dull. Pleasant hop finish and palate but rest of it is slightly sour, musty, skunky. Perhaps a bad bottle, but lower than what I expected.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 4/8/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Clear yellow-orange with a one-finger head
S: Orange/orange zest, pine and a hint of malt
T: Citrus zest, pine, a hint of earth. Dry/bitter but not much else there
M: Light-bodied, bitter
O: A good session ale, tasty but simple

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Photo of 303beer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pores a very bubbly golden color with a dense White head about 1 inch in depth. Citrus and hop notes in the nose. Nice balance of hop and citrus in the taste, a little more than you'd expect from a pale ale. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a thick, pillowy and creamy two-finger white head that retains long after the pour

S- toasted cracker malt highlighted by citrusy hop with some grassy, floral & yeasty aromas

T- clean toasted malt up front gives way to some juicy, yet controlled citrus hop flavors, along with some grassy notes. Clean toasted finish with more citrus on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish, high drinkability

O- solid session ale that gives just enough citrus hop punch to keep it interesting, while remaining remarkably drinkable

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Photo of Act25
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APA is my favorite style and this one I benchmark against my favorite Deals Pale Ale.

A - Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that laces moderately. Not as interesting as Dales.

S: Biscuity aroma that adds floral and citrus notes. Not as intense and original as Dales.
clean, straight ahead. grassy, bright.

T - follows smell, plenty of grassy, hay, coastal hops, salty, and long finish 3.75
F - Good weight, great finish 4

T: Follows smell, but more interest - A biscuity start that is cookie sweet; then by mid-palate, the citrus and grassy hops kick: sunny hay, coastal hops, salty, and long finish.

F: Great feel. Best attribute. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and nice long finish.

Sessionable APA. This brewer does it all right.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and some tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, pale malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Very good overall.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap in a pint glass.

Clear golden color, active small-bubble carbonation. 1F white head, ends as a film leaving rings of lacing.

Fruit and citrus hop aroma.

Malt base flavor, pale and caramel, with hops.

Light body with a malt kick.

Clean dry finish.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl.oz. bottle. Bottled on 05/05/2015.

A: Pale amber. Clear. Poured with medium amount of foam.
S: Slightly citrus aroma.
T: Slightly citrus and grassy. Medium- bitterness. Dry.
M: Light bodied. Quite refreshing.
O: A decent session beer. Nothing really special.

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Photo of Strat58cat
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

With Firestone Walker, less can be more. While their flagship Union Jack is overwrought imho, their Pale 31 is everything a pale ale should be. From brewery to brewery, it's a fuzzy line between what is a proper ale and what is an Indian Pale Ale (and what is a double IPA, but that's another story). Firestone brews an absolutely huge IPA called Union Jack that is over the top for me. Their 31 Pale, however, is a tremendously good ale. It could pass for a session IPA at some other breweries.

31 pale is amber with an orange tint, like many IPAs. It's notably dark for a pale ale. The head froths up beautifully white and billowy and retains. There is a lot of lacing to the bottom of the glass. High quality malt, here.

The aroma is fantastic. It's not all citrus and grapefruit, all pine, or overwhelming fruit. It is a balanced, inviting bouquet featuring some of each.

The taste is a delightful citrus, but not simply grapefruit. It's more of a balanced, tart, refreshing, citrus fruit salad. The malt balances the flavors from the hops with a rich malt backbone that suggests graham crackers to me, or another consumers own subjective grain-based treat. It's really just beer, but it seems like something more important.

The quality malt is in proportion to the aggressive hop profile. The feel is substantial, not watery. It's a rich experience to drink Pale 31.

Firestone Walker has a fantastic beer here. Whether they choose to call it pale ale or IPA, it is delicious and refreshing. Sometimes less is more.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a pale yellow with good clarity, fluffy white head and nice stick all the way down.

S - Grassy, yeast, citrus notes, malts.

T - Low to medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Hops present - citrus, balanced nicely with some grains, yeast, malts. Clean finish.

O - Really solid brew that makes for a nice session APA.
Notes - picked up while visiting family in Cape Girardea, MO.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/26...on tap at Monk's. Bronze, cloudy. White foam lid. Fruity malty nose. Really drinkable. Peppy bitter hop. Touch spicy. Juicy. This bad boy is quite sessionable at 4.9%. Nicely done.

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4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My usual strong pour gets me an inch and a half of creamy off white head. Head has solid retention and fades leaving a little bit of lace. Body is a orange amber in tone which is on the darker side for the style. Nose is fragrant with citrus rind and floral tones. With first sip you get juicy citrus and a hint of piney balance to the hop character. It is prickly on the back of the tongue in a good way. Super drinkable and very nice. I know this in not a session IPA but this is what most session IPA's wish they were.

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Photo of slusk
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with a moderate white head. Good lacing,

S: Hops are in the forefront with a pronounced floral aroma, along with some pineapple and a hint of grapefruit. Light maltiness.

T: Definitely a hop forward brew. There's a light sweetness on the palate before the hops kick in almost immediately with a nice balanced floral, piney flavor. A bit of pineapple lingers in the dry finish. Smells sweeter than it actually tastes.

M: Medium light bodied brew with medium carbonation. Smooth, almost slick mouthfeel.

O: I really like this brew. It's everything a pale should be. Nice hop flavor without the bitter bite of an IPA and a well attenuated malt underpinning. Finishes dry and leaves a pleasant balanced aftertaste. I've had both the Bottled and Tap versions, and I have to say I prefer the tap version with a wee bit less carbonation that really lets the flavors shine. However, both are excellent. Nicely done Mr. Brynildson.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Clear, pale amber in color. Tall, fluffy white head. Big citrus hop aroma balanced with malt sweetness. Clean, fruity, hoppy flavor with a dry finish. Medium bodied, smooth and crisp. A pale ale with just enough oomph to prevent it from being a session IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale orange body with fuzzy two finger head and left a little bit of a lace ring. The aroma is more of a citric hop aroma than sweet malts but there is a bit of malt in there. Easy drinking and simple pale ale that balances citric, piney hops with some decent sweetness in it. More hoppy than sweet, which seems to be how all pale ales are going these days, but is still an easy drinker with a biting dry finish.

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Photo of pcrager
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle at home from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.00):
One that definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. I initially wasn't overly impressed with what I felt to be a weak nose & a lack of in your face hops with the taste but given time to open up the bitterness is there & the beer starts to work its magic. It's definitely not up there with their Union Jack IPA but it's not a bad effort from Firestone Walker again.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a small, white, foamy head. The nose is superb. Grass, pine, resin, lemon, papaya. I've gotta say the flavor is a let down on this one. A little bit of lemon sweetness and a bitter, dry finish. The body is too thin. Maybe some stronger malt character would liven this up. Not Firestone Walker's best.

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Photo of kculrich
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a cool nonic, thick, foamy white head over a bright orange filtered beer. S: a nice blend of hops, it's all there, fruit, pine, straw, and something sweet. T: toasted crackers, lemon zest, caramel. F: crisp and refreshing, nothing heavy, moderate carbonation. O: an excellent refreshing beer, a credit to the APA style. I could surely squander an afternoon sitting out on the lawn with a few of these under my chair.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.