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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,364 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,364
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 74 | 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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yas

California

1/5  rDev -74%

05-30-2012 02:12:13 | More by yas
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Maurod4d


1/5  rDev -74%

01-05-2013 18:11:04 | More by Maurod4d
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Parra19


1.08/5  rDev -71.9%

08-20-2014 22:37:34 | More by Parra19
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spamages

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -61%

12-27-2011 01:04:29 | More by spamages
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Cyndi


2/5  rDev -48.1%

07-13-2014 21:54:16 | More by Cyndi
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Hill4Hops

California

2/5  rDev -48.1%

07-31-2013 02:57:09 | More by Hill4Hops
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

05-31-2013 04:01:04 | More by TheBigBoy
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VaporDome

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

05-21-2014 02:38:15 | More by VaporDome
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crbooher

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

02-17-2012 05:37:58 | More by crbooher
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

07-23-2013 02:17:20 | More by Blaze5445
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Svendozen

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

06-05-2014 19:08:13 | More by Svendozen
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dmcbeerington

California

2.55/5  rDev -33.8%

Maybe I should go back to drinking orange juice or coke. This beer doesn't taste good at all. it doesn't taste like a normal beer. It is very hard for beginner drinker, and I have been drinking beer for 2 years now.

First thing about this beer is that it is hard to drink. normally this is because the beer is too bitter, but not the case here.

A, good color, head disappear in seconds.

S, I was sick, and my nose can't smell anything

T, Hard to drink kind of taste, some people may like it, but not me, not much sweetness. I will say on the bitter side.

11-14-2011 23:12:03 | More by dmcbeerington
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -32.5%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle (bottled on 2/2/13) served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a honey golden color with lively carbonation but wit only a half finger of thin, white, fizzy head. Retention is awful, especially given the low ABV. Average at best.

S - Oddly - the first notes I get are sweet honey and pale malts. Light, fresh lemon and orange zest and faint grassy notes. I'm surprised how restrained the hops are, maybe even enough to upset the balance. Pretty mild but refreshing.

T - Watery base malts open. Bland, uneventful body. Stale. No yeast character. The hops don't show up until the climax. Incredibly faint citrus is about all I can find. It's too sweet, and there's a strange metallic note near the finish. Simple and watery. Where'd all the hops from the nose go?

M - Watery and smooth.

D - I'd like to think that I got an old bottle, but It's barely a month old. Just a poor example of the style. It's easy to drink, but there's really nothing going on. Won't be having this again.

03-12-2013 21:24:52 | More by blakelive784
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kojevergas

Texas

2.64/5  rDev -31.4%

Nabbed a sixer at my local Vons grocery store. "California Pale Ale Dry Hopped." 4.9% ABV according to the label (not 4.8 as currently listed; I chalk it up to batch variation). Bottled 02/20/13 - that makes this less than two months old, and it's been refrigerated the whole time. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper. Not very vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of the style; it's generally appealing.

Sm: Generic floral hop notes. Light citrus. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Pale malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Light hop oil.

T: Pale malts, floral hops, light hop oil. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Boring and bland for a pale ale, but passable. A bit grassy. Imbalanced. Decently built. I'm unwderwhelmed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit oily. Adequate carbonation. It's thin and weak. Suits the flavour profile okay, but it's very wanting.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for what it is, but very pedestrian. Another underwhelming brew from Firestone Walker. I wouldn't get this again. Hides its ABV decently. Meh.

C-

04-14-2013 23:30:36 | More by kojevergas
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jayiz

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

07-13-2014 21:56:33 | More by jayiz
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Dayman766

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

03-26-2014 14:34:14 | More by Dayman766
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Keananmichael5

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

03-17-2014 18:09:42 | More by Keananmichael5
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metsfan1

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

07-12-2014 04:11:33 | More by metsfan1
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HMWastedDays


2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

10-05-2012 10:51:59 | More by HMWastedDays
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fredmugs

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

05-31-2013 11:44:12 | More by fredmugs
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.76/5  rDev -28.3%

On draft at Taphouse in Seattle. Worried they have me the wrong beer. Poured cloudy yellow with a bit of head in a pint glass. Aroma of some citrus and yeast funk. Flavor follows with what can only be described as a bad wheat beer or hefe. Dirty wheat finish, bits of citrus and banana, a touch of sweet citrus hops. Light mouthfeel. Whatever this was it was not good, and I can't imagine my favorite brewery FW would try to pass this off as a pale ale. Blegh. Will have to try again when I visit the west coast.

10-12-2013 19:09:38 | More by BMMillsy
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sj660

California

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%

Yellow and bright with a bright white foam; good laces.

Classic pine, citrus hop aroma. Flavor is similar, with a bit of biscuit and grass. Mineral off taste in this pour.

Felt slippery and light.

I will try another one later to make sure this is representative. This isn't representative of Firestone-Walkers beers, which can be great.

04-05-2011 00:49:26 | More by sj660
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oso

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.1%

03-13-2014 06:06:47 | More by oso
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leprakhan

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

12-08-2011 05:45:18 | More by leprakhan
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Sazz9

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-03-2014 20:55:09 | More by Sazz9
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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,364 ratings.