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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

1,142 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1142
Reviews: 456
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%

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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002)
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Photo of Zorro


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color.

Smells distinctly hoppy and fruity. There is a small amount of maltiness in there too.

Taste is malt and hops. The hops used are flavorful and not very harsh so it makes for a very hoppy, yet still not bitter brew. Not sweet at all it is a dry ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 02:50:17 | More by Zorro
Photo of beerphilosopher


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle ...

Appearance: Golden honey, impressive head with good retention.

Smell: All about hops with this one. Cascade, with flowery notes up front. Subtle malt undertones. Smells great.

Taste: As expected, grapefruity biiterness offset with flowery flavors behind. Pleasantly hoppy, but the malt is not lost.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thin. Good clean finish and the right amount of "pucker" for a good IPA. Cleansing.

Drinkability: Iminently drinkable IPA. Good, strong hop pucker, but not overpowering. Drink this one with a good BBQ or steak before it gets too cold out!

Notes: I read this one is fermented in oak barrels, but I didn't really pick up on this characteristic in my samples. It's very subtle, but a nice touch! Likely why this IPA tastes as complex as it does. Worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 18:28:27 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Sep 2008.

Medium yellow-white foamy head. Moderate carbonation. Clear golden caramel color. Aroma is quite floral and hoppy, somewhat soapy, lightly sugary. Starts dry with a medium hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a faint sweetness. Light body, almost watery.

Taste is good but overall light in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 04:52:27 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Mother's Day at my parents' house.

Its clear, and bright golden. Little lacing.

Curious smell. Very floral and grassy hop presence.

More hop bitterness, pepper, floral, grass on the mouth. Not a lot of malt backbone to speak of.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall this beer is OK. I'm honestly very disappointed with everything I've had form Firestone (minus Velvet Merkin). This is not a bad beer, but a poor representation of the style. It honestly tastes like an average homebrew. I actually take that back, I have had better extract based homebrew pale ales than this.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 20:59:05 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a clear golden body with a fluffy white head.

Floral, grassy, and lemony hops with a bready and honey sweet maltiness.

A mild bitterness sets in yielding to a floral and grassy hoppiness and bready malt.

Light bodied and clean with ample carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 07:12:26 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of theopholis


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours an absolutely crystal clear amber. The head is quite impressive. A solid, white affair with some staying power. Also has a loose, but very sticky lacing.

Aroma- The 1st thing you notice very nice hop aroma, with pine and a hint of citrus. Some malt sweetness mixed in there. Very well balanced.

Taste- A bit overly bitter for the style. It doesn't taste bad, just not like a American pale ale. Overall good balance between malt sweetness and flavoring hops.

Mouthfeel- Crisp an light. The carbonation starts out strong, but finishes fairly low. Helps to push the hops to the forefront of the taste.

Drinkability- It's okay. Not great. Pretty much like all of Firestone's beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 23:48:55 | More by theopholis
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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Pale Ale from Firestone pours a tad darker than straw with a 1-2 finger foam head and some decent sea foam lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

The aroma was fairly subdued. I got a little bit of fruitiness in the nose with a peach focus. The taste was clean malty with a slight bitterness on the back end. It was moderate to well carbonated with a tad bit of bite at the end of the drink. Definitely a session beer that would be a good barbeque brew in the summer. Overall not bad but could of used a bit of more hop presence in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 00:39:29 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of quasimoto


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a bright deep gold color with a white head that dissipated rather quickly. Piny citrus aromas of hops are the first major factor of this beer. the hops turn really muddy and bland from the aroma to the taste. They really turn into a middle of the road mild malt flavor and finish with nothing left over. The mouthfeel is light and pseudo dries out, but leaves a slight residual sweetness making me want another sip. I like this beer, great for the summer weather and an easy sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 22:16:40 | More by quasimoto
Photo of unHipHopHead


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice slightly copper mostly golden with a giant fluffy head. Serious lacing all the way down. Good head retention also.

S: Picked up some grass scents and light hop aroma.

T: Super light, refreshing, faint hop taste but really faint taste overall.

M: Feels very carbonated and really crisp. Great mouthfeel with no aftertaste.

D: Could probably drink this all day (and maybe get buzzed).

Overall this is a great alternative to the mass produced crap beers out there. I think it would be a good one to give a friend or relative that only drinks bud light or some similar nastiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 22:26:07 | More by unHipHopHead
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A nice foamy white head sits on top of a clear, light-orange body. Decent lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy hops mingle with sweet malts on the nose. Touch of peppery bitterness and faint bread notes.

Flavor consists of light malts, leaning towards the sweet side, but balanced with a bit of hop bitterness. Hops also add some faint pepper notes, which mix nicely with the subtle citrus flavors. Overall there isn't much flavor to the beer, but what is there is pleasant.

Mouthfeel leans towards the watery side with ample carbonation. The finish is dry and almost leaves no taste in your mouth except for some light bitterness. Clean finish.

Drinkability is pretty good for this pale ale. Low ABV and the flavor is light without much aftertaste. Refreshing in warm weather, but not overly exciting otherwise.

All in all this is a decent APA. It would be nice to see a little more flavor and maybe a bit more body. I know it can be done, even with beers under 5% ABV. Getting this fresh from the tap may increase the hop flavor, which would be a bonus for this beer. Worth trying, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:12:41 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of Risser09


3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a short-lived, 1/2", white head. Very little lacing and/or carbonation activity.

Smell: Floral and citrusy hop aroma is strong for a pale ale. Lemon, orange and an underlying pale malt. Fresh flowers.

Taste: Hop bitterness is nice, but fades for a cereal grain/malt flavor. Not very complex, but quite pleasing. I am a fan of the floral freshness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a decent share of IBUs. Smooth drinking and a lingering bitterness. Not much alcohol at all.

Drinkability: A decent pale ale, but it doesn't compare to some of the other great ones out there. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 11:49:13 | More by Risser09
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/16/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a very clear, pale yellow color body, big white foamy head, big bubbles, lasting. Very hoppy aroma, citrus and dry. Some sweetness too. Bitter. Pale dry taste, drying citrus. Mostly clean aftertaste. Nice pale ale. Not complex, but good, almost sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 04:31:22 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of sfprint


3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Apricoty yellow/orange. Beautiful color, though nearly no head. Barely any signs of carbonation rising to the top.

S: Sweet, apricoty smell. More apricot than pale ale. Almost too sweet, but beautiful none the less. Candy like.

T: Tastes quite different than I expected. The initial taste is quite pleasant, however immediately behind it lies a honey, but somewhat unpleasant hop taste that I've tasted before in certain German beers. But it's only overwhelming in some sips. Others it's quite hidden. This really changes how I like the taste

M: Somewhat drying, with an ok carbonation texture.

D: Ok, and with improvements could be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 06:17:46 | More by sfprint
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkish Copper-Golden color. Reasonable head that has reasonably good retention. Huge floral hop aroma, that had an almost perfume dimension. Reminded me a lot of Burton Brewed Pale Ales I used to drink in England. In fact the beer label states they use a Union Oak Barrel Brewing System, which is what many of the Burton Breweries in UK utilized in the past. Leads me to believe it may well be dry-hopped as well, if not - it certainly smells like it does. Really good hop character, gives a dominant medium malt-bitterness that fades slowly, and makes way for a hint of wood in the aftertaste. Vanilla/toffee tastes are barely perceptable, but were there towards the end. Dare I say this reminds me so much of some 'weaker' (4 to 5%) English India Pale Ales that I used to drink. Very Burton-esque.....
A nice beer, I like the Hops and Bitterness, but it may be a bit one-dimensional for some "non-hopheads".

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 17:14:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Wasatch


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, bready, slight toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is sweet/hoppy, kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable, good for a hot summer day. This is my first Firestone brew, will buy other's if the liquor store carries them.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 23:01:26 | More by Wasatch
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Medium orange color. Very clear. Snow white head with less-than-average retention.

3.0 S: Some citrus and some hop aroma, but mainly not much of anything.

3.5 T: Pretty good. Nice hop profile and great balance between hops and malts. Still, nothing spectacular. Citrus with a pleasant hop bitterness.

3.5 M: Smooth, a little undercarbonation. Medium body.

3.5 D: Good drinkability in that it's very smooth, but simply too boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 18:42:56 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an ok pale ale. I have had better before.

Appearance- amber color

Smell- sweet, malt

Taste- hops, sweet

Mouthfell- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- ok might drink it again, had it at a bar in Morro Bay, not tto bad would drink it again

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:55:25 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean yellow beer with a small white head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass as you drink. Has a nice light prickly, piney hop aroma with a promising malt note in the background. The flavor starts with a light tea like bitterness. Followed by a smooth biscuit malt note. The finish delivers the piney hop character advertised in the aroma. A nice beer.thanks john

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:10:36 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard amber light color in a pale ale. Aroma was pleasant, if muted though.

Taste, a non bitter pale. Ample hopping for style, nuanced sweetness with it. Good session ale. Light in the heft on the palate, mouthfeel doesn't thin out, but doesn't weigh you down (sounds like a macro jingle). a little cost prohibitive for something this simple ($8 a 6r).

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 22:35:05 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of FosterJM


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

594th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- A nice dark orange with a nice clarity to it. A one finger head that left quickly and some lines of cling.

Smell- A very light tinge of hops and a bit of wheat to it. Pretty bland on the nose.

Taste- A bit of a watery malty light wheat flavor. Seems a bit unbalanced and light.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium/high carb level. Leaves a little bitter hops.

Drink- Pretty average, not that bad, but not that great either. Probably won't come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 03:20:19 | More by FosterJM
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent pale ale, if a bit boring. pours a nice looking honey color crystal clear with a 2 inch white head that lazes around the whole time. smells like a beer, period. flavor is light and citrusy with a crystal and pale malt body. mouthfeel is fine, well carbonated and crisp. good pale ale but nothing special. on the lighter side, very sessionable especially at the low abv

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:06:29 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Bajasith


3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear golden color with a copper hue as the light reflected through...
Mellow biscuit and floral scents as slightly roasted malts rise. Tatse is very smoothe and not overpowering in any way as the light citris hits the palate and the swwet caramel malts splash in the end.
Very much drinkable as the low abv helps this brew quench your thirst on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:18:22 | More by Bajasith
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3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, orange gold. A half an inch of white froth settles on the beer's body. Laces well.

S-Balanced, even leaning toward the maltier side. Sweet honey, white bread and some floral hoppiness.

T-Maltier. The malt reminds me definitely of honey. Malt is relatively airy but more forward than the hops. Hops give me some light flavors of flowers and sweet orange.

M-More body than I thought would be there. Lots of soft bubbles.

O-A bit disappointing. I was able to put down my pint very quickly, though because none of the flavors were actually off putting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2014 01:04:21 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 4.60 %

Presentation: On tap at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival!

Good pale ale with complex flavors but not really great. I think I would still take a regular old Sierra Nevada over this or the regular Firestone.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2008 02:44:41 | More by funkyspunk87
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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. nice golden color, mellow hop smell and a somewhat sweet/hop taste with the sweetness lingering just a bit. very easy to drink and it feels good in the mouth with some light carbonation. a solid beer for a hot summer afternoon (or morning here in my case).

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 18:05:28 | More by JBmadera
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,142 ratings.