Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,665 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 69
Gots: 166 | 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 Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, single, purchased from the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa,

A: Pours a macro pale yellow, with a white head that's a tad on the thin side, but has good retention and leaves some nice beer lacing.

S: Light smell of hops and malt, some oak.

T: Very crisp hop bite attacks first with some citrus and tropical fruits, maybe a bit of tangerine. Toffee and sourdough bread come in as the malt backbone, with a very nice vanilla note to end the beer, a gem.

M: Crisp, light and smooth, good carbonation, very refreshing.

D: This is a really good pale, up there with Anchor and Alpha King, possibly the best made in CA.

Photo of KroMagnon
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy, decent white head, light copper-gold in color. The aroma is rather nice, though I get mostly malt - just a trace of a fruity-piney blend, probably hops and esters, it doesn't knock me out but the maltiness is good. The flavor is great - absolutely tremendous, a delicious rich grainy maltiness with some toffee and caramel notes followed by a clean bitterness that compliments the flavor very well. This is clearly a pale ale although its balance seems tilted toward the malt a little more than normal. I think this is awesome.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber in the glass with a solid one finger white head that melts to moderate lacing.
Aroma is lightly fruity, then citrus hops (cascade?)
Taste is pale ale light and clean...slightly sweet malt gets overpowered immediately by a mixture of hops...cascade, chinook, others...on swallowing the citrus peel hop (not quite grapefruit but close) takes over completely.
Mouthfeel seems very adequate for the style and a nice drying stays in your mouth with no memory of the malt sweetness.
Good session beer.
Very good.

Photo of Beezee
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in Jim Morrison's last US home into a kinda dirty drinking glass. Bottled dated a couple weeks old.

Appearance- Clear golden, nice inch of head that sticks around, good lacing

Smell -Citrus, earthy Cali hops, slight malty bread

Taste/Mouthfeel -Crisp citrus and slightly grassy hops. Very well balance hop profile with a clean finish. Medium bread/biscuity malt backbone. Slightly sweet. Very light mouth feel with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall -This beer really stands out. Just spent a week in California drinking dozens and dozens of great beers and this pale ale stands out from it all! Had it on tap and in the bottle. Perfectly balanced flavorful pale ale. I'm inspired to brew a clone!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

All the rest have 31 and seem to be getting drunker by the day... ...Wow, sorry... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger if lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, light orange zest, light honey, and a bristling of pine needles. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus blending together into a tasty little tropical smoothie, the parts indistinguishable from the whole. In a good way. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice pale ale, highly drinkable and even more highly enjoyable. Good times.

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a sticky white head and nice lacing.

S: Smells a bit sweet, but there's plenty of citrus and even a few tropical fruit notes. Mild grass with a nice pine note to it as well as a light floral scent. Some bready malt gives a little body.

T: Like the nose, it's a bit sweet, but it works fine for a pale ale. Lots of citrus hops (especially orange and tangerine, a little less grapefruit). Some pine bitterness as well as a little bit of floral character.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I really like this beer, a solid pale ale that I know will pretty much always be good.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden orange with a slight haziness to it. Its a rather light smell, but completely hop heavy. The taste is as it smells, a good fresh hop character, lots of dry hops create a pungent taste and bold aroma. This beer has perfect carbonation and really has a good feel to it. It is a masterfully balanced pale, really hoppy but enough hidden malts to not over run the beer with bitterness.

This is an excellent pale ale, in fact, its one of the best I have ever had. Its on par with Stone's Pale ale, which is a beer I cant help to compare hoppy pale ales to. This beer is excellent and I wish Firestone was in my area but sadly, I enjoyed this beer in Utah.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz, from augustgarage in a trade. Thanks!

A- Clean, clear, golden, nice if quickly-fading head, little lacing.

S- Floral hops, light, but nice. Good for a pale ale.

T- Really good hops, a very tasty pale ale. Crisp, clean, floral and citrus (tangerine and orange) hops are the star of the show. Light, but assertive.

M- Crisp, clean, tasty, fantastic.

D- High. Sessionable. This is one of the best pales I've ever had, I'd buy this on the regular if it was in my distribution circle. Very great beer. You can have flavor without going overboard! Amazing beer!

Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in colour, frothy finger thick white head, decent head retention, nice lacing.

S: Intense hop aromas, pine-like aromas, but some citrusy aswell, little malty sweetness in the background.

T: Similar to the smell dominating hops on a nice malt base. Different hop notes, gives a hint on the smell of raw hops. Decent bitterness, nice sweet fruit staying on the tongue with a not only bitter but very tasty hop flavour.

M: The carbonation creates a some sort of creamy mouthfeel, very nice level of carbonation!

O: This Ale is a great thing, impressive hop flavours, the spotlight is on the hops, the dry hopping gives it a flavour that is not present with traditional hop use. Great stuff!

Photo of kculrich
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of MikePags
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Growler from Oliver's brew crew. Albany. Served in a pint glass.

A: golden color that is a hazy with carbonation.

S: nice hoppy aroma that isn't overpowering

T: this beer's straightforward, simple and solid taste makes it an amazing example of what a California Pale Ale should be. Nice hops without overpowering your taste buds but enough to keep you coming back.

M: smooth medium body

O: amazing session beer that should be used as a benchmark to evaluate all other Pales

Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 06-06-2011.. a month & 3 days old.

a: golden orangeish color.. clear body with 1.5 finger head.. active carbonation streaming up..

s: piney hops! sweet dank & some citrus take up the nose! some bready notes deep in there & maybe a hint of caramel.. very nice nose.

t: a good blend of pine needles & citrus hops.. almost has a lemony quality to it as well.. bready notes are definitely in there too.. balances out the hops, but not a complete 50/50.. hops win :) finish is a light oily-resiny hop finish.. a refreshing hop bite. not overly dry, but dry enough to beg for another sip. lovely

mf: light-medium body with a good amount of carbonation..

o: i think i found my new favorite APA.. watch out SNPA!

Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this bottle, brought back from our recent trip to california. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled sept 28/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small fluffy white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. biscuit. multi-grain bread. cracker. alcohol. light grapefruit and pine. bit of orange peel.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. biscuit. multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. grapefruit. bit of pine. light citrus. honey.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. nice malt and hop character both coming through strong. i could easily drink this all the time. good stuff!

Photo of leitmotif
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm enjoying this from a bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.
Looks like a rich pale ale. It's golden dark, with a 2 finger foam head. Nothing much, i guess.

Smells of nice grapefruit, lemons, freshly cut grass and a bit of mango.

After the first sip, i could say I'm pretty sure that this could be a nice session beer. No alcohol, just waves of good quality malts and a dry hop finish. Creamy palate, fuzzy mouthfeel. Simple and complex in the same time.

It's not out of control, but a very very nice effort all the way.

Photo of SethB2
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer looks nice. Pours a perfectly transparent amber color with a one finger head and a nice amount of lacing for an APA. Smell is nice. Lots of hops on the nose. More than normal for the style. Also a small amount of sweetness there too. Reminds me of a toned down IPA. Taste is also very nice. Hoppy up front, leading the way to a roasted malt flavor. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also very good. For a low ABV beer, Firestone has done a nice job here.

Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light in weight but the flavors seem quite appropriate to the lower alcohol and the general thin and crisp body. A clear yellow in the glass, a nice head, and plenty of carbonation. Sharp and refreshing.

Quite a delicious but delicate hoppy flavor. The nose is really flowery. Brewery says this is dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook. Some resins and pine in the flavor. Some understated malt with a fresh, bready flavor. The combination is totally drinkable. Even the bitterness is just right. You can taste that it's bitter, but somehow it's a pleasing hoppy flavor rather than a medicinal taste.

The one I had to sample was icy cold, and it stands up very well to the chill with its fragrance and crisp flavor. It's one beer to chill when you want a cold one. From the 12 oz bottle. I am getting to be a Firestone fan.

Photo of thain709
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bright golden yellow body...big pillowy white head...great lacing

S - Smells wonderful...crisp citrus hops...a faint malt presence

T - The hops are up front...pine and citrus (lemon mostly)...fades into a sweet malt profile...caramel and vanilla...the hops come back to leave a nice bitterness on the palate

M - Medium bodied...crisp

D - A wonderful APA leaning more towards the hoppy side...this is a dangerously drinkable beer

Photo of gory4d
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark orange, lots of suspended bubbles, no head just a little froth. Smell is mild citrus peel, blossoms, wood. Taste is a little buttery, lots of citrus, some wood and mineral earth, sharp clean finish. Very fine carbonation, medium-bodied, almost rich. Goes down beyond smooth: this one's made for cask.

Photo of Callenak
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice, clean copper with a decent white head.

S - Smells great. Not overtly hoppy, but a definite American hop presence.

T - A great example of an APA. My only complaint would be it's to balanced, I love hops, but I know this isn't an IPA. A good caramel, malt backbone to this beer. Less bitter and more sweet than say SNPA, but a nice relief from it too. If firestone were to take this recipe and up the hops to make an IPA out of it, it would be amazing. Much better than the Nectar Ales IPA, which I already enjoy.

For the style, this beer is great. Highly enjoyable and very drinkable.

Photo of output01x
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 01/10/12) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1- off white head that slowly recedes after a couple minutes to a thin, messy dusting and thing foam ring. The body is a clear orange gold with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing clings to nearly every available surface.

Light and sweet citrus hops aromas bring notes of mandarin oranges and tangerines. A strong caramel malt presence does a great job of balancing the nose.

Like the nose, each sip starts with sweet orange-like citrus flavors. Notes of peaches and tangerines give this Pale Ale a rather unique flavor. Swallowing the beer releases a floral hops flavor that combines well with the citrus flavors. As these fade, a slight grassy bitterness sets in that compliments the rest of the flavors.

The light body is easy-drinking and certainly refreshing. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy, making this beer crisp and easy-swallowed.

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the cask into a nonic tumbler at Church Key as part of the official Firestone Walker DC Launch Party.

Looks with a soupy but creamy off white head sitting on a nice cloud gorgeous twenty four carat body. Almost pale amber. Super lacing on the drink while finishing. Looks so delicious.

Bouquet seems to be a real soft floral hop, with a soft malt body. Small hint of crisp, but no buttery sensation that you would want to get from a cask.

Taste is wet, but also a great white dense bread feeling with a hint of sweet clove spice. Texture is an orange juice quality and chewy palate coating.

Overall out of the cask it's a little different, but it's quite tasty and super sessionable as well. This almost feels like a mix somewhere between an on tap and cask Ale, sort of a middle ground between both worlds.

Photo of notsoprobeer
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is light golden yellow and is hazy. It has a white head that stuck around for most of the drink. Aroma is light, but I got some citrus. Flavor is mostly piney hops, and it's the predominant flavor in the beer. I was surprised to see that it was rated at only 38 IBUs. I expected it to be much higher. It has nice malts in the background. Body is light and it's very drinkable. Pale 31 has a similar creamy mouth feel that I noticed in Solace. I wonder if this is a result of fermenting in oak barrels?

Photo of birdypowder
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an off-white head of mixed bubble size. Leaves just a little lacing.

Beautiful full hop aroma, delicious! Brillant yellow color, filtered star bright.

Medium to medium high carbonation.

Slight lingering bitterness with very little sweetness.

A delicious pale ale, one that is actually pale in color...not that it matters too much.

I could have 4 or 5 of these and be happy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light pale golden hue with a bright white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has brilliant citrus/tea leaf/herbal grassy notes. Pale biscuit malt breadiness sneaks out amongst the wave of hops coming at me. Flavors are completely cohesive with malts and hops working together so well. Below 5% this is some excellent hop forward session ale, biscuit malt delicate bready profile with citric, earthy, floral hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied sturdy spritzy carbonation goes down smooth. Drinkability was wonderful world class pale ale excellent stuff that deserves all of the accolades that they have gained recognition for.

Photo of techdiver
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear gold with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Typical hoppy nose, nothing special.

Well balanced, nothing overwhelming; just a modest APA.

Good carbonation, refreshing, and very mellow.

Great drinkability, it's gone before you know it. After the disappointment of the Double Barrel, this is an improvement.

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.