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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,498 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a golden yellow color with a slight amount of haze. The head is very impressive and clings tightly to the glass leaving a wonderful lace.

The aroma is dominated by hops. Citrus and grapefruit really shine through. A wonderful nose.

The tastes is sweet to start with a dry and hoppy finish. Clean esters with no off flavors. A rather simple taste but refreshing.

The mouthfeel is medium and fits well with the beer.

Overall a very nice pale ale. It is a little high on the hop scale for the style maybe but it is very enjoyable.

Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a quick disappearing head. Smells like bubblegum.. kind of a sweet aroma. But the taste is not sweet at all.. has a ok mouth feel.. nice hop flavor with out being too bitter.. I don't really like this beer that much... it's not bad or anything... I would just rather drink a Sierra Nevada pale ale.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle into a Dark Horse Pint Glass. This bottle is almost 3 months old and just came in to Philly, so im not sure if FS is up to snuff on shipping out fresh pale, i will review as is.

Firestone Pale Ale comes into the glass a whistling golden slight copperish color with a nice amount of white suds up top leaving nice streaks. Smell is very citrusy and biscuit malt forward, a nice breadiness comes up. Taste takes a backseat from the scent. Flavors include biscuits from the pale malt, light pine over citrus from the hops. Feel is light and refreshing though with spot on carb. Finishes clean as can be. I drank this very quick and I hope to god FS sends very fresh stuff by the time summer comes around.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Brilliant yellow-gold with a small one-finger white head. Lacing very minimal.

S - Cracker malt, yeast, fruity esters, and floral hops.

T - Big juicy fruitiness forward (grapefruit, tangerine, and pear), followed by some hop flower, which carries through the finish. Not much malt presence at all, just a bit of wafer resting in the background A hint of diacetyl in the mid-palate. Very clean.

M - Light bodied and aggressively carbonated. Probably one of the most carbonated beers I have had in a while.

O - A pretty well put together pale ale, but a but on the hoppy/floral side, whereas I personally prefer a bit more malt forward. But still, a decent beer overall.

Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thick, chunky white head rests atop a golden, crystal clear body; sticky lacing on the glass. Nice, hoppy aroma; pine and melon. Bright, crisp feel with a subtle malt backbone and a bold hop bitterness rounding things out. Clean, dry finish.

A refreshing beer with good balance and taste all-around. Nothing earth-shattering or innovative per se; just a darn fine beer....

Photo of willjschmidt
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

A: Pours a light golden orange with a thin white head.

S: Citrusy hops as well as some caramel malt.

T: A nice dose of "C" hops over a solid caramel malt backbone. Citrus hops with a hint of pine. Only slightly bitter in the finish, very well balanced.

M: Average carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable and tasty pale ale. Well balanced and the low ABV means you can put down several in one sitting.

Photo of coldriver
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber with sufficient head and lacing. Grapefruit and berry aroma. Taste is subdued tart blackberries, caramel, and grapefruit. Light mouthfeel, rather thin. Overall a decent beer, certainly sessionable but not something I'd typically keep stocked in the fridge.

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral notes, citrus hops, toasted malts, bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose, plus some fruity malts. Lots of floral and citrus hops, and some bready malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and very easy to drink.

do - Overall a very nice pale ale. Not overly strong in any sense, but a lot of nice floral and citrus hops to it. Would have again and a good beer to start a session with.

Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very light see through golden hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and some sporadic lacing,the smell is piney hops,apricots and boiled candy,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel that could be abit less in my mind and has tastes of passionfruit,apricots,mangoes,boiled candy and finished with a light touch of piney hops and to be honest its quite quaffable without being stand outish cheers.

Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pours a very golden color with a one half inch head white head

Voted best beer of California in something I recently read

Perfect beer for a hot summer day

Highly drinkable, good APA

All pale should taste this good, worth checking out, but I am sure most of you already have

Photo of drumrboy22
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle received from bradford. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

Gold color with a small, white head.

Aroma was heavy, citrus hops. Grapefruit is prominent and smells delicious. Light malt aroma present.

Taste is well balanced and not overly hoppy.

Tasty, session beer. Moderately bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

Photo of tigerpaws
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a nice golden copper color and almost no head. Not much aroma to wet your appetite, and has what I think is a hint of vanilla, I may well be wrong on that. Good mouthfeel and IMO could use a little more hops and also alcohol kick. But overall a good refreshing beer that goes down well...............CHEERS

Photo of koopa
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey blond translucent body with a small off white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves swirls of lace.

Smell: Tea, grass, herbal hops, slight touch of lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Like drinking a carbonated glass of sun tea with a nice english hop profile. Earthy!

Mouthfeel: Thin but with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down like water. Super pale malty and earthy hoppy water. Totally sessionable but the flavor profile isn't to my liking enough to give it a 5.0 in this dept.

Photo of airforbes1
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orange color with fizzy effervescenc; the bubbles remind me of sparkling wine.

The aroma is dominated by hops...I smell grass and grapefruit. I'm expecting this to be a hop-forward pale ale like Sierra Nevada's.

The taste is better balanced than I expected. The hops are more piney than grassy with a mild grapefruit sensation. The finish is pretty watery, however.

For me, this beer is a tweener. It tries to be hoppy like an APA but also tries to be smooth and highly drinkable like an English pale ale. It's tasty, but if I wanted something more hop-forward I'd go with SNPA or Liberty Ale, and if I wanted something smoother or more sessionable I'd go with an English-style pale pale.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Polished amber suffused with orange peel orange. Atop the beer is a beautiful, firmsticky head of alabaster cream that has tiny, pearl-like bubbles embedded in its upper surface. Delicate snippets of lace keep watch over the head's descent from the safety of the upper portion of the glass... until the drinking begins, that is.

Pale Ale has a very nice nose. A hop bill that includes Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook is hard to screw up, but I still have to give credit where credit is due. Firestone has fashioned a wonderfully aromatic '3-Cs and an F' nose that many pale ales would kill for.

The flavor isn't quite a match for the nose, but it's close. The same citrus hoppy elements are in play, even if they don't shine with quite as much luster as I'd like. It's a tad undermalted and a wee bit underhopped, although I feel as if I'm being overly picky. The beer has a fresh, clean flavor of orange and grapefruit sections soaking in their own juice.

It all fades away a little prematurely thanks to the light body/mouthfeel, but that only makes me want to drink faster. The flavor profile is right on the money, I just wish there was more of it.

Firestone Pale Ale is pretty good beer that would benefit from a slightly more assertive nature. Having said that, there's nothing at all wrong with a pale ale that doesn't feel like blurring the distinction between an APA and an IPA. In the end, I like this one more than the final score would indicate and I'm certain that I'd drink a lot of it if it was brewed locally.

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 03/04/14-22:38. Sampled on May 3, 2014.

The pour is golden to medium amber with a white head and good clarity.

The aroma has a nice combination of roasted caramel malts, sweetness, and a dash of earthy hops to add some highlights to the nose.

The body is smooth and in the medium range.

Interestingly the sweet caramel malts make way to a slightly peppery hop note. There is a modest hop bite at the end that reminded me of something like pepper. It was definitely not spicy but there you have it.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.18.13

A - Pours a clear light orange with a one inch cream-colored silky head that fades very slowly.

S - Caramel malt, citrus hops.

T - Sweet caramel, honey malt with a slight hop bite.

D - Good carbonation with a light body and a sweet finish.

O - Sweet and light with a nice subtle citrus hop punch.

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ccurrid
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.