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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,498 Ratings
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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3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- About a 1/4" white head on a clear orange body with hues of yellow.
S- Malt, orange, lemon, grapefruit, citrus hops, and that is pretty much it.
T- Citrus hops, and a malt background to help balance it out. Orange, lemon, and a light grapefruit flavor come out. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue a long with some orange and grapefruit flavors.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is a average pale ale. I like the more on the hoppy side but it is not bad. Really don't think I would buy it again. There are a lot better beers for same price out there.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

4: Bright, yellow with a tint of orange to it. Minimal head with slight retention.

S: Strong citrus rind smell that I associate with pale ales. Carries.

T: Taste follows the nose pretty well, a little more umph to the flavor, which I think is coming from the nice layer of malt, than the typical pale ale which I totally appreciate. Refreshing to boot.

M: Creamy and nice medium body to it.

O: Solid beer but this one does nothing for me.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Appearance: Crystal clear gold with a big white head that faded into thin lacing, and a few stray bubbles rising through.

Smell: Faint citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Pretty bitter for a pale ale, and the malt backbone never gets strong enough to overpower the hops. It’s not tongue-curdling bitter, but way more than the hop aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Thin and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Okay. Not enough malt, not enough hop aroma. It’s like a less balanced version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I would rather drink one Union Jack than two of these.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 15NOV12

Golden with a loose quilt of light cream foam. Smells of grapefruit, grass, light caramel malts, some sweet malts - a touch of lactose. Flavor is bready, bitter (lightly), hints of grapefruit pith, some pine and a touch of woody malts. Light body with low carb and a semi dry finish. Decent beer, nothing special.

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3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle, this beer had a clear golden color and a modest, bubbly white head that shrank down to a skim and left sketchy lace.
This pale ale packed a noseful of floral hops - very flowery with a strong citrusy undercurrent. Miniscule maltiness in the nose. The taste was a complete 180° turn-about from the smell: lots of biscuity malt with some candy sweetness and little in the way of hops, bitter or otherwise. Finish had a stale saltine cracker flavor and I swear there was a tortilla aftertaste that put me off. The feel was light, dry and faintly gritty.
I can't say I'd be eager to reach for another one of these. It just seemed to wander around too much trying to figure out whether it should be hoppy or malty. In the end, Firestone Pale Ale remained indecisive and only a mediocre brew.

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