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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

1,440 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 90 | 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%

seanmugs, Mar 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 07, 2012
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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.

BlindPig, Jan 30, 2007
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

nheinzie57, Aug 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Rich1818, Aug 09, 2014
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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.

denver10, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

jdlapera, Nov 30, 2013
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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.

SensorySupernova, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

AApparel, Jan 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

GarthT, Jun 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

atpca, Sep 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

alexanf, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

SavageHopHead, Aug 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

swungomonkey, Jan 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

JWalterWeatherman, Apr 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

topdown, Nov 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

charlesjwinkler, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

ctrevino, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of harrymel
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.

harrymel, Jan 26, 2013
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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.

Boilermaker88, Feb 01, 2004
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3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey color with a large head, which subsides in a minute or two to a steady foam top.

Very little scent, almost as neutral as water. Tastes mildly bitter and hoppy, not a lot of other flavor characteristics. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, and it lingers for a few seconds but not too long.

Overall, seems to be a very light PA, not offensive to someone like me, who rarely enjoys hoppy beer, but likely not enjoyable to someone who does.

JoshuaB, Nov 26, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy Harry! Thank you! Pale yellow pour with medium white froth fading to a thin white ring. Good malted base aroma with mild pine hops and a boost of sugars. Decent hoppy flavour profile with sugared malt sweetness to balance. Slightly thin and watery finish. But would be very good for sessions. Glad I got to try it. Thanks Harry!

mrmanning, Dec 03, 2006
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of citrus, grainy, floral, and some breadiness. Tastes of ligther citrus, grainy and the same floralness. Thinner body.

Notes from and tasted on: 1/26/09.

hopdog, Jan 27, 2009
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light clear amber pour with a fading white head. Smell is very sweet hops. Fresh and vibrant at first, followed soon by a bit of metal. A bit thin overall and I get a flavor of tea in this one quite a bit, along with some light honey like malt. Good carbonation, and while not offensive, pretty average, and needs more of a strong malt backing to shine. Decent.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.