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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,142 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of froghop


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow with a medium size white head, and good lacing.

smell of hops, floral, a touch of caramel, and just a little pine.

taste is crisp and clean, a little sour, hops, a little caramel, and some grain, ends with a little bitterness.

overall a very nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:03:55 | More by froghop
Photo of Padron4KM


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark golden with a nice half inch head. Good retention and sticky lace.
Aroma is caramel malt with some earthy and piney hops.
Flavor is pine up font, with a caramel backbone, and a medium length earthy piney finish.
Low alcohol and balanced flavors make this an excellent choice for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:49:56 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of Chizoad


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another attempt at liking a pale ale. Given that I don't really care for Pliny the Elder, you can take the review or leave it. Regardless, I will keep attempting to like hoppy beers...

Poured a clear gold into a pilsner glass, with quite the head that took some time to dissipate. Vigorous pour though. A solid finger remained throughout the rapid consumption process.

Clean smell, with some hoppy scents. Fairly typical for a simple pale ale in my experience.

Tasted clean with a very mild hoppiness on the finish. Didn't bother me at all. Also, I wasn't overly impressed, as it lacked any depth or complexity. Just a smooth clean pale ale.

Fairly light on the palate, and fairly drinkable, at least for me. I wouldn't mind having another of these right after the first, which is not something I typically say about pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 20:30:31 | More by Chizoad
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers that he picked up while out in CA. Poured into a Victory pint glass.

AP: Straw gold colour. I can see my fingers through the glass. White head about 1" fizzling down to 1/8", either way it's not dense at all.
AR: Biscuit, cracker, caramel malt. There's some subtle fruity notes in the background trying to make themselves known: orange, grapefruit, pineapple. There's a floral aroma as well. Nothing is really jumping out and making a bold impression.
T: Taste if better than the nose, thankfully. Pretty much all of the above that were in the nose, though the malt base is more like toasty grains and the main hop note is pink grapefruit with a touch of floral lavender. As it warms a little a hint of lemon mixes in with the GF.
M: Moderately carbonated, body on the lighter side, fairly crisp with a semi-dry finish.
OV: A decent brew, but certainly nothing that is going to 'wow' you. Seems like this was made to be a simple sessionable Pale Ale with a kiss of hops on it, if so then nicely done. However, if someone just shoved a glass in my hand and said 'taste this' without knowing what it was or is supposed to be, I'd probably just say 'it's nice' or 'it's good' and not add anything to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 04:26:50 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Photo of BeerLover99


3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny straw body, trace white head,
very little lacing

S: mild lemon peel, grassy hops, hint of pine,
corny malt

T: lemon peel, earthy/corn sweet malt,
grassy mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, hint of oily feel,
mostly semi-dry crisp mouth

O: Nice beer, Firestone Walker makes good
stuff and this is solid sessionable/summer selection.
Not my preferred Pale Ale, little too sweet bready
tasting for me, but could throw few back at a hot
summer party. Also, fine gateway craft beer for
lager loving friend.


Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 16:25:40 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Gusler


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer as it pours from the bottle presents an unambiguous copper color the head modest in size and the color a beauteous light tan, it vanishes quite quickly leaving a fair sheet of lace behind. A sturdy hop aroma upfront and a candy like sweetness, fresh, crisp and pleasing to the senses this nose, start is overly sweet, the top thin to medium in feel to the palate. Finish is leniently acidic, the hops perky in their spicy bite, dry and long lasting aftertaste. A nice session beer me thinks, but does seem a bit too sweet, but nothing I can't live with.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 20:47:30 | More by Gusler
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber golden color. Almost no head. Served in pint glass at The Public House in the Venetian.

Smell is honey and apple.

Taste is sweet malts, apple and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is almost flat but drinkable. Typical cask beer.

Overall this was good, but not great.

Serving type: cask

10-04-2013 00:43:31 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of Murchmac


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes dont say much, but I remember this beer being clear yellow, more like a pilsner than anything.

Sweet fresh hoppy smell.

Sweet hops taste with a thin toasty/bready light malt character.

Great session brew. I still want to know if firestone walker is the dude from the bachelor?

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 04:07:59 | More by Murchmac
Photo of ffejherb


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into half pint on 10/19/09.

A - Poured a hazy pale golden body with thin, bubbly off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and spotty lace.

S - Sweet and fruity with apparent citrus notes suggesting orange pulp. Sweet caramel malt provides adequate balance.

T - Citrusy hops with a subtle orange rind character backed by sweet caramel malt. Finish is slightly medicinal.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Sweet with minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Not a bad pale ale, although I found this to be sweeter than hoppier overall. Decent enough, but nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 19:52:10 | More by ffejherb
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of four beers in a flight that I had and the others may have been a bit overpowering to really enjoy this beer but in general I liked it a lot. Great golden color, good aroma, mouthfeel and flavor were very good and the low abv makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 01:53:02 | More by david18
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a piece of hotel room glassware. Enjoyed while relaxing in the hotel after a day of vacation in San Fransisco.

A-Dark golden beer, hazy (probably chill haze), exhibiting a pleasant glow. White head was sparse off the pour, but some of it remained through the whole drink.

S-Slight citrus, herbal hoppy aroma.

T-Toasty, nutty malts, largely dry in character, with bright, light citrus hoppiness.

M-High carbonation is too bubbly. Medium-light body, typical if not too light.

D-Tasty, though nothing special, I suppose. Still, quite drinkable. Easy and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 17:00:17 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of klikger


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (thanks ptykozoon!) poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Very light amber, almost no head, but nice lacing.

S - Vanilla, floral hops

T - Floral hops & fresh grass --> a bit of honey --> slightly bitter, clean finish. Overall, there's not a ton going on here - solid APA, but not mind-blowing.

M - Pretty light, actually. Good carbonation, though.

D - Quite drinkable - low ABV, non-offensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:34:17 | More by klikger
Photo of beagle75


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Yard House in Irvine.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild floral hops outpace the barest hint of toasted malt making for a smell that is weak, unmemorable, and slightly papery.

T: Begins off-dry and rather busy, with butter, toasted pale malt, floral and earthy hop aromatics, and some estery mixed fruit. A whiff of butterscotch is detected in the middle as other aromatic flavors fade while acidity peaks. The finish is clean and toasty, dry by comparison, but only mildly bitter.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: Hardly a little brother to Firestone's Union Jack, this beer is a decent pale with some assertive English qualities on display. It lacks any West Coast hop profile which seems surprising for a beer labeled a 'California pale ale' by its own brewer, yet it generates some interest with more traditional qualities while keeping the abv low and appropriate.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 01:27:53 | More by beagle75
Photo of cagocubs


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While visiting Cali I found this at the market, was not familiar with this brewery, but was glad I tried them.

Look: Pours a transparent gold/orange color with a 1 finger head. Lots of active carbonation feeding into the head.

Smell: Earth tones include hops, citrus, pine. Some sweetness.

Taste: The citrus tones are very present in every sip. Hops are good, but not overpowering. The piney taste is not as strong as other APAs.

Feel: Light body with lots of carbonation. Mouth coating is nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 04:43:44 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Kiwano

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - yellow gold - light orange -- thick creamy head at first and then dissipates into lace

S - hops with a bit of floral

T - Slight sweetness up front somewhat floral very slight bitter but barely so and then a bit more prominent after a while

M - light carbonation -

O - light, tasty, could have a bit better balance between the bitter and slight sweetness maybe more complex flavor

Bottle poured into glass

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:34:10 | More by Kiwano
Photo of vkv822


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : Teku
bottled on 01/02/13

Pours a clear golden with a foamy, craggy white head and nice lacing.

Aroma and taste both consist of citric hops upfront, balanced out by a pleasant biscuit malt backing.

Medium body with average, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly outstanding, but an easy drinking, well done APA. Hoppy upfront but well balanced overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 07:47:47 | More by vkv822
Photo of alexgash


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange-golden with a slight haze and a thin, spittly white head.

Smell: mostly sugar cookie malt, laced with fragrant, citrusy hops.

Taste: fruity malts with a dough-y backbone. Met with a spritzy, citrusy hoppiness. Finish is moderately bitter with lingering citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: pretty much a standard American pale ale; felt a little on the watery side, but overall not too bad. I liked the citrus quality in the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2004 21:27:06 | More by alexgash
Photo of goschool


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the White Harte Pub in Woodland Hills, CA.

Appearance: The color is quite a bit darker than how I remember the bottled version looking. It's darkish amber with a respectable off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, bready malt aromas, much like Double Barrel, take charge of the nose in front of fruity apricot and citrus hops.

Taste: The flavor profile is malty up front, the sweet and bready notes get lighter in the mid-palate, and the fruity hops give the finish a burst of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and smooth, but it's a tiny bit aqueous.

Drinkability: I think the crisp flavors in the bottled version make this beer more drinkable than the sweet malty draft offering.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2007 18:50:46 | More by goschool
Photo of USCTrojanBrian


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into nonic.

Firestone makes some great pales but this really was deflating. Watery, nothing too spicy (maybe it was the 4.8%) or complex, almost transparent golden color.

Would go well with pretzels or something as there is a certain body to it, but stand-alone is meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 04:34:04 | More by USCTrojanBrian
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not impressed with this beer. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and hazy. Carbonation is low, a thin white, broken head floats around on top clinging to the glass, leaving almost no lacing.

This beer has almost a sweet / plastic aroma to it. There are some hops in there but more than that there is just this sweet candy like aroma. I don't smell the malt. Maybe buttery. I'm not sure what's going to happen.

Beer is medium body, so that's good. The flavors are mild and understated, which is fine. The sweetness I smelled is present in the beer, for sure. There isn't a lot of bitterness, no aftertaste, I'm not sure how the different flavors are playing together, they all seem disconnected. Drinkability is fine so is mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 21:03:31 | More by drabmuh
Photo of GNWBC


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great brew to session with your boys on a warm summer night.
A: pours a golden orange with a thin white head and minimal lacing

S: lots of orange, little spice and floral hop notes

T: just like it smells, mild orange and honey, nice hop bite to it

M: goes down pretty clean, doesn't leave that funky hop resin that gives you cottonmouth.

OA: good PA pretty tame but thats not a bad thing, like i said i would gladly session with this during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 18:41:35 | More by GNWBC
Photo of tobelerone


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking, near-session weight pale that’s a lot less west coast than I’d expected. Clear amber color with a good sized head, solid retention and lacing. Visibly lively carbonation. Nice aroma that’s more floral than anything else; less citrusy than I anticipated, perhaps why I felt this was less of a west coast IPA-light than I thought I was getting myself into. Taste follows the nose closely, with floral and grassy hops very forward, ample bitterness, and a light grainy malt character beneath.

Carbonation was crisp, body pretty light, and the finish was short and dry. Tasty but not exactly exceptional or memorable for me. Perhaps a little unexciting?

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 18:16:01 | More by tobelerone
Photo of mooseo


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear gold brown with a fluffy white head.

S - Bright fruity hops with some light caramel malt notes.

T - Good balance of citrus hops and caramel malt. Some piney and grassy flavors throughout. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Smooth, crisp, light-medium in body. Average carbonation.

O - Solid pale ale. The hop and malt flavors are rather subtle, but work together well. It's just an extremely drinkable and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:34:20 | More by mooseo
Photo of MattThomas


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again, a decent head with a mild nose. This pale ale is fairly true to style in taste. The big draw to Firestone Walker is the oak barrel fermenting, yet their beers are very clean with little oak notes. The pale has a slightly less that solid hop character and still not much of a malt balance. Perhaps this one falls a little week.

I still find this drinkable and better than the Macro-brew alternatives, but will not be something worth shipping across the country for others to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 00:54:24 | More by MattThomas
Photo of pjwilson


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

appearance: very pale, almost unpeallingly so. nice head though

smell: ok that's some nice hop aroma, i gotta admit. it's the kind of hops I like in a APA too. dry hopping.

taste: wow this is a hoppy beer. not very bitter though, almost under bittered for how hoppy it is. But i'm tasting chinook alot. there is no malt balance to this beer.
mouthfeel: here's were things go wrong; this beer is very, very watery. It so hoppy and yet it sort of feels like you are drinking water. It's not very fun.
drinkability: well i got a single and i'm going slowly and I won't buy this in bottles again. It's just too watery, smell just isn't enough to sell a beer no matter how great the nose is.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 09:16:54 | More by pjwilson
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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