Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 2/12/13) into a pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful, clear golden color with a half finger of white, quickly dissipating head. Very nice to look at.
S: Smell is crisp and clean, with hops and sweet fruit making up the primary notes. Nothing overwhelming or complex here -- just, pure, simple, good.
T: A bit of a let-down, but very drinkable. Malt and citrus dominate with a little hint of hop bitterness rising and then overstaying its welcome. The hop flavors don't seem prominent nearly so much as in the nose, and this is a disappointment. Not bad, but not as good as I had hoped after seeing/smelling it, either. I would expect more hop flavor from something dry-hopped and wonder if this bottle might not be too old.
M: very drinkable. Carbonation that fills the mouth lends itself to a refreshing drink that finishes smoothly, if maybe a bit overly bitter for a refreshing sessionable drink.
O: Good beer. Not great, but good. I would like this much more if there were either more hop flavor or less hop bitterness, and I feel like they've missed the balance with this one. That said, it doesn't ruin the beer by any stretch of the imagination, and I would be happy to drink this again in the future.
05-27-2013 22:47:19 | More by jdhowe
4/5 rDev +3.9%
A: pours a clear, bright golden color with a fluffy white head. very good carbonation. seems like firestone-walker always brews a great looking beer.
S: a light citrus hop aroma with a subtle grassy character. sweet and bready malts are there. dry hopping works wonders here.
T: complex hop profile. starts off a bit on the citrus side but ends with a touch of grass/pine bitterness. the lingering sweetness from the malt bill keeps everything nicely balanced, if a tad sweet side as it warms.
M: smooth mouthfeel with a nice bit of carbonation.
O: a pretty underrated pale ale. i'd put this ahead of sierra nevada any day but the price point is a tad high. recommended.
05-27-2013 03:28:03 | More by tzieser
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.