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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,282 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 55
Gots: 55 | 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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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-24-2013 16:37:31 | More by jjd315
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-24-2013 12:19:40 | More by ChrisL24481
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-24-2013 02:21:57 | More by jmdrpi
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-22-2013 15:30:19 | More by Phillyz
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LuauLarry

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-22-2013 06:37:31 | More by LuauLarry
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gtermi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-20-2013 18:25:51 | More by gtermi
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium bubbly golden amber with a nice two finger white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet malt. Flavor is grassy hops, light citrus, biscuit malt, finishes with a grassy hop bitterness. Light bodied as expected from the style. Flavor is light, but well balanced; an enjoyable, refreshing pale ale. After drinking some hefty darker strong ales and stouts the last week, it's nice to sit back and watch active carbonation in a nicely made light golden beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:24:03 | More by LiquidAmber
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Frankensteineken

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-19-2013 22:19:04 | More by Frankensteineken
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-19-2013 21:26:04 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-19-2013 07:07:23 | More by sansho
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heavenlyStash

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-19-2013 05:22:02 | More by heavenlyStash
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bvlaminck

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-19-2013 00:55:33 | More by bvlaminck
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CommanderOfAwesome

California

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/21/13 poured into a snifter glass. Reviewing this compared to other pale ales.

A: Pours a yellow golden with 2 finger fluffy white head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Fantastic head retention with lacing prominent on the glass.

S: The aroma on this beer is pretty strong, which is remarkable for a 4.8% beer. Strong citrus grapefruit, slight pineapple and lemon zest. Caramel malt backing it up. Really strong, can def tell the dry hopping. This aroma is right up there with Zombie Dust.

T: Sweet citrus flavor, refreshing as hell with just a slight bitter dry finish. Light sweet malt making itself known. On the hoppy side for APA.

M: light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation goes down easy. Leaves the mouth with a slight sweetness that coats the mouth with a slight bitter after finish.

O: A fantastic APA and one of my go to's. I would easily put this up there with 3 Floyds Zombie Dust, and an underrated beer on BA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 19:05:32 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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juicebox

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-13-2013 15:21:10 | More by juicebox
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle (bottled on 2/2/13) served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a honey golden color with lively carbonation but wit only a half finger of thin, white, fizzy head. Retention is awful, especially given the low ABV. Average at best.

S - Oddly - the first notes I get are sweet honey and pale malts. Light, fresh lemon and orange zest and faint grassy notes. I'm surprised how restrained the hops are, maybe even enough to upset the balance. Pretty mild but refreshing.

T - Watery base malts open. Bland, uneventful body. Stale. No yeast character. The hops don't show up until the climax. Incredibly faint citrus is about all I can find. It's too sweet, and there's a strange metallic note near the finish. Simple and watery. Where'd all the hops from the nose go?

M - Watery and smooth.

D - I'd like to think that I got an old bottle, but It's barely a month old. Just a poor example of the style. It's easy to drink, but there's really nothing going on. Won't be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 21:24:52 | More by blakelive784
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-10-2013 02:50:18 | More by Bierguy5
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GuzzLah

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Crystal clear, yellow with a touch of light orange. Short lived head. A few bubbles.

S - Pine, floral, citrus and soft pale malt. Faint woody funk. The aroma is nice, but on the subtle side.

T - Like the aroma with some semi-sweet grapefruit and a hint of caramel.

M - Light body. Mild carbonation. Mild bitterness with a medium sustain.

O - A flawless, easy drinking, light pale ale with a pleasant flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:14:03 | More by GuzzLah
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-09-2013 20:46:27 | More by stephenjmoore
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

03-08-2013 00:49:40 | More by spycow
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-07-2013 20:05:03 | More by orangesol
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Philousa

California

4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Wine Affairs on 3/4/13.

Very pale with copper color, and clear. Head retention is great, big rocky head that laces very well for the style. Lemon and grapefruit dominate the nose with floral notes and slight biscuit. Flavor is lemony and bright with a lot of orange flavor to start as well. Fades to overcooked biscuit and slight a tartness, then floral hops, which are not heavy handed. Bitterness comes on gradually, but its definitely noticeable. Feel is middling, finish is slightly dry. This one tasted especially fresh. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 18:25:09 | More by Philousa
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durlta

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-05-2013 03:53:05 | More by durlta
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jplopez21

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-05-2013 00:56:08 | More by jplopez21
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-03-2013 04:20:42 | More by FLBeerGuy
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-02-2013 01:49:28 | More by NickThePyro
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,282 ratings.