1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Pale 31Pale 31

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,372 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 58
Gots: 76 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pale 31 Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,372 | Reviews: 471 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Eighty
Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-30-2013 16:24:33 | More by Eighty
Photo of Grinky
Grinky

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-30-2013 04:02:34 | More by Grinky
Photo of Hopinista
Hopinista

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-30-2013 02:45:07 | More by Hopinista
Photo of mxchap
mxchap

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-30-2013 00:43:04 | More by mxchap
Photo of DMc8ride
DMc8ride

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-28-2013 22:06:53 | More by DMc8ride
Photo of stampfler07
stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-28-2013 02:01:47 | More by stampfler07
Photo of jdhowe
jdhowe

California

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
Photo of tzieser
tzieser

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.9%

bottled 8/26/13.

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
Photo of Mantooth
Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-26-2013 21:42:32 | More by Mantooth
Photo of enelson
enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-24-2013 23:26:21 | More by enelson
Photo of Bilco
Bilco

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-24-2013 20:57:04 | More by Bilco
Photo of drh1382
drh1382

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-23-2013 20:04:24 | More by drh1382
Photo of frogfan
frogfan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-23-2013 19:10:00 | More by frogfan
Photo of visionaries
visionaries

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-23-2013 15:21:32 | More by visionaries
Photo of GoodFellaBeau
GoodFellaBeau

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-23-2013 03:07:13 | More by GoodFellaBeau
Photo of jtdolla911
jtdolla911

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-23-2013 02:24:17 | More by jtdolla911
Photo of BillHilly
BillHilly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-23-2013 00:41:24 | More by BillHilly
Photo of notchucknorris
notchucknorris

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-22-2013 18:16:25 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of NHbeerfishing
NHbeerfishing

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-21-2013 01:08:13 | More by NHbeerfishing
Photo of RaulMondesi
RaulMondesi

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Picked up a 6er from the local grocery and just did it.

This is a goodie. Like, your girlfriend just walked into the door with a bag from Victoria Secret, "goodie." Pure golden Pale like a tropical sunburst, which then leads to so fresh and so clean flavors.

Go now and get it. Go now and get it good.

05-20-2013 02:29:42 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of BuffaloBill12
BuffaloBill12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-19-2013 19:32:11 | More by BuffaloBill12
Photo of dertyd
dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-19-2013 01:02:35 | More by dertyd
Photo of drgonzo2k2
drgonzo2k2

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-18-2013 15:12:21 | More by drgonzo2k2
Photo of megamass
megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-18-2013 04:15:57 | More by megamass
Photo of verge
verge

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-16-2013 21:58:26 | More by verge
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.