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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,471 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 100 | 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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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +30.2%

CEDAMA, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of kbrown
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kbrown, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/17/12

Appearance: Clear, dark gold - fizzy white head that keeps a wispy cap, streaks of lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy - floral citrus, with some pine and tropical notes - orange and grapefruit, with a touch of pineapple - pale, grainy malts underneath, and a mild sweetness

Taste: Mild yet tasty - floral citrus - orange and tangerine, mostly flesh, a hint of zest, a touch of pith - some pine and some tropical flavors - pale malts, sweet grains, provide a nice base - on the sweet side, but not overly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, very smooth, very clean, nicely carbonated

Overall: Remarkably solid

I am actually surprised at how much I like this beer. The hops in this beer are unlike anything I've encountered from Firestone Walker, and I approve. I hope this starts to show up on the East Coast because I would drink this often.

angrybabboon, May 17, 2012
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +4.2%

NickThePyro, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden orange with a white, finger width head. Decent retention, leaving behind a thin but consistent lacing.

Smell - Sweet, malty aroma. Hints of orange and peach, slight caramel and a touch of pine.

Taste - Hops are most noticeable on the tongue; pine and slightly citric. Malts are bready with a faint note of caramel, and are firmly entrenched behind the hop notes. Finishes a touch sweet and a moderate citrus twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium, slightly malty body. Carbonation leads to a nice, crisp bite.

Overall - A pretty solid Pale Ale. Well balanced, though a bit safe. Nothing here that makes the brew stand out, but it's a quality all-around product.

TheSixthRing, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly unassuming copper colour with a good sized frothy head that leaves a nice amount of residue on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is sweet with hints of caramel mixed with a floral and grassy hop aroma that has some hints of citrus to it as well. Perhaps a touch of spice as well.

The flavour is essentially more of the same. Sweetness is not as dominant here with everything meshing quote evenly instead. Juicy hops lead the way before mixing with a bit of caramel and moving a bit into the floral grassy notes picked up in the aroma. There seems to be a hint of bread flavouring here as well. Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly light bodied.

This is a hoppy Pale Ale, but it's not an IPA, which I was pleased to be the case. Too often a brewery will over hop it's standard Pale Ale and it just comes across as an IPA. This one does not and clearly holds it's ground in the Pale Ale category. It is an easy drinker for sure and is loaded with balanced flavour. This was a nice first sampling for me from the Firestone Walker folks.

SixpointJMH, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

dertyd, May 19, 2013
Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

OregonGrown7, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +4.2%

MN_Beerticker, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Chingringo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Chingringo, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

csfcmitchell, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Phillyz, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up about a finger and a half of head which has little retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear, medium amber which ranges from a golden straw to a pale amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left near the surface of the beer.

Nose- Fairly subdued- there is a bit more presence from the bottle which shows some notes of apple and a strong, sweet honey character. The aroma from the glass is more typical of a pale ale- light citrus of orange and lemon with faint hints of pine and resin in the background. Swirling reveals a very clean and slight melon quality.

Taste- Starts off with the orange and lemon of the nose, moves into slight notes of caramel and honey before moving into a light bitterness of grapefruit, earwax, and some matchstick. Some slight mineral notes (most chalky) with cereal and biscuit in the background. The hops appear to be a little degraded as it is almost 3 months old but it is still a pretty good beer. Caramel and matchstick dominate a little more than I want them to but they aren't that big of a distraction. Good beer and a solid one at that. A little juicy, which I like.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a slight hint of syrup. Just a tad bit too carbonated.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and very sessionable. At 4.9%, it's a little less alcoholic than my standards of SNPA and Red Chair but still quite good. A little bit pricier than those two.

Overall- Solid beer and a good representation of the style. Definitely worth a try. Something to keep in mind when you want a pale ale with a little more of a malt bill. Certainly won't be confused with an IPA like some pale ales.

artoolemomo, Oct 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

CGMLS3, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

froghop, Aug 18, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jkball01, Sep 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BKotch, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Zuidman, Feb 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Nolen12, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jwps214, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/16/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a very clear, pale yellow color body, big white foamy head, big bubbles, lasting. Very hoppy aroma, citrus and dry. Some sweetness too. Bitter. Pale dry taste, drying citrus. Mostly clean aftertaste. Nice pale ale. Not complex, but good, almost sessionable.

jujubeast6000, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear yellow pour with about a finger or two of white head. The retention and lacing are both top notch. 4.5

S: The aroma is wheaty with some complimenting pine and citrus hops. It seems to have a maltiness underneath, pretty light overall. 3.5

T: The taste continues the wheat, slight hops and malts theme. The hops do seem to take a larger part in the taste than they did in the aroma. The malt base is more prevalent. It seems to be a pilsner pale ale mix. 3.5

MF: Extremely light and crisp with a medium to low carbonation. This beer is damn drinkable. I put down my serving very quickly. 4

Pairing: This was the introduction beer, so it wasn't paired with anything but a speech, which was very well done. 4

O: Really nice offering, but nothing special. I probably wouldn't pick it up again. 3.5

russwbeck, Jun 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Erik-P, Jan 27, 2014
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,471 ratings.