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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,381
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 59
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)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2012 03:55:49 | More by Stoffel
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle secured from the Boise CoOp, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Clear vivid gold, with a smallish wispy white head that leaves some ok lacing...very light and refreshing looking.

S: Dry hopping hits as soon as the cap is lifted; floral and tropical, citrus, orange, mango, pineapple, with an underlying honey sweetness and pale malt graininess.

T: More balanced than the nose, mild but well executed; the floral citrus characters are here, with some orange and tangerine, hints of spiciness, grainy malt and faint caramel.

MF: Light and refreshing with a surprisingly dry finish. Crisp and clean as it fades away.

O: Drank this way too fast; overall its a perfect light summer hoppy session ale. Not overwhelming in any category, just plain solid.

05-25-2012 14:00:27 | More by Scotchboy
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-10-2014 11:25:07 | More by LakerLeith
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

Oh man....thanks BeerRun13 and NC Lotto BIF for introducing me to a very fine APA, that I otherwise would know nothing about. Isn't that what BIFs are all about anyway.
Pours a golden/copper color with a nice sticky beige 2 finger head that retains well. Spiderweb lacing.
Floral and candy aroma. Sweet smelling.
Mmmm! Bannana, nice citrus and floral hops but balanced out nicely by a sweet malt backbone. Good hop finish. Unexpected hop burps. This beer is nicely hopped with out being a hop bomb. Not over the top citrus hops like many IPA's outhere.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Drinkability. Everyone should put this on there want list right now!!! It's that drinkable.

07-22-2006 01:54:01 | More by wcudwight
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

Appears a clear golden orange color with a one inch thick off-white head. It settles to a cap and leaves some moderate lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is of piney hops more than anything with some citrusy orange and lemon coming through as well. Malt backbone is there in the form of a mild caramel sweetness.

The taste starts out with a bit of sweet caramel malts then it gets bitter with flavors of pine, citrus, and a bit of a spiciness. Finish is a nice balance between the malt and hops, but the hops slightly taken an edge.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, a nice creaminess compliments the crisp feel on the tongue. Quite drinkable.

While this one won't go down as my favorite Pale Ale, I like it. I would still take a Sierra Nevada or something over it, but this one is a good choice if you prefer more of the piney/spicy flavors in your pale ale over the citrus.

01-20-2009 21:35:14 | More by roadhouse
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

The color when poured, was of an amber golden yellow with a little foam that clinged to the side of the glass. The smell was of pine, with a hint of floral after notes. The taste was between an IPA and a Pale Ale. Nice balance of bitterness and smoothness on the aftertaste. Also, you can taste, beside the hops, the malts with a slight floral and a touch of spices!

07-31-2008 23:13:24 | More by BeerManDan
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks to ddot for the nice extra.

12oz. Stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pretty standard amber with perfect clarity. About 2 fingers worth of white head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Decent hop aroma with a healthy dose of saaz. Crisp, clean cereal grains.

T/M: Bitterness level is a bit weak even for a PA. Decent citrus flavor with some grassy flavor notes and light spicy notes. Malts are crisp and clean with a nice sweetness line. Decent carbonation with a medium body.

D: Low ABV and drinks pretty easy. Nothing too stand out, though.

01-06-2010 05:20:13 | More by pwoods
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-09-2012 05:46:19 | More by Beertracker
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

04-27-2013 16:18:57 | More by Jason1337
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%

Enjoyed along with a lunch--roast beef sandwich with horseradish and french fries--at the Bellagio while on vacation in Las Vegas. Served out of a 12 oz brown bottle with the bottling date 08/12/13 marked clearly on the base of the label and poured into a medium-sized goblet.

Appearance - Pours a transparent golden amber with subtle copper shadowing and maize highlights. Atop the body rests an effervescent and delicate-looking head of about a finger thick, the color of cream. Retention is moderate and leaves sparse lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bright and refreshing, with traces of grass and herbs peeking out through a bouquet of citrus notes and light acidity. The biscuity pale malts also shine through to balance out the sharper aroma with some bready roundness. Overall quite a balanced aroma.

Taste - Like the aroma, notes of toasted sourdough and butter cracker play with more astringent aspects of grassiness and pine, along with a more subtle citrus component at this point. Light bitterness like baby garden greens flashes on the finish and lingers for just a second on the aftertaste. Since it fades quickly, like many APAs, it makes for easy drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a crisp finish and quickly fading aftertaste.

Overall, a balanced and highly drinkable take on this great style and it has plenty of flavor for a 4.8% beer. I would gladly order this again with food or to take home to crack open for an easy drinking beer that won't knock me on my ass. Unfortunately, it's not too common in my local market, otherwise I'd likely find myself drinking it quite a bit.

10-15-2013 06:15:18 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-27-2014 04:28:28 | More by kbrown
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks to Wasatch for this one in a trade. 12oz Bottle. Alcohol noted at 4.8%.

A: Pale orange, light gold in color, somewhat cloudy, dense rocky head about a quarter of an inch thick. Spotty lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on, pretty strong malt flavorings, piney hops. Pretty standard, but smells tasty. Just not a lot going on.

T: Really a mild tasting beer, light graininess, very doughy malt character, slightly astringent pine/citrus bitterness at the end, really comes to life as it warms up a bit, malt is quite doughy, and hops are piney, quite balanced between the two though. Quite tasty!

M: A little over carbonated for my taste, really is quite prickly on the tongue, dry, and begs for another drink each and every time. Just a little to prickly for my taste.

D: Good session beer, very tasty, I'd love to have this one on tap. All around great beer, I'll have to find out where John got it so I can snag some more of it. Tasty beer!

03-05-2009 00:32:14 | More by pokesbeerdude
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

I bought a couple of bottles of Pale 31 in a grocery store while traveling in Nevada.

Pours a pale gold color and is clear. Modest while head, leave a little lace on the glass.

Smell is sweet and fruity, with a hint of sweet vinegar. Soft fruits like pears and melons.

Taste is a cereal flavor up front followed by a soft fruit flavor, and mild bitter/sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very thin, light and crisp.

A very drinkable brew. If it were available in my area and at a reasonable price it could be a staple at my house.

09-26-2011 00:47:43 | More by RJLarse
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-03-2012 03:23:28 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-19-2013 01:02:35 | More by dertyd
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-13-2014 16:21:39 | More by jwps214
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-07-2014 14:33:51 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-16-2013 00:25:08 | More by kevgod
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a clear orange golden with a small white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of clean hops and mild malts.

Tastes of hops layered on top of mild malts with slight fruity esters. Hops are grassy with a citrus character. Malts have the pale character with a graininess. Fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel is a medium with a with a crisp finish.

01-10-2010 02:47:46 | More by ocelot2500
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

This tasty offering pours forth a hazy deep golden color with a thin head giving way to a thinner lace. The aroma is decidedly malty with strong caramel tones and subtle hints of roast and chocolate. The initial flavor is of a quick malt pushed aside by a light floral hop spice. Toffee and mellow chocolate notes flow through and finish everything off nicely.

05-19-2003 20:32:07 | More by beernut7
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Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz, from augustgarage in a trade. Thanks!

A- Clean, clear, golden, nice if quickly-fading head, little lacing.

S- Floral hops, light, but nice. Good for a pale ale.

T- Really good hops, a very tasty pale ale. Crisp, clean, floral and citrus (tangerine and orange) hops are the star of the show. Light, but assertive.

M- Crisp, clean, tasty, fantastic.

D- High. Sessionable. This is one of the best pales I've ever had, I'd buy this on the regular if it was in my distribution circle. Very great beer. You can have flavor without going overboard! Amazing beer!

12-30-2009 22:32:14 | More by ShogoKawada
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-24-2013 23:44:07 | More by spark3148857
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-02-2013 01:49:28 | More by NickThePyro
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-12-2013 14:54:52 | More by SPRichard
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Thanks goes out to Zorro. Received this in the Summer Sipper BIF 2007.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a white fluffy one finger head that dies down quickly to a thin lacing. Stickiness is very spotty, here and there. Very mild sweet citrus hop odor with a wonderful caramel/toffee malt blend. One of the best smelling beers in general I've experienced, by far the best smelling Pale Ale. Such a unique yet pleasing beer to put your nose up to. Taste is amazing as well. Once again, mild on the hops but clearly there. Citrus hops on the tongue but then the delicious vanilla malt flavor takes combined with a peppery-spice flavor. Aftertaste is very smooth and pleasant, sweet toffee like flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. This could very possibly be a session ale at 4.6% abv. Get you hands on this if you can.

06-21-2007 01:04:56 | More by BeerTruth
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,381 ratings.