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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,568 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of grittybrews
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head that slowly receded to a thin film. Mild floral aroma of pine and orange citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy, almost resiny mouthfeel. Citrus up front with a nice honey caramel malt backbone. Gentle hoppy finish with just a hint of bitterness.

Not flashy, but another well-crafted brew from Firestone Walker. Balanced and refreshing.

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar to Sierra Nevada, but better. Nice amber color with a decent head. Mouthfeel is the best quality of this beer as the taste will sit nicely on the tongue allowing you to savor the beer. The taste itself is malty with a hint of fruitiness that complements the hops real well.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler from the Bowery Whole Foods. Pours a clear light orange color with a 1/2 inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet orange with some malts and hints of tropical fruits. The taste is some bitter orange peel, floral hops and malts. Slightly bready. A tad watery. Malt finish with more floral notes as well as some orange peel. Light mouthfeel, but it's expected considering the low ABV. This is a highly drinkable Pale Ale that would be great for summer. Hoping this gets canned one day. Overall, one of the more flavorful, lower ABV Pales I have had in awhile. I'd buy it again.

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as part of 2012 CBI Beer Tasting.

One finger off white head over clear medium amber body. Bready, biscuity malts dominate the nose with floral notes. Taste is certainly malt forward but not in a heavy way, the brown bread taste is complemented by toasted oak notes and floral hops, an interesting taste profile. Mouthfeel is medium, not overly aggressive mouthfeel, decent effervescence. A world-class session ale. Highly recommended.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(bottling date: 08/19/14 - purchased cold, poured into a tulip pint)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid... only a small pad of foam

S: they really must use hop extract in their beers - the intensity and dimension of the, what appears to be, whole-flower hops is ridiculous... spicy, earthy, herbal, mustard seed-y... clear, crisp balance of toasted, cookie-ish pale malt below, good bit of depth to that too... overall, just wonderfully defined and distinct

T: sharp-spicy, peppery, bitter zip at the front... almost a lemon-honey-ginger zip in the fantastically dry finish... man, this is dry... a toasted grain flavor slowly builds on the palate midway and to the back, in balance by the end... seems like some Chinook is ripping hard

F: fairly polished-smooth, dry with the bitterness accentuating a parching effect... not terribly residual resin, but perhaps a mildly acidic tingle

O: bold, bright, clean-as-hell, and to the point... excellent drinking that packs a punch on the palate, but is deceptively light... another winner from FW

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of vkv822
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz : Teku
bottled on 01/02/13

Pours a clear golden with a foamy, craggy white head and nice lacing.

Aroma and taste both consist of citric hops upfront, balanced out by a pleasant biscuit malt backing.

Medium body with average, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly outstanding, but an easy drinking, well done APA. Hoppy upfront but well balanced overall.

Photo of Kyrojack
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of heygeebee
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From Beer Cartel.. 11/05/13 ??? hmmm

A - clear straw, nice fluffy one finger heads stays nicely. Lovely spotty lace.

S - nice mixed citrus, apricot, floral hop notes..

T - well balanced, more generic citrus, peach, moderately hoppy.

M - quite light in mouth, almost soft drink like.

O - solid solid solid for style. I am wholly unsure of the freshness given the date on the bottle, but it seems to hold its own quite well. Clearly an entry-level beer, with no palate whack but that's ok too.

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely drinkable pale ale. No fireworks or whistles with this one. Just a simple, straight up pale ale.

Pours a gold color. Mostly clear. Thin white head that all but dissolved. Nose was malts and hops. Nothing of remarkable interest but it smells good.

Flavor is straight pale ale. Malts are bready and finish dry. Hops are floral and a bit piney. Nothing remarkable about this beer but that it is a solid pale ale. Dry finish that makes this beer even more easy to drink.

Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kbrown
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Sep 2008.

Medium yellow-white foamy head. Moderate carbonation. Clear golden caramel color. Aroma is quite floral and hoppy, somewhat soapy, lightly sugary. Starts dry with a medium hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a faint sweetness. Light body, almost watery.

Taste is good but overall light in flavor.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/18/11, so this guy's less than a month old. One of my favorite go-to pale ales for sure. Pours a clear, pale, golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very lovely with nice, subtle hops and malt. Some citrus and floral notes with a hint of grain. Taste is very well-balanced and complex with malt and hop flavors. Some floral notes in the finish along with a bit of citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, a very solid pale ale when fresh. I've had this beer old, and still a good beer, but nowhere near when it is fresh like this. Very sessionable.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Absolutely clear gold. Head is bright-white, bubbly, and drops to a tiny ring after a minute or so. Lively carbonation and a great depth of color. Tiny hints of lacing.

Smell: Pale, roasted malts. Cracker and a touch of white bread crust. Nice citrus hit pulls closer to grapefruit, but just barely. Dances around citrus. Bready backing malts add a nice rounding characteristic. Mild sweetness. Nicely floral.

Taste: Bready citrus. Touches of tropical, pineapple, linger in the back. Dry bitterness. Orange and grapefruit rind with a touch of juicy citrus flesh. Pale malts and some mild sweetness. Big cracker. A touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation on a medium body. Lingering dryness pulls throughout the drinking process.

Overall: A well-crafted take on the style. It's no Double Barrel Ale, but it carries the same level of balance as I've come to expect from Firestone Walker.

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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