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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,553 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 133 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.07/5  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.

Photo of Nightrain87
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.