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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,438 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 90 | 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 +4.2%

dcbike, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Skunkdrool, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

davidbgoodman, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RichBeer
5/5  rDev +30.2%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Ryan24
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ryan24, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow-orange, very clear, great head. Smells very hoppy for a pale ale, citrus fruits like lemon and orange come to mind. Flavor is more of the same but this is not an IPA, it feels lighter in body and so easy to drink. I think I found my new go to pale ale because this has less alcohol than Sierra Nevada and I might just prefer the hop profile, great stuff.

ArrogantB, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Sargully, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +4.2%

TicoCali, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Burt, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of dmcbeerington
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I should go back to drinking orange juice or coke. This beer doesn't taste good at all. it doesn't taste like a normal beer. It is very hard for beginner drinker, and I have been drinking beer for 2 years now.

First thing about this beer is that it is hard to drink. normally this is because the beer is too bitter, but not the case here.

A, good color, head disappear in seconds.

S, I was sick, and my nose can't smell anything

T, Hard to drink kind of taste, some people may like it, but not me, not much sweetness. I will say on the bitter side.

dmcbeerington, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +4.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprising little Pale Ale here...

Very pungent citrusy hoppy aromas roll out of the glass with this one... Very similar to Alpha King to be perfectly honest... Rather pungent...

A nice little blend of citrusy American hops blended with a smooth sweet caramel maltiness... Quite balanced with the hops taking over on the finish... very sessionable...

I liked this one... even following Union Jack and Double Union Jack, this one was assertive and tasty..

Tilley4, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby brown bottle, capped. Pours out a much lighter yellow than I expected for a Pale Ale. I would simply call it "yellow". Lovely large, fluffy white head that seems to keep growing.

Smell is hoppy and grainy. Classic American citrus hops are what come through most for me. I also pickup some lemony citrus notes. Taste is again on the lighter side and really adds to the drinkability. Solid grainy malt middle that leads to a perfect balance of hops and bitterness.

This is a very easy drinking beer that is on the dry side. This is a beer that you could really drink a few of as it's lighter in body but full of flavor. They call it a California Pale Ale but I would like to make it my House Pale Ale.

CharlesRiver, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of hiku7
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very inviting clear gold with a moderate off-white head.

Aroma is grapefruit citrus and piney hops, but as it warms, some caramel malt comes through. Not a lot, but just enough to foreshadow substance.

The flavor is a moderate but crisp hop bitterness, plus some of the citrus that came through in the aroma. At the outset there is a slight caramel sweetness, but that gives way to a fairly dry finish. Seems very balanced despite the bold hopping. Medium body at most, moderately carbonated, and a dry finish.

Overall, a solid west coast pale ale with a fairly assertive hop presence but still an easy drinking pale ale feel.

hiku7, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap handle only read "Pale Ale," which is apparently the alias for this beer. Bright amber pour with moderate, fluffy head. Nice bittering up front, leaning toward herbal. A touch of fresh hop oil flavor popped in the background. Drank much bigger than the 4.8% abv would suggest. Had I known it was such a session candidate, I probably would have stuck with this for another pint (or two).

Brent, Oct 17, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a very clear, bright golden colour, with a fine body and a pleasantly thick white head that leaves complex lacing. I love the bright, yet light colour of it—it makes it look vibrant and inviting. Yeah.

Nose follows on with this vibe of brightness, with a really lovely crisp citric hoppy nose, layered with sweet-savoury pastry tones and a touch of apricot. It's fruity, but layered and complex. Ooh, yeah. It doesn't break the boundaries or make you question your assumptions about the style, but it's brimming with character and about as good as you can imagine an APA nose being. Awesome.

Taste is a lot lighter, as probably was to be expected, but it continues that nice apricot flavour while not spiking it with any bitterness. Also carried along is the slight pastry character, which is what gives its lightly sweet basis. The back drops out a lot, not giving the pleasant staccato bitterness which would cut it off and round it off nicely—instead, the sweetness sits around and fades away rather limply.

Still, this is a nice APA, and a cracker for such a rather ubiquitous brew, at least around these parts. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 15, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel as though I have been rating beers highly lately. Maybe its just because I have had so many good beers. Had a pint of this on-tap at Sushi Garden.

A - Came to me with a one figer white head and the typical straw color of the beer. Head had nice retention and lacing

S - The smell departement is average for this beer. Has a nice predominantly cirtusy hop smell to it.

T/M - Taste has a bunch of upfront cirusy hops and piney hops that is balanced out with a cereal sweetness on the end. Creamy carbonation goes well. Leaves a slight oiliness on the palate.

O - I think this is another great pale ale. Seems as though I can't go wrong with this style.

uawildcat, Oct 15, 2011
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3.88/5  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.

RJLarse, Sep 26, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a quick disappearing head. Smells like bubblegum.. kind of a sweet aroma. But the taste is not sweet at all.. has a ok mouth feel.. nice hop flavor with out being too bitter.. I don't really like this beer that much... it's not bad or anything... I would just rather drink a Sierra Nevada pale ale.

hoppyweasel311, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a sticky white head and nice lacing.

S: Smells a bit sweet, but there's plenty of citrus and even a few tropical fruit notes. Mild grass with a nice pine note to it as well as a light floral scent. Some bready malt gives a little body.

T: Like the nose, it's a bit sweet, but it works fine for a pale ale. Lots of citrus hops (especially orange and tangerine, a little less grapefruit). Some pine bitterness as well as a little bit of floral character.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I really like this beer, a solid pale ale that I know will pretty much always be good.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the International Beer Shop with thanks to bluebetty for coordinating the order. Poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Pours a hazy orangey-golden colour with a head of off-white coloured foam that measured a finger in height and then reduce to fil pretty quickly. A little bit of lacing as it goes down.

Smells a touch musty, perhaps a little stale and hasn't survived the journey that well. Understandable having crossed half the world and then cross a large country. Aroma is citric, reminding me of orange peel in a nice way.

Tastes like orange peel and grapefruit in a relatively well-worked and consistent combination. Flavours are a not in your face and nor should it be as an APA.

Mouthfeel is really good. A touch creamy, consistent, restrained bitterness throughout. Nice balanced finish has you seeking more. Great body for the size of the beer.

I would not hesitate to go back to this in a flash if i was in the US. This bottle was good, have a feeling it was not that fresh, but still was a good overall beer. Do want to get my hands on a bottle or 6 when i eventually head across to California.

MrKennedy, Sep 03, 2011
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.