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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,317 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,317
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 54
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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 corby112


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear dark golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Frothy 2 finger white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Sweet citrusy hop aroma with nice butterscotch malty presence and earthy grassy notes. Interesting combination of sweet lemon peel/grapefruit citrus along with butterscotch like biscuity malt and earthy grassy straw notes.

Pretty hop forward for a pale ale with a prominent dry earthy pine presence that's complimented by a sweet citrus lemongrass/grapefruit character. The malt backbone is a lot stronger than I expected in a west coast beer but provides excellent balance. Hints of caramel, butterscotch and biscuit. More dry bitter earthy hops and citrus sweetness in the dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 07:07:29 | More by corby112
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At The Blind Tiger, NYC: hopefully I'm reviewing the correct beer, as the beer I had was 'Firestone Walker Nectar Pale Ale', but I don't see anything else on the list that resembles what I had. Anyway, this beer poured orange copper with a very thin white head and spotty lacing. The aroma was dominated by pine, with only feint hints of grass, lemon, and yellow grapefruit. The flavor was a nicely balanced mix of piney hops and malt throughout, with a smooth finish. Nice carbonated mouthfeel makes for a good session pale ale, but if this beer had a more varied flavor profile (e.g. more than just pine), it would be fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 03:08:35 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey blond translucent body with a small off white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves swirls of lace.

Smell: Tea, grass, herbal hops, slight touch of lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Like drinking a carbonated glass of sun tea with a nice english hop profile. Earthy!

Mouthfeel: Thin but with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down like water. Super pale malty and earthy hoppy water. Totally sessionable but the flavor profile isn't to my liking enough to give it a 5.0 in this dept.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 00:23:22 | More by koopa
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not impressed with this beer. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and hazy. Carbonation is low, a thin white, broken head floats around on top clinging to the glass, leaving almost no lacing.

This beer has almost a sweet / plastic aroma to it. There are some hops in there but more than that there is just this sweet candy like aroma. I don't smell the malt. Maybe buttery. I'm not sure what's going to happen.

Beer is medium body, so that's good. The flavors are mild and understated, which is fine. The sweetness I smelled is present in the beer, for sure. There isn't a lot of bitterness, no aftertaste, I'm not sure how the different flavors are playing together, they all seem disconnected. Drinkability is fine so is mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 21:03:31 | More by drabmuh
Photo of augustgarage


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Golden poppy body with amber and old gold highlights. Brilliant clarity. Decent ivory head forms a subtly rolling landscape with good lacing.

Herbal/floral hops and pale malt lead the aromatics - reminds me of a pilsner at first. Mild fruit, pepper, and grass - with a little pine. Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops create a crisp profile without dominating the nose.

Lemon, cilantro, and pine on the palate. Flavor is a bit sharp and lager-ish, though the variety of malts helps add balance and interest (though not quite complexity). The finish is dry and very slightly toasty though a pervasive low-level bitterness persists.

Light bodied and well carbonated which further emphasizes the hops.

Very thirst quenching, and sessionable - reminds me more of NW pale ales rather than those from NorCal...I like this more than Sierra Nevada, though I'd rather have a Mirror Pond given the option.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 22:49:52 | More by augustgarage
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy citrus aroma.

Juicy from the firm semi-sweet foundation on. Juicy fruits gush through your teeth, leading to a tasty mild bitter bite at the swallow. Light citrus aftertaste tingles briefly.

Soft all purpose mouthfeel.

Superb drinkability.

A great example of west coast pale ale.

Serving type: cask

11-23-2009 06:26:58 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean yellow beer with a small white head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass as you drink. Has a nice light prickly, piney hop aroma with a promising malt note in the background. The flavor starts with a light tea like bitterness. Followed by a smooth biscuit malt note. The finish delivers the piney hop character advertised in the aroma. A nice beer.thanks john

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:10:36 | More by ybnorml
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of four beers in a flight that I had and the others may have been a bit overpowering to really enjoy this beer but in general I liked it a lot. Great golden color, good aroma, mouthfeel and flavor were very good and the low abv makes it very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 01:53:02 | More by david18
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured very nice with a large, white head that diminished to around 1/2-finger size. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark orange color, and clear.

S: Nice aroma of average-to-heavy hops, heavy on the pine, with some citrus present as well.

T: Mild hoppy flavor, with some citrus and pine present too. A little watery with a short duration for an APA, but understandable at an ABV of 4.8%. Still quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with a creamy texture, and lively carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink with quite a good flavor and excellent appearance... the perfect session APA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 20:09:06 | More by berley31
Photo of californiakulak


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew in my kegerator. Poured into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Golden with a fluffy white head. A little cloudy.

S. Very good smell. Citrus hops and possibly a little honey.

T. The hops stand out on this one. Lots of citrus notes (orange? grapefruit?) as well as a some malty flavors. Very balanced.

M. Bitter hops and perhaps a little bit of an oily texture.

D. At about 4.6% abv this one is very drinkable. That is why I had it in my kegerator. You can drink many of these a day without damaging the liver too much.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2009 04:11:55 | More by californiakulak
Photo of ffejherb


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into half pint on 10/19/09.

A - Poured a hazy pale golden body with thin, bubbly off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and spotty lace.

S - Sweet and fruity with apparent citrus notes suggesting orange pulp. Sweet caramel malt provides adequate balance.

T - Citrusy hops with a subtle orange rind character backed by sweet caramel malt. Finish is slightly medicinal.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Sweet with minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Not a bad pale ale, although I found this to be sweeter than hoppier overall. Decent enough, but nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 19:52:10 | More by ffejherb
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a light golden color with small head that dissapates. Nose of very subtle hops. Tastes is hoppy that's not too overpowering, keeps in balance overall. Some subtle floral and pine notes. Extremely drinkable and tasty, dangerously good! One great Pale! A perfect example of a West Coast Pale!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 01:31:58 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of hooliganlife


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is light pale and clear. little head and little retention.

light floral and citrus with a touch of biscuit. slight sweetness like candied fruit

light malts with a big pine bitterness. mixed in between is a slight citrus kick. malts mainly come alive in the finish.

a bit too carbonated for a pale ale but an easy drinking indeed

overall, a great pale ale with a great california flavor. i dig this, big time.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 22:18:49 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Thorpe429


4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep gold with a nice wheat head.

S: Plenty of hops for the style with some mild sweetness.

T: Slightly sweet malt with some citrus/grapefruit hops.

M: Medium bodied and well-carbonated.

D: Quite good in this department. A nice, low abv beer with plenty of hops--my definition of great session-style drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 15:18:17 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of mjl21


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Antica in Mill Valley. Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. No abv info given.

A-Pours a clear golden amber with a 3/4 finger white head that has some respectable staying power. Lots of active bubbles can be seen and it has good lace.

S-Quite subdued at first. I get some bread and a touch of citrus. As it warms the citrus, particularly orange, hop character begins to really shine. It also picks up on some sweet malt as it sits in the glass.

T-The bread flavor is apparent early. It is quite crisp and has a little hint of sweet malt mid-palate. The citrus really hits at the end resulting in a little bitterness level.

M-Lighter bodied and crisply carbonated.

D-Very refreshing beer that is not heavy and low in abv.

This seemed to be a very fresh keg and it was full of citrus kick. It was consumed on a warm summer's night and it hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 22:55:53 | More by mjl21
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. bright orangy yellow, full fluffy white head, good lacing

S. appetizing whiffs of sweet clover like hops and malt, slight lemon

T. excellent balance of floral hops and sweet malts, hints of lemon

M. light bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, semi dry

D. fantastic refreshing brew, perfect flavor profile

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:17:38 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Slatetank


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit before I get into the review I am becoming more a fan of well-balanced, well crafted brews. This to me is one of those beers - not to say it is for everyone, just an all around well made beer to me.
I picked this bottle up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled in a mug.

A - A beautiful honey amber w/ 2 1/2 fingers of rocky glistening ecru w/ a very fine bead. The clarity is refulgent and the carbonation visibly rises toward the head.

S - A woody, earthy green hop aroma w/ subtle stone fruit essence. Hints of grapefruit and floral accents are present w/ mild malt in the back

M - A balance of fruity sweet and acidity w/ moderate carbonation and a spicy middle. The ale finishes more on the bitter side, but still retains a mild malt sweetness

T - A light citrus note leads to a light sweet malt w/ a gentle biscuit tinge. More lemony hops w/ mild orange similar to a meyer lemon. More spice from the hops as it opens up w/ a zesty sweet taste and the semi dry finish has moderate bitterness.

D - A great pale ale w/ plenty of hop flavor, citrus and still mostly balanced - perhaps one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:37:06 | More by Slatetank
Photo of fsimcox


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice clear slightly amber straw color. White foamy head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

Smells of fruity hops, hints of citrus.

Taste is crisp, with hops, finishes dry with a little sour/bitter note.

Mouthfeel is good. A little more carbonation is noticed

This beer is plentiful in central Cali. 4.8% abv makes this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 21:09:41 | More by fsimcox
Photo of originalsin


3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've avoided drinking this for too long now--Been staring me in the eyes from the shelves, often with a discount sticker. Got this 6 pack on the cheap at a local Ralphs. Pours a transparent honey amber with about a quarter inch of white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Pretty typical looking pale ale. Nothing stands out here.

Smell is of caramel malt and some light citrus hops. Taste doesn't diverge much. Big on the caramel and bready malts. A bit too malty for a pale ale for me with next to no hop bitterness and little hop flavor coming through. Oh well. The mouthfeel is relatively light. All of the above make for a decently drinkable pale ale.

Not necessarily something I'll be drinking again any time soon--far too many better examples of the style for me. I expected a bit more from a company with a "passion for the pale". But that's alright, it's a well crafted pale ale nonetheless. Just no my favorite. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 00:26:42 | More by originalsin
Photo of portia99


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with Wasatch - thanks John. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Beautiful, clear and pale golden color. Minimal loose bubbled, white head - disappears rapidly into a collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity and sweet in aroma. Candy and caramel sweetness...fruity hops. Smells like this one is going to balance on the malty side.

T - Sweet and bready malt dominate this one's flavor. Hop bitterness is minimal, hop flavor is fruity and has just a tinge of citrus. Flavors are all subdued and blend well together. Light and refreshing.

M - Thin in body, carbonation is light, but adequate. Smooth and creamy feeling. Has a light and easy drinking feel to it.

D - These are quite poundable for a craft beer. Alcohol is low at 4.8%, flavors are smooth and well rounded, and not at all powerful. Everything is on the reserved side, but blend together well to create a nic, well rounded beer. Great lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 21:41:47 | More by portia99
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker- Pale 31

A- Bright yellow orange with a thick frothy head and thick lacing.
S- Light caramel/ butter malt. Lemony citrus with a touch of pine.
T- Sweet buttery caramel/ butterscotch with lemon citrus and a light touch of pine hops.
M- Buttery sweet and smooth with a nice touch of citrus and pine hops.

Overall- Creamy smooth and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 23:30:30 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of vacax


4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Firestone Walker "Passion for the Pale" logo pint glass.

Pours a pale gold with a one-finger moderate dense head. Fair retention and lacing. Fragrant with earthy hops with apples and some citrus and a bit of caramel malts. Taste is primarily full of earthy hops with a bit of pine, moderately bitter with some caramel malt balance. Clear hop flavors in this pale ale, malt balanced without being too sweet or heavy. Medium body and a lively feeling medium carbonation makes for very nice swigging. I do like the hop flavors here and the good mouthfeel make drinking this one effortless.

Though not as common as the Double Barrel Ale, this is often a proper choice in an otherwise bleak grocery store environment. I snag a six pack of this one when I find it on sale. Recommended for an everyday pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 05:22:37 | More by vacax
Photo of froghop


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:03:55 | More by froghop
Photo of confer


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer at a gas station in California. We got back on the highway heading North and within 1/2 mile saw the brewery. No time to stop unfortunately.

A- Crystal clear and a gold. It comes with a thick foamy head that hangs around for a while.

S- Smells like a sugar covered pine tree.

T- The piney taste starts slow and builds, but never gets too strong.

M- Smooth and low on carbonation.

D- They called this a California Pale Ale. It is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 18:23:23 | More by confer
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an ok pale ale. I have had better before.

Appearance- amber color

Smell- sweet, malt

Taste- hops, sweet

Mouthfell- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- ok might drink it again, had it at a bar in Morro Bay, not tto bad would drink it again

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 03:55:25 | More by jeffjeff1
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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