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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

1,553 Ratings
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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Photo of dorf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/17/12

Appearance: Clear, dark gold - fizzy white head that keeps a wispy cap, streaks of lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy - floral citrus, with some pine and tropical notes - orange and grapefruit, with a touch of pineapple - pale, grainy malts underneath, and a mild sweetness

Taste: Mild yet tasty - floral citrus - orange and tangerine, mostly flesh, a hint of zest, a touch of pith - some pine and some tropical flavors - pale malts, sweet grains, provide a nice base - on the sweet side, but not overly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, very smooth, very clean, nicely carbonated

Overall: Remarkably solid

I am actually surprised at how much I like this beer. The hops in this beer are unlike anything I've encountered from Firestone Walker, and I approve. I hope this starts to show up on the East Coast because I would drink this often.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: Yellow with good clarity and a finger of white foam.

S: Tangerine and grapefruit balanced by biscuit and bready malts. Lightly sweet with soft floral aromatics. Gives the impression of balance.

T: Upper low level of bitterness with a light and ephemeral malt sweetness. Biscuity and grainy with tangerine and orange flesh. Smooth crisp and dry finish.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A highly drinkable balanced Pale Ale. Expertly brewed, but I prefer them a bit hoppier.

Photo of SargeC
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, this has a small off-white head steadily thinning to thin ring & wisps.

Aroma is grapefruit, orange, bread crust, fruit candy. Very much a West Coast pale ale, but a good example, nicely balanced, well-rounded.

Taste is nice dryish orange-bread crust with spicy peppery citrusy bitterness, jammy citrus and spicy bitterness. It’s nice, well-made and nicely integrated as Firestone Walker beers seem always to be, but not great, and a bit to utterly “west coast” for my tastes.

Photo of tizride
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JasonB
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of goosewhisperer
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of theempire
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being spoiled on the Central Coast, I must say that this a lighter, sessionable Pale Ale that is absolutely fabulous!

Is it the best Pale Ale in all creation? mmm?....even though it took a Gold at the GABF a few years back? its great!

get it on tap in Paso Robles or Buellton and see what's up....most people (9 out of 10) choose FW's DBA over Pale 31...its not a hop head's dream...its much more subtle than that...

I guess I am the exception....Pale 31 has a complexity that Mission St. Pale Ale lacks (perhaps its the DBA blended in?)....

This is delicious for days....bottle is good, on tap is the best!


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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden orange with a white, finger width head. Decent retention, leaving behind a thin but consistent lacing.

Smell - Sweet, malty aroma. Hints of orange and peach, slight caramel and a touch of pine.

Taste - Hops are most noticeable on the tongue; pine and slightly citric. Malts are bready with a faint note of caramel, and are firmly entrenched behind the hop notes. Finishes a touch sweet and a moderate citrus twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium, slightly malty body. Carbonation leads to a nice, crisp bite.

Overall - A pretty solid Pale Ale. Well balanced, though a bit safe. Nothing here that makes the brew stand out, but it's a quality all-around product.

Photo of pandatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MikeDre
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light orange/straw with a fluffy white head that lingers.

Smells of light/tropical fruit mixed with dank pine and some barrel/oak character.

Tastes of pine and lighter pitted fruit up front before going into more pine and astringent middle before ended on a floral/soapy/pine ending with slightest hints of oak barrel.

Light body and medium to high carbonation works well enough.

This pale ale really benefits from the barrel characteristics as they make it subtly complex as it warms. Big, interesting hop character, dry, and my current favorite pale ale. Fantastic.

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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