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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,307 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 54
Gots: 64 | 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.

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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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hooliganlife

Missouri

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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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
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mjl21

California

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
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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
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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
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fsimcox

California

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
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originalsin

California

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
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portia99

Massachusetts

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
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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
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vacax

California

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
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froghop

Washington

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
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confer

Pennsylvania

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
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jeffjeff1

California

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
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JBmadera

California

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. nice golden color, mellow hop smell and a somewhat sweet/hop taste with the sweetness lingering just a bit. very easy to drink and it feels good in the mouth with some light carbonation. a solid beer for a hot summer afternoon (or morning here in my case).

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 18:05:28 | More by JBmadera
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Firestone Pale 31 poured a very pale gold with a thin short head that dissipated quickly. It looked more like a lager or pils than a pale ale.

The smell was earthy, with hints of pine. The taste started similar to the smell but finished with a sweet maltiness that seemed more English than American IPA. The feel was inconsequential, lacking the bitterness of good pale ale, but paired with the low alcohol level, it was very drinkable.

Firestone Pale 31 looks and feels weak--too pale to be pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:01:51 | More by MetalHopHead6
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BeerDetective

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap during my trip to Monterey, and I think it was the best one I could find on tap. It poured a gold brown, and had a good hoppy nose, that got better as the beer warmed. Taste was nothing spectacular a bit blander than most pale ales I have had, and it was a little thin for a pale ale. Easy drinking though, and more flavorful than the Sierra Nevada. I shall probably have another pint or two this afternoon to confirm my findings.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 16:05:16 | More by BeerDetective
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spointon

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Thanks go out to dgb3 for sending this in a recent trade.

A= This ale poured a very clear golden color (filtered I would say) with a fairly low carbonation release and a 1/2" white head. The head dropped to zero very quickly and did not leave any lacing behind.

S= Though I found the aroma of this beer to be very subtle and clean, I did note some nice West coast grapefruit/pine hops and a honeylike malt sweetness in the background. Like I said though, very subdued.

T= Flavor is where this one started to shine for me. For an American pale ale weighing in under 5% abv, I thought it was very balanced and flavorful. The sweetness of the malt played perfectly against the citrusy hop profile. There was even a light floral character to the hops that added some complexity. Finished dry with a small but pleasant hop aftertaste.

MF= Light bodied with a medium carbonation. Just enough actually to give a bit of crispness on the tongue.

D= Overall, I found this to be a really well made and flavorful ale. Drinkability was extremely high...I could session this one all day and enjoy every minute of it!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 05:17:25 | More by spointon
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BarrelO

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light-medium orange. Quickly fading head leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Caramel-toffeeish malt with a hint of citrusy hops.

T: This is more malt-forward than the typical APA, so it's pretty big on the sweetness up front. The hops become more prominent at the end, leaving a pleasant grapefruity-bitter aftertaste.

M: Not too heavy, decent carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It's everything a pale ale and a session beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 23:57:45 | More by BarrelO
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oxnard111

California

4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Above good beer here. Not quite exceptional, but I truly love this brew. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Light golden. Semi cloudy. Thick foamy head that receded quickly. Soapy think residual layer that stays on top of the beer. Low-medium lacing.

S-Piney, citrus hop smells stand out with a slight floral undertones. Hidden malt smells that barely stand out.

T-Orangey hoppy taste. Very slight sweetness. Malt flavors stand out also. Near even balance of all flavors.

M-Medium thickness. Lower carbonation level.

D-The one thing about this brew that I truly love. Very drinkable. I have easily put back six bottles in a session without feeling bad, full or hung over the next day. Beer can be drunk when wrenching or in social scenes.

Truly tasty APA. I love this brew. Another great Firestone brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 03:47:16 | More by oxnard111
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mostly clear deep golden body beneath a full head of white that gently settles to an average collar, leaving behind some thin sheets of lace.

S: Pale malt, gently citrusy and grassy hops, mild yeasty fruitiness. Pretty basic, but clean.

T: Hop flavors and yeasty fruitiness lay just beneath, or perhaps on, the surface of the golden malt. It's just slightly grainy, and just slightly sweet. The fruit and hop flavors help to liven it - the grapefruit gives it a hint of a raspy edge. A median bitterness supports it, and it's almost too perfectly balanced! It finishes pretty much as it starts, with a smear of lingering gently sweet and grainy malt that's threaded through with hints of fruitiness and hops.

M: Medium bodied and gently crisp and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

D: Drinkability is where this beer shines. There's just enough malt, yeast, and hop to give it some character, but not enough of any one - or all - to make it shine. But it's perfectly balanced and clean and fresh and easily quaffable!!! It's almost like 'American Pale Ale Light' to a certain extent - everything's there, but it's not nearly as full as you might expect. It's easy to drink, and there's certainly some flavor to it, and that keeps me wanting more... wanting to find those hops and malt and bitterness! But I never will, so I'll just have to have another. Pretty nice!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 12:54:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden-copper with a moderate off-white head. Quickly recedes but leaves behind some lacing.

S: Citric hops dominate the aroma profile. Pleasant and subdued.

T: More of the same... but amped up... Very nice, slightly bitter APA... good malt base adding some caramel and bread complexity.

M: Light-medium body. Resinous. Good carbonation.

D: Greatly enjoyed this brew... not quite like the Pale Ale's out here on the east coast. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 01:28:37 | More by callmemickey
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dickroop

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scored a sixer of this west-coast stuff at State Line Liquor - had never heard of it before!

Its color could almost pass for Miller High Life - straw with not much head. The give-aways are that it's hazy, not see-thru and the lacing is promising. The smell is also promising - a little sweet, lots of phenolic hops with some citrus and floral notes, against a faintly earthy backdrop. Mmmm.

Taste does not disappoint. Malt sweetness is very muted, and bitterness appears at the back sides of the tongue right away, gentle but persuasive. There's a topnote of malt, faintly bready or biscuity, but the finish is dry and clean. Mmmm, again.

The mouthfeel is light, there's some chewiness, and some really nice zing that comes from ?? somewhere. Drinkability? This brew is Super-Sessionable! With a 4.8 ABV, this ale is for sustained enjoyment. What a treat. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 21:55:54 | More by dickroop
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beveritt

Ohio

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

Thanks go out to wasatch for this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a nonic of what I assume is this beer, flanked my a bear and a lion holder a banner.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly pure white head. This settles slowly to a still substantial cap leaving behind decent lacing. Nice trail of rings as I drink this.The beer itself is pale yellow with a slight haze. A very fine layer of sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Ever so slight honey sweetness upfront, with light floral notes. A distinct husky grain aroma in the finish.

Taste: Piney, spicy hops upfront. Present, but not overwhelming. Undertones of mildly sweet, caramel and biscuit malts.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as would be appropriate for the style. Body is good.

Drinkability: My first beer from Firestone Walker and a good example of the style. Would I have it again? Absolutely. Will I? Unfortunately, due to distribution limitations, no.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:38:39 | More by beveritt
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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