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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

1,470 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,470
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of Nugganooch
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle dated 11/16/11
*Notes from yesterday - Been putting quite a few of these down lately so figure time to give it a review.

A: Pours a very clear and effervescent burnished gold hue. Thin white bubbly cap. Other vigorous pours have yielded much more. Some light trackings of lace.

S: Smell is bright pines up front. Nice stone fruit accents like peach and apricot. Coupled with some citrus and grapefruit aromas. Light pale malt. Surprisingly great aroma here.

T: Tastes of grapefruit flesh, peaches, and prickly pine resins. Has a spike of bitterness right at mid-palate. Layered on a slight sweet and bready graham cracker maltiness. Very light , hoppy, and refreshing. Sessionable and well done.

M: Real light in body. Slight creamy texture. Great carbonation. Dry crisp puckering finish.

D: Total sessions time with this light hoppy refreshing Pale Ale. Really nicely balanced and well crafted.

Eerily close to the Trader Joes Mission St. Pale Ale???? Dun Dun Dunnn

Nugganooch, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle into a Dark Horse Pint Glass. This bottle is almost 3 months old and just came in to Philly, so im not sure if FS is up to snuff on shipping out fresh pale, i will review as is.

Firestone Pale Ale comes into the glass a whistling golden slight copperish color with a nice amount of white suds up top leaving nice streaks. Smell is very citrusy and biscuit malt forward, a nice breadiness comes up. Taste takes a backseat from the scent. Flavors include biscuits from the pale malt, light pine over citrus from the hops. Feel is light and refreshing though with spot on carb. Finishes clean as can be. I drank this very quick and I hope to god FS sends very fresh stuff by the time summer comes around.

BARFLYB, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of areich6
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

areich6, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of spamages
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

spamages, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of coldriver
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber with sufficient head and lacing. Grapefruit and berry aroma. Taste is subdued tart blackberries, caramel, and grapefruit. Light mouthfeel, rather thin. Overall a decent beer, certainly sessionable but not something I'd typically keep stocked in the fridge.

coldriver, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden amber color with a medium size head. The foamy cap is fairly dense and has a tan color. Carbonation is medium to weak. This is quite a pale pale ale. This beer does not lack for aromatics. The hop bouquet is big and bright with aromas of grass floral and pine. Malts are understated and weak. Flavor finds a nice hoppy ale, just right I think for a pale ale. Malts and hops balance nicely with a godd biscuit malt finish. Unfortunately on the palette the beer presents itself as watery and rather weak. Its smooth with a semi-dry finish.
This is a California style APA and I couldn't find any info about that style. Maybe a hoppy steam beer. I thought this beer pretty good even with the lighter taste, could be a session or yard beer perhaps.

micromaniac129, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

crobinso, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of airforbes1
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light orange color with fizzy effervescenc; the bubbles remind me of sparkling wine.

The aroma is dominated by hops...I smell grass and grapefruit. I'm expecting this to be a hop-forward pale ale like Sierra Nevada's.

The taste is better balanced than I expected. The hops are more piney than grassy with a mild grapefruit sensation. The finish is pretty watery, however.

For me, this beer is a tweener. It tries to be hoppy like an APA but also tries to be smooth and highly drinkable like an English pale ale. It's tasty, but if I wanted something more hop-forward I'd go with SNPA or Liberty Ale, and if I wanted something smoother or more sessionable I'd go with an English-style pale pale.

airforbes1, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of denver10
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

4: Bright, yellow with a tint of orange to it. Minimal head with slight retention.

S: Strong citrus rind smell that I associate with pale ales. Carries.

T: Taste follows the nose pretty well, a little more umph to the flavor, which I think is coming from the nice layer of malt, than the typical pale ale which I totally appreciate. Refreshing to boot.

M: Creamy and nice medium body to it.

O: Solid beer but this one does nothing for me.

denver10, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of fox227
3/5  rDev -21.9%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mthomas84
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

mthomas84, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ely2000k
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I like this beer. It's fairly easy to drink, and thought it is 4.8% alcohol, it has a good bite of bitterness to it, and the hop profile is more in vein of an IPA, though probably more drinkable to the average beer drinker. I think beers like this are really important for the craft beer market... a mid priced 6 pack, that is quite drinkable, and could possibly win over some drinkers of more commercial beers. Taste wise I feel like this tastes like a very mild IPA, and because I love IPAs, I think this is a great introduction to stronger and more hopped up beers.

ely2000k, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

eeggles, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Rollzroyce21, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

maltlikker, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

leprakhan, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

lballstar, Dec 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

tbeq00, Dec 07, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

mhaugo, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

SpenceLillywhite, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

twelveinches, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

ksherry112, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DONA812, Nov 28, 2011
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,470 ratings.