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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,553 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mfavoino
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled labeled 1/3/12 enjoyed on 3/24/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear and bright gold. A nice fluffy white head recedes after a couple of minutes and the beer yields spotty lacing.

Smell: Distinctly citrus nose with some floral notes as well. Smells like I would expect a California PA to be.

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp orange, citrus flavor. Juicy, but not overwhelming either. A strong caramel malt base balances the beer well. Bitterness is fairly light and the beer finishes off smoothly.

Mouthfeel: Super easy drinking, light and crisp. Very refreshing.

Overall: This will likely be my new go to PA because of how well it's put together. Not mind-blowing or distinct by any means, yet an all together spot on PA.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of output01x
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 01/10/12) into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1- off white head that slowly recedes after a couple minutes to a thin, messy dusting and thing foam ring. The body is a clear orange gold with a decent amount of slow-rising carbonation bubbles. Thin lacing clings to nearly every available surface.

Light and sweet citrus hops aromas bring notes of mandarin oranges and tangerines. A strong caramel malt presence does a great job of balancing the nose.

Like the nose, each sip starts with sweet orange-like citrus flavors. Notes of peaches and tangerines give this Pale Ale a rather unique flavor. Swallowing the beer releases a floral hops flavor that combines well with the citrus flavors. As these fade, a slight grassy bitterness sets in that compliments the rest of the flavors.

The light body is easy-drinking and certainly refreshing. The carbonation is only slightly fizzy, making this beer crisp and easy-swallowed.

Photo of Rocketman8911
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of DM1293
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the Lazy Dog Cafe.

An ordinary light-orangish copper color, this pale ale is pretty light and balanced. Hops are there in the smell and taste, pulling into a citrusy-appley finish. Bitterness is fairly light, and it doesn't linger for long.

A bright refreshing drink.

Photo of mooseo
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear gold brown with a fluffy white head.

S - Bright fruity hops with some light caramel malt notes.

T - Good balance of citrus hops and caramel malt. Some piney and grassy flavors throughout. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Smooth, crisp, light-medium in body. Average carbonation.

O - Solid pale ale. The hop and malt flavors are rather subtle, but work together well. It's just an extremely drinkable and refreshing brew.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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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 falloutsnow
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Colorado, gifted by CE
01/10/12 stamped on bottle, not sure if this is bottled on date
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

Firestone Walker's pale ale uses a solidly American-style pale ale recipe, while partaking of the Burton Union brewing system and one of its owner's penchants for the English pale ale to brew an interesting beer that is definitely an APA (abundant hops, cleanness of taste), with nods to the BPA (malt presence, balance, floral hops at times). With its fairly low ethanol content and more than satisfying taste, this could be an easy choice for a standard go-to APA.

Pours a 2cm head, white in color, which declines in a minute or two to a 0.3cm cap atop the body for a duration of the beer. Leaves modest lacing along sides of glass. Body is a dark golden orange color out of the light, orange-yellow when exposed to sun. Clear and clean looking, with abundant streams of carbonation.

Delicious aroma, mostly from hops, of pineapple, tangerine, assorted other light citrus, faint mango, and just a touch of malt sweetness. Generally all bright scents, and the collection is mouthwatering.

Taste opens with minute malt sweetness that's quickly gobbled up by hop bitterness. Mid-palate brings out the fruit flavors: tangerine, mango, lemon, ripe peach; a nuance of spicy black pepper; all while continuing with bitterness and slight malt sweetness in background. Begins to fade with a flash of bitterness, sudden surprise of floral hops, and a bit of fresh, light malt wort sweetness. Closes out with some residual bitterness and a grainy component. Aftertaste is of lingering bitterness, vegetal "green" component, and some grainy malt.

Fairly light in body, with carbonation high enough to make this foam up gently on the palate. The result is a pillowy mouthfeel, which suits the beer fairly well. Finish is semi-dry.

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of amart79
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear light golden color. Thin head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S - not a ton of aroma but you do get a fresh, light citrusy smell.

T - Very crisp, refreshing taste. A bit hopsy with a little bite towards the end.

M - Carbonation leaves a bit to be desired. Would've liked to feel a little more substance, felt a bit too flat.

O - Overall, I felt it was a good pale ale. Could be better, but definitely not bad.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Bottle date is 1/10/12.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of bright fluffy head. Good carbonation. Sheets of lacing bits.

S: I get really light fruity hops. Over ripe peach. Mango. Citrus is also there. Also some light malts, caramel.

T: This is a very sessionsable beer. Nice hop bitterness but a light bitterness. I get those light fruity hops with a nice welcomed malt backing. It's a perfect light pale ale to drink any time of year.

M: Light bodied leading almost into medium.

O: This is an A pale ale for me. Not up there with Zombie Dust or Headwaters but very good.

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking, near-session weight pale that’s a lot less west coast than I’d expected. Clear amber color with a good sized head, solid retention and lacing. Visibly lively carbonation. Nice aroma that’s more floral than anything else; less citrusy than I anticipated, perhaps why I felt this was less of a west coast IPA-light than I thought I was getting myself into. Taste follows the nose closely, with floral and grassy hops very forward, ample bitterness, and a light grainy malt character beneath.

Carbonation was crisp, body pretty light, and the finish was short and dry. Tasty but not exactly exceptional or memorable for me. Perhaps a little unexciting?

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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