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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,569 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,569
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 136 | 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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Ratings: 1,569 | Reviews: 496
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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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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