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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

1,568 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,568
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: 1,568 | Reviews: 496
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.

Photo of Swervine44
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of slim24
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BigMike
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%

Photo of DocJitsu
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, both on tap and in the bottle. It has never tasted the same each time. Fortunately, this time (out of the tap), it suited my taste better than any other. It pours a beautiful golden color with a distinct citrus bouquet. No head at all, but this is likely the bar tender's choice in the way she poured to fit as much beer in the pint as possible. An easily discernible citrus up front with an alternating citrus and less present pine at the finish. A well-balanced grain and hop concoction. An excellent example of a pale ale. A competitor for Sierra Nevada as a go to, quintessential American pale ale.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with amazing clarity, forms a fluffy nice white head two fingers high that recedes quickly into a clump of spotty white. Very spotty delicate lacing on the glass.

Strong smell of bread and cereal grain with residual sweetness. Raw and balanced with a tail end grass and pine note.

Bready, with a touch of caramel and grassy sugarcane, very well balanced with a twinge of pine and straw. Simple and pleasant, lifts nicely from the palate with a slight bitterness.

Full bodied and balanced drinks like an amber with more bitter undertones and a pleasant dryness as it lifts from the palate. Pleasant carbonation, stirs up the flavor well.

Well crafted pale, exceptional balance, albeit very simple and mild. Very drinkable, a good craft entry beer.

Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Firestone Pale Ale: The deep auburn color is dark for a pale ale, but the brew is perfectly clear. A thick white and pillowy head forms on top, and lasts. A hoppy aroma is present. The flavor lacks any big malt, so the hops come through from start to finish. The finish is lean. This is a very drinkable beer, visually aesthetic, decent in an unassuming way.

Note: My bottle did not have a 31 on it, it just said Pale.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Gatch
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper in color with a frothy, white head that builds and dies quickly. Little head retention and no lace.

S: Mostly malt. Not much here.

T: Malty goodness with a solid hop backbone. Balanced.

M: Moderate, noticeable carbonation. Easy to drink and tasty.

O: A middle-of-the-pack PA.

Photo of tony223366
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: About 1 finger of white fluffy head. Awesome lacing. Golden/orange color with crystal clear clarity. Makes up for the lack of head. Lots of action from carbonation.

S: Delicious citrus aroma jumps out and tells me to jump in. Caramel malts are also present and smell great. Some breadiness exists in this beer too. Nice juicy fruits too.

T: Great citrus flavors up front. Malts come off as a breadiness and caramel. There's a nice juiciness too. Finish is mostly clean but has a bitter finish.

M: Great carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. I think it's a touch thin though.

O: Very drinkable pale. Light and refreshing. Great citrus and juicy hops. For a low abv pale it has good complexity. I recognize it's very good but I'm not in love with it. I'd always reach for a Dale's instead. Above average though.

Photo of Omer4176
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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