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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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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.

Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of andyschaps
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Wetpaperbag
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.

Photo of jumbopanda
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%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent pale ale, if a bit boring. pours a nice looking honey color crystal clear with a 2 inch white head that lazes around the whole time. smells like a beer, period. flavor is light and citrusy with a crystal and pale malt body. mouthfeel is fine, well carbonated and crisp. good pale ale but nothing special. on the lighter side, very sessionable especially at the low abv

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brez8791
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bkbergen
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of riored4v
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass. Thin, white head that faded quick. Clear, copper colored body.

Aroma had some great citrus and floral hop notes. Good amount of malty sweetness with a touch of caramel.

Taste was very good. Great balance of hop and malt. Good malt sweetness with some notes of caramel and a biscuit. Good amount of citrus and floral hop flavor. Nice lingering, grapefruit-like bitterness. Very tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with a medium carb. Crisp finish.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. Good west coast styled pale ale. Great maltiness with a definite hop profile.

Photo of largefarva
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GNWBC
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great brew to session with your boys on a warm summer night.
A: pours a golden orange with a thin white head and minimal lacing

S: lots of orange, little spice and floral hop notes

T: just like it smells, mild orange and honey, nice hop bite to it

M: goes down pretty clean, doesn't leave that funky hop resin that gives you cottonmouth.

OA: good PA pretty tame but thats not a bad thing, like i said i would gladly session with this during the summer.

Photo of TimCasby
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Jtthegreat
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of rtaps
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden orange with a slight haziness to it. Its a rather light smell, but completely hop heavy. The taste is as it smells, a good fresh hop character, lots of dry hops create a pungent taste and bold aroma. This beer has perfect carbonation and really has a good feel to it. It is a masterfully balanced pale, really hoppy but enough hidden malts to not over run the beer with bitterness.

This is an excellent pale ale, in fact, its one of the best I have ever had. Its on par with Stone's Pale ale, which is a beer I cant help to compare hoppy pale ales to. This beer is excellent and I wish Firestone was in my area but sadly, I enjoyed this beer in Utah.

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