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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,528 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 67
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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 Jstark5150
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Pours a light golden color. There’s a nice, inviting hop aroma to this. It’s sweeter than I remember, with a crisp finish. Not as hoppy as expected—or remembered. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tasty pale ale. But—I almost hate to say it but I prefer the Mission St. Ale over this.

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Brewermeister
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a yellow color with a slight orange hue to it. Head is pretty minimal with slight retention.
Good citrus smell from the hops.
Light to medium body. Great tasting Pale Ale with a crisp clean finish. A great refreshing summer beer and a great example of a pale ale

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Nightrain87
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Had this on 2011-12-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear gold with a 3-finger white head that fades to 1-finger pretty quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Glorious and sweet naval orange flesh, light biscuit and very flowery; almost like a honeysuckle.

T - Pale malt, less orange than the aroma, maybe a touch of stone fruit. It really dries out, somewhat puckering and leaves a bright, tart and reasonably bitter citrus finish.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp but not watery.

O - I like this quite a bit. Similar to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale although with less ABV (and calories), which is pretty impressive. Great session beer.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of areich6
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of spamages
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

Photo of coldriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of airforbes1
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of denver10
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellowish golden with a white head. Aroma is citrus, a touch floral, and light cereal grains Flavor follows suit with the cereal grains giving off a little more sweetness than was found in aroma. A thin, active mouthfeel. overall, solid apa.

Photo of fox227
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mthomas84
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ely2000k
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.