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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,497 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,497
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002)
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Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ddot for the nice extra.

12oz. Stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pretty standard amber with perfect clarity. About 2 fingers worth of white head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Decent hop aroma with a healthy dose of saaz. Crisp, clean cereal grains.

T/M: Bitterness level is a bit weak even for a PA. Decent citrus flavor with some grassy flavor notes and light spicy notes. Malts are crisp and clean with a nice sweetness line. Decent carbonation with a medium body.

D: Low ABV and drinks pretty easy. Nothing too stand out, though.

Photo of kpoole25
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good example of an American pale ale that goes for balance rather than power. Very drinkable. 12 oz bottle to glass. Dark yellow to orange color, soap suds head. Smell is pine and citrus hops. Taste is well balanced between malt and hops, not too bitter, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

Photo of microbrew52
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours bright yellow with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light pale and malty scent along with mild hop aroma and a light oak barrel presence. The aroma is quite complex and highly enticing. The taste is decent. It has a thin pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with a nice hoppy aftertaste. The barrel taste really covers up the simple, yet refreshing pale malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine pale ale.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz, from augustgarage in a trade. Thanks!

A- Clean, clear, golden, nice if quickly-fading head, little lacing.

S- Floral hops, light, but nice. Good for a pale ale.

T- Really good hops, a very tasty pale ale. Crisp, clean, floral and citrus (tangerine and orange) hops are the star of the show. Light, but assertive.

M- Crisp, clean, tasty, fantastic.

D- High. Sessionable. This is one of the best pales I've ever had, I'd buy this on the regular if it was in my distribution circle. Very great beer. You can have flavor without going overboard! Amazing beer!

Photo of deruiz10
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - One-finger head is white and leaves scant lacing. Pour is a hazy honey color with mild effervescence.

S - Sweet citrus and strawberries with some mildly spicy hops.

T - Sweet citrus, hints of strawberries, and lots of hops with moderate bite. Aftertaste has a lingering hop bitterness and some biscuity sweetness.

M - Fairly full carbonation and a light body, pretty slick.

D - Very tasty and low in alcohol, I could suck down a bunch of these in a row. Great overall.

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear dark golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Frothy 2 finger white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Sweet citrusy hop aroma with nice butterscotch malty presence and earthy grassy notes. Interesting combination of sweet lemon peel/grapefruit citrus along with butterscotch like biscuity malt and earthy grassy straw notes.

Pretty hop forward for a pale ale with a prominent dry earthy pine presence that's complimented by a sweet citrus lemongrass/grapefruit character. The malt backbone is a lot stronger than I expected in a west coast beer but provides excellent balance. Hints of caramel, butterscotch and biscuit. More dry bitter earthy hops and citrus sweetness in the dry finish.

Photo of donniecuffs
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At The Blind Tiger, NYC: hopefully I'm reviewing the correct beer, as the beer I had was 'Firestone Walker Nectar Pale Ale', but I don't see anything else on the list that resembles what I had. Anyway, this beer poured orange copper with a very thin white head and spotty lacing. The aroma was dominated by pine, with only feint hints of grass, lemon, and yellow grapefruit. The flavor was a nicely balanced mix of piney hops and malt throughout, with a smooth finish. Nice carbonated mouthfeel makes for a good session pale ale, but if this beer had a more varied flavor profile (e.g. more than just pine), it would be fantastic.

Photo of koopa
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey blond translucent body with a small off white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves swirls of lace.

Smell: Tea, grass, herbal hops, slight touch of lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Like drinking a carbonated glass of sun tea with a nice english hop profile. Earthy!

Mouthfeel: Thin but with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down like water. Super pale malty and earthy hoppy water. Totally sessionable but the flavor profile isn't to my liking enough to give it a 5.0 in this dept.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was not impressed with this beer. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and hazy. Carbonation is low, a thin white, broken head floats around on top clinging to the glass, leaving almost no lacing.

This beer has almost a sweet / plastic aroma to it. There are some hops in there but more than that there is just this sweet candy like aroma. I don't smell the malt. Maybe buttery. I'm not sure what's going to happen.

Beer is medium body, so that's good. The flavors are mild and understated, which is fine. The sweetness I smelled is present in the beer, for sure. There isn't a lot of bitterness, no aftertaste, I'm not sure how the different flavors are playing together, they all seem disconnected. Drinkability is fine so is mouthfeel.

Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Golden poppy body with amber and old gold highlights. Brilliant clarity. Decent ivory head forms a subtly rolling landscape with good lacing.

Herbal/floral hops and pale malt lead the aromatics - reminds me of a pilsner at first. Mild fruit, pepper, and grass - with a little pine. Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops create a crisp profile without dominating the nose.

Lemon, cilantro, and pine on the palate. Flavor is a bit sharp and lager-ish, though the variety of malts helps add balance and interest (though not quite complexity). The finish is dry and very slightly toasty though a pervasive low-level bitterness persists.

Light bodied and well carbonated which further emphasizes the hops.

Very thirst quenching, and sessionable - reminds me more of NW pale ales rather than those from NorCal...I like this more than Sierra Nevada, though I'd rather have a Mirror Pond given the option.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy citrus aroma.

Juicy from the firm semi-sweet foundation on. Juicy fruits gush through your teeth, leading to a tasty mild bitter bite at the swallow. Light citrus aftertaste tingles briefly.

Soft all purpose mouthfeel.

Superb drinkability.

A great example of west coast pale ale.

Photo of ybnorml
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean yellow beer with a small white head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass as you drink. Has a nice light prickly, piney hop aroma with a promising malt note in the background. The flavor starts with a light tea like bitterness. Followed by a smooth biscuit malt note. The finish delivers the piney hop character advertised in the aroma. A nice beer.thanks john

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of four beers in a flight that I had and the others may have been a bit overpowering to really enjoy this beer but in general I liked it a lot. Great golden color, good aroma, mouthfeel and flavor were very good and the low abv makes it very sessionable.

Photo of berley31
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured very nice with a large, white head that diminished to around 1/2-finger size. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark orange color, and clear.

S: Nice aroma of average-to-heavy hops, heavy on the pine, with some citrus present as well.

T: Mild hoppy flavor, with some citrus and pine present too. A little watery with a short duration for an APA, but understandable at an ABV of 4.8%. Still quite enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with a creamy texture, and lively carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink with quite a good flavor and excellent appearance... the perfect session APA.

Photo of californiakulak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew in my kegerator. Poured into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Golden with a fluffy white head. A little cloudy.

S. Very good smell. Citrus hops and possibly a little honey.

T. The hops stand out on this one. Lots of citrus notes (orange? grapefruit?) as well as a some malty flavors. Very balanced.

M. Bitter hops and perhaps a little bit of an oily texture.

D. At about 4.6% abv this one is very drinkable. That is why I had it in my kegerator. You can drink many of these a day without damaging the liver too much.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of ffejherb
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into half pint on 10/19/09.

A - Poured a hazy pale golden body with thin, bubbly off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and spotty lace.

S - Sweet and fruity with apparent citrus notes suggesting orange pulp. Sweet caramel malt provides adequate balance.

T - Citrusy hops with a subtle orange rind character backed by sweet caramel malt. Finish is slightly medicinal.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Sweet with minimal hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Not a bad pale ale, although I found this to be sweeter than hoppier overall. Decent enough, but nothing to rave about.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a light golden color with small head that dissapates. Nose of very subtle hops. Tastes is hoppy that's not too overpowering, keeps in balance overall. Some subtle floral and pine notes. Extremely drinkable and tasty, dangerously good! One great Pale! A perfect example of a West Coast Pale!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is light pale and clear. little head and little retention.

light floral and citrus with a touch of biscuit. slight sweetness like candied fruit

light malts with a big pine bitterness. mixed in between is a slight citrus kick. malts mainly come alive in the finish.

a bit too carbonated for a pale ale but an easy drinking indeed

overall, a great pale ale with a great california flavor. i dig this, big time.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep gold with a nice wheat head.

S: Plenty of hops for the style with some mild sweetness.

T: Slightly sweet malt with some citrus/grapefruit hops.

M: Medium bodied and well-carbonated.

D: Quite good in this department. A nice, low abv beer with plenty of hops--my definition of great session-style drinkability.

Photo of mjl21
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Antica in Mill Valley. Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. No abv info given.

A-Pours a clear golden amber with a 3/4 finger white head that has some respectable staying power. Lots of active bubbles can be seen and it has good lace.

S-Quite subdued at first. I get some bread and a touch of citrus. As it warms the citrus, particularly orange, hop character begins to really shine. It also picks up on some sweet malt as it sits in the glass.

T-The bread flavor is apparent early. It is quite crisp and has a little hint of sweet malt mid-palate. The citrus really hits at the end resulting in a little bitterness level.

M-Lighter bodied and crisply carbonated.

D-Very refreshing beer that is not heavy and low in abv.

This seemed to be a very fresh keg and it was full of citrus kick. It was consumed on a warm summer's night and it hit the spot.

Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. bright orangy yellow, full fluffy white head, good lacing

S. appetizing whiffs of sweet clover like hops and malt, slight lemon

T. excellent balance of floral hops and sweet malts, hints of lemon

M. light bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, semi dry

D. fantastic refreshing brew, perfect flavor profile

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit before I get into the review I am becoming more a fan of well-balanced, well crafted brews. This to me is one of those beers - not to say it is for everyone, just an all around well made beer to me.
I picked this bottle up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled in a mug.

A - A beautiful honey amber w/ 2 1/2 fingers of rocky glistening ecru w/ a very fine bead. The clarity is refulgent and the carbonation visibly rises toward the head.

S - A woody, earthy green hop aroma w/ subtle stone fruit essence. Hints of grapefruit and floral accents are present w/ mild malt in the back

M - A balance of fruity sweet and acidity w/ moderate carbonation and a spicy middle. The ale finishes more on the bitter side, but still retains a mild malt sweetness

T - A light citrus note leads to a light sweet malt w/ a gentle biscuit tinge. More lemony hops w/ mild orange similar to a meyer lemon. More spice from the hops as it opens up w/ a zesty sweet taste and the semi dry finish has moderate bitterness.

D - A great pale ale w/ plenty of hop flavor, citrus and still mostly balanced - perhaps one of the best I've had.

Photo of fsimcox
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a nice clear slightly amber straw color. White foamy head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

Smells of fruity hops, hints of citrus.

Taste is crisp, with hops, finishes dry with a little sour/bitter note.

Mouthfeel is good. A little more carbonation is noticed

This beer is plentiful in central Cali. 4.8% abv makes this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of originalsin
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've avoided drinking this for too long now--Been staring me in the eyes from the shelves, often with a discount sticker. Got this 6 pack on the cheap at a local Ralphs. Pours a transparent honey amber with about a quarter inch of white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Pretty typical looking pale ale. Nothing stands out here.

Smell is of caramel malt and some light citrus hops. Taste doesn't diverge much. Big on the caramel and bready malts. A bit too malty for a pale ale for me with next to no hop bitterness and little hop flavor coming through. Oh well. The mouthfeel is relatively light. All of the above make for a decently drinkable pale ale.

Not necessarily something I'll be drinking again any time soon--far too many better examples of the style for me. I expected a bit more from a company with a "passion for the pale". But that's alright, it's a well crafted pale ale nonetheless. Just no my favorite. Cheers.

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with Wasatch - thanks John. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Beautiful, clear and pale golden color. Minimal loose bubbled, white head - disappears rapidly into a collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity and sweet in aroma. Candy and caramel sweetness...fruity hops. Smells like this one is going to balance on the malty side.

T - Sweet and bready malt dominate this one's flavor. Hop bitterness is minimal, hop flavor is fruity and has just a tinge of citrus. Flavors are all subdued and blend well together. Light and refreshing.

M - Thin in body, carbonation is light, but adequate. Smooth and creamy feeling. Has a light and easy drinking feel to it.

D - These are quite poundable for a craft beer. Alcohol is low at 4.8%, flavors are smooth and well rounded, and not at all powerful. Everything is on the reserved side, but blend together well to create a nic, well rounded beer. Great lawnmower beer.

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,497 ratings.