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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,532 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,532
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 68
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 theghost3
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent, light copper with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

The smell is grapefruity hops with a hint of honey. Flavor is grapefruit and herbal hops with a slight sour bready character. Somewhat bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, medium-bodied.

This is a very drinkable APA. Quite sessionable. It would be my go-to if it were available in Louisiana.

Photo of Bfarr
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark straw colored with thin white head with poor retention. Fruity sweet aroma. Delicate hops with nice sweet apple balance with a hint of pepper. Slight bitter linger with perhaps some pilsner aftertaste. Good carbonation that's not overdone and very smooth and drinkable with a light fuzziness.

This is a great drinking pale ale. Not too much hops but enought to keep a nice balance. Great mouthfeel and definitely a no brainer six pack purchase.

Photo of montecristo2
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Small head- one finger at the pour, dissipating to a light lacing on the glass.

Smell of citrusy hops.

Clear, pale orange/yellow color. Similar to filtered apple juice.

First taste is lemony/grapefruity/citrus flavor. Very balanced and nice, hoppy taste for an APA.

4.8% makes it a good session beer. I could drink this again.

Citrus start leads to a tangy, bitter taste on the outsides of the tongue.

I look forward to trying other Firestone beers.


Photo of NatetheGreat
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange color with good head. Nose finds floral and fruity notes with big whiff of honey sweetness; some orange. Taste had zesty hops with a delicate malt presence. Not as complex as the aroma, but still flavorful. Fits the billing as a "West Coast" (AKA, American) pale.

Mouthfeel was fair and drinkability excellent. Good beer from a great brewer.

Photo of mralphabet
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Copper in color, with less than a fingers worth of light tan head, that settles to a ring. Not much lacing.

S: Light floral hops, very nice

T: Nice hops taste right up front, hint of citrus mixed in. Little bitter in the aftertaste. There is a little hint of citrus mixed in but hops is the real star... Hops are there but it is not crazy hops, just light.

M: Crisp, clean, and the carbonation is right on.

D: Low ABV and tasty, a good session beer. I'm not a big APA guy, but this one was very APA light.... Great Hops smell, but not overly bitter or over hopped. Nice little brew, good hoppy beer to start someone on.

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

Poured into plastic cup (still at the VdGSA conclave, in a dorm room), this brew is a bright gold color, with a pure white, thin head. It doesn't offer much in the way of aroma, just light hops--not really identifiable--with a clean maltiness. The flavor is more defined: bitterness is moderate for an APA, offering an earthy hop flavor. Good malt profile, lightly caramel, a touch of toast. Clean, from the yeast point. The body is exceptionally soft, and full for the strength.

Not too complex of a beer, but at 4.8% it would make an excellent session brew. Very quaffable.

Photo of livewire78
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty golden peachy orange. Head is good enough for the score it gets. Lacing is pretty enough for me too.

Smells really good. Nice balance of citrus aroma and decently strong intensity of aroma as well.

Love the citrus taste. This follows the nose all the way down the road. Near perfect amount of bitterness and bite to this beer. It reaches out and grabs the taste buds like most pales try to do but can't get done.

Can't get much better for a pale ale than this consistency. Full without being heavy at all and beautifully carbonated without going overboard.

The devil is in the details here. For a pale ale this has amazing taste. It won't kick you in the face but it's a pale so it's not supposed to. This one gets things right on all counts. If this was locally available I'd have to get a kegerator for this specific beer alone.

Photo of Lothore
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clean orange hue with a 1 finger sticky head which leaves lots of lacing.

S- Hints of a malt presence.

T- Light malt all the way through. Bits of caramel.

M- High carbonation, medium bodied.

D- This is very drinkable. A good lawnmower beer. Not too interesting but very smooth.

Photo of appenzeller
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, thin head. Smells slightly spicy and peppery. Taste has modest underlying notes of sweet malts, honey-like, overlaid by a nice peppery bitterness. Good carbonation gives a full mouthfeel, spiciness and clean taste make this nearly a session beer.

Photo of spoons
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a white head that fades fast.

Smells pretty hoppy for a pale, citrus and pine.

Tastes slightly fruity with a balance between the hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is great, easy sipping, medium carbonation.

I could drink this all day long.

Photo of tealeaf
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok i am not a big pale ale fan but i think this may be the best pale ale i have tried.

in the smell i picked up a lot of hops, but there was defenantly a big fruit scent to it

it tastes how it smells basically. the hops stand out but are in no way over powering and there is large fruit characteristic.

Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Apricoty yellow/orange. Beautiful color, though nearly no head. Barely any signs of carbonation rising to the top.

S: Sweet, apricoty smell. More apricot than pale ale. Almost too sweet, but beautiful none the less. Candy like.

T: Tastes quite different than I expected. The initial taste is quite pleasant, however immediately behind it lies a honey, but somewhat unpleasant hop taste that I've tasted before in certain German beers. But it's only overwhelming in some sips. Others it's quite hidden. This really changes how I like the taste

M: Somewhat drying, with an ok carbonation texture.

D: Ok, and with improvements could be a great beer.

Photo of SteelerChris
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is nice summer beer to gulp at an outside BBQ. The color is a light amber with a strong frothy head that lasts to the very end. The aroma is slightly sweet with notes of citrus and hops. Once this beer hits your palate you feel refreshed but if you are looking for bold ale flavors and complexity you will not find it in this brew. The flavors of lemon zest, malt, and hops are faint, but incredibly smooth and enjoyable in the sun. I like this beer because you have enjoy the true beer flavors and have a few without feeling weighed down. I will drink this again, but only on a hot summer day.

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

Standard amber light color in a pale ale. Aroma was pleasant, if muted though.

Taste, a non bitter pale. Ample hopping for style, nuanced sweetness with it. Good session ale. Light in the heft on the palate, mouthfeel doesn't thin out, but doesn't weigh you down (sounds like a macro jingle). a little cost prohibitive for something this simple ($8 a 6r).

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

Glass - Pint

A - Pretty clear pale gold color with a 2-finger head, slightly dense looking, and the retention is pretty good. Moderate Co2 can be seen, leaves a very nice lacing as well.

S - Very citrusy & inviting, it's got big grapefruit and orange fruits, along with a nice floral quality. I get an underlying malt sweetness, some toast, a touch of biscuit but soft. God the aroma is so inviting!

T - It's got wonderful grapefruit & orange fruit burst upfront, floral with a nice soft zip of rind as you begin to swallow the beer. It finishes with very little malt character, soft toast & cracker perhaps with subtle but balancing bitterness. Fresh grapefruit is dominant.

M - Soft to moderately carbonated, very smooth, medium bodied. Perfect!

D - God I don't think Ive had a better Pale Ale since I first tried Sierra Nevada Pale Ale! I loved everything about this beer, especially it's fresh, floral aroma, and it's fresh grapefruit flavor. I could quaff a sixer or more, I'll definitely buy this beer again, recommended. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a standard pint glass. It has a great golden color and it gave off about a 1-finger white head that looks to be semi-creamy with some large bubbles around the rim. Lacing is splashy.

The aroma is excellent, I'm not sure of the hops used but it's a very singular smell. Intensely floral with some pine and light tropical fruit. When swirled i get a very pungent hop aroma that i almost perceive as oily. Very subtle malt character comes through.

Taste is well-balanced bringing a nice floral bitterness up front followed immediately by citrus and bright fruit, like mango, pineapple. Bitterness is there throughout and finishes on the pallete along with a great dough-like maltyness that i did not expect. It rounds out very well leaving me wanting to sip again and again.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with medium carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

The hops seem to be a little more present than what i'm used to tasting and smelling in a pale ale but that's certainly nothing to complain about. This beer is very drinkable and goes down great. For what it is, it has great flavor! Definitely recommend.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a bright golden color with a one inch white head, decent retention and lacing, pretty clear

s - bright orange citrus smell dominates the nose, lighter graininess from the malt in there as well, no hint of alcohol

t - much like the aroma, orange citrus hoppiness is the predominant flavor up front and flows through to the midpalate where it mixes with a moderate grainy malt flavor, finish is lighter citrus bitterness combined with stronger graininess and hints of caramel, once again, alcohol is not noticeable

m - medium to lighter bodied, higher side of carbonation, fairly dry finish, no alcohol warming

d - very drinkable and a great session beer, enough hops to keep it fresh and interesting while no being overwhelming to the palate, pretty much what I look for in the style

Very good APA overall. FW does a nice job with this and their private label APA, which I actually prefer to Pale 31. Great session beer to have around during the warmer months.

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/5 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a two finger of khaki color head. Head recedes to a film almost immediately. Minimal spotty lacing is left behind.

S: Nose is of citrus and floral hops, mild caramel malt presence. This is a very hop forward APA.

T: Taste starts with a nice citrus hops burst in the forefront. Grapefruit really sticks through here. Middle has a mild pale malt flavoring before a hint of caramel malts sweeten this beer. Finish takes the malt sweetness and counteracts with a nice floral hop bite.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice crisp body with a dry finish to it.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, as I mentioned in the taste this is a very hop forward APA but well done in my opinion.

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

Poured a nice clear golden color with a copper hue as the light reflected through...
Mellow biscuit and floral scents as slightly roasted malts rise. Tatse is very smoothe and not overpowering in any way as the light citris hits the palate and the swwet caramel malts splash in the end.
Very much drinkable as the low abv helps this brew quench your thirst on a hot day.

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

Drank 6/1/10
Reviewed from notes
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a golden color with a slight haze. Had about a half inch of head with an aggressive pour. Light even lacing falls quickly.

S - Very hop heavy smell. Lots of citrus and pine smells that you generally get from hops. Slight undercurrent of sweetness from what I assume is the malt.

T - Taste similar to smell. There is a nice hop flavor all the way through but it is not overpowering. I can taste the pine and citrus along with a light sweetness.

M - Medium/Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Creamy feeling in the mouth and is a bit crisp.

D - A nice lighter IPA that doesn't destroy the taste buds. A fairly easy drinking beer. I'm not big on Pale Ales or IPAs but I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

Photo of Chizoad
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another attempt at liking a pale ale. Given that I don't really care for Pliny the Elder, you can take the review or leave it. Regardless, I will keep attempting to like hoppy beers...

Poured a clear gold into a pilsner glass, with quite the head that took some time to dissipate. Vigorous pour though. A solid finger remained throughout the rapid consumption process.

Clean smell, with some hoppy scents. Fairly typical for a simple pale ale in my experience.

Tasted clean with a very mild hoppiness on the finish. Didn't bother me at all. Also, I wasn't overly impressed, as it lacked any depth or complexity. Just a smooth clean pale ale.

Fairly light on the palate, and fairly drinkable, at least for me. I wouldn't mind having another of these right after the first, which is not something I typically say about pale ales.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A nice foamy white head sits on top of a clear, light-orange body. Decent lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy hops mingle with sweet malts on the nose. Touch of peppery bitterness and faint bread notes.

Flavor consists of light malts, leaning towards the sweet side, but balanced with a bit of hop bitterness. Hops also add some faint pepper notes, which mix nicely with the subtle citrus flavors. Overall there isn't much flavor to the beer, but what is there is pleasant.

Mouthfeel leans towards the watery side with ample carbonation. The finish is dry and almost leaves no taste in your mouth except for some light bitterness. Clean finish.

Drinkability is pretty good for this pale ale. Low ABV and the flavor is light without much aftertaste. Refreshing in warm weather, but not overly exciting otherwise.

All in all this is a decent APA. It would be nice to see a little more flavor and maybe a bit more body. I know it can be done, even with beers under 5% ABV. Getting this fresh from the tap may increase the hop flavor, which would be a bonus for this beer. Worth trying, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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

12 oz bottle with a cool shape.

Appearance: Luminous orange gold and perfectly clear. Frothy off-white head with average retention leaves a couple of little marshmallows floating, and lots of sticky lace.

Smell: Light floral and citrus hops nicely balanced with sweet malty aromas.

Taste: Pretty good hops flavor without much bitterness. Sweet and crackery flavored malt and a little caramel on the end.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation. A little sticky hops resin on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a really good beer. What a surprise. Flavorful, refreshing, poundable.

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice slightly copper mostly golden with a giant fluffy head. Serious lacing all the way down. Good head retention also.

S: Picked up some grass scents and light hop aroma.

T: Super light, refreshing, faint hop taste but really faint taste overall.

M: Feels very carbonated and really crisp. Great mouthfeel with no aftertaste.

D: Could probably drink this all day (and maybe get buzzed).

Overall this is a great alternative to the mass produced crap beers out there. I think it would be a good one to give a friend or relative that only drinks bud light or some similar nastiness.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance> Clear, dark yellow. Very lively. No head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell> Wet dog. Hops. Pretty good.

Taste> Crisp and refreshing. Much less intense than the avg. APA or CA Pale, but still good. Very smooth hang.

Mouf> Perfect. Best part of this beer.

Drinkability> Good.

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.