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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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

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Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, bubbly head and light lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and more citrus hops

Tastes like a lemon had an orgy with some hops! Light malt tries to poke its head in to see what's going on, but is quickly apprehended and shoved out by the hops

On the lighter side on the mouth.

Definitely a sessionable beer if you like citrus.

Photo of veinless
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow, with generous amounts of pure white foamy head on top that laces averagely.

Smells of hops, lemon citrus and zest, with not much malt behind it.

Taste is very light, and not too strong. Has a nice zesty hop/malt blend to it, with nothing really overpowering, but at the same time nothing really sticking out either. I'm kind of disappointed at how lightly flavored this beer is, but in terms of drinkability it is really as good as it gets, since the abv is low as well.

Mouthfeel is straight up thin - again, disappointing after having some other excellent APAs in the last couple days. Great session beer, a bit underwhelming compared to some of firestone walker's other offerings though.

Photo of nrbw23
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy pale golden color with thin, bubbly white head. Head has ok retention turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and fruity with apparent citrus. Sweet caramel malts also here and gives some nice balance.

T- Citrusy hops mainly an orange like taste, sweet caramel malts and has a bit of a medicine like taste.

M- Medium in body and lower side of medium in carbonation.

D- Not a bad pale ale, just maybe a bit too sweet. Easy to drink and I could do this one again.

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. It poured a light amber/gold color with a thin but bubbly white head to it. The head settled after a minute or so but it left some pretty nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a moderate citrus hoppiness to it with some lemon and grapefruit notes to it. Some pale and bready malts come through as well in the aroma.

The taste has a pretty nice balance of American hoppiness and pale malts. The hops add some of those grapefruit and lemon notes to them. The malts add a bready flavor and a balancing sweetness to it that really helps balance it out. A bit of bitterness comes in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a nicely flavored and easy drinking beer. It wasn't overwhelming with flavors but I found it nicely balanced with some very nice but subtler flavors. A very nice APA overall.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip.

A: Pours a light golden orange with a thin white head.

S: Citrusy hops as well as some caramel malt.

T: A nice dose of "C" hops over a solid caramel malt backbone. Citrus hops with a hint of pine. Only slightly bitter in the finish, very well balanced.

M: Average carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel.

D: A very drinkable and tasty pale ale. Well balanced and the low ABV means you can put down several in one sitting.

Photo of olmatty
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours an ever so slightly hazed yellow with a tinge of orange. A foamy and persistent white head with some lacing.

Smell-Light citrus of pineapple.

Taste-Crisp and fruity. Lots of citrus of hops, but very well balanced. Malts are thin and crackling clean.

Mouthfeel- Thin and somewhat watery, but very refreshing as a result. Lighter pale ale. Does not seem to be highly carbonated, yet mineral crispness and carbonation combine to wash palate with each sip.

Drinkability- If the intent was to create a very sessionable beer as low ABV would seem to indicate, then this is a great end result. Hot weather or any time really-a winner.

Photo of gregshead
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Stone's FW 14th Anniversary party 11/6/10

A: Golden with some copper/orangish color. Nice foam leaves soapy suds on the side

S: A nice pine hop smell w some caramel

T: Lots of sweets bready malts with some hops. A little more malty than other APAs I'm used to.

M: Nice carbonation tickles the tongue. It matches this beer.

D: A little on the bready sweet side for my taste buds. Still a decent taste buds. Sill a decent APA though.

Photo of robert7072
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on cask at DOWNTOWN BAR& GRILL (DBG) tonight
It's orange with decent lacing, lots of bubbles, Smell is mild lemon peel,citrus. Taste is a little butter, some wood and mineral earth, sharp clean finish. Very nice carbonation, medium-bodied. A great pale ale in cask, all add up to one drinkable beer. I loved it.

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

12oz bottle bought on clearance from Haggen's in Bellingham

Pours straw yellow with a big head, head fades quickly, despite nice visible, active carbonation. Beer is clear, not cloudy. Lacing looks very promising. Smell is pretty nice -- lots of floral, very sweet, a little bready, plenty of grapefruit peel bitterness.

Taste is disappointingly mild, but my baseline trends toward the "Imperial IPA" side of the scale. Still, hops are noticeable and tasty, but malt character a little musty and woody, seems to be primary. Fairly well balanced, though. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is light and breezy, very easy to drink beer. I like it. I like their Double Jack better, though.

Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest start to the head. Leaves some streak and spotty lace.

Excellent hop aroma; half floral and half peppery.

Good malt start but it quickly devolved into a hop bomb. This borders on an IPA in terms of bitterness. Good body with a high carbonation level.

If you like bitter beers, this could be a new favorite.

Photo of grittybrews
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange-amber into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head that slowly receded to a thin film. Mild floral aroma of pine and orange citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy, almost resiny mouthfeel. Citrus up front with a nice honey caramel malt backbone. Gentle hoppy finish with just a hint of bitterness.

Not flashy, but another well-crafted brew from Firestone Walker. Balanced and refreshing.

Photo of klikger
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (thanks ptykozoon!) poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Very light amber, almost no head, but nice lacing.

S - Vanilla, floral hops

T - Floral hops & fresh grass --> a bit of honey --> slightly bitter, clean finish. Overall, there's not a ton going on here - solid APA, but not mind-blowing.

M - Pretty light, actually. Good carbonation, though.

D - Quite drinkable - low ABV, non-offensive beer.

Photo of gory4d
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark orange, lots of suspended bubbles, no head just a little froth. Smell is mild citrus peel, blossoms, wood. Taste is a little buttery, lots of citrus, some wood and mineral earth, sharp clean finish. Very fine carbonation, medium-bodied, almost rich. Goes down beyond smooth: this one's made for cask.

Photo of claspada
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly light/sweet citrusy hops, a little earthy, with nice butterscotch/caramel malty presence and earthy grassy.
Tastes are in balance quite well in my opinion. Starts off hop centric for a pale ale with a prominent dry earthy/lemony combo. The malt backbone is a lot stronger than I expected in a west coast beer, especially one so low in ABV. Hints of caramels and biscuity malts as well. More dry bitter earthy hops and citrus sweetness in the dry finish. Overall this is a good beer I would defintely order again and session but not one I NEED to have again or will go out of my way for.

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

Appears a light pale golden hue with a bright white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has brilliant citrus/tea leaf/herbal grassy notes. Pale biscuit malt breadiness sneaks out amongst the wave of hops coming at me. Flavors are completely cohesive with malts and hops working together so well. Below 5% this is some excellent hop forward session ale, biscuit malt delicate bready profile with citric, earthy, floral hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied sturdy spritzy carbonation goes down smooth. Drinkability was wonderful world class pale ale excellent stuff that deserves all of the accolades that they have gained recognition for.

Photo of dwilson01
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The body is a pristinely clear yellow gold topped with a creamy off white banana colored head. This falls moderately and leaves some nice thick lacing on the glass.

The scents is a smooth floral hoppy one, the malt is there in the background providing a grainy corn flake type deal.

The flavor is great, it's a balance between the malt and hop which is quite impressive. There is a tiny tiny amount of bitterness in the end, mostly a floral hop flavor though. I didn't get any fruits from it, it tastes very spring-planty. The malty sweetness comes out as honey, like a piece of hawaiin sweet bread with a thin glazed of honey on it.

The mouthfeel is high quality for a beer of this alcohol content, very smooth malty feel which fills the mouth and invites the palate.

The drinkability is good, it's not a chugger but you can definitely session this brew to your hearts content.

Photo of emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing this one on tap next to Union Jack and Double Jack, I didn't have a whole lot of interest in trying this one. After trying it, I was very pleasantly surprised. Poured a nice light golden color with a big white head. Great citrusy hoppy aromas lead nicely to a perfectly balanced palate. An excellent pale ale.

Photo of chaz01
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of thirdeye11 (thanks!) poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden color, just a bit cloudy, with a thick head that leaves some lacing.

S: Wonderful fruity citrus aroma -- very strong and bold for a pale ale. Apricot, grapefruit, apple and honey aromas -- smells like a fresh fruit cup.

T: Nice and well balanced. Apple and citrus flavors with some malty sweetness. Not as hoppy as the aroma would indicate -- what I would expect from a pale ale.

M: Medium to light bodied with a dry, peppery finish.

D: Very smooth and easily drinkable -- this would make a really nice session beer -- if only it were available in this area.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a piece of hotel room glassware. Enjoyed while relaxing in the hotel after a day of vacation in San Fransisco.

A-Dark golden beer, hazy (probably chill haze), exhibiting a pleasant glow. White head was sparse off the pour, but some of it remained through the whole drink.

S-Slight citrus, herbal hoppy aroma.

T-Toasty, nutty malts, largely dry in character, with bright, light citrus hoppiness.

M-High carbonation is too bubbly. Medium-light body, typical if not too light.

D-Tasty, though nothing special, I suppose. Still, quite drinkable. Easy and enjoyable.

Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local discount food market.
Light amber with a fairly thick head. There is a nice hoppy, slightly floral aroma. Very pleasant.
The flavor is mostly of hops. Not a lot of malt sweetness to speak of. I'd call this one a nice choice for someone who wants a hoppy little beer without the high ABV penalty or a lot of sweetness.I only bought a single bottle to sample, wish I bought more.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a very clear melted butter color with a yellow tinge and a white fluffy soapy head. Massive head retention and beautiful. Aromas are very strong for an apa. I get tangerine, musky grapefruit and some sweet salted caramel on the nose. The flavor is very balanced. Really a nicely crafted brew. You can taste the care and effort put I to this. Love how smooth this is yet it has a very nice mandarin orange finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth, perfect. Has a great crisp finish, balanced malts with fresh tasting hops for balance. Really a near perfect apa. Honestly I love SNPA but this just got on the same level as it. Very smooth. Go out and get your hands on some.

Photo of theghost3
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 +12%
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 +2.6%
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 +5%
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.

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