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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 488
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 Sludgeman
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a tulip nonic. 05/12/14 on the label (shit!). Pours a translucent honey gold with a loose, 1/8th inch bright white head that quickly dissipates to a frothy slick. Nose expresses a trace of caramel and wet cardboard. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some noble hops. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation. Overall, I think this beer is past its prime - slightly off flavors. I wish I checked the bottle dating before purchasing. Will need to revisit with a fresher offering.

Photo of Azpittil57
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewqueno
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NorseKaiser
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange with a finger of foamy white head and some thin lacing left in the glass.

The smell is malty at first with a biscuit aroma. There is a slight tease of clay-like aroma in the nose that mixes here with a slight earthy aroma.

The taste is all malt character from start to end. Again there is a dry bready flavor that has a slight citrus flavor that does come out very briefly but then backs away into the either. There is some earthy blandness that has some wheat flavor that stays till the end.

The feel of this beer is light with a decent drinkability. There is a smoothness that has no bitterness and seems to have some holes. Not what the brewer intended but not a drain pour.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a snifter. 4.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a dull yellow with a fair bit of cloudiness. Decent foam on the head with mild retention.

Smell- Fragrant floral aroma; citrus-like sweetness

Taste- Light tasted grain flavor builds into some of the floral sweetness. Has a lemony kick to it. The bitterness and peppery flavor shows itself later in the taste and lingers.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium in body. Appropriate.

Overall- A decent APA but could use more balance in malt/citric/bitterness transitions. Drinkable but not special.

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkFalco
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted:Dec. 22, 2014 12 oz. bottle

Poured into a pint glass, 50 degrees.

Looks: Rich lemon-gold color. Hazy. Made little head that disappeared quickly. lacing lasted.

Smell: citrus, fresh, floral

Tastes: floral taste follows nose, quite hoppy with any malt sweetness buried. Way more hoppy than I expected for an American Pale Ale, Why not just call it a IPA?

Feels: Thin with little body, low carbonation, mildly dry bitterness in the finish

Overall: I expected balance and so am disappointed in the strong hop forward bitterness of this beer. I am not a fan of bitter beer so I may be a poor judge. Look to the reviews of the drinkers who like IPAs. I won’t buy again.

Photo of OB1
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzarooski
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Catracho5
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bshaw22
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral, soapy;

T: floral that build through the finish; not really getting any malt; low to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: a bit thin; moderate carbonation;

O: good, but not remarkable;

Photo of digga90
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gkrishnan704
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jreed
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of mobrado
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rockernino
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Muggins25
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.