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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,407 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 65
Gots: 84 | 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 theteleman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

theteleman, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

jmmy3, Mar 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

DarthKostrizer, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with a dull haze. Fine bubbled eggshell white head settles shortly. Minimal spotty lacing.

S: Mango and tangerine. Sweet orange peel. Grainy and lightly honeyed malt base.

T: Orange peel, lemon, floral flavors, tangerine. Bitterness has a moderate bite. Oily. Grainy, doughy, and lightly honeyed malt base. Lightly toasted, hint of almond. Doughy on the finish with a lingering citrus rind bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm, round, and somewhat silky malt backbone. Hop oils and astringency cut through the malt just a bit. Crisp, semi-aggressive carbonation adds a refreshing element.

O: This pale is somewhat of a tightrope walk, but a successful one. Great balance, as the hops have plenty of bitter bite, but share the spotlight with a substantial malt body. What's more impressive is that a somewhat larger bodied pale like this can still be so drinkable and refreshing despite that bit of extra heft. Balance really is the key to drinkability.

ryan1788a5, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tylerstravis, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of DaltonC
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

DaltonC, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -22.1%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

carmike813, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of MarcWP
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

MarcWP, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of scotorum
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/7/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark gold with a finger tall white head which dissipated quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Barley malt.

t: Medium malt with some hop balance. Some slight fruit notes. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: A good solid, if not particularly exciting, pale ale. Would pick Union Jack over this at a similar price point myself, but those who dislike hop bite in their beer would likely prefer this or DBA, which I reviewed yesterday. This is more an American pale than DBA, but I might pick 31 over DBA as a summer refresher, if it were available then.

scotorum, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of jmlewisjr
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

jmlewisjr, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Smarty_Pints, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ortie, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

evbro, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Karibourgeois, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Juno_Malone, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Fcip78, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light tangerine and grapefruit with pale and bready malts.

Taste: Light hops and malt with some bitterness in the rear. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, and enjoyable.

Overall: Pretty much as pale as it going to be. Short, simple, and enjoyable.

Flounder57, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of CorbinB
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours with only about a quarter-inch head but bubbles vigorously, almost champagne-like. The color is a pale orange amber.

I get a faint, bitter citrusy bouquet in the nose along with a very mild malt aroma. Really, the nose is mild overall. But that's not what makes this beer so great.

As for flavor, I get grapefruit with orange rind balanced finely with a mandarin sweetness. The initial flavor is enhanced by a back-end hop bitterness and--it sounds crazy-- even a kiwi sweetness. Lively and light, bubbling mouth that delivers and doesn't linger. So refreshing and easy drinking that I could drink this at brunch or in the middle of summer sitting by the pool.

I don't review beers often but when I do it's because they really, really stand out. This is definitely one of those beers.

CorbinB, Mar 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kmlund, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

nickdank, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Boone757, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yay date, 1/07/14

Pours a pasty white fizzy frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice frothy lacing, crystal clear pale pilsner color.

Nose nice floral hops, fruity too, hint grapefruit pith and melon rind, generic mild fruit, faint hint of malt under.

Taste fresh hops, more fruity hops, again mild melon rind and touch of grapefruit pith, generic juicy fruit and hint fruity bubblegum, fair bitterness. Malts add a touch of graininess and very light sweetness to balance. Little floral and very light resin and faint increasing pine note, also from the hops. Finish is dry, grainy malts, a bit more bitterness with hops getting a bit grassy and more floral and spicy even, hint of fruity notes.

Mouth is med bod, just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, nice hops, just enough malts, very drinkable and tasty.

jlindros, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Mtn, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Listers, Mar 05, 2014
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.