Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,665 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,665
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 68
Gots: 167 | 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 neonbrown82
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was sent as a bonus, thanks to Zorro. One of the best pales I've yet tasted, and I've had quite a few, so it is not often I will rave about one. I really can't wait to try the Firestone 10 based on how amazing this simple pale ale is. This is not only the first oak aged pale I've had, but as far as I know it is the first beer I've had that was fermented in a burton union system.

The beer looks great. It pours to a clear golden yellow color with a crisp carbonation supporting a thick fluffy white head. Lacing is pretty spotty, on the other hand. Retention is alright.

The smell is wonderful. Nice mellow pale malty sweetness balanced out by a piny and juicy hoppiness. Even has a hint of oaky vanilla. Has a mellow creaminess about it as well. Very smooth and balanced.

The taste is just as exceptional as the aroma. Very clean pale malt flavor followed by the perfect balancing bitterness. Bountiful hops flavor in the finish. Subtle pine and grapefruit with a gentle lemon zest. The oak really smooths out the rough edges and adds a bit of vanilla and a feint barrel char.

The beer is medium in body. Carbonation is very smooth and gentle on the palate. Alcohol is undetectable, though I would expect no less from a 4.6% pale ale. Very creamy mouthfeel. I could drink this all night, and I probably would quite often if it were available in my area. Thanks again, Zorro.

Oh, and P.S. - Jim Cibak, we miss you over here in 3F's land!

Photo of BlindPig
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- About a 1/4" white head on a clear orange body with hues of yellow.
S- Malt, orange, lemon, grapefruit, citrus hops, and that is pretty much it.
T- Citrus hops, and a malt background to help balance it out. Orange, lemon, and a light grapefruit flavor come out. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue a long with some orange and grapefruit flavors.
M- Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is a average pale ale. I like the more on the hoppy side but it is not bad. Really don't think I would buy it again. There are a lot better beers for same price out there.

Photo of mrmanning
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy Harry! Thank you! Pale yellow pour with medium white froth fading to a thin white ring. Good malted base aroma with mild pine hops and a boost of sugars. Decent hoppy flavour profile with sugared malt sweetness to balance. Slightly thin and watery finish. But would be very good for sessions. Glad I got to try it. Thanks Harry!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: Sweet citrus aroma dominates the smell. There’s a good complimentary hops aroma along with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The citrus sweetness that you get in the smell comes out first in the taste. The hops quickly follow and it’s a much stronger burst than the smell leads you to expect. Once the two flavors are introduced, the taste stays very well-balanced the rest of the way.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, the only drawback I can see with this beer would be that you might look for something with a little bit more of a kick to it. Overall, it’s an excellent representation of style while at the same time keeping the beer lighter than most APA’s.

Photo of aquaderek
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tasting glass. The head is a nice creamy white lacing, with beautiful tiny bubbles and amber color. The nose is hoppy with subtle citrus notes. The taste is clean, crisp, and hoppy. I really love this style of beer. The drinkabililty of this is off the charts. In college, UCSB, I have many a fuzzy night due to the drinkabililty of this beer. Great beer.

Photo of Phocion
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear gold with a thin head that quickly recedes, leaving decent lacing and just a bit of a frothy crown on top of the beer.

Strong floral and somewhat citric (orange grapefruit) hops aroma with a pleasant sweet and nutty malt background.

Not a bad taste, but no match for the nose. Floral hops balance nicely with the malts, but it is a little underpowered for the style.

Oily mouthfeel, but very clean and crisp. Low ABV and excellent balance make this a very drinkable APA that I could easily session. Not a particularly special brew, but nonetheless a solid offering I wouldn't turn down.

Photo of rokoch27
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balance with this pale ale and solid hop aroma, but the thing that gets me about this beer is the 4.6% alcohol. For some reason, I actually expected this beer to be at least 5%, but still easy to drink. Not quite a session beer, but close! Nice straw color without that much of a head. Great one to try out, much like another Firestone beer I have enjoyed a year back.

Photo of cerveza5150
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt golden brown color with tiny bubbles of carbonation. The head formation is nice, but the retention turns kinda soapy.

Smells of spicy hops with some earthy undertones.

The taste is great - refreshing, hoppy, and just slightly sweet. You need to like hops to enjoy this, but I'll take this and it's relatively low ABV (4.6%) any day over swill at the local 5 and dime.

Photo of DogFood11
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pounder glass it formed a wimpy white head that leaves little to no lace behind. Highly filtered, shiney thin amber body with slow rolling carbonation.

Nice boquet of flavor including a floral hop presence, bending towards a citrus side later in each drink. Nice mouthfeel as this is absolutely clean as a whistle and crisp to boot. Malts have a gentle toastiness to them and a perfect compliment to a soft profile all around. Hops are just enough to make this a easy drinking and highly enjoyable pale ale.

Notes: This is another solid offering from Firestone. Its kind of funny in that their flagship beer the double barrell is the only one I found to be not to my liking. This pale ale is a great beer to pair with Bbq, or even some italian dishes fit nicely. Refreshing and with some depth of character.

Photo of Callenak
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice, clean copper with a decent white head.

S - Smells great. Not overtly hoppy, but a definite American hop presence.

T - A great example of an APA. My only complaint would be it's to balanced, I love hops, but I know this isn't an IPA. A good caramel, malt backbone to this beer. Less bitter and more sweet than say SNPA, but a nice relief from it too. If firestone were to take this recipe and up the hops to make an IPA out of it, it would be amazing. Much better than the Nectar Ales IPA, which I already enjoy.

For the style, this beer is great. Highly enjoyable and very drinkable.

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

Pours a clear golden amber in the glass with a solid one finger white head that melts to moderate lacing.
Aroma is lightly fruity, then citrus hops (cascade?)
Taste is pale ale light and clean...slightly sweet malt gets overpowered immediately by a mixture of hops...cascade, chinook, others...on swallowing the citrus peel hop (not quite grapefruit but close) takes over completely.
Mouthfeel seems very adequate for the style and a nice drying stays in your mouth with no memory of the malt sweetness.
Good session beer.
Very good.

Photo of cbl2
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5/2/2005 $6.99 6 pack 4.60% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear bronze in color with about a half inch of frothy white head on top that has some lasting power.

Aroma:

Fresh hop citrus bursts from this one, with an overriding presence of grapefruit in the nose. Reminiscent of Thai food, due to a touch of Lemongrass.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Crisp, clean and refreshing, with nice citrus and herbal notes. Grapefruit flavors are nicely backed up by some mildly sweet malts. Low alcohol presence makes this one a nice candidate for a session beer.

Photo of BeerRun13
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours as clear as beer can be. A small, bubbly, white head is fed from below by a continuous bubbling. Some lace is left behind.
Kind of a citrusy piney balance with a malt backbone in the nose.
A damnfine APA. Soooo Refreshing. A wonderful balance between citrusy hops and biscuity/toasty malt.
Light bodied and niceley carbonated. A smooth yet hoppy finish with a nice tingling sensation on the tounge.
This may be the ultimate in session beers. Probably one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

Photo of wcudwight
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Oh man....thanks BeerRun13 and NC Lotto BIF for introducing me to a very fine APA, that I otherwise would know nothing about. Isn't that what BIFs are all about anyway.
Pours a golden/copper color with a nice sticky beige 2 finger head that retains well. Spiderweb lacing.
Floral and candy aroma. Sweet smelling.
Mmmm! Bannana, nice citrus and floral hops but balanced out nicely by a sweet malt backbone. Good hop finish. Unexpected hop burps. This beer is nicely hopped with out being a hop bomb. Not over the top citrus hops like many IPA's outhere.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Drinkability. Everyone should put this on there want list right now!!! It's that drinkable.

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

Pours a deep straw-gold with a nice tuft of white head which slowly fades away.
Smells of citrus and hop goodness. I noted that I picked up a slight biscuit-like malt note. It smells good for a pale ale, not overly hopped and not overly biscuit malted. I did not pick up too much of an indication of alcohol being present.
I enjoyed the taste. It is an interesting pale ale with many flavors running over the palate and finishing with a little bitter hop kick. It is well balanced and the citus and biscuit notes work together very nicely.
It sits heavier than it looks on the tongue. It coats the mouth well.
I will pick up another six pack of this soon and drink it in the shade overlooking the pool.

Photo of scottoale
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip glass comes a murky apricot, gold-amber ale with small off-white head. While the head settles to a thin foam ring, it leaves only dots of lace behind.

Has a nice earthy malt nose with some scents of citrus, mainly that of orange. Not a very sweet smelling brew overall.

The flavor, much like it smells has a nice earthy malt entry with a sweetness of mild honey which the hops then turn it to a nice citrusy clean finish. A little alcohol comes out in that finish but doesn't really have that warming effect. Good tasting APA in any case.

Good bit of body with moderate carbonation gives it a smooth, creamy kind of mouthfeel with a tinge of tartness.

Easy too drink and quite enjoyable...better than I was expecting.

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

A - Pours a clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, bready, slight toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is sweet/hoppy, kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable, good for a hot summer day. This is my first Firestone brew, will buy other's if the liquor store carries them.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours with a nice dark gold/light orange hue. White head is about a quarter inch. Lingers for a short while and laces the glass slightly.

Smell: A strong but not overpowering aroma of hops, accompanied by the scent of lemon and other somewhat sweeter citrus flavors.

Taste: An excellent balance of bitter hops and semi-sweet citrus. Not very complex, but quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and fairly smooth with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable pale ale. Plenty of flavor, but not overpowering. Furthermore, the ABV isn't very noticable.

Overall, probably my favorite pale ale. I'm not too fond of pale ales (or strongly hop-oriented beers in general), but this has a nicely balanced flavor and doesn't overpower. Probably not the best choice for hop-lovers, but everyone else -- take note. I'll have another, please...

Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The West is blessed with many fine American Pale Ale's, and Firestone has got to be one of them. It looks like your classic Pale Ale, with an light orange crystal clear appearance and a smell of fresh pine. Firestone Pale Ale gives you a dose of that West Coast feel primarily with its Cascade hops. It is crisp, has a nice carbonated bite to it, and is refreshing.

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

A: Golden yellow, slight haze; White head, zero retention, but it tries to lace on the glass.

S: Citrousy american hops, slightly clean/soapy. Toffee.

T: Sweet toffee, slight citrus, a little bready/biscuity.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Seriously chugable.

Thanks Len!

Photo of danielharper
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the BP in Five Points, Huntsville, AL.

A: Orangeish body, thin white head that sticks around. Very clear.

S: Strong citrus aroma, some crisp hops, with some natural sweetness underneath. Inviting.

T: Nice sweet citrusy taste, good hoppiness, but with a bit of a strange astringent aftertaste that makes it slightly less pleasant.

M: Moderate, thicker than expected for a pale ale, but not nearly as thick as a stout or Belgian. Enjoyable.

D: I can drink a few of these at a sitting. Just a relaxing, easy beer that doesn't make my head spin.

Photo of SethB2
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer looks nice. Pours a perfectly transparent amber color with a one finger head and a nice amount of lacing for an APA. Smell is nice. Lots of hops on the nose. More than normal for the style. Also a small amount of sweetness there too. Reminds me of a toned down IPA. Taste is also very nice. Hoppy up front, leading the way to a roasted malt flavor. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also very good. For a low ABV beer, Firestone has done a nice job here.

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

Nice, somewhat darker gold color. Im suprised as to how clear it is. Decent hop aroma-very, very fresh citrus. Whoa!!! Great hop flavor. Not a trace of bitterness just straight ahead hop flavor. Malty backbone is balanced very well. Some lingering sweetness. Excellent body for the style and the low abv. Very, very drinkable. With the low abv this could go on all night. Damn I wish I could get this one locally. One of the BEST US pales I have had. Ever.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear light copper color, fast fading white head, leaving a little lace and some foam on top of the beer.

Smell: Nice hops in the nose, dry and citric, very inviting.

Taste:A little subdued, maybe underpowered, but not bad. Hops and malt are in harmony. Definitely a sessionable APA.

Drinkability: Because of it's low ABV and subtle flavors, sessioning and drinking would be very easy Thanks to Zorro for the bottle.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Firestone's Pale Ale was a surprise for me. I'm not a big pale ale fan to start with, plus I'd see this one EVERYWHERE, in all the liquor stores and even grocery stores! So i figured it was gonna be just another bland ol' pale...yeah, I know I know, it's a terrible way to judge...But boy was I pleasantly surprised! It had a wonderfully smooth feel but quite lively taste. Nice blend of favors. I'm not gonna rush out to buy more when there's so many other beers I prefer over it, but I wouldn't turn one down either! Their other brews have impressed me too. Hooray for Firestone!

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.