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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,358 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 74 | 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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%

Enjoyed along with a lunch--roast beef sandwich with horseradish and french fries--at the Bellagio while on vacation in Las Vegas. Served out of a 12 oz brown bottle with the bottling date 08/12/13 marked clearly on the base of the label and poured into a medium-sized goblet.

Appearance - Pours a transparent golden amber with subtle copper shadowing and maize highlights. Atop the body rests an effervescent and delicate-looking head of about a finger thick, the color of cream. Retention is moderate and leaves sparse lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Bright and refreshing, with traces of grass and herbs peeking out through a bouquet of citrus notes and light acidity. The biscuity pale malts also shine through to balance out the sharper aroma with some bready roundness. Overall quite a balanced aroma.

Taste - Like the aroma, notes of toasted sourdough and butter cracker play with more astringent aspects of grassiness and pine, along with a more subtle citrus component at this point. Light bitterness like baby garden greens flashes on the finish and lingers for just a second on the aftertaste. Since it fades quickly, like many APAs, it makes for easy drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a crisp finish and quickly fading aftertaste.

Overall, a balanced and highly drinkable take on this great style and it has plenty of flavor for a 4.8% beer. I would gladly order this again with food or to take home to crack open for an easy drinking beer that won't knock me on my ass. Unfortunately, it's not too common in my local market, otherwise I'd likely find myself drinking it quite a bit.

10-15-2013 06:15:18 | More by LambicPentameter
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Rihup

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-14-2013 01:29:35 | More by Rihup
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sevenshubby

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-13-2013 21:33:32 | More by sevenshubby
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jackieT

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

10-13-2013 15:37:30 | More by jackieT
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.76/5  rDev -28.3%

On draft at Taphouse in Seattle. Worried they have me the wrong beer. Poured cloudy yellow with a bit of head in a pint glass. Aroma of some citrus and yeast funk. Flavor follows with what can only be described as a bad wheat beer or hefe. Dirty wheat finish, bits of citrus and banana, a touch of sweet citrus hops. Light mouthfeel. Whatever this was it was not good, and I can't imagine my favorite brewery FW would try to pass this off as a pale ale. Blegh. Will have to try again when I visit the west coast.

10-12-2013 19:09:38 | More by BMMillsy
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scottwurst

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-08-2013 22:29:05 | More by scottwurst
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-08-2013 02:26:07 | More by BeerHunter76
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Finatic

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-06-2013 20:27:55 | More by Finatic
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance- Pours up about a finger and a half of head which has little retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a clear, medium amber which ranges from a golden straw to a pale amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left near the surface of the beer.

Nose- Fairly subdued- there is a bit more presence from the bottle which shows some notes of apple and a strong, sweet honey character. The aroma from the glass is more typical of a pale ale- light citrus of orange and lemon with faint hints of pine and resin in the background. Swirling reveals a very clean and slight melon quality.

Taste- Starts off with the orange and lemon of the nose, moves into slight notes of caramel and honey before moving into a light bitterness of grapefruit, earwax, and some matchstick. Some slight mineral notes (most chalky) with cereal and biscuit in the background. The hops appear to be a little degraded as it is almost 3 months old but it is still a pretty good beer. Caramel and matchstick dominate a little more than I want them to but they aren't that big of a distraction. Good beer and a solid one at that. A little juicy, which I like.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with a slight hint of syrup. Just a tad bit too carbonated.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and very sessionable. At 4.9%, it's a little less alcoholic than my standards of SNPA and Red Chair but still quite good. A little bit pricier than those two.

Overall- Solid beer and a good representation of the style. Definitely worth a try. Something to keep in mind when you want a pale ale with a little more of a malt bill. Certainly won't be confused with an IPA like some pale ales.

10-05-2013 02:12:42 | More by artoolemomo
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MrsBeerGut

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-04-2013 01:19:20 | More by MrsBeerGut
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

Light amber golden color. Almost no head. Served in pint glass at The Public House in the Venetian.

Smell is honey and apple.

Taste is sweet malts, apple and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is almost flat but drinkable. Typical cask beer.

Overall this was good, but not great.

10-04-2013 00:43:31 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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brett606

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-03-2013 17:30:41 | More by brett606
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-03-2013 02:48:42 | More by Jame515
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jhcfc1

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-02-2013 03:24:53 | More by jhcfc1
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-01-2013 23:36:35 | More by HumanParaquat
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rojocorsa

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-30-2013 02:12:06 | More by rojocorsa
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frankthetank86

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-28-2013 13:47:31 | More by frankthetank86
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-27-2013 20:59:00 | More by ste5venla
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jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.61/5  rDev +19.7%

Pours golden colored and clear with a small foamy head that retains a small amount of lacing around the edges of the glass. Strong apple aroma with underlying citrus tones. Mixture of apple and citrus tastes. Nice balanced hops taste that hits you midway through. Bitter taste that retains on your tongue when done. Not too bitter, though. Hops are moderate, perhaps a little stronger than most pale ales but not quite as strong as most IPAs. Overall a very good beer, becoming one of my favorite go to session beers. One of my favorite pale ales for sure.

09-27-2013 02:27:51 | More by jngrizzaffi
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IDABEERGUY

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-26-2013 22:05:01 | More by IDABEERGUY
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a deep straw with a chill haze. Short lived soapy head.
Aroma is zesty, floral, lemony,herbal and very hoppy. In the taste, grapefruit, orange and nectarine fruityness are apparent from the dry hop/ale yeast combo. A bit of lemon candy and pine are in effect as well. Mellow bitterness on a pale, salt water toffee like malt notes. Medium bodied, well carbonated, semi crisp. Overall this is an interesting pale ale, I'd give it another go easily.

09-26-2013 00:24:15 | More by Stinkypuss
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marshmeli

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-23-2013 21:05:13 | More by marshmeli
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Johnny58

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-23-2013 20:36:32 | More by Johnny58
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

09-23-2013 14:57:19 | More by ToddThompson
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.1%

09-22-2013 12:10:50 | More by charlesjwinkler
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.