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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,527 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 67
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

No notes at this time.
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, clear golden yellow, with a nice white fluffy one finger head that lasted quite nicely to the end and provided some nice lacing. Aroma is a bit muted, with some light pineapple, floral and piney notes. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but a little more robust, and with just a touch of malty sweetness. The mouthfeel was fairly light, with nice carbonation bite. Overall, for a session beer, this was OK, not bad but not great.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a glass a clear golden yellow color, with moderate lacing.

Smells like piney, lemony hops.

Tastes as hoppy as it smells, with the hops overpowering the malts from start to finish, but at no point being too extreme. This is clearly a hop lover's Pale Ale. Could almost pass as an IPA based on the hop content, but it's definitely a Pale Ale.

Goes down fairly smooth as well, with medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very solid Pale Ale, and a very solid session beer and has become one of my go to session beers.

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(bottling date: 08/19/14 - purchased cold, poured into a tulip pint)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold liquid... only a small pad of foam

S: they really must use hop extract in their beers - the intensity and dimension of the, what appears to be, whole-flower hops is ridiculous... spicy, earthy, herbal, mustard seed-y... clear, crisp balance of toasted, cookie-ish pale malt below, good bit of depth to that too... overall, just wonderfully defined and distinct

T: sharp-spicy, peppery, bitter zip at the front... almost a lemon-honey-ginger zip in the fantastically dry finish... man, this is dry... a toasted grain flavor slowly builds on the palate midway and to the back, in balance by the end... seems like some Chinook is ripping hard

F: fairly polished-smooth, dry with the bitterness accentuating a parching effect... not terribly residual resin, but perhaps a mildly acidic tingle

O: bold, bright, clean-as-hell, and to the point... excellent drinking that packs a punch on the palate, but is deceptively light... another winner from FW

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.