Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.66/5 rDev -4.9%
Appearance: Pours out a fine saffron yellow shade, which looks just as appealing sitting in the glass. A fairly tall head is produced, eggshell white, with generous lacing and tends to linger for a good amount of time. Nothing out of the ordinary here.
Smell: Smells mildly sweet, certainly yeasty with a hint of toasted malts and subtle bittery hops. Otherwise it does not smell especially notable.
Taste: Now this is one tasty beer! First few sips were nice and biting. I could taste the malty characteristics right away, along with the hoppy character that I noted prior in smelling. The latter flavor lingers somewhat, but it is not unpleasant in the slightest. It tastes quite good after a few more sips are had. It's not especially bitter, but just enough to remind you that it's a pale ale. A good one at that.
Mouthfeel: About average. Does not feel watery or thick. You could certainly chug this one if you really wanted to on an especially hot day and not feel at all weighed down by it. Mild carbonation, not at all flat.
Overall: A fantastic brew and my first one out of this brewery. Maybe I have a soft spot for pale ales, but this one is a winner in my books. If you like Pale Ales like SN and Dale's Pale Ale, this one will definitely stand up to them. I will likely buy these again on a whim sometime.
Notes: Served chilled in a U.S.-style Tumbler glass. Date on bottle says '01/23/14' - presumably its bottled date.
07-03-2014 06:06:06 | More by garten
4.23/5 rDev +9.9%
I love this beer!
It is just perfect drinking for the warm days/nights of summer. It has a great taste and mouthfeel.
It is a great combintion of sweet and bitter with a backround taste/finish that is pleasantly unusual.
While great out of the bottle - even better in a cold glass!
** worth noting - the labels - at least in NY dont quite look the same as pictured
06-30-2014 15:43:20 | More by bassboneman
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
Firestone Walker's "Pale 31" pours a rich pale color with an appropriate carbonation. It has the strong aroma of Turkish delights (for those of you who have tried these tasty and gooey little sugar cubes) that also radiates sugar, white rose, and perhaps under-ripe apricots. The first sip comes with a head that wont quit and a particularly artificial flavor that comes with low-end canned beers like PBR, albeit this flavor is light. A larger mouthful reveals a weak body with a mouthfeel like many other light beers. The flavor is the sweet and bitter you would expect from a pale ale that disappears quickly. The aftertaste however, is this beer's saving grace. This lingering flavor is that of light and summer sweetened hops and some malt that brings you to have another, and yet another sip. This beer is nothing to call home about, but certainly not at all bad.
06-24-2014 03:31:48 | More by REDsage
3.69/5 rDev -4.2%
Smell is fairly mild even for this kind of beer. Pine cone hops with a bit of honey sweetness also in there. Tame.
Taste definitely followed the nose. Upfront, a decent west coast style pine bitterness, but rather soft. Very approachable. The honey, fruity sweetness is certainly there as an undercurrent. I get a bit of grain on the finish as well. Wraps up with little bitterness. Rather clean.
Very approachable and drinkable pale ale. They're not trying to break the mold and the low ABV is rather obvious in how it tastes. A very easy, if not basic, drinker.
06-19-2014 02:00:50 | More by NODAK
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,355 ratings.