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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

1,502 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,502
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 114 | 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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3.84/5  rDev 0%

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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Appearance: Crystal clear gold with a big white head that faded into thin lacing, and a few stray bubbles rising through.

Smell: Faint citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Pretty bitter for a pale ale, and the malt backbone never gets strong enough to overpower the hops. It’s not tongue-curdling bitter, but way more than the hop aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Thin and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Okay. Not enough malt, not enough hop aroma. It’s like a less balanced version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I would rather drink one Union Jack than two of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another boring, run of the mill IPA...... The market is becoming oversaturated with pale ales and Firestone is no exception. There is nothing memorable about this beer and honestly if I hadn't found an old napkin from the bar I wrote this down on, I wouldn't have even remembered it. It is plain in all senses of the word and there is nothing memorable about this beer except that it is not terrible. The king of the mediocre category if there ever were....

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottled on 03.11.14.
Poured into a Mac & Jack's pint glass on 05.13.14.

A: See through yellow with a light head, which recedes quickly.

S: Flower. Some pine and grapefruit.

T: Pine, grapefruit dominate. Honey, flower are subtle.

M: Crisp. Has perfect carbonation.

O: This was somewhat hop forward. It was nicely balanced, but I guess that I expected that the hops would be stronger.

Rating: B

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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm enjoying this from a bottle. Poured into a tulip glass.
Looks like a rich pale ale. It's golden dark, with a 2 finger foam head. Nothing much, i guess.

Smells of nice grapefruit, lemons, freshly cut grass and a bit of mango.

After the first sip, i could say I'm pretty sure that this could be a nice session beer. No alcohol, just waves of good quality malts and a dry hop finish. Creamy palate, fuzzy mouthfeel. Simple and complex in the same time.

It's not out of control, but a very very nice effort all the way.

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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Nice flavor. Crisp, clean hop finish.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.