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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,308 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 54
Gots: 64 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some pine aromas. Taste is of malt, herbal/pine hops, and some citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale with a nice balanced malt and hop flavor that is easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 04:30:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-26-2012 23:54:44 | More by rogerthegill
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-26-2012 03:06:50 | More by abcramer
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle secured from the Boise CoOp, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Clear vivid gold, with a smallish wispy white head that leaves some ok lacing...very light and refreshing looking.

S: Dry hopping hits as soon as the cap is lifted; floral and tropical, citrus, orange, mango, pineapple, with an underlying honey sweetness and pale malt graininess.

T: More balanced than the nose, mild but well executed; the floral citrus characters are here, with some orange and tangerine, hints of spiciness, grainy malt and faint caramel.

MF: Light and refreshing with a surprisingly dry finish. Crisp and clean as it fades away.

O: Drank this way too fast; overall its a perfect light summer hoppy session ale. Not overwhelming in any category, just plain solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 14:00:27 | More by Scotchboy
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-18-2012 03:22:21 | More by dorf
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/17/12

Appearance: Clear, dark gold - fizzy white head that keeps a wispy cap, streaks of lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy - floral citrus, with some pine and tropical notes - orange and grapefruit, with a touch of pineapple - pale, grainy malts underneath, and a mild sweetness

Taste: Mild yet tasty - floral citrus - orange and tangerine, mostly flesh, a hint of zest, a touch of pith - some pine and some tropical flavors - pale malts, sweet grains, provide a nice base - on the sweet side, but not overly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, very smooth, very clean, nicely carbonated

Overall: Remarkably solid

I am actually surprised at how much I like this beer. The hops in this beer are unlike anything I've encountered from Firestone Walker, and I approve. I hope this starts to show up on the East Coast because I would drink this often.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 05:58:14 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of HopHead84


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A: Yellow with good clarity and a finger of white foam.

S: Tangerine and grapefruit balanced by biscuit and bready malts. Lightly sweet with soft floral aromatics. Gives the impression of balance.

T: Upper low level of bitterness with a light and ephemeral malt sweetness. Biscuity and grainy with tangerine and orange flesh. Smooth crisp and dry finish.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A highly drinkable balanced Pale Ale. Expertly brewed, but I prefer them a bit hoppier.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 02:40:23 | More by HopHead84
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-13-2012 07:59:05 | More by SargeC
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-12-2012 05:50:00 | More by StubFaceJoe
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-08-2012 07:36:49 | More by bh123
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-07-2012 04:03:46 | More by barbellsNbeers
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-06-2012 02:59:02 | More by nickfl
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-05-2012 19:05:42 | More by JohnLynch
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, this has a small off-white head steadily thinning to thin ring & wisps.

Aroma is grapefruit, orange, bread crust, fruit candy. Very much a West Coast pale ale, but a good example, nicely balanced, well-rounded.

Taste is nice dryish orange-bread crust with spicy peppery citrusy bitterness, jammy citrus and spicy bitterness. It’s nice, well-made and nicely integrated as Firestone Walker beers seem always to be, but not great, and a bit to utterly “west coast” for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 04:30:26 | More by Offa
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-05-2012 04:11:37 | More by tizride
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-04-2012 05:44:40 | More by allstar255
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-02-2012 16:42:42 | More by JasonB
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-02-2012 05:00:08 | More by goosewhisperer
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-30-2012 03:52:48 | More by theempire
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being spoiled on the Central Coast, I must say that this a lighter, sessionable Pale Ale that is absolutely fabulous!

Is it the best Pale Ale in all creation? mmm?....even though it took a Gold at the GABF a few years back? its great!

get it on tap in Paso Robles or Buellton and see what's up....most people (9 out of 10) choose FW's DBA over Pale 31...its not a hop head's dream...its much more subtle than that...

I guess I am the exception....Pale 31 has a complexity that Mission St. Pale Ale lacks (perhaps its the DBA blended in?)....

This is delicious for days....bottle is good, on tap is the best!


Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 04:49:31 | More by TriggerFingers
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-25-2012 01:17:48 | More by mmurphy525
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-23-2012 01:41:01 | More by strongaf
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden orange with a white, finger width head. Decent retention, leaving behind a thin but consistent lacing.

Smell - Sweet, malty aroma. Hints of orange and peach, slight caramel and a touch of pine.

Taste - Hops are most noticeable on the tongue; pine and slightly citric. Malts are bready with a faint note of caramel, and are firmly entrenched behind the hop notes. Finishes a touch sweet and a moderate citrus twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium, slightly malty body. Carbonation leads to a nice, crisp bite.

Overall - A pretty solid Pale Ale. Well balanced, though a bit safe. Nothing here that makes the brew stand out, but it's a quality all-around product.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:19:23 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-18-2012 22:59:03 | More by pandatron
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-18-2012 06:23:52 | More by MikeDre
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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