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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,319 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,319
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 54
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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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Omer4176

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-24-2012 20:23:57 | More by Omer4176
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-22-2012 08:01:29 | More by InfernoBoss
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent pale ale, if a bit boring. pours a nice looking honey color crystal clear with a 2 inch white head that lazes around the whole time. smells like a beer, period. flavor is light and citrusy with a crystal and pale malt body. mouthfeel is fine, well carbonated and crisp. good pale ale but nothing special. on the lighter side, very sessionable especially at the low abv

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 00:06:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-19-2012 18:19:02 | More by TrojanWheels
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-16-2012 16:38:38 | More by brez8791
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-15-2012 20:19:05 | More by KimenTshom
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-15-2012 04:00:08 | More by bkbergen
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riored4v

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass. Thin, white head that faded quick. Clear, copper colored body.

Aroma had some great citrus and floral hop notes. Good amount of malty sweetness with a touch of caramel.

Taste was very good. Great balance of hop and malt. Good malt sweetness with some notes of caramel and a biscuit. Good amount of citrus and floral hop flavor. Nice lingering, grapefruit-like bitterness. Very tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with a medium carb. Crisp finish.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. Good west coast styled pale ale. Great maltiness with a definite hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:28:14 | More by riored4v
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largefarva

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-13-2012 16:37:18 | More by largefarva
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-12-2012 03:49:02 | More by mdillon86
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GNWBC

Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great brew to session with your boys on a warm summer night.
A: pours a golden orange with a thin white head and minimal lacing

S: lots of orange, little spice and floral hop notes

T: just like it smells, mild orange and honey, nice hop bite to it

M: goes down pretty clean, doesn't leave that funky hop resin that gives you cottonmouth.

OA: good PA pretty tame but thats not a bad thing, like i said i would gladly session with this during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 18:41:35 | More by GNWBC
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TimCasby

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-10-2012 19:30:50 | More by TimCasby
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-09-2012 05:46:19 | More by Beertracker
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Jtthegreat

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-08-2012 19:44:48 | More by Jtthegreat
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rtaps

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-08-2012 07:20:59 | More by rtaps
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden orange with a slight haziness to it. Its a rather light smell, but completely hop heavy. The taste is as it smells, a good fresh hop character, lots of dry hops create a pungent taste and bold aroma. This beer has perfect carbonation and really has a good feel to it. It is a masterfully balanced pale, really hoppy but enough hidden malts to not over run the beer with bitterness.

This is an excellent pale ale, in fact, its one of the best I have ever had. Its on par with Stone's Pale ale, which is a beer I cant help to compare hoppy pale ales to. This beer is excellent and I wish Firestone was in my area but sadly, I enjoyed this beer in Utah.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 05:32:25 | More by TwelveOunces
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Jstark5150

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2012 04:11:18 | More by Jstark5150
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color. There’s a nice, inviting hop aroma to this. It’s sweeter than I remember, with a crisp finish. Not as hoppy as expected—or remembered. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tasty pale ale. But—I almost hate to say it but I prefer the Mission St. Ale over this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 04:05:24 | More by elNopalero
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2012 03:55:49 | More by Stoffel
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-02-2012 22:37:24 | More by whartontallboy
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Brewermeister

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a yellow color with a slight orange hue to it. Head is pretty minimal with slight retention.
Good citrus smell from the hops.
Light to medium body. Great tasting Pale Ale with a crisp clean finish. A great refreshing summer beer and a great example of a pale ale

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 08:43:49 | More by Brewermeister
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AlexM

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-01-2012 05:57:25 | More by AlexM
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Nightrain87

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-31-2011 20:13:47 | More by Nightrain87
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-12-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear gold with a 3-finger white head that fades to 1-finger pretty quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Glorious and sweet naval orange flesh, light biscuit and very flowery; almost like a honeysuckle.

T - Pale malt, less orange than the aroma, maybe a touch of stone fruit. It really dries out, somewhat puckering and leaves a bright, tart and reasonably bitter citrus finish.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp but not watery.

O - I like this quite a bit. Similar to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale although with less ABV (and calories), which is pretty impressive. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 18:52:02 | More by Tucquan
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Nugganooch

California

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

12oz Bottle dated 11/16/11
*Notes from yesterday - Been putting quite a few of these down lately so figure time to give it a review.

A: Pours a very clear and effervescent burnished gold hue. Thin white bubbly cap. Other vigorous pours have yielded much more. Some light trackings of lace.

S: Smell is bright pines up front. Nice stone fruit accents like peach and apricot. Coupled with some citrus and grapefruit aromas. Light pale malt. Surprisingly great aroma here.

T: Tastes of grapefruit flesh, peaches, and prickly pine resins. Has a spike of bitterness right at mid-palate. Layered on a slight sweet and bready graham cracker maltiness. Very light , hoppy, and refreshing. Sessionable and well done.

M: Real light in body. Slight creamy texture. Great carbonation. Dry crisp puckering finish.

D: Total sessions time with this light hoppy refreshing Pale Ale. Really nicely balanced and well crafted.

Eerily close to the Trader Joes Mission St. Pale Ale???? Dun Dun Dunnn

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 17:20:25 | More by Nugganooch
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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