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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,569
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
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

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Ratings: 1,569 | Reviews: 496
Photo of arvidkoval
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color. Great bouquet of citrus aromas. Tastes citrusy over a subtle malt. A little more bitter than I like in a pale ale. Good mouthfeel. Decent APA.

Photo of heygeebee
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From Beer Cartel.. 11/05/13 ??? hmmm

A - clear straw, nice fluffy one finger heads stays nicely. Lovely spotty lace.

S - nice mixed citrus, apricot, floral hop notes..

T - well balanced, more generic citrus, peach, moderately hoppy.

M - quite light in mouth, almost soft drink like.

O - solid solid solid for style. I am wholly unsure of the freshness given the date on the bottle, but it seems to hold its own quite well. Clearly an entry-level beer, with no palate whack but that's ok too.

Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of altadenabrou
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The floral hoppiness is pleasant at first, but soon is overwhelmed by the medium malt with a smoky, slightly bitter aftertaste. The color of the beer corresponds directly to the slightly sweet but not unpleasant body, which the company rightly describes as containing "hints of toffee."

I suspect that this will be an easy and very pleasant session beer if you don't mind a bit of sweetness. I will buy more and test that theory personally.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange golden with a small white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of clean hops and mild malts.

Tastes of hops layered on top of mild malts with slight fruity esters. Hops are grassy with a citrus character. Malts have the pale character with a graininess. Fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel is a medium with a with a crisp finish.

Photo of NODAK
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with Wasatch - thanks John. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Beautiful, clear and pale golden color. Minimal loose bubbled, white head - disappears rapidly into a collar around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity and sweet in aroma. Candy and caramel sweetness...fruity hops. Smells like this one is going to balance on the malty side.

T - Sweet and bready malt dominate this one's flavor. Hop bitterness is minimal, hop flavor is fruity and has just a tinge of citrus. Flavors are all subdued and blend well together. Light and refreshing.

M - Thin in body, carbonation is light, but adequate. Smooth and creamy feeling. Has a light and easy drinking feel to it.

D - These are quite poundable for a craft beer. Alcohol is low at 4.8%, flavors are smooth and well rounded, and not at all powerful. Everything is on the reserved side, but blend together well to create a nic, well rounded beer. Great lawnmower beer.

Photo of seanyfo
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint served into imperial pint glass by hand pump.

A- Pale blonde cloudy hue, 2 finger creamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Light citrus hints and toasted malts.

T- citrus flavours of the hops upfront and fade to reveal a light toffee/caramel sweetness.

M- Light and creamy

T- A refreshing pale ale with a solid flavor profile.

Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

Appears a clear golden orange color with a one inch thick off-white head. It settles to a cap and leaves some moderate lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is of piney hops more than anything with some citrusy orange and lemon coming through as well. Malt backbone is there in the form of a mild caramel sweetness.

The taste starts out with a bit of sweet caramel malts then it gets bitter with flavors of pine, citrus, and a bit of a spiciness. Finish is a nice balance between the malt and hops, but the hops slightly taken an edge.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, a nice creaminess compliments the crisp feel on the tongue. Quite drinkable.

While this one won't go down as my favorite Pale Ale, I like it. I would still take a Sierra Nevada or something over it, but this one is a good choice if you prefer more of the piney/spicy flavors in your pale ale over the citrus.

Photo of RanchHand
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into my favorite DFH tulip glass a clear golden orange color with a 1 finger white head that quickly settles to form a white coaster on top of the beer. Slight floral and a dose of mild citrus greats the nostrils upon the first whiff, rather nice, mild breadiness as well. The flavor is nice with a soft sweetness and light bitterness from the hop additions. Medium mouthfeel. Some watered down mandarin orange type flavors. Overall, a nice, easy drinking beer with some full flavors.

Photo of tigerpaws
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a nice golden copper color and almost no head. Not much aroma to wet your appetite, and has what I think is a hint of vanilla, I may well be wrong on that. Good mouthfeel and IMO could use a little more hops and also alcohol kick. But overall a good refreshing beer that goes down well...............CHEERS

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BurnsTau
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber with small head that dissapates and no real lacing.

Smells of florally hops. Tastes is hoppy that's not too overpowering, keeps in balance overall. For this style the hops could have been a bit stronger, however it is still tasty Some strange aftertastes linger, perhaps because of the barrelling, but maybe not. Overall a pleasent brew, worth trying.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden amber color with a medium size head. The foamy cap is fairly dense and has a tan color. Carbonation is medium to weak. This is quite a pale pale ale. This beer does not lack for aromatics. The hop bouquet is big and bright with aromas of grass floral and pine. Malts are understated and weak. Flavor finds a nice hoppy ale, just right I think for a pale ale. Malts and hops balance nicely with a godd biscuit malt finish. Unfortunately on the palette the beer presents itself as watery and rather weak. Its smooth with a semi-dry finish.
This is a California style APA and I couldn't find any info about that style. Maybe a hoppy steam beer. I thought this beer pretty good even with the lighter taste, could be a session or yard beer perhaps.

Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/7/14.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear dark gold with a finger tall white head which dissipated quickly to even surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Barley malt.

t: Medium malt with some hop balance. Some slight fruit notes. Dry finish.

m: Light to moderate, good body.

o: A good solid, if not particularly exciting, pale ale. Would pick Union Jack over this at a similar price point myself, but those who dislike hop bite in their beer would likely prefer this or DBA, which I reviewed yesterday. This is more an American pale than DBA, but I might pick 31 over DBA as a summer refresher, if it were available then.

Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottoale
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. brown bottle, poured into a tulip glass comes a murky apricot, gold-amber ale with small off-white head. While the head settles to a thin foam ring, it leaves only dots of lace behind.

Has a nice earthy malt nose with some scents of citrus, mainly that of orange. Not a very sweet smelling brew overall.

The flavor, much like it smells has a nice earthy malt entry with a sweetness of mild honey which the hops then turn it to a nice citrusy clean finish. A little alcohol comes out in that finish but doesn't really have that warming effect. Good tasting APA in any case.

Good bit of body with moderate carbonation gives it a smooth, creamy kind of mouthfeel with a tinge of tartness.

Easy too drink and quite enjoyable...better than I was expecting.

Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color with a quick disappearing head. Smells like bubblegum.. kind of a sweet aroma. But the taste is not sweet at all.. has a ok mouth feel.. nice hop flavor with out being too bitter.. I don't really like this beer that much... it's not bad or anything... I would just rather drink a Sierra Nevada pale ale.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of SteelerChris
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is nice summer beer to gulp at an outside BBQ. The color is a light amber with a strong frothy head that lasts to the very end. The aroma is slightly sweet with notes of citrus and hops. Once this beer hits your palate you feel refreshed but if you are looking for bold ale flavors and complexity you will not find it in this brew. The flavors of lemon zest, malt, and hops are faint, but incredibly smooth and enjoyable in the sun. I like this beer because you have enjoy the true beer flavors and have a few without feeling weighed down. I will drink this again, but only on a hot summer day.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5/13/2012

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.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Brilliant yellow-gold with a small one-finger white head. Lacing very minimal.

S - Cracker malt, yeast, fruity esters, and floral hops.

T - Big juicy fruitiness forward (grapefruit, tangerine, and pear), followed by some hop flower, which carries through the finish. Not much malt presence at all, just a bit of wafer resting in the background A hint of diacetyl in the mid-palate. Very clean.

M - Light bodied and aggressively carbonated. Probably one of the most carbonated beers I have had in a while.

O - A pretty well put together pale ale, but a but on the hoppy/floral side, whereas I personally prefer a bit more malt forward. But still, a decent beer overall.

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very light see through golden hue with average carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and some sporadic lacing,the smell is piney hops,apricots and boiled candy,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel that could be abit less in my mind and has tastes of passionfruit,apricots,mangoes,boiled candy and finished with a light touch of piney hops and to be honest its quite quaffable without being stand outish cheers.

Photo of IceAce
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded two and a half fingers of rocky egg-white foam with a 50% coverage of lace. The body is stoplight yellow with very nice clarity

Aroma: Thanks to the permenant collar of foam, the nose needs no help. Floral hops are dominant...both piney and citrusy (sp?) at the same time. This is the nose I would expect from a West Coast Pale Ale

Taste: A nice medium maltbase quickly makes way for a vanilla sweet midtaste.The finish quickly fulfills the promises made by the nose with floral hops slowly fading away

Mouthfeel: A lot of Pale Ales could take a lesson from Firestone-Walker when it comes to mouthfeel. A superb velvety coating transfers the complex tastes while quickly fading to hoppy bliss

Drinkability: Coming in at 4.60% ABV...I could do this all day, almost everyday!

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,569 ratings.