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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,371 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 57
Gots: 75 | 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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-21-2012 17:14:42 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: Sweet citrus aroma dominates the smell. There’s a good complimentary hops aroma along with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The citrus sweetness that you get in the smell comes out first in the taste. The hops quickly follow and it’s a much stronger burst than the smell leads you to expect. Once the two flavors are introduced, the taste stays very well-balanced the rest of the way.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, the only drawback I can see with this beer would be that you might look for something with a little bit more of a kick to it. Overall, it’s an excellent representation of style while at the same time keeping the beer lighter than most APA’s.

12-03-2006 02:03:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-06-2012 02:59:02 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

Appears a light pale golden hue with a bright white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has brilliant citrus/tea leaf/herbal grassy notes. Pale biscuit malt breadiness sneaks out amongst the wave of hops coming at me. Flavors are completely cohesive with malts and hops working together so well. Below 5% this is some excellent hop forward session ale, biscuit malt delicate bready profile with citric, earthy, floral hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied sturdy spritzy carbonation goes down smooth. Drinkability was wonderful world class pale ale excellent stuff that deserves all of the accolades that they have gained recognition for.

10-10-2010 03:05:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-02-2014 01:19:48 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

I was not impressed with this beer. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is yellow and hazy. Carbonation is low, a thin white, broken head floats around on top clinging to the glass, leaving almost no lacing.

This beer has almost a sweet / plastic aroma to it. There are some hops in there but more than that there is just this sweet candy like aroma. I don't smell the malt. Maybe buttery. I'm not sure what's going to happen.

Beer is medium body, so that's good. The flavors are mild and understated, which is fine. The sweetness I smelled is present in the beer, for sure. There isn't a lot of bitterness, no aftertaste, I'm not sure how the different flavors are playing together, they all seem disconnected. Drinkability is fine so is mouthfeel.

12-01-2009 21:03:31 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

I must admit before I get into the review I am becoming more a fan of well-balanced, well crafted brews. This to me is one of those beers - not to say it is for everyone, just an all around well made beer to me.
I picked this bottle up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled in a mug.

A - A beautiful honey amber w/ 2 1/2 fingers of rocky glistening ecru w/ a very fine bead. The clarity is refulgent and the carbonation visibly rises toward the head.

S - A woody, earthy green hop aroma w/ subtle stone fruit essence. Hints of grapefruit and floral accents are present w/ mild malt in the back

M - A balance of fruity sweet and acidity w/ moderate carbonation and a spicy middle. The ale finishes more on the bitter side, but still retains a mild malt sweetness

T - A light citrus note leads to a light sweet malt w/ a gentle biscuit tinge. More lemony hops w/ mild orange similar to a meyer lemon. More spice from the hops as it opens up w/ a zesty sweet taste and the semi dry finish has moderate bitterness.

D - A great pale ale w/ plenty of hop flavor, citrus and still mostly balanced - perhaps one of the best I've had.

09-17-2009 22:37:06 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Yay date, 1/07/14

Pours a pasty white fizzy frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice frothy lacing, crystal clear pale pilsner color.

Nose nice floral hops, fruity too, hint grapefruit pith and melon rind, generic mild fruit, faint hint of malt under.

Taste fresh hops, more fruity hops, again mild melon rind and touch of grapefruit pith, generic juicy fruit and hint fruity bubblegum, fair bitterness. Malts add a touch of graininess and very light sweetness to balance. Little floral and very light resin and faint increasing pine note, also from the hops. Finish is dry, grainy malts, a bit more bitterness with hops getting a bit grassy and more floral and spicy even, hint of fruity notes.

Mouth is med bod, just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, nice hops, just enough malts, very drinkable and tasty.

03-05-2014 23:22:40 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

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

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

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light pale and bisquit malt scent along with mild hop aroma and a light oak barrel presence. The aroma is quite complex and highly enticing. The taste is decent. It has a thin pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with a nice hoppy aftertaste. The barrel taste really covers up the simple, yet refreshing pale malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine pale ale. It's got an interesting flavor palate, but I could kill a sixer of these easy.

02-01-2008 02:16:57 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Here's a nice little easy-going pale ale. I had this while I was waiting for the Funky Buddha Berliner weisses to go on. Served in a shaker, a clear golden color with a delightful puff of white head that sank quite a bit, but left some nice lacing on the way down. Not much in the aroma from what I could perceive anyway; light toasted grains, floral hops, pretty standard stuff. Taste of sweet biscuity malts, nicely balanced by fresh floral hops, slight citrus notes. Light, crisp, basic. Light body and easily drinkable.

06-05-2012 00:52:07 | More by Rifugium
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mactrail

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Light in weight but the flavors seem quite appropriate to the lower alcohol and the general thin and crisp body. A clear yellow in the glass, a nice head, and plenty of carbonation. Sharp and refreshing.

Quite a delicious but delicate hoppy flavor. The nose is really flowery. Brewery says this is dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook. Some resins and pine in the flavor. Some understated malt with a fresh, bready flavor. The combination is totally drinkable. Even the bitterness is just right. You can taste that it's bitter, but somehow it's a pleasing hoppy flavor rather than a medicinal taste.

The one I had to sample was icy cold, and it stands up very well to the chill with its fragrance and crisp flavor. It's one beer to chill when you want a cold one. From the 12 oz bottle. I am getting to be a Firestone fan.

09-07-2012 04:38:16 | More by mactrail
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mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral notes, citrus hops, toasted malts, bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose, plus some fruity malts. Lots of floral and citrus hops, and some bready malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and very easy to drink.

do - Overall a very nice pale ale. Not overly strong in any sense, but a lot of nice floral and citrus hops to it. Would have again and a good beer to start a session with.

04-05-2011 01:12:10 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

09-07-2012 19:25:27 | More by mendvicdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours slightly hazed golden yellow with a white head that thins to a wide patch, leaving dots of lacing.

The smell is citric, floral, a touch of pine with grainy/caramelish backing.

The taste if of citrus/grapefruit with some floral and piney notes and an orangey, grainy, caramelish balance. It has a bitterish, dry finish. I might like the nose a tad more, but not enough to distinguish in the score.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body.

A relatively modest abv for an American Pale, yet with strength in aroma and taste and a sturdy body. A great choice for a "sessioner" for those who like their pale ales edging on the hoppier aroma side!

12-05-2008 01:54:04 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

The beer is a gold color and only has a wispy, pale draught head. This beer has an incredible, fresh, hop aroma. I get notes of apricots, some peach, and of course some of the typical citrus notes. The aroma is just quite striking, and I really like the mix of fruit character that the hops evoke here. The taste is pretty light and refreshing and has a light sweetness to it that really helps to accentuate the fruity flavors from the hops. The hop character is definitely dominated by a fresh fruity character that is most evocative of peaches and apricots. This is really quite nice.

01-25-2006 22:13:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

Modest start to the head. Leaves some streak and spotty lace.

Excellent hop aroma; half floral and half peppery.

Good malt start but it quickly devolved into a hop bomb. This borders on an IPA in terms of bitterness. Good body with a high carbonation level.

If you like bitter beers, this could be a new favorite.

11-04-2010 01:48:26 | More by smcolw
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-07-2014 03:30:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12 oz. bottle, single, purchased from the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa,

A: Pours a macro pale yellow, with a white head that's a tad on the thin side, but has good retention and leaves some nice beer lacing.

S: Light smell of hops and malt, some oak.

T: Very crisp hop bite attacks first with some citrus and tropical fruits, maybe a bit of tangerine. Toffee and sourdough bread come in as the malt backbone, with a very nice vanilla note to end the beer, a gem.

M: Crisp, light and smooth, good carbonation, very refreshing.

D: This is a really good pale, up there with Anchor and Alpha King, possibly the best made in CA.

01-11-2008 22:21:29 | More by Halcyondays
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-05-2012 21:05:57 | More by MarkyMOD
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a clear orange color with a 1" head. Some light lacing develops. The aroma is nice as floral hops and oranges are easily detectable. The flavor was nice as malt and floral hops were nicely balanced, but the malt came across as slightly sweeter than other pale ales. The citrus (orange tones) were quite strong.

The mouthfeel was smooth and it had a medium body. The finish was relatively short with bitterness and citrus lasting on the tongue. Nicely drinkable, but the sweetness may be a turnoff to some here.

08-11-2004 11:12:50 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

2.64/5  rDev -31.4%

Nabbed a sixer at my local Vons grocery store. "California Pale Ale Dry Hopped." 4.9% ABV according to the label (not 4.8 as currently listed; I chalk it up to batch variation). Bottled 02/20/13 - that makes this less than two months old, and it's been refrigerated the whole time. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~4 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper. Not very vibrant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Typical of the style; it's generally appealing.

Sm: Generic floral hop notes. Light citrus. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Pale malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Light hop oil.

T: Pale malts, floral hops, light hop oil. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Boring and bland for a pale ale, but passable. A bit grassy. Imbalanced. Decently built. I'm unwderwhelmed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit oily. Adequate carbonation. It's thin and weak. Suits the flavour profile okay, but it's very wanting.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for what it is, but very pedestrian. Another underwhelming brew from Firestone Walker. I wouldn't get this again. Hides its ABV decently. Meh.

C-

04-14-2013 23:30:36 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

5/18/08- Purchased at Piazza's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Light golden in color with a 3/4 inch head. Lightly frothy and holds at a slight rim. Light lacing remains.

Smell- Very hoppy with grapefruit rind nose and a touch of pine. A slight toasted malt is hidden, but barely peeks through.

Taste- This one could easily pass an an IPA. It's got a very large grapefruit hop bite and a bit of pine needle flavor as well. Malt is lightly sweet and caramel flavored. Malt comes through more as you get deep into the beer.

Mouthfeel- A tad overcarbonated. Crisp, sweet and bitter lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- I really enjoyed this IPA...errr, pale ale. Definitely recommended.

05-19-2008 15:39:01 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev 0%

Received as an extra in a recent trade with EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again man!

Pours a clear dark golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Frothy 2 finger white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind.

Sweet citrusy hop aroma with nice butterscotch malty presence and earthy grassy notes. Interesting combination of sweet lemon peel/grapefruit citrus along with butterscotch like biscuity malt and earthy grassy straw notes.

Pretty hop forward for a pale ale with a prominent dry earthy pine presence that's complimented by a sweet citrus lemongrass/grapefruit character. The malt backbone is a lot stronger than I expected in a west coast beer but provides excellent balance. Hints of caramel, butterscotch and biscuit. More dry bitter earthy hops and citrus sweetness in the dry finish.

12-21-2009 07:07:29 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to beermaninpa for this one!
Appears a light gold with a half inch white head that fades to a light film in about a minute. Some bits of streaky lacing stick to the glass. Some streams of large bubles slowly rise to the top of the glass.
Smell is of crisp hops with an oak and vanilla aroma.
Taste is of creamy vanilla and mild hops that seem to blend into a nice, crisp finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, sweet with a semi-dry finish that is slick on the tongue. This also has a mild, tingly linger on the front of the tongue.
Drinkability isn't half bad for a pale ale.

It's ok, dog.

06-15-2005 22:21:47 | More by weeare138
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.