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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,440 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 66
Gots: 90 | 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 Spikester
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an APA that won't knock you're socks off. It is just about perfect for the style however. So if you are looking for the next bigger, hoppier APA this ain't it. It is just a well executed APA with no bad character whatsoever. Pours a light amber with a good-sized white head and a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is citrus floral hops. Taste is mildly bitter citrus hops with an ideal amount of sweet malt. The perfect session APA for me. The problem is that it is hard to find in Oregon. I bought the last bottle at the store today.
Just bought another bomber. As good as the first. Exceptional APA. Buy some now. Especially at the low 4.8% abv. Great session beer.

Spikester, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of JoelClark
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Zuidman, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of doughanson78
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light golden yellow color. Perfectly clear. Half finger, white, very fizzy head that immediately disappears. No lace to speak of.

S: I get honey as the dominate aroma. Some light citrusy hops. With a touch of caramel. Good aroma, just way to light.

T: Honey and caramel sweetness throughout. Slight earthy and citrusy bitterness in the middle. Finishes sweet.

M: Light to medium bodied. Not watery. Slightly creamy. Very crisp and refreshing. Big carbonation, a bit much. Slightly dry finish.

O: Another good offering from Firestone. Not Great, but definitely good. Good summer/session beer.

doughanson78, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ortie, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Dizzy242, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, golden color with a small white head that maintains. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a nice blend of piney and floral hops with a hint of caramel malt lurking beneath.

Piney and floral hops upfront with a medium bitterness. A nice mild caramel malt flavor appears midway and rides along with the hops through the finish.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

Solid APA across the board, and definitely has the California vibe to it. Will make a return in my fridge as often as I can find it.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear golden orange with tight, white cap. Decent lacing. Small head declines to sticky white ring.

Smell: Citrus (lemon), piney hops, and toasted bready malts (light). Maybe some nuts in there as well.

Taste: Lemon, pine, butter, toasted malts, nuts, and a clean, bitter finish. Great balance!

Mouthfeel: Nice mouth-coating, and very smooth. Medium carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day, any day. And with an ABV of only 4.6%, that's totally possible. We buy these puppies in 24-packs regularly.
"It's what we drink around here."

ThreeWiseMen, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev +4.2%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -21.9%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of aforbes10
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a noticeably light brownish yellow with a big pillowy white head that looks great in the glass. Smells of nice lemony hops and mild clean malt. Flavor is nice and subdued. Clean, easy drinking and sweet with a nice hop bitterness thats just aggressive enough to remind me that I'm drinking a intentionally restrained beer. I love that this isn't an IPA labeled as a pale ale and that its actually true to style, not overly bitter or hopped up beyond belief. Very easy to drink and delicious and an exemplary example of what a "session" beer can be when made well. Incidentally, this is my second FW beer (im starting off with their easy-to-find ones) and i've been VERY impressed with both.

aforbes10, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

LotsofLupulin, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

KeyWestGator, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

JVan, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a clear golden body with a fluffy white head.

Floral, grassy, and lemony hops with a bready and honey sweet maltiness.

A mild bitterness sets in yielding to a floral and grassy hoppiness and bready malt.

Light bodied and clean with ample carbonation.

MattSweatshirt, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

NateMac13, May 25, 2014
Photo of carteravebrew
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

carteravebrew, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$3 during happy hour, served in a pint glass
Sampled 28MAR13

[A] Served with a small head, less than a finger high, foamy and compact, and just off white in color. Well retained. The light orange colored body is crystal clear. A few strands of lace line the glass.

[S] Fresh hop character is average in intensity. Notes of orange flesh, pith and oils. Just a hint of grassiness adds complexity to the citrus-forward nose.

[T] Pulpy orange juice. With the help of a very effervescent mouthfeel, the flavor of Pale 31 is quite mimosa-like. Juicy, straightforward and delicious.

[M] The mouthfeel leans towards the aggressive side. Slightly overcarbed for my tastes. After a few swirls, the mouthfeel is spot on. Light body and super crisp on the finish.

[O] This is a damn good beer. And highly quaffable. I could order this again and again.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

TwelveOunces, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle, this beer had a clear golden color and a modest, bubbly white head that shrank down to a skim and left sketchy lace.
This pale ale packed a noseful of floral hops - very flowery with a strong citrusy undercurrent. Miniscule maltiness in the nose. The taste was a complete 180° turn-about from the smell: lots of biscuity malt with some candy sweetness and little in the way of hops, bitter or otherwise. Finish had a stale saltine cracker flavor and I swear there was a tortilla aftertaste that put me off. The feel was light, dry and faintly gritty.
I can't say I'd be eager to reach for another one of these. It just seemed to wander around too much trying to figure out whether it should be hoppy or malty. In the end, Firestone Pale Ale remained indecisive and only a mediocre brew.

Boilermaker88, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of colts9016
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A thin white head that has no retention. The color of the beer is a medium gold color, with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A descent bright floral aroma with hints of grapefruit, pine toasted malt and some biscuit characters.

Taste: A good amount of floral esters, grapefruit, and light pine. The malt is lightly toasted and cracker and biscuit notes.

Overall: The mouth feel is boring, carbonated, and slightly crisp. The body of the beer is light and the finish is medium light. I was hoping more from Firestone Walker but I get this boring interesting poor pale ale.

colts9016, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of neonbrown82
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was sent as a bonus, thanks to Zorro. One of the best pales I've yet tasted, and I've had quite a few, so it is not often I will rave about one. I really can't wait to try the Firestone 10 based on how amazing this simple pale ale is. This is not only the first oak aged pale I've had, but as far as I know it is the first beer I've had that was fermented in a burton union system.

The beer looks great. It pours to a clear golden yellow color with a crisp carbonation supporting a thick fluffy white head. Lacing is pretty spotty, on the other hand. Retention is alright.

The smell is wonderful. Nice mellow pale malty sweetness balanced out by a piny and juicy hoppiness. Even has a hint of oaky vanilla. Has a mellow creaminess about it as well. Very smooth and balanced.

The taste is just as exceptional as the aroma. Very clean pale malt flavor followed by the perfect balancing bitterness. Bountiful hops flavor in the finish. Subtle pine and grapefruit with a gentle lemon zest. The oak really smooths out the rough edges and adds a bit of vanilla and a feint barrel char.

The beer is medium in body. Carbonation is very smooth and gentle on the palate. Alcohol is undetectable, though I would expect no less from a 4.6% pale ale. Very creamy mouthfeel. I could drink this all night, and I probably would quite often if it were available in my area. Thanks again, Zorro.

Oh, and P.S. - Jim Cibak, we miss you over here in 3F's land!

neonbrown82, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +4.2%

danwho, May 31, 2013
Photo of Nightrain87
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Nightrain87, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a fascinating extra from a recent trade. There's lots of reviews (131) already posted and given I hear most often about this brewery for their bigger beers its neat to be able to try this beer.

this was a nice golded colored brew with a pleasent hop character. I had this on a very hot day with a barbeque diner. I would recommend this beer for a nice warm weather session beer. low abv and a nice clean hop flavor. yeah, this worked.

barleywinebrewer, Jul 09, 2008
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.