Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 503
Hads: 1,688
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 67
Gots: 174 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of ojclark
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big piney hop aroma when first poured. Malt became apparent as hop aroma settled down. Clear golden/amber color with a frothy off-white head and minimal lacing. Very nicely balanced flavor. Malty, slight sweetness and caramel overtones nicely balanced by hop bitterness and a mellow hop flavor. Medium/light carbonation with a medium body and a fairly long finish. A good hybrid of British and American pale ale styles. (419 characters)

Photo of dill
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed as draught beer served in a pint glass.

A: pale golden color with a thin, white head.

S: citrus aroma.

T: hoppy with malt flavors, a bit of strawberry on the tongue. finishes dry and clean.

M: crisp mouthfeel. not too much carbonation.

D: nice balance, easy to drink. (282 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers that he picked up while out in CA. Poured into a Victory pint glass.

AP: Straw gold colour. I can see my fingers through the glass. White head about 1" fizzling down to 1/8", either way it's not dense at all.
AR: Biscuit, cracker, caramel malt. There's some subtle fruity notes in the background trying to make themselves known: orange, grapefruit, pineapple. There's a floral aroma as well. Nothing is really jumping out and making a bold impression.
T: Taste if better than the nose, thankfully. Pretty much all of the above that were in the nose, though the malt base is more like toasty grains and the main hop note is pink grapefruit with a touch of floral lavender. As it warms a little a hint of lemon mixes in with the GF.
M: Moderately carbonated, body on the lighter side, fairly crisp with a semi-dry finish.
OV: A decent brew, but certainly nothing that is going to 'wow' you. Seems like this was made to be a simple sessionable Pale Ale with a kiss of hops on it, if so then nicely done. However, if someone just shoved a glass in my hand and said 'taste this' without knowing what it was or is supposed to be, I'd probably just say 'it's nice' or 'it's good' and not add anything to it. (1,258 characters)

Photo of livewire78
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty golden peachy orange. Head is good enough for the score it gets. Lacing is pretty enough for me too.

Smells really good. Nice balance of citrus aroma and decently strong intensity of aroma as well.

Love the citrus taste. This follows the nose all the way down the road. Near perfect amount of bitterness and bite to this beer. It reaches out and grabs the taste buds like most pales try to do but can't get done.

Can't get much better for a pale ale than this consistency. Full without being heavy at all and beautifully carbonated without going overboard.

The devil is in the details here. For a pale ale this has amazing taste. It won't kick you in the face but it's a pale so it's not supposed to. This one gets things right on all counts. If this was locally available I'd have to get a kegerator for this specific beer alone. (856 characters)

Photo of kpoole25
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good example of an American pale ale that goes for balance rather than power. Very drinkable. 12 oz bottle to glass. Dark yellow to orange color, soap suds head. Smell is pine and citrus hops. Taste is well balanced between malt and hops, not too bitter, finishes quite dry and refreshing. (306 characters)

Photo of Dlish
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off can't believe I have not reviewed this beer yet. Its pretty much go to 6pack and is a great session beer to get the night started. Being i've had a keg of this for my birthday I might be a bit bias.

A- nice golden color, its the American beer color you think of. Golden crisp, with a white head that thinly laces the edge.

S- Smells hops, and it being they use the three C's Cascade, Centenniall and chinook. Although the hops are very faint, to be fair this beer is cooler than normal. The malt profile is hint in the background.

T- The hops really come through in the taste. Nice herby balance, that is refreshing. The clean bitterness flows great into the light and sweet malt profile. This beer could almost be a pale/honey blond beer with how sweet but warm the malt profile is. This beer does not try to be in your face, (nor are most firestone beers) its perfection is in how clean and crisp it is, which is the American pale ale style.

M- Because of the sweet crisp style, it makes this beer incredibly easy to drink. That and its low alcohol content lets you polish off a 6 pack and not even worry about it.

D- I love this beer, I think I already made that clear. It might be a hometown pride, but personally I just think its because its that good. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Bajasith
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear golden color with a copper hue as the light reflected through...
Mellow biscuit and floral scents as slightly roasted malts rise. Tatse is very smoothe and not overpowering in any way as the light citris hits the palate and the swwet caramel malts splash in the end.
Very much drinkable as the low abv helps this brew quench your thirst on a hot day. (370 characters)

Photo of cerveza5150
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt golden brown color with tiny bubbles of carbonation. The head formation is nice, but the retention turns kinda soapy.

Smells of spicy hops with some earthy undertones.

The taste is great - refreshing, hoppy, and just slightly sweet. You need to like hops to enjoy this, but I'll take this and it's relatively low ABV (4.6%) any day over swill at the local 5 and dime. (387 characters)

Photo of madtappers
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best of the Firestone Walker beers that are bottled.

I have tried both on tap and in the bottle, and prefer the the tap over the bottle.

Beer is very drinkable has a great hop smell without the hop after taste. This beer can easily been sesioned without getting overwhemled by hops. Must be the oak barrel fermentaion process that gives the beer the smooth drinkablity.

Would recomend this beer to both the beer snob and the beer novice! (453 characters)

Photo of Callenak
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice, clean copper with a decent white head.

S - Smells great. Not overtly hoppy, but a definite American hop presence.

T - A great example of an APA. My only complaint would be it's to balanced, I love hops, but I know this isn't an IPA. A good caramel, malt backbone to this beer. Less bitter and more sweet than say SNPA, but a nice relief from it too. If firestone were to take this recipe and up the hops to make an IPA out of it, it would be amazing. Much better than the Nectar Ales IPA, which I already enjoy.

For the style, this beer is great. Highly enjoyable and very drinkable. (610 characters)

Photo of WBMiller
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance = Bright gold. A quarter inch of white head, great lacing throughout.
Smell = Clean, lively. Subtle.
Taste = Balance of sweet and bitter.
Mouth-feel = Medium, dry.
Overall = Initially, the beer comes of somewhat light. It's character becomes more apparent as the it acclimates outside the bottle. A charming brew. (327 characters)

Photo of bassboneman
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer!
It is just perfect drinking for the warm days/nights of summer. It has a great taste and mouthfeel.
It is a great combintion of sweet and bitter with a backround taste/finish that is pleasantly unusual.
While great out of the bottle - even better in a cold glass!

** worth noting - the labels - at least in NY dont quite look the same as pictured (372 characters)

Photo of californiakulak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew in my kegerator. Poured into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Golden with a fluffy white head. A little cloudy.

S. Very good smell. Citrus hops and possibly a little honey.

T. The hops stand out on this one. Lots of citrus notes (orange? grapefruit?) as well as a some malty flavors. Very balanced.

M. Bitter hops and perhaps a little bit of an oily texture.

D. At about 4.6% abv this one is very drinkable. That is why I had it in my kegerator. You can drink many of these a day without damaging the liver too much.

Serving type: on-tap (553 characters)

Photo of Allpe45
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed from the cask by gravity at the Hungry Monk

Appears yellowish orange with a short frothy head, plenty of clarity but still a bit of chill haze. Smells citrus forward with a touch of floral hops. Very crisp, tastes like floral hops and grapefruit up front, smooth malty middle and a quick bitter finish. Medium bodied, the carbonation is much more prominent than expected for the serving type. This is flavorful, not too strong in alcohol content, and fits the style well. (482 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a glass a clear golden yellow color, with moderate lacing.

Smells like piney, lemony hops.

Tastes as hoppy as it smells, with the hops overpowering the malts from start to finish, but at no point being too extreme. This is clearly a hop lover's Pale Ale. Could almost pass as an IPA based on the hop content, but it's definitely a Pale Ale.

Goes down fairly smooth as well, with medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very solid Pale Ale, and a very solid session beer and has become one of my go to session beers. (550 characters)

Photo of jb413
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden yellow pour, crystal clear, with spots of rising bubbles. Inch or so of white head that dropped quickly and spotty, sparse lacing down the sides.

S - Light nose with some bready malts and piney hops. A bit underwhelming.

T - Better than the nose. Smooth, with a great balance between some piney / slightly floral hops and sweet malt backbone. Neither overtakes the other.

MF - Smooth feel, light in body, super drinkable, great carbonation, and a nice moderate dry hop finish.

O - Nice dry hopped pale with a great balance and great feel. The pour and the nose left some to be desired, but a repeat pick pale for sure. (634 characters)

Photo of uawildcat
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel as though I have been rating beers highly lately. Maybe its just because I have had so many good beers. Had a pint of this on-tap at Sushi Garden.

A - Came to me with a one figer white head and the typical straw color of the beer. Head had nice retention and lacing

S - The smell departement is average for this beer. Has a nice predominantly cirtusy hop smell to it.

T/M - Taste has a bunch of upfront cirusy hops and piney hops that is balanced out with a cereal sweetness on the end. Creamy carbonation goes well. Leaves a slight oiliness on the palate.

O - I think this is another great pale ale. Seems as though I can't go wrong with this style. (661 characters)

Photo of MikePags
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Growler from Oliver's brew crew. Albany. Served in a pint glass.

A: golden color that is a hazy with carbonation.

S: nice hoppy aroma that isn't overpowering

T: this beer's straightforward, simple and solid taste makes it an amazing example of what a California Pale Ale should be. Nice hops without overpowering your taste buds but enough to keep you coming back.

M: smooth medium body

O: amazing session beer that should be used as a benchmark to evaluate all other Pales (479 characters)

Photo of ely2000k
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I like this beer. It's fairly easy to drink, and thought it is 4.8% alcohol, it has a good bite of bitterness to it, and the hop profile is more in vein of an IPA, though probably more drinkable to the average beer drinker. I think beers like this are really important for the craft beer market... a mid priced 6 pack, that is quite drinkable, and could possibly win over some drinkers of more commercial beers. Taste wise I feel like this tastes like a very mild IPA, and because I love IPAs, I think this is a great introduction to stronger and more hopped up beers. (576 characters)

Photo of notsoprobeer
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is light golden yellow and is hazy. It has a white head that stuck around for most of the drink. Aroma is light, but I got some citrus. Flavor is mostly piney hops, and it's the predominant flavor in the beer. I was surprised to see that it was rated at only 38 IBUs. I expected it to be much higher. It has nice malts in the background. Body is light and it's very drinkable. Pale 31 has a similar creamy mouth feel that I noticed in Solace. I wonder if this is a result of fermenting in oak barrels? (507 characters)

Photo of BaronRogue
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm assuming this is the same as Pale Ale, since it's an alias, but on the bottle it definitely says "Pale Ale"

Anywho, poured from bottle to chalice. Clear gold with some carbonation, small head and good lacing.

Smells hoppy, piney, spicy-orange, and sour. Yum.

Tastes a lot different than most pale ales, which is why i wanted to try it again and give a review. Malts hit first, and the hops back it up. Rare for a California pale to be so malt heavy and caramel, but still really good balance.

Feels good in the mouth, maybe slightly too carbonated for my taste.

Very drinkable, light-ish beer (601 characters)

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice slightly copper mostly golden with a giant fluffy head. Serious lacing all the way down. Good head retention also.

S: Picked up some grass scents and light hop aroma.

T: Super light, refreshing, faint hop taste but really faint taste overall.

M: Feels very carbonated and really crisp. Great mouthfeel with no aftertaste.

D: Could probably drink this all day (and maybe get buzzed).

Overall this is a great alternative to the mass produced crap beers out there. I think it would be a good one to give a friend or relative that only drinks bud light or some similar nastiness. (597 characters)

Photo of Krevee
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 6/1/10
Reviewed from notes
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - Pours a golden color with a slight haze. Had about a half inch of head with an aggressive pour. Light even lacing falls quickly.

S - Very hop heavy smell. Lots of citrus and pine smells that you generally get from hops. Slight undercurrent of sweetness from what I assume is the malt.

T - Taste similar to smell. There is a nice hop flavor all the way through but it is not overpowering. I can taste the pine and citrus along with a light sweetness.

M - Medium/Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Creamy feeling in the mouth and is a bit crisp.

D - A nice lighter IPA that doesn't destroy the taste buds. A fairly easy drinking beer. I'm not big on Pale Ales or IPAs but I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. (809 characters)

Photo of montecristo2
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Small head- one finger at the pour, dissipating to a light lacing on the glass.

Smell of citrusy hops.

Clear, pale orange/yellow color. Similar to filtered apple juice.

First taste is lemony/grapefruity/citrus flavor. Very balanced and nice, hoppy taste for an APA.

4.8% makes it a good session beer. I could drink this again.

Citrus start leads to a tangy, bitter taste on the outsides of the tongue.

I look forward to trying other Firestone beers.

Cheers! (506 characters)

Photo of yonnie
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into tulip. Straw gold in color with 2 fingers of bright white head. Low to moderate lacing.

S - Malts, grassy, citrus, piney, fresh bread.

T - Malts, pears, apples, bread, citrus with some piney and floral notes.

M - Light bodied, easy to drink.

O - This is a very pleasant, refreshing and tasty APA. Lots of bright flavors and aromas. Very "juicy" and crisp. Good as a session brew. Solid. (406 characters)

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.