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Pale 31 - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,407 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 65
Gots: 84 | 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 +15.1%
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 ortie
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ortie, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of colts9016
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Zuidman, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of neonbrown82
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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 NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

NateMac13, May 25, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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
Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev +3.9%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass, served at the Blind Tiger.

Firestone Walker Pale 31 pours a brilliantly clear goldenrod, darkening towards orange when the beer's less well lit. A light dusting of white foam caps the beer, but doesn't provide much opportunity for either head retention or lacing. The nose has a nice floral aroma, offset by some juicy grapefruit notes. It doesn't quite jump out if the glass as much as it could though. The flavor is fantastic, just about perfectly balanced for a pale ale. There's a solid foundation of caramel sweetness right up front. The bitterness that comes through is enough to let you know it's there, but definitely stays short of IPA level intensity. The hoppy close is that classic floral, citrus grapefruit flavor. If I had to nitpick, I would say that the finish could stand to be a little more intense/vibrant, but it's pretty close. The body is nice, a little bit solid while not becoming too heavy for a sub 5%ABV beer. The carbonation is definitely a touch muted though. Pale 31 is another reminder that I should consider myself lucky to have Firestone Walker readily available locally.

axeman9182, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

JVan, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Eighty, May 30, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Erik-P, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of sgoro
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

sgoro, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

HumanParaquat, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ybnorml
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean yellow beer with a small white head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass as you drink. Has a nice light prickly, piney hop aroma with a promising malt note in the background. The flavor starts with a light tea like bitterness. Followed by a smooth biscuit malt note. The finish delivers the piney hop character advertised in the aroma. A nice beer.thanks john

ybnorml, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Dizzy242, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev +3.9%

danwho, May 31, 2013
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

KeyWestGator, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Gatch
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper in color with a frothy, white head that builds and dies quickly. Little head retention and no lace.

S: Mostly malt. Not much here.

T: Malty goodness with a solid hop backbone. Balanced.

M: Moderate, noticeable carbonation. Easy to drink and tasty.

O: A middle-of-the-pack PA.

Gatch, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker than average golden color with a frothy one finger white head. Not much retention but a thin skim on top and a ring around the edges. Citrus fruit aroma with a nice hefty infusion of pine notes. Biscuity and toasted grain malt notes.

Citrus hop notes coupled with resiny pine flavors. Fruit notes are a bit more pronounced then the pine flavors. Toasted grains and biscuit flavors round out the malt profiles. Light with a slight slickness in the finish. Just an all around easy drinking pale ale. Good example of the style. Perfect for a session brew with an abv lower then 5.

bjohnson, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of LotsofLupulin
4/5  rDev +3.9%

LotsofLupulin, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of gshackles
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

gshackles, Sep 21, 2013
Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.