Pale 31 California Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #779
Ranked #19,498
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
Notes: Pale 31 is brewed to exemplify the classic California pale ale style, hence the name honoring the Golden State as the 31st state to be admitted to the Union. Beautiful floral and citrus hop aromas greet the nose with undertones of lightly toasted malt. Crisp pale and crystal malts offer a hint of sweetness. Subtle hop bitterness offers a refreshing finish. Perfect for a sunny day at the beach or barbecue with friends, Pale 31 represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/25/14; drank 9/28/14 @ the Yarchives.

Clear dandelion hue.

Big white head; frothy, tree-rung lace.

Fresh soap & fresh pine nose; hints of cilantro & pepper heat as well.

Medium thin mouthfeel. Honey, fresh pine & fresh soap flavor up front; honey sweetness settles on the lips as this warms.

These flavors tend to not be my favorite, but the honey balances this nicely. A delicious fall sipper.

Jul 05, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Original rating 2012-11-17] Clear gold with a white head that recedes quickly. Aroma is faint, citrus and straw. Taste is bitter hops with a hint of sweetness. The finish is bitter, with citrusy hops.

Oct 03, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light golden, straw coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of citrus fruit: tangerine, grapefruit, with a hint of pine. Taste follows the nose, with a hoppy citrus taste of tangerine and grapefruit, with just a hint of pine and biscuity malt coming through. Medium body and carbonation. This is your typical citrus/pine Pale Ale and a pretty solid one at that. Nothing special, but perfectly nice and easy-drinking.

Feb 15, 2018
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lbond from California

3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV 4.9%

Perfectly acceptable pale, was nice to drink and especially nice to drink as part of the variety pack price. Mildly hoppy and tasted of citrus and pine.

Jan 21, 2018
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vinicole from England

3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pale amber. Thin frothy head.
Sweet caramel malt and tangerine aroma.
Hoppy flavour of citrus with pine. Light bitter finish which disperses the sweetness.
Decent carbonation with a moderate body.

Dec 12, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a moderate white foam with very good retention. Medium spicy hop aromas with hints of fresh tangerine. Medium malt aromas with light bready, cracker noted. Medium bodied with biting medium carbonation. Light warmth in the feel from the middle to the end. Spicy, herbal hop flavors with hints of citrus. Medium high, spicy, biting hop bitterness through the middle. Medium malty backbone. Herbal hop flavors on the back end with minty notes. Finished with a spicy hop bite followed by herbal mint and a lingering bitterness. Pushing the limits of an APA with the hoppiness, but flavorful and refreshing nonetheless.

Nov 30, 2017
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joedvegas from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold and clear color, clinging white head. Not a lot on the nose, little bit of malt. Balanced taste with hints of citrus and pine. Crisp feel, nice balance and finish. Good beer for a hot Vegas night. Feels light.

Oct 01, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight:deep amber liquid, minimal tan foam, clear
Smell: good, malty aroma 4.00 Taste: medium bitterness
mouthfeel: lively carbonation with good follow through, long finish
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, not look for

Sep 16, 2017
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 7/3. A pleasantly colored light amber, crystal clear. Nice head, fades to a skim coat. The taste is clean, mostly hops with a background malt foundation. Dry aftertaste and a little rough on the finish. Unlike the "sessionable IPAs", we rate this firmly in the PA camp. A nice ale for a warm summer's evening.

Aug 29, 2017
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass. Big, bubbly head with lots more carbonation emanating from the semi-transparent golden brew. Lots of hops on the nose and some grains present. Taste is muted on the hops, which definitely is expected from a pale, but there are definitely some tingly pine notes. This one is very easy drinking. A really well-crafted pale for those who like the hoppier variety.

Aug 21, 2017
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mixed twelve pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a golden effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of hops and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

Aug 12, 2017
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Seidel. Bottled on March 28th 2017.

L: Clear gold, finger width white head has quite nice retention.

S: Citrus, pine and bready malts. Clean aroma and typical Pale Ale bouquet.

T: Follows nose closely, decently tasty.

F: Light, average carbonation, semi-dry.

O: Pretty solid Pale Ale.

Jul 30, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass.Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice, if predictable aroma of hops, citrus fruit, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of citrus fruit (lemon, orange, in particular), a hint of pine, a little malt, a fair shot of hops, some pineapple, a floral quality, and some tropical fruits. A light, sweet effervescent flavor that's very easy to drink. Very fruity, balanced with the right amount of hops.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: As APAs go, this is a solid one. Nothing overly groundbreaking, but definitely a drinkable beer.

Jul 18, 2017
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whatthehull from California

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 12oz bottle

A - pours a lovely dark gold with a copper hue, one finger bright white head and some slight lacing

S - super sweet hops, pine, pineapple, mango, wlp-001 or something similar, crisp, clean, super sweet malts with a hint of toastedness, tons of citrus and everything smells so alive

T - this beer reminds me of session ales before they were popular and is reminds me of Union Jack dialed down, a lot. Pine, pineapple, lots of citrus and their flowers, dry and sweet malts, WCIPA style yeast,

M - medium minus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and great session style IPA

D/O - if this beer has one adjective it would be refreshing and wow, is it ever. Tastes of Union Jack that is watered down, but in the best way (not sure if that makes complete sense). This beer goes great with most food and in most situations -- paired this with some chicken tenders and it was a wonderful delight and of course a chocolate chip cookie for desert and that was brilliant as well. Don't age, drink fresh.

Final thoughts - $7 a sixer is awesome but the under 5% ABV is lacking. Though the more the merrier I suppose. Also great on tap

Jul 18, 2017
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 12-pack $15.99 Foodland
Clear golden color
Floral smell
Medium carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Slight bitterness, light citrus
Overall a nice beer for the style. I would buy again.

Jul 16, 2017
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huthuty from Utah

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant amber
Smell is an incredibly unique pine hop smell
Taste is of very dense pine and mild malt, very delicious, very crisp
Mouth feel is light
Overall this beer is fantastic I saw it long ago and now regretfully haven't tried it until today

Jul 15, 2017
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "canned on" date 1-9-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear copper color with less than one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: faint to the nose, bread, flowers and some citrus.

TASTE: initially brown sugar and bread then a citrus and slightly metallic hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a tasty beer, I would buy this again no problem and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Jun 22, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a goblet. Very attractive light copper color, with three-finger snow-white head. Intense aromas of pine and citrus, with some delicate floral notes and a little light malt. Hop forward on the palate, with a touch of malt sweetness. The bitterness is pleasant but not overpowering. Crisp, dry finish, with no lingering bitterness or sweetness. I found this quite enjoyable. Good food beer, but stands very well on its own as a sipper.

Jun 16, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a nice transparent super light yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dies within less than a minute and leaves a nice foamy spotted lacing sticking nicely to the sides of the glass. The smell was quite floral yet citrusy in a nice light sort of way. The taste was florally sweet with the citrusy aspect only slightly being there. There is no aftertaste. But there is a decent citrusy dry finish. On the palate, this beer sits exceptionally light and shows a great sessionability about it. The carbonation has a decent harshness about it. Overall, I say this is a very nice American Pale Ale by Firestone Walker and I would gladly love to have this again.

Jun 07, 2017
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 bottle. Full hop aromas, really powerful and pleasant.

Taste is a little more mild, but with a good balance between hop and citrus. A slight wheatiness keeps it tamed and turns out a really nice APA. Typically not my go-to style, this is very drinkable.

May 30, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

2.22/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey color. Smells a little off, hops and some weird metallic scent. Really metallic in flavor with slightly bitter hops, not good at all. Light body with medium carbonation. This beer tasted really off, I had to pour it.

May 16, 2017
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Shanex from France

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into a teku glass.

Pours a nice white head fading quickly.

Smell and taste grapefruits' and pine notes.

Overall, a slight disappointment. It lacks something and there are far better APA in America these days...

Apr 13, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

That golden copper colour associated with lagers. Good head leaves light lacing.

Flavor is yellows and blues. Feel is tumultuous and aggressively bubbly. Generic pine and lightly citrus hops followed by light bread flavor.


Feb 10, 2017
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flgimp from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Smell is fruity. Tasting citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime. Good bitterness balance. Clean. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Nice pale ale. I would do this again.

Dec 19, 2016
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RyanK252 from California

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a dense white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves a little light lacing

S: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, floral notes, light bready malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, citrus, grapefruit and lemon, light fruity notes, biscuity malt, and some light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've had this one a couple times before, but never in a setting where I could rate it. Overall, it's a pretty solid old school pale ale that can still hold its own.

Nov 15, 2016
Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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