Pale 31 California Pale Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #731
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,386
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.7%
Ratings:
2,000
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 23, 2021
Added:
Aug 23, 2002
Wants:
  87
Gots:
  288
SCORE
86
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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355 ml bottle, from CITTI-Markt Flensburg. ABV is 4.9% according to front label, according to rear label (from German importer BraufaktuM) it is 4.6%. BB date 30.07.2013. Malts are Pilsener, Pale (Maris Otter), Münchener, Caramel. Hops are Fuggle, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook. Deep golden colour, moderate white head. Aroma of caramel, orange marmalade and American hops, also some herbal notes. Smooth mouthfeel and flavour, moderate carbonation. Not too sweet, a little caramel, herbal hops but not very bitter. Not bad at all despite BB date, but will sample again when I get a fresher bottle, might be even better fresh.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Another very good and very smooth pale ale from Firestone Walker.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

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by iguanodon from Utah

[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.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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.

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3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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https://i.imgur.com/S1uDW5g.jpg

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.

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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by vinicole from England

Bottle. Pale amber. Thin frothy head.
Sweet caramel malt and tangerine aroma.
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Decent carbonation with a moderate body.
Refreshing.

Dec 12, 2017
 
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

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.

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3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2000 ratings