Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonebeer.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
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#20,554
Reviews:
579
Ratings:
1,994
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 1,994
Reviews by JLaw55:
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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

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerjonny82
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, this is by far one of the best beers I have ever had. Unlike most Pale ales, this beer has the clean, crisp feel and appearance of a lager, the hoppiness of a mild IPA, and the most incredible hoppy aroma you will get from a bottled beer. Along with the intense sweet, floral aroma, the dry hopped finish creates a superbly delicious dry aftertaste. Besides the hops, the beer is low in maltiness, yet has a nice light bready flavor. The low 4.9% alcohol content will allow you to enjoy more than one on a work night.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: A clear light golden body with beautifully rising bubbles sits under a thick, foamy head. The head basically never recedes and leaves thick patches of lacing.

Aroma: Citrus zest, peppery crackers, clean spicy hops.

Taste: A soft, slightly bready malt bill lays the ground for white pepper and citrus zest to dance around on. In the finish light tropical fruit notes emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A nicely balanced APA with a nicely approachable ABV.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Polished amber suffused with orange peel orange. Atop the beer is a beautiful, firmsticky head of alabaster cream that has tiny, pearl-like bubbles embedded in its upper surface. Delicate snippets of lace keep watch over the head's descent from the safety of the upper portion of the glass... until the drinking begins, that is.

Pale Ale has a very nice nose. A hop bill that includes Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook is hard to screw up, but I still have to give credit where credit is due. Firestone has fashioned a wonderfully aromatic '3-Cs and an F' nose that many pale ales would kill for.

The flavor isn't quite a match for the nose, but it's close. The same citrus hoppy elements are in play, even if they don't shine with quite as much luster as I'd like. It's a tad undermalted and a wee bit underhopped, although I feel as if I'm being overly picky. The beer has a fresh, clean flavor of orange and grapefruit sections soaking in their own juice.

It all fades away a little prematurely thanks to the light body/mouthfeel, but that only makes me want to drink faster. The flavor profile is right on the money, I just wish there was more of it.

Firestone Pale Ale is pretty good beer that would benefit from a slightly more assertive nature. Having said that, there's nothing at all wrong with a pale ale that doesn't feel like blurring the distinction between an APA and an IPA. In the end, I like this one more than the final score would indicate and I'm certain that I'd drink a lot of it if it was brewed locally.

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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden with a thick head of off-white suds, and wispy clouds of lace.

Aroma: Crisp grapefruit and citrus hops. Nice.

Taste: Definitely on the hoppy side of things, with plenty of grapefruit and pine notes. Key word here is balance, and Firestone Walker has hit that well, with malts playing carefully alongside the prominent hops profile. A super-smooth and easy-drinking American pale ale that’s really quite excellent. Bravo!

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Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold with abundant head and lace.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus, a hint of grain. Fresh and mild, doesn't jump out much, but it's very pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: This brew opens with a malt character of cereal and freshly baked bread, leading way to a perfect floral hop bite. Very mellow in the finish, with a hint of citrus remaining on the tongue.

Drinkability: This stuff goes down ridiculously easy; it's gone before you know it. The ideal session beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of russwbeck
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear yellow pour with about a finger or two of white head. The retention and lacing are both top notch. 4.5

S: The aroma is wheaty with some complimenting pine and citrus hops. It seems to have a maltiness underneath, pretty light overall. 3.5

T: The taste continues the wheat, slight hops and malts theme. The hops do seem to take a larger part in the taste than they did in the aroma. The malt base is more prevalent. It seems to be a pilsner pale ale mix. 3.5

MF: Extremely light and crisp with a medium to low carbonation. This beer is damn drinkable. I put down my serving very quickly. 4

Pairing: This was the introduction beer, so it wasn't paired with anything but a speech, which was very well done. 4

O: Really nice offering, but nothing special. I probably wouldn't pick it up again. 3.5

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Photo of Nightrain87
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Gtotango
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of kmos27
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wesley777
3.6/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Kolb
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bkbergen
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of heygeebee
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From Beer Cartel.. 11/05/13 ??? hmmm

A - clear straw, nice fluffy one finger heads stays nicely. Lovely spotty lace.

S - nice mixed citrus, apricot, floral hop notes..

T - well balanced, more generic citrus, peach, moderately hoppy.

M - quite light in mouth, almost soft drink like.

O - solid solid solid for style. I am wholly unsure of the freshness given the date on the bottle, but it seems to hold its own quite well. Clearly an entry-level beer, with no palate whack but that's ok too.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of smb71481
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bouncepass
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 12/11/10-(cask ale) pours hazy yellow in color with a small off white head that faded quickly; basically zero lacing, as it all slid down very fast.

Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, light grains, lemon zest, grapefruit, coriander and grass or hay; overall all sweet and fruity, like citrus fruit.

Tastes of floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, caramel, light grains, lemon, grapefruit, coriander, orange peel, herbs, grass and/or hay; nice hoppy and malty combo with good balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost watery, with very light carbonation, a light body and an easy feel. High drinkability, as this is a very smooth and easy to drink; a definite session beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NiceTaps
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap in a pint glass.

Clear golden color, active small-bubble carbonation. 1F white head, ends as a film leaving rings of lacing.

Fruit and citrus hop aroma.

Malt base flavor, pale and caramel, with hops.

Light body with a malt kick.

Clean dry finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,994 ratings