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Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
552
Ratings:
1,896
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
19.95%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
265
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Reviews by jdhowe:
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3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 2/12/13) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful, clear golden color with a half finger of white, quickly dissipating head. Very nice to look at.

S: Smell is crisp and clean, with hops and sweet fruit making up the primary notes. Nothing overwhelming or complex here -- just, pure, simple, good.

T: A bit of a let-down, but very drinkable. Malt and citrus dominate with a little hint of hop bitterness rising and then overstaying its welcome. The hop flavors don't seem prominent nearly so much as in the nose, and this is a disappointment. Not bad, but not as good as I had hoped after seeing/smelling it, either. I would expect more hop flavor from something dry-hopped and wonder if this bottle might not be too old.

M: very drinkable. Carbonation that fills the mouth lends itself to a refreshing drink that finishes smoothly, if maybe a bit overly bitter for a refreshing sessionable drink.

O: Good beer. Not great, but good. I would like this much more if there were either more hop flavor or less hop bitterness, and I feel like they've missed the balance with this one. That said, it doesn't ruin the beer by any stretch of the imagination, and I would be happy to drink this again in the future.

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Photo of Beerjonny82
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
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 +7.3%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Narshwaggle
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of AshlandNacho
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of irrevjim
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

from a bottle to a beer tulip
look; very pale yellow golden, nice 1" white head with some retention, plenty of lacing
smell; mild lemon grass, mild bread, good but mild
taste; very balanced crisp light pale ale, kiss of citrus hops, hint of grass, hint of honey
feel;light body, crisp, finish slightly dry, on the low end of moderate carbonation
overall; It could pass for an american pilsner. I will keep it in mind for when I want something in between an ale and a pilsner, very drinkable with a pleasant beer flavor, good summer ale

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Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of chip26
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dill
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of TTripp725
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Duster72
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to IntriqKen for this one. Pours a clear golden with a smallish head and decent lacing. Aroma is sweet breads and citrus hops - very nice. Taste is tasty sweet malts up front followed by pleasant citrus and a good hop finish to cleanse the palate. Perfect mouthfeel and drinkability. Excellent APA, very refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with an offwhite head that rises about one centimeter and stays there. Good patch lacing effect. Aroma is citrusy hops, with inviting esters of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Malty caramel is in the background, and there is a hint of vanilla from the oak barrel fermentation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with crisp moderate carbonation. Taste features juicy citrusy hops, with orange and grapefruit lending a soft bitterness. Caramel and toffee notes serve up a pleasant malt balance. A hint of oaky vanilla adds a nice touch. The finish is clean, with a lingering grapefruit hops bitterness that is soft and mild. Very nicely balanced, and rather tasty. ABV is under 5%, so this one would make an exceptional session ale.

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