Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
BA SCORE
70%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 1,965 ratings
Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,041
Reviews:
572
Ratings:
1,965
Liked:
1,376
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
10.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
284
Trade:
0
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Photo of beerinmybelly
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YouMeUs13
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Good beer for a hot day! !

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Photo of Jimmys
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled on: 12/10/14. poured into a FW pint glass.

Slightly hazy on an otherwise pale blond body. Earthy and herbal aroma. Green grass, moss, green tea. Flavor is similar. Not much malt flavor here at all, but not much bitterness either. A light, easy drinking, slightly hoppy pale ale is what I have here. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Good if your desire for hops is light.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyPuckett
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chubenzino
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tpauer
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

thin, bland, flavorless, weak, drain pour

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Photo of Jackolope
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes I'm surprised by beer and this is one of those times. I generally don't expect anything much from a pale ale that is available year round, but this beer impressed me. I originally bought this beer because it was on sale and I think firestone puts out some pretty good beers. The beer pours like any number of pale ales but the flavor is exceptional. This beer balances malt and hops in a way that really lets the hops shine through without being overpowering. Some people might find this beer too hoppy but this is where i find that this beer really separates itself from other pale ales. While maintaining similar bitterness characteristics to similar APA's this beer has exquisite subtle floral hop aromas and flavors that really make this beer enjoyable for every single sip. This is a beer you can sip in while working in the yard yet it still has bold flavor profiles that will satisfy your hop-foward palate. Do yourself a favor and pick this beer up when it's on sale or featured in a mixed 12-pack and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Safa1
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very very drinkable. Not bitter and very delicious.

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3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Supergenious
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ruckus232
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChuckHardslab
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a very pale, slightly hazy golden amber with a solid head that settles into a thin cap that stays the whole way down.
The aroma is dominated by citrus hops with some bready malt to back it up.
The taste is lightly sweet with a strong citrus hop component. There's a bit of lemon pepper too. It finishes with a pleasant bitterness. The hops definitely lean lemon and grapefruit.
The mouth feel is a little thin with a good balance of carbonation.
Overall it is a very refreshing, easy to drink APA. That's a winner here where the weather is usually warm to hot. It's not spectacular but it is quite good and a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Dicers
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mleblanc25
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Coorsy
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SierraFlight
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of jwswigs
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeysun23
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewlinson
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arvidkoval
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color. Great bouquet of citrus aromas. Tastes citrusy over a subtle malt. A little more bitter than I like in a pale ale. Good mouthfeel. Decent APA.

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70% out of 100 with 1,965 ratings
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