Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,948
Reviews:
566
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
281
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,948 |  Reviews: 566
Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Omniwar
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlmontague
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ellswrth
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of omahawk
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The malt backbone for this beer is perfect for a pale ale. Clean and lets the hops shine. Unfortunately, the hop combination is not my favorite. I love American, citrusy and piney hops - there is a slight, garlicky overtone to the hopping. I looked at their website for the hopping, and it says all the late hops are Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook - usually a combination I love. This version doesn't work for me.

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Photo of robertm2152
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow-orange body, billowing soapy white head that leaves some lace, ambient superfine carbonation. Such a sexy beer. Nose has some orange rind and white bread aromas. Not very inspiring, but still pleasant. Flavor tastes like the fluff of a loaf of Wonderbread that was soaked in orange juice, plus some sugary Froot Loops on the finish. Never quite sweet, and actually decently bitter initially. The powdered sugar note seems to be a motif in FW beers. Feel is delicate, fine and somewhat sissy carbonation with a fluid body, very drinkable.
This was aight. Not offensive in any manner, and acceptably tasty throughout, but it lacked real character. Forgettable, for better or for worse.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale 31 hit the spot for me after playing tennis. But, it does not stand out. FW makes some exceptional beers. But, Pale 31 is not one of them.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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 rarigney
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LostHighway
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tedho21
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaxon53
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drftgto
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StrangerTides
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UniversalIPA_69
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doremite
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,948 ratings.
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