Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
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3.83/5
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1,986 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:
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.

Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

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#13,473
Reviews:
578
Ratings:
1,986
pDev:
10.7%
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Beer Authority in New York, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit and caramel malts, some light sweetness, with stronger notes of orange/tangerine/citrus, pineapple/tropical, and floral hops.

T: The beer starts out with some light sweetness and biscuit and caramel malts. There are moderate to strong flavors of hops - orange/tangerine/citrus and just a touch of pineapple/tropical. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable with really good flavors and aromas. Easy to drink and sessionable. Well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and bitterness of the hops.

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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mostly clear deep golden body beneath a full head of white that gently settles to an average collar, leaving behind some thin sheets of lace.

S: Pale malt, gently citrusy and grassy hops, mild yeasty fruitiness. Pretty basic, but clean.

T: Hop flavors and yeasty fruitiness lay just beneath, or perhaps on, the surface of the golden malt. It's just slightly grainy, and just slightly sweet. The fruit and hop flavors help to liven it - the grapefruit gives it a hint of a raspy edge. A median bitterness supports it, and it's almost too perfectly balanced! It finishes pretty much as it starts, with a smear of lingering gently sweet and grainy malt that's threaded through with hints of fruitiness and hops.

M: Medium bodied and gently crisp and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

D: Drinkability is where this beer shines. There's just enough malt, yeast, and hop to give it some character, but not enough of any one - or all - to make it shine. But it's perfectly balanced and clean and fresh and easily quaffable!!! It's almost like 'American Pale Ale Light' to a certain extent - everything's there, but it's not nearly as full as you might expect. It's easy to drink, and there's certainly some flavor to it, and that keeps me wanting more... wanting to find those hops and malt and bitterness! But I never will, so I'll just have to have another. Pretty nice!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yay date, 1/07/14

Pours a pasty white fizzy frothy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice frothy lacing, crystal clear pale pilsner color.

Nose nice floral hops, fruity too, hint grapefruit pith and melon rind, generic mild fruit, faint hint of malt under.

Taste fresh hops, more fruity hops, again mild melon rind and touch of grapefruit pith, generic juicy fruit and hint fruity bubblegum, fair bitterness. Malts add a touch of graininess and very light sweetness to balance. Little floral and very light resin and faint increasing pine note, also from the hops. Finish is dry, grainy malts, a bit more bitterness with hops getting a bit grassy and more floral and spicy even, hint of fruity notes.

Mouth is med bod, just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, nice hops, just enough malts, very drinkable and tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Phocion, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: Sweet citrus aroma dominates the smell. There’s a good complimentary hops aroma along with a background of caramelized malt.

T: The citrus sweetness that you get in the smell comes out first in the taste. The hops quickly follow and it’s a much stronger burst than the smell leads you to expect. Once the two flavors are introduced, the taste stays very well-balanced the rest of the way.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, the only drawback I can see with this beer would be that you might look for something with a little bit more of a kick to it. Overall, it’s an excellent representation of style while at the same time keeping the beer lighter than most APA’s.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

Clear golden color with a bit of off-white head. Aroma has a generic, earthy hoppy note with some citrus. Taste follows with a light hop bitterness and citrus flavor, overall really light and balanced. Light, dry body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a really classic, easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of smithj4
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light in weight but the flavors seem quite appropriate to the lower alcohol and the general thin and crisp body. A clear yellow in the glass, a nice head, and plenty of carbonation. Sharp and refreshing.

Quite a delicious but delicate hoppy flavor. The nose is really flowery. Brewery says this is dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook. Some resins and pine in the flavor. Some understated malt with a fresh, bready flavor. The combination is totally drinkable. Even the bitterness is just right. You can taste that it's bitter, but somehow it's a pleasing hoppy flavor rather than a medicinal taste.

The one I had to sample was icy cold, and it stands up very well to the chill with its fragrance and crisp flavor. It's one beer to chill when you want a cold one. From the 12 oz bottle. I am getting to be a Firestone fan.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. It poured a light amber/gold color with a thin but bubbly white head to it. The head settled after a minute or so but it left some pretty nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma shows a moderate citrus hoppiness to it with some lemon and grapefruit notes to it. Some pale and bready malts come through as well in the aroma.

The taste has a pretty nice balance of American hoppiness and pale malts. The hops add some of those grapefruit and lemon notes to them. The malts add a bready flavor and a balancing sweetness to it that really helps balance it out. A bit of bitterness comes in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was a nicely flavored and easy drinking beer. It wasn't overwhelming with flavors but I found it nicely balanced with some very nice but subtler flavors. A very nice APA overall.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep gold with a nice wheat head.

S: Plenty of hops for the style with some mild sweetness.

T: Slightly sweet malt with some citrus/grapefruit hops.

M: Medium bodied and well-carbonated.

D: Quite good in this department. A nice, low abv beer with plenty of hops--my definition of great session-style drinkability.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Here's a nice little easy-going pale ale. I had this while I was waiting for the Funky Buddha Berliner weisses to go on. Served in a shaker, a clear golden color with a delightful puff of white head that sank quite a bit, but left some nice lacing on the way down. Not much in the aroma from what I could perceive anyway; light toasted grains, floral hops, pretty standard stuff. Taste of sweet biscuity malts, nicely balanced by fresh floral hops, slight citrus notes. Light, crisp, basic. Light body and easily drinkable.

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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest start to the head. Leaves some streak and spotty lace.

Excellent hop aroma; half floral and half peppery.

Good malt start but it quickly devolved into a hop bomb. This borders on an IPA in terms of bitterness. Good body with a high carbonation level.

If you like bitter beers, this could be a new favorite.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,986 ratings