Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of kculrich
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a cool nonic, thick, foamy white head over a bright orange filtered beer. S: a nice blend of hops, it's all there, fruit, pine, straw, and something sweet. T: toasted crackers, lemon zest, caramel. F: crisp and refreshing, nothing heavy, moderate carbonation. O: an excellent refreshing beer, a credit to the APA style. I could surely squander an afternoon sitting out on the lawn with a few of these under my chair.

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Photo of hagbergl
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying indulging in the Firestone Walker lineup lately. Next up, Pale 31. Enjoyed in my Firestone Walker tulip glass. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.25/5): An aggressive pour yields a thick and creamy two-finger white head. Copper-yellow colored beer, clear, tons of spider web lacing on the sides of the glass as the head dissipates. Good retention. Holding the beer up to the light, it turns a bright dandelion yellow color. Very nice looks for the style.

Smell (3.75/5): Big green hoppy lemony aroma. Fresh and slightly sweet, slightly grassy, and quite citrusy. Light malt does a nice job of cutting through. Outsized nose for a beer of this strength.

Taste (4/5): ...And outsized flavor for a beer of this strength! Very lemony, citrusy, and grassy green from the hops. Light and sweet pale maltiness makes itself known, adding some nice backbone to the beer. This is a hop-forward APA, for sure. Firestone really squeezed a lot of flavor out of this one–much better than some beers I've had modeled on a similar concept, Green Flash's Extra Pale Ale, for instance.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Nice light body, beautiful medium-high carbonation. Nice and prickly on the tongue. Quality dryness. The mouthfeel on Pale 31 really makes it a great easy-drinking, session-type beer. You could easily have 3 or 4 of these and not get tired of them.

Overall (4/5): Pale 31 has a lot going for it: easy-drinking, refreshing, and very flavorful given its ABV. Not too expensive for a sixer, at least by Chicago standards–$10.99 for a six-pack. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a hop-forward beer that they want to "session". Can't go wrong with this one for the purpose. Probably even better in the summer.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Appearance: Crystal clear gold with a big white head that faded into thin lacing, and a few stray bubbles rising through.

Smell: Faint citrus and floral hops.

Taste: Pretty bitter for a pale ale, and the malt backbone never gets strong enough to overpower the hops. It’s not tongue-curdling bitter, but way more than the hop aroma would suggest.

Mouthfeel: Thin and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Okay. Not enough malt, not enough hop aroma. It’s like a less balanced version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I would rather drink one Union Jack than two of these.

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Photo of TH28
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. 12/22/15 can date. Appearance: Golden, clear, moderate white head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma: Light breadiness, light grassy hop aroma. Pretty mild hop notes for the style.
Taste: Light crackery maltiness, grassy and resinous hop flavor, with a minimal citrus character. Perceived bitterness is high.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, moderately high carbonation.
Finish: Strong grassy, resin hop character lingers. Sticky on the tongue and dry.
Overall: A nice, refreshing beer, but wouldn't qualify it as a top example of the style...but that may be driven by the fact that it's nearly 4 mths old. Aroma is pretty low key for the style, and flavor lacks some complexity of others. Would be interested to try a fresher version to see if the character is the same.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright clear yellow liquid topped with a striking white head that settles down and leaves enough foam to provide a nice lace.

The aroma is all HOPS. The piney aroma reminds me of opening a bag of hops on homebrew day. It fills all the sinuses. Great.

The hops take over the taste as well. A good bit citrusy but not so much that it burns your mouth. But plenty to keep the malt totally hidden.

very refreshing with a medium light mouthfeel. The hops play with the roof of my mouth long after the finish. I would not call the finsh either sweet or dry. Just well balanced.

Very nice beer one that I would recommend for anyone who likes hops or someone who has just gotten into hops and does not want to be blown totally away.

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Photo of gregshead
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Stone's FW 14th Anniversary party 11/6/10

A: Golden with some copper/orangish color. Nice foam leaves soapy suds on the side

S: A nice pine hop smell w some caramel

T: Lots of sweets bready malts with some hops. A little more malty than other APAs I'm used to.

M: Nice carbonation tickles the tongue. It matches this beer.

D: A little on the bready sweet side for my taste buds. Still a decent taste buds. Sill a decent APA though.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light honey orange. The Head disseminated quickly.

Smell: Oak. Biscuit pale malts blended with oily citric hops. Lemon and nectarine. Great aroma.

Taste: the hops are boss when it comes to taste. Acid citric flavor followed by some biscuit malts. The bitterness is there but it's hard to detect. The finish is extremely sweet. Like nectar. Very refrshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium chewy. Some water taste, which is fine in this style. A tad sweet. A perfect introductory pale ale.

Drinkability: Drinkable, affordable, and accessible. I will be introducing this pale ale into my rotations.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance> Clear, dark yellow. Very lively. No head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell> Wet dog. Hops. Pretty good.

Taste> Crisp and refreshing. Much less intense than the avg. APA or CA Pale, but still good. Very smooth hang.

Mouf> Perfect. Best part of this beer.

Drinkability> Good.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Another boring, run of the mill IPA...... The market is becoming oversaturated with pale ales and Firestone is no exception. There is nothing memorable about this beer and honestly if I hadn't found an old napkin from the bar I wrote this down on, I wouldn't have even remembered it. It is plain in all senses of the word and there is nothing memorable about this beer except that it is not terrible. The king of the mediocre category if there ever were....

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light honey colour, billowy white that fairly quickly disapates, leaving sparse wet lace behind.

The smell is all about the hops- and there's just a hint of hearty malt underneath.

The flavour is just what I like- nice and hoppy- and remarkably similar to the smell. However, there's not much that distinguishes this from other hoppy pales. The malt is there, and there's just a little spiciness on the aftertaste- but it's all about the hops.

The liquid is just the thin side of medium, and there's a slightly burning carbonation underneath it. Not bad, but a little more active on the carbonation than I prefer.

This one gets high numbers on drinkability. I think it's be a good session beer, filed under 'comfort beer'.

Be well
-UF

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Photo of kagent777
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottled date of 07/02/12 from the Utah system poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: A really good looking beer. Nice effervescence up to a three finger thick white cap of rocky head. Perfectly clear light golden. Great lacing.

Smell: Pine forest hops with a little floral hop notes. The hops are stronger than any caramel malt I might pick up.

Taste: The hops and hop flavor are strong for an APA in this one. I like hops and this one does not disappoint, just one sided. Maybe a bit more malt, but then it becomes Union Jack, their IPA. Seems like Union Jack junior.

Mouthfeel: A little on the lighter side, with thorough carbonation.

Overall: An exceptional(ly) hoppy APA. I enjoyed it, but maybe a bit overdone.

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Photo of olmatty
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours an ever so slightly hazed yellow with a tinge of orange. A foamy and persistent white head with some lacing.

Smell-Light citrus of pineapple.

Taste-Crisp and fruity. Lots of citrus of hops, but very well balanced. Malts are thin and crackling clean.

Mouthfeel- Thin and somewhat watery, but very refreshing as a result. Lighter pale ale. Does not seem to be highly carbonated, yet mineral crispness and carbonation combine to wash palate with each sip.

Drinkability- If the intent was to create a very sessionable beer as low ABV would seem to indicate, then this is a great end result. Hot weather or any time really-a winner.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass. I was expecting that the beer may be stale because the bottling date was April 2015. It did not seem to be the case. The beer hit just the right mix of hops. Not too bitter. I can see why this is a popular beer. I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle ...

Appearance: Golden honey, impressive head with good retention.

Smell: All about hops with this one. Cascade, with flowery notes up front. Subtle malt undertones. Smells great.

Taste: As expected, grapefruity biiterness offset with flowery flavors behind. Pleasantly hoppy, but the malt is not lost.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thin. Good clean finish and the right amount of "pucker" for a good IPA. Cleansing.

Drinkability: Iminently drinkable IPA. Good, strong hop pucker, but not overpowering. Drink this one with a good BBQ or steak before it gets too cold out!

Notes: I read this one is fermented in oak barrels, but I didn't really pick up on this characteristic in my samples. It's very subtle, but a nice touch! Likely why this IPA tastes as complex as it does. Worth trying!

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Photo of tony223366
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: About 1 finger of white fluffy head. Awesome lacing. Golden/orange color with crystal clear clarity. Makes up for the lack of head. Lots of action from carbonation.

S: Delicious citrus aroma jumps out and tells me to jump in. Caramel malts are also present and smell great. Some breadiness exists in this beer too. Nice juicy fruits too.

T: Great citrus flavors up front. Malts come off as a breadiness and caramel. There's a nice juiciness too. Finish is mostly clean but has a bitter finish.

M: Great carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. I think it's a touch thin though.

O: Very drinkable pale. Light and refreshing. Great citrus and juicy hops. For a low abv pale it has good complexity. I recognize it's very good but I'm not in love with it. I'd always reach for a Dale's instead. Above average though.

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Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 06-06-2011.. a month & 3 days old.

a: golden orangeish color.. clear body with 1.5 finger head.. active carbonation streaming up..

s: piney hops! sweet dank & some citrus take up the nose! some bready notes deep in there & maybe a hint of caramel.. very nice nose.

t: a good blend of pine needles & citrus hops.. almost has a lemony quality to it as well.. bready notes are definitely in there too.. balances out the hops, but not a complete 50/50.. hops win :) finish is a light oily-resiny hop finish.. a refreshing hop bite. not overly dry, but dry enough to beg for another sip. lovely

mf: light-medium body with a good amount of carbonation..

o: i think i found my new favorite APA.. watch out SNPA!

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours as clear as beer can be. A small, bubbly, white head is fed from below by a continuous bubbling. Some lace is left behind.
Kind of a citrusy piney balance with a malt backbone in the nose.
A damnfine APA. Soooo Refreshing. A wonderful balance between citrusy hops and biscuity/toasty malt.
Light bodied and niceley carbonated. A smooth yet hoppy finish with a nice tingling sensation on the tounge.
This may be the ultimate in session beers. Probably one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

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Photo of orcasteve
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

oak and hops are the flavors that jump out at you, this one is not anything special, i would drink this if it were avalable in new york, this one tates better as it warms up, a tuch of toffie and vanilla kick in as it warms. this one is an ok repersentation od a pale ale

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From variety pack

A: light, clear beer that is straw colored Finger worth of head but disappeared quickly
S: light floral hoppy,
T: very sweet malt, mellow hop profile. Floral and citrus flavones come through
M: good, nothing to complain
O: not bad, just don't get the "wow" factor. Most important test I feel, would I buy it again? Probably not

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Photo of budsboy
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light amber on the pour with a thin white head that shrinks back to a sticky film.

Big hop aroma, all pine and citrus. Thick, sugary malt smell underneath. Inviting. Mouth is watering now.

Nice hop flavor right off, malty and with a hint of diacetyl, then a lasting piney hop bitterness on a dry finish.

Light-medium bodied, clean and moderate carbonation. Maybe a wee thin.

I enjoyed it. At 4.6 ABV, this is an excellent session brew for the hop hungry. Sure it's hopped to the hilt. Some like it, some don't. If you like SNPA or Dogfish 60 Minute, I'm betting you'll like this. Just as full of hop flavor but a little less of a meal.

Thanks to Hustlemuscle for sharing.

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

12 oz bottle (thanks ptykozoon!) poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Very light amber, almost no head, but nice lacing.

S - Vanilla, floral hops

T - Floral hops & fresh grass --> a bit of honey --> slightly bitter, clean finish. Overall, there's not a ton going on here - solid APA, but not mind-blowing.

M - Pretty light, actually. Good carbonation, though.

D - Quite drinkable - low ABV, non-offensive beer.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Firestone's Pale Ale was a surprise for me. I'm not a big pale ale fan to start with, plus I'd see this one EVERYWHERE, in all the liquor stores and even grocery stores! So i figured it was gonna be just another bland ol' pale...yeah, I know I know, it's a terrible way to judge...But boy was I pleasantly surprised! It had a wonderfully smooth feel but quite lively taste. Nice blend of favors. I'm not gonna rush out to buy more when there's so many other beers I prefer over it, but I wouldn't turn one down either! Their other brews have impressed me too. Hooray for Firestone!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a small one finger white head that has already gone down to half a finger, it's clear it doesn't want to give me much head. The head is mostly big bubbles, a few small. The body is pretty standard, medium carbonation, pretty see through, but by no means clear, amber-orange in color. It for sure looks like a legit pale ale, the body looks nice, pretty standard but nice, the head is now gone, and I was not impressed with it. Overall an ok look, but nothing special. Nice northwest hops on the smell, very clean smelling, nice and hoppy with a good malt note as well. Probably some fruit, maybe grapefruit, along with a citrucy smell. It smell very good, pretty excited about the taste! Well, for the taste, the first thing I get is a nice mixture of clean water and quality malt up front, and then it finishes with a nice hop bite. There should be more hops in this, and frankly more flavor, but overall it's pretty dang tasty. For sure and clean and refreshing beer, nice on a hot day. I don't know if the taste deserves a 4 or not, because the taste isn't too big, but it is really tasty and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is really really nice, the carbonation and thickness of the beer are both perfect for a pale ale. Overall a really good beer, not outstanding, but super super easy to drink and very tasty.

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Photo of zshaft
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours light yellow with no head retention. nose is some light lemon and biscut. taste is nicely following the nose with lemon peel and orange dominant in this light drinking beer. mouthfeel is light and watery but compliments the beer well. there is a little malt end palate that makes the beer finish well. overall a total session beer at under five percent. pretty good and crushable but rather one dimentional. better than easy jack to me.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chicago 1/13/16 (12 oz bottle poured into pint glass). Very clear blonde pour, with high initial carbonation and minimal white head. Orange and pine scent. Nice texture and easy going down. Pleasant malt and orange taste, Solid feel. Solid beer, looking forward to my next offering.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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