Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.83/5
1,967 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:
#11,283
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
1,967
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
286
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,967 |  Reviews: 574
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micromaniac129
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear light golden amber color with a medium size head. The foamy cap is fairly dense and has a tan color. Carbonation is medium to weak. This is quite a pale pale ale. This beer does not lack for aromatics. The hop bouquet is big and bright with aromas of grass floral and pine. Malts are understated and weak. Flavor finds a nice hoppy ale, just right I think for a pale ale. Malts and hops balance nicely with a godd biscuit malt finish. Unfortunately on the palette the beer presents itself as watery and rather weak. Its smooth with a semi-dry finish.
This is a California style APA and I couldn't find any info about that style. Maybe a hoppy steam beer. I thought this beer pretty good even with the lighter taste, could be a session or yard beer perhaps.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MickeyHops
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Floydster
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pours a very golden color with a one half inch head white head

Voted best beer of California in something I recently read

Perfect beer for a hot summer day

Highly drinkable, good APA

All pale should taste this good, worth checking out, but I am sure most of you already have

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

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 emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing this one on tap next to Union Jack and Double Jack, I didn't have a whole lot of interest in trying this one. After trying it, I was very pleasantly surprised. Poured a nice light golden color with a big white head. Great citrusy hoppy aromas lead nicely to a perfectly balanced palate. An excellent pale ale.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Onenote81
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle received from breity in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a cloudy gold with a billowy white head bursting forth. Excellent retention throughout the entire drink, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass edge. Smells of malty biscuits, honey-kissed breads, and slight floral finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Flavor is of buttery bread, sweet candied malts, and finishes with just a touch of hoppy bitterness. With the low ABV and great flavor profile, this has got to be one of the most drinkable APAs I've ever had. I could drink these one after the other all summer long. Recommend.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler from the Bowery Whole Foods. Pours a clear light orange color with a 1/2 inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet orange with some malts and hints of tropical fruits. The taste is some bitter orange peel, floral hops and malts. Slightly bready. A tad watery. Malt finish with more floral notes as well as some orange peel. Light mouthfeel, but it's expected considering the low ABV. This is a highly drinkable Pale Ale that would be great for summer. Hoping this gets canned one day. Overall, one of the more flavorful, lower ABV Pales I have had in awhile. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker- Pale 31

A- Bright yellow orange with a thick frothy head and thick lacing.
S- Light caramel/ butter malt. Lemony citrus with a touch of pine.
T- Sweet buttery caramel/ butterscotch with lemon citrus and a light touch of pine hops.
M- Buttery sweet and smooth with a nice touch of citrus and pine hops.

Overall- Creamy smooth and nicely balanced.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral, soapy, citrus;

T: floral that builds through the finish; a hint of caramel in the background; low to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: good, but not remarkable;

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beerguy101
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light gold color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is nutty and slightly fruity. A medium bodied Pale Ale. Medium malty, hoppy ale. Crisp malt flavor, good hop balance. Some subtle fruity overtones. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is delicately bitter.

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Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came as an extra in my recent trade with Wasatch. Thanks John.

A light, very translucent body that is copper in the center but golden around the edges. About one finger of off-white head that disappears almost immediately, but some how manages to leave some decent lacing on my glass.

Some sweet malt in the aroma with a good dose of citric, bittering, west coast style hops. However, overall I would say that the aroma is a little weak.

A blast of hop bitterness greets me during the beginning of my sip, while at the same time the hops express a distinct citric quality much like grapefruit. Next a bit of sweet, caramel-like malts pops up, but only for a second. The finish is pretty clean, just giving the slight hint of bitter hops. The aftertaste is all hops.

Mouthfeel is really oily with a medium body and fairly low carbonation; a good combination in my opinion.

I can understand why the bottle of this one says it is a "California Pale ale" instead of an APA; it is completely dominated by west coast style hops. Lots of bittering and citric hops. Good beer overall, but I like a little more balance in my APAs.

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Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,967 ratings
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