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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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1,975 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:
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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

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#11,980
Reviews:
575
Ratings:
1,975
pDev:
10.7%
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Ratings: 1,975 |  Reviews: 575
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 bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickMunford
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Noelito76
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar to Sierra Nevada, but better. Nice amber color with a decent head. Mouthfeel is the best quality of this beer as the taste will sit nicely on the tongue allowing you to savor the beer. The taste itself is malty with a hint of fruitiness that complements the hops real well.

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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 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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Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber gold. Not much head. Smell is floral hops, and the taste is unbalanced pine/grapefruit hops with maybe a hint of malt sweetness. Decent, surprisingly hoppy.

Mouthfeel was okay. Bubbly, appropriate for the pale ale style. A nice little pale ale that's expensive for the style, but good.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Viggo shared this bottle, brought back from our recent trip to california. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled sept 28/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small fluffy white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. biscuit. multi-grain bread. cracker. alcohol. light grapefruit and pine. bit of orange peel.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. biscuit. multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. grapefruit. bit of pine. light citrus. honey.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. nice malt and hop character both coming through strong. i could easily drink this all the time. good stuff!

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Photo of funkel81
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Firestone Walker is finally in Colorado!

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Their pale is a slightly hazy copper orange with good sticky head. Some lacing is left as it settles.

Aroma is a really nice, fresh and hoppy with classic American citrus hops.

Flavor is very well done with great balance. The sweetness is perfectly offset with fresh crisp hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and the same could be said about the carbonation.

A perfect session-able pale ale. Light in body and alcohol but big in flavor and hops. Dale's Pale Ale was always my go-to in this category but this one might just challenge it in the future.

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Photo of taospowder
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with a dull haze. Fine bubbled eggshell white head settles shortly. Minimal spotty lacing.

S: Mango and tangerine. Sweet orange peel. Grainy and lightly honeyed malt base.

T: Orange peel, lemon, floral flavors, tangerine. Bitterness has a moderate bite. Oily. Grainy, doughy, and lightly honeyed malt base. Lightly toasted, hint of almond. Doughy on the finish with a lingering citrus rind bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm, round, and somewhat silky malt backbone. Hop oils and astringency cut through the malt just a bit. Crisp, semi-aggressive carbonation adds a refreshing element.

O: This pale is somewhat of a tightrope walk, but a successful one. Great balance, as the hops have plenty of bitter bite, but share the spotlight with a substantial malt body. What's more impressive is that a somewhat larger bodied pale like this can still be so drinkable and refreshing despite that bit of extra heft. Balance really is the key to drinkability.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Thanks goes out to Wasatch and NitroGen for both send this out as an extra to me.

A - Poured a hazed golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Theres a lot of nice citrus hops in the nose

T - For the most part it follows the nose but theres some maltiness that balances the hops out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I liked this beer quite a bit its easy to drink with a nice citrus hop flavor that I could easily session

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Firestone Walker Tap Room, Buellton, 05/25/08.

Light golden and very clear, this brew had a few stray bubbles rising through it, just enough to keep some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is floral and grassy with some Pacific Northwest notes (pine, grapefruit).

Beer is light bodied and lively on the tongue. Sweet crystal malt profile is balanced by floral and fruity hops. Some bitterness, but mostly clean on the finish.

Not as big as a traditional non-traditional west coast APA, which is to say balanced and drinkable. Might be a good gateway beer with which to lure the beer-lover-to-be.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,975 ratings
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