Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
BA SCORE
70%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 1,966 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:
#11,070
Reviews:
572
Ratings:
1,966
Liked:
1,377
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
10.7%
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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Polished amber suffused with orange peel orange. Atop the beer is a beautiful, firmsticky head of alabaster cream that has tiny, pearl-like bubbles embedded in its upper surface. Delicate snippets of lace keep watch over the head's descent from the safety of the upper portion of the glass... until the drinking begins, that is.

Pale Ale has a very nice nose. A hop bill that includes Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook is hard to screw up, but I still have to give credit where credit is due. Firestone has fashioned a wonderfully aromatic '3-Cs and an F' nose that many pale ales would kill for.

The flavor isn't quite a match for the nose, but it's close. The same citrus hoppy elements are in play, even if they don't shine with quite as much luster as I'd like. It's a tad undermalted and a wee bit underhopped, although I feel as if I'm being overly picky. The beer has a fresh, clean flavor of orange and grapefruit sections soaking in their own juice.

It all fades away a little prematurely thanks to the light body/mouthfeel, but that only makes me want to drink faster. The flavor profile is right on the money, I just wish there was more of it.

Firestone Pale Ale is pretty good beer that would benefit from a slightly more assertive nature. Having said that, there's nothing at all wrong with a pale ale that doesn't feel like blurring the distinction between an APA and an IPA. In the end, I like this one more than the final score would indicate and I'm certain that I'd drink a lot of it if it was brewed locally.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle: "Passion for the Pale".

I was initially concerned when I popped the cap and foam began to slowly seep up through the neck, but it stopped shortly thereafter and allowed me to pour it into a glass. I ended up with a finger of French Vanilla-colored head with moderate retention. Color was a deep golden-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very pine-like and my mouth began to water in anticipation. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were immediate upon making contact with my tongue. Man, this was pretty intense for an APA, but I was not complaining, believe me! Finish was pleasantly dry and the malt even made an appearance. Lots of sticky lacing was in evidence as I finished the glass.

And now, a CANQuest (tm) entry! Today is T, 18 July 2017.

From the CAN: "California Pale Ale".

I Crack!ed the CAN open, only to get a bit of foaming action through the vent. Once it settled, I saw that the culprit was a brimful craft CAN. leaving the tongue nowhere to go when forced inwards. A slow, gentle Glug, followed by an in-glass swirl, produced just under two fingers of dense, foamy, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting an impromptu visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all anxious for a taste. Nose had notes of grapefruit & coconut along with a biscuity maltiness. The coconut made me wonder if it were not barrel-aged. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite grapefruit citrusy, underlain by a dry, biscuity maltiness, but no coconut, so maybe I was hallucinating (again). It seemed a tad bitter for the style, if SNPA is the standard-bearer. Finish was pleasantly dry & quite refreshing. I could see putting a buncha these in the beach-bound cooler.

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

Photo of ZEB89
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the second of my Firestone selection that I had this evening. It was quite nice to have a decent amount of their regulars around fresh to try. I popped this one open and poured it into my pint glass. Very nice medium amber colored ale came forward, with a bit of a bright golden yellow touch to it. Very nice carbonation was evident from the very beginning with streams of bubbles coming through and rippling up toward the surface to reinforce the foam. A nice head had formed on this one as well now, with a three-inch high layer of fluffy white that really just settled down very nicely, leaving behind about three quarters of an inch that really just stayed put the entire time. Really quite nice looking, leaving a good amount of lace dripping down the sides of the glass as it went as well.

The aroma was very nicely hopped, classic west coast style pale ale all the way. Big aroma of floral citric hops coming off of this one now, not so much on the sweet side, as it was light and biting. A noticeable amount of grass like flavors now mixing in as well, really pushing the hops out in front, but as it warmed, some nice light grain notes began percolating up and mixing in well, giving a still light, but a bit more depth to it overall. The flavor followed along classically and was one of those west coast pales you could sit down and drink for about a week. Gorgeous carbonation profile here, really made it feel quite light and airy. The light floral hops really dominating this one, but never becoming harsh in anyway at all, really showing their lighter side. Nice touches of grapefruit and tangerine really pushing through, with a very noticeable light cereal grains coming through underneath. Very well balanced and very light with nothing really pushing forward and nothing really dominating. Perfect pale ale flavor hands down. If you wanted that light, refreshing pale, with the west coast hop zing, this one was for you.

Overall I thought this was excellent, really a very nicely down pale, with very little errors at all. Lots of nice flavors with a good balance between bready and cereal like malts and the light floral hops, very nicely balanced. I would have loved to have had a few more of these as well. Definitely, a high quality session ale and something that I do not think I would ever turn down.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit before I get into the review I am becoming more a fan of well-balanced, well crafted brews. This to me is one of those beers - not to say it is for everyone, just an all around well made beer to me.
I picked this bottle up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled in a mug.

A - A beautiful honey amber w/ 2 1/2 fingers of rocky glistening ecru w/ a very fine bead. The clarity is refulgent and the carbonation visibly rises toward the head.

S - A woody, earthy green hop aroma w/ subtle stone fruit essence. Hints of grapefruit and floral accents are present w/ mild malt in the back

M - A balance of fruity sweet and acidity w/ moderate carbonation and a spicy middle. The ale finishes more on the bitter side, but still retains a mild malt sweetness

T - A light citrus note leads to a light sweet malt w/ a gentle biscuit tinge. More lemony hops w/ mild orange similar to a meyer lemon. More spice from the hops as it opens up w/ a zesty sweet taste and the semi dry finish has moderate bitterness.

D - A great pale ale w/ plenty of hop flavor, citrus and still mostly balanced - perhaps one of the best I've had.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral notes, citrus hops, toasted malts, bready malts.

t - Taste follows the nose, plus some fruity malts. Lots of floral and citrus hops, and some bready malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and very easy to drink.

do - Overall a very nice pale ale. Not overly strong in any sense, but a lot of nice floral and citrus hops to it. Would have again and a good beer to start a session with.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a sticky white head and nice lacing.

S: Smells a bit sweet, but there's plenty of citrus and even a few tropical fruit notes. Mild grass with a nice pine note to it as well as a light floral scent. Some bready malt gives a little body.

T: Like the nose, it's a bit sweet, but it works fine for a pale ale. Lots of citrus hops (especially orange and tangerine, a little less grapefruit). Some pine bitterness as well as a little bit of floral character.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I really like this beer, a solid pale ale that I know will pretty much always be good.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

All the rest have 31 and seem to be getting drunker by the day... ...Wow, sorry... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger if lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, light orange zest, light honey, and a bristling of pine needles. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus blending together into a tasty little tropical smoothie, the parts indistinguishable from the whole. In a good way. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice pale ale, highly drinkable and even more highly enjoyable. Good times.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After 14 hours on a flight from Australia and being away for 10 days what a welcome sight find a Californian pale ale. This ale is very good, but not the greatest by any stretch. The color was a nice amber with a sweet scent of hop and citrus! It was a very light ale that can be drunk in mass quantity....inm other words SESSION!!! Stay thirsty my friends!.

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light pale golden hue with a bright white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has brilliant citrus/tea leaf/herbal grassy notes. Pale biscuit malt breadiness sneaks out amongst the wave of hops coming at me. Flavors are completely cohesive with malts and hops working together so well. Below 5% this is some excellent hop forward session ale, biscuit malt delicate bready profile with citric, earthy, floral hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied sturdy spritzy carbonation goes down smooth. Drinkability was wonderful world class pale ale excellent stuff that deserves all of the accolades that they have gained recognition for.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of BEER88
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a strong sweet malt smell to it.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of imbibehour
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the cask into a nonic tumbler at Church Key as part of the official Firestone Walker DC Launch Party.

Looks with a soupy but creamy off white head sitting on a nice cloud gorgeous twenty four carat body. Almost pale amber. Super lacing on the drink while finishing. Looks so delicious.

Bouquet seems to be a real soft floral hop, with a soft malt body. Small hint of crisp, but no buttery sensation that you would want to get from a cask.

Taste is wet, but also a great white dense bread feeling with a hint of sweet clove spice. Texture is an orange juice quality and chewy palate coating.

Overall out of the cask it's a little different, but it's quite tasty and super sessionable as well. This almost feels like a mix somewhere between an on tap and cask Ale, sort of a middle ground between both worlds.

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Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70% out of 100 with 1,966 ratings
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