Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pale 31Pale 31

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

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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Reviews: 555 | Ratings: 1,924
Photo of JRed
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Transparent Golden body with white bubbly head. Aroma of grass, pine, mint. Tastes of wet grass, pine, mint, lemons, medium bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is simply a no frils, solid pale. No fancy tricks, no trendy tactics. Just a nice beer. In the vein of SN, but crisper and more refined profile imo.

This wont satisfy the current trend of ipas labeled pales, that should be label ipa...for for those true to the style, this is a nice option

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 1.85 (Including tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.154/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Canned on 04-08-16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – pleasantly coniferous, lasts
Head – large (Maximum 5.7 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular one cm ring with lots of residual drag deposits and a frothy partial layer
Lacing – very good – wide frothy rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body – light yellow, clear
Flavor – very light hint of malt and only slightly bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation

A very pleasant, refreshing APA. A nice change from all those IPAs. Wish I could get this locally.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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

Clear, golden color with a white frothy head, this is great brew on a hot day. Slight haze, and a wonderful hop aroma.....citrus fruit and trees....fresh and juice-like. The beer is on the dry side, crisp and refreshing, with a solid bitterness and the fruit flavor a continuing through the brew. Beautiful and enjoyable.

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

This beer is golden in color. Very clear. Not much of a head, very minimal lacing. The smell is light malt and faint citrus - lemon and tangerine. Not much difference in the flavor, very light. Watery mouthfeel, with a tart aftertaste. A good summer beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a spotty head that leaves streaky lacing

S: A nice bit of floral and fruity hops up front backed by a solid bready and grainy maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good balance of bready maltiness and some floral hops. Fruitiness is light and melds well with the floral notes. Lightly bitter throughout. Finishes with lingering bready notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid, nicely balanced pale ale that does a good job bouncing the floral hoppiness off of the bready tones from the malt. Very easy to drink and will satisfy your hop fix

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in like equal parts pale ale hearty gold and amber ale and a 3/5" head, white. Aroma was a tad floral hops and wavy grains.

Taste was a smooth, middle of the road affair between an English pale ale and an American pale ale. Sessiony.

Wouldn't turn down on a hot daybut since they make some session ipa and lupulin session stuff, this isn't gonna be what I reach for on a hot day despite being a beer that is plenty fine.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy dirty straw color with a huge head of at least two fingers. The nose is mildly hoppy. The flavor reminds me of a session IPA only slightly more malty.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light citrus, hints of pine. Taste is citrus, some pine, light bitterness. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of DirtyDawg10
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light yellow color with a decent white head but no head retention or lacing. The smell is a very light hop smell, slightly lemony. The taste is very much the same light hoppy with slight lemon taste and a well balanced light malt flavor. Not too much in the way of mouthfeel. Overall this beer is a great option for an all day drinker at a summer picnic.

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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 Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with excellent clarity and a quarter inch of dishwater white on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is of lightly bready to marzipan malt. The taste is a nice balance of marzipan and malt with just a hint of German hops in the back of the palate. The mouth is very delicate and smooth.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku glass
Age: 1.5 months old

Its a great west coast pale ale! Grapefruit, citrus, and lemongrass with a touch of malt. med to light body and very easy drinking. Great stuff!

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Photo of Kendo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat snifter/tulip-type glass. Body is clear, bright golden with a 1+ finger of foamy white head on top. Leaves some lacing behind.

S: Citrusy hops over crackery malt. Not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Crackery or biscuity malt lays a modest foundation, then on top of this I get a little bit of citrusy hops. Finishes with a mild lemony bitterness that coats the palate nicely. Hops are more bitter than flavorful.

M: Lighter side of medium, with a little oiliness or slickness to the feel.

O: Good, but certainly not earth-shattering. An easy drinker, that's for sure, that's on the lighter side of the APA spectrum.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: A clear light golden body with beautifully rising bubbles sits under a thick, foamy head. The head basically never recedes and leaves thick patches of lacing.

Aroma: Citrus zest, peppery crackers, clean spicy hops.

Taste: A soft, slightly bready malt bill lays the ground for white pepper and citrus zest to dance around on. In the finish light tropical fruit notes emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A nicely balanced APA with a nicely approachable ABV.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You know that smell? The one when a brewery is making a fresh batch, or you and your buddies mashing in on a homebrew? This smells like that, and you either hate it, or love it. I love it. This beer tastes like it too. As far as a regular ol' pale ale with no crazy bells or whistles goes, this one is hard to beat. Cheers!

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Photo of MFMB
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well 3.75 across the board... Pours a pale golden color, malts and grass on the nose. Taste off honey malt and light grass with a tiny hint of citrus. Perhaps I taste citrus in everything who knows. Medium mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish. A solid pale IMO.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

from a bottle to a beer tulip
look; very pale yellow golden, nice 1" white head with some retention, plenty of lacing
smell; mild lemon grass, mild bread, good but mild
taste; very balanced crisp light pale ale, kiss of citrus hops, hint of grass, hint of honey
feel;light body, crisp, finish slightly dry, on the low end of moderate carbonation
overall; It could pass for an american pilsner. I will keep it in mind for when I want something in between an ale and a pilsner, very drinkable with a pleasant beer flavor, good summer ale

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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 flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: light golden hue with zero haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of white foam. I enjoy the clarity on this one.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with a combination of citrus and floral hops. I like the composition, but the intensity is a little low for my taste.

Taste: malt is on the sweet side with a low bitterness and more of the citrus/floral hop character. Again, light, but I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable beer, with its low-end ABV and relative smoothness on the palate. This would be a great camping beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World on 3/5/16. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Hazy butterscotch, thick white head, nice lacing

Smell: Fragrant, floral hops, hint of lemon zest

Taste: hop forward but very subtle blend of floral and light lemon zest

Feel: spritzy

Overall: superbly crafted, balanced, immensely drinkable, a home run

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Photo of brureview
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light golden color with a 3F head which quickly resolved in a Stone Imperial pint glass.

Aroma: light citrus, earthy.

MF: the body is a bit thin. Medium carbonation.

Taste: light citrus. Not strong. Light hoppy finish.

Hmm... Firestone walker- my favorite brewer of barrel aged beers.
Has the Duvel takeover compromised the quality of their other beers?
Not sure. This is a light weight APA. It needs more carbonation, citrus, and hoppy bitterness.

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

From notes taken yesterday:

Now, that’s a pale ale. Gasoline color as it’s poured, though considerably darker in the glass, a semi-cloudy golden amber. Head is foamy with crisp surfaces and edges, eggshell to lemon white, of moderate retention with great lacing, filmy on the surface after it has mostly dissipated. I can actually smell the alcohol in this, at least right after the pour, despite it’s not even 5% ABV. Beyond that, it is grass, light lemon. All of this on the palate, excepting the alcohol, and with stronger lemon tartness and the addition of pine and rind bitterness, starting a second or so in and crescendoing with the finish, at which point peppercorn also sets in. Light- to medium-bodied, sloshy, light spritziness, semi-smooth, very quenching.

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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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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle. Pours clear golden with large foamy white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma has floral and citrus. Taste pine, citrus, and floral. Not too hoppy. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,924 ratings.
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