Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,955 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
1,955
Reviews:
569
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
282
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,955 |  Reviews: 569
Photo of swimnadd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of scot959
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of SavageHopHead
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GeorgeH
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of shawnohall
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of roodie
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerZack
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kaveman
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mcdonald422
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Eazy28
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of champ103
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at a few places around Houston. Cottonwood and BRC most recently.

A: Pours a clear orange/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A great pale and biscuit malt character up front. Then a substantial hoppiness. Floral, grassy, minty hops. The great malt character and the hops are perfectly balanced.
T: Like the nose there is a lot of character here. Big hops that follow the nose. Floral, grassy, perfume like that is balanced perfectly with pale/crystal malts. Even lightly biscuit like. Then an enjoyable dry bite that pulls everything together.
M/D: A light to medium body. Very crisp, effervescent, and with a dry finish. The definition of refreshing. Incredibly easy and enjoyable to drink. Easily all day with this.

Excellent. If I can get this year round, this will be my new standard bearer for the style. I am so glad this is available on draught at the better beer bars, bring on the six packs. Nothing is over barring, and all in perfect balance. Which is something most "pale ales" now lack, and I would expect no less from this brewery. Let alone the great sessionable ABV. Very highly recommended.

 1,158 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rdooley
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of steevbr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of dedbeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoneTSR
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This is a bright beer. The pale, orange-yellow color almost matches the label on the bottle with a stark white head on top. The head foams up to about a finger and a half and then very slowly recedes until it caps the glass with about a quarter-inch of foam. Some very nice lacing develops at the top of the glass and eventually slides down the sides.

SMELL: A lighter aroma emerges from the glass once it has been poured, but sticking the nose into the glass provides a real treat; a wonderfully floral and slightly grassy aroma.

TASTE: A touch of caramel dances around the edges of a pleasant, but subtle hop flavor. The hops provide some citrus and a touch of grass.

MOUTHFEEL: It always surprises me how light this beer is especially after sticking my nose in the glass. The body is very light and it goes down incredibly easy. The carbonation just provides a very light tickle, which contributes to the ultra-drinkability of this beer.

OVERALL: This is simultaneously a very satisfying and unsatisfying beer. The lighter body, subtle hop flavors and lighter malt character leave the palate constantly wanting just a touch more, but on the other hand you can have more. At 4.9% this is a tasty, flavorful and easy drinking Pale Ale.

 1,253 characters

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker straw golden yellow with a half finger of white foam.

Very subtle aromas of faint citrus, fresh grain, lemongrass, and slight vegetal/floral notes.

Citrus comes out a tad more in flavor but not immensely, still getting mainly floral/herbal flavors or lemongrass and grains.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, light, refreshing.

Overall, a subtle brew but nice and light, very refreshing.

 405 characters

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,955 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.