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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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1,971 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,718
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
1,971
pDev:
10.7%
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/21/13 poured into a snifter glass. Reviewing this compared to other pale ales.

A: Pours a yellow golden with 2 finger fluffy white head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Fantastic head retention with lacing prominent on the glass.

S: The aroma on this beer is pretty strong, which is remarkable for a 4.8% beer. Strong citrus grapefruit, slight pineapple and lemon zest. Caramel malt backing it up. Really strong, can def tell the dry hopping. This aroma is right up there with Zombie Dust.

T: Sweet citrus flavor, refreshing as hell with just a slight bitter dry finish. Light sweet malt making itself known. On the hoppy side for APA.

M: light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation goes down easy. Leaves the mouth with a slight sweetness that coats the mouth with a slight bitter after finish.

O: A fantastic APA and one of my go to's. I would easily put this up there with 3 Floyds Zombie Dust, and an underrated beer on BA for sure.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle (bottled on 2/2/13) served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a honey golden color with lively carbonation but wit only a half finger of thin, white, fizzy head. Retention is awful, especially given the low ABV. Average at best.

S - Oddly - the first notes I get are sweet honey and pale malts. Light, fresh lemon and orange zest and faint grassy notes. I'm surprised how restrained the hops are, maybe even enough to upset the balance. Pretty mild but refreshing.

T - Watery base malts open. Bland, uneventful body. Stale. No yeast character. The hops don't show up until the climax. Incredibly faint citrus is about all I can find. It's too sweet, and there's a strange metallic note near the finish. Simple and watery. Where'd all the hops from the nose go?

M - Watery and smooth.

D - I'd like to think that I got an old bottle, but It's barely a month old. Just a poor example of the style. It's easy to drink, but there's really nothing going on. Won't be having this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

A - Crystal clear, yellow with a touch of light orange. Short lived head. A few bubbles.

S - Pine, floral, citrus and soft pale malt. Faint woody funk. The aroma is nice, but on the subtle side.

T - Like the aroma with some semi-sweet grapefruit and a hint of caramel.

M - Light body. Mild carbonation. Mild bitterness with a medium sustain.

O - A flawless, easy drinking, light pale ale with a pleasant flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Wine Affairs on 3/4/13.

Very pale with copper color, and clear. Head retention is great, big rocky head that laces very well for the style. Lemon and grapefruit dominate the nose with floral notes and slight biscuit. Flavor is lemony and bright with a lot of orange flavor to start as well. Fades to overcooked biscuit and slight a tartness, then floral hops, which are not heavy handed. Bitterness comes on gradually, but its definitely noticeable. Feel is middling, finish is slightly dry. This one tasted especially fresh. I could drink this all day.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured two fingers of head on a medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a wonderful mix of pine, whole cone hops and honey.
The taste starts with mild sweetness and then goes to pine bitterness. The transition is abrupt.
The texture is soft with some fizz.
An enjoyable and drinkable ale at a low ABV.

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4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Bright citrus aroma. Caramel malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bready and toasted malt. Citrus hops. Matches the nose.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really like this pale ale. It looked phenomenal, and tasted really good too.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,971 ratings
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