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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1,988 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:
Pale 31 is brewed to exemplify the classic California pale ale style, hence the name honoring the Golden State as the 31st state to be admitted to the Union. Beautiful floral and citrus hop aromas greet the nose with undertones of lightly toasted malt. Crisp pale and crystal malts offer a hint of sweetness. Subtle hop bitterness offers a refreshing finish. Perfect for a sunny day at the beach or barbecue with friends, Pale 31 represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.

Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,353
Reviews:
578
Ratings:
1,988
pDev:
10.7%
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Photo of PreacherGein
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottspencer
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krh
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lighter and grassier than sweet/malty. Finishes dry. Not into the carbonation. Maybe better with food.

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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 Nrod
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickSMpls
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 7/3. A pleasantly colored light amber, crystal clear. Nice head, fades to a skim coat. The taste is clean, mostly hops with a background malt foundation. Dry aftertaste and a little rough on the finish. Unlike the "sessionable IPAs", we rate this firmly in the PA camp. A nice ale for a warm summer's evening.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a pint glass. Big, bubbly head with lots more carbonation emanating from the semi-transparent golden brew. Lots of hops on the nose and some grains present. Taste is muted on the hops, which definitely is expected from a pale, but there are definitely some tingly pine notes. This one is very easy drinking. A really well-crafted pale for those who like the hoppier variety.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mixed twelve pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a golden effervescent hue with minimal frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of hops and citrus. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Seidel. Bottled on March 28th 2017.

L: Clear gold, finger width white head has quite nice retention.

S: Citrus, pine and bready malts. Clean aroma and typical Pale Ale bouquet.

T: Follows nose closely, decently tasty.

F: Light, average carbonation, semi-dry.

O: Pretty solid Pale Ale.

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Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitekid
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheHopsman
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nace4
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass.Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice, if predictable aroma of hops, citrus fruit, pine, and malt.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of citrus fruit (lemon, orange, in particular), a hint of pine, a little malt, a fair shot of hops, some pineapple, a floral quality, and some tropical fruits. A light, sweet effervescent flavor that's very easy to drink. Very fruity, balanced with the right amount of hops.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: As APAs go, this is a solid one. Nothing overly groundbreaking, but definitely a drinkable beer.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 12oz bottle

A - pours a lovely dark gold with a copper hue, one finger bright white head and some slight lacing

S - super sweet hops, pine, pineapple, mango, wlp-001 or something similar, crisp, clean, super sweet malts with a hint of toastedness, tons of citrus and everything smells so alive

T - this beer reminds me of session ales before they were popular and is reminds me of Union Jack dialed down, a lot. Pine, pineapple, lots of citrus and their flowers, dry and sweet malts, WCIPA style yeast,

M - medium minus body, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and great session style IPA

D/O - if this beer has one adjective it would be refreshing and wow, is it ever. Tastes of Union Jack that is watered down, but in the best way (not sure if that makes complete sense). This beer goes great with most food and in most situations -- paired this with some chicken tenders and it was a wonderful delight and of course a chocolate chip cookie for desert and that was brilliant as well. Don't age, drink fresh.

Final thoughts - $7 a sixer is awesome but the under 5% ABV is lacking. Though the more the merrier I suppose. Also great on tap

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

Part of a variety 12-pack $15.99 Foodland
Clear golden color
Floral smell
Medium carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Slight bitterness, light citrus
Overall a nice beer for the style. I would buy again.

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Photo of huthuty
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant amber
Smell is an incredibly unique pine hop smell
Taste is of very dense pine and mild malt, very delicious, very crisp
Mouth feel is light
Overall this beer is fantastic I saw it long ago and now regretfully haven't tried it until today

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Photo of Kurzman
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,988 ratings