Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,956 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:
1,956
Reviews:
570
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: 1,956 |  Reviews: 570
Photo of Azpittil57
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brewqueno
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NorseKaiser
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a hazy orange with a finger of foamy white head and some thin lacing left in the glass.

The smell is malty at first with a biscuit aroma. There is a slight tease of clay-like aroma in the nose that mixes here with a slight earthy aroma.

The taste is all malt character from start to end. Again there is a dry bready flavor that has a slight citrus flavor that does come out very briefly but then backs away into the either. There is some earthy blandness that has some wheat flavor that stays till the end.

The feel of this beer is light with a decent drinkability. There is a smoothness that has no bitterness and seems to have some holes. Not what the brewer intended but not a drain pour.

 780 characters

Photo of PA-hunter
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a snifter. 4.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a dull yellow with a fair bit of cloudiness. Decent foam on the head with mild retention.

Smell- Fragrant floral aroma; citrus-like sweetness

Taste- Light tasted grain flavor builds into some of the floral sweetness. Has a lemony kick to it. The bitterness and peppery flavor shows itself later in the taste and lingers.

Mouthfeel- Thin to medium in body. Appropriate.

Overall- A decent APA but could use more balance in malt/citric/bitterness transitions. Drinkable but not special.

 550 characters

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k47k
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HawkFalco
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tasted:Dec. 22, 2014 12 oz. bottle

Poured into a pint glass, 50 degrees.

Looks: Rich lemon-gold color. Hazy. Made little head that disappeared quickly. lacing lasted.

Smell: citrus, fresh, floral

Tastes: floral taste follows nose, quite hoppy with any malt sweetness buried. Way more hoppy than I expected for an American Pale Ale, Why not just call it a IPA?

Feels: Thin with little body, low carbonation, mildly dry bitterness in the finish

Overall: I expected balance and so am disappointed in the strong hop forward bitterness of this beer. I am not a fan of bitter beer so I may be a poor judge. Look to the reviews of the drinkers who like IPAs. I won’t buy again.

 690 characters

Photo of OB1
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzarooski
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head, very little lacing or retention, nice stream of bubbles going up the glass's side.

A: Light notes of citrus and floral hops, citrus is like lemon peel, nice balance of toasted malts on the backend, no alcohol on the nose, nice balanced aromas.

T: Like the nose yet with more floral notes up front, touch of lemon, mild bitterness in the middle, finish has a mix of light toasted malts and lemon peel lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a clean crisp dry finish, very easy to drink.

O: A solid APA with a more noted toasted malt than other APAs I've tasted, very easy to drink, mild bitterness, clean crisp dry finish, a beer I've enjoyed and will continue to enjoy.

 785 characters

Photo of Bshaw22
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral, soapy, citrus;

T: floral that builds through the finish; a hint of caramel in the background; low to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: good, but not remarkable;

 323 characters

Photo of digga90
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gkrishnan704
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jreed
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of mobrado
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of EuphonicHops
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rockernino
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Muggins25
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of pgregoryCA
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of wesley777
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,956 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.