Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.83/5
1,967 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,285
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
1,967
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
286
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,967 |  Reviews: 574
Photo of bassboneman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer!
It is just perfect drinking for the warm days/nights of summer. It has a great taste and mouthfeel.
It is a great combintion of sweet and bitter with a backround taste/finish that is pleasantly unusual.
While great out of the bottle - even better in a cold glass!
Sam

** worth noting - the labels - at least in NY dont quite look the same as pictured

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Photo of PG2G
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Peter1977
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Thedaver4220
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sammyg832
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of seanchai
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of REDsage
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Firestone Walker's "Pale 31" pours a rich pale color with an appropriate carbonation. It has the strong aroma of Turkish delights (for those of you who have tried these tasty and gooey little sugar cubes) that also radiates sugar, white rose, and perhaps under-ripe apricots. The first sip comes with a head that wont quit and a particularly artificial flavor that comes with low-end canned beers like PBR, albeit this flavor is light. A larger mouthful reveals a weak body with a mouthfeel like many other light beers. The flavor is the sweet and bitter you would expect from a pale ale that disappears quickly. The aftertaste however, is this beer's saving grace. This lingering flavor is that of light and summer sweetened hops and some malt that brings you to have another, and yet another sip. This beer is nothing to call home about, but certainly not at all bad.

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Photo of blastoderm55
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of retry4z
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ChrisAlbertine
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Necronomad
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of markjarema11
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NODAK
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smell is fairly mild even for this kind of beer. Pine cone hops with a bit of honey sweetness also in there. Tame.

Taste definitely followed the nose. Upfront, a decent west coast style pine bitterness, but rather soft. Very approachable. The honey, fruity sweetness is certainly there as an undercurrent. I get a bit of grain on the finish as well. Wraps up with little bitterness. Rather clean.

Very approachable and drinkable pale ale. They're not trying to break the mold and the low ABV is rather obvious in how it tastes. A very easy, if not basic, drinker.

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Photo of Chingringo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gonzo000
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a. Yellow in color with very little head. Poured into a tulip glass.

s. Dry hopped honey aroma.

t. Not matching the smell. Very little in way of taste. All on the front of the tounge. Malt taste, not much hops.

m. Undercarbonated, bity.

o. Good beer at best - not the best firestone offering. Would not revisit, but might be slightly above average

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Photo of Evarigan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TruePerception
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of rcrockett74
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,967 ratings
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