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
Very Good
1,984 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:
#12,621
Reviews:
578
Ratings:
1,984
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of mojohawk21
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fitzy01
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of batt6343
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flgimp
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can. Smell is fruity. Tasting citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime. Good bitterness balance. Clean. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Nice pale ale. I would do this again.

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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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

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3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours golden yellow with a dense white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves a little light lacing

S: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, orange, floral notes, light bready malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, citrus, grapefruit and lemon, light fruity notes, biscuity malt, and some light caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I've had this one a couple times before, but never in a setting where I could rate it. Overall, it's a pretty solid old school pale ale that can still hold its own.

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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The malt backbone for this beer is perfect for a pale ale. Clean and lets the hops shine. Unfortunately, the hop combination is not my favorite. I love American, citrusy and piney hops - there is a slight, garlicky overtone to the hopping. I looked at their website for the hopping, and it says all the late hops are Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook - usually a combination I love. This version doesn't work for me.

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

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4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow-orange body, billowing soapy white head that leaves some lace, ambient superfine carbonation. Such a sexy beer. Nose has some orange rind and white bread aromas. Not very inspiring, but still pleasant. Flavor tastes like the fluff of a loaf of Wonderbread that was soaked in orange juice, plus some sugary Froot Loops on the finish. Never quite sweet, and actually decently bitter initially. The powdered sugar note seems to be a motif in FW beers. Feel is delicate, fine and somewhat sissy carbonation with a fluid body, very drinkable.
This was aight. Not offensive in any manner, and acceptably tasty throughout, but it lacked real character. Forgettable, for better or for worse.

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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale 31 hit the spot for me after playing tennis. But, it does not stand out. FW makes some exceptional beers. But, Pale 31 is not one of them.

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Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,984 ratings