Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pale 31Pale 31

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great extra beer provided to me by EinWeizenbitte. Thanks again!

Attractive, classy label with no freshness date.

A: Pours a crystal clear, light copper with a slightly off-white ¾ inch head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ¼ climb of lacing on the edges of my fancy dancy Samuel Adams pint glass. Nice looking beer and true to style.

S: A moderate amount ofsweet, pine-filled hops. Slight bitterness detected from the hops, as well.

T/M: Light bodied with medium to full flavor in the body of the beer. Much like the nose - pine hops, slight bitterness in the middle and finish and sweet, light malts balanced in very delicately. Nicely blended, quality pale ale. Nothing bounces out and bites you, which is nice.

D: The dry, crisp mouthfeel mixed with good carbonation makes this very drinkable. If this was readily available in my area, I'd seek it out for a night out at friend's.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, somewhat darker gold color. Im suprised as to how clear it is. Decent hop aroma-very, very fresh citrus. Whoa!!! Great hop flavor. Not a trace of bitterness just straight ahead hop flavor. Malty backbone is balanced very well. Some lingering sweetness. Excellent body for the style and the low abv. Very, very drinkable. With the low abv this could go on all night. Damn I wish I could get this one locally. One of the BEST US pales I have had. Ever.

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Photo of livewire78
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty golden peachy orange. Head is good enough for the score it gets. Lacing is pretty enough for me too.

Smells really good. Nice balance of citrus aroma and decently strong intensity of aroma as well.

Love the citrus taste. This follows the nose all the way down the road. Near perfect amount of bitterness and bite to this beer. It reaches out and grabs the taste buds like most pales try to do but can't get done.

Can't get much better for a pale ale than this consistency. Full without being heavy at all and beautifully carbonated without going overboard.

The devil is in the details here. For a pale ale this has amazing taste. It won't kick you in the face but it's a pale so it's not supposed to. This one gets things right on all counts. If this was locally available I'd have to get a kegerator for this specific beer alone.

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Photo of rousee
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange apricot color with a hungry lush head of foam. Nice fluffy lace remains on sides of glass. Aroma of grapefruit and other sour fruitiness upfront with some musty cider-like quality in the background.

Taste is a nice citrus burst that with a good malt background. Hoppy but balanced -much more like a real APA versus an American version of British pale ale.

Very smooth and drinkable. One of the better APAs Ive had. It reminds me a little of Stoudt's APA but I think this one might even be a little better.

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Photo of fx20736
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World on 3/5/16. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: Hazy butterscotch, thick white head, nice lacing

Smell: Fragrant, floral hops, hint of lemon zest

Taste: hop forward but very subtle blend of floral and light lemon zest

Feel: spritzy

Overall: superbly crafted, balanced, immensely drinkable, a home run

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color with a nice ivory head and good carbonation. Very nice citrus hop aroma at first; has a light malt aroma over time. Nice balanced flavor; more malt character than expected from aroma but definitely has a citrus hoppiness. Light bodied, refreshing, and easily drinkable with a light bitter finish.

A superb Pale Ale that is a very nice blend of both American and English styles.

Label states "fermented in American oak barrels" & 1996.

Per F.W website:
Malts: Premium Two-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Crystal
Hops: Bittering- Fuggle
Late Kettle- Cascade, Centennial, Chinook
Dry Hops- Cascade, Centennial, Chinook
38 IBU

2003 GABF: Silver Medal - APA ?

Per B.O.M. notes:
38 IBU
Malts: Canadian 2-row, Marris Otter Pale, Carapils, Munich, and Crystal
Hops: Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours as clear as beer can be. A small, bubbly, white head is fed from below by a continuous bubbling. Some lace is left behind.
Kind of a citrusy piney balance with a malt backbone in the nose.
A damnfine APA. Soooo Refreshing. A wonderful balance between citrusy hops and biscuity/toasty malt.
Light bodied and niceley carbonated. A smooth yet hoppy finish with a nice tingling sensation on the tounge.
This may be the ultimate in session beers. Probably one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a noticeably light brownish yellow with a big pillowy white head that looks great in the glass. Smells of nice lemony hops and mild clean malt. Flavor is nice and subdued. Clean, easy drinking and sweet with a nice hop bitterness thats just aggressive enough to remind me that I'm drinking a intentionally restrained beer. I love that this isn't an IPA labeled as a pale ale and that its actually true to style, not overly bitter or hopped up beyond belief. Very easy to drink and delicious and an exemplary example of what a "session" beer can be when made well. Incidentally, this is my second FW beer (im starting off with their easy-to-find ones) and i've been VERY impressed with both.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby brown bottle, capped. Pours out a much lighter yellow than I expected for a Pale Ale. I would simply call it "yellow". Lovely large, fluffy white head that seems to keep growing.

Smell is hoppy and grainy. Classic American citrus hops are what come through most for me. I also pickup some lemony citrus notes. Taste is again on the lighter side and really adds to the drinkability. Solid grainy malt middle that leads to a perfect balance of hops and bitterness.

This is a very easy drinking beer that is on the dry side. This is a beer that you could really drink a few of as it's lighter in body but full of flavor. They call it a California Pale Ale but I would like to make it my House Pale Ale.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a cool shape.

Appearance: Luminous orange gold and perfectly clear. Frothy off-white head with average retention leaves a couple of little marshmallows floating, and lots of sticky lace.

Smell: Light floral and citrus hops nicely balanced with sweet malty aromas.

Taste: Pretty good hops flavor without much bitterness. Sweet and crackery flavored malt and a little caramel on the end.

Mouthfeel: Tingly carbonation. A little sticky hops resin on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a really good beer. What a surprise. Flavorful, refreshing, poundable.

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a white sticky head. Nice lacing.

S - Nose is a suprise. Lots and lots of C Hops. If I hadnt read the label I would have thought it was an IPA.

T - Just like the smell. Nice sweet malt taste in between the C hops up front and the ending bitterness. Very well balanced.

M - Thin with a little hop oiliness that I can appreciate.

D - This a very drinkable APA. They were on sale for 5.99 a six pack and I am glad that I bought two.

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Photo of bonterra69
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer!
Poured into a Pilsner glass. Appearance is a perfect gold. Extremely effervescent throughout its life, with tiny tiny bubbles. Head is thin.
Aroma is very hoppy - Floral, fruity. Hint of apple and grapefruit. Lovely.
Very balanced taste. Dry finish, with a bitter lingering.
Feel is light and tingly.
Overall, the taste is straight ahead. It comes at you, you know what to expect, and then it leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Had less than a ¼-inch of head. Color was a lighter orange/gold combination. Slight lacing left after pour. Very slight film throughout the glass.

Smelled plenty of strong flavors. First smell is citrus, mainly lemon and orange. Some pine in there, too. Smells crisp and fresh.

Tasted like a combination of citrus and pine needles. Followed with some grapefruit and orange peels. More hoppy than I thought it would be, but overall a pretty good balance.

Good mouthfeel. Refreshing throughout and never lost its taste. Crisp and refreshing. All the flavors work together well. Higher on the carbonation.

Have always loved this beer. Despite finally rating it, I hardly think it changed from my first sip a few years ago. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of slusk
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with a moderate white head. Good lacing,

S: Hops are in the forefront with a pronounced floral aroma, along with some pineapple and a hint of grapefruit. Light maltiness.

T: Definitely a hop forward brew. There's a light sweetness on the palate before the hops kick in almost immediately with a nice balanced floral, piney flavor. A bit of pineapple lingers in the dry finish. Smells sweeter than it actually tastes.

M: Medium light bodied brew with medium carbonation. Smooth, almost slick mouthfeel.

O: I really like this brew. It's everything a pale should be. Nice hop flavor without the bitter bite of an IPA and a well attenuated malt underpinning. Finishes dry and leaves a pleasant balanced aftertaste. I've had both the Bottled and Tap versions, and I have to say I prefer the tap version with a wee bit less carbonation that really lets the flavors shine. However, both are excellent. Nicely done Mr. Brynildson.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, honey amber body with an offwhite head that rises about one centimeter and stays there. Good patch lacing effect. Aroma is citrusy hops, with inviting esters of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Malty caramel is in the background, and there is a hint of vanilla from the oak barrel fermentation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with crisp moderate carbonation. Taste features juicy citrusy hops, with orange and grapefruit lending a soft bitterness. Caramel and toffee notes serve up a pleasant malt balance. A hint of oaky vanilla adds a nice touch. The finish is clean, with a lingering grapefruit hops bitterness that is soft and mild. Very nicely balanced, and rather tasty. ABV is under 5%, so this one would make an exceptional session ale.

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Photo of microbrew52
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours bright yellow with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a light pale and malty scent along with mild hop aroma and a light oak barrel presence. The aroma is quite complex and highly enticing. The taste is decent. It has a thin pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with a nice hoppy aftertaste. The barrel taste really covers up the simple, yet refreshing pale malt flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine pale ale.

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Photo of kpoole25
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good example of an American pale ale that goes for balance rather than power. Very drinkable. 12 oz bottle to glass. Dark yellow to orange color, soap suds head. Smell is pine and citrus hops. Taste is well balanced between malt and hops, not too bitter, finishes quite dry and refreshing.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. bright orangy yellow, full fluffy white head, good lacing

S. appetizing whiffs of sweet clover like hops and malt, slight lemon

T. excellent balance of floral hops and sweet malts, hints of lemon

M. light bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, semi dry

D. fantastic refreshing brew, perfect flavor profile

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Photo of emmasdad
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Seeing this one on tap next to Union Jack and Double Jack, I didn't have a whole lot of interest in trying this one. After trying it, I was very pleasantly surprised. Poured a nice light golden color with a big white head. Great citrusy hoppy aromas lead nicely to a perfectly balanced palate. An excellent pale ale.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy citrus aroma.

Juicy from the firm semi-sweet foundation on. Juicy fruits gush through your teeth, leading to a tasty mild bitter bite at the swallow. Light citrus aftertaste tingles briefly.

Soft all purpose mouthfeel.

Superb drinkability.

A great example of west coast pale ale.

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Photo of McStagger
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 6/20.

A: Pours a transparent yellow. Excellent clarity. Two fingers off white head with moderate dissipation and moderate retention. Fairly active carbonation.

S: Prevalent, without being overwhelming hop scent. Grapefruit, pine cone, bit of soapiness. Undertone of crisp breadiness in the malt. This isn't doughy, like many malts have a tendency to lean towards. Borderline cracker like.

T: Lean, light bodied entrance with a crisp, citrus like explosion of awesome citric hops and then a complete dryness. Borderline chalky/aspirin on the finish. Very small hint of fruitiness at the end to remind me this is an ale. I doubt I could tell tasting it blind.

M: Light bodied and crisp with a long, dry finish.

O: Truly a session beer for the hop inclined. Not even 5% alcohol and an ass kicking amount of flavor and balance. Goes good with fried chicken, too!

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Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest start to the head. Leaves some streak and spotty lace.

Excellent hop aroma; half floral and half peppery.

Good malt start but it quickly devolved into a hop bomb. This borders on an IPA in terms of bitterness. Good body with a high carbonation level.

If you like bitter beers, this could be a new favorite.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden, apple-juice color, slightly hazy with a 1/2" off-white head. The aroma was exceptional... I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle, and it just got better when I poured it in my glass... aromas of pine and citrus, a wonderfully fresh and hoppy smell. The taste is relatively mellow and smooth... it may smell like a hop-bomb, but it's actually a very balanced beer... definitely a Pale Ale and not an IPA or a typically overly bitter West Coast Pale Ale (yes, a generalization, but often true in my opinion). While mellow, the taste is actually quite full and rich... it's initially mildly sweet with a grassy flavor, followed by a malty middle with hints of lemon peel. The finish lingers with a mild bitterness, earthy, woody and root-like flavors. A beer that's very drinkable, and can simply be enjoyed... but take some time to notice the subtle complexities of this well-crafted brew.

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Photo of Briken
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark straw colored with thin white head with poor retention. Fruity sweet aroma. Delicate hops with nice sweet apple balance with a hint of pepper. Slight bitter linger with perhaps some pilsner aftertaste. Good carbonation that's not overdone and very smooth and drinkable with a light fuzziness.

This is a great drinking pale ale. Not too much hops but enought to keep a nice balance. Great mouthfeel and definitely a no brainer six pack purchase.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You know that smell? The one when a brewery is making a fresh batch, or you and your buddies mashing in on a homebrew? This smells like that, and you either hate it, or love it. I love it. This beer tastes like it too. As far as a regular ol' pale ale with no crazy bells or whistles goes, this one is hard to beat. Cheers!

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,914 ratings.
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