Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

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3.86
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19.95%
 
 
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is three fingers high, and barely off-white in shade. Bubbly yet consistent, the head has a nice look, though its retention isn't the best. On the other hand, incredible amounts of lacing stick to the glass. (4.25)

Smell: Pretty typical for the style...or is it? At first, it seems to be a combination of grapefruit and caramel malt, but letting it open up will reveal some nice mandarin orange notes. That alone helps this one stand out from the pack, and helps me enjoy it all the more. (3.5)

Taste: Alas, this one is pretty dead simple. Some sweet caramel malt, a touch of grapefruit, flowers, and that's about it. Further sips reveal...little else. Nothing wrong with it per se, it's just a bland APA. (3)

Mouthfeel: This has a surprisingly full body, along with a not-entirely-dry finish. In a way, its sweetness is thirst quenching. The combination of initial creaminess and decent carbonation still makes it somewhat easy to drink. (3.25)

Overall: I hoped this would be better than Easy Jack now that this finally showed up in MD - in many ways it is (none of that damn Mosaic character, for one), but it's also less interesting. Worthy of being drunk again, just know that Firestone Walker makes far superior brews over this. (3)

3.22/5: I'd say it's a Pale 32...out of 50

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

A clear, slight reddish golden Pale Ale with a rocky, off-white head. The smell is strongly floral, and hoppy. The taste is lightly malty with a bitter middle and end. The body is moderate in my mouth. An adequate example of its style, Pale Ale, but a bit bitter for me.

Some of the description on the label is as follows: "...a bright, elegant texture with hints of toffee and a medium malt character. Fermantation in individual 60 gallon American Oak barrels imparts soft smoky nuances, a suggestion of vanilla and additional complexity to the flavor profile." I can't say I experienced all of this, but I found this description interesting none-the-less.

(source: Beers Across America)

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Not the strongest of Pale Ales (in terms of flavor) but one that goes down pretty smoothly. Pours a very thin head and it's lighter than expected in color. I would happily drink it again but it will not be given priority over other better APAs that can be purchased in my area.

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Photo of FitnessForBeer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From variety pack

A: light, clear beer that is straw colored Finger worth of head but disappeared quickly
S: light floral hoppy,
T: very sweet malt, mellow hop profile. Floral and citrus flavones come through
M: good, nothing to complain
O: not bad, just don't get the "wow" factor. Most important test I feel, would I buy it again? Probably not

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Photo of veinless
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow, with generous amounts of pure white foamy head on top that laces averagely.

Smells of hops, lemon citrus and zest, with not much malt behind it.

Taste is very light, and not too strong. Has a nice zesty hop/malt blend to it, with nothing really overpowering, but at the same time nothing really sticking out either. I'm kind of disappointed at how lightly flavored this beer is, but in terms of drinkability it is really as good as it gets, since the abv is low as well.

Mouthfeel is straight up thin - again, disappointing after having some other excellent APAs in the last couple days. Great session beer, a bit underwhelming compared to some of firestone walker's other offerings though.

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Photo of JohnW
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, was brewed for the UK Wetherspoons Pub Chain Beer Festival in November 2008. According to the leaflet, Firestone Walker brewed this beer at Marstons Brewery Burton on Trent here in UK, using the tradition Burton Union system, with American hops from Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and American Fuggles.

The beer was available at some, but not all Wetherspoons pubs during the 3 weeks Beer Festival.

The beer poured pale amber colour, almost perfectly clear, with fair head, though the head did not last long. From the sample I had (but was unable to try it again at a later date for comparison) the aroma was very strange, very sweet almost like sugar candy cane and a hint of vanilla, and malts. Initial taste was of sweetness on the tongue, but then bitterness of the hops came through quickly. The hop bitterness was never overpowering, and slightly floral and citrus in the finish. Fairly light bodied and smooth texture, easy to drink, though I felt the sweet aroma and initial sweetness of the taste was a bit off putting. The aroma had a strange "perfumed" sweet smell that I felt spoilt what could have been a really good beer. Not sure if this was typical of the beer, as I never had chance to try it again elsewhere for comparison, so my marking down a peg in aroma and taste should be treated with caution, as another sample might have been a lot better.

If any other UK BA member tried this, hope they can add a review too!

JohnW
B'ham UK November 2008

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Photo of REDsage
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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 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.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, thin head. Smells slightly spicy and peppery. Taste has modest underlying notes of sweet malts, honey-like, overlaid by a nice peppery bitterness. Good carbonation gives a full mouthfeel, spiciness and clean taste make this nearly a session beer.

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Photo of papat444
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on Mar. 19, 2014.

Pours a clear gold body with a frothy head and decent retention. Very grassy hops in both the aroma and flavor but has a vegetal quality that i'm not too fond of. Lemony and soapy as well but not a fan of this one very much.

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Photo of johnd513
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to barleywinefiend for this one.
This beer pours a light golden color with an almost nonexistent white head. I can taste some citrus flavors. This beer is much lighter than I expected and it goes down like water. Certainly not bad but not much going on here and not what I expected.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color.

Smells distinctly hoppy and fruity. There is a small amount of maltiness in there too.

Taste is malt and hops. The hops used are flavorful and not very harsh so it makes for a very hoppy, yet still not bitter brew. Not sweet at all it is a dry ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle ...

Appearance: Golden honey, impressive head with good retention.

Smell: All about hops with this one. Cascade, with flowery notes up front. Subtle malt undertones. Smells great.

Taste: As expected, grapefruity biiterness offset with flowery flavors behind. Pleasantly hoppy, but the malt is not lost.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thin. Good clean finish and the right amount of "pucker" for a good IPA. Cleansing.

Drinkability: Iminently drinkable IPA. Good, strong hop pucker, but not overpowering. Drink this one with a good BBQ or steak before it gets too cold out!

Notes: I read this one is fermented in oak barrels, but I didn't really pick up on this characteristic in my samples. It's very subtle, but a nice touch! Likely why this IPA tastes as complex as it does. Worth trying!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 18 Sep 2008.

Medium yellow-white foamy head. Moderate carbonation. Clear golden caramel color. Aroma is quite floral and hoppy, somewhat soapy, lightly sugary. Starts dry with a medium hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a faint sweetness. Light body, almost watery.

Taste is good but overall light in flavor.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Pale Ale from Firestone pours a tad darker than straw with a 1-2 finger foam head and some decent sea foam lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

The aroma was fairly subdued. I got a little bit of fruitiness in the nose with a peach focus. The taste was clean malty with a slight bitterness on the back end. It was moderate to well carbonated with a tad bit of bite at the end of the drink. Definitely a session beer that would be a good barbeque brew in the summer. Overall not bad but could of used a bit of more hop presence in the beer.

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Photo of JRed
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Transparent Golden body with white bubbly head. Aroma of grass, pine, mint. Tastes of wet grass, pine, mint, lemons, medium bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice slightly copper mostly golden with a giant fluffy head. Serious lacing all the way down. Good head retention also.

S: Picked up some grass scents and light hop aroma.

T: Super light, refreshing, faint hop taste but really faint taste overall.

M: Feels very carbonated and really crisp. Great mouthfeel with no aftertaste.

D: Could probably drink this all day (and maybe get buzzed).

Overall this is a great alternative to the mass produced crap beers out there. I think it would be a good one to give a friend or relative that only drinks bud light or some similar nastiness.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a clear golden body with a fluffy white head.

Floral, grassy, and lemony hops with a bready and honey sweet maltiness.

A mild bitterness sets in yielding to a floral and grassy hoppiness and bready malt.

Light bodied and clean with ample carbonation.

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Photo of Risser09
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a short-lived, 1/2", white head. Very little lacing and/or carbonation activity.

Smell: Floral and citrusy hop aroma is strong for a pale ale. Lemon, orange and an underlying pale malt. Fresh flowers.

Taste: Hop bitterness is nice, but fades for a cereal grain/malt flavor. Not very complex, but quite pleasing. I am a fan of the floral freshness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a decent share of IBUs. Smooth drinking and a lingering bitterness. Not much alcohol at all.

Drinkability: A decent pale ale, but it doesn't compare to some of the other great ones out there. I would drink it again.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Mother's Day at my parents' house.

Its clear, and bright golden. Little lacing.

Curious smell. Very floral and grassy hop presence.

More hop bitterness, pepper, floral, grass on the mouth. Not a lot of malt backbone to speak of.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall this beer is OK. I'm honestly very disappointed with everything I've had form Firestone (minus Velvet Merkin). This is not a bad beer, but a poor representation of the style. It honestly tastes like an average homebrew. I actually take that back, I have had better extract based homebrew pale ales than this.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is light citrus, hints of pine. Taste is citrus, some pine, light bitterness. Feels medium/light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an ok pale ale. I have had better before.

Appearance- amber color

Smell- sweet, malt

Taste- hops, sweet

Mouthfell- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- ok might drink it again, had it at a bar in Morro Bay, not tto bad would drink it again

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Medium orange color. Very clear. Snow white head with less-than-average retention.

3.0 S: Some citrus and some hop aroma, but mainly not much of anything.

3.5 T: Pretty good. Nice hop profile and great balance between hops and malts. Still, nothing spectacular. Citrus with a pleasant hop bitterness.

3.5 M: Smooth, a little undercarbonation. Medium body.

3.5 D: Good drinkability in that it's very smooth, but simply too boring.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

594th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

App- A nice dark orange with a nice clarity to it. A one finger head that left quickly and some lines of cling.

Smell- A very light tinge of hops and a bit of wheat to it. Pretty bland on the nose.

Taste- A bit of a watery malty light wheat flavor. Seems a bit unbalanced and light.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium/high carb level. Leaves a little bitter hops.

Drink- Pretty average, not that bad, but not that great either. Probably won't come back to this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark golden color, nice carbonation, tiny head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, bready, slight toffee/caramel.

T - The taste is sweet/hoppy, kinda dry finish.

M - Medium body, nice carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable, good for a hot summer day. This is my first Firestone brew, will buy other's if the liquor store carries them.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,884 ratings.
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