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Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this at the brewery, drank it a few weeks later, so fresh!

Pours a clear amber/golden, thin white head forms, drops down to a ring and leave some pretty lacing. Smell is real nice, biscuits, caramel, jasmine, citrus, very flowery hopping, just the right balance, very fresh aroma. Taste is great as well, very caramelized, bready, wheat, jasmine, floral, some light fruitiness and a bit grapefruit, very nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty standard pale ale, but damned fresh and goes down right. Very flavourful for a sub 5% brew, I like!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker than average golden color with a frothy one finger white head. Not much retention but a thin skim on top and a ring around the edges. Citrus fruit aroma with a nice hefty infusion of pine notes. Biscuity and toasted grain malt notes.

Citrus hop notes coupled with resiny pine flavors. Fruit notes are a bit more pronounced then the pine flavors. Toasted grains and biscuit flavors round out the malt profiles. Light with a slight slickness in the finish. Just an all around easy drinking pale ale. Good example of the style. Perfect for a session brew with an abv lower then 5.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit before I get into the review I am becoming more a fan of well-balanced, well crafted brews. This to me is one of those beers - not to say it is for everyone, just an all around well made beer to me.
I picked this bottle up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE, poured chilled in a mug.

A - A beautiful honey amber w/ 2 1/2 fingers of rocky glistening ecru w/ a very fine bead. The clarity is refulgent and the carbonation visibly rises toward the head.

S - A woody, earthy green hop aroma w/ subtle stone fruit essence. Hints of grapefruit and floral accents are present w/ mild malt in the back

M - A balance of fruity sweet and acidity w/ moderate carbonation and a spicy middle. The ale finishes more on the bitter side, but still retains a mild malt sweetness

T - A light citrus note leads to a light sweet malt w/ a gentle biscuit tinge. More lemony hops w/ mild orange similar to a meyer lemon. More spice from the hops as it opens up w/ a zesty sweet taste and the semi dry finish has moderate bitterness.

D - A great pale ale w/ plenty of hop flavor, citrus and still mostly balanced - perhaps one of the best I've had.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Bottle date is 1/10/12.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow color. Two fingers of bright fluffy head. Good carbonation. Sheets of lacing bits.

S: I get really light fruity hops. Over ripe peach. Mango. Citrus is also there. Also some light malts, caramel.

T: This is a very sessionsable beer. Nice hop bitterness but a light bitterness. I get those light fruity hops with a nice welcomed malt backing. It's a perfect light pale ale to drink any time of year.

M: Light bodied leading almost into medium.

O: This is an A pale ale for me. Not up there with Zombie Dust or Headwaters but very good.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Bright citrus aroma. Caramel malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bready and toasted malt. Citrus hops. Matches the nose.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth.

O: I really like this pale ale. It looked phenomenal, and tasted really good too.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Firestone gem is brewed with seven hops (Fuggles, Cascade. Centennial and Chinook) AND some dry-hopping (Amarillo). The body is a translucent copper liquid that is crowned by a slathering of foam; the lacing is loose and slippery and will soon disappear.

The nose emits subtle mango whiffs. The palate engorges on the hops; there is a major battle between the heavy hand of rye bread and the scrappy slugger that is some intense graininess. Bread? The mouthfeel is nicely balanced and is able to align the described madness and provide the drinker with a surprisingly crisp quaff. Of course, the low alcohol level also assists in the enjoyment.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden-copper with a moderate off-white head. Quickly recedes but leaves behind some lacing.

S: Citric hops dominate the aroma profile. Pleasant and subdued.

T: More of the same... but amped up... Very nice, slightly bitter APA... good malt base adding some caramel and bread complexity.

M: Light-medium body. Resinous. Good carbonation.

D: Greatly enjoyed this brew... not quite like the Pale Ale's out here on the east coast. Refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad, CA

A- bartender poured out my head, golden straw with hints of copper, leaves thin whit rings 'round glass

S- pine, floral, sweet bread (like that Hawaiian stuff)

T- bready up front and a spike at finish, good balance and mellow flavor, citric hops with pine aftertaste, bitter

M- light/med body, smooth, bit dry in after

D- enjoyable, dont know about sessionable, paired well with my whole grain portzels, balance is awesome, memorable pale if not one of my faves

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Photo of mfavoino
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled labeled 1/3/12 enjoyed on 3/24/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear and bright gold. A nice fluffy white head recedes after a couple of minutes and the beer yields spotty lacing.

Smell: Distinctly citrus nose with some floral notes as well. Smells like I would expect a California PA to be.

Taste: Follows the nose with a crisp orange, citrus flavor. Juicy, but not overwhelming either. A strong caramel malt base balances the beer well. Bitterness is fairly light and the beer finishes off smoothly.

Mouthfeel: Super easy drinking, light and crisp. Very refreshing.

Overall: This will likely be my new go to PA because of how well it's put together. Not mind-blowing or distinct by any means, yet an all together spot on PA.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a nice two finger creamy head that falls slowly in pockets leaving excellent webbed lacing.

S: Fresh floral grassy hops a little pale malt and some yeast profile as well. Very crisp.

T: Hops up front but not in a harsh way at all, very grassy and floral with some citrus layers as well. Definitely taste the pale malt and a very nice yeast profile mid-palate that really lingers. This tastes very fresh and very clean. Would be a great food beer.

M: Light body, crisp active carbonation, dry finish.

D: Perfect abv for the style and the clean crisp flavor and smooth carbonation make it perfectly drinkable! I guess the last bottle I had was old or lightstruck because this is a much better beer than I remember!

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Photo of bassboneman
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Redneckwine
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden, lighter color than expected, just a touch hazy, decent head with a small amount of lacing.

Smell - Biscuit and a bit of toasty malts right up front, some honey sweetness, hops reasonably prominent with some floral and sweet citrus notes.

Feel/Taste - Feel is nice and smooth medium-light body with gentle carb, feels full for the ABV. Taste mimics nose but in reverse: hops are more prevalent and start off with a little orangey citrus and herbal/floral notes, then the malts trail behind with some lightly toasted biscuit flavor. Light flavors all around, but very well balanced. Pretty dry on the finish with feint lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Excellent APA. They crammed a lot of nicely balanced flavor into just a 4.8% ABV brew, and maybe more impressive is the body, which seems bigger than it really is. Very drinkable and a I think a bit more hop-forward than the archetypal APA (SNPA) - this stands right up there with SNPA as far as quality goes.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, single, purchased from the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa,

A: Pours a macro pale yellow, with a white head that's a tad on the thin side, but has good retention and leaves some nice beer lacing.

S: Light smell of hops and malt, some oak.

T: Very crisp hop bite attacks first with some citrus and tropical fruits, maybe a bit of tangerine. Toffee and sourdough bread come in as the malt backbone, with a very nice vanilla note to end the beer, a gem.

M: Crisp, light and smooth, good carbonation, very refreshing.

D: This is a really good pale, up there with Anchor and Alpha King, possibly the best made in CA.

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Photo of KroMagnon
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy, decent white head, light copper-gold in color. The aroma is rather nice, though I get mostly malt - just a trace of a fruity-piney blend, probably hops and esters, it doesn't knock me out but the maltiness is good. The flavor is great - absolutely tremendous, a delicious rich grainy maltiness with some toffee and caramel notes followed by a clean bitterness that compliments the flavor very well. This is clearly a pale ale although its balance seems tilted toward the malt a little more than normal. I think this is awesome.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden amber in the glass with a solid one finger white head that melts to moderate lacing.
Aroma is lightly fruity, then citrus hops (cascade?)
Taste is pale ale light and clean...slightly sweet malt gets overpowered immediately by a mixture of hops...cascade, chinook, others...on swallowing the citrus peel hop (not quite grapefruit but close) takes over completely.
Mouthfeel seems very adequate for the style and a nice drying stays in your mouth with no memory of the malt sweetness.
Good session beer.
Very good.

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Photo of Beezee
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in Jim Morrison's last US home into a kinda dirty drinking glass. Bottled dated a couple weeks old.

Appearance- Clear golden, nice inch of head that sticks around, good lacing

Smell -Citrus, earthy Cali hops, slight malty bread

Taste/Mouthfeel -Crisp citrus and slightly grassy hops. Very well balance hop profile with a clean finish. Medium bread/biscuity malt backbone. Slightly sweet. Very light mouth feel with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall -This beer really stands out. Just spent a week in California drinking dozens and dozens of great beers and this pale ale stands out from it all! Had it on tap and in the bottle. Perfectly balanced flavorful pale ale. I'm inspired to brew a clone!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

All the rest have 31 and seem to be getting drunker by the day... ...Wow, sorry... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger if lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises bright grapefruit zest, light orange zest, light honey, and a bristling of pine needles. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus blending together into a tasty little tropical smoothie, the parts indistinguishable from the whole. In a good way. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice pale ale, highly drinkable and even more highly enjoyable. Good times.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: The pour is a hazed golden orange color with a sticky white head and nice lacing.

S: Smells a bit sweet, but there's plenty of citrus and even a few tropical fruit notes. Mild grass with a nice pine note to it as well as a light floral scent. Some bready malt gives a little body.

T: Like the nose, it's a bit sweet, but it works fine for a pale ale. Lots of citrus hops (especially orange and tangerine, a little less grapefruit). Some pine bitterness as well as a little bit of floral character.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I really like this beer, a solid pale ale that I know will pretty much always be good.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden orange with a slight haziness to it. Its a rather light smell, but completely hop heavy. The taste is as it smells, a good fresh hop character, lots of dry hops create a pungent taste and bold aroma. This beer has perfect carbonation and really has a good feel to it. It is a masterfully balanced pale, really hoppy but enough hidden malts to not over run the beer with bitterness.

This is an excellent pale ale, in fact, its one of the best I have ever had. Its on par with Stone's Pale ale, which is a beer I cant help to compare hoppy pale ales to. This beer is excellent and I wish Firestone was in my area but sadly, I enjoyed this beer in Utah.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz, from augustgarage in a trade. Thanks!

A- Clean, clear, golden, nice if quickly-fading head, little lacing.

S- Floral hops, light, but nice. Good for a pale ale.

T- Really good hops, a very tasty pale ale. Crisp, clean, floral and citrus (tangerine and orange) hops are the star of the show. Light, but assertive.

M- Crisp, clean, tasty, fantastic.

D- High. Sessionable. This is one of the best pales I've ever had, I'd buy this on the regular if it was in my distribution circle. Very great beer. You can have flavor without going overboard! Amazing beer!

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Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in colour, frothy finger thick white head, decent head retention, nice lacing.

S: Intense hop aromas, pine-like aromas, but some citrusy aswell, little malty sweetness in the background.

T: Similar to the smell dominating hops on a nice malt base. Different hop notes, gives a hint on the smell of raw hops. Decent bitterness, nice sweet fruit staying on the tongue with a not only bitter but very tasty hop flavour.

M: The carbonation creates a some sort of creamy mouthfeel, very nice level of carbonation!

O: This Ale is a great thing, impressive hop flavours, the spotlight is on the hops, the dry hopping gives it a flavour that is not present with traditional hop use. Great stuff!

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Photo of kculrich
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a cool nonic, thick, foamy white head over a bright orange filtered beer. S: a nice blend of hops, it's all there, fruit, pine, straw, and something sweet. T: toasted crackers, lemon zest, caramel. F: crisp and refreshing, nothing heavy, moderate carbonation. O: an excellent refreshing beer, a credit to the APA style. I could surely squander an afternoon sitting out on the lawn with a few of these under my chair.

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Photo of MikePags
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Growler from Oliver's brew crew. Albany. Served in a pint glass.

A: golden color that is a hazy with carbonation.

S: nice hoppy aroma that isn't overpowering

T: this beer's straightforward, simple and solid taste makes it an amazing example of what a California Pale Ale should be. Nice hops without overpowering your taste buds but enough to keep you coming back.

M: smooth medium body

O: amazing session beer that should be used as a benchmark to evaluate all other Pales

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Photo of aval89
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 06-06-2011.. a month & 3 days old.

a: golden orangeish color.. clear body with 1.5 finger head.. active carbonation streaming up..

s: piney hops! sweet dank & some citrus take up the nose! some bready notes deep in there & maybe a hint of caramel.. very nice nose.

t: a good blend of pine needles & citrus hops.. almost has a lemony quality to it as well.. bready notes are definitely in there too.. balances out the hops, but not a complete 50/50.. hops win :) finish is a light oily-resiny hop finish.. a refreshing hop bite. not overly dry, but dry enough to beg for another sip. lovely

mf: light-medium body with a good amount of carbonation..

o: i think i found my new favorite APA.. watch out SNPA!

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo shared this bottle, brought back from our recent trip to california. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled sept 28/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small fluffy white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. biscuit. multi-grain bread. cracker. alcohol. light grapefruit and pine. bit of orange peel.

taste is good. medium bitterness level. biscuit. multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. grapefruit. bit of pine. light citrus. honey.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. nice malt and hop character both coming through strong. i could easily drink this all the time. good stuff!

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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