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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Photo of Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a tulip nonic. 05/12/14 on the label (shit!). Pours a translucent honey gold with a loose, 1/8th inch bright white head that quickly dissipates to a frothy slick. Nose expresses a trace of caramel and wet cardboard. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some noble hops. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation. Overall, I think this beer is past its prime - slightly off flavors. I wish I checked the bottle dating before purchasing. Will need to revisit with a fresher offering.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/16/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a very clear, pale yellow color body, big white foamy head, big bubbles, lasting. Very hoppy aroma, citrus and dry. Some sweetness too. Bitter. Pale dry taste, drying citrus. Mostly clean aftertaste. Nice pale ale. Not complex, but good, almost sessionable.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A nice foamy white head sits on top of a clear, light-orange body. Decent lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy hops mingle with sweet malts on the nose. Touch of peppery bitterness and faint bread notes.

Flavor consists of light malts, leaning towards the sweet side, but balanced with a bit of hop bitterness. Hops also add some faint pepper notes, which mix nicely with the subtle citrus flavors. Overall there isn't much flavor to the beer, but what is there is pleasant.

Mouthfeel leans towards the watery side with ample carbonation. The finish is dry and almost leaves no taste in your mouth except for some light bitterness. Clean finish.

Drinkability is pretty good for this pale ale. Low ABV and the flavor is light without much aftertaste. Refreshing in warm weather, but not overly exciting otherwise.

All in all this is a decent APA. It would be nice to see a little more flavor and maybe a bit more body. I know it can be done, even with beers under 5% ABV. Getting this fresh from the tap may increase the hop flavor, which would be a bonus for this beer. Worth trying, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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

decent pale ale, if a bit boring. pours a nice looking honey color crystal clear with a 2 inch white head that lazes around the whole time. smells like a beer, period. flavor is light and citrusy with a crystal and pale malt body. mouthfeel is fine, well carbonated and crisp. good pale ale but nothing special. on the lighter side, very sessionable especially at the low abv

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Photo of gonzo000
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard amber light color in a pale ale. Aroma was pleasant, if muted though.

Taste, a non bitter pale. Ample hopping for style, nuanced sweetness with it. Good session ale. Light in the heft on the palate, mouthfeel doesn't thin out, but doesn't weigh you down (sounds like a macro jingle). a little cost prohibitive for something this simple ($8 a 6r).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in like equal parts pale ale hearty gold and amber ale and a 3/5" head, white. Aroma was a tad floral hops and wavy grains.

Taste was a smooth, middle of the road affair between an English pale ale and an American pale ale. Sessiony.

Wouldn't turn down on a hot daybut since they make some session ipa and lupulin session stuff, this isn't gonna be what I reach for on a hot day despite being a beer that is plenty fine.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkish Copper-Golden color. Reasonable head that has reasonably good retention. Huge floral hop aroma, that had an almost perfume dimension. Reminded me a lot of Burton Brewed Pale Ales I used to drink in England. In fact the beer label states they use a Union Oak Barrel Brewing System, which is what many of the Burton Breweries in UK utilized in the past. Leads me to believe it may well be dry-hopped as well, if not - it certainly smells like it does. Really good hop character, gives a dominant medium malt-bitterness that fades slowly, and makes way for a hint of wood in the aftertaste. Vanilla/toffee tastes are barely perceptable, but were there towards the end. Dare I say this reminds me so much of some 'weaker' (4 to 5%) English India Pale Ales that I used to drink. Very Burton-esque.....
A nice beer, I like the Hops and Bitterness, but it may be a bit one-dimensional for some "non-hopheads".

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Photo of quasimoto
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a bright deep gold color with a white head that dissipated rather quickly. Piny citrus aromas of hops are the first major factor of this beer. the hops turn really muddy and bland from the aroma to the taste. They really turn into a middle of the road mild malt flavor and finish with nothing left over. The mouthfeel is light and pseudo dries out, but leaves a slight residual sweetness making me want another sip. I like this beer, great for the summer weather and an easy sessionable ale.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear golden color with a copper hue as the light reflected through...
Mellow biscuit and floral scents as slightly roasted malts rise. Tatse is very smoothe and not overpowering in any way as the light citris hits the palate and the swwet caramel malts splash in the end.
Very much drinkable as the low abv helps this brew quench your thirst on a hot day.

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Photo of theopholis
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours an absolutely crystal clear amber. The head is quite impressive. A solid, white affair with some staying power. Also has a loose, but very sticky lacing.

Aroma- The 1st thing you notice very nice hop aroma, with pine and a hint of citrus. Some malt sweetness mixed in there. Very well balanced.

Taste- A bit overly bitter for the style. It doesn't taste bad, just not like a American pale ale. Overall good balance between malt sweetness and flavoring hops.

Mouthfeel- Crisp an light. The carbonation starts out strong, but finishes fairly low. Helps to push the hops to the forefront of the taste.

Drinkability- It's okay. Not great. Pretty much like all of Firestone's beers.

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Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers that he picked up while out in CA. Poured into a Victory pint glass.

AP: Straw gold colour. I can see my fingers through the glass. White head about 1" fizzling down to 1/8", either way it's not dense at all.
AR: Biscuit, cracker, caramel malt. There's some subtle fruity notes in the background trying to make themselves known: orange, grapefruit, pineapple. There's a floral aroma as well. Nothing is really jumping out and making a bold impression.
T: Taste if better than the nose, thankfully. Pretty much all of the above that were in the nose, though the malt base is more like toasty grains and the main hop note is pink grapefruit with a touch of floral lavender. As it warms a little a hint of lemon mixes in with the GF.
M: Moderately carbonated, body on the lighter side, fairly crisp with a semi-dry finish.
OV: A decent brew, but certainly nothing that is going to 'wow' you. Seems like this was made to be a simple sessionable Pale Ale with a kiss of hops on it, if so then nicely done. However, if someone just shoved a glass in my hand and said 'taste this' without knowing what it was or is supposed to be, I'd probably just say 'it's nice' or 'it's good' and not add anything to it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear, orange gold. A half an inch of white froth settles on the beer's body. Laces well.

S-Balanced, even leaning toward the maltier side. Sweet honey, white bread and some floral hoppiness.

T-Maltier. The malt reminds me definitely of honey. Malt is relatively airy but more forward than the hops. Hops give me some light flavors of flowers and sweet orange.

M-More body than I thought would be there. Lots of soft bubbles.

O-A bit disappointing. I was able to put down my pint very quickly, though because none of the flavors were actually off putting.

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Photo of sfprint
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Apricoty yellow/orange. Beautiful color, though nearly no head. Barely any signs of carbonation rising to the top.

S: Sweet, apricoty smell. More apricot than pale ale. Almost too sweet, but beautiful none the less. Candy like.

T: Tastes quite different than I expected. The initial taste is quite pleasant, however immediately behind it lies a honey, but somewhat unpleasant hop taste that I've tasted before in certain German beers. But it's only overwhelming in some sips. Others it's quite hidden. This really changes how I like the taste

M: Somewhat drying, with an ok carbonation texture.

D: Ok, and with improvements could be a great beer.

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Photo of funkyspunk87
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 4.60 %

Presentation: On tap at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival!

Good pale ale with complex flavors but not really great. I think I would still take a regular old Sierra Nevada over this or the regular Firestone.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark golden with a nice half inch head. Good retention and sticky lace.
Aroma is caramel malt with some earthy and piney hops.
Flavor is pine up font, with a caramel backbone, and a medium length earthy piney finish.
Low alcohol and balanced flavors make this an excellent choice for a session beer.

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Photo of E-McFarden
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold in color with white head, and little retention. Caramel malts and sweet floral aroma hops come through. Taste begins with biscuity lagery flavors followed by earthy battering hops. Medium bodied feel with a semi-dry finish. Overall not bad but I was expecting more in taste after getting some great smells.

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear yellow with a medium size white head, and good lacing.

smell of hops, floral, a touch of caramel, and just a little pine.

taste is crisp and clean, a little sour, hops, a little caramel, and some grain, ends with a little bitterness.

overall a very nice pale ale.

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Photo of JBmadera
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer. nice golden color, mellow hop smell and a somewhat sweet/hop taste with the sweetness lingering just a bit. very easy to drink and it feels good in the mouth with some light carbonation. a solid beer for a hot summer afternoon (or morning here in my case).

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Photo of ybnorml
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean yellow beer with a small white head that leaves a nice bit of lace on the glass as you drink. Has a nice light prickly, piney hop aroma with a promising malt note in the background. The flavor starts with a light tea like bitterness. Followed by a smooth biscuit malt note. The finish delivers the piney hop character advertised in the aroma. A nice beer.thanks john

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Photo of Chizoad
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another attempt at liking a pale ale. Given that I don't really care for Pliny the Elder, you can take the review or leave it. Regardless, I will keep attempting to like hoppy beers...

Poured a clear gold into a pilsner glass, with quite the head that took some time to dissipate. Vigorous pour though. A solid finger remained throughout the rapid consumption process.

Clean smell, with some hoppy scents. Fairly typical for a simple pale ale in my experience.

Tasted clean with a very mild hoppiness on the finish. Didn't bother me at all. Also, I wasn't overly impressed, as it lacked any depth or complexity. Just a smooth clean pale ale.

Fairly light on the palate, and fairly drinkable, at least for me. I wouldn't mind having another of these right after the first, which is not something I typically say about pale ales.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny straw body, trace white head,
very little lacing

S: mild lemon peel, grassy hops, hint of pine,
corny malt

T: lemon peel, earthy/corn sweet malt,
grassy mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, hint of oily feel,
mostly semi-dry crisp mouth

O: Nice beer, Firestone Walker makes good
stuff and this is solid sessionable/summer selection.
Not my preferred Pale Ale, little too sweet bready
tasting for me, but could throw few back at a hot
summer party. Also, fine gateway craft beer for
lager loving friend.


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Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint glass at Yard House in Irvine.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild floral hops outpace the barest hint of toasted malt making for a smell that is weak, unmemorable, and slightly papery.

T: Begins off-dry and rather busy, with butter, toasted pale malt, floral and earthy hop aromatics, and some estery mixed fruit. A whiff of butterscotch is detected in the middle as other aromatic flavors fade while acidity peaks. The finish is clean and toasty, dry by comparison, but only mildly bitter.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: Hardly a little brother to Firestone's Union Jack, this beer is a decent pale with some assertive English qualities on display. It lacks any West Coast hop profile which seems surprising for a beer labeled a 'California pale ale' by its own brewer, yet it generates some interest with more traditional qualities while keeping the abv low and appropriate.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light amber golden color. Almost no head. Served in pint glass at The Public House in the Venetian.

Smell is honey and apple.

Taste is sweet malts, apple and no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is almost flat but drinkable. Typical cask beer.

Overall this was good, but not great.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottled on: 12/10/14. poured into a FW pint glass.

Slightly hazy on an otherwise pale blond body. Earthy and herbal aroma. Green grass, moss, green tea. Flavor is similar. Not much malt flavor here at all, but not much bitterness either. A light, easy drinking, slightly hoppy pale ale is what I have here. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Good if your desire for hops is light.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,916 ratings.
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