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Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
552
Ratings:
1,896
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
19.95%
 
 
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Reviews: 552 | Ratings: 1,896
Photo of RyanK252
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of omahawk
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden with a thick head of off-white suds, and wispy clouds of lace.

Aroma: Crisp grapefruit and citrus hops. Nice.

Taste: Definitely on the hoppy side of things, with plenty of grapefruit and pine notes. Key word here is balance, and Firestone Walker has hit that well, with malts playing carefully alongside the prominent hops profile. A super-smooth and easy-drinking American pale ale that’s really quite excellent. Bravo!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. canned on 02-29-16

Pours clear golden amber orange with a frothy white foam head. Smells like orange marmalade, candied grapefruit, tangerine, some toffee, dark caramel, biscuity cracker, with earthy herby floral grass and pine. Tastes like orange marmalade, some biscuity crackery malts, toffee, dark caramel, tangerine, white grapefruit, lemony citrus peel, with dank earthy herbal grass and floral pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with low carbonation. Overall a nice pale ale.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a canned on date of 6/16/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance - yellow gold with lots of bubbles that form a thin, bubbly, white head. Lacing is fairly weak.
Smell - doughy pale malts with traces of dank pine hops.
Taste - flavors are almost identical to the nose.
Feel - light and dry; hops provide a bitter finish.
Overall - this is a good, straight forward example of the style; no creativity really, so it's a little dull.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a clean yellow with decent foamy head. Smells of lemon and light fruit. Taste is refreshing hit of lemon/lime and very gentile fruit essence. Very clean finish and refreshing beer all around. First time tasting this beer and really enjoyed it, excellent summer beer for sure.

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Photo of Gmann
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with a big bubbled soapy white head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of light citrus hops, mainly grapefruit. Light bready aroma from the malt.

The taste is of a bready malt, perhaps slightly toasted. The hops are more grassy in the flavor. There is some grapefruit but not a lot. Light pine.

The beer has a solid mouthfeel. There is prickly carbonation. Good balance with a light earthy bitter finish.

A decent pale ale. Could use a bit more citrus type hops.

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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 IpaBeerDrinkers
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is simply a no frils, solid pale. No fancy tricks, no trendy tactics. Just a nice beer. In the vein of SN, but crisper and more refined profile imo.

This wont satisfy the current trend of ipas labeled pales, that should be label ipa...for for those true to the style, this is a nice option

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 1.85 (Including tax)/12 oz can ($ 0.154/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Canned on 04-08-16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – pleasantly coniferous, lasts
Head – large (Maximum 5.7 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to an irregular one cm ring with lots of residual drag deposits and a frothy partial layer
Lacing – very good – wide frothy rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body – light yellow, clear
Flavor – very light hint of malt and only slightly bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation

A very pleasant, refreshing APA. A nice change from all those IPAs. Wish I could get this locally.

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, golden color with a white frothy head, this is great brew on a hot day. Slight haze, and a wonderful hop aroma.....citrus fruit and trees....fresh and juice-like. The beer is on the dry side, crisp and refreshing, with a solid bitterness and the fruit flavor a continuing through the brew. Beautiful and enjoyable.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is golden in color. Very clear. Not much of a head, very minimal lacing. The smell is light malt and faint citrus - lemon and tangerine. Not much difference in the flavor, very light. Watery mouthfeel, with a tart aftertaste. A good summer beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a spotty head that leaves streaky lacing

S: A nice bit of floral and fruity hops up front backed by a solid bready and grainy maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a good balance of bready maltiness and some floral hops. Fruitiness is light and melds well with the floral notes. Lightly bitter throughout. Finishes with lingering bready notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid, nicely balanced pale ale that does a good job bouncing the floral hoppiness off of the bready tones from the malt. Very easy to drink and will satisfy your hop fix

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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 57md
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy dirty straw color with a huge head of at least two fingers. The nose is mildly hoppy. The flavor reminds me of a session IPA only slightly more malty.

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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 DirtyDawg10
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light yellow color with a decent white head but no head retention or lacing. The smell is a very light hop smell, slightly lemony. The taste is very much the same light hoppy with slight lemon taste and a well balanced light malt flavor. Not too much in the way of mouthfeel. Overall this beer is a great option for an all day drinker at a summer picnic.

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Photo of zshaft
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours light yellow with no head retention. nose is some light lemon and biscut. taste is nicely following the nose with lemon peel and orange dominant in this light drinking beer. mouthfeel is light and watery but compliments the beer well. there is a little malt end palate that makes the beer finish well. overall a total session beer at under five percent. pretty good and crushable but rather one dimentional. better than easy jack to me.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with excellent clarity and a quarter inch of dishwater white on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is of lightly bready to marzipan malt. The taste is a nice balance of marzipan and malt with just a hint of German hops in the back of the palate. The mouth is very delicate and smooth.

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Photo of DEdesings57
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a teku glass
Age: 1.5 months old

Its a great west coast pale ale! Grapefruit, citrus, and lemongrass with a touch of malt. med to light body and very easy drinking. Great stuff!

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Photo of Kendo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat snifter/tulip-type glass. Body is clear, bright golden with a 1+ finger of foamy white head on top. Leaves some lacing behind.

S: Citrusy hops over crackery malt. Not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Crackery or biscuity malt lays a modest foundation, then on top of this I get a little bit of citrusy hops. Finishes with a mild lemony bitterness that coats the palate nicely. Hops are more bitter than flavorful.

M: Lighter side of medium, with a little oiliness or slickness to the feel.

O: Good, but certainly not earth-shattering. An easy drinker, that's for sure, that's on the lighter side of the APA spectrum.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: A clear light golden body with beautifully rising bubbles sits under a thick, foamy head. The head basically never recedes and leaves thick patches of lacing.

Aroma: Citrus zest, peppery crackers, clean spicy hops.

Taste: A soft, slightly bready malt bill lays the ground for white pepper and citrus zest to dance around on. In the finish light tropical fruit notes emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: A nicely balanced APA with a nicely approachable ABV.

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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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Photo of dikebrewery
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well 3.75 across the board... Pours a pale golden color, malts and grass on the nose. Taste off honey malt and light grass with a tiny hint of citrus. Perhaps I taste citrus in everything who knows. Medium mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish. A solid pale IMO.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,896 ratings.
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