Pale 31 California Pale Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale
1,967 Ratings
Pale 31 California Pale AlePale 31 California Pale Ale

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

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 cmbeddoe7997
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of koopa
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Honey blond translucent body with a small off white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves swirls of lace.

Smell: Tea, grass, herbal hops, slight touch of lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Like drinking a carbonated glass of sun tea with a nice english hop profile. Earthy!

Mouthfeel: Thin but with a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down like water. Super pale malty and earthy hoppy water. Totally sessionable but the flavor profile isn't to my liking enough to give it a 5.0 in this dept.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent light amber to orange, with thin white head. Nose is suggesting orange candy to me, with some ripe fresh orange juicy notes - both natural citrus and candied orange. Palate has a nice balance of malt with hops, but it is rather light bodied and weak in flavor. Finish is light as well. Decent drinkability but nothing to be excited about.

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Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden pale with a trusty cap. Great retention.

Floral and tangerine hops with crisp grassy notes and a crackery malt. Light pine. Simple, but great.

Gritty bitterness with a floral touch. Nice citrusy notes of lemon and pith. Faint pine. Kiss of white grape, maybe. Very dry, effervescent finish with seltzery bubbles. Appropriate lighter feel and ease for drinking. Solid and fresh.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy pale golden color with thin, bubbly white head. Head has ok retention turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and fruity with apparent citrus. Sweet caramel malts also here and gives some nice balance.

T- Citrusy hops mainly an orange like taste, sweet caramel malts and has a bit of a medicine like taste.

M- Medium in body and lower side of medium in carbonation.

D- Not a bad pale ale, just maybe a bit too sweet. Easy to drink and I could do this one again.

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Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 15NOV12

Golden with a loose quilt of light cream foam. Smells of grapefruit, grass, light caramel malts, some sweet malts - a touch of lactose. Flavor is bready, bitter (lightly), hints of grapefruit pith, some pine and a touch of woody malts. Light body with low carb and a semi dry finish. Decent beer, nothing special.

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Photo of doremite
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kendo
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 WeisGuy
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a bright golden color with a one inch white head, decent retention and lacing, pretty clear

s - bright orange citrus smell dominates the nose, lighter graininess from the malt in there as well, no hint of alcohol

t - much like the aroma, orange citrus hoppiness is the predominant flavor up front and flows through to the midpalate where it mixes with a moderate grainy malt flavor, finish is lighter citrus bitterness combined with stronger graininess and hints of caramel, once again, alcohol is not noticeable

m - medium to lighter bodied, higher side of carbonation, fairly dry finish, no alcohol warming

d - very drinkable and a great session beer, enough hops to keep it fresh and interesting while no being overwhelming to the palate, pretty much what I look for in the style

Very good APA overall. FW does a nice job with this and their private label APA, which I actually prefer to Pale 31. Great session beer to have around during the warmer months.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale gold color with a nice big fluffy white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, slightly sweet grainy malts, and fresh pine and citrus hops. Excellent nose on this one.

Taste is on the light side, but very pleasant. Spicy bready dough, along with some light creamy sweet malts. Finish is crisp and bright with some mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A bit too prickly feeling for my liking, but certainly not bad.

Drinkability is great. And is easily this beers strong suit. This beer is not going to wow you at all. But it's quite tasty, yet light enough to be very sessionable. Seems like a hybrid pale that is part British and part American. Will be a great one to grab during our warm summers here in Northern California. I hope this stays around my local liquor shop for a while, because I'll be sure to grab it again.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of campfirebrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jvillefan
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It is a golden yellow/orange with a lace white head.

S: The is a nice subtle hop aroma with some caramel notes to it.

T: The is a nice sharp hop flavor. There is a dry Belgian character that adds nice flavored to the secessionible beer.

M: Very thin and has a great carbonation bite.

O: Good, not great. Get it if you can but there are better pale ales out there.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From California to Portland, OR (thanks Brian!) to Virginia, where it was finally opened and poured into my dependable pint glass. Color is slightly hazed washed-out copper, with a bountiful cloudy head that lessens fairly quickly to a thin soapy skim.

Clean aroma offers a quintessential pale ale smell--caramel malts and springy citrus-like hops mingling happily and with total balance. Nothing more and nothing less.

Flavor is citrusy hops that are controlled and accessible--some soapy lemon elements here--with spicy and caramel-like malts giving the backup and balance necessary for a solid pale ale. Pale 31 is so solid that it borders on generic--not really in a bad way, but more because it resembles a ton of other well-made pale ales out there with nothing to differentiate it from the masses. The flavor dies quickly, and not in a drying way. So the flavor is a little thin, and that's frustrating, especially considering there's not a lot to grab onto in the first place. Maybe a slightly higher dose of hops/malts would've done the trick? (And I don't mean anything drastic, as I appreciate a good, sensible APA. Who doesn't?)

The mouthfeel is almost thin itself, although there's a slight buttery slickness and plenty of carbonation to carry it along pleasantly enough.

Just a decent, solid pale ale, but not dissimilar to so, so, so many others out there in craft and brewpub world. Thanks to msubulldog25 for sending this bottle--a more reliable and downright cool trader you'll not find.

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Photo of richkrull
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of South2NW
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pale 31 California Pale Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,967 ratings
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