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
Ratings:
1,940
Reviews:
561
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
281
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Devman171
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light body, crisp malts and fruity bitter finish, solid pale

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

32oz growler from the Bowery Whole Foods. Pours a clear light orange color with a 1/2 inch of head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet orange with some malts and hints of tropical fruits. The taste is some bitter orange peel, floral hops and malts. Slightly bready. A tad watery. Malt finish with more floral notes as well as some orange peel. Light mouthfeel, but it's expected considering the low ABV. This is a highly drinkable Pale Ale that would be great for summer. Hoping this gets canned one day. Overall, one of the more flavorful, lower ABV Pales I have had in awhile. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Duffman79
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: floral, soapy, citrus;

T: floral that builds through the finish; a hint of caramel in the background; low to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: good, but not remarkable;

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy citrus aroma.

Juicy from the firm semi-sweet foundation on. Juicy fruits gush through your teeth, leading to a tasty mild bitter bite at the swallow. Light citrus aftertaste tingles briefly.

Soft all purpose mouthfeel.

Superb drinkability.

A great example of west coast pale ale.

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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 ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale golden color with a dull haze. Fine bubbled eggshell white head settles shortly. Minimal spotty lacing.

S: Mango and tangerine. Sweet orange peel. Grainy and lightly honeyed malt base.

T: Orange peel, lemon, floral flavors, tangerine. Bitterness has a moderate bite. Oily. Grainy, doughy, and lightly honeyed malt base. Lightly toasted, hint of almond. Doughy on the finish with a lingering citrus rind bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm, round, and somewhat silky malt backbone. Hop oils and astringency cut through the malt just a bit. Crisp, semi-aggressive carbonation adds a refreshing element.

O: This pale is somewhat of a tightrope walk, but a successful one. Great balance, as the hops have plenty of bitter bite, but share the spotlight with a substantial malt body. What's more impressive is that a somewhat larger bodied pale like this can still be so drinkable and refreshing despite that bit of extra heft. Balance really is the key to drinkability.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noelito76
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar to Sierra Nevada, but better. Nice amber color with a decent head. Mouthfeel is the best quality of this beer as the taste will sit nicely on the tongue allowing you to savor the beer. The taste itself is malty with a hint of fruitiness that complements the hops real well.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of taospowder
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Offa
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, this has a small off-white head steadily thinning to thin ring & wisps.

Aroma is grapefruit, orange, bread crust, fruit candy. Very much a West Coast pale ale, but a good example, nicely balanced, well-rounded.

Taste is nice dryish orange-bread crust with spicy peppery citrusy bitterness, jammy citrus and spicy bitterness. It’s nice, well-made and nicely integrated as Firestone Walker beers seem always to be, but not great, and a bit to utterly “west coast” for my tastes.

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Photo of innominat
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shehateme
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Photo of lackenhauser
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, somewhat darker gold color. Im suprised as to how clear it is. Decent hop aroma-very, very fresh citrus. Whoa!!! Great hop flavor. Not a trace of bitterness just straight ahead hop flavor. Malty backbone is balanced very well. Some lingering sweetness. Excellent body for the style and the low abv. Very, very drinkable. With the low abv this could go on all night. Damn I wish I could get this one locally. One of the BEST US pales I have had. Ever.

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Photo of CJNAPS
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top three California Pale ale for sure.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,940 ratings.
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