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

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Added by Todd on 08-23-2002

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555
Ratings:
1,910
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 555 | Ratings: 1,910
Photo of Mustard
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no discernible "best before" or "bottled on" date; purchased as part of a ten beer sampler from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington ($12.99); love the label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden hue faintly tinged with a trace of orange; fine, three-quarter inch, snow white head; fair to decent lacing; adequate head retention.

Aroma: Predominantly of sweet caramel, oranges and grapefruit.

Taste: Light, malty sweetness upfront; moderate grapefruit type hop bitterness in the finish; faint traces of grain, flowers and toffee.

Notes: Label reads: "... this distinctive pale ale boasts a bright, elegant texture with hints of toffee and a medium malt character. Fermantation in individual 60 gallon American Oak barrels imparts soft smoky nuances, a suggestion of vanilla and additional complexity to the flavor profile." Not sure, a la Bunnyhop, that I experienced all of this, but still found Firestone PA to be a gentle, tasty session pale ale nonetheless. Would happily drink this again.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

from a bottle to a beer tulip
look; very pale yellow golden, nice 1" white head with some retention, plenty of lacing
smell; mild lemon grass, mild bread, good but mild
taste; very balanced crisp light pale ale, kiss of citrus hops, hint of grass, hint of honey
feel;light body, crisp, finish slightly dry, on the low end of moderate carbonation
overall; It could pass for an american pilsner. I will keep it in mind for when I want something in between an ale and a pilsner, very drinkable with a pleasant beer flavor, good summer ale

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Photo of dickroop
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Scored a sixer of this west-coast stuff at State Line Liquor - had never heard of it before!

Its color could almost pass for Miller High Life - straw with not much head. The give-aways are that it's hazy, not see-thru and the lacing is promising. The smell is also promising - a little sweet, lots of phenolic hops with some citrus and floral notes, against a faintly earthy backdrop. Mmmm.

Taste does not disappoint. Malt sweetness is very muted, and bitterness appears at the back sides of the tongue right away, gentle but persuasive. There's a topnote of malt, faintly bready or biscuity, but the finish is dry and clean. Mmmm, again.

The mouthfeel is light, there's some chewiness, and some really nice zing that comes from ?? somewhere. Drinkability? This brew is Super-Sessionable! With a 4.8 ABV, this ale is for sustained enjoyment. What a treat. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the most balanced APA I have had. For me, SNPA sets the style, and is a huge favorite of mine, so very pleased to see this has a similar profile, owing to the cascade hops for certain.

I prefer the malt flavor of this a bit more, less Munich I believe than SNPA, this is a wonderful beer, great everyday drinker.

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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 dwilson01
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my arrogant bastard pint glass. The body is a pristinely clear yellow gold topped with a creamy off white banana colored head. This falls moderately and leaves some nice thick lacing on the glass.

The scents is a smooth floral hoppy one, the malt is there in the background providing a grainy corn flake type deal.

The flavor is great, it's a balance between the malt and hop which is quite impressive. There is a tiny tiny amount of bitterness in the end, mostly a floral hop flavor though. I didn't get any fruits from it, it tastes very spring-planty. The malty sweetness comes out as honey, like a piece of hawaiin sweet bread with a thin glazed of honey on it.

The mouthfeel is high quality for a beer of this alcohol content, very smooth malty feel which fills the mouth and invites the palate.

The drinkability is good, it's not a chugger but you can definitely session this brew to your hearts content.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden, apple-juice color, slightly hazy with a 1/2" off-white head. The aroma was exceptional... I could smell it as soon as I opened the bottle, and it just got better when I poured it in my glass... aromas of pine and citrus, a wonderfully fresh and hoppy smell. The taste is relatively mellow and smooth... it may smell like a hop-bomb, but it's actually a very balanced beer... definitely a Pale Ale and not an IPA or a typically overly bitter West Coast Pale Ale (yes, a generalization, but often true in my opinion). While mellow, the taste is actually quite full and rich... it's initially mildly sweet with a grassy flavor, followed by a malty middle with hints of lemon peel. The finish lingers with a mild bitterness, earthy, woody and root-like flavors. A beer that's very drinkable, and can simply be enjoyed... but take some time to notice the subtle complexities of this well-crafted brew.

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

Poured a 2 finger, soapy head. Good retention, but not excellent. Settled down to a nice blanket of foam till the last drop, with lacing leaving its presence throughout my whole glass.

S- dank resinous pine, earthy, cracked pepper, pineapple and orange peel.

T- once again, dank piney taste which is refreshing and satisfying in filling my hop needs. Spices give it a kick and the dank hops take it to the next level. Alcohol? Not present.

M- medium-low carbonation. dry finish and goes down easy.

O- Love the dank, resiny pine and floral notes that are written all over this beer. Made its way up with some of the best, and its readily available. Solid 4 all the way across.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color with a small, white, foamy head. The nose is superb. Grass, pine, resin, lemon, papaya. I've gotta say the flavor is a let down on this one. A little bit of lemon sweetness and a bitter, dry finish. The body is too thin. Maybe some stronger malt character would liven this up. Not Firestone Walker's best.

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

This beer pours a clear slight reddishh golden color with a rocky off-white head. The mouthfeel is moderate. The smell is sweet citrus and floral. The taste is bitter floral and citrus with sweetish malts. A tasty bitter pale ale with slight malty hints.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, bubbly head and light lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and more citrus hops

Tastes like a lemon had an orgy with some hops! Light malt tries to poke its head in to see what's going on, but is quickly apprehended and shoved out by the hops

On the lighter side on the mouth.

Definitely a sessionable beer if you like citrus.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a clear amber color with a thin head. Adequage carbonation, not too much lacing.

There was an unmistakible sweet bubblegum aroma with a piney floral hop scent.

Taste was almost on par with the smell, bittersweet grapefruit flavor. Well balanced between the sweet malts and bittering hops.

Good mouthfeel; slight bitterness in the aftertaste which clings to the palate in a good way. Ale was not too thin but had a very light refreshing body.

Very drinkable brew. The only difficult decision on my part is whether I enjoy Firestone 31 or Double Barrel more!

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at the local discount food market.
Light amber with a fairly thick head. There is a nice hoppy, slightly floral aroma. Very pleasant.
The flavor is mostly of hops. Not a lot of malt sweetness to speak of. I'd call this one a nice choice for someone who wants a hoppy little beer without the high ABV penalty or a lot of sweetness.I only bought a single bottle to sample, wish I bought more.

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

Very drinkable hop-forward session beer - absolutely worth a try.

Not the typical APA hop showcase - closer to a British style in flavor. More than just a clear yellow thirst-quencher, though, with a genuine personality and very nicely integrated taste profile.

Pours a clear yellow with a nice one finger of head. Crisp, refreshing nose with a very hoppy aroma - some citrus, but distinctive (non-American hops, maybe?). Taste follows nicely. Enough malt for some body, but generally crisp, dry texture. Finish matches the nose and flavor - nicely integrated.

Not remotely an extreme or over-the-top beer - the kind of nicely made craft beer that you could spend an afternoon with, especially if you like that hop crispness. My favorite Firestone Walker beer.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color. Great bouquet of citrus aromas. Tastes citrusy over a subtle malt. A little more bitter than I like in a pale ale. Good mouthfeel. Decent APA.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on tap on my recent trip to Anaheim,at Tony Roma's,very nice butterscotch color to it with a slight tan head and mild lacing.Nose was of floral with a tinge of fruit and mild hops.Taste was mild fruit,peach tinge to it,very mild bitterness all going down rather easily,kinda watery but enjoyable,very lite and mild mouthfeel,overall,quite a nice brew and worth another shot.

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Photo of johnd513
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to barleywinefiend for this one.
This beer pours a light golden color with an almost nonexistent white head. I can taste some citrus flavors. This beer is much lighter than I expected and it goes down like water. Certainly not bad but not much going on here and not what I expected.

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Photo of seanbhudson
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. There is a small amount of lacing.
SMELL:
Pleasant aroma of orange, apricots and sweet dough. Also some pine.
TASTE:
Smooth slightly sweet with nice balance of citrusy hops. Finishes with a little grassy bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL
Medium body with slight syrupy texture. Moderate carbonation. Finishes a bit dry.
DRINKABILITY:
Very easy drinking beer. Not too sweet and not to bitter. Nothing exciting but a great session beer.
NOTES: BBCSD-E2

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

A - Crystal clear, yellow with a touch of light orange. Short lived head. A few bubbles.

S - Pine, floral, citrus and soft pale malt. Faint woody funk. The aroma is nice, but on the subtle side.

T - Like the aroma with some semi-sweet grapefruit and a hint of caramel.

M - Light body. Mild carbonation. Mild bitterness with a medium sustain.

O - A flawless, easy drinking, light pale ale with a pleasant flavor.

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Photo of hiku7
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very inviting clear gold with a moderate off-white head.

Aroma is grapefruit citrus and piney hops, but as it warms, some caramel malt comes through. Not a lot, but just enough to foreshadow substance.

The flavor is a moderate but crisp hop bitterness, plus some of the citrus that came through in the aroma. At the outset there is a slight caramel sweetness, but that gives way to a fairly dry finish. Seems very balanced despite the bold hopping. Medium body at most, moderately carbonated, and a dry finish.

Overall, a solid west coast pale ale with a fairly assertive hop presence but still an easy drinking pale ale feel.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a nice golden copper color and almost no head. Not much aroma to wet your appetite, and has what I think is a hint of vanilla, I may well be wrong on that. Good mouthfeel and IMO could use a little more hops and also alcohol kick. But overall a good refreshing beer that goes down well...............CHEERS

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Photo of xhcadamx
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a white sticky head. Nice lacing.

S - Nose is a suprise. Lots and lots of C Hops. If I hadnt read the label I would have thought it was an IPA.

T - Just like the smell. Nice sweet malt taste in between the C hops up front and the ending bitterness. Very well balanced.

M - Thin with a little hop oiliness that I can appreciate.

D - This a very drinkable APA. They were on sale for 5.99 a six pack and I am glad that I bought two.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tasting glass. The head is a nice creamy white lacing, with beautiful tiny bubbles and amber color. The nose is hoppy with subtle citrus notes. The taste is clean, crisp, and hoppy. I really love this style of beer. The drinkabililty of this is off the charts. In college, UCSB, I have many a fuzzy night due to the drinkabililty of this beer. Great beer.

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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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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,910 ratings.
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