Pale 31 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

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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549
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1,884
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
19.95%
 
 
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Reviews: 549 | Ratings: 1,884
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of slusk
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear gold with a moderate white head. Good lacing,

S: Hops are in the forefront with a pronounced floral aroma, along with some pineapple and a hint of grapefruit. Light maltiness.

T: Definitely a hop forward brew. There's a light sweetness on the palate before the hops kick in almost immediately with a nice balanced floral, piney flavor. A bit of pineapple lingers in the dry finish. Smells sweeter than it actually tastes.

M: Medium light bodied brew with medium carbonation. Smooth, almost slick mouthfeel.

O: I really like this brew. It's everything a pale should be. Nice hop flavor without the bitter bite of an IPA and a well attenuated malt underpinning. Finishes dry and leaves a pleasant balanced aftertaste. I've had both the Bottled and Tap versions, and I have to say I prefer the tap version with a wee bit less carbonation that really lets the flavors shine. However, both are excellent. Nicely done Mr. Brynildson.

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Photo of bgildea
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, nice head but faded quickly. Darker than I expected for a pale ale.

S: Really nice hoppy aroma. Slight sweet afternotes.

T: Strong hoppy taste for a Pale Ale. Better than I expected though. Sweet aftertaste, nice balance of malt and hops.

M: Thin beer, but enjoyable. Not to much chew to it.

D: Very drinkable for a Pale Ale. The hoppyness is not overwhelming, so you can definitly drink a couple.

Overall: Better than I thought. The balance of hops was just right. The sweet aftertaste complimented the initial rush of hops. Good beer, I could drink a couple before the hops flavor would start getting to me.

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

It pours a very pale, slightly hazy golden amber with a solid head that settles into a thin cap that stays the whole way down.
The aroma is dominated by citrus hops with some bready malt to back it up.
The taste is lightly sweet with a strong citrus hop component. There's a bit of lemon pepper too. It finishes with a pleasant bitterness. The hops definitely lean lemon and grapefruit.
The mouth feel is a little thin with a good balance of carbonation.
Overall it is a very refreshing, easy to drink APA. That's a winner here where the weather is usually warm to hot. It's not spectacular but it is quite good and a fine example of the style.

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Photo of originalsin
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've avoided drinking this for too long now--Been staring me in the eyes from the shelves, often with a discount sticker. Got this 6 pack on the cheap at a local Ralphs. Pours a transparent honey amber with about a quarter inch of white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Pretty typical looking pale ale. Nothing stands out here.

Smell is of caramel malt and some light citrus hops. Taste doesn't diverge much. Big on the caramel and bready malts. A bit too malty for a pale ale for me with next to no hop bitterness and little hop flavor coming through. Oh well. The mouthfeel is relatively light. All of the above make for a decently drinkable pale ale.

Not necessarily something I'll be drinking again any time soon--far too many better examples of the style for me. I expected a bit more from a company with a "passion for the pale". But that's alright, it's a well crafted pale ale nonetheless. Just no my favorite. Cheers.

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Photo of LazyL
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear apricot with a faint white fizzy head. This is a hoppy Pale Ale with pine and grassy notes and good citrus scents in the background. This is the beers strong point in my opinion and I had to give it an extra 1/2 point just now for smelling so damn good. The taste is Pale Ale up front and IPA citrus on the back. A bit of clove spice gives it a Pilsner feel. The mouthfeel is semi dry and light. Definitely a pretty nice beer.

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Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,884 ratings.
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