Firestone Walker Pale 31

From the bottle, this beer has a berry-like smell. It definitely tastes like an ale.

I sensed the bitterness on the second sip; it's a persistent bitterness. This might be because I haven't had a beer in a while. 6:06PM PT

Firestone Walker Pale 31 - Bottle and Beer in Glass (20141215)


Firestone Pale 31 has a sour smell to it. Actually, perhaps "sour" is inaccurate, maybe its the smell of the hops?

In any case, the beer has a carbonated mouth feel, more so than most other beers I've had recently. In addition, it has an interesting taste; something makes it taste slightly different from other pale ales. 10:59PM PT

While the beer dominantly tastes good and goes down easy from the beginning to the middle of each sip, the end of every sip leaves a subtle bitterness in my mouth. As such, only the bitter aftertaste disrupts the overall experience.

Firestone Walker Pale 31 - Bottle (20141006)

Randomly I would note that the beer doesn't leave a sugary coating (I suppose I was thinking of malty brown ales for some reason).

It should also be noted that burping gives a flowery taste. Thinking about it more, it tastes like complex, Belgian beers which are sweet. As such, I would conclude there's a decent amount of sugars in the beer, but either not enough to leave a sugary coating or not enough to overtake the bitterness. 11:13PM PT

Remark: This is the first time I used my newly bought Firestone glass. The only other time I've drank a brand of beer in its corresponding branded glass (not in a bar) is with Ommegang (Hennepin, Three Philosophers). Unfortunately, that poor glass got crushed on its transition from Maryland to California. 11:01PM PT

Firestone Walker Pale 31 - Beer in Glass, Half Empty (20141215)

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Firestone Walker Pale 31

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Website Information:
pale 31

california pale ale

A tribute to our home state of California – the 31st to be added to the Union. Beautiful floral and citrus hop aromas greet the nose with undertones of lightly toasted malt. Crisp pale and crystal malts offer a hint of sweetness. Subtle hop bitterness offers a refreshing finish. Perfect for a sunny California day at the beach or BBQ with friends, Pale 31 represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.

REMEMBER: Watch for bottled on dates located on the necks or bottom left corner of the label for each of our beers. Our beer is not pasteurized, so it is best when stored at 44F or below, out of light and within 120 days of the bottled on date...this ensures freshness and ultimately a great Firestone Walker beer!

brew notes

style: California Style Pale Ale
abv: 4.9%
ibu: 38
color: 7SRM
fermentation: Selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system
malts: Premium Two-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Crystal
hops: Bittering—Fuggle; Late Kettle—Cascade, Centennial, Chinnok; Dry Hops—Cascade, Centennial, Chinook
availability: 6 pack & draft (13.3g/5.2g)

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