Pale 31

California
United States
Firestone Walker Pale 31
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

A tribute to Firestone Walker's 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 of California.

Judges Review 
BC Review's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Yet another amazing brewery from “The Class of ’96,” Paso Robles-based Firestone Walker Brewing Company has built a reputation for decidedly hop-centric ales of exceptional character. Dry hopped with three different varieties, Firestone Walker Pale 31’s aroma abounds with fistfuls of pine forest, grapefruit, and luscious tropical fruits, all backed by a biscuit-like maltiness. After the initial tsunami of citrus fruit hop notes, Pete teased out “delicate, sorbet-like whiffs of Bing cherries and ripe raspberry.” He felt these added a nuanced complexity, all backed by a restrained crystal malt sweetness. Rick lasered in on the intensely focused hops he likened to “a festival of Pacific Northwest hops.” A pale yellow, almost straw-colored brew, Pale 31 is lighter than most “traditional” American Pale Ales, yet this beer’s paleness belies a distinctly malty baseline flavor and lurking hop bitterness. The aggressive bitterness pleased Tom, who pronounced the beer “a full-on hop experience, with loads of bitterness and hop flavors.” He did, however, feel the beer could have finished a bit crisper. Lee also keyed on the bitterness, comparing the effect to “a scissor kick to the palate; bright, bold, and aggressive.” Both Tom and Lee applauded the beer’s rock solid pale malt foundation over which the hops played the starring role. Paso Robles might be Central Coast wine country, but Firestone Walker Pale 31 is the ideal tipple to beat the punishing summer heat.

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