Review: Firestone Walker Brewing Company Pale 31 | Craft Beer & Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Pale 31
94 out of 100

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 4.9

94/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 8
Mouthfeel: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Pale 31

What the brewers say

“Floral and citrus hops aromas greet the nose with undertones of lightly toasted malt. Crisp pale and crystal malts offer a hint of sweetness. Subtle hops bitterness offers a refreshing finish.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Very mild nose with medium intensity hops aroma but no prevailing character. Peach and strawberry contrast with forest aromas—woody hops with some flowers in the undergrowth. Sweet malt notes of caramel or biscuit balance notable esters.”

Flavor: “The fruity, estery character dominates the flavor. Pilsner malt comes through over time. It’s moderately hoppy and sweet with strong peach, apricot, and strawberry character. First taste is of stone fruit and refreshing light malt toast. Low bitterness and delicate toast work well.”

Overall: “It’s missing the typical burst of hops, but is very drinkable and pleasantly sweet and fruity throughout. Lingering bitterness is very subtle. This beer would go great with a holiday meal—enough body to stand up to food—and enough sweetness to balance other flavors. It’s complex but not overwhelming in hops character, almost delicate, yet easy to love.”

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