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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Firestone Walker - California Pale 31

Dead Soldier 
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
California Pale 31
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
1400 Ramada Drive

Paso Robles
Est. 1996 

Brain Damage Quotient = 4.8 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Very light golden color.
Floral hops, some pine. Bready malts and bit of sweetness on the nose.

Very white
head, bubbly, fizzy about one finger high, covers quickly to wisp.
Minimal amount of lacing present.

Light citrus hops taste, light malts.
Light and crisp bodied. Light mouth feel.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
A lot has been written about this brewer, heaping praise upon some of their unique seasonal brews as well as their year-rounders. So a lot of anticipation was had in opening the bottle.
I have to say that I was underwhelmed at this pale ale.

I have never had the chance to try any Firestone Walker ales, as I live on the east coast of the US. This bottle was purchased along with their Union Jack IPA (awaiting obduction by the Reaper). Pale Ale 31 was not so hoppy, nor did it carry any significant ABV - and that is the prerogative of the brewer in keeping with the style. After all, I am merely a home brewer and know little compared to their vast brewing expertise. In all, it was a good drinking beer, but not at the expectation level, at least for me, of a west coast pale ale.  Not too exciting, but I could see this being a great session ale.

I am used to the west coast producing much hoppier pale ales, so my preconceived notions may need a quick ctrl-alt-del. I do look forward to the Union Jack. I have hopes of a hoppy experience. 

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