DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at GBBF and one at home. This stuff totally blew me away, like i sampled one at the fest and had to buy one to bring home. Aroma is soo fresh and hoppy, citrus hop resin, leafy green hops, good underlying pale biscuity malt character. Taste is similar, quite a bitter chap too. Like id happily sit and drink like 10 of these every weekend and i wouldnt get bored. Excellent! Lets just hope thats what they are makign a cask vertion of for the wetherspoon fest!
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden with medium white short lasting head. Sweet fruity aroma with hoppy notes. flavor likewise wit a bitter end.
jcr (2220) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Clean and crisp with a nice bitter aftertaste. It’s flavorful which makes it a nice session beer. Clear amber body with a nice, off-white head. The aroma is flowery with a hint of lemon, caramel and toffee. The flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter, especially in the finish. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Nice, comfortable balance.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprisingly flavorful for such a light beer. Very clear and bubbly, but has a really awesome hop presence. Very floral and lemony scent. Has a nice citrus hop finish. A great choice for a session with flavor.
can8ianben (1331) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just had a Firestone Pale Ale on tap. I’m going to assume this is the one, I’ve sampled the Pale 31 and this one was slightly different.
Perfect with the Mexican food I was eating for dinner. Spicy and bitter with a full body. Amber with a frothy head. Not too heavy, just about right for a pale ale.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2008 Total Score: 3.3
I assume this is what I tried - it was labeled as "Pale 31 - California Pale Ale". Whatever it was, it tasted delicious with the Mexican food we enjoyed it with. Sweet and malty with a strong citrus bitterness from the high volume of hop presence. Crisp is a great defining word. The aroma was the only strange thing - smelled slightly of wet dog.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange/gold with a smooth white head. Citrus hop nose, crisp and floral. Lighter bodied pale, citrus hops blend with the softly caramel malts. Overall easy drinking floral pale.
cgarvieuk (14794) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
golden orange, big american hop nose, mellow soft fruity malts, grapefruit hop quite uk ale like very drying
douglas88 (6149) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle drank in the Bayou, thanks for getting this brew in! Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is very nice; tons of hops, grapefruit and pine are both strong and fresh. The taste was also full of hops, more pine, but also a strong citrus/grapefruit addition. Some light malt, but basically one-sided, but a nice one nevertheless. Very enjoyable.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A golden coloured beer with a thin off white head. Nice hops in the nose. Some good pine notes. Hoppy too in the mouth with some balancing malt notes. Never harsh, and refreshingly tasty. Good late bitterness.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2012 Thanks Frankenstein. Hazy pale golden yellow, citrus, floral, hoppy, little grain crisp.