thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from anywhere on the Central Coast. Fresh. Pours a golden yellow/orange. Rad head retention. Aroma is hoppy and fresh grass but that could be because it is a nice winter/spring (no difference in California) day. Taste, sessionable beyond belief. If you have a friend who wants an alternative to BMC, this is it. Maybe too favor forward for them but they will warm up. Overall, nice when I’m mowing the lawn, if I had one.
edpeg (892) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear orange light ale from bottle. Aroma fruits, berries, some nuts. Nice foamy head. balanced medium body with crispy carbonation. Medium bitterness. Not too hoppy finish gives a fruity aftertaste could be more fuller and more hoppy. Good ale anyways.
cgreb (409) - Marburg, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - clear golden beer with a white head with tons of american hops aroma! Very nice! Flavour is malty what is balanced by a decent bitterness. But bitterness is not extreme. Medium carbonation.
Zymurgeist2 (1854) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at a beer dinner at Monk’s Kettle. Crystal clear pale orange with great lacing. nice balance floral aroma and crisp flavor with medium mouthfeel. i love this pale ale.
dpetrick (4) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The nose is floral/citrus hops. Color is golden/semi-transparent. Pale 31 is mildly/medium sweet which I personally prefer. The hops provide just the right amount of bitter to make this beer well balanced. Not a ton of carbonation or bitterness therefore smooth easy drinking. Overall a well built pale ale
alesales (10) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hands down my favorite pale ale. The Aroma is awesomely floral with pine and citrus. Appearance is nice and golden with slight white head retention and moderate lacing. The taste is sweet malt at first then transitions to a nice, bitter, piney hop. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic pale ale, nice flora hop aroma, with IPA like hop taste, but with only 4.8% abv. Very sessionable!
munzerman (10) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle beer that I put in a tulip glass. Dark straw in color with a fluffy white head that shrunk slowly. BIG grapefruit and orange nose accompanied by piney hop aromas. pleasing cracker and bread flavors from the malt are reminiscent of a pilsner. Medium body and carbonation. Bold flavors for what I consider a very easy drinking beer. I want to try using this in a beer mimosa sometime soon...
AJofDenver (71) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Firestone Walker Pale 31 sets the standard for American pale ales. The aroma has a sweet floral start and ends with grassy almost piney. The appearance is intense orange with hints of amber towards the rim of the glass. The taste starts with a sweet malt and finishes with a light bitter. This ale walks the line between an ipa and pale, it has the hop finish of an ipa but the subtle malt balance of a pale ale!
stevemeister1 (2) - - JAN 19, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle in a 6 oz tasting glass. White head quickly disappears. Easy drinking with a light, crisp flavor. Noticeable hops but not overly bitter. Enjoyable.
wmaline (5) - - JAN 18, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle pour into a DFH glass-
Very strong floral and citrus aroma.
Clear golden amber color. Initial frothy bone white head dissipates quickly.
Taste of sweet citrus and piney hops.
Lively carbonation, long and flavorful finish.
Overall, easy to see why this is a 2011 GABF gold medal winner