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RATINGS: 1018   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Pale 31 is an ode to our home state of California—the 31st to be named in fact. Beer may not be associated with terroir the way wine is, but we believe that where we’re from impacts how our beers taste. This California Style Pale Ale represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state. A crisp floral hop aroma precedes a medium-body and clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2736) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Pours a clear dark golden yellowish orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Frothy 2 finger white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves spots of soapy lacing behind. Sweet citrusy hop aroma with nice butterscotch malty presence and earthy grassy notes. Interesting combination of sweet lemon peel/grapefruit citrus along with butterscotch like biscuity malt and earthy grassy straw notes. Pretty hop forward for a pale ale with a prominent dry earthy pine presence that’s complimented by a sweet citrus lemongrass/grapefruit character. The malt backbone is a lot stronger than I expected in a west coast beer but provides excellent balance. Hints of caramel, butterscotch and biscuit. More dry bitter earthy hops and citrus sweetness in the dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oscbert (1166) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
~Big aroma of floral and citrus hops, slight grassines, Some sweet bready malts in background. ~Light clear copper color with persistant creamy white head, lacing. ~Citrus flavor very well balanced with bready malts ~Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Citrus bitter finish that lingers. ~Excellent Pale ale. The hops are showcased and delicious. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
A: Poured very nice with a large, white head that diminished to around 1/2-finger size. Nice sticky lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark orange color, and clear. S: Nice aroma of average-to-heavy hops, heavy on the pine, with some citrus present as well. T: Mild hoppy flavor, with some citrus and pine present too. A little watery with a short duration for an IPA, but understandable at an ABV of 4.8%. Still quite enjoyable. M: Medium-bodied with a creamy texture, and lively carbonation. D: Very easy to drink with quite a good flavor and excellent appearance... the perfect session IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Bready malt aroma, nuts. Slight piney hops aroma. Restrained hopping, good sweet fruit malt characters,and some mild spice(mint?) charactetize the flavor. Vibrant well carbed palate is a little over board for me, but there is a pleasant buttery mouth on this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2009
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Copper color. Delicate hop aroma with mango, apricot and orange. Tropical fruity hop flavor with medium bitterness and biscuity maltiness in the background. Dryish and light bodied. Clean, smooth and easygoing pale ale, could have more bitterness for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Draft @ Yardhouse. Aroma has biscuit, some light floral, but pretty light. Taste is a pleasant fruity hop profile with the bready malts showing up in the middle and taking over. Finish is slightly bitter, a little watery. Decent quaffer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 4, 2009
12 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is light, lemony, and orangey citrus with hops. A little floral, too with some light biscuits. Transparent dark golden body with a pretty frothy off-white head that leaves some good lacing. Starts with a fairly aggressive hoppy flavor that is more herbal than anything else. There are some tannins present in the middle. More malty, biscuit flavors also present in the middle before there is a long grapefruit hop bitterness to finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3576) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a moderate linen white head that lingered through the first quarter of the glass and left a film on the glass along with a collection of tiny pinpricks. Pleasant aroma that is predominantly grapefruit and orange with a few notes of grainy malt. The flavor is bready malt along with grapefruit. The breadiness of the malt lingers on the palate longer than the grapefruit hops bitterness at the finish. No problems here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2009
(Bottle, Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 19 Oct 2009) Golden colour with brief, off-white head. Fruity, malty nose with peaches, citrus, grainy malt and fresh hops. Fruity, malty taste with notes of grainy malt, apricots, citrus and fresh hops in a fairly short finish. Thin body, mainly dry. Hardly exciting but the fresh hop character and the crisp malt makes it quite refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bomber served in an English pint. Pale yellow-orange color, a touch hazy, and a fluffy white head that disappears quickly. Sweet candy aroma of toffee and pound cake. Mild carbonation, light body. Crisp brew, yet plenty of hops. Mildly bitter finish. Nice APA.

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