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RATINGS: 1055   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haggis03a3 (194) - Orinda, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Golden color with a disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, sweet, caramel. Flavor very hoppy, not excessively bitter, and has the right level of malt. Ends dry and has a soft mouth feel and carbonation. This is a great APA - restrained except with the aroma hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3723) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Bronzed brew with a fine dewy cream head. Airy floral nose with Chinook accents. Breezy leafiness. The flavor is similarly of a breezy, Chinook-accented floral leafiness. The malting is underweighted for this brew. Ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Appearance: Honey blond translucent body with a small off white crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves swirls of lace. Smell: Tea, grass, herbal hops, slight touch of lightly toasted malt. Taste: Like drinking a carbonated glass of sun tea with a nice english hop profile. Earthy! Mouthfeel: Thin but with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Goes down like water. Super pale malty and earthy hoppy water. Totally sessionable but the flavor profile isn’t to my liking enough to give it a 5.0 in this dept. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-03-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle thanks to visionaries!
Bright copper, lacing, soapy white head. Strong nose of crackers, orange, soap, and lemon pine-sol. Balanced flavor of orange, pine, cracker, metal, and grass. Sticky, soapy body, thick enough but with light hop and bubblegum sweetness through the finish. Enjoyable and with a lot to enjoy, but its mouthfeel certainly could use some toning down, and overall, its a bit too aggressive to be called an APA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (5434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Nice crisp clear golden coloured body with a slightly copper tint and a very thin pale white head. Aroma of odd fruits, some hops, candy, figs and a touch of nuts. Medium-bodied; Thinnish yeast/cardboard flavour with a touch of hops, some very mild hops and not-so-pleasant sugars at the tail end. Aftertaste shows hop dryness, some mild caramel, a touch of fruits and a pale funk at the end .Overall, not so great, and surely not anywhere close to what i’d expect from seeing these ratings on a style that I really enjoy. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 16-May-2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (3413) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2010
On tap in the brewer’s/friends area at Dark Lord Day 2010. Dispensed with a golden color, an average, off white head, and some clingy spots and streaks of lacing. The nose was perfumy mid-fruit and some background citrus. The flavor showed a good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Nothing over the top. Crisp, clean, and very sessionable, with a pleasant dryness to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
This bottle was a great extra that I received in a recent trade! 22 oz bottle. A- Body is a nearly transparent golden yellow. Pours with an approximately 1 finger foamy white head and leaves some lacing behind in the glass. S-Sweet pale malt collides with a semi-bright citrus and piny hop presence. Nose is on the hoppier side of APAs T-Upfront is a minimal balance of seltzer flavor and some piny flavor with a substantial sweet pale malt backbone. There is a touch of piny and floral hops as well as a sudden quick burst of citrus flavor for the finish and a medium strength hop bitterness lingering. Though my deScription sounds very hoppy the flavors are all pretty subtle and the general balance of the beer comes through the most. P-High tingly carbonation and light body that is still full and drinkable. O- This is a decent-definitely above average APA that, to me, is pretty typical for the style. It really doesn’t have anything unique and it is quite drinkable-but not my favorite APA. I’m all over the place with this style as it is and this example falls somewhere in the middle of the road. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-15-2009 02:41:09

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2010
very nice surprise. Pours a goldenhue with a small head. Aroma is light floral hops and the flavor is a refreshing blend of fruity hops. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2010
Pale golden with a fluffy, tan, head. Nice crisp citrus hops, some sweet malts in the aroma. Easy drinking. Nice citrus, floral, light malts, with a solid crispness to finish it off. Could easily put down a few of these at the bar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a short-lived cap of white head. The aroma picked up mild juicy citrus and pine hoppage over a soft caramel and bready base.. simple, but pleasant. The flavor found toffee and lesser honey sweetness at the core.. black peppery notes and juicy citrus bitterness around.. well-balanced with a clean, crisp, refreshing finish. Light-bodied with a little bit lower carbonation than I’d like on the palate.. other than that, spicy and tasty.. very, very drinkable.

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