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RATINGS: 870   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 12oz. bottle. Gentle aroma of lemon, flowers and maple sugar combined with a light dosage of grassy, piney, spicy hops. Clear medium golden color with a slight, fading head. Predominantly dry, citric flavor, lightly bitter and very brief on the palate, fading quickly into hop spiciness with a dash of faint, grainy malts. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, body is fairly light. I never would have realized this was oak-aged by sampling it. Highly quaffable, ultimately. Cheers to Brian.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
surf1284 (91) - USA - MAY 6, 2007
Pours golden with a medium head. Doesn’t retain well. Strong citrusy flavors along with strong hops. Very refreshing beer.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Aroma of perfume and grapefruit. A little breadiness. Pours golden with big bubbles. Flavor is alot different than aroma. Very bready with medium bitterness. Easy drinking. Refreshing even. The aroma is quite a bit better than the taste, but the taste is by no means bad.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2007
Aroma is an incredible fireworks of very clean piney,citrusy hop and bursts of caramel and toffee,theres a real unique crispness to it ,like a garden after a shower,very intoxicating, taste could not deliver all that, piney grassy hop ,with caramel malt trying to provide backing,but all eventually yield to the bittering hops,which dominate at the end. The body is light medium,making this an almost perfect session brew for hopheads

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Clear pale with a medium white head. The aroma is bread, honey and light pine. The flavor is pine, bread and slightly metalic. Medium/light body with sharp carbonation. Lame.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Good beer, only had a taste. But I can tell you right now that is better than Sierra Nevada. Hopsy, yet smooth. I want to try this again, and will soon.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Very smotth ale, nice mid-golden color, recommended to all. Good balance of malts and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Seeing as men’s health, or whatever men’s magazine rated this in the top 25 beers, I had to give it a whirl. Pours out medium shade of gold with a thin fading white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops with slight malt, nothing overpowering. Taste is well balanced and smooth. Citrus/pine hops with a slight malt in the background. Solid beer, I would drink this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2007
This beer is awesome when it’s really cold. It’s very hoppy, and has a distinct flavor reminiscent of Sweetwater 420 but a little sharper.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2783) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2007
bottle. Pours a clear gold with a tall, frothy white head. The aroma is assertive with pine, grapefruit, leaves, and a bouquet of citrus. The hops are tamer in the flavor than in the aroma, but still very present. This pale is nicely tart throughout with an appropriate level of sweetness. The finish is lemony with suggestions of dough. I’d say this is quite similar to Sierra Nevada’s classic take on this style, but with its own subtle nuances.


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