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Pale 31 is an ode to our home state of Californiaóthe 31st to be named in fact. Beer may not be associated with terroir the way wine is, but we believe that where weíre 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 19, 2008
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: Bright golden look, medium light top , some lace was present.
Nose :Big refreshing citric hop aroma, light vanilla oak notes were well combined. Rose, caramel, grapefruit, malt.
Flavor/Palate : Soft , fairly sweet. Flavors were softer , less radical than aroma presented. Malt-hop dance with light vanilla accents. Unfortunately this ale felt as if was coated with invisible film creating muted experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, clear gold (almost orange) with a thin, short-lived, small-bubbled, white head. The aroma is a big, bold, lovely, hoppy bouquet of flowers, honey, and oranges. There is a touch of fresh-baked croissants along with the sweet citrus hop smell. The flavor starts malty and bittersweet with big hop flavor and a decent, complex malt base. The malt has some toffee and caramel notes, but also a slight woody note (cardboard-ish? almost like itís oxidized, except not unpleasant... perhaps it is a minor level of oxidation, or perhaps it is from the small amount of barrel aged beer that is part of the blend). The middle of the tongue picks up on some grainy flavors with the hop character entering into soapy territory. The finish is dry with a big hop flavor (piney) but soft bitterness. There is more wood/cardboard in the finish, too. The mouthfeel is medium in body with a nice, smooth texture and a slight tingle from carbonation. Overall, a very easy-drinking pale ale, but the oxidation (or oak?) is a bit distracting - especially in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Light gold appearance with a mild head formation. Aroma has sweet candy sugar and plenty of citrusy hops. Flavor is light and hoppy. Thin bodied, very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle courtesy of kmweaver. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a frothy, pitted, off-white head that leaves behind intricate lacing. On the nose are bright, citric and lightly piny hops (3 Cís) over a pale malt body. The mouthfeel is light-bodied with soft carbonation and a lightly bitter finish; quite easy-drinking. The flavor is a pale malt front thatís nicely balanced with citrus and light pine hop notes. This is an excellent session brew: mellow, yet flavorful, and supremely drinkable. Thanks for sending this one, Ken!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3471) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2008
12 oz bottle. Clear yellow orange with a thin white head. Nose is orange and grapefruit. Juicy with mild carb. Taste is pith and peel; mainly lemon. Nicely crafted but a little one-dimensional with a limited range of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
11-16-07 bottle. Clear amber pour. METALLIC taste and finish. Watery and bland aside from the metal. Just not impressed - I wanted a lot more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 Light clear amber pour with a fading white head. Smell is very sweet hops. Fresh and vibrant at first, followed soon by a bit of metal. A bit thin overall and I get a flavor of tea in this one quite a bit, along with some light honey like malt. Good carbonation, and while not offensive, pretty average, and needs more of a strong malt backing to shine. Decent. 3.1 / 5 Rerate. Smell is mixed hops and grains. More grains than expected. moderate aroma. Taste is balanced mild bitterness and sweet cereal grain. Finishes sweet and bitter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Nothing extraordinary, but nothing negative, either; itís "just right." Golden in color, just enough hops, finishes very clean. A very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle; poured a yellow amber with small to medium white head. Aroma was good with citrus, caramel, flowers and vanilla. A really good example of the style. Hop presence was substantial, but not overdone. Peppery finish. Carbonation may have been a tad assertive. Nice after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (583) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Sampled on draft at the Santa Barbara Airport. Pours out a nice golden copper color. Aroma is light and sweet of oranges and citrus. Hops are evident once you take a sniff. Taste is good, really clean and light but still very flavorful from the hops and slightly sweet caramel from the malt. This is a great example of a simple American Pale that really can be appreciated by many different people with different tastes. Reminded me of SNPA for how simple good flavor can really be sometimes. This is the kind of beer I would love to homebrew.

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