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RATINGS: 856   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2005
Amber pour with a medium to small fluffy off-white head and some lacing. Floral aroma with some hops, perfume and a touch of grapefruit. Balanced but underwhelming flavors of malt, citrus and vanilla with a mildly hoppy backbone. Finish was dry and short. An average APA but but without real character. Easy to drink but not easy to remember - plenty of better choices out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2005
This looks real good, a golden/amber color with a hardy, creamy white head. The aroma is hops, pine with a backup scent of oranges. The ale is medium to light bodied and has a lively carbonation. Itís flavor begins with a light caramel/toffee malt combination. On top of that is a healthy-but-balanced dosage of northwestern hop bitterness. The hops donít get carried away, but carry the flavor and finish of the beer. Good session material.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tobi98ab (32) - Taste of Beer, Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
[bottled] Nice golden appearance, almost amber-like. Aroma has a strong hint of pine. Leaves a soft and round sensation in the mouth - I like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Original score 4.0 Another fine-smelling ale from Firestone Probably one of the hoppier pale ales available (also not really that pale). The hoppiness is bubbly and lofty, kinda like Loft from Fat Tire. Leaves a long-lasting tingly-ness around your entire mouth. Two for two so far from this brewery (that Iíve had). Had again as Pale 31, not knowing that it was the same beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Nice floral hop aroma, quite strong. Interesting amber/gold color, decent sized head with nice lacing. Taste is somewhere between an English and an American Pale Ale to me, hoppier than an English, though. Very tasty and refreshing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2005
The aroma is quite enticing and leads you to believe that a very hoppy treat awaits your tongue. However, the taste is quite a let down. This beer is boring and watery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Paid $1.85 for a 12-oz single. Golden amber with a small head. Amazing aroma! Huge amounts of cirtus/floral-smelling hops dominate the nose. Mindblowing, if you like that sort of thing. Flavor is not quite as good as the aroma, as itís weaker in comparrison. However, itís tasty as hell, with the majority of the taste revolving around the bittersweet hops, resembling grapefruit, and finishes with only a slight maltiness. This is a very good beer, a huge surprise, as I honestly wasnít expecting much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9697) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Pours golden honey to light copper with a thin off-white head that clings to the glass edge leaving a fair film of lacing. Fragrant floral hop aroma with a crisp pine nose, hints of honey and citrus on the end. Floral hoppy flavor with a mildly tart beginning and a mild citrus end. Palate is extremely refreshing and mild-bodied and a little clean water feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle. Pours a pale orange, thin off white head, not much lacing on my glass. Aroma isnít very strong, some hops but not much else. A crisp malt flavor, nicely hopped but not too much, some citrusy flavors in there too. Hops dominate the finish. Not bad, not outstanding, Iíd definetly drink it again but Iíve had better pale ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
(12 oz bottle) Out of the gate, this strikes me as a middle of the road pale ale. It achieves a nice balance from start to finish, but really, thereís not much to talk about that will deviate too far from the average. The flavor is decent but not very exciting. Itís moderately malty and lightly sweet, somewhat bitter and hoppy, with perhaps some orange citrus thrown in for good measure. Medium bodied, but barely. The nose is mildly malty, but more hoppy and grassy. Medium gold in color and very clear. Average size head is whitish in color, but quickly settles to a thin layer, which it holds for quite some time, and leaves a fairly dense curtain of lace behind. Obviously, I find this beer extraordinarily ordinary.

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