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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle purchased from State Line Liquors. Pours golden abmer with a white head. Nice aroma . Aroma of toffee, honey, caramel, and grapefruity hops. Lively mouthfeel.Initial flavor of pale malts, vanilla, toffee. Clean and mild bitter finish, with some faint dryness. This was nice, just a well crafted simple beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Pours an attractive clear pale golden/copper with a medium, yet tight creamy white head. Fresh, floral, citrusy Cascade hop nose. Very pleasant and well-balanced. Flavor has notes of light roasted caramel malt, toffee, bread, grapefruity cascade hops and a touch of lemon (perhaps there are some noble hops in here too). Has a nice level of malty sweetness and body. The bitterness is very smooth yet prominent enough for a APA categorization. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. At 4.6% alc, I was expecting this to be somewhat lifeless and dull but it’s the total opposite; I love it when that happens. After all, isn’t that why we spend all our time on this site in the first place?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11317) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2006
GABF-pours a white head with gold color. Aroma is light citrus hops-grapefruit, secondary malt. Taste is light citrus hops-grapefruit, secondary malt, crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
pours a slightly chill-hazed, amber-tinted gold, with a good white head that retains well and leaves good lace. nose is SNPA - tart citric notes balanced with a light blush of malt. flavor is again quite similar to SNPA, without the underlying carapils chewiness, and therefore with a bit more of a percetion of rattiness from the hops. so I don’t get it - this is quite close to being an SNPA clone. why bother? another Firestone Walker beer that is clean, well-made...and thoroughly un-inspired. Firestone Walker continue to leaves me cold, especially given all the accolades they have gotten (of course, that’s what GABF types like - clean and un-inspired)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daveloch (4) - USA - OCT 3, 2006 does not count
Bottle. Pours a nice golden light amber with a quickly dissapating head. Good aroma with definite hoppiness. Taste is the expected Pale Ale fruitiness with a lingering bitterness that is not all that unpleasant. Has been a "go-to" beer for me for a while now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5441) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle. Light amber with a small white head. Nose is citrusy hops, light pine, subtle spicy notes and chewy malt notes. Taste is caramel, sweet, chewy malts, citrus notes, light spicy hops and a touch of evergreen. Body is medium with a light hop bitterness and unobtrusive carbonation. Ends with more citrus, sweet malts, caramel, light citrus, piney hops and lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours clear gold in color, thin white head. Great pale ale aroma, nice citrus hop aroma. Taste has some of those same hops but also some sweetness comes across, caramel and vanilla. Nice and balanced, feels fairly light. Finishes nice and clean. I can’t believe I waited this long to try this, might be a new regular for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 8, 2006
12oz bottle poured a clear pale gold color with a tiny white head. The aroma is light citrus hops and some small amounts of caramel. The taste is nice and smooth not leaning too much to the hops with a nice balance. A good pale that is clean, but it might benefit to add more hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
Bottle. Decently hoppy, but not overly. This shows less aromatic hop notes than most APA’s. This isn’t necesarily a bad thing, as it quite drinkable. Some light toffee sweetness, leading to the lightly flowery, lightly earthy hop characters, its drinkable, if not overly exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2006
via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a clear golden color with a small off white head. Nice citrus hop aroma. Light malt sweetness comes through the hop flavoring. Light to medium body. Very easy to drink. I like it. Thanks Richard.

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