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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hershiser2 (1228) - 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 it’s weaker in comparrison. However, it’s 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 wasn’t expecting much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - 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 isn’t 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, I’d definetly drink it again but I’ve had better pale ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3035) - 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, there’s not much to talk about that will deviate too far from the average. The flavor is decent but not very exciting. It’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Bright, clear and amber-gold with a decent head. Flowery nose. Smooth and all right mouthfeel; perhaps a little light at times. Malts were tasty, with notes of caramel and toffee. Hops were nice, too, with notes of fresh flowers and sugar-coated grass. Balancing bitterness as well. Bitter aftertaste. For the most part, clean, pleasant and flavorful session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2004
For a pale ale, this was quite bitter. "Crisply hopped," you might say. I can only barely taste these "nuances of toffee and vanilla," however, the texture could be aptly described as "bright" or, perhaps, clean? Really, thought, this is a good beer. A little bitter, maybe, but nothing to snuff at. If you like bitters--check it out. If you are a traditional pale ale person, you may not like it. Only one way to find out, though...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19659) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
Bottled. Pale amber, slightly hazy. Strong grapefruity hop aroma. Clean and light bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Orangey finish with good bitterness. Good typical APA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
12oz Bottle - Light copper color and makes about an inch worth of fine white bubbly head. Smells well hopped, fruity, spicy. Flavor is not too bitter, slightly sweet, hops make a slight tartness come through, tasty. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with moderate carbonation. This is drinkable stuff, a nice session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29477) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2004
A hazy orange beer with an OK head. The aroma is extremely hoppy with a sweet background. The flavor is hoppy, grassy, and extremely dry, while the mouthfeel is flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2004
bottle 12 oz. Cloudy orange/amber w some dark flakes. Very small head that fell quick, min lace. Aroma is iced tea & malt w a touch of oak & grapefruit w some hops. Flavor is lt/med roasted MALTY w moderate hops & bitterness. A bit sweet, a tad thin on the mouthfeel but into the med bodied range. Lightly smoked oak flavor. Nice balance between creamy malt & hop flavor and bitterness. Odd iced tea nose is noticed every time I take a dip.... Interesting.

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