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RATINGS: 983   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2942) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3523) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1426) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
Clear gold with a medium size bright white head with very nice lacing. Strong citrusy hops aroma, almost like the IPA. Taste was a little less intense, but with some maltiness to balance things out. Crisp, clean, light-bodied with good carbonation. I was very surprised at the hoppiness of this, but found it to be very enjoyable. Might as well go all the way and have their IPA though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Poured from 12oz bottle a pale blond with medium sized white head. Aroma much like a soft IPA with notes of floral citrusy hops. Flavor is crisp with floral hops, gratefruit, a small touch of caramel and vanilla. The palate is dry with floral bitter notes throughout that don’t overwhelm the palate but seem one dimensional and slightly out of balance. Good flavor and quite drinkable. I’d drink another but would probably opt for the IPA instead in most cases. It has the same aroma/flavor profile just more so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Pours a nice golden color with a small white head. Aroma of citrus, malts and hops. Flavor is malt, hops and a little citrus. Better than most single IPA’s but nothing groundbreaking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (34865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Pours clear and yellow with a lacing white head. Fruity hops aroma light peachy. Flavour is sweet and fruity and with a nice peach and mild grapefruity hops flavour. Ends medium dry and slight bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Pours orange/gold with a smooth white head. Citrus hop nose, crisp and floral. Lighter bodied pale, citrus hops blend with the softly caramel malts. Overall easy drinking floral pale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1395) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Just had a Firestone Pale Ale on tap. I’m going to assume this is the one, I’ve sampled the Pale 31 and this one was slightly different. Perfect with the Mexican food I was eating for dinner. Spicy and bitter with a full body. Amber with a frothy head. Not too heavy, just about right for a pale ale.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2008 Total Score: 3.3
I assume this is what I tried - it was labeled as "Pale 31 - California Pale Ale". Whatever it was, it tasted delicious with the Mexican food we enjoyed it with. Sweet and malty with a strong citrus bitterness from the high volume of hop presence. Crisp is a great defining word. The aroma was the only strange thing - smelled slightly of wet dog.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2008
From a bottle--Poured a clear copper-amber body with a small bubbly, whitish head. Hop spiced with bold Cascades that gave off a grapefruit and mild pine nose. Sharp hop bitterness up front that travels toward back of tongue, lingering with creamy yeastiness. Fairly clean, sharp NW hops presence. Finishes with little other than faint bready malt and full-on hops bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - DEC 24, 2008
12oz bottle. unfiltered amber appearance. golden shine. fruity-citrus smell with a slight cascade hop aroma. slightlly sweet and citrus with baby bitter finish. could drink 3 in a row.

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