RATINGS: 1133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 4, 2011
Pouring at Get Real NY. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Sweet malt, light hops. Sweet with a light citrus and pine note. Malt and toast. Lightly sweet, very drinkable and sessionable.
Earlier Rating: 6/30/2010 Total Score: 2.6
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Bottle was labeled June 20, 2009, and the age definitely showed. Pours a clear orange amber with a bit of a soft white head. Caramel and paper aromas. Old hops throughout. Very stale. Just old all over. The sad part is that I think this bottle was purchased a day before we drank it, meaning some store somewhere was fine with selling year old pale ale. Must revisit with a fresh bottle.
Edit: Apparently this is retired, so no fresh bottles for me.

3.4
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2012 Cask at the Get Real NY Cask Ale Event with Andrew, Streets, Brendan, and Linh. Aroma and flavor are pale citrus hops and very slight tart.

3.5
bhensonb (15958) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Tap at Hopmonk. Pours amber with a fruity/floral aroma. It tastes hoppy in an Over the Pond way. Flavor is lightly spiced in the finish. Drinks very well.
Earlier Rating: 3/9/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Aroma of evergreen and grapefruit. Maybe a little malt. Light golden amber color with a white head that didn’t linger. Starts with light to medium mouthfeel, with dilute grapefruit and pine hop. Underlying caramel malt. Nice bitterness in the finish.

2
crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Really muddled and nondescript. I love this brewery but this one kinda fell flat.

3.5
savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 26, 2011
12 oz bottle. Clear golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma of floral honey, citrus and light malt. Flavor of bread dough malt with a mild sweetness and a crisp bitter finish. Medium to light body with average carbonation and a light, clean mouth feel. Nice easy drinking Pale Ale.

3.6
Sledutah (7971) - Utah, USA - FEB 10, 2011
12oz bottle from the state wine store
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden with a medium sized frothy white head and good lacing
Aroma: Caramel malts, grassy and pine
Taste: Caramel, bready with some hop bitterness in the finish
A nice solid pale ale.

3
madvermin (86) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow, with generous amounts of pure white foamy head on top that laces averagely. Smells of hops, lemon citrus and zest, with not much malt behind it. Taste is very light, and not too strong. Has a nice zesty hop/malt blend to it, with nothing really overpowering, but at the same time nothing really sticking out either. I’m kind of disappointed at how lightly flavored this beer is, but in terms of drinkability it is really as good as it gets, since the abv is low as well. Mouthfeel is straight up thin - again, disappointing after having some other excellent APAs in the last couple days. Great session beer, a bit underwhelming compared to some of firestone walker’s other offerings though.

3.5
BrewBoxer (2667) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Cask at mission dolores. Pours a light brown color with a thick white bubbly head. Smells of some citrus, grass and soap. Tastes is crisp and orange zerztish. Hops are not overpowering. Very drinkable, but nothing special going on here

3.7
rayl101 (166) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2011
bottle courtesy of Norcalgrowler. Pours a deep gold with a thin white head that lingers leaving nice lacing behind. Aroma is strong, but not overpowering citrusy hops with a hint of oak. Flavor is hoppy, but smooth - letting the malt come through with a little oak character. Liked this a lot.

3.8
Quack-Duck (9540) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2011
bottle from Braufactum. Clear golden colour, mid-sized white head. Aroma of mango. Light-bodied, yet with a pleasant malty base. Shy hop flavours, fruit (tropical fruit, mango perhaps). Smooth palate. A very well balanced beer with a nice fruity accent.


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