RATINGS: 1139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.

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3.1
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Compliments of uncle Steve. pours a nice dark yellow, clear and clean. Head laces to sides nicely. Even with a cold, the hoppy aroma comes through nicely. Nice light hop flavor that is not overdone. Mouthfeel is good but not great. Bittering on backside is light.
Earlier Rating: 8/5/2008 Total Score: 4
I liked this a lot! Nice floral nose at pouring. Poured a butterscotch color with head that disipated to a nice lacing around edge. Great mouthfeel with JUST the right amount of hops. Nice bittering at the end. Sure would love to find this in NC regularly! Thanks to the Magic of DrBayern and his Magic Bus trip to Beantown!

4.1
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Firestone Walker Brewing Company--Firestone Pale 31 California Pale Ale--A Passion For The Pale--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle. 4.80% ABV--38 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) Pale Ale--No sediment. Nice rocky lacy medium white head. Clear bright yellow gold color. Rich crisp floral hop NW hop front. Medium cloying sweet crisp caramel mild citrus zesty hoppy mild biscuit Pale Ale body. Clean crisp hop spice refreshing Pale Ale end. Rich Hoppy! Sampled 6/8/2009. $4.49 Each.

3.7
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2010
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours out in a amberish shady golden appearance with a low firm white head. Rich aromatic fruity aroma of resin, Seville oranges, flowers and apricots. Medium-bodied with notes of resin, apricots, nectarines, Seville oranges, mild wet grass and subtle grapefruit. Surprisingly smooth mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Long medium-bitter and fruity finish of resin, Seville oranges, dried apricots, red grapefruit and yellow plums. A tasty, flavorful and very fruity hop aromatic pale ale.

3.2
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2010
On tap at the brewery. Pours a golden orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is pine and grapefruit. Really nice hop nose. Flavor is a little less hop assertive but is fairly light and crisp. Refreshing. Good summer beer.

3
troopie (2341) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle. Poured Golden with pillowy white head. Rich fruity aroma with some citrus. Flavour seems somewhat off. Considerable hop bitterness, but some unidentifiable tang that throws it off. Finish just hangs on.

3.4
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2010
12 oz bottle, no freshness date.
Dark golden with a nice half inch head. Good retention and sticky lace.
Aroma is caramel malt with some earthy and piney hops.
Flavor is pine up font, with a caramel backbone, and a medium length earthy piney finish.
Low alcohol and balanced flavors make this an excellent choice for a session beer.

3.7
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Draft @ Hopmonk. Pours a bright, clear orange color (hint of amber); white head with patchy retention and lacing; really nice color. Pleasant and crisp earthy and light orange / citrus bitterness in the aroma; quite aromatic and clearly expressed. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: following the aroma, lots of juicy earthy and citrus hop character here; light malt core; again, very clean and crisp and drinkable; I’ve a decent fondness for pretty much everything FW does with involving hops. Medium finish: nicely dry, lots of earthiness and toast.
Earlier Rating: 9/25/2009 Total Score: 3.5
12oz bottle. Pours a bright, clear, slightly tarnished golden color; bright-white head with beautiful mixed-bubbled lacing creeping up the glass; nice pour. The nose here has a very strong fruit character and hints of tea, kind of like tea mixed with orange Jell-O; definitely engaging, in a generous, crisp, authentic way; hop tea! Medium mouthfeel: following the aroma, this has a pleasant orange and floral hop bitterness throughout with a balancing, lightly tannic tea-like middle; nicely crisp, bitter on the edges, and a very drinkable rendition overall. Solid stuff; while slightly one-dimensional, I could drink a fair amount of this quite happily. Nice, lasting finish of toasty malts and light biscuity notes; mineral bitterness end.

2.7
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
12 ounce bottle.Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy with grapefruit and pale malt. Flavor repeats this exactly. Watery body, medium carbonation. Probably would make a decent summer sessioner if there was a Sierra shortage in town. Overall, fair to good.

3.5
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottled. Golden with fine thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet citrus, lemon and orange, and lighter syrupy sweeter caramel hint. Flavor is similar plus some general unidentified funk. Palate is nice and sticky like some of other higher abv pale ale brews. Great feel and a great session I had.

3.4
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 Pours murky pale yellow/orange. Aroma- honey, pine, orange, other sweet fruit. Same taste, slightly skunked and a sticky body. Maybe this bottle is old. I finally got another bottle of this on a massive beer run to Spokane. Pours clear gold, foamy white head recedes pretty quickly. Aroma of pineapple, cereal grain, orange. Taste is mild, citrusy, sweet, medium bitter finish. Damn good stuff, glad I got this again.


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