“Pale 31 is an ode to our home California, the 31st state to be added to the union. 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 dry-hopped California Pale Ale represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.” 4.9% ABV
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard American pint glass. The color is a crystal-clear golden yellow. A thin, bubble head is poured, and it dissipates quickly. Medium carbonation is visible, and decent lacing is left on the glass.
Lots of hops; floral, citrus, herbal, and maybe a bit of mango all in the hops. Not much else.
Medium-thin bodied, with moderately light bitterness/carbonation burn going down. Finishes fairly dry, with most of the flavor coming through after going down. The aftertaste matches the nose well, all hops.
Pretty drinkable pale ale; very hoppy. If I were to drink this blind, I would definitely assume it was an IPA. The flavors are represented okay, but are pretty one-dimensional. Nothing special, but not bad either. At just 4.9% and pretty light on the stomach, it could easily be sessioned. 6/10
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Paso Robles, California