LA-31 Bière Pâle - Bayou Teche Brewery

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayou Teche Brewery visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-15-2010

Using Belgian malts and American hops and yeast, LA-31 Bière Pâle is a distinct new style of beer. Traditionally brewed, we classify it as a Bière Pâle, or Louisiana Pale Ale. It is bronze colored with a biscuity malt center, herbal hop flavors and a gentle, mellow bitterness. This beer is crafted to enhance the unique cuisine and lifestyle of South Louisiana.
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Ratings: 266 | Reviews: 81
Photo of darendollar
2.21/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was intrigued by a beer I'd never heard of before and because I appreciate pale ale's I thought it would be fun to try. The beer is fairly balanced but has a strange finish that can be detected in the aroma as well. It's almost as if the quality of the ingredients, hops in particular, are second rate.

Overall, I was not impressed but not about to spit it out or throw it away. A slightly below average beer (especially at $10.00 for a six pack)

Photo of Sebathious
2.27/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

May have had a bad batch, but tasted like chemicals.

Photo of drpimento
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had another of this breweries' beers a couple of hours ago at a local bar and it was decent. So, I had high hopes for this one. Let down. However, I did get it at a quick mart, so can't expect too much. Poured with decent white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber. Flavor is light struck and a bit skunky. Hops taste a bit stale too. And maybe oxidized - wet paper. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Wont' finish the bottle.

Photo of BamaBeer
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer in a bottle and poured into a pint glass. I, like one earlier reviewer, had about 85% of my glass filled with a heavy foamy head. This head took forever to dissipate. Once it settled there was a small ring. Taste was good overall. Just enough carbonation to compliment the coffee notes in the beer.

Photo of JDavidF
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tastes like Sam Adams made with Louisiana water.

The 1st sentence is wholly accurate it's just that I have to use a minimum of 250 characters.
Crap, still like 90 characters to go. Well, I'm from La. and in my opinion they used well water or maybe even bayou water. I notice it in the after-taste, but overall it's ok.

Photo of Quinnpin
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: a little darker than i expected, a deep gold. not much head

S: not much there, maybe a bit of fruit but cant really find what it is. as it warmed it picked up some.

T: a little bitter for my taste in a lighter beer, up front a little citrus, and on the end some pine notes.

M: not much here, light and kinda clean.

D: as it went on and warmed it got better and would drink in spring/summer... as its cold as hell out tonight. and would with Louisiana spice and seafood.

Photo of champ103
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Walk On's in Lafayette.

A: Pours with a light haze. Golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute to nothing. Light lace.
S: Soapy, oily hops. Buttery diacetyl. Plenty of flaws in the nose.
T: Lightly soapy with that same diacetyl kind of flavor. Though more of a floral, grassy, citrus flavor. Some caramel malt as well. Still the same flaws.
M/D: A light and thin body. A bit under carbonated. Easy enough to drink. I finished the pint without a problem.

Not really bad, but enough flaws (soap, oil, diacetyl) to keep me from coming back.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

First off, this is way more English pale ale than American to me. There is a minimal hop influence that should be a good bit more. I'm not talking that I want an obnoxious slap to the mouth. I just want something. Or, something more. Nice toasted tone to it, if I'm going to be positive about something.

This was an expensive single, even by NYC standards. I would expect more for the price. Though I am happy to support a brewery out of a state that doesn't have a robust brewing scene.

Photo of Tyhuff3
3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I saw LA 31 at a liquor store in Florida and it intrigued me. I was excited to try it, but the excitement left when I opened the first bottle. The beer had a good smell and look, but it's taste was lacking. The initial taste was decent but the after tast was no good. It was too bitter. Overall, it was a decent beer but I would not buy it again.

Photo of surlytheduff
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra from InjuredReserve. Beer poured a hazy light amber old with 1.5 finger of fluffy head. There wasn't much of an aroma - some sweet malts, that was about it; no hops. The taste was a bit yeasty, with bready malts and a bitter finish. There was a slight hint of tropical fruitiness to it. The beer had a medium body and was well carbonated. Average APA.

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this new Louisiana brew several times, but have never taken the time to review it. Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. It pours a copper color with a little haze with very little head.

The aroma is pretty malty for a pale ale, with notes of biscuit and some nutty flavors and a citrus hop flavor.

The taste is also pretty malty, but it does finish with a nice hop note.

The mouthfeel is fine, has a nice carbonation level and it's a drinkable APA, but it's nothing too grand.

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness or bottled date on it - or abv %.

Pours a thin carbonated transluscent amber color into pint glass. Two fingers of frothy off white/tan cream head sticks around for about half minute. Receeding to the brew until a thing layer remains. No lacing on the glass.

The nose on this pale is very interesting! Smells fresh yet mildly funky & hoppy. Reminds me of a mild saison with some additional hops thrown in.

Taste is not bad - nothing special though. Pale malts, cirtus rinds, pepper & mild hop bitterness come through. The funk I got in the nose is not as pronounced. End & after taste is a bit strange though - almost soapy. Not really something I want lingering at the back of my tongue.

This brew has it right with feel though, very nice for a pale ale - good carbonation, not too thin or too thick. If only that aftertaste wasnt so soapy strong.

This was brought back to me from Louisiana by my old man - very appreciative of his generosity!

Overall, not too bad for a pale ale - but I might have to give a few of the 6pak away.

Photo of boudreaux
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

5.2% ABV. Had on tap at Beer Fest International Beer House, Bourbon Street, NOLA

A: pours out a darker orange color with a small amount of head that I found stuck around throughout the tasting and laced the glass

S: aroma had some bready and caramel malts, with just a hint of citrus hops.

T: pretty malty; a nice balance between the malt front and the clean bitter hop finish.

M: fairly light and carbonated; definitely could be better

D: easy to swallow; very easy...

Photo of FLima
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thick beige head with medium retention.
Mild aroma of caramels, bread and yeast.
Flavor with notes of caramels, herbal hops, papaya, butterscotch, spices and yeast. Just a hint of pine that gets stronger once it warms up. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
A malty English Pale Ale going towards an Amber, don't expect an APA with citrus flavor and its bitterness.
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Photo of readbaron
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color - a bit more orange than your average pale ale. Very thin head, not a lot of carbonation evident. Holding it up to the light, there's some strange streaks going through the beer.

Smells nice - lots of apple and peach in the nose. Some hops and malt too.

Tastes like an average pale ale - the fruit that you smell is barely evident - some hops, and malt are present. A bit sweet towards the end. Would probably pair nicely with gumbo.

I don't know if I had an off bottle or what, but it really needs more carbonation.

Plenty drinkable. I won't seek this out, but I'd drink it again.

Photo of Brad007
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mild amber color with a golden hue and thick white head into my glass. I don't think that I've any of their offerings.

Just a touch of pine bitterness in the nose. Not much else to write about.

Drinks like an English pale ale. Buttery malt but with enough bitterness to differentiate it from such.

Sweet, buttery malt lines the back of the throat.

It's certainly drinkable. Not sure if I'd pick it up again though.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Really nice two fingers of head with great retention. Some bubbles within the cloudy, honey-brown pale ale. Great lacing.

S: Lagery yeast and pale malts. Not unsurprising, but not particularly appealing.

T/M: Initially creamy, with a strong, substantial mouthfeel. This is exceedingly pleasant, but led me to expect a more flavorful beer. Some citrus, especially on the endtaste, but otherwise, light, malty, and...beery? Just plain. It's completely unoffensive but also literally unremarkable.

O: Not a bad beer, but just one I don't think is above average. In fact, aside from a great mouthfeel and really attractive appearance, there is nothing compellingly good or bad to say. Not recommended. Would drink again, but would never go out of my way to do so.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a fluffy off-white head, very pretty. nose is lightly malty and a bit wheaty, mellow but nice.

Taste is a bit light and slightly astringent, but it's malty and slightly bitter on the finish, grassy hops and a sharp crisp mouthfeel. Nothing too complex but I think it's a decent example of the style and a beer that could get people to leave the BMC camp.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one again at a beer dinner last night at Niche restaurant in BR.

I'd had it before and was never really all that impressed, but this time I enjoyed it a good bit more.

As noted by many it's darker than you'd expect from a "Bière Pâle" but it also had a nice head and was a decent looking brew.

The nose was mostly malty, again not really befitting of the name... not as much hops as I expected. The taste was more of the same, malty, a little bit of hops on the end.

A decent, refreshing brew... went well with the food it was paired with, and really I didn't remember much good about this beer from the few previous times I'd tried it, but either it's an improved recipe or a fresh batch made the difference.

Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: clear orange in color with a short 1/4" head thats breaks down quickly.

Smell: light caramel and a hint of floral hops are soft on the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, and a mild floral hop presence are the main flavors. Very simple and straight forward pale ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: a mild pale ale that won't overly excite you but it is mildly refreshing.

Photo of JayAre46
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a lightly colored amber or lamber, good white head sits on top, 1 finger, kinda rocky shows good retention. forgot to mention, i hate the bottle

A - sweet grassy aroma, grainy biscuts, the subtle sweet is throwing me off, not much of a hop aroma.

T - the beginning is not bad, grassy again, pale malt that moves into a decent bitterness not found in the aroma, a ligering green apple flavor is around, oh shit.

M - medium to light bodied, good carbonation and perfect amount of gnome stabbing on the palate. smooth? no. refreshing? almost

O - this beer pretty much is not very good, about as good as that sentence. its not bad its just not good, im glad i had the experience with bayou teche brewery. more hops, clean it up and it will be decent.

Photo of Meerkey
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright copper, slight haze, bubbles, huge head that stays forever and great lacing. Super attractive.

S: Light, not very strong. Some sweet malts and light citrus. Ok.

T: Refreshing, nice enough, but not exceptional. Some citrus and some malts. A little bready. Alright.

M: Nice. Creamy and smooth. Some carbonation.

O: A refreshing, drinkable beer. Attractive and feels nice, but in smell and flavor it just doesn't stand out in a crowd.

Photo of MasterSki
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Chris (spycow). Served in a Surly pint glass on a hot summer day. Look like it is best before September 21st, 2011.

A - Finger-plus of creamy white foam settles to a thick cap, plus some splotches of lace. Transparent golden caramel body with visible slow-moving bubbles.

S - Herbal and grassy hops, some pine and lemon, and a cracker and toffee malt backdrop. A pretty solid APA.

T - Taste is less enjoyable, and features some buttery diacetyl notes. Otherwise it's a fairly sweet pale ale with a hefty dose of sugar malts, grassy hops, and fairly low bitterness.

M - Carbonation is a bit high for my tastes, and tends to the prickly side of the spectrum. However I appreciate the dry finish and hefty medium body. Some resinous oils linger after swallowing.

D - Remedy the diacetyl and this becomes a pretty enjoyable pale ale that would really high the spot down on the bayou. That being said, I found it rather easy to put down a 12oz bottle with dinner.

Photo of philipquarles
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having just left a rather muddy Jazz Fest, it seemed appropriate to drink a native Louisianian beer. This seemed perfect.

Poured a less-pale-than-you-would think gold with a tall, value-killing head. Smelled like smoke. Oh wait--that was the bar. It actually had a pleasant aroma that was mostly malt. Some light grassy hops were there, but muted. On the sweet side. Taking a sip confirmed my suspicions--this stuff is mostly malty. What Garrett Oliver calls 'balance' must be the sweetness that lingers after a swig. It's not bad, but it's not what I'm looking for with this style of beer. I'm no hop-head, but I expect pale ale to be fairly dry and with hop taste and aroma; this was lacking. Oh well.

Photo of steve8robin
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice honey copper color with a small white head that fades at a very quick rate leaving a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: I get some earthy sugars upfront with some bready yeast in the middle and some apple hidden in the back. Decent.

T: I get a heavy yeast and apple flavor upfront. Some breadiness in the middle with not much on the backend. Kind of a strange blend of flavors. Ok.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation. A strange metallic finish. Ok.

D: This goes down good.

All in all, this is nothing special. I'd say this would not be great to try whether or not you enjoy the style. Don't bother.

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LA-31 Bière Pâle from Bayou Teche Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.