FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two-finger thick, pale head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a bright copper gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, really bright yellow, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of grassy / hay-like malt backed by citrus. Lightly herbal, somehow a bit vinous, touches of concord grapes, but really a soft, but noticeable grapefruit note, as well as a slightly metallic note. The nose seems a touch more malt balanced, but there is certainly a hop presence here as well.
Ample grapefruit, a solid hop bitterness, lingering pine / herbal spice notes are the dominant notes up front. The finish has a pale, somewhat cracker like malt character, a touch of tin like beery notes, some definite grassy notes (that are also brought out by the hop character). The body is nice and light, a bit effervescent and prickly, but has a touch of viscosity to keep it from being overly thin.
I was actually a bit surprised how hoppy the flavor of this beer was, even by my palates today’s standards, it is hop centric. An interesting beer to be drinking as a piece of history, but in truth it is perhaps a bit of a lackluster pale ale; the metallic notes especially is a bit distracting, and I wonder if it should even be in this beer. Still this is not bad, and I’ll happily finish the bottle before moving on to something else.
GSH1976 (125) - Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I wanted to try this due to the story behind it. Drinking this shows me how much beer has evolved since the early 1980s. Pours a clear golden with little head and no lacing. Aroma is similar to many mass produced beers and is almost non-existent other than a touch of pale malt and grain. I do not notice any hops. There also isn’t much taste and this reminds me of a Pabst Blue Ribbon. Calling this a pale ale is a stretch and it more closely resembles a pilsner or light lager. Very light bodied. I suspect the history behind this beer has resulted in it being grossly overrated here.
riversideAK (5413) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dough and bready malt and a shit ton of sulfur perhaps some light c hop notes. Golden pour thin head. Flavors of sulfur dough bread and soft c hops. Lingering sulfur and soft hop.
sawbuck (130) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing much there for an aroma Pale golden color....head fades quickly. Sharp bite of muted malt and slight bitterness in front...almost pilsner-like. Finshes with a slushy bitterness that is unpleasant.
AR (856) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloring with a large white head. Lemon and straw flavor with a bit of spiciness. Easy drinking.
blackflag321 (311) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour to pint. Bright, light gold with medium head. Sour bready malt Peppery, resinous finish.
rumproasts (1033) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. light amber with small head. Nice pale ale. Mild hops and light bodied. not as distinctive as many modern pale ales, but i can see how this would have stood out among mass market beers back in the day.
jahshuwuh (180) - USA - MAR 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A golden color with half a finger of white head. A generally sweet scent with some floral, honey, banana, a little hop funkiness in the back. A salty taste up front with a fair amount of carbonation. Not much of the sweet comes through, pretty bland and uninteresting. A faint taste of honey in the aftertaste. Not feeling this one.
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alcaponejunior (349) - Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yellow/tan and clear, not a lot of head and lacing.
Aroma is a little floral, has some yeast components and some grassiness/graininess.
Flavor follows the aroma. Kinda plain and simple, a good grainy base with some bready malts and a little hoppiness.
Body is very light and easy drinking.
It’s not bad but not super exciting either. As a historical beer, it’s interesting to try. Honestly I don’t think it belongs as an APA, it’s closer to blonde ale if anything.
Ericular (227) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours light golden with a generous white head and tons of bubbles. Aroma is fruity and grassy hops, with very lightly toasted malts. Taste is sweet caramel, spice, and yeast up front, slightly sours while transitioning into a earthy muted malt finish. Palate is medium bodied, smooth, with soft carbonation. Props for recreating a revolutionary beer... but it’s pretty forgettable in today’s landscape.