jgb9348 (4278) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hazy, golden honey coloured body with a large, white head about three centimetres tall. Aroma of yeast, citrus, basement, hay, grass, herbal notes and a tiny bit of hops. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive metallic flavour with a grassy, herbal note and a little bit of yeast - almost nothing else of value in the flavour though. Aftertaste shows some metal, grass, malt, bitterness and almost no hops. Overall, very disappointing and not really worth sampling at all - this beer doesn’t show any characteristics of an APA or any retro or old-world style recipe might have. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 24-February-2013 for US$1.34 sampled at home in Washington on 15-March-2013.
annunz123 (742) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flowery, bitter aroma. Flavor is mild, with a little grassy hops. Not awful, but nothing special either.
puboflyons (1672) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 12. fl. oz. bottle The pour is pale yellow with a fizzy white head and a load of carbonation. Slightly cloudy. The aroma is grainy and bready with a slight hop note. The body is medium and astringent. The taste begins grainy with a solid bitter finish. By today’s standards this is a pretty basic pale ale. In 1981 it was ahead of the game and would have been an entirely unique experience.
gorditoabd (606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bev4Less. Pours a mild orangey-yellow that isn’t quite golden. No foam head whatsoever, and few hints of high carbonation running up sides of glass. Aromas are faintly of sweet pale malts, with some early fruity qualities, but more apple juice than anything. There is even something semi-metallic, like copper or corn.. but again, very faint. Taste is clean, initially malty sweet, with just the faintest of bittering from the hops... Finish is clean, maybe too clean. But hey, this is a pale ale, one of the classics, and so, it gets high marks for unabashedly being what it is. Not sad that I have 5 more.
poisoneddwarf (1478) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from a six pack. Slightly hazy golden pour with a medium collapsing white head. Aroma is pretty muted, but I get dough, rubber, faint citrus. Taste is lightly hoppy with a dry finish; ends on a bready note. Light, crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated, medium-bodied. Really basic, but tasty. It seems pretty humble now, but I can see how this would have turned heads back in the era of "all pale lagers, all the time" back in the ’70s.
alexanderj (3195) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; poured a dull gold color with a white head. Aroma of lemon, grass, bread and caramel. Flavor had a more bready edge to it; touch of lemon and sweetness, lingering mellow flavor. A bit fizzy in the mouthfeel. History aside, nothing special
BREWMUSKCLES (2088) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
we are becoming a jaded community indeed! This brew is dense with flavors of fresh pine, grapefruit and lemony citrus, honey and cereal malt. each flavor well presented, wafting and balanced nearly perfectly. the liquid quality is full enough in flavor and body again dense enough for mischief but refreshing with just a touch of copper in the malt. no hit of alcohol on my lately overwhelmed tastebuds. and an aroma of......a beer that you can tell you are really going to enjoy. the good stuff.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a SA perfect pint. Enjoy by July, 2013
A - Pours a golden amber body, quite clear with rising carbonation. Two fingers of soapy white foam with great lacing and retention. So, it looks good.
S - Eh, less impressive. Floral and piney hops, a sweet corn like aroma that I would associate with light lagers, and some weak caramel malt.
T - Floral and grassy hops, a distinct and quick burst of awkward bitterness, then sweet bready malts. Boring and not particularly great. Mouth feel is well carbonated and medium to thin bodied with a lasting bitterness. Pretty drinkable.
O - An interesting beer to try for sure, it was very cool to see what craft beer of the past was like. Thankfully Sierra Nevada Pale Ale came along...
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An ok beer in a pinch, but hardly anything to make note of for future purchases. Pours a light gold color with slightly off white head. Nose is a bit malty and sweet, while also with some grassy notes. Flavor is more noticeably hoppy, though fairly light overall.
mike67 (687) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours golden with short-lived, foamy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops, citrus fruit and pale malt. Body is full and crisp. Taste is biscuit malt, grassy hops and some citrus fruit. Finish is long and dry. Nice, easy drinking, session brew.