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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Jack McAuliffe’s pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution. We’re rereleasing his original Pale Ale, with its distinct American hop character for the first time in 30 years in honor of Jack and his contributions to craft brewing. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (1039) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
truebluehes (196) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Nice beer. Real easy drinker. A touch lighter than I was expecting. Didn't blow me away, but didn't disappoint. Smooth sailing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
theisti (3705) - Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2013
12 oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas, Missouri. Best before Jul marked on the label. The pour is clear golden yellow, with not much of a white head. The aroma is dusty floral hops (as it warmed this showed more as straw), some toasted malt, and a bit of dirt and earth. The taste is the dry floral hops, which pick up an herbal element and accent the straw, along with the toasted malt of the nose, a bit bland, and the dirt and earth appear in the longish finish. The palate is medium bodied, low carbonation level, and the dirt finish. Just OK, though I very much appreciate this historical re-creation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
GSH1976 (284) - Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (6016) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2013
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sawbuck (588) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Amber coloring with a large white head. Lemon and straw flavor with a bit of spiciness. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blackflag321 (612) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle pour to pint. Bright, light gold with medium head. Sour bready malt Peppery, resinous finish.

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