theisti (3405) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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 (219) - 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 (5738) - 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 (406) - 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 (1000) - 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 (554) - 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 (3576) - 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 (479) - 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 (438) - 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.