ACHops (900) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Chuckís 85th. Pours pale straw yellow with thin head that laces evenly and incredibly well. Aroma is not much - faint spice notes. Taste is light crystal malt followed by sharp grassy hops. Finishes clean but with lasting bitterness. I donít think Iíve ever described a beer as grainy, as several other raters have for this, but I get it. Kinda coarse mouthfeel with corn notes. Not as refined or smooth as most current offerings, but clean and refreshing. This must have been a real revelation in its day. Bonus points for this being a cool homage to a true craft beer pioneer - great story behind this beer and kudos to Koch for taking it on.
PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Light medium gold sparkling pour with a light soft white head. Aroma is a bit odd - slightly fishy, some grainy notes. Flavor has some white grape notes, a hint of yeast, some raisin like sweetness, just a hint of spice-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Interesting.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle: pours a clear pale golden with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with some herbal, light citrus hop notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and effervescence with a touch of grainy malts and mild citrus and grassy hop flavor with good bitter balance before a drier bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style and drinkable.
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure of the history behind this brew but here goes.. Sweet malty nose. toffee and grains. Bready, toasted malt flavors. Light bodied and watery palate. Not much to this but it does have an easy drinking quality.
johnnnniee (2691) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a medium sized white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is not what I expected. Lots of bready and pilsner malt with hints of citrus, floral, and grassy hop aromas with a touch of chalk. The flavor is bready pils and a sweet light sugar with a hint of grassy earthy citrus hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. This was not at all what I expected it was going to be, it drinks more like a pilsner than an ale to me. I enjoyed this, it would make a great lawnmower or gateway beer.
keanex (1597) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best before June 2013.
Appearance: This is one of the best looking pale ales Iíve ever seen. The head is a white thick mess with lots of lacing, the body is a crystal clear light amber with lots of carbonation in the body.
Aroma: The aroma is very clean with a light citrus hop profile and perhaps light floral notes. The aroma is a bit weak though.
Taste: Very nice balance here, some toasted malts with a very light citrus hop presence towards the finish with some floral notes. Like the aroma this tastes very clean, very refined.
Palate: Light to medium bodied, oily texture, with mild carbonation.
Overall: I paid $6.99 for a 6 pack of this, thatís a great price for this. This is a very crisp and clean beer thatís worth trying.
Aurelius (4572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a little doggy and lagerish. Clear golden ale; small, white, beady head; clip art label. Preserved lemon flavors -- mineral/lightly briney, light citrus hops. Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel, ample carbo. Fair. ABC, Betton.
thirdeye11 (5716) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Dixonian) clear gold, ring of fine white bubbles. Nose is odd, meaty, vegetal, greenery. Taste is better, herbal, peppery, coriander, light citrus qualities, tiny bit papery, unique. Neat to see how craftbeer has changed over time.
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer had a standard pour for an ale. There wasnít much to the nose but the taste was surprising. As it warmed, the malts came out more than anything else. It became heavier as I got to the bottom of the glass. Tasty beer overall but I donít know if Iíd buy it again.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I do have to give kudos to Samuel Adams for honoring Jack McAuliffe like this. Letís see how well they hold up. The ale is bright golden in color, clear-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bright white head. It has a very distinctive aroma of fruit and wet, mildewy hops. Yes, I inhaled this perhaps more than any other beer I have in the past. Now the aroma sticks.
The flavor is almost candy-like with a strange grainy character that I canít put my finger on. Itís delicious, though, and seductively sweet and reminiscent of raisins or dates. My god, this is good. Itís light bodied but supple, fresh with sweetness but not of caramel, packs a unique hop flavor without a bitter finish. As simple and gentle as it is, it still manages to convince me that it has street cred. And not because of the name.
I think Samuel Adams/Boston Beer Company did a good job of brewing this in honor of New Albion. I donít know what the original pale ale tasted like, but if it was anything like this one, I know what Iíll be drinking when I time travel back to the í70s.