keanex (1405) - 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 (4067) - 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 (5505) - 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 (1515) - 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.
CanIHave4Beers (3199) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a touch hazy with a very pale straw color with a small but well retained head.
The aroma is odd, there are citrusy hops, but itís got a sort of weird stinky malt character thatís sort of pleasant one moment then sort of odd and hard to pinpoint the next. Itís inviting enough, but itís strange too.
The flavor is really very nice, fruity and lightly spicy with a central character of citrus forward hop. The bitterness is moderate but satisfying and the beer is not overly sweet.
Assuming that this is true to the 1970ís recipe, I can see how this could have been hugely influential and genuinely revolutionary at that time.
nick76 (4184) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is very balanced with sweet malt and pine hops. The appearance is gold. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall this is really good.
justsayswell (53) - Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours golden with a frothy white head. Tastes like a hoppy premium lager. Not an APA by a long shot. I get malt and corn in the nose, mostly corn. Carbonation is lively. Grassy hops, crisp and slightly sweet palate. Not much depth to this one.
Regardless, this a taste of history and thatís why I give it a 20 overall. We wouldnít be able to enjoy furious, bcs, or dark lord in 2013 if it werenít for pioneers like Jack McAuliffe. Rate it against the beers of 1976, and itíd be a 5. Today itís barely a 3. Sessionable, but I probably wouldnít seek it out. Still a milestone in American brewing. Cheers, Mr. McAuliffe!
RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear light gold with a small white head. Mild aroma of malt, grain, and hops. Taste is malt, grain, citrus, grass, and florals. Very nice APA!
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a golden straw color with nice clarity, typical of a pilsner. The head is a one finger white color. Retention isnít great, but it does leave behind nice lacing on the glass.
S: A bit on the sweet side, with a slightly evident touch of corn, caramel, and diacetyl. Hopwise, it seems like itís mostly comprised of grassy noble hops. Not very impressive.
T: There is a lot of corn on the opening flavors - eat your heart out, Bud. At least it seems a touch maltier than the BMC stalwarts. Grassy, zesty hops try to add another dimension to the finish; unfortunately the caramel corn sweetness ends up being the dominant flavor. Once it warms up, notes of must and cardboard come out. Really, there isnít much difference between this and your typical macro lager IMO.
M: The heft of the texture overwhelms the flavors. Combined with the residual sugars, it makes this far less drinkable than it should be. Carbonation is about on par with BMC.
O: A good history lesson, to be sure. But itís also a symbol of how far craft brewing has come along in 30 years. I donít care for it at all, but I respect it for what it is.