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.
CanIHave4Beers (3673) - 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 (4322) - 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 (211) - Mission, Kansas, 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 (4547) - 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 (826) - 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.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I can appreciate the history of the beer but it is average at best. The floral characters in the aroma are nice but fairly weak. The taste is mild and it is very crisp and somewhat sharp but nothing really memorable. It is a good homebrew beer that needs the recipe tweeked.
iasteeler (1) - Fort Dodge, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice floral aroma. Very little head with a vigorous pour that disappears quickly, very clear and finishes clean.
TomTron (434) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear golden with basically no head that stays. Aromas a hops and grains. Flavor is pretty much a weak attempt at an APA. Some malts, some earthy hops in there, but nothing worth noting. Itís drinkable and tastes crisp and clean, but itís forgettable.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JAN 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It was ok. It was def. good for a light beer with more flavor. It has very little anything but is slightly bolder than a regular lt beer. Its clean, clear, crisp, hops are very light, and the strain used is kinda earthy. Overall its decent but good for a lt beer offering, not something I expected from Sam Adams, but ok.