RobertDale (3455) - 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 isn’t 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 it’s 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 isn’t 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 it’s also a symbol of how far craft brewing has come along in 30 years. I don’t care for it at all, but I respect it for what it is.
redlem (1301) - 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 (376) - 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. It’s drinkable and tastes crisp and clean, but it’s 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.
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Golden pour, thin white foam. Aroma of green grains, pale malts, straw, earth. Heavy barley malt flavor. Tastes of pale grains, bread, cereal, leather, earth, grassy hops, light toast, some nut flavor, distant citrus zest, and lemon. Very simple, layered flavors. A nice Pale Ale. Tastes like an early American Pale. A freestyle homebrew. Sessionable, yet distinct enough to be unique with bold flavor. (3594)
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured a golden color with a white small white head. aroma orange and lemon, floral, bread. flavor same as aroma with some sugar when it warmed a bit
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange and sour barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Honey, lemon, barley malt and lightly bitter floral orange hops flavor. Very nice - wish I could have tried the original.
ContemplateBeer (1540) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of light floral hops, slightly toasted malts with some honey sweetness. Appearance is rich, still gold with creamy, sustained thin head. Flavor does resemble a blonde/golden ale in most respects, especially with the malt profile; the finish is light, dry and floral. Palate is medium, creamy and soft. A beer that I could enjoy, with or without the historical perspective. It’s kinda neat to try a "historical" beer that was made in your lifetime.