onceblind (5156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden with a thin but persistent white head. Nose of grassy and slightly floral pacific coast hops, with a blonde malt backbone. Flavor is somewhat light and crisp, but with a nicely balanced and nuanced flavor. Nice pale grain maltiness with grassy and flowery hops bitterness, and a little hop cone resin. Basically tastes like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale crossbred with a really good blonde ale.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a growler. Pours a golden color with a fizzy thick white head that faded quickly but leaves decent lacing. Smells of honey, caramel, toasted malt and light hops. Taste starts off with hops upfront, then I can taste the sweetness from the honey, caramel and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with great carbonation. It was nice to finally try a piece of craft brewing history. I was excited when I heard Jack Macauliff was teaming up with Sam Adam to remake it. It reminds me more a pale lager than a pale ale though but it was pretty good overall.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I remember reading about this beer a few months ago so what the hell ill swing for a single. Pours clean clear straw golden with a thick frothy white head and sticky lace abounds the outer edges of the mini shaker. Nose is clean and fresh, lots of honey and toasted malt character, some light grassy and earthy hop notes, very minor notes of plastic. Much more lager-like. Flavor follows suit as it tastes, drinks and feels like a cleaner, well made premium/pale lager. Some subtle more pronounced hop bitterness up front, but it’s short lived and the middle and finish is slightly sweet with a corny and cereal grain flavor. Its still very drinkable and well made, as mentioned previously, but it’s not really close to what I have become acustomed to in the American pale ale category. But I’m remembering now that this is a throwback beer to what may have been the first American pale ale so perhaps it’s exactly what it aspires to be. Grows on me and I sorta like it in that historical nostalgia sort of way.
WarChef1 (23) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours light golden color with very little head and no retention. aromas of grass, slight fruit, and toast. tastes of grass, slight hops, and toasty notes. very crisp and clean on the palate with bright carbonation. Actually quite refreshing. Price point a little high for a six. I appreciate what sam adams is trying to do with paying homage to a legend but come on! 7.99 is better. overall good session beer
blutt59 (6137) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, clear golden pour with no head , tropical fruit and hops nose with bright fruity flavor and soft hops, mild finish
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light floral and earthy hops, grass, and just a hint of fruit. It pours a transparent gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin soapy film. There’s some spotty webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of light honey and a touch of fruit. There is some faint caramel in the background. The finish has light-moderate grassy hops, a little bit of pepper, and a hint of pine. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it tastes like a cross between a Pale Ale and a Lager (along the lines of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold).
boozedude (2166) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy yellow, white creamy head..aroma is malty lemons, taste is little difffrent then i expected, some spice, orange, bitter end, not bad
tmongoose (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle shared pours clear bright yellow gold color with smallish white head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is not overpowering in hops. Just a clean grassy aroma with some malt. Te flavor is quite mild and in my thinking this is an old recipe and this might have been the hoppiest beer of their time. But it’s very mild for a pale ale. Nothing bad about it but its hard to compare to apa’s of today.
AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Was very pleased to see that Sam Adams was releasing this. Not as hoppy as many of the current pale ales that dominate the market today, this innovator has a nice blend of cascade hops and and a nice full body, American Craft Brew revolution starter is delicious, and everyone should try it while it lasts.
tvazteca (20) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
God this is a crisp pale. Smell is actually a little weak but that’s the only part of the beer that I don’t notice. The taste is light malt, a bit of cereal grainyness. It’s so crisp on the tongue with a great balance between the malts at the front and a nice floral and bitter hop finish. Nice bitterness left on the tongue with a heavy carbonation on the way down.