tmongoose (2108) - 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 itís very mild for a pale ale. Nothing bad about it but its hard to compare to apaís of today.
AKThunder (167) - 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 thatís the only part of the beer that I donít notice. The taste is light malt, a bit of cereal grainyness. Itís 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.
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at sb. Pours a hazy medium gold with a creamy, sudsy white head. Mild piney nose with caramel--very understated. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and pine mid palate. Mild finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.
S - Citrus, orange, light grassy and floral hops, sweet bready, grainy, biscuit, and light caramel malts.
T - Orange, citrus, grassy, floral, noble hops, smooth bitterness, sweet grainy, bready, biscuit, and mild caramel malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, bitter, dry finish.
D - Nice balanced and smooth APA. Nice hop and malt balance.
alexsdad06 (8432) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly disappears. The aroma was lightly toasted pale malts, crackers, light citrus with a mild tart character, grassy with light hops. The flavor has lightly toasted malts, crackers, mild earthy hops, grassy, light citrus and light peppery spice. Pretty clean and decent for what it is. Thirty years ago I bet this would have been a huge leap from what was available.
thornecb (5365) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear golf into a shaker. Bright white head with good retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Caramel and candy corn aromas. Sour corn and candy corn front to back. Lasting sour earth finish.
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear dark golden golor with white head. Floral and fruity aromas with some cereal grains. Lightly sweet fruity flavor with cereal grains, doughy yeast and grassy hops. Light to medium body with crisp carbonation.
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Interesting brew for its history and whatnot, but without even knowing what it was, I was shocked to find out after smelling it that this was an ale - got grassy, slightly skunky notes that seemed a lot more like a lager. This would probably be pretty refreshing in the summer on a hot day, but not when it is 30 degrees outside.
EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, as fresh as itís going to get, best by JUN 2013, says 6.0% abv, serving a bit cold. Nose very hoppy, the coppery-spicy, leafy-woodsy sort of a nose I associate with English hop bouquets, even a touch sour over very thin crackery malt. Pours a pale yellow-golden with a short white head. Taste is hop-forward but not overdone, light bitterness and pretty dry for a pale ale, but the star here is absolutely the crackery flavor, light yeast rolled with with citrus and faint alcohol, lasts long into the aftertaste. Medium body. I donít care about the history when rating (though Iím always interested to learn), and didnít know before buying the sixer; in and of itself, itís just built from a good recipe, well-made, refreshing and vibrant.