radagast83 (4563) - 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 (4838) - 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.
jmohno (1063) - Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 Light gold,almost clear,some froth.
Some sweet grainyness,mild citrus,kinda tart/sour,slightly nutty or busciut/caramel.Kinda yeastie.
Somewhat of a tart beer overall.has some sweetness,salty in the finish-like it seems with alot of SA beers.Some dryness in finish,seems medium bodied.Little bit of toast dryness in finish. Not too happy about having a whole sixer of this really.
mallons72 (162) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This tastes like a very good macro lager. But it is not. I can imagine cracking one of these in 1980 and saying wow. Iíll have another once it is warmer outside and i can mow the lawn. Too sweet!
RABinCO (1240) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very light gold with a slight white head. Thin lacing. Aroma is cereal malt. taste is fresh, but overly malty and cereal. More like a lager than pale ale, at least by modern terms. Overly sweet, but with a sweet, floral hoppiness.
jcartamdg (1946) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pale gold with a paperthin white head. Aroma is pretty dull, slight malt and feint hops. Taste follows, nothing special but cool to try a beer that paved the way for newer more exciting beers.
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bluejacket74 (1306) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle, best before June 2013. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The brew smells like light grassy and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, bready/grainy malt, and an aroma that smells like adjuncts/corn. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but unfortunately the grainy/adjunct flavor is the strongest. I think it tastes more like a macro lager than a pale ale. Thereís also a light lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. It was nice to try this one, but luckily we have a lot better choices to pick from now. If you can find a single bottle somewhere itís worth a try, but at $9.49 a 6-pack Iím not going to buy it again.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the beer that started it all. The beer that inspired the first generation of American craft brewers. Thanks to Sam Adams for making this happen. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of c-hops, some dry pilsner malt, light grassy hints, chewable vitamins. Tastes of dry malt, touches of underlying spiciness, earthy, some peppery touches. Finishes full bodied with a nice light accompaniment of hops. Back in 1983 when this beer was last brewed, I was only 10 years old, so I did not get the pleasure of trying this. If I were 8 years older, I would have really appreciated this beer that was/is quite a departure from the boring handful of pale lagers that dominated the market at the time. By 2013 standards, this beer not a standout. By 1976 standards, it is revolutionary.
sloth (2469) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin white head that drops out quickly. Lacing is nil. Lightly hazy Budesque appearance.Faint nose of spicey hops and grainy malts, little sulfur too. Body is light with a lightly prickly carbonation, rather thin and minerally. Slight grainy malt flavors combined with a faint grassy hop bill, lil doughy. Dry finish with a bigger than expected bite. Kolsch like brew. Bottle from statelineliquors.
wxman (1417) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear bright golden with a full white large bubble head that shortly diminishes. Aroma is mild hop flowers and mown grass. Sweet pale malt taste, biscuity and a clean medium bitterness. Pretty decent, but in the mainstream of American pales.