thornecb (4457) - 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 (3038) - 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 (4753) - 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 (5006) - 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 (1102) - 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 (166) - 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 (1365) - 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 (2023) - 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 (1341) - 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.