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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Jack McAuliffeís pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution. Weíre rereleasing his original Pale Ale, with its distinct American hop character for the first time in 30 years in honor of Jack and his contributions to craft brewing. Cheers!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (2108) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AKThunder (167) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tvazteca (20) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8432) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
thornecb (5365) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2013
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
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.


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