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Jack McAuliffe’s pioneering spirit paved the way for the American craft beer revolution. We’re 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluejacket74 (1455) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
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. There’s also a light lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s 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 it’s worth a try, but at $9.49 a 6-pack I’m not going to buy it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2013
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1505) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (9595) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Thanks to Sam Adams for recreating this recipe. Hopefully it turned out like the original, but I guess I’ll never know for sure. 12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear golden color with a thin fizzy off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of herbal hops and pale, lightly toasted malts. The taste is herbal hops, pale malts, faint apple notes. Medium bodied. Decent, but I can imagine this would be earth shattering in a world of pale lagers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
boogerracing (62) - Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2013
The beer pours real light yellow with very thin head. Rather odd for a Sam Adams beer. I’d guess it was an adjunct if I didn’t know better. Not a lot going on in this beer. Maybe a bit sweet with very slight malts. Easy to drink! Won’t buy it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (680) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2013
A very interesting beer. Hard to categorize. There is a slightly sweet, almost adjuncty, presence that dominates the beer, yet there is an interesting and somewhat unexpected bitterness that creeps up on the finish-- and the two profiles are totally separate from each other. They exist totally apart. Strange. Some elements of subtle spiciness, perhaps, as well. The palate seems almost electric and acidic at times, without anything adding to the taste profiles. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would probably buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pretty decent resurrection of a beer that hasn’t been made in over 30 years. Pours clear amber medium head, mild carbonation. Taste is lightly hoppy., mild alcohol taste for a 6.0% brew. Easy to drink, not overly complex. One of the trailblazers of American craft brought back to life. Good beer to knock back a few while watching the game - when you actually care what you’re drinking, not that mass-produced swill from the likes of MC and InBev

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
12oz bottle pours clear light yellow with a thin white head. Aromas of citrus pine some straw and very light malt. Flavor is a chewy piney bitter some light sweet straw flavor at the end. Body is light and finish is bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tasted at Sam Adams GABF brunch, finally getting around to putting notes in. Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden color; fine-bubbled off-white head. Mineral and spicy hop character, lightly restrained, with a rounded core of honey and light fruitiness. Medium body; medium-high CO2; perfectly drinkable, well-designed beer; a bit lager-like in its reserved fruitiness; pepper, spicy, and mineral hops; a touch of honey: like a lightly hopped extra pale ale. Toasty, lightly dry finish; spicy, minerals.

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