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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8030) - 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.

2.8
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (655) - 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.

3.5
   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

3.2
   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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Nice wheat and spice scent, taste is a yeast funk and spice.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
served at 2012 denver rare beer tasting. Hazy gold. Not much head, bitter crisp nice pale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5276) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled on 10/12/2012 at GABF. This American Pale Ale pours a light gold color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, slightly hoppy. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy. Decent carbonation. Slightly sweet overall. There is a lot of history in this recipe. Nice to see it come back. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 14, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2013 (draught at Bukowski’s) nice copper with off white head. Very light malt and floral hops aroma. Flavor is biscuit malt and floral hops. Not much of an APA. If you’d told me it was an ESB I’d’ve believed you, rerate from bottle: paler gold, not as malty, not as ESB-ish


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