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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy101 (5287) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
I had this one on tap @ Sunset. Great place. Very light aroma of malt with very little bitterness and not much spice or character to note. Taste is also about the same. Easy to drink yes but I would not choose this one for a lighter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blklab2007 (1986) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2007
on tap mews tavern 9/1/07. poured an amber in color with decent carbination and head. smell is light, malt, slight spices. taste is along those lines, the white wheat i believe stands out a bit, yeast flavors. beer is good for a sam i think. not a killer brew but good drinking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 6/7/07
Quite a deep, chestnut-auburn for a pale ale, though with some lighter bronze tints. Off-white head is moderate-sized, with medium to poor retention and blotchy lacing. High clarity.
Weak, soggy, old, dirty hops in the nose are quite repugnant from the get go and the crusty, hard, crystal malts certainly don’t pick up any slack. There isn’t much more to say, sadly. This was supposed to be a robust pale ale, but I dont know what went wrong. Right away, I suspect Sunset of keeping the stuff too long, but it’s hard to justify that, as the beer only came out about a month and that’s hardly cause for concern. And the tap lines dont seem to be a problem, as the beer wasnt infected nor was there any diacetyl. Just too much crystal malt and tacky caramel sweetness, with vague, citrusy, old hops. Didn’t finish the glass.

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