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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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!


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Straw, thin frothy white head, little lacing.   Pale and musty hop aroma.   Dull and mealy start, very pale hops.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Stale hoppy finish.   Nothing off, except that perhaps its musty and more basement like than usual.   Otherwise, this is the definition of pedestrian.   Little to no hops, soft malt, very soft sweetness.   Its like they made an Pale Ale to not offend anyone.   Super duper boring, and offensive to craft beer.   Blech...   Standard Sam Adams brews arenít like this stuff, thankfully!


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2013
12oz bottle poured in a Sam Adams perfect pint Best by July 2013 A - Pours a clear honey gold with a clingy white head of foam. Good looking beer but, ok retention with minimal lacing. S - Clean pale malt, slightly sweet, grassy, spicy hop, T - Honey kissed grains, dried grassy hops, a touch of lemon pepper hops, sweet cracker pale malt, golden delicious apples, lemon twang, the bitterness is light and peppery. Finishes tangy sweet but dries out right at the end. M - Light to medium body, has a prickly carbonation bite, crisp finish. Not sure how accurate this is to the original but itís good and Iím glad they resurrected and paid homage to this recipe. It has a nice apple sweetness with a peppery finish and would go great with grilled pork. Serving type: bottle 02-18-2013

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2283) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours light amber color with a short white head. The carbonation is a bit too high for my taste. Mostly caramel flavors with a bit of malt and citrus. Nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4628) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle from radimd, many thanks.
Orange golden color with medium white head. Aroma of malt, citrus hops, some fruitiness. Taste, solid malty base, with perfume hops, grapefruit, grapefruit zest. Citrusy hoppy finish. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7872) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours effervescent dark straw with 3-finger frothy white head. Nose is heavy citrus, pale malt, hops, white pepper. Tastes hoppy and citric, with bready pale malt, some honey and white peppery notes in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6603) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Bottle around my sisters pool out of a big olí plastic cup on the fourth of July. Pours a clear amber gold with a medium to large white head. Soft sweet musky malt on the nose, lightly floral. Medium bodied, sweet and a bit fruity. Malt, a bit of sweet toast. Tasty enough. Gentle bitterness on the finish. Pretty easy drinking, and likely better today around the pool in the heat of the sun.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (707) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Ever so slightly hazy but brilliant golden color with a foamy white head. Clean cereal malt aroma with a light sweetness. Taste is dry, crisp and clean with biscuit malt breadiness. Old school American hop flavor and bitterness of fresh cut grass and pine needles. The bitterness balances out the light honey sweetness perfectly. Finishes quite dry with a lingering sweetness. After all the crazy things that have been done with craft beer in the last decade, itís nice to taste a true, straightforward ale that was far ahead of its time. Thanks Sam Adams for bringing this back and thanks Jack McAuliffe for helping to make all the wonderful beer we enjoy now possible.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2261) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Hazy light golden-straw colored pour. Small white head that is quick to fade. Not much lacing. A toasty, biscuity aroma with a nice hop presence. Taste is a lemony malt. Dry and slightly bitter. Not bad. Would have loved to have the original, but Iím sure this is as close as ever.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
bob_w (320) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2013
estery aroma, a bit of oxidation, big white head, a bit hazy, medium golden color. malty flavor with a bit of oxidation. bitterness coming in the finish. fairly clean aftertaste. i was hoping this would be better, but i think that this particular bottle is in bad shape -- no fault of the brewery/brewer. iíve had it before and it was in better shape. iíll try to get a fresher, better handled bottle and re-review. jack has all my respect, and itís not right to let this review stand without trying to get a better cared for bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (927) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a half finger white head. Not much lacing but decent head retention. Aroma of citrus hops with just a touch of pine. Some floral hop character as well. Quite one-dimensional but nice nonetheless. The flavor starts off with some biscuit along with lemon and light tropical citrus. More pine comes through towards the finish along with a moderate bitterness. Pretty full and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this beer doesnít have a lot going on. Very tame compared to many beers today but I can see how this would have been ground-breaking back in its day. A nice tribute but not something I would think to pick up again.


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