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RATINGS: 355   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!


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (434) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Poured into my Sam Adams glass. Blonde color with a cream colored head. Aroma is light malts, almost lager like with little hop character. Flavor is light biscuity malts with mild floral hops. Palate is light/medium bodied and smooth. Overall a pretty basic and mild pale ale, but highly drinkable and refreshing.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle from National City Liquor store: Poured a light golden blonde topped with a weak structured head that flat lined to nothing. Aroma smells semi-fruity and almost like an apple cider but there are hints of bread and grassy hops. The flavor is bland yet does have squeeze of citrus juice mixed with minor taste of sweet malts. Aftertaste is buttery in a bad undesirable way as if something went wrong with the fermentation. This is very boring pale ale and also taste similar to any other bland boring beer that Sam Adams puts into distribution.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
[5100-20130202] Bottle. Wine grapes and rotten fruity aroma. Clear, pale yellow body with a quick foamy white head. More generic fruitiness in the flavour but mostly old straw and toasted light floral grains. Not a fan. (5/3-/4/2/8) 2.2
(@ Sourfest 2013, Buffalo, NY)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1236) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Not a bad pale ale, just unexceptional. All the notes seem to be there -- some malty sweetness, some hoppy bitterness, perhaps some spices and citrus. But they are muddled together; the whole is less than the sum of the parts. B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1506) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Slightly hazed, bright amber appearance with a small off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Muted aroma of sweet malts and floral hops. Traditional hop flavors, including citrus and spice, but all low-keyed, moderately bitter and balanced by sweet grains. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a short lived finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dresden (861) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours a golden orange with a short white head. Aroma is skunky noble hops, some herbal perfume aroma. Taste is not too bad, light in flavour, slight stickiness. Ok.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Emeister84 (993) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Aromas are very subtle honey, bread, and golden raisins. Gold with a mostly fading, white head. Off-dry with some mild fruity flavors. Light bodied with refreshing carbonation, and finishes slightly fruity and a little sticky. Not unlike a Kolsch.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhiner41 (181) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2013
It is a very golden color and smells like an American lager versus what we know as an American Pale Ale. It is underwhelming and I really expected more. Lager flavor, with slight hops dryness. Out of all the beers I could have picked this was not a great choice for an American Pale Ale. ---bhiner41 Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle from Kroger. Light orange pour with a big white head. Aroma is carboard, grass, and light citrus. Taste is bready, maybe some orange, and more cardboard grain. Weird finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asedzie (606) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden with pillowy white head. Nose is very mild, even lagerish, but good - grassy and slightly fruity hops, graininess and a slight hint of fresh yeast. First sip has a bevy of flavors that far exceed the expectations set up by the aroma. Good rich malt backbone for an ale on the paler side, bread dough, mild toastiness, balanced throughout by assertive notes of alpha acid, all followed up by a palate cleansing burst of slightly piney bitterness. I’m rating this on its own merit, with its history in mind - as opposed to considering in comparison with current exemplars of the style - and I’m see how this must have really woken up the palate of a whole generation of young people disillusioned bland corporate lagers.


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