J_man (790) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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, it’s 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.
suprchunk (2607) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 I’m sure this is as close as ever.
bob_w (373) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
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. i’ve had it before and it was in better shape. i’ll try to get a fresher, better handled bottle and re-review. jack has all my respect, and it’s not right to let this review stand without trying to get a better cared for bottle.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 doesn’t 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.
bnoel09 (476) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
[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)
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dresden (1155) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.