bnoel09 (434) - 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 (2146) - 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 (5805) - 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 (1236) - 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-
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guzzler67 (1506) - 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 (861) - 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.
Emeister84 (993) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
bhiner41 (181) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
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Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
asedzie (606) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.