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RATINGS: 357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fratto (2709) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asedzie (641) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2822) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear pale gold with a half finger of white head. Aroma of frains and light floral hops. Taste is light bitter. Grains with floral and light earthy herbal hops. A little citrus in there too. Full bodied with a creamy and slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
krumbum (578) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
mellow is the word easy to drink. balanced with little pop in any direction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (3861) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 12oz ($2): Pours orange with a small, quickly dissipating head. Aroma is light citrus and some malts. Taste is light hops. Tiny amount of bitterness. Pretty bland and forgettable, but pleasantly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear pale orange with a small, frothy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is floral and citrus hops, peach and pear fruity esters, and light honey and biscuit malt. Flavor is fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness with balanced malt and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nickmoyer (25) - Laureldale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Disappointed with this Sam Adams. It's nothing special at all. Kind of bland and not too much of a taste to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrana (534) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2013
This beer is nothing special or out of the ordinary, but it is probably one of the best examples of a basic American ale. If faced between this and a macro, I would go for this hands down, but it lacks some of the magic that tends to be present in other craft beer. I can certainly appreciate this beer for what it is, but not much more. Has a slightly skunky hop presence with a sweet and maybe corny? malt flavor. Leaves a bit of a grassy taste on the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DMLINAZ (308) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Aroma of malts, grass, wheat, just a hint of citrus and mild hops. Flavor is similar, more a Kolsch, lager or pilsner to my taste than a pale ale. Not bad, and I appreciate there’s some history to the recipe, just not what I was expecting, and not generally my kind of beer. Seems like a decent Kolsch, but this was definitely lacking in hops for my preference. Glad I tried it and wouldn’t turn it down, but I wouldn’t go out of my way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Pours a hazy yellow color with a modest, quick fading white head that leaves a light amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy with a light lemon citrus and light grassy notes to finish. Flavor starts off pretty grainy with a lot of lemon/grassy hops combination and finishes with a stronger grass note with some modest floral finishing notes. Body is light, slightly dry with a low amount of carbonation. Okay for a pale ale. Nothing to rave about but an enjoyable, easy drinking brew.

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