Aurelius (5332) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Aroma is a little doggy and lagerish. Clear golden ale; small, white, beady head; clip art label. Preserved lemon flavors -- mineral/lightly briney, light citrus hops. Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel, ample carbo. Fair. ABC, Betton. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
(12oz bottle thanks to Dixonian) clear gold, ring of fine white bubbles. Nose is odd, meaty, vegetal, greenery. Taste is better, herbal, peppery, coriander, light citrus qualities, tiny bit papery, unique. Neat to see how craftbeer has changed over time. optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
This beer had a standard pour for an ale. There wasn’t much to the nose but the taste was surprising. As it warmed, the malts came out more than anything else. It became heavier as I got to the bottom of the glass. Tasty beer overall but I don’t know if I’d buy it again. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
I do have to give kudos to Samuel Adams for honoring Jack McAuliffe like this. Let’s see how well they hold up. The ale is bright golden in color, clear-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bright white head. It has a very distinctive aroma of fruit and wet, mildewy hops. Yes, I inhaled this perhaps more than any other beer I have in the past. Now the aroma sticks.
The flavor is almost candy-like with a strange grainy character that I can’t put my finger on. It’s delicious, though, and seductively sweet and reminiscent of raisins or dates. My god, this is good. It’s light bodied but supple, fresh with sweetness but not of caramel, packs a unique hop flavor without a bitter finish. As simple and gentle as it is, it still manages to convince me that it has street cred. And not because of the name.
I think Samuel Adams/Boston Beer Company did a good job of brewing this in honor of New Albion. I don’t know what the original pale ale tasted like, but if it was anything like this one, I know what I’ll be drinking when I time travel back to the ’70s. CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours a touch hazy with a very pale straw color with a small but well retained head.
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2013
The aroma is odd, there are citrusy hops, but it’s got a sort of weird stinky malt character that’s sort of pleasant one moment then sort of odd and hard to pinpoint the next. It’s inviting enough, but it’s strange too.
The flavor is really very nice, fruity and lightly spicy with a central character of citrus forward hop. The bitterness is moderate but satisfying and the beer is not overly sweet.
Assuming that this is true to the 1970’s recipe, I can see how this could have been hugely influential and genuinely revolutionary at that time.
The aroma is very balanced with sweet malt and pine hops. The appearance is gold. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall this is really good. justsayswell (281) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours golden with a frothy white head. Tastes like a hoppy premium lager. Not an APA by a long shot. I get malt and corn in the nose, mostly corn. Carbonation is lively. Grassy hops, crisp and slightly sweet palate. Not much depth to this one.
Regardless, this a taste of history and that’s why I give it a 20 overall. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy furious, bcs, or dark lord in 2013 if it weren’t for pioneers like Jack McAuliffe. Rate it against the beers of 1976, and it’d be a 5. Today it’s barely a 3. Sessionable, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out. Still a milestone in American brewing. Cheers, Mr. McAuliffe! RobertDale (6470) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear light gold with a small white head. Mild aroma of malt, grain, and hops. Taste is malt, grain, citrus, grass, and florals. Very nice APA! ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a golden straw color with nice clarity, typical of a pilsner. The head is a one finger white color. Retention isn’t great, but it does leave behind nice lacing on the glass.
S: A bit on the sweet side, with a slightly evident touch of corn, caramel, and diacetyl. Hopwise, it seems like it’s mostly comprised of grassy noble hops. Not very impressive.
T: There is a lot of corn on the opening flavors - eat your heart out, Bud. At least it seems a touch maltier than the BMC stalwarts. Grassy, zesty hops try to add another dimension to the finish; unfortunately the caramel corn sweetness ends up being the dominant flavor. Once it warms up, notes of must and cardboard come out. Really, there isn’t much difference between this and your typical macro lager IMO.
M: The heft of the texture overwhelms the flavors. Combined with the residual sugars, it makes this far less drinkable than it should be. Carbonation is about on par with BMC.
O: A good history lesson, to be sure. But it’s also a symbol of how far craft brewing has come along in 30 years. I don’t care for it at all, but I respect it for what it is. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2013
I can appreciate the history of the beer but it is average at best. The floral characters in the aroma are nice but fairly weak. The taste is mild and it is very crisp and somewhat sharp but nothing really memorable. It is a good homebrew beer that needs the recipe tweeked.