nearbeer (5559) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2013
12 oz. Clear orange-amber with a small ring of bubbles. Mild nose of resin caramel, light citrus and menthol. Flavor is menthol, resin, lemon, lightly toasted nut, and dry grass. Light body is dry and has medium carbonation. Definitely quality brew, but too much menthol hop for me. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Clear yellow pour with a white head. Aroma was bready malt and a little lemon. Taste was crisp, ceral grains, a little lemon at the end. Tasty. MaBeer1972 (2143) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
As a history lover, I applaud Sam Adams for launching this. Nice concept. However, I must rate it as I see (and taste it). - A very light golden lager-like appearance with a thin white head. Light bready aromas and flavor. Very thin body. Gassy finish. A marginal brew at best. Not horrible, but not very exciting either. I wonder if the original was 6% abv though? Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours gold with a thin white head. Fairly clear with only a slight haze. The carbonation level is high. Oranges, Lemon Pledge, and bready aromas. The flavor sweet with a low amount of bitterness. Citrus, bread, and earthy yeast notes. The mouthfeel is smooth with a carbonation tingle on the tongue. The finish is semi-dry with a lemon flavor that quickly fades away. In comparison this is not a great pale ale but it was a nice nostalgic experience. onceblind (10318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Clear golden with a thin but persistent white head. Nose of grassy and slightly floral pacific coast hops, with a blonde malt backbone. Flavor is somewhat light and crisp, but with a nicely balanced and nuanced flavor. Nice pale grain maltiness with grassy and flowery hops bitterness, and a little hop cone resin. Basically tastes like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale crossbred with a really good blonde ale.
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
From a growler. Pours a golden color with a fizzy thick white head that faded quickly but leaves decent lacing. Smells of honey, caramel, toasted malt and light hops. Taste starts off with hops upfront, then I can taste the sweetness from the honey, caramel and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with great carbonation. It was nice to finally try a piece of craft brewing history. I was excited when I heard Jack Macauliff was teaming up with Sam Adam to remake it. It reminds me more a pale lager than a pale ale though but it was pretty good overall. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle. I remember reading about this beer a few months ago so what the hell ill swing for a single. Pours clean clear straw golden with a thick frothy white head and sticky lace abounds the outer edges of the mini shaker. Nose is clean and fresh, lots of honey and toasted malt character, some light grassy and earthy hop notes, very minor notes of plastic. Much more lager-like. Flavor follows suit as it tastes, drinks and feels like a cleaner, well made premium/pale lager. Some subtle more pronounced hop bitterness up front, but it’s short lived and the middle and finish is slightly sweet with a corny and cereal grain flavor. Its still very drinkable and well made, as mentioned previously, but it’s not really close to what I have become acustomed to in the American pale ale category. But I’m remembering now that this is a throwback beer to what may have been the first American pale ale so perhaps it’s exactly what it aspires to be. Grows on me and I sorta like it in that historical nostalgia sort of way.
WarChef1 (24) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2013
bottle. pours light golden color with very little head and no retention. aromas of grass, slight fruit, and toast. tastes of grass, slight hops, and toasty notes. very crisp and clean on the palate with bright carbonation. Actually quite refreshing. Price point a little high for a six. I appreciate what sam adams is trying to do with paying homage to a legend but come on! 7.99 is better. overall good session beer blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottled, clear golden pour with no head , tropical fruit and hops nose with bright fruity flavor and soft hops, mild finish Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of light floral and earthy hops, grass, and just a hint of fruit. It pours a transparent gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin soapy film. There’s some spotty webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of light honey and a touch of fruit. There is some faint caramel in the background. The finish has light-moderate grassy hops, a little bit of pepper, and a hint of pine. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it tastes like a cross between a Pale Ale and a Lager (along the lines of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold).