ganache (5898) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle, as fresh as it’s going to get, best by JUN 2013, says 6.0% abv, serving a bit cold. Nose very hoppy, the coppery-spicy, leafy-woodsy sort of a nose I associate with English hop bouquets, even a touch sour over very thin crackery malt. Pours a pale yellow-golden with a short white head. Taste is hop-forward but not overdone, light bitterness and pretty dry for a pale ale, but the star here is absolutely the crackery flavor, light yeast rolled with with citrus and faint alcohol, lasts long into the aftertaste. Medium body. I don’t care about the history when rating (though I’m always interested to learn), and didn’t know before buying the sixer; in and of itself, it’s just built from a good recipe, well-made, refreshing and vibrant. jmohno (1619) - Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 Light gold,almost clear,some froth.
Some sweet grainyness,mild citrus,kinda tart/sour,slightly nutty or busciut/caramel.Kinda yeastie.
Somewhat of a tart beer overall.has some sweetness,salty in the finish-like it seems with alot of SA beers.Some dryness in finish,seems medium bodied.Little bit of toast dryness in finish. Not too happy about having a whole sixer of this really. mallons72 (208) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
This tastes like a very good macro lager. But it is not. I can imagine cracking one of these in 1980 and saying wow. I’ll have another once it is warmer outside and i can mow the lawn. Too sweet! RABinCO (1511) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours very light gold with a slight white head. Thin lacing. Aroma is cereal malt. taste is fresh, but overly malty and cereal. More like a lager than pale ale, at least by modern terms. Overly sweet, but with a sweet, floral hoppiness. jcartamdg (3436) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours pale gold with a paperthin white head. Aroma is pretty dull, slight malt and feint hops. Taste follows, nothing special but cool to try a beer that paved the way for newer more exciting beers.
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bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12 ounce bottle, best before June 2013. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The brew smells like light grassy and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, bready/grainy malt, and an aroma that smells like adjuncts/corn. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but unfortunately the grainy/adjunct flavor is the strongest. I think it tastes more like a macro lager than a pale ale. There’s also a light lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. It was nice to try this one, but luckily we have a lot better choices to pick from now. If you can find a single bottle somewhere it’s worth a try, but at $9.49 a 6-pack I’m not going to buy it again. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2013
This is the beer that started it all. The beer that inspired the first generation of American craft brewers. Thanks to Sam Adams for making this happen. Pours gold with a white head. Smells of c-hops, some dry pilsner malt, light grassy hints, chewable vitamins. Tastes of dry malt, touches of underlying spiciness, earthy, some peppery touches. Finishes full bodied with a nice light accompaniment of hops. Back in 1983 when this beer was last brewed, I was only 10 years old, so I did not get the pleasure of trying this. If I were 8 years older, I would have really appreciated this beer that was/is quite a departure from the boring handful of pale lagers that dominated the market at the time. By 2013 standards, this beer not a standout. By 1976 standards, it is revolutionary. sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Thin white head that drops out quickly. Lacing is nil. Lightly hazy Budesque appearance.Faint nose of spicey hops and grainy malts, little sulfur too. Body is light with a lightly prickly carbonation, rather thin and minerally. Slight grainy malt flavors combined with a faint grassy hop bill, lil doughy. Dry finish with a bigger than expected bite. Kolsch like brew. Bottle from statelineliquors.
wxman (1819) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Pours a clear bright golden with a full white large bubble head that shortly diminishes. Aroma is mild hop flowers and mown grass. Sweet pale malt taste, biscuity and a clean medium bitterness. Pretty decent, but in the mainstream of American pales. Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Thanks to Sam Adams for recreating this recipe. Hopefully it turned out like the original, but I guess I’ll never know for sure. 12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear golden color with a thin fizzy off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of herbal hops and pale, lightly toasted malts. The taste is herbal hops, pale malts, faint apple notes. Medium bodied. Decent, but I can imagine this would be earth shattering in a world of pale lagers.