RATINGS: 849   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This distinctive and refreshing American ale is brewed in the classic style, with traditional brewing, the finest English ale hops, and lightly roasted specialty malts. Hand-selected Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops impart a crisp dry finish to this flavorful authentic ale. Jim Koch

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VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2001
Nice crisp mouthfeel with a mild citrus backdrop. Subtle toastiness as well. Decent offering.

foamdaddy99 (6) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2001 does not count
Slightly malty. Nice try though. Not equal to N.W. Pale Ale’s. But overall not bad for a contract brew.

fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2001
Once again, Sam Adams can’t seem to get past its aftertaste problem. I’ve noticed this with all of their beers and this one is no exception. Really an enjoyable beer in all areas except the palate department, this beer is full of flavor but hangs around in your mouth for way too long with an aftertaste reminiscent of what dishwashing soap would probably taste like. Very odd. Average again.

duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2001
not really a fan, but i think i’ll have to try it again as i had already had a few beers before having this one, but from what i can remember it was pretty ordinary.

boto (2250) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2001
Not bad, but a little thin on the hops......................................

loucynt (101) - USA - MAY 16, 2001

ChinaCat99 (14) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2001
Not as bitter or hoppy as I like my Pale’s to be, it’s an English style pale, so that was what I expected. The after taste wasn’t exceptional, but still fair.

Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2000
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 A very English style, indeed. Quite satisfying. ........................

mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2000
Not one of the top brews from SA as far as I’m concerned. I prefer the American style Pale Ale, this is very English. The hops used are quite restrained with not much at all in the aroma. Mild hop tang on the palate, but not what you may expect from a Pale Ale. Not in anyway a bad beer, but I’ll drink Anchor Liberty anyday instead.

Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 2, 2000
Ok, I had another go at this one, and it was much better. I must have gotten a bad bottle last time, it was metallic and all-round terrible. This time, I found a rather pleasant, not overpowering Pale ale. Good hop aroma and flavor, good balance.

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