Samuel Adams Boston Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
We pour a brew of bright, honey orange. It produces a slowly growing one and a half finger head of thick white bubbles. Thick lacing clings around the glass as it recedes. There is clear translucency, and no sediment is noted. Carbonation looks to be moderately active. The aroma strikes a nice balance between malts and sweet hops. There is a drying oatiness to the malts, which blend with some fruitiness, of apricot. The hops are sweet and tannin-like, with some faint citrus poking around the sides. As we sip, malts and subdued spice hit up front. These are reminiscent of wintertime, bittering and peppery. Through the middle the flavors wash cleanly through, with the malts gasping their last breath before the hops swoop in, bitterly, to take us into the finish. Here, the hops take on a citrusy vibe, cleansing the palate on their way down in a lemony swipe. The aftertaste breathes of partially bitter hops, earthiness, speckles of booze, and a clean, but faint, citrus. The body is medium, with the carbonation following suit. The feel to the mouth is creamy, and very smooth. The carbonation contributes to the bubbly froth of each sip, but the liquid is otherwise on its way to being silky. The mouth is left dry, with that bittering hop. The abv is standard and the beer drinks with ease.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how hop-forward it was, and its soft texture. Perhaps it is because we are on a slight hop dry streak, but the most noticeable component of the aroma, and essentially into the taste, was the hops. While this is no doubt intentional, it was a nice surprise. As for the feel, each sip went down with ease, coating the mouth just the right amount, while leaving it dry at the very end. It was soft, and inviting, and makes for a nice sessionable brew.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2011 00:55:08 | More by TheBrewo
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