Samuel Adams Spring Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.73/5 rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
-Original Gravity: 1.052
-Final Gravity: 1.013
-Real Extract: 5.04 P
-Calories per 12 oz: 170
-Malts: Two row Harrington, Wheat malt, Vienna malt
-Hops: East Kent Goldings, Spalt Spalter
While I like the fact that BBC (or anyone for that matter) makes a Kolsch style ale, I dont think this ones that great an interpretation. Spring Ale pours a fairly full gold color with a nice, long lasting white head with lacing inclinations. The nose is pretty phenolic, smelling somewhere between a pleasant hefeweizen and a Band-Aid. I kinda like the fairly unique inclusion of Goldings in this beer, and their earthy, English flavor contributions to the beer, but I cant really smell them or the Spalts in the nose.
The fairly delicate, softly carbonated body is subtly malty, but even more subtle so that this lover of subtlety can appreciate. The hops are pretty nice, again in an understated way, but keep the finish crisp and almost bitter. The slightly zippy, almost citric tail is pretty much what Ive come to expect from American-style Kolsch beers, though not having had a real Koln Kolsch, I dont know if this particular flavor is present in the classics.
Not a bad beer, but the phenols are a little too strong in this onestarting in the nose and re-emerging in the finish.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2003 19:35:02 | More by TXHops
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