Samuel Adams Brown Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.08/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle, best buy date of Nov '06. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Nice bronze brown color with some copper hues when held to the light. Not much of a head, just a pancake, but it stuck with me.
Wow, a brown ale than I can really smell! Nice sweet malty smell as well as some light fruity notes.
This really packs a lot of flavor for what is often a bland style. Roasted malts are here, as you would expect, but in larger quatities with a "toasted" sort of flavor. But this is easily balanced by a suprisingly potent and even a bit spicy hop profile. It must be the Noble Spalt hops the label talks about. I'm really diggin' this. This is brown ale with life and personality. Nice tea bitterness starts to become the most prominant feature as this warms up a bit. Finishes with a bit of said tea-like aftertaste.
Pretty light body, thin mouthfeel with average carbonation. Extremely drinkable.
Really good brown ale, much better than I anticipated. Recommended.
Brown ales. I have to admit I sometimes dread trying new ones. I mean there's a million of them out there, but how many do you find that you really like? It seems like almost all of them are just plain boring and even some of the better known ones have something wrong with them. You've got your watered down bad Newcastle imitation (Pete's Wicked), your bad Sam Smith imitation (Moose Drool), your call-your-dentist-it's-really sweet ones (Skagit Steelie Brown), and the occasional absurdly over the top for the style beer (DFH Indian Brown, my gaze is fixed squarely on you). I've often said that the only American made brown ales I'd buy again are Lost Coast Downtown Brown (an excellent English-style brown, as well as a sentimental fave) and Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Well, I'm adding a third beer to the list.
Now what shall I ever do with the other 11 beers in the mix pack.... :)
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2006 11:06:20 | More by 1whiskey
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