Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.98/5 rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It is interesting that I got to try this beer on tap tonight at the Outback Steakhouse in Humble, and now it was sitting ready to be reviewed in my fridge when I got home. Let's give this one a go from the bottle:
Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy yellow gold color with a small 1/8" head of small white bubbles after a pretty aggressive pour. The head faded to a very small ring within about 20-30 seconds. There is a tiny bit of lace left on the glass after drinking the beer.
Aroma: The aroma is fresh with some tangerines being the most noticeable after the pour. There is also a wheaty malt character that give the aroma a dryness that definitely seems malt derived...though the malt isn't making a huge impression in the aroma.
Taste: The flavor is pretty balanced toward malt and hops overall, but the malt that is there is so subtle that it is somewhat showcasing the hops. The balance of this beer is barely toward the malt in the finish, and this is quite nice after you get the hops that you do in the initial parts of the flavor. The beer is getting a tad more bready as it warms up some, but overall it is staying pretty consistent as it warms.
Opinion: Overall, I have been pretty happy with this beer both on tap and in the bottle. I would be nice if the bottle version was a pleasing to look at as it was on tap. The draft version kept a respectable head on it pretty much the whole glass. The bottle version dropped pretty quickly. Otherwise, I like the showcase of hops that coexists nicely with the malt in the finish to give you a balanced flavor to linger long after the sip. I would go so far as to say that of Boston Brewing Company's "regular"/sessionable beers, this is one of my favorite so far.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2012 04:31:49 | More by SkeeterHawk
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