Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Alpine Spring opens to a nicely hoppy nose, the initial aromas consisting largely of fresh pink grapefruit and light pine. These fade after a second, and while they are still present, are joined by a grainy underbelly, bringing toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, and wet wheat. As the hops continue to fade in the open air, a few light apricot and orange fruit esters rise, along with a touch of brown sugar. Eventually the hops almost fade into the background, and a light bread and fruit base is all that remains. As a whole, the initial hop aromas were pleasant and full, but their fading nature is somewhat wanting for potency. The breads and fruits are nice, but on the light side, and could also use a bit more oomph.
On the tongue, the beer is more sugary than expected, with berry, cherry, orange, and apricot fruit esters mixing well with brown sugars. The hops add further sugary citrus notes in the form of pink grapefruit, with just enough grapefruit rind and light pine to add a balancing bitter edge. Some toast, biscuit, and cereal grains linger in the background, adding earthiness and depth. In subsequent sips the sugars do fade slightly, but are still nicely present. However, the toast crust and wet hay notes increase in strength, the wet hay especially strong and grassy. The hops continue to bring grapefruit and pine in good quantity. The aftertaste is a strong wet hay remnant, with a decent amount of sugars and hops left over, and lingers on the tongue for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is a nice lager, and does carry a good range and complexity of flavors. Given the name, it’s easy to see drinking this on a mountainside, perhaps in a ski lodge, as a refreshing, flavorful beverage that won’t get you hammered before the next run. The beer does have weak points, especially in the nose, and the flavors as a whole could use more power and nuance to help set the brew apart. Still, not a bad offering.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2013 20:46:43 | More by jondeelee
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