Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.7/5 rDev +34.3%
I absolutely love this beer, despite the fact there is a foot of snow outside and I can't understand how this is a spring release when I am drinking it in the dead of winter...
Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy 2 finger head; nice retention, but eventually dissipates to a minimal lingering head.
Nose: notes of citrus (orange and lemon) with a hint of graininess.
Taste: Strong citrus upfront with a hint of floral hops. A bready, almost toasty malt back balances out the strong yet delicate hoppiness. Finishes with a grassy bitterness and a little more citrus, almost...almost tartness like a Berliner Weiss (probably just wishful thinking, as I haven't had any sour goodness in some time).
Mouthfeel: Very creamy, yet crisp and light...perfect!
Overall: a killer "replacement" for Noble Pils, really wish this thing was a new year round release.
Additionally, as a serious advocate of German beers, especially lagers, I think Sam Adams nailed this one.
I really appreciate the thought that went behind this "concept beer" as it is a melding of some of my favorite German styles! A must try for anyone who appreciates a beer with superb balance, character, and a nice change of pace!
01-22-2012 00:33:12 | More by pixieskid
4.68/5 rDev +33.7%
A KELLER or Zwickel (love that word...) beer....by America's largest brewer* no less. AMAZING!!!!
A: Looks great poured in with slight haze (to be expected in this style) with a generous long lasting head, and sticky lacing.
S: Nothing to write home about, just about like barley bread--again classic for this (very rare outside of homebrew-circles in America) style of very traditional lager. Still its nice comfort-beer aroma.
T: An extremely drinkable almost thick, down-home beer, just crisp enough in hops to clean the palate....but mild enough to not scare away mass-production-beer drinkers. Makes you want to make a meal of it....and the aftertaste is like if you just had some fresh-baked bread--classic German/Czech lager...and FINALLY an American brewer has a version that can take-on any German brewer. (Even in Germany Zwickel is old-fashioned and not so common). For this style--a helles/pils cross in a Keller (unfiltered) version, simply outstanding.
No, the Hop-is-like-estrogen heads won't like it...but good, more for the rest of us!!!
M: Very rich and smooth mouthfeel, must be from the yeast going down.
Overall: Just a terrific, basic....beer. Nothing to put in your journal, just something to look forward too at the end of the day....
*American OWNED that is...
02-02-2012 22:50:26 | More by AnalogReigns
4.65/5 rDev +32.9%
Easily one of my top 3 favorite beers. Beautiful beer from start to finish. Nice pour. Collects a little (and I mean little) sediment in the bottle if the course of a few days in the fridge, but didn't effect tasting. I can't think of much that could be done to improve this, aside from moving it out of the seasonal catagory, and over to year-round "Brewmaster's collection."
03-05-2013 23:06:43 | More by Vanthefireman
4.6/5 rDev +31.4%
Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated for july 2012, Brewmaster's Collection.
Pours clouded lemon yellow body with nice but short lasting white head. Not much lacing. Scent is lemon grass. Taste is zingy lemon, citrus, honey. A little bit acidic, but very nice overall.
02-05-2012 20:52:26 | More by CaptJackHarkness
4.58/5 rDev +30.9%
Very nice brew! I was hopping for a little more citrus but hey this thing is balanced to the gill. Nice golden color full of carbonation a little cloudy look very inviting, smell was bout average notes are kinda of light on the nose. Taste the beer is perfect with the balance that it has, mouthfeel smooth clean and crisp, overall a great spring beer!! Fire up the Grills!
01-31-2012 00:21:02 | More by kdawg105
4.55/5 rDev +30%
Poured this beer from a 24 oz. bottle into a large mug. I've only seen it in the store for about a week, so it's pretty fresh. "Best by" is June 2012.
A: Cloudy orange, bright white head. Looks like a beer you can gulp, and I did, more than once.
S: Bready, yeasty smell, some light hops. Very fragrant.
T: Absolutely delicious!!! I took one mouthful, smiled, then took two more gulps. So good. I almost can't be that specific; all I know is it was gone it ten minutes. When I was done, I wanted more. Little hops flavor, but it's there enough to counteract the yeasty profile. Blue Moon's older, smarter, cooler, hotter sister.
M: Light on the palate, sweet/sour taste from the unfiltered yeast.
O: I cannot wait to buy a case of this. When it was gone, I wanted more. I could drink 5 or six of these. I wasn't even planning to review it, but I had to after I drank it. Sooo good. I would buy this year-round (**hint-hint** BBC).
01-15-2012 21:50:21 | More by ghowehattrick
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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