Samuel Adams Alpine Spring - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
Best by June 2012
A - Pours a hazy golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some spotty lacing.
S - Light bread aroma accompanied bit some citrus, some grassy hops and faint florals.
T - Nice bite of noble hops, some citrus, mostly orange peel and bread malts.
M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a bit of bitter dryness on the finish.
O - Pretty enjoyable. I haven't had many in this style, and I like Surly Hell quite a bit more, but I would drink this again. It's an easy drinking, but still flavorful brew.
03-02-2012 00:30:08 | More by warnerry
3.78/5 rDev +8%
A- pours a hazy gold with a small white head with decent retention and a little lacing.
S- Strong fresh grassy and floral hops mingle with a little doughy malt nicely.
T- A well balanced blend of malt, hop and bitterness with the malt coming off bready, the hops being citrusy, floral and a bit mint like and the bitterness being mild and coming through at the end to round out the mouth nicely.
M- A bit thin and moderately low in carbonation, not too bad but could use a bit more body to feel less like water.
D- This thing goes down super easily. A lot like the boston lager but with a bit more of a floral/citrus/mint twist. A nice beer all around but maybe not exotic enough to have me seek it out more than a few times.
03-01-2012 23:28:11 | More by Guden
3.74/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured into a pint
A: Pours a hazy, cloudy gold with about a finger of creamy white head. Generous amount of lacing left behind.
S: Lemon and orange peel, sweet, crackery malts. There is also a light floral characteristic present, the aroma is rather subtle.
T: Lots of citrus characters, slight lemony hop bitterness, a bit of orange zest. Malty, bready sweetness rounds out the flavor.
M: Medium bodied, very smooth, soft carbonation on the tongue. Would be pretty refreshing on a warm spring day.
O: Pretty good, not super complex. Can definitely see this appealing to a more moderate beer drinker. A SA brew to the tee in terms of taste and flavor complexity.
03-01-2012 19:30:43 | More by Dools9
3.43/5 rDev -2%
Had on tap at an Irish Pub
A = Cloudy orange color that was kind of unique, decent head, but minimal lacing (could be the glass not being rinsed well enough)
S = Hoppiness is definitely the predominent smell of this beer
T = Hoppy taste too with a decent balance with malt and a hint of orange
M = Good crisp mouthfeel
O = The hoppiness made it resemble more of an IPA, but I guess the citrus undertones is what makes it a Spring beer. Will drink again, but nothing outstanding
03-01-2012 13:37:56 | More by jman42
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
Poured into a pint.
Appearance: Looks good right off the bat, resembling a wiesen a bit, cloudy gold with a 1/4" white head off the body.
Smell: Citrussy with the feel of orange peel.
Taste: Hops meets orange peel, it is definitely a unique taste and feels very filling.
Mouth: Medium to heavy, super smooth.
Overall: Trying this for the first time it is definitely your warm weather beer, smooth and would love to have this while I am barbequing. Reminds me of a weisen meets your summer ale. Like the both above but different in it's own class. Hope you all enjoy. Salud!
03-01-2012 07:13:36 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a very hazy golden color with a large white head that goes down slowly. Scent has some German-like malt profile to it with a bit of citrus and hoppiness. Some grain...very mellow...not too much going on in the nose...all the aromas are very subdued. Taste is quite a bit better. Initially, I get German malt flavors with some light hops and lemon. A hint of orange with some biscuit. Kinda remind me of a very hoppy kolsch. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, it is a highly drinkable beer that could use a better aroma to make this thing a powerhouse session beer.
03-01-2012 06:07:59 | More by DovaliHops
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
Served on-tap in a Sam Adams glass.
Appearance is a cloudy golden color. In this particular glass there's very little head. In the other pilsner style glasses the head is thick and foamy, about 2 fingers worth, a beautiful thing :)
Smell is bready with some citrus, that's all I can really pick up at the moment.
Taste is citrusy. The orange seed taste reminds me of Blue Moon but definitely more complex and not overwhelming. Little bit of lemon too, overall it's a good taste that gets better as you go.
Mouthfeel is light, very soft with light carbonation, an easy drinker.
Overall I enjoyed it. A little higher abv than the "average" and good flavor. This is the second time having it and I figured might as well do a review, so there you have it.
03-01-2012 02:01:00 | More by tyleeis
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
12oz from variety pack. best by June 2012
A - Cloudy yellow with a large creamy head which leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S - Very mild aroma, the only notes I am getting are citrus and some grassy hops.
T - This is a very mild beer. The taste is smooth but lacking any strong characteristics, including even a drop of bitterness. There is also a bit of caramel in the mix, but the lack of hop character leaves me wanting something more.
M - Good carbonation helps this out alongside a medium body. Overall quite crisp with the highest drinkability.
O - This beer certainly is great if you are looking for something light on a spring afternoon, but the lack of beer-like character leaves me wanting more. Certainly a huge upgrade to the bud light drinkers in your life! I could see myself throwing a few of these back on an afternoon on the lake.
03-01-2012 01:26:10 | More by mscudder
3.88/5 rDev +10.9%
12oz bottle (best by June 2012) poured into a pilsner glass.
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow beer. Nicely thick 1/8" off-white head with plenty of thick strands of lacing all over the glass. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the glass. A very nice looking beer.
Smell: Clean, floral, just a hint of malt. Mild aroma though.
Taste: Nice clean malt, with a pleasant noble hop finish - citrus, earthy/spicy. Mild cider flavor in there with the malt.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, smooth, just a bit thicker than water. Nothing special.
Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable and I would easily have another. A great looking beer and a very good German-style lager.
03-01-2012 00:29:43 | More by damndirtyape
2.68/5 rDev -23.4%
Sam Adams puts out a generally excellent lineup of beers, across the board. Any brewer is going to let a clunker slip through every so often, and so is the case with Alpine Spring. What I find surprising, however, is that this is a major seasonal offering, not just a one-of that didn't work out. The brewer lists some lofty inspirations and ingredients, but here the sum is less than the parts. Grainy, rough and unpolished are the descriptors that come to mind. A distinct raw grain flavor dominates, and the hops are blunt and nondescript.
02-29-2012 22:45:34 | More by Brent
3.93/5 rDev +12.3%
Pours a nice darker shade of orange with just a bit of haze. Creamy and fluffily white head sits atop and leaves a good bit of lace behind.
Noticeable juicy orange aroma upfront. Slightly sweet biscuit and honey malt notes.
Malts become more apparent on the palate with a rich bread flavor and a nice honey sweetness. A bright citrusy orange flavor with just a bit of spice highlights the hop character.
Mouthfeel has the nice crisp texture that I look for in lagers. Overall, a wonderfully refreshing lager. Flavorful but easy drinking, kind of scary to think how easy it would be to drink a few too many of these in a sitting.
02-29-2012 19:25:36 | More by Kinsman
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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