Sam Roberts Band Session Ale
Spearhead Brewing Company

Sam Roberts Band Session AleSam Roberts Band Session Ale
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From:
Spearhead Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
English Pale Ale
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 7.67%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
16
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 22, 2020
Added:
Nov 04, 2014
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  7
SCORE
84
Good
Sam Roberts Band Session AleSam Roberts Band Session Ale
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Rated: 4.12 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON)

Sep 22, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by gallaghercm from Canada (ON)

Jun 27, 2019
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Reviewed by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Poured with a glorious two fingers of head that produced good lace and retained it exceptionally well. The body is a mild brown, that heads more towards brown on the table, and more towards amber when put up to the light. The body showcases a swath of ample albeit somewhat thin carbonation. A little dark for a pale ale, and a little bit more lace would earn it the 5 here.

Smell: Warming brings out some straw malt with a a hint of caramel from a mostly absent start. There is some mild hop notes in there too, but nothing extreme here.

Taste: Toffee and straw that doesn't quite mesh together as well as you'd think it might that gives way to some grassy hops and a hint of honey. Nothing mind blowing, but nothing bad.

Mouthfeel: Aftertaste is clean, with only a hint of hops left to linger. Carbonation is very well done, giving it a nice frothy taste that doesn't let any aspect get out of control. Transistioning is ok, but this offering doesn't exactly go on a long journey.

Drinkabilty: On the lighter side of medium bodied, no issues with it settling down despite the high carbonation. I'll be honest though, comes across as a bit tame and a bit too watered down for a great pale ale, but has a refreshing aspect that I did enjoy.

Final Thoughts: I think the intention here was to make a beer with the name of a popular band, and sell it as a beginners pale ale to get people onto craft. In that regard, yes I'd say this beer does a great job of this. That said, I think this beer tried to walk a line between a malty brown and a bitter pale ale and while they did a better job then most, it didn't quite do it for me, but was still a positive experience. So yes, I would recommend this offering, but don't be surprised if it doesn't knock your socks off.
Jan 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

Dec 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.59 by Brody1714 from Canada (ON)

Sep 14, 2018
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Reviewed by eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Draft at the Monks Table - Pours mid amber with a frothy not very stable head and modest lacing. Earthy hops with a caramel / bread maltiness. Very sessionable - as per the lable on the bottle!
May 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.26 by talbotjf99 from Canada (QC)

Apr 09, 2017
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
from the lcbo for $2. out of date.
Jan 09, 2017
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle served cold into a snifter. Purchased a single bottle for $2 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - slightly hazy amber coloured beer, topped with a finger of white head that has surprisingly lengthy retention. Not much in the way of lacing or visible carbonation.

Smell - plenty of floral bouquets, a trace of honey and some light citrusy aromas.

Taste - clean with initial hop bitterness, more on the earthy side rather than citrus side. That follows up with some grassy flavours and a faint honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel - crisp and well carbonated, prickles the tongue to a certain extent. Body Is reasonably light overall, but medium for the style.

Overall - a well crafted pale ale that is relatively easy to drink and reflective of the band with its namesake on this bottle, Sam Roberts. A well made easy drinking pale ale, that could certainly be used as a gateway to craft, while having enough hops to make even an experienced advocate note it's quality.
Feb 15, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by atsir

Oct 27, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Sep 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.48 by Rick_from_London from Canada (ON)

Jun 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.09 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

May 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.62 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Apr 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

Feb 08, 2015
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice high head that films out in a minute or so. Very dark amber gold color, unfiltered. An excellent pour

S- Not a lot here. Had to look for the hops and malt a bit.

T- Has the hops correct and good malt backbone but just sourish from beginning to end. I know it's not a bad bottle it's just this style. Just not my thing but bet there will be others who love it.

M- A bit chalky. Dry. Has a woodsy flavor to it as well.

O- Pretty good little beer. Not my thing but I can appircate a good beer even though I don't much care for it.

Food Pairing

This pretty ok beer went well with...... Crab cakes. This mid-heavy beer went well with the oily nature of the cake and the spice of the seafood in the cake. Very enjoyable with the beer.

Enjoy
Dec 31, 2014
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours almost brown in colour. Smell/taste is more of a brown ale than an APA in my opinion. I detect hints of caramel and other sweetness with a malty background. A delicious beer nevertheless.
Aug 22 2022
Dec 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3.88 by RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

Dec 21, 2014
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
355 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; no dating/packaging info. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy amber-orange hue, topped with two fingers of loose, puffy whitish-coloured head. Retention is quite good, with a creamy, modest-sized cap left seated at the surface after a few minutes' time, as well as a curtain of sticky lace. The aroma is dominated by a mixture of grainy malt and caramel, with citrus peel and leafy, somewhat floral hop notes also present.

This one possesses a little more of a North American hop vibe than I'm used to in this style, but it works out in the end. The malts are clean and grainy, with notes of toffee and some biscuity sweetness leading into the mildly hoppy tail-end of the profile. Hints of grapefruit and pine resin gradually fade into the floral, leafy British-style hop finish, with these latter flavours carrying on into a lightly bitter aftertaste. Fairly light in body, but not thin for the abv - on the contrary, this pale ale has a smooth, satisfying feel on the palate, with moderate carbonation levels that gently agitate the tongue.

[Updated Sept 2 2018]

Tallboy picked up at TBS; whoa, talk about a blast from the semi-recent past - haven't seen this one in a while. This is still a pretty decent, light pale ale - not quite English, but not quite American, with a nice balance between the hops and malts that I think would make it quite approachable to any type of beer drinker. If push came to shove, I'd probably take their Hawaiian Pale Ale over this one... but in any event it's nice to see that Spearhead is still alive and kicking.

Final Grade: 3.81, a B+
Dec 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Dec 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

Nov 29, 2014
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Reviewed by BuckyBeerBeaver from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +9.6%
Encouraged by the quality of their stout, Bucky decided to sample Spearhead’s Sam Roberts Band Session Ale (“SRB”). 4.5% alcohol by volume with no visible production or ‘best before’ date, SRB came in a brown 355 ml bottle.

An attractive deep amber/copper colour with a bit of haziness to it and some visible carbonation bubbles, SRB poured with about 2” of off-white head that left some attractive lacing all the way down the glass. Solid marks for the visuals. Its aroma suggested that a bit of a hop bomb might be on the way, with a bitter grapefruit dominating the sweet caramel malts and hint of earthiness. While a grapefruit and lemon bitterness was distinct in the flavour it was not overpowering, and was kept in balance by a combination of the sweet light malts, a touch of pine and some sweeter citrus fruits in the background. The beer’s carbonation level was average and well suited to the style, and I would describe SRB as light-medium bodied. After a less than stellar introduction to Spearhead’s products, I’m warming up to this brewery. SRB, the Belgian Style Stout, and Moroccan Brown Ale are all distinctly flavourful brews…Spearhead isn’t playing it safe hoping to appeal to the largest common denominator, but taking a chance with some fairly strong flavours. And it works.
Nov 25, 2014
Sam Roberts Band Session Ale from Spearhead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 23 ratings