Sparkling Ale | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Sparkling Ale is the brewers’ take on a rare historic Scottish style. Golden in color and effervescent it combines subtle notes of Noble hops with pale and acidulated malts to create a slightly floral character and a dry finish.

Added by RochefortChris on 10-24-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
332
pDev:
13.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
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Photo of dextr24
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.5/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmorris15
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBorsato
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NickMunford
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikr
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ohiovania
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnct
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This American blond ale pours a medium golden color with a medium, white foamy head and a fairly large amount of carbonation. This is certainly sparkling and if not for the head it would look quite similar to champagne. The smell is mildly of florals, citrus, and yeast. The taste, like the scent, is of yeast with a little bit of citrus and floral tones. The finish is actually quite bitter and piney. Strangely enough the finish is both dry and also quite creamy. The body is on the light end of medium with some malts that stand up well to hops and yeast. Although this beer is well rounded, it just doesn’t seem to come together properly in my opinion, though that may have to do with my unfamiliarity with this uncommon beer style. Further, it seems a very strange choice for the winter variety pack, which is usually quite good and stocked with more robust beer styles. I think it would be more fitting in the spring variety pack, but honestly I wouldn’t be particularly excited to try it again.

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Photo of forshamegetit
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I had this in a mixer pack, and it was a nice change of pace from the other beers in the pack. Carbonation like you'd expect from a champagne, it feels different than most beers, not necessarily better. Tastes like a Belgian mixed with a blonde ale, with a decent malt flavor in there somewhere that is just completely overtaken by the yeast and the noble hop additions. I'm certainly not writing Boston Beer to tell them to brew this again...

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3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with hardly any head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty much sweet malt, not picking up much hops, a bit grainy, reminds me more of a typical adjunct lager.

Taste is fairly simple, sweet malt with only the slightest of hops to balance, nice strong carbonation keeps things refreshing at least with a dry finish.

Not really interesting enough to come back to so I hope this gets booted from the mix pack in the future.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adam's Sparkling Ale. This one peaked my interest, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a clean look to it, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a golden orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy and fluffy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till and it left a good amount of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some yeast imparting a weird green apple aroma with a little bit of a doughy aroma in the background. Up next comes a slightly soapy flavor followed bu a good amount of a stone fruit aroma with some pear aromas coming through and it's followed by a the malts which impart some sweet malt, grainy and bready aromas. The aroma is nice, but the yeast seems a little of to me. The aroma is nice, but the yeast throws me off a little.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but this time it's a little more fruitier and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with that weird yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's got this weird funky cardboard flavor that I'm not a big fan of. Up next comes the stone fruits which shows up a little more than they did in the aroma and there's some pear and fruit juice like aromas showing up in the background. On the finish there's pretty much not bitterness with some more sweetness coming to take it's place and more of that weird yeast showing up in the aftertaste. This is just a decent tasting beer, I don't think the yeast works that well with it.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was OK and it was pretty average for the style, it was going the right direction, but I thought that yeast threw it off and it held it back from being as good as it could be. This beer didn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they weren't that great and they need some work. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own and I wouldn't recommend it. All in all I was a little let down with this one, I thought it might be like a Tripel, but in the end the yeast took it in a totally different direction and it didn't work out so great. It's not a favorite Sam Adams beer and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Sparkling Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 332 ratings