Samuel Adams Spring Thaw pack..

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ford, Dec 28, 2012.


What do you expect to be your pack favorite?

Poll closed Jan 18, 2013.
  1. Boston Lager

    15 vote(s)
  2. Double Agent IPL

    46 vote(s)
  3. Irish Red

    13 vote(s)
  4. Alpine Spring

    25 vote(s)
  5. White Lanter wit

    6 vote(s)
  6. Maple Pecan Porter

    103 vote(s)
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  1. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    I just picked this up yesterday and from last night to this evening, I've now tried five of the six beers in it.

    Some are new and some have been around before.

    My favorite is the Maple Pecan Porter. I'm a big porter fan and I really liked this one... plenty of maple and pecan flavor and smells.

    Least favorite...Double Agent IPL... the IPL stands for India Pale Lager.. so they hopped up a lager or combined the two.. I'm not sure. I'm not a big IPA fan, so I didn't really like this one... smelling it you could tell you were going to get a lot of hops... not as much grapefruit flavor in something IPAish as I would prefer.

    White Lantern and Alpine Spring were both good... both have an orange taste mixed in.. White Lantern has more wheat flavor going on.... I liked the White Lantern more.

    Irish Red was really good.. I'm a fan of this style of beer and this one delivered what I expected in spades... really good stuff.

    I haven't opened one of the Boston Lagers yet, but I know what to expect there.. and I imagine so do most members of this forum.

    Overall this is a good collection and I'm happy with the purchase. I might pick up another one before they are gone.
  2. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Actually this doesn't sound half bad. If I see one around I'll likely pick it up. Out of curiosity, where did you get it? I'm in Boston and was at the liquor store tonight and didn't see any indication of one. If especially intrigued by the IPL and the Porter...a little nervous about the Alpine Spring and White Lantern (never much enjoyed SA's attempts at a white beer)
  3. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Devotee (455) Nov 12, 2012 South Carolina
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    I'll end up the same as you, OP. I hate IPAs, so the IPL will be total fail for me I'm sure. The Maple Pecan Porter is the one I'm most intrigued by, but we've got another week to wait on the new Sam Adams pack it seems.
  4. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Maple Pecan Porter sounds the most interesting to me.
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  5. JediMatt

    JediMatt Initiate (82) Jun 18, 2010 Iowa

    Sounds pretty good. I'm not quite sure on the IPL, but I'll give it a try.
  6. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (278) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    Not an SA hater at all; I always buy a mixed of theirs each season. My predictions:

    IPL - Favorite. The BL is a classic, and if they have taken any cues from Jack's Abby, this will be good. I'm looking for crisp and fruity.
    Maple Pecan Porter - Can go either way here. Could be quite good, but could also be too artificial in its flavors. Their Hazel Brown from a bit back was a little too additive flavored to me.
    Irish Red - Should just be a solid beer. Never had an Irish red that knocks my socks off, but Boulevard's is probably my favorite. If they make a beer that rivals that, I'll be happy.
    Alpine Spring - I've had it. It's fine. Not offensive.
    White Lantern - I plan to give this one away. I'll try it, but I sure hope it isn't anything like White Christmas. I'm sorry SA, but that was one of the most foul brews of the year.
  7. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2008 California

    I'm anticipating the IPL being my favorite, anybody know the they hops used in it?
  8. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Spring Thaw is already out? That's insane. The first day of winter was a week ago!!!
  9. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2012

    Seriously, if the packs are about the fiscal quarter then they should name them differently, like Happy New Beer's
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  10. jbertsch

    jbertsch Meyvn (1,125) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    Wow I know they're always the first to release seasonals, but it's not even 2013 yet!! :grimacing:

    It'll be tough for them to impress anyone in Massachusetts with the IPL, since Hoponius Union has set the bar so high.

    I have tickets to the open house for this sampler pack so I'm trying to not taste any of it until then (1/17). I hear they're also re-releasing New Albion pale ale at this event.
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  11. jlenik

    jlenik Disciple (374) Jan 22, 2009 New Jersey
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    Glad to see the Maple Porter making into a pack finally. I had the two samples at a beerfest two years ago and the Maple Porter blew the other sample out of the water.
  12. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

    Nothing I look forward to more every year than kicking up my feet in the backyard on a 15 degree January day, looking around at the soft, billowy blanket of snow on the ground and getting my lips frozen to a cool glass of Alpine Spring from the SA Spring Thaw Pack.
  13. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    Maple Pecan porter and pancakes poppy!
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  14. JimKal

    JimKal Zealot (514) Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    I think these seasonal packs are great for sampling different styles but I will probably avoid it as I have yet to find a Porter that I've enjoyed. I had the Alpine Spring last year and it is one I can take or leave. Irish Red will probably be released in six packs and I'll pick it up when it becomes available. I'll wait until it starts getting warm to pick up BL. The Wit and Double Agent sound interesting.
  15. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,192) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Sounds like a good pack in general. Personally, I still love Boston Lager. While other beers might be bolder and have zanier ingredients, BL is still just plain good.
  16. SawDog505

    SawDog505 Poo-Bah (3,053) Apr 9, 2010 New Hampshire
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    I was so confused to see a Spring 12 pack out already, I just walked passed it. Crazy!
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  17. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,664) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Summer pack will be out in a week.
  18. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (530) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Spring stuff already? Its not even 2013 yet for Christ sake.
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  19. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Yeah I mean I get the whole quarterly release thing, but couldn't this wait another quarter? I'd rather drink Winter Lager in March and Maple Pecan Porter in June than Alpine Spring in January.
  20. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Poo-Bah (2,074) May 15, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Gotta be honest... I read this thread this morning and just shook my head. At 4pm I can't help it and have to comment.
    I understand the marketing notion of being first to market and all that. But this is beyond ludicrious. In the end, I realize, I am not the target market. My assumption is that most of these were packaged in December and by the time I would even consider a Spring pack they'll be too long in the tooth for me. (given alternatives, not saying they will be bad) I won't buy it. I detest winter and love when Spring is sprung. You didn't need to earn a four year degree to realize that SPRING items aren't on the consumer's mind BEFORE Christmas and New Years. Boston Beer is very successful and doesn't need tips from us... but as a consumer I get a vote.. and I vote... NO not now and then NOT in the Spring because of their chosen distribution strategy.... (stepping off soap box now) BTW, what's with the 5 votes for Boston Lager as the beer people are MOST looking forward too.. That's classic
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  21. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    It is ludicrously early for this. Especially when you consider that it won't be "spring" in Boston for about 3 months
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  22. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,482) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    And it's great when it's a fresh keg too. Once this year I got the first pour from a new keg at a bar and I couldn't resist but to have several.

    Plus, it's a big value beer. I usually get it for around $12/twelve at grocery stores in AZ.
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  23. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    I work for a distributor. We've been out of SA Winter Lager 12pks for a week, and Alpine Spring showed up yesterday. Octoberfest came out at the end of July.
  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,566) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I am looking forward to trying the Maple Pecan Porter.
  25. SeaAle

    SeaAle Devotee (406) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon
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    I'll pass. I bought their winter pack and was pretty disappointed over the beers.
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  26. Crackerroll

    Crackerroll Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Missouri

    I don't know. Boston Brewing/Sam Adams has gotten pretty boring. I mean I will still go with a Boston Lager if that is my only "craft" choice but I've decided I won't buy any more of their sample packs.
  27. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    So are pumpkin beers out next month? I need more Fat Jack :wink:
  28. wvsabbath

    wvsabbath Meyvn (1,432) Apr 29, 2010 West Virginia
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    Pretty much how i feel about them as a whole. I wish they'd stop making a new beer weekly and focus on a standard 10-15 and make them all top notch.
  29. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    I voted for the Maple Pecan Porter. Just like I voted for it at this beer fest when it was running against the Mighty Oak I believe. Can't wait to have the Maple Pecan. Shit, I can't wait to pick up this mix pack. 1. Sam Adam's makes ultra-decent beer. 2. Ticker's gotta tick.
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  30. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Initiate (0) May 18, 2011 Illinois

    Agreed. Though I think you and me might be in the minority cuz everyone else voted for the other sample (Mighty Oak, I believe) at the fest I attended.
  31. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    LOL. I still have 2 cases of O-fest that I am working my way through!
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  32. gtermi

    gtermi Meyvn (1,214) Apr 21, 2010 Texas

    Maple Pecan Porter sounds delicious
  33. jlenik

    jlenik Disciple (374) Jan 22, 2009 New Jersey
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    Those people must have been too drunk. I thought the Mighty Oak was Mighty Awful.
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  34. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Surprisingly... I picked it up at my local Walmart here in Texas.... it stood out amongst all the crap BMC beers.
  35. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    I think this might have hit south Texas first as we don't get much of a winter.:wink: ... (though it will be in the thirties the next two nights... but up into the fifties during the day.)
  36. acevenom

    acevenom Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    Looks like I'll be waiting for this to hit the local stores. :slight_smile:
  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Crusader (724) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Remember Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner?

    They may give Jack's Abby a run for their money if they can match the excellence that was their imperial pilsner.
  38. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (265) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Ha ha I was just thinking about when this will be out in stores and if it will come even earlier this year...guess I have my answer!

    I will be picking up a case for sure. I like the Boston Lager, Alpine Spring and the Irish Red (just okay, but an easy drinker) and I am really curious about the others...the IPL sounds very interesting! The Wit beer, I will try one of course but more than likely I will end up saving most of them for when a few of my friends come over, as most of them like that style. The Maple Pecan Porter I will probably dig and on paper, there is no way I couldn't like it!

    I have never been that impressed with the Winter pack either, and this is more up my alley.
  39. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    I just had the last Irish Red.. and I really like this beer... I'll pick up a sixer once/if they are available.
  40. mcmeador

    mcmeador Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2012 Mississippi

    Found this in Memphis, TN, last night! Now I have 51 bottles in my Sam Adams collection.
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