What's in the Sam Adams Spring Brews 2014?

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  1. mlager90

    mlager90 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 New Jersey

    hello did anyone pick the sam adams spring variety pack yet?
    does anyone know when it will be available
  2. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I think it came out in September.
  3. ghowehattrick

    ghowehattrick Disciple (353) Oct 30, 2010 North Carolina

    I saw it out on New Year's Eve here in NC. I mean damn, people.
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  4. GoodBeerFan2006

    GoodBeerFan2006 Initiate (20) Jul 11, 2011 North Carolina

    I saw it today, and passed. There are two new offerings, one being a White Ale called "Cold Snap." I saw it in 6 packs too. The other new offering is a Kolsch, called "Escape Route," at 30 IBUs, it sounds interesting. The 4 others found in the 12 pack are: the Boston Lager, Irish Red, and the be real honest, I forgot the other two. I know the Alpine Spring was NOT one of them. It all sounded kind of average to me (at best); hence I left if sitting.
  5. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,648) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    Spring usually has the weakest of the seasonal releases.
  6. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    Picked this up late last week. Included are Boston Lager (of course), Cold Snap white ale (new seasonal, replaces Alpine Spring), Escape Route kolsch (new secondary seasonal), Maple Pecan Porter, Whitewater IPA, & Irish Red.
  7. CalgaryFMC

    CalgaryFMC Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2013 Alberta (Canada)

    Alpine Spring is quite good. Unfortunate.
  8. Shmuffalo

    Shmuffalo Aspirant (241) Feb 26, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    The Maple Pecan is awesome, and so is the Irish Red. I'm also looking forward to trying the new brews. I'll definitely pick up a case once it hits Pittsburgh.
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  9. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,374) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    I don't know why, but these jokes never get old.
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  10. tbaker397

    tbaker397 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 West Virginia
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    It never gets old because that truthfully is actually closer to when it actually was made that the spring time haha. Not literally, but I know my wholesaler who carries Sam in our area had Cold Snap in a few weeks before Christmas. crazy right?!
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  11. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    Looks like a better lineup then the winter pack which I skipped. I'll buy it nce it goes on sale. Can't wait to try 5 new beers, although I have mixed feeling about apline spring that beer was different.
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  12. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    The sad thing is, in a few years, they may actually get so far ahead of their releases that they'll actually release them on time.
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  13. Hoptometrist

    Hoptometrist Meyvn (1,043) Mar 19, 2011 Ohio

    Bummer that they discontinued Alpine Spring. That was my favorite Sam Adams beer and you don't see too many widely available keller biers.
  14. kojevergas

    kojevergas Poo-Bah (7,374) Aug 15, 2010 Texas
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    Well, they'll be released in the right season. But I could see 2018's summer pack dropping in summer 2017. And the way consumers are getting about freshness, the best before date will precede the bottling date.
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  15. nicholasofcusa

    nicholasofcusa Aspirant (223) Jan 14, 2006 Pennsylvania

    This made me laugh out loud. Then I couldn't stop laughing.
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  16. Jsteez

    Jsteez Zealot (509) Apr 28, 2012 Korea (South)

    Ha, ha. This is funny, really. The Northeast US was just pounded with snow, and I am in Northeast China where the high temperatures are 19 degrees Fahrenheit (last time I checked this is still winter!). I will be heading back to my home state, Utah, next week and it is still very cold and snowy there. I remember when spring seasonal packages were released mid-February to late February. I think some breweries still stick to releasing their seasonal beers actually when the season hits. I am still in the mood for stouts and porters, I am not quite in the mood for Spring beer just yet.
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  17. cvengeance

    cvengeance Aspirant (258) Dec 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I'm intrigued by the maple pecan.
  18. BBAVUSO21

    BBAVUSO21 Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2013 New York

    2 degrees where im at....I dont even wanna look at a spring variety pack
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  19. tbaker397

    tbaker397 Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2013 West Virginia
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    High of 7 monday here....sam releases their spring seasonals so early because they figure most ppl will get them and when any other breweries bring them out people already have had or have the sam so theyre less inclined to buy them. While boston beer doesnt come out and say this, my wholesaler has pretty much said that is the reason why they are released so early. They are shipped the seasonals at the earliest date and told to push them. I mean hell, my wholesaler ran out of winter lager on december 22nd....exactly one day after the start of winter.
  20. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Bummer that Alpine Spring has been replaced, especially that it's replaced by ....drum roll....yet another ale. :slight_frown:

    Interested in that Kolsch though.
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  21. rundownhouse

    rundownhouse Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2005 Tennessee

    I really liked Alpine Spring as well. But I've been pleasantly surprised by Cold Snap. Normally I'm not too into spiced or white ales, but this one intrigues me and I've had several.

    As for the release schedule, I agree it's kind of nuts. The coldest temps in two decades, and we're expected to buy beers for spring? But that's the way it is, I guess: Sierra's Flipside is their spring seasonal - replacing the Glissade, which I loved and the situation seems analogous to Alpine Spring - and I picked up a sixer of that bottled in December. For me, the answer is simply to accept the "seasonals" as they come, buy what I like, and have whatever season-appropriate homebrew I desire on tap.
  22. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    I want to try the Maple pecan porter, but I am NOT buying the rest to get 1, I guess I have to find a place that broke up a pack...
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  23. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    This...this is good news...that stuff was shit
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  24. TheNightwatchman

    TheNightwatchman Zealot (512) Mar 28, 2009 Pennsylvania

    The lineup sounds decent. Why do we keep getting the Boston Lager though? Give us a different beer.

    I like Alpine Spring, so hopefully Cold Snap is at least as good, if not better. Maple Pecan is good, Irish Red is good, and the Kolsch sounds really interesting. I might have to get one of these at some point.
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  25. mlager90

    mlager90 Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2013 New Jersey

    did anyone see this in new jersey yet
  26. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    My guess is to compete with other breweries seasonals they make them available before, but a few months early is rediculous. What else would you expect from the diluted bunch at Samuel Adams.
  27. rundownhouse

    rundownhouse Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2005 Tennessee

    Depending on your perspective, that bunch is either half beer or half water.
  28. Rekrule

    Rekrule Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    No insult meant at all, but you come off as the polar opposite of the"all lagers are boring" people. There is a gaping middle ground here. Can't we all just get along? :wink:

    I'm sick of SA pushing white ales on everyone. I can't stand it. They must be dirt cheap to make because they REALLY want this to catch on. It's obnoxious at this point. The maple pecan porter is ok, the irish red is not good imo, I'm going to pass. All that said, I was at a wedding the other day that had super fresh SABL bottles. It was as good as I ever remember that being. Surprising.
  29. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,096) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I have mixed feelings on the Alpine Spring. At first tasting I really liked it, then the lemony flavor got old to me. I always thought it was just Noble Pils with a squirt of lemon flavoring added, but now I'm back on the Noble Pils bandwagon.

    Kolsch should be another easy drinker. I was really impressed with their New Albion Ale. They should stick that in one of their seasonals.
  30. JG-90

    JG-90 Initiate (0) Nov 29, 2012 New Jersey

    That's pretty interesting, especially considering all the advertising they did for Alpine Spring last year (at least in the North-East).

    I too, will not be buying this variety pack. Winter is the only one I usually seek out and did not buy one this year. Missing some of the ones I liked.
  31. rather

    rather Aspirant (261) May 31, 2013 California

    picked up 24 pack of the spring pack. cold snap, escape route, Irish red, maple pecan porter, whitewater ipa, Boston lager ofc
  32. ZAP

    ZAP Poo-Bah (3,520) Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    -30 air temperature here in MN tonight........and for the next month probably.......they could offer Westy 12 as part of it and if it says spring i won't buy it until March :slight_smile:.....kind of serious here....I will say this..I won't buy any spring collection without Westy 12 until March...
  33. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Disciple (384) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio
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    Maple Pecan Porter... in six packs... that's what I want to see.
  34. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,972) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    While it may not be in the seasonal 12 pack, I'm pretty sure the Alpine Spring is still Sam Adams' spring seasonal beer, so it's still being brewed. It's still listed on the web site.
  35. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I am most definitely the polar opposite of the "all lagers are boring" folks. I don't take that as an insult at all, I take it as a compliment really. I try to advocate for lagers wherever I can as I believe if people recognize how great many of them are and thus start demanding them, we'll see more on the shelves. I don't mind that ales dominate the craft landscape, but I do mind people writing off lagers entirely because of bad experiences with Bud, Miller and Coors.
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  36. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

    The Sam Adams website is routinely sluggish at updating their information. Sam Adams may make some Alpine Spring to serve on tap at the brewery but Alpine Spring is no longer being commercially produced. It was replaced with Cold Snap as the new Q1 seasonal. The same thing happened to Sam Adams White Ale when it was replaced with Noble Pils years ago and Sam Adams still lists that beer on their site.
  37. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (1,972) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    If that's indeed true, I'll miss the Alpine Spring. I liked it better than Noble Pils because of its maltier balance.

    But I thought I'd recently read that the AS would be a limited release "in-between" beer in the spring. Maybe I mistook another label.
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  38. BriantheBeerGeek

    BriantheBeerGeek Aspirant (210) May 26, 2013 Pennsylvania

    flipside is replacing tumbler, ruthless rye replaced glissade.
  39. AlienSwineFlu

    AlienSwineFlu Disciple (384) Dec 14, 2012 Ohio
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    Was Porch Rocker in the spring or summer seasonal last year?
  40. HeislerGold

    HeislerGold Initiate (79) Oct 19, 2013 Michigan

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