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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Summer of Sam

Samuel Adams Summer Ale:

There are lots of summer beers out there and they seem to get better and better. Sam Adams is sort of the successful big brother of the craft brew industry and usually keeps the level of competition pretty high. This Summer Ale has a nice golden color and slightly hazy complexion. The body is just right with a smooth mouthfeel, too. So flavorful and consistent. Get it in the bottle or on draft!

Honestly, there's not too much to say about this beer. It's pretty awesome. Craft beer drinkers can appreciate it for being tasty and refreshing. Beginners may see this as an opportunity to dip their toes into the "micro brew" ocean without getting put off by strong malty or bitter "over-the-topness".

I'm not sure about the public at large, but the Cabinet and I agree that Sam Adams' seasonals were a bit (just a bit) off about two years ago but this year's Winter and Summer offerings have stepped it up again. In fact, of all the summer ales I've tried so far, Samuel Adams Summer Ale probably tops the charts. I have some more tasting to do, so look for a page devoted to Summer brews in the next few weeks. Maybe even a podcast...

Samuel Adams Summer Ale:

Representation: 1.0
Accessibility: 1.0
Style: .90
Personal Preference: .90

Total Score: 3.8 Flags

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