Review: Alpine Spring, Samuel Adams

Alpine Spring
The Boston Beer Co. — Boston, MA

  • Style:  Lager
  • Bitterness:  19 IBU
  • ABV:  5.5%
  • Malts:  Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Honey malt
  • Hops:  Tettnang Tettnanger Noble 
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle 

Description: "We set out to create a beer that was perfect for spring, hearty enough for the colder days early in the season and refreshing enough for the warm days of late spring. Our brewers have always admired the excellence of a small group of German lagers, with their soft underlying maltiness, clear notes of Noble aroma hops, and clean bitterness. As a Kellerbier, Alpine Spring grants access to the privilege that all brewmasters share: the taste of great beer straight from the tank. Our drinkers will not be too far behind, as Alpine Spring goes to keg and bottle as a young beer, only a few weeks old, resulting in an unfiltered haziness and soft fruity esters of a beer fresh out of the fermentation tank.— Samuel Adams

Random thoughts:  This is a brand new spring release from Samuel Adams. Also, be on the lookout for their Whitewater IPA. The latter, available this month, is a new year-round brew that's a combination IPA / witbier.

The tasting:  Golden in color, hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly. A vortex of effervescence twisted around in the glass as I moved it around. I don't recall seeing anything like this in past tastings! Aroma is full of bright lemon citrus and notes of earthy hops. In flavor, the lemon is front and center followed by bready malt. Notes of orange, grapefruit, and even citrus rind are also thrown into the mix. In the middle, a light honey sweetness emerges. Hop bitterness is light and alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor. Alpine Spring is light bodied, has a unique creamy mouth feel, and finishes with grassy-lemon. It's refreshing and very easy to drink!

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good!  I want this again!  Alpine Spring's citrus aromatics and flavors are unique and memorable. Although this is a spring seasonal (available January - March), I could easily drink a few of these on a hot summer day—assuming it's still around...

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  1. I agree. I'd much rather have this be the year-round beer instead of Whitewater IPA. One of the best beers I've had, can't wait to have it on tap!

  2. Is it just me, But I HATE the Sam Adams beer glasses!


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