Sunshine. That's all I want right now. Bright golden sunshine — enough to justify a pair of flip flops. And if it comes in liquid form, like this seasonal brew from Sam Adams, I'll totally take it.
Beer Details: Alpine Spring Seasonal Brew from Sam Adams/The Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA (Keller Bier, 5.5% ABV, 18 IBUs)
Appearance: Bright lemony gold and hazy with a thick head of glossy foam.
Aroma: Biscuty — light and sweet, dry herbs and a touch of lemon candy
Taste: Sweet and very mellow, but the sunny zing of citrus zest keeps it tasting fresh. Thyme and bay leaf add a layer of herbal spiciness. There's a grainy cereal flavor in the finish that's not my favorite, but for an otherwise supremely drinkable and sessionable spring lager, I'll give it a pass. Soft and creamy mouthfeel.
This is one of those easy-drinking beers that always sounds like a good idea after a long day of work. It won't knock your socks off with crazy flavor bombs or surprise ingredients, but it will be dependably refreshing every time you drink it.
Food Pairing: I like pairing a mild lager like this with a big spring salad topped with pan-seared chicken breast or salmon. Some avocado in the mix would compliment the creaminess of the beer and add a buttery counterpart to its crisp flavors.
Have you tried this Sam Adams seasonal? What do you think of it?
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