On Friday night we took a trip to Medford to hang out and have dinner with our friend Johnson and his roommate. They made us a fabulous dinner. My end of the deal was to bring some pale ale to review. Johnson isn’t normally down with beer, but makes an exception for pale ale. I ended up bringing two 6 packs: Troegs Pale Ale & Samuel Adams Pale Ale. We put our heads together and compared the two beers.
We downed a couple of Troegs first:
Color: Honey/amber color.
Taste: Thoroughly hoppy to start, with some malty sweetness as well.
We then moved on to the Samuel Adams:
Color: Almost identical to the Troegs.
Head: Slightly more than the Troegs.
Taste: MUCH less hoppy than the Troegs. At first I thought it was because my pallet had become accustomed to the bitterness of the hops. I waited awhile before trying the next bottle of Sam, and it wasn’t my pallet. The Sam is simply much less hoppy. Even in the absence of powerful hops, I found it to be more fully flavored and complex.
ABV: 5.4% ABV
* Johnson decided that he liked Troegs better.
* I decided that I liked the Sammy Adams (just slightly) better.