Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Samuel Adams Summer

I feel like it has been forever since I posted a beer review myself. It kinda has (5 days?). Completely unacceptable. Don’t worry, I’m flogging myself right now to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

I have so much to catch you all up on. I’ll give you the abridged version:

Saturday: American Craft Beer Festival in Boston. I volunteered, ended up pouring for Schmaltz Brewing (reps were the best) and Bear Republic (rep was a major douche bag). Had a ridiculously awesome time. Met lots of people. Sadly not able to take pictures.

Sunday: Spent by the pool at the in-laws. Beautiful weather for my last day of vacation. That night we went to Sean & Kerry’s for dinner and beer reviews. I reviewed two beers that night. Will post those reviews later this week.

Monday-20 minutes ago: Work, School, Work, Poker, Work, School

Now: “Got” a haircut (see below). Grilled cheese with tomato for dinner. Sucking down Sammy A’s Summer. Watching the Andromeda Strain. Sitting on the couch in basketball shorts (no underwear…you can’t wear em with basketball shorts) and no shirt. Sexy, eh?

Moving onto the Sammy, I gotta say that I’ve been a fan of this stuff for a long time. It’s just a really great drinking beer. Loved it before I got into craft beer, and love it now.

Samuel Adams Summer

They say that the beer is brewed with a “historic brewing spice called Grains of Paradise”. For YEARS I thought this was some kind of goofy marketing gimmick. Guess what? Totally not the case. Aframomum melegueta (better known as Grains of Paradise) is in the ginger family and when ground gives a peppery flavor. Pretty interesting shit.

Samuel Adams Summer

I’m drinking this out of a bottle. Some beers are OK to be drank this way. This one definitely is. It’s a wheaty tasting beer. It’s brewed with lemon zest, which absolutely comes through in the flavor. At first you get that peppery flavor, but after a couple of these the lemon starts to take over.

Being one of only a few beers I drink a lot of, I can say that Sammy does a great job of staying consistent with this brew. Consistently excellent.

I’m off to the fridge to grab another.

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

4 thoughts on “Samuel Adams Summer Ale”

  1. Ahhh, there's a special spot in my heart for Sam Summer. This is the first beer I ever liked. It's the beer that made me want to find more beers to enjoy. Gotta love the grains of paradise.

  2. There's something in the Sam Summer aftertaste that I just don't like — I've attributed it to the grains of paradise, but I think I could be making that up. :)

  3. The consensus from some this year (including my FIWK co-author and co-beer drinker Aaron) is that this year's Sam Adams Summer Ale isn't quite as tasty as previous years'. He theorizes they changed the formula slightly. To the beer's detriment.

    Anyway I agree this is a good style to take right out of the bottle. I find myself noticing that about beers – which I'm fine drinking out of the bottle and which need a glass. I think a sign that you're becoming a beer snob (if not a Beer Douche) is that you kind of appreciate a simple, bottle-drinking beer because you don't need a whole extra glassware for it. What has my life come to.

  4. I find a lot of people thumb their nose @ this beer – I like it. Its the only beer I've bought multiple times for myself this summer and enjoy every bottle. (from a glass) 😉

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