Friday, April 26, 2013

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker (2013 original review)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (863) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into the official Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. The best before date was notched at September.

Appearance: Crystal clear, dark gold hue. Plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a small, white, soapy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Fresh lemon aroma that seems to be authentic. It’s not quite as chemical or faux-smelling as some other lemon-flavored beverages I’ve had.

Taste: It’s difficult to review a bottled shandy, since it’s the kind of drink that’s better when mixed by a bartender, rather than something pre-packaged by the brewery (same thing with black & tans). Samuel Adams Porch Rocker tastes a little less fake than most brews of the sort that I’ve had. From front to back all you taste is lemonade but without any real tartness to it. Judging by the description, this appears to be just lemon flavoring. That being said, I have to admit I kind of like this flavor. Sure it’s one-dimensional and repetitive, but the net result is a rather tasty beverage. Nothing cloying, nothing overly sweet, so it’s well-balanced and drinker friendly.

Drinkability: This is a beer that you definitely drink for its performance value; as a liquid refresher in warm weather. In that respect, Samuel Adams Porch Rocker works well. The mouthfeel is thin and slightly crisp, but never watery so it’s comfortable. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and leaves a clean aftertaste. At 4.5% ABV it’s highly sessionable, though why they only sell it in summer mix packs so you get two bottles at a time I don’t understand. 
Grade: 6/10
NOTE: Read my 2017 re-review to BJCP specs here: