Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker (2017 re-review)

ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2017

BBD: 10/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 29A Fruit Beer (base style: 4A Munich Helles)

AROMA: Very faux overly sweet lemon scent akin to lemon-flavored soda. No authentic "beer" aroma to speak of. 4/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue; quite bubbly; large white soapy foam mostly evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Lemon flavor dominates palette throughout. Not quite as sweet as the aroma indicates, but certainly a sweet taste. The nuances of the base brew are obscured by the fruit flavoring, though I do detect some clean pale maltiness. There is the faintest touch of spicy hops at the apex, but no bitterness to speak of. The backend is akin to a Sprite or 7-Up soda and seems faux. The tartness is mild and short-lived. Does not really work as a lemonade/lager hybrid. 9/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with medium carbonation. Thirst-quenching and quaffable. Though only 4.5% ABV it’s a bit too boring to session. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: While not bad-tasting, it’s just entirely too faux to be considered authentic beer and judged by BJCP specs. This is an FMB or a pre-packaged cocktail. 2/10