Saturday, June 30, 2018

Samuel Adams Sam '76

Best before date: 9/2018

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 18B American Pale Ale

AROMA: Strong clean American/New World hop aroma, especially of citrus pith with a slight grassiness. Malt base is light and generic; no specialty character. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Slight hazy straw/golden hue (2-4 SRM). Large soapy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly strong hop flavor with noticeable lemon peel and grass up front, and a subtle herbal/spicy flavor towards the end. Malt character is light and nondescript. Just a slight cracker-like taste and no residual sweetness. Alpha acid bitterness is low at 12 IBUs, but hop flavor is strong enough to amplified the perceived bitterness. Citrusy hops linger briefly, but fade to a mild starchy sensation. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; high carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing. Ideal summer beverage at 4.7% ABV; this is quite sessionable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Big Craft's attempt to cash in on a niche craft fad and they actually pulled it off. Technically to-spec for an APA, though it drinks like something else. Product is tasty and drinkable for sure. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

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