Monday, September 17, 2018

Samuel Adams Coffee Pale Ale

Best before date: 2/2019

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (base style 18B American Pale Ale)

AROMA: Coffee is prominent with cold-brewed/iced character. Seems to have cocoa powder or some kind of sugary sweetness. Faint citrusy hops. Moderately low pale malt base. Clean fermentation. 8/12

APPEARANCE: For a pale ale, the color is quite dark with a burnt umber to light brown (9-17 SRM). Cloudy body. Small tan foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Akin to iced coffee throughout as the coffee flavor dominates the palette. There is a slight cream-and-sugar character from the sweetness. Moderately-low citrusy hops are present in the background, though the coffee seems to account for most of the bitterness. Malt base is rather simple; mostly pale malt character with a faint toasted note. Coffee and hops linger briefly, but aftertaste is otherwise clean. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth, but crisp. Not refreshing, but highly quaffable. Seems efficient for 5.5% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has the coffee taste down pat, but isn't much of a pale ale at the core. Still, it's tasty and fun to drink. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50

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