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Beer Review: Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Co.), Latitude 48

Ding Points: 66.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: These notes are an amalgamation of two different bottles, almost exactly 12 months apart, and that is reflected in the two different labels over the course of a year. This year, the bottle was taken from the mixed, 'Hop Tour' six pack that BBC is putting out, with Noble Pils and Whitewater IPA being the other two beers. A year ago, Latitude 48 either came as a single or as part of its own six...

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Tasman Red

Ding Points: 71.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: Label has this declaring itself as a 'Red IPA' - more nomenclature nonsense that doesn't really help, although by the end of the beer I kind of know what they are trying to say! This is the second beer I have tried in this Sam Adams limited brew series, the Cinder Bock being the first. Pour offers a chestnut body and a two finger head. The color suggests a lighter beer than one otherwise...

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Alpine Spring

Ding Points: 63.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: Hazed, lemon, orange and golden pour with some nice white head and decent lace. Unfiltered look is attractive, and offers some nice, light yellow colors (the photograph suggest more orange elements than are obvious to the naked eye). Nose does not offer much other than very light citrus. Some bready notes which surprised me. I was expecting the citrus notes to offer a stronger presence in the...

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams, Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Ding Points: 76.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 80.00, Mouth: 80.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: This is approx. 3 months old so certainly not quite as the brewer intended, but still drinking absolutely fine. The pour is a really nice, rich looking mahogany affair with some significant red tinges. Head is modest and not especially well retained. Off white color. Nose and tastes are pretty rich. Boston Brewing Co. does a great job with beers like this, Octoberfest, Boston Lager and...

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Beer Review: Sam Adams Longshot Cat. 23, Honey B’s Lavender Ale

Ding Points: 70.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 70.00 Tasting Notes: BJCP Style 23 is 'Specialty Beer' which really means a dumping ground for beers that do not fit into other categories. Light, chill-hazed pour. Scant head and lace. Nose gives a really large whiff of lemon, and in that respect it smells like a lager shandy. The tastes also take the lager shandy note , at least up that every final flourish where a bit of floral lavender kicks in. This is...

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Beer Review: Sam Adams Longshot Cat. 23, Friar Hop Ale

Ding Points: 64.00 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 60.00, Mouth:, 70.00,  Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: BJCP Style 23 is 'Specialty Beer' which really means a dumping ground for beers that do not fit into other categories. Light marmalade amber pour with a very good initial head. Head drops quickly to give a spotty film and limited lace. The nose offers a lot of musty, fruit elements but surprisingly (given the name), almost no hops. Strange, but age is probably to blame here. The tastes...

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Beer Review: Sam Adams, Cinder Bock Rauch Bock

Ding Points: 69.50 Pour: 80.00, Nose: 70.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 70.00, Global: 60.00 Tasting Notes: In a nutshell, I think it's worth saying that if a hybrid beer should taste like a combination of the styles, then this beer absolutely nails it. In that regard I am pleased by Cinder Bock. It's also true that thinking about it for a moment, a mixture of a rauch and a (double) bock are potentially interesting bedfellows, but we all know that things that look good on paper don't always work...

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Beer Review: Sam Adams, Thirteenth Hour

Ding Points: 55.00 Pour: 70.00, Nose: 60.00, Palate: 50.00, Mouth: 60.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes In the impressive, corked & caged bottle. Part of the Barrel Room Collection. Jet black with half-finger head. No lace, but ultimately a pleasing, spotty tan head. Sour notes in the nose, in fact almost sinus clearing. The sour, lacto element is carried through into the taste, but it does subside a little as the bottle is consumed. Light burn in the chest which is a bit of a paradox given...

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Beer Review: Samuel Adams (BBC) Weinhenstephaner, Infinium (2011)

Ding Points: 68.50 Pour: 90.00, Nose: 80.00, Palate: 70.00, Mouth: 50.00, Global: 50.00 Tasting Notes: Having had this last year at Thanksgiving and been lukewarm on it, I thought I would try it again this year. People seemed to be saying that the '2011 vintage was better', but I don't think there has been a recipe change so that confused me. Perhaps the breweries have got a better handle on making this beer a year, or maybe a simple batch variation, or perhaps nothing at all has changed....

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