Brew Review: Samuel Adams' Summer Ale

On the list of things that can't be ignored, a box full of beer is fairly high. So you'll understand my position when I tell you that this is the precise situation I currently find myself in. Sitting in and about my office are no fewer than twenty bottles of various Samuel Adams flavors. I'm definitely going to drink them, so I suppose the least I can do is review them as well.

The sad truth is I've never met a Sam Adams I enjoyed. That's not to say they're bad beers, they're not. They just tend to be nothing special. Will S.A. convert me to a follower? It's unlikely, but I'm still going to review one of their beers every day this month to find out.

Today's Beer: Summer Ale

Tastes: light and refreshing yet finishes with a malty bite. It's not high-end, but it is the precise sort of brew I'd like to have stocking my refrigerator now that temperatures are on the rise here in the Valley.

I'd Rather Drink: Blue Moon. I see where Samuel Adams is going with this beer. Summer Ale is meant to be served ice cold and consumed by either people who have just done a lot of yard work, or those imaginary beer commercial women who like refreshing beers and playing in sprinklers. Summer Ale gives you enough flavor to inspire you to think of these things. Blue Moon actually tastes good.

Verdict: We'll chalk Summer Ale up as a win for Sam Adams. It's drinkability makes it live up to its namesake.

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