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Old 05-17-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
tfrost12
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Has anyone else found that this year's Sam Adams Summer Ale tastes significantly different than in years past. I know my brother has had the same sentiments. This year it seems to have a weird bite to it, or almost astringent. It used to be a top five favorite and it has now declined to a point where I no longer want to buy it. Anyone know why it may have changed?



 
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:40 PM   #2
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i picked up a case, i was disapointed with it



 
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:21 PM   #3
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yea man it's definitely different

 
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:40 PM   #4
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I thought the same thing. I got one on draft last week and thought it tasted different. i thought it was just the difference between bottle and draft.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:21 AM   #5
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it doesn't taste bad...i found that it's a good re-hydrating beer in between heavy and hoppy beers...doesn't say much for the summer ale though

 
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:42 AM   #6
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we had a few this weekend.
I didnt notice any weird flavors, thought it was pretty decent and my dad liked it a good bit.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:30 AM   #7
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I didn't like it, the citrus flavor is gross and tastes synthetic. I'm sure they use real lemon zest (or whatever) but it tastes gross.

 
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:57 AM   #8
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I think it taste the same as prior years. I use to love it, not so much anymore, but I think it's pretty much the same and more of my palate changing to more maltier yeastier wheats, like seirra nevada's kellerweiss.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:34 PM   #9
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I've noticed this in MY summer ale I brewed to start the season as well. I haven't changed anything in the recipe and I'm using the same yeast I've always used and ended up with the same subtle astringancy as the Sam's summer ale. I'm almost positive they cultivate their own but I'm not half wondering If theirs something going on with a strand of hefe yeast this year.

 
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:15 PM   #10
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I think it taste the same as prior years. I use to love it, not so much anymore, but I think it's pretty much the same and more of my palate changing to more maltier yeastier wheats, like seirra nevada's kellerweiss.
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