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Beer Review #103 Pollenator

This spring seasonal beer comes from the Long Trail Brewing Company out of Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. I really wish that Long Trail was in a town with a shorter name, it’s a real pain to type. I reviewed their winter seasonal, Hibernator, towards the beginning of the year and enjoyed it very much.

This ale pours a clear golden color with a white head. The nose is nice and bready. There was a sweet, honey-like odor coming as well accompanied with a slight hop bite. I really like how this beer smells. It is slightly complex, but promises to be light and refreshing. On the first taste I got a light sweetness up front followed by a solid, but subtle hops. The bready notes found in the nose are followed up in the aftertaste very nicely.

Pollenator has a light mouthfeel which goes nicely with this ale. I found the beer nice and light. The hops make it crisp and add a lot of flavor to the beer. Luckily, this beer is very sessionable as well coming in at 4.6%. It was very refreshing, perfect for those warm days just before spring turns into summer. (more…)

Beer Review #48 Noble Pils

Ever since I have been drinking craft beer, Sam Adams has been in my drink lineup. They released a new spring seasonal this year taking the place of the White Ale of last year. For this spring Sam decided to go with a Pilsner, a “nobel pilsner.” The reason they call it a Nobel Pils is becasue the hop varieties used in the making of this beer are said to be noble. You know how the periodic table of elements has the noble gasses, well hops also have a noble lineage.

The beer pours a nice golden in color and is perfectly clear. There is a bit more of a hue in it than a typical Light American Lager, but there isn’t a huge difference in how the two look. It also pours with a nice white fluffy head. The nose on this beer is actually somewhat complex for how simple a Pilsner really is. There is a sweet, honey-like malt with a splash of hop in there as well. It isn’t stale or sulfery smelling like a light of light colored lagers tend to have.

On the tongue the sweet malt is on the front and then there is a good hoppy finish. Some might compare this beer to a Light American Lager based on looks, but the malt is more complex and there is actually a hop finish. The hop finish might surprise some, but it is not overpowering and really complements the drink. Noble Pils is light in mouthfeel and has the perfect amount of carbonation.

I find this beer super drinkable. It is great for a warm spring day or on a hot summer day. I think this beer would appeal to a lot of beer drinkers crossing into the craft beer for the first time. As I have said before on this site, Pilsner is not a style of beer that I enjoy, but Sam Adams Noble Pils was a winner in my book. (more…)