Saturday, May 16, 2009

Samuel Adams Imperial White review

Samuel Adams Imperial WhiteEver since I tried a witbeir at dinner last week I've been wanting to try more of them. And what a better way to step up with one of the Boston Beer Company's newest beer from their Imperial Series - Samuel Adams Imperial White. I spied a 4-pack of this brew and felt compelled to try it. I figured if the regular Sam Adams White Ale was good then the Imperial White might be just as good. I had to find out.

Samuel Adams Imperial White was brewed with a generous amount of malts, wheat, Nobel hops and a variety of spices including grains of paradise, coriander and citrus peels. The ABV was beefed up to a hefty 10.3% ABV so you know this wasn't going to be just another summer brew.

Appearance: This Imperial White poured a hazy dark orange color. The fluted glass seemed to make the beer darker on top than on bottom when held to the light. This brew left a head that quickly grew to over 2 fingers tall, yet the head only lasted a minute and settled down to just a small bead. The beer left a slight lacing when swirled but didn't cling to the glass.

Aroma: The added spices in this beer gave this witbier a wonderful aroma. It smelled of sweet malt, a hint of citrus fruit and a bit of funky spice which I can probably attribute to the coriander and grains of paradise. I could also pick up on the alcohol too so I knew that I should sip this one slowly.

Taste: The Imperial White had a most curious taste. It was blasted full of sweet malts that stopped just short of being cloying. This brew had a slippery feel and left a slight numbing effect on the middle of my tongue. The finish of this brew was drying as well. The taste was much more intense than their regular White Ale. It had just the right amount of spiciness to it and a small bite from the high ABV.

By the end of the bottle I was really starting to get into this beer. The Imperial White was highly enjoyable. It gave me a decent buzz for just one beer. I knew that I probably shouldn't have another one at this point as I didn't want to fall asleep soon after the next one. One was plenty yet darn good.

After having this brew there is now only one more beer in their Imperial series left to try - the Double Bock. I think I'll pick that one up later in the summer. So overall this beer was enjoyable. I'd probably prefer to drink their regular White Ale during a very hot summer day and be able to enjoy a couple of them. But for a special occasion this one will do just fine. A respectable Thumbs up on this one.

Related articles:
- Samuel Adams Imperial Stout review.
- Samuel Adams Winter Classics review.
- Samuel Adams / Rioja beer dinner recap.

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