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Thursday, February 4, 2010

A taste of… Samuel Adams Noble Pils

Boston Beer Company
30 Germania Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA‎
(617) 983-9036‎

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Samuel Adams Noble Pils was purchased for $2.49(USD) at Garden of Eden Gourmet Market, 180 Montague St., Brooklyn, NY. There was a “Enjoy before month notched…” – this bottle was marked MAY.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A light golden brew with tiny bubbles of carbonation. The head is a fairly dense and not too rocky head of almost white, more slight tan than white, foam that leaves a noticeable Belgian lace.

Aroma: The first impression is not a rush of aromas. This is a rather shy brew. A second visit reveals very slight aromas of such number that they are hard to find and identify, rather elusive is a non-frustrating way. The third nose-dive found little trace of grain and a continued coy flirtation by the floral hop aromas.

Mouth feel: Slim and yet sensuous.

Flavor: The first taste finds the malt as a lightly roasted grain flavor. The hops are still shyly hanging back but more familiar. Second visit senses the slight tang of hop oils that gradually increase but never quite crescendo. The third sip finds the deeper bittering accents of the hops settling in alongside the now richer, almost plush, malt grain flavors.

Finish: The finish is fairly long but not obnoxious.

Comments: If you are looking for an American-Style hopping here you will be left wanting. This is a very subtle brew that is not so much a sylph, rather a “femme a quarante ans”…

Food & Beer: Take one pleasant spring afternoon, find a meadow of soft green grass, unpack a picnic of sliced cold meats, savory chutneys, semi soft cheeses, a loaf of bread and enjoy with or without company.

The Brewery: http://www.bostonbeer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=69432&p=irol-homeProfile

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/54904

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/samuel-adams-noble-pils/107598/

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