Sometimes a beer will surprise you.
Take the brand new Samuel Adams summer seasonal, the Porch Rocker, for instance.
Reading the description, “Porch Rocker is our interpretation of a German radler – a light, crisp beer that’s part light-bodied ale and part real fruit,” just didn’t do anything for me. I prefer my beers to be beer. If they have fruit in them, I want the fruit to work with the beer and enhance it.
But, whenever I get a beer in the mail, I will try it no matter what. And when I tell you there have been some bad beers sent to me over the years.
So, last night I went home and decided to give it a try. I made a big commitment – I poured both bottles Boston Beer Company sent me into my large mug and had both at once.
I was rewarded with an oh-so-refreshing drinking experience. Every sip I took made a huge dent in the beer. I probably took 10 or 15 minutes to drink it and I wanted more.
It was just good. It was tasty, with the fresh lemon flavor mixing well with the beer. Instead of an ale, Samuel Adams used a Helles, a lager, as the base beer.
It’s also light, at 4.4 percent ABV. I can imagine taking a case of this to a cookout and everyone finishing it quickly.
I’d go to the a six pack, like, right now.