Had this while I was angrily slurping up every word in all of Schroys awesome threads this weekend.
Gotta say, have to agree with an earlier poster, Sam Adams is starting to really get a bit out there with these experimental beers. This one is called the Stony Brook Red out of it's Oak Barrel Room Collection and it was extremley tart and citrusy. Tart citrus is one of my favorite flavors, but not in beer.
A bit disappointed--more Zima than what I thought an Oak Barrel Belgian Red Ale would taste like. I have one of their Oak Barrel Stout's I'll probably try this weekend while raging about a Maganus thread.
Anything like Noble Pills is like drinking grass. I can't drink anything hoppy.
Noble Pils is an homage to European pilsners. Every light lager out there (BudMillerCoors, Heineken, Stella, Labatt, etc, etc, etc) is a bastardization of the European pilsner (or "pils," as the Germans called them.) The Czechs, and Germans after them, created pilsners that were all malt and well-hopped. The hop varieties used are known as Noble hops. Noble hops are the 4 most widely used hop varieties (Hallertau, Spalt, Tettnang, and Saaz) grown in central Europe. They tend to have a mellow herbal flavor to them. The Saaz hops in particular are known to lend a grassy flavor.
Typically European brewers only use one or two of the four varieties in their pilsners. Sam Adams used a blend of all four. None of this will change your mind and make you like the beer. But it's still cool IMO.
I've learned that hoppy beers can be an acquired taste. I used to hate them just as you did. Now I can't get enough of them.
Last edited by Sourceworx; 01-13-2012 at 08:55 AM.