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Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition

Rating: 3.3

This one is a new version of a previous Shepherd Neame/Boston Beer Company collaboration that was brewed for a Wetherspoons beer festival back in 2010 and is a bottle that I recently picked up in a Morrisons supermarket after spotting it on sale for £1. I was originally surprised to see a 500ml bottle of a Samuel Adams beer but after closer inspection it was clear the beer was brewed in the UK by Shepherd Neame despite the fact it states it is an “American craft beer” on the front of the bottle; sneaky. This one reminds me of the bottle of DNA New World IPA that I tried about a year and a half ago, a beer that was listed in bars as a Dogfish Head beer although the bottle made it clear that it was a collaboration between them and English based Charles Wells brewery, again brewed in England. I’m hoping this one won’t be quite as disappointing as that pretty terrible offering but in truth I’m not entirely confident it will be; fingers crossed though.

Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition

Appearance (4/5): Pouring quite a bright, medium golden colour with amber tinges, this one is topped with a centimetre and a half tall, bubbly white head that slowly fades to leave a thin looking surface lacing after a minute or so. There is one or two small breaks on the surface but for the most part it remains covered and the body of the beer is a very clear looking one.
Aroma (7/10): Fresh with some early citrus on the nose to open things up, this one starts mainly with a lemon aroma but some faint floral notes do come through as well before quickly being followed up by a subtle sweetness and a few earthy hops. It’s not an overly pronounced aroma but some grassy notes and a little hay features as well. Toward the end I got a few lighter malts and grains with a touch of bread and a faint bitterness to round things off but it could definitely have been a little stronger.
Taste (6/10): Kicking off with some earthy hops and a few floral notes, the citrus from the nose features in the early going as well and the beer has more bitterness showing that I thought, based on the nose anyway. There was a few grassy flavours and hay with malts coming through stronger here as well, there was some bread and dough again but also a few floral touches into the bargain. Towards the end a subtle sweetness started to show itself as a result of the background fruits but it was almost drowned out by the citrus flavours that were present throughout this one.
Palate (3/5): Quite fresh and tangy thanks to the abundance of citrus throughout this one, the beer was quite well carbonated and seemed lively with a light-medium body and a moderate bitterness that carried through to the end of the beer. There was some faint sweetness and a nice balance of flavours for the most part but things did start to fade a touch right at the end if I’m honest.

Overall (12/20): This one wasn’t too bad if I’m honest, it was certainly better than I’d been expecting after I’d established that it was a collaborative beer that was brewed completely by Shepherd Neame for the UK market. Upon discovering this I had been expecting quite a bland and ordinary golden ale but thankfully it was a nice and semi-interesting one with a pleasant taste kicked off by some nice earthy hops and floral flavours alongside a good helping of citrus. It was by no means a classic and doesn’t really compare to any of the other Samuel Adams beers that I’ve tried to this point but taken on its own merits, it was an enjoyable and quite refreshing beer that is well worth picking up while it remains on special offer in UK supermarket.

Brewed In: Faversham, England
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. / Boston Beer Company (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2010
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.00

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