Samuel Adams Announces New Summer Ale Recipe & I’m Ready To Day Drink

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Sam Adams Summer Ale

Day Drinking SZN (yes, that’s a proper noun) is nearly upon us.

Miller Lite, Bud Light, Coors Light, any light American beer is always a good bet, but when you need a little more flavor, Sam Adams is looking to answer the call.

For the first time in 23 years, they’re completely overhauling their Summer Ale recipe, boosting the citrus profile and scaling back the earthy, spice note for a lighter and brighter taste. The brewers added a handful of new citrus elements including orange, lime and lemon to enhance the citrus profile with the right balance of flavor and aromas. Amped up additions of pureed oranges, limes and lemons give more roundness to the profile of the new brew. The lemon puree pulls double duty by giving a taste like fresh lemon juice with an almost candied note that the brewers thought makes the beer even more drinkable. Fans of this American wheat ale brewed in the Hefeweizen tradition will still enjoy the balanced notes of citrusy Hallertau Mittelfrüh Noble hops, hint of peppery spice from the Grains of Paradise and a crisp mouthfeel.

“When we introduced Summer Ale 23 years ago it was inspired by the weather and ingredients of the season and had a dynamic flavor profile,” says founder Jim Koch. “As we started experimenting with the Summer Ale recipe, we decided to only update the classic recipe if we were blown away by the flavor and drinkability. With this new recipe, we found a way to give drinkers even more of what they know and love about Summer Ale.”

Summer Ale will be available beginning in April 1, 2019. The beer will be available in six-pack and twelve-pack bottles, twelve-pack cans,16 oz. cans, draft and Summer Variety Packs.

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