Beer 29 of Spring – Rock & Roll

Sam Adams Porch Rocker

Brewer: Samuel Adams       Craft: Porch Rocker       ABV: 4.5%

Talk about accuracy in a name.  Ok, I will.  Good suggestion.  Sam Adams named this craft Porch Rocker and boy if they didn’t just about find the best name for this beer.  I could sit on my porch and drink one after another.  This craft is a Limited Release, which is a little disappointing.  I’d drink this any time of year.

This is another craft that I was glad to have after I came in from doing some yard work.  I was thirsting for something refreshing, sessionable, and flavorful.  So this time I chose the Porch Rocker.  It’s a lager, which gives it a full, drinkable character.  But then they add some lemon in there, which gives it a little depth; and they add some spices, which makes it zesty and full-flavored.

This is one of my favorite springtime beers.  But as I said before, I could totally drink this in summer, or even autumn.  The refreshing taste helps it rock into summer, and the spices keep it rolling into autumn.  Whatever time of year you’re drinking this, your thirst will be quenched.  Do yourself a favor…

Rating: Buy a case of this and savor it.  Hold on to some until summer and autumn and see if I’m right!

Beer 32 of winter – an autumn ale?

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Brewer: The Bruery Craft: Autumn Maple ABV: 10%
What’s that you say? Why am I drinking an autumn ale in winter? You have a posed a good question. Here’s a good answer.
My Uncle Bill, who is a fellow craft beer enthusiast, will often bring me a craft beer when he visits. This was his latest gift to me when he came up at Thanksgiving.
Gubby has great taste in beer. Oh, Gubby stands for Great Uncle Billy, which my kids call him. So that is how he will be known. Since he brought me an autumn ale, I wanted to find the right time to open it up. But I don’t age beer. I believe beer is meant to be drank. Or is it drunk. Drinked? You know what I mean.
So I knew I wanted to drink it within a month or so after receiving it. Well, today is Monday. So that seems like a good enough reason to me. It also happens to be unseasonably warm where I live, right outside of Philadelphia. It feels more like autumn than winter. And, since I am a teacher, I am on winter break right now. So I’m not planning on doing much tomorrow.
The nose picks up the malt and a bit of the spiced notes right away. I also get a solid presence of sweetness from the maple syrup and the molasses. But wait until you taste this craft. Wow.
Sweetness upon layer of sweetness upon layer of sweetness. The molasses comes through first. A nice resiny sweetness. Then the earthy sweetness from the yams comes through. And finally the maple syrupy sweetness like I’m eating a smothered pancake appears.
Only after those layers subside does the spiced character introduce itself. It adds a much needed depth and change to this malty, earthy, syrupy sweet craft. Mouth-puckering. Shaking my head in subtle disbelief.
I will say that I do enjoy the fact that this is an autumn beer without pumpkin in it. The Bruery was intentional about that in using yams instead. And I like that flavor. But this craft is probably a bit too sweet for me. I need more spice. Or more hops. Something to match punches with all of that sweetness.
Ultimately, I like the boldness of this craft. It is sweet (have I mentioned that at all), and it does not care. And as I said, I like the use of yams to add the earthiness it needs. I will also say, I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like this craft. That’s saying something for someone who’s had over 600 different beers. But, I don’t think I’d ever have this again. Unless one of the best gifts on earth, the gift of beer, was given again. Cheers.