Heat Wave Calls For a Samuel Adams Cold Snap Beer Served Ice Cold
To say that there’s a heat wave in California the last few days would be calling it a little mild. This week the heat has been pretty unbearable, reaching past 100 degrees in most of the coastal areas. To add to our misery, our place was built in the 60’s, and for some odd reason they didn’t consider air conditioning! Let me tell you, ocean breeze doesn’t always occur here.
So, when it came to this thirsty girl a nice cold beer was in order. Though the Samuel Adams Cold Snap beer is actually a winter seasonal brew, I couldn’t have asked for anything more refreshing. In this heat, thinking of a nice winter afternoon would be my only escape.
Stirring from the haze of winter, this refreshing unfiltered White Ale awakens its smooth wheat with the bright snap of spring spices. From the subtle sweetness of orange peel and plum to the peppery bite of fresh ground coriander, the blend of spices creates just the right refreshing kick to signal that spring is on its way.
Witbier (Belgian Style)
Cold Snap beer pours a cloudy golden color very similar to a Blue Moon. There’s minimal head and recedes very quickly. You get a very strong aroma of citrus, yeast, and, which I’ll explain later as an ‘old-world’ smell.
Aroma & Taste
Upfront there’s a citrus, pineapple taste that lingers and turns into, don’t laugh an ‘old world’ taste. I’ll try to explain this taste/smell: its like being in a brewhouse when all their beers are being brewed together to form one single smell. Still nothing? Okay, its like coloring in the same spot on a piece of paper with every color in the crayon box, and you end up with that brownish color. Almost like that! HA! Its not necessarily a bad thing or a good thing, it just gives off this slight old aroma that turns into a taste.
I’ve found that the ‘old world’ taste/smell is very typical with witbier-hefeweizen style beers, which translates into this very yeasty-orange peel taste at the end of your sip.
So, maybe I scared you with my ‘old world’ taste/smell description. Don’t shy away just yet! The Cold Snap beer is a very drinkable and light, however if you don’t like belgian-hefeweizen style beers I would skip the Cold Snap. This is an extremely refreshing beer and perfect on those extremely hot days.
I wanted something light and refreshing to go with the Cold Snap beer so I Googled and Yum Sugar Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad popped up. This hearty salad has capers, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives and basil leaves. I loved the recipe, but I wanted to add a little more heartiness to it, and I added artichoke hearts for texture and chicken breast pieces for protein.
Let me know if you’ve tried Sam Adams Cold Snap beer and what you thought?
K.Lo Confession Girl
Recipe Photo: Yum Sugar
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