Samuel Adams

Utopias®

An extreme barrel aged beer that pushes the limits of barrel aging.

Pushing the Limits

We Pioneered the Practice of Barrel-Aging

Now a mainstay in American Craft Brewing, Our brewers continually push the brewing and barrel-aging limit with proprietary brewing techniques to create Utopias, a beer unlike any other.

Brewing, Blending, and Aging

A Time-Intensive, Complex Process.

Brewing, blending, and aging Utopias is a multi-step, time-intensive and complex process. This beer starts with a special blend of two-row pale malt combined with Munich and Caramel 60 malts that impart a rich, ruby color. Three varieties of German Noble hops – Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, and Tettnang Tettnanger – are added to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Aged up to 24 Years

A Blend of Batches

Our most recent release is a blend of batches, some having been aged up to 24 years in a variety of barrels. The recipe includes Utopias aged in a variety of barrels including new Scandinavian Aquavit barrels as well as a portion of the final blend aged in Moscat barrels, a first time for the beer.

Style

Ale

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Malt Varieties

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Munich

Hop Varieties

Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, and Tettnang Tettnanger

Color

Pale Amber, SRM: 10

Availability

Limited Release 25.4 oz custom bottle

Special Ingredients

Vermont Maple Syrup

ALC BY VOL / WT

22.0%

ABV / 28.0% ABW

IBUS

45

Calories

175

Taste:

A Deep Rich Malty Smoothness Reminiscent of a Vintage Port, Cognac, or Fine Sherry.

Utopias is not shipped to or sold in 15 states including: AL, AR, GA, ID, MO, MS, MT, NH, NC, OK, OR, SC, UT, VT, and WV.

Small Plates

Clam Chowder, Cobb Salad

Entrees

Fish & Chips, Mango-Chili Chicken

Desserts

Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Fruit Topped Bread Pudding

Ninja Yeast

The brewers utilized several yeast strains during fermentation, including one typically reserved for champagne, and a “ninja yeast,” created for its ability to survive and continue fermenting in an environment that has such a high alcohol level.

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