Samuel Adams became prevalent and mass-produced, it served as my introduction to "craft" beer (where I lived in those days, Budweiser and Miller products were 90% of your options at a bar). Although I enjoyed Sam Adams beers quite a bit back then, I don't drink them very often today. The brewers seem to pride themselves on cramming as much hops flavoring into their products as they can, which is always a turn-off to me. Still, when I found myself in the local Red Lobster recently, I chose their Alpine Spring draft as the best option among the available drafts.
I was pleasantly surprised by it. The beer is a cloudy, light brown color. It has a thin white head, and a slightly smoky flavor to it. Unlike most of Sam Adams' products, it seemed very lightly hopped. I found it to a well-balanced flavor overall. It's a beer I'd happily drink again.
The folks at Beer Advocate seem to agree with me, rating it an 83 out of 100, or "good".
I had this particular glass at Red Lobster, but you can find it at other restaurants and in Sam Adams sample packs at places like Sam's Club.
My rating: 8/10