Guinness Nitro IPA
Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Nitro IPAGuinness Nitro IPA
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Style:
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #385
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
70
Ranked #47,448
Avg:
2.99 | pDev: 24.41%
Reviews:
249
Ratings:
842
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Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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Guinness Nitro IPAGuinness Nitro IPA
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Reviews: 249 | Ratings: 842
Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Corte Ingles. En vaso de pinta de Ikea. Jugando a Avernum 6. Sorprendentemente agradable viendo el nivelito de su draught stout. Agradable lupulado clasico de corte herbal y terroso algo acaramelado. Color sucio

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Photo of NWOBHM7
3.94/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering from Guinness has been a bit misunderstood based on some of the reviews here. Its important to understand that the majority of the hops used in this beer are British. No pale or IPA brewed in the UK will taste like the American versions which use American hops giving them the familiar piney, citrusy, hop forward qualities. British hops tend to have a more earthy, floral quality. The nitro gives the beer a nice creamy mouth feel and the taste is familiar to what you would find in a cask IPA from an English pub. This is a nice change of pace but if you are looking for an American IPA like quality stay clear of this beer.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GOD I LOVE THIS BEER!!!!!!! This is a good one again, this is a well balanced IPA that does not have a bad thing to get all up on this. It cascades beautifully in the glass and keeps to a good steady well balanced beer.

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Photo of MikeFischer04
1/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is hands down the worst thing I have ever drank. If I was dying of dehydration in the desert and I came across an ice cold Nitro IPA, I would die staring at it thinking how in the world did I end up in this situation. Actually, I'd use it as a tool to help kill myself faster. I guess the reason I give this a 1 (-99 should be an option, ill contact the admin) is for that reason..... i poured the beers in the toilet after 2 sips.

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Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nitro accentuates the malt and smoothes the hops. The experience is wholly different to a regular IPA. I wouldn't go for it when I want an IPA but it is a nice beer. I do not know why it gets smashed so much here. Probably because it is from a brewing giant. I do not care I enjoy the malts and the smoothness without having to deal with the coffee roast of a regular Guinness. The downside is a bit of a watery taste to it.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
2.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro stout or porter, even cream all--good. Nitro IPA--bad. IPAs are enjoyed for their bite, liveliness. So to have an IPA that's mellowed and creamy just doesn't work.

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Photo of Zacagawea
2.51/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Guinness embarked on a very interesting experiment with this beer, but the Nitro IPA has found its way among the ranks of innovative ideas that never should have been created. I find myself reluctant to give into the label of an “IPA” when the product falls so short from what most would except from a brilliant IPA.

The ale pours heavy, almost sludgy into one of the strangest and murkiest beer colors I’ve seen. An extremely fine carb is noticeable but because of the murky nature of the beer, not that visible. Gradually, however, the fog clears an a healthy head forms at the top of the glass leaving a rich bronze color that tails to a copper hue at the bottom of the glass.
The initial smell gently presented familiar scents of grapefruit and and a couple other fruits and a slight slight air of acidity. The smell, although not overwhelmingly inviting, suggested a decent taste was to follow.
But the taste was immediately strange. But not horrible. But also not an IPA. The flavors were mostly there, although muddled and subdued, and what was most notable was the silky almost buttery mouth feel that most likely came as a result of the nitro brew. While this was different, and not unpleasant, the immediate loss of what normally categorized a good IPA was felt. The pungent hops were almost invisible only leaving a faint whisper of what it could have tasted like. Even the fruit forward nose was left unfulfilled as the bitterness of the grapefruit was hidden behind layers of nitrogen silk.

Overall, the Guineas Nitro IPA fails to capture the essence of what a crisp IPA should be. The murky visual confirmed a murky taste that covered what could have been a decent brew.

And now, a poem:

On a hot summers day when I’m craving an IPA,
A crisp bitter hop mixed with a sweet fruity stay,
I look upon the list, and see this beer, “No way!”
I may just pour out the glass if I find this Nitro in my way
-Zacagawea

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky, brownish-gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is mineral, grass, and earthy hops. Great body—night and light and creamy, bitter. Makes for an interesting, earthy IPA with great mouthfeel. Nice change up ipa. Would get this again.

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Photo of Bruno74200
1.67/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From a pint can.
This is a Nitro ale, no doubt. This is badly craft ale, sure.
This is not an IPA. Period.

Cascading nitro bubbles in a dark amber body. Large head.

Smell of poor quality malt, no hop presence.
The taste follows and i hidden by the nitro carbonation. Bitter cardboard.
Thick body due to the nitro carbonation.

Overall, certainly the worst offering from Guinness.

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Photo of Nass
2.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Guiness should stick to making stouts because this IPA is too watery and thin. It's not too unpleasant though.The nitro does seem to help this beer much neither. It's back to the drawing board on this one. Cheers! C-

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Photo of Santosizer
3.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shocked. I generally stay away from nitro ipas just because the nitro does reduce the hop aromas and taste. That was partially the case here. The nose is non-existent; whereas the taste is there. Great malt backbone, nice hop combination, great moutfeel. All in all, this is a pretty good ipa.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in Buffalo this past summer. Couldn't resist.

From a can into a beer glass.
IBU: 44
Hops: Admiral, Celeia, Topaz, Challenger & Cascade

APPEARANCE: Pours a creamy, thick, one finger nitro head with excellent retention. Lovely cascading pour settles to a hazy burnt orange with no carbonation evident. Good, thick cap remains until the end leaving some nice lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Milder aromas of caramel, toffee and some melon notes. Not much going on.

TASTE: Pale malts, caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Milder finish of pale malts, earthy hop notes, some melon, hints of grapefruit and some good hop bitterness.

PALATE: Same nitro feel. Creamy and slick on the palate, goes down very smooth and finishes a bit dry.

OVERALL: I always enjoy Guinness dry stout so I couldn't resist giving this one a shot. I also enjoy nitro beers in general so this one obviously fit the bill. The nose and flavor profile are rather pedestrian, as there's really not all that much going on here. Still, if you're a fan of nitro beers, you might really like this one.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark orange color with a thick white head. Smells of bread, mild hops, and citrus. All the smells are very faint. I almost feel like the taste is nothing. It has faint hops, faint malts, faint flavor overall. The beer is nice and smooth, but it is a nitro so I expected it.

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Photo of Blackford4x4
1.89/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Nothing about the beer is good. Color is off, taste is terrible, the mouth feel is awful because of the nitro. The nitro does not seem to work in an IPA. Guinness has dissappointed me with this beer.

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a nitro. With lots of cloudy foam. Fun to watch. Not much smell for an IPA. Tastes is very silky but no hop bitterness with the finish. Tastes more like a nitro pale ale. Drank three cans at summer cookout. More like a session pale ale.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.38/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from a 11.2 oz (330 ml) nitro can into a Weissbier vase; serial number, but no production data.
A: Pours a clear, amber to light copper color.  Bottom to top clearing typical of a nitro can, leaving a foamy, half inch, light tan head with good retention.  Significant Belgian lacing.
S: Aromas of bread and chocolate.
T: Raisin and bread predominate, but very little and late bitterness.  Refreshing without aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied, creamy, with very persistent carbonation evident.
O: Clearly an English Indian Pale Ale, yet, other than the nitro can, I really found nothing to distinguish it.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
1.06/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from 12oz can with widget into Spiegelau IPA glass. No date.

L: Murky orange, finger width off-white head has excellent retention. Not surprised being a nitro.

S: Smells like nitro with some faint hops. Metal note. Wet cardboard.

T: Hops are all but present, some faint malt, again metal and wet cardboard. Seriously disgusting.

F: Light, nitro, clean finish.

O: What an incredibly terrible attempt at an IPA. I still dislike nitro beers and this one does nothing to dispel that. Just horrendous.

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Photo of andrewh995
2.06/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy copper with ok cascading and a fine white head. Smells of, ummm, I actually can't tell you with this one. Tastes of, hmmm, metal? no hops? tea? wtf???? A mediocre nitro feel. Honestly I'm sorry but this beer just tastes gross. Not just ok, but truly awful. I'd rather have a but light...

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Photo of Treath
4.83/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- I drank it out of the can on a hot day with a slight breeze.
Can looks nice and refreshing.

Smell- Nice hops, floral notes.

Taste- A bit bitter, not too bitter but more bitter than say a regular lager. Hoppy, slight breadiness and a tiny bit of sweetness.

Feel- Very creamy and smooth from the Nitro cartridge inside the can. I enjoy that immensely.

Overall- I think this is a great beginner IPA and it tastes fantastic. I highly recommend it on a hot day to relax a bit.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Look - Pours a slightly hazy copper color, a foamy white head, great retention, a few rings of lacing.
Aroma - Mild, green tea, vague sweetness, cardboard.
Taste - Thin sweet malt, plain syrupy sweetness, hops are very mild, slight herbal taste, low bitterness. Finish has a hint of grain.
Feel - Light bodied, watery, dull. I don't think IPA's should be put in nitro cans.

Overall - Way underhopped even for an English IPA. Poor representation of the style. Gimmicky and boring.

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Photo of KrisLambert
3.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great pour and body. Nice head. Medium thickness.

Taste is more like a flat pale ale instead of an IPA. No citrus flavor, more of roasted malt but flat and watered down.

Drink quickly as the taste wained more when the​ glass warms.

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Photo of gopens44
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.25

Very nice looking beer, from the nitro infused rolling cascade of foam to the settled dark ruby body with a cappuccino head. Nose was a bit floral, certainly some sweetness but muted a bit. The taste is pretty simple, really. The bitterness is packaged in a raisin flavor while the exit is just a bit in the olive spectrum. My biggest knock, and most disappointing feature is the horribly flat, thin body. The body is so unfortunate that it really disturbs the taste experience. Maybe this is what ale was like after actually traveling to India after however long it took. If this was actually able to hold some carbonation, it really wouldn't be too bad at all. Either way, I'm not scared to drain pour a beer, but I'm actually good with finishing this one off.

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Photo of melokeys89
1.05/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Don't waste your money. This IPA was completely flat. It tasted like water with a little bit of coffee mixed in... I completed a six pack and was barely buzzed. it claims to be 5.8%, but it tasted heavily watered down. Stick to your regular IPA's because this one will thoroughly disappoint.

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Photo of matcris
3.54/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Red to caramel in color with a creamy head that lingers. Aroma is malty with a little pine and grapefruit; same for the flavor. Creamy, medium bodied feel, and dry on the finish. Real subtle but not horrible if you like nitro brews.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I like Guinness, I like IPA, I've tried nitro beers, so I was intrigued of the three combined. 12-oz can poured into imperial pint glass.

L - Pours like a classic Guinness with cascading layers over time settling to a dark copper/amber color, almost a murky brown. Leaves a nice thick Guinness-y layer of head throughout. Like a Guinness but lighter.

S - Surprisingly faint. Some metallic hop, grass, slightly sweet.

T - Even more surprisingly faint. Not much that stands out upon first sip. Doesn't have the citrusy bite of an IPA, doesn't have any biscuity, malty sweetness. Some yeast, very watery. For an ambitious brew, the flavor is a let down.

F - Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Medium-heavier bodied with a sticky finish. Little to no carbonation. Falls flat.

O - I wanted more out of this, and I at least gave it a try. Nothing special, though. I think Guinness caved into the IPA hype and took a shot at it. Unfortunately, nothing in the smell, feel, or taste stands out. It's a confusing beer. Will stick to their classic stout.

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Guinness Nitro IPA from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 842 ratings