Samuel Adams Nitro IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Nitro IPASamuel Adams Nitro IPA
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American IPA
3.47 | pDev: 15.85%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Samuel Adams Nitro IPASamuel Adams Nitro IPA
Notes: BOLD HOP BITTERNESS AND SURPRISINGLY SMOOTH – a cap of nitro creamy mouthfeel reveals a brawny hop intensity and character beneath it with notes of resinous pine and citrus for a flavorful, lingering finish.
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Photo of Spikester
4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two year old beer! Hazy deep gold with one finger of white head. Dense white lace.
Smell is pungent hops dank floral and malty.
Taste is dank pungent hops with floral aspects.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter.
Overall a fine IPA with good properties.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.77/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks like pulpy orange juice coming out of the can. In the glass it's an unremarkable dark orange body that's still hazy, the only notable thing is the creamy, thick, rich head that beautifully sways and transforms into liquid beer and leaves a blanket of lace. The nose and taste are my pet peeve of IPAs: orange rind/grapefruit hops and toasty caramel malts. I'd be hard pressed to make a worse combination of otherwise tasty flavors (oh wait, black IPAs...) It's nicely bitter, but the actual flavor is just plain ol' bad. The body is not noticeably, uniquely, different except for the head, which is really nicely creamy.
I was hoping this would be a fun experiment on whether or not nitro works with IPA flavors, but the experiment was befouled by an undesirable flavor combination. Why is this a trend?? Please make it stop, adding nitro does not mask this gruesome alliance.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This makes for a pretty spectacular pour. Golden amber colored and absolutely opaque from carbonation, the Nitro pack is cheating but still, it's a spectacle. Smell is intensely dank, I get little else. Taste is bready and intensely bitter. It would probably be unpleasant, were it not for the other factors in play. Mouthfeel is the gimmick and boy does it deliver. This thing is otherworldly smooth, like a beer flavored milk shake. Although it does completely take the edge off the bitterness, I think this probably a bad fit for a big hopped IPA. I want to try this in an Oatmeal Stout, I bet it is unbelievable.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single at Don Quiojte $2.89
Cloudy golden orange color
Floral hoppy smell
Creamy medium-light mouthfeel
Low carbonation after the pour and it settles
The creaminess from the nitro seems to make the bitterness less prevalent
Overall an interesting experiment. Would not buy again.

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Photo of 57md
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with about a finger of head after everything settled. The hop bitterness on the nose is quite muted; the bitterness comes across as slightly more potent in the flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy.

All-in-all, I just don't think that an IPA is a suitable style for a nitro beer.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

15 fl oz can (stamped "June 2016") poured into a shaker pint. Pours a bright, clear copper hue with cascading nitrogen bubbles and lush head of near white foam that coat the glass. Aromas of citrus and dank resin. Flavor follows with more hop citrus, earth and dank, vegetal notes atop a caramel malt base. Finishes clean with lighter bitterness. Silky smooth carbonation with a relatively light body. Beautiful pour and feel; straying more to the dank side of the hop spectrum, possibly a bit past its freshest.

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Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium amber with a thick creamy off white head that leaves sheets of thick lacing. The aroma has some nice pine hops and caramel sweetness. The taste is similar but a little less robust. The nitrogen makes a nice smooth mouthfeel and finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams "Nitro IPA"
15 fl. oz. can, no freshness dating
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Creamy off-white head above a fairly clear/just slightly hazy amber body of @ 8 SRM. Beautiful nitro pour. Very good head retention and lacing as might be expected.

Aroma: Piney and citrusy hop notes over a grainy and gently caramelish malt base.

Flavor: The flavor is fuller than the aroma suggests but the nitro seems to soften the citrusy component a bit, and brings out more of the malt, but also leaves it more earthy and piney/spicy. I feel it comes across as kind of an English-style IPA with Pacific northwest hops added in - maybe just because the hops are a bit dampened. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy as expected. Medium-light in body.

Overall: I'm a little bit torn. Is this beer really discontinued? I'd find that disappointing as it's probably my favorite from their Nitro line-up. At the same time it doesn't go anywhere beyond being a decent and enjoyable beer that's slightly different because of the nitro, and thus it wouldn't be that much of a loss. Had they done it in more of an English vein I think it might have gone over better as the nitro seems to quash the citrusy hops, but that's neither here nor there. I liked it, I guess you'll just have to try it.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the can, it pours a slightly golden amber with a nice, full, creamy head as expected for a "nitro". Some hops in the nose. The mouth gets the creamy feel of the beer along with the bitterness (disappointingly) of the brew itself. Not a well balanced beer overall, but not bad.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 15 oz. can into one of my pint glasses. This beer pours a mainly clear, just slightly cloudy/hazy medium golden color with a slight copper hue. Has a very creamy looking white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/3 of an inch thick with excellent retention and very nice lacing. Aromas of some caramel malts and a dank hop bitterness for sure. Tastewise, this has some bready, biscuity notes with hints of caramel malt sweetness that give way to a moderately heavy, resinous, earthy, citrusy hop bitterness. The hop flavors as they are presented here actually work very well with the nitro style mouthfeel, which is smooth, creamy, frothy, and medium to full bodied with minimal to moderate carbonation. A lot easier to drink, in a good way, than I might have expected. Not a bad effort here at all and worth a try.


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Photo of Savan
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours abour as a nitro ipa should ...a bit light in colour, but beautiful thick creamy head is to die for. Not getting much for smell.... did just purchase off a discount pile though. Tast is crisp bitter sweet and creamy very slight citrus notes. Mouth feal is pleasantly smooth ....over all a descent beer, esp. For $4.00 on a discount pile. Cheers!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 16 fl. oz can stamped Jul 16 on the bottom. Sampled on July 19, 2016.

The pour is orange to golden yellow with excellent clarity and mellow nitro-infused carbonation bubbles leading up to the long lasting soft-white head.

The aroma brings out a touch of breaded malts but most of the nose is about pine, resin, grass, and some fruity elements.

Medium or better body but it is soft and smooth.

A bit of bread at first in the taste and then this tremendous and dry bitterness kicks in and lingers at the end. The hop taste is more resiny.

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Photo of 60sFolks
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

The foamy, cream like head is inviting, but the smell reminds me of cleaning up after hours in a bar. Taste a bit bitter. Not much in the mouth. Any adventure of the nitro widget is not upheld by the brew.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a haze due to the nitro bubbles upon initially pouring. The beer settles very fast leaving a one finger head of white nitro foam on the top of the brew. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of this brew is massive. As soon as you open the can you get wacked by a very bready smell mixed with tons of floral and herbal hop smells. Along with these big smells comes some lighter citrus and earthy hops as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and bready flavor mixed with some dank hop tastes of earth and herb. As the taste advances some of the lighter sweet flavors of caramel and pear which are present and light upfront fade away, all while more hop of a grassy, citrus, and floral nature come to the tongue. With the lessening of the bready and the increase in the hop, one is left with a dank hopped and malty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Being a nitro pour the body of the brew is somewhat chewy with the nitro pour giving a very creamy feel. Overall I am not too fond of the nitro feel with the dank and malty tastes of the brew, although, I must say, it does nicely accentuate the big dank, floral, and light citrus hop flavors rather well.

Overall – OK, but I think this brew would do better on a regular CO2 pour. Worth a try, but nothing to pine over.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can from Mink's (Marietta, GA). Only .99! Canned 2/19/16 (hense the deal). Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours a brilliant, clear amber with a beautiful four fingers of reverse cascading cream hued head. The froth settles to half inch solid cap that leaves huge drapes of lacing.

Plenty of dank hops and vague citrus in the nose. Not much else but it smells fine to me.

The flavor continues the dank hop trend and adds some rind and faint bread. Not a whole lot going on but it works very well with the body. Incredibly drinkable.

Luscious, smooth medium body with that soft pillow of nitrogen that I really enjoy. Lingering, dankly hoppy finish.

Wow. I don't drink much Sam Adams but as a nitro junkie I could pass up a super cheap Nitro IPA. Granted it isn't the most complex or fruity IPA but that smooth feel does me right. Pretty sure I'll be returning for a couple 3.99 4 packs.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold, and imagine...a huge head of foam, creamy foam. ;^)

I get some citrus hops with a bit of caramel malt in the nose.

Light citrus, grain, mild sweet malt, overall the bitterness is also light. Made to order for a Nitro IPA.

Creamy body and quite drinkable but..I'd have second thoughts aboot buying it again. Not a fan of Nitros, for the most part.

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Photo of hophugger
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another possibly good IPA that has let Nitrogen take away the crispness and hoppy, citrusy goodness that it should have been. Nitrogen smooths a beer out and takes away a lot of crispness, so why would you flatten out a IPA and cause it to be bitter like this one, sooth out the Citrus bite, like this one and take away the great feel of a nice crisp IPA, like this one !

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a can, this brew is a golden color with a thick, beautiful, nitro-head. The aroma is mild. Some hops and malt, but not as intense as I'd like to see in an IPA. The taste is well balanced. Clean, malty, sweeter than I expected, and nicely bitter in the middle. Full in body, and drinkable. I still think that nitro-beers are a bit of a gimmick, but this was okay.

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Photo of sloggettstrength
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on May 27th with a can that had a best by June 2016 date.

Look: slight copper color more on the amber side with slight off white head at half a finger. Wonderful lacing throughout.

Smell: Citrus hops are dominant. I smell orange primarily with earthy hops in the background.

Taste: typical IPA flavors. Nothing special here.

Feel: very creamy mouth feel. Coats the mouth good, with. O dryness after. A nice change of feel for an IPA. Much better done than the Guinness nitro IPA.

Overall: güd wud geht shitfaced agin.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

One of my friends gave me this a couple weeks ago, and I haven't had a chance to drink it until now. 15 ounce can, with an enjoy before May 2016 date stamped on the bottom of the can. Glad I didn't wait too much longer to drink this. Served in a Sam Adams Nitro Project glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with not quite an inch creamy off-white head that stuck around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is subtle, the brew smells like pine and earthy hops, and some sweet malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some citrusy hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy, smooth and goes down easy. Since this wasn't exactly a fresh can, I'll have to make a point to buy some of this and try it fresher and review it then.

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Photo of jettjon
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can into a pint glass, it’s predictably frothy with a thick head of tight white bubbles. Yellow-orange clear color. Piney hoppy nose, similar taste, dry and bitter up front with a hop profile I find pleasant and drinkable. 7.5% alcohol is undetectable. Mouth is predictably smooth and chewy. Overall, a nice “twist” on the IPA style, nothing to write home about but enjoyable. Would try again.

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Photo of laketang
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured like a tornado at first, then settled down to a hazy amber with a white pillow head
I got a sweet note and citrus, along with some pungency
hop bitterness hits me first off, then some sweetness with next sip, third sip
reveals a more balanced hop bitterness malt sweetness leaning a bit more toward bitterness
medium chewy mouthfeel with a big hop bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Best By Date of July 2016

A - Definitely looks like a nitro pour. As soon as it hits the glass the creamy head immediately emerges, sinks straight to the bottom of the glass, and then slowly dissipates leaving a nice clear beer behind as it moves upwards. In the end, there's a substantially thick, creamy layer of foam on top like a Guiness.

S - Creamy aroma with some pungent floral citrus resin struggling to make it though the thick layer of foam.

T - The hops are very resiny and it's all hops from start to finish. Sticky, juicy dank citrus, citrus rind, oranges, juicy red grapefruit, and with pronounced spiciness and a pine bite at the very end. Some caramel malt pops through towards the back end of the sip but is short lived and gets beaten down again with another wave of hops. Lingering bitterness.

M - No carbonation whatsoever leaving a silky smooth, creamy big medium body liquid that glides down the pie hole. Coats the mouth with a creamy layer of spicy citrus resin.

O - This beer is much better than its current rating of (79). I don't think people are used to the palate confusion of a nitro IPA with no carbonation, most would call this beer "too flat". It may not be everyone's gig, but Sam Adams nailed this beer. It's hoppy as all get out with that creamy Guinness texture. The main difference between the feel on this vs. Guinness? Guinness is thin and watery (IMO), this beer is not thin bodied by any means. I have three more cans and look forward to enjoying these.

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Photo of stakem
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Eric for hooking me up with a couple pounder cans of this. Poured from a pounder can into a tulip it appears a hazy golden color with a rich cascading white froth that can only be attained by nitro. The cap retains throughout the duration.

The aroma is quite muted. Some minerals and carbonics are the first things noted than some fruity hops vaguely across the back.

The flavor has quite a bit of orange peel tasting hop bitterness, pulp, pith and some mineraly/metallic character.

It has creamy smooth feel that is medium in body. This is a decent drink but i dont need to have it again.

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Photo of BWED
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

15 oz. can poured into a nonic.

A- Bronze with great clarity. Beautiful cascading white head. Great dense retention. Can't look better than this.

S- Earthy hop aroma. Sweet and toasty malt background.

T- Bitter citrus, malt is subtly sweet, but just a dull generic citrus is the main flavor.

M- Smooth, medium full body. Lingering bitterness.

O- This just didn't impress, other than to the eye. I think the nitro has taken away from the beer. It just didn't work.

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Samuel Adams Nitro IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 249 ratings