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Samuel Adams Nitro IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Nitro IPASamuel Adams Nitro IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 91
Reviews by DrCDPriest:
Photo of DrCDPriest
1.91/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

O: Not going into too much depth as this was not a pleasant beer to drink.
Bought 3/6/2016 enjoy by date on the can was 6/2016.
Open the can and it sounds and pours like a Guinness Draft or Guinness Nitro IPA, fun to watch.

L: Nice color, nice carbonation action with the Widget and nitro gimmick. Takes a few minutes to settle to be able to taste.
S: Citrus, hops, banana, but only in aroma, does not carry into the taste.
T: Repulsive. Sour not citrus, and overly bitter, like the bitter white pith of an orange. It is not light and crisp like a typical IPA, but rather creamy and heavy, like a Guinness Draft.
F: Creamy, smooth, but does not compensate for the bitter and sour flavors.
O: All I can say is, they are now BOGO at a local market, and not worth the $11 for a 4 pack, even if you get a free one. Nice try Sam Adams, but not the quality of your other products.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Butter14
4.58/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer brings a whole new style to the forefront. The beer utilizes a new can that has a built in widget which creates a rich creamy head once poured and a thick body without lots of carbonation. The flavor and aroma has the strong citrus notes that's present in a lot of Sam Adams' other IPAs. Think Rebel IPA with a body like a Guiness Stout.

Really unique beer that I would try again. It's much better than the Guinness IPA that uses the same type of widget.

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Photo of brentk56
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Extra points for the unique appearance, with a pour of foam separating into a clear golden liquid capped by a whipped ecru head; lacing coats the glass

Smell: Dank, resiny and tropical, with a slightly herbal element

Taste: A bready base supports a hop profile that starts out tropical and dank but grows in an increasingly herbal, almost medicinal, direction through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: My first Nitro IPA and while I rather enjoyed the mouthfeel I really didn't care for the hop profile

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation (or nitrogenation) along the edges of the glass with some moderate amber + golden yellow highlights. After the nitro cascade, the beer has a two finger tall dense creamy light beige head that very slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer evenly with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and floral hops over light aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/pineapple, and herbal/floral hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Over the aroma is a little more muted than I would have expected though the combination of hops have a nice bouquet. Easy to drink and enjoyable with the creamy nitro mouthfeel (which is still a little unusual for an IPA). Alcohol is well hidden. I would get another one of these as it is enjoyable though not exceptional.

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Photo of stakem
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that stick around forever thanks to the nitrogen. Leaves huge sheets of lacing again thanks to the nitrogen

S: Some nice biting hops up front, with notes of pine and earth. Good malt backbone to support the 100 IBUs. Stands up nicely to the naturally numbing effects of the nitro

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with pine and earthy hop notes along with the strong bitter bite. Malt sweetness balances a bit, but the nitrogen ends up doing most of the balancing. Finishes with lingering bitterness and earthy notes

M: Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Extremely smooth thanks to the nitrogen

O: A surprisingly solid IPA that works well with the nitrogen. The 100 IBUs is definitely necessary and a good choice because the nitro does dull it a touch overall. Certainly one the mainstream and craft drinkers will both enjoy

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Photo of Celtics17
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Nitro IPA had a unique taste. I did get some grapefruit and tropical on the front end. But this was malty as hell. The creamy aspect was lack luster.

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Photo of Satsuma
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beerdanza
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlkHawkFan01
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The creaminess and the bitterness just doesn't mesh well for me. I could see how it might in the coffee stout, but not in an IPA. Had to try it for S&G's though.

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Photo of Averwo
2.05/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.77/5  rDev -19%
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 BeerWithMike
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Extol
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark copper in color, nice retention, of course. Smell - hoppy and piney, not much else there. Taste - follows the nose, on the front end there is a very slight citrus, but then finishes quite bitter. Actually very much so. Overall - it's alright, nothing crazy. The creaminess is a nice touch, but I wish it were slightly less bitter, and I consider myself a hop head. Just doesn't work with this one.

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Photo of Lane_in_ID
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpig372
3.96/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of AD17
2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of stiglitz
1.88/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bad. Strange overly malty taste. Drainpour.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Samuel Adams Nitro IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 249 ratings