Samuel Adams New England IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams New England IPASamuel Adams New England IPA
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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,843
Ranked #13,767
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Samuel Adams New England IPASamuel Adams New England IPA
Notes: Hazy & Juicy

The slight sweetness is perfectly balanced by the pineapple and grapefruit hop character, without being overly bitter. Clocking in at 6.8% ABV and a low 35 IBUs, the unfiltered IPA provides a burst of fruited hop aroma and leaves drinkers wanting another sip. In comparison to West Coast style IPAs which have prominent hop bitterness and a light, dry mouthfeel, New England IPA’s are generally known for a juicy, luscious mouthfeel and opaque, hazy appearance - and are best enjoyed fresh.

Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, white wheat, golden naked oats

Galaxy, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Cascade
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A dull golden colored brew with a generous just off-white notable head. How is this known? A 12 oz. can has been emptied into a clear pint glass. There seems to be a good hop/malt/yeast balance, at least according to the nose. Not as notable is the glass lacing. The taste is unspectacular and inoffensive. This is probably the safe route for a company that mass produces craft beers. The body is OK, but nothing to rave about. The hops are sufficiently subdued, so there's little bitterness. That aspect is most pronounced at the finish, when even mild NEIPAs allow for some hoppiness to shine. Of course, it's better than any mass produced commercial American lager. Unfortunately, it tastes like a mass produced American NEIPA.

Feb 20, 2021
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a large draft serving at the MHT Sam Adams Meeting House on the morning of 9-19-20 for $9.79.

Beer was served a hazy golden orange with a very nice white head.

Nose had hints of citrus and tropical fruit.

Taste was really well balanced with a nice hop addition of orange, papaya and mango over a moderate malt base. Finished with minimal bitterness; 5/10 on my scale.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a surprisingly nice NEIPA from a company that vowed never to brew IPA's!

Sep 19, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This style seems to have taken over recently. It is a very cloudy, hazy, dark-orange color. The head is huge and with great lace. The aroma is a bit fruity....grapefruit and melon. The taste is a bit spicy with hops, with continued fruit. Medium body.

Jun 07, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours hazy-yellow orange with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a sweet aroma with some pineapple. There is some grainy sweetness behind it.

Taste: It has some tropical flavors with pineapple and grainy sweetness. There is some grainy sweetness with a bit of bread.

Feel: It has a creamy texture and mild bitterness.

Overall: The tropical fruit flavors are present throughout the taste with a smooth body.

Apr 05, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy gold with a decent head and nice lacing as it goes down. Smell is grapefruit and tropical. Not a whole lot of flavor but it goes down easy. A bit of pine and citrus as expected but nothing special. Too much grapefruit for me but not bad. There are better options

Mar 21, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated May 2020 for some reason. Served in a half UK pint mug. Beer is yellow and very hazy, as expected, and forms loads of white head. Pretty good looking for a NE IPA. Aroma is solidly of oranges. Bright and fruity. Flavor is citrusy and has just an edge of bitterness. Much drier than some NE IPAs, with a cleaner finish, maybe even bitter in the aftertaste. Overall, this is good, but the flavor's just not that interesting.

Mar 11, 2020
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz (ok, 473ml) can, with the cool-sounding 'Nébuleuse & Juteuse' on our particular label here up in the Grand Nord Blanc...however, the former adjective means 'foggy', as opposed to 'hazy', but who am I to question the subtlety of American translations of any language, as such?

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium apricot orange colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and well-bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent streaky and chunky cloud form lace around the glass as it lazily dissipates.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, some orange, tangerine, lemon, and red grapefruit citrus rind, a mild damp minerality, and more leafy, weedy, and piney green hoppiness. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a faint biscuity toffee sweetness, kind of muddled domestic citrus flesh, some faint stoney flintiness, and more earthy, herbal, and musky hop bitters.

The carbonation is fairly tame in its plebeian frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a wee airy creaminess there from the veritable get-go. It finishes off-dry, the citrus, pine, and malt flavours all making nice in their lingering ménage à trois.

Overall - this one still exhibits a modicum of oomphh, even with a questionable merchandising metric (Alberta reps gonna rep). At any rate, a heady and enjoyable quaff, made better by the idea that we outside of the grand ol' republic can still get a (pot) shot at these offerings once in a blue moon (that's it, I'm outties).

Feb 28, 2020
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spectru from Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber, nice head, I could hear it fizzing as I poured; Has a good smell, kinda sour fruity; I like the way it tastes, hoppy citrus. Feels good, too, Nicely carbonated; Overall: a big yes.

Boston Lager is a long time favorite of mine. So I've tried a few of Sam's beers. Boston Lager is still my favorite SA beer. [Did you notice that Boston Lager and Bud Light have the same initials? Never abbreviate when indicating a favorite beer, you could be taken the wrong way.] I was beginning to lose confidence in SA; But now, this New England IPA comes along. It's good. I think I might have found one to add to my favorites list. Too bad I only got two, as a starter test. I do hope this stuff is readily available because I do intend to get some more.

Feb 24, 2020
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CHickman from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for Sam Adams, but they should get a New England IPA right since they’re a New England institution. Nice balance and citrus flavors, this is easy drinking and session-able.

Feb 21, 2020
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RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy beer when poured, a nice golden color. Definitely a fruity smell, maybe citrus and something sweeter as well. Taste is just as advertised as hazy and juicy. To be clear, it’s not a fruit infused beer by any means but minimal bitterness. I also taste a hint of mint which makes this a very refreshing beer. Really no complaints and would most highly recommend it! I will certainly drink this again.

Feb 08, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can.
Appears hazy Golden with a nice head and lacing.
Smells citrusy.
Tastes citrusy, not bitter.
Mouth feel juicy which fits the style.
I'd definitely order this if I saw it on tap somewhere.

Dec 14, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After avoiding IPA's for several years, this has been a pleasant entry back into the style. The smell is the most inviting I had in a beer, very tropical.

Dec 01, 2019

3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

6.8 ABV 35 IBU 6 SRM

Pours hazy gold, 1 finger head, with decent lacing

The smell is of pale malts and faint lemon

The taste is citrus, hops, bready pale malt, and bitter

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with avg carb. The end is astringent

The aftertaste is all citrus peel

One was enough nothing to write home about.

Oct 24, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My search for the best summer brew takes me to this brew from Sam Adams. Good looking on the pour with cloudy orange glow and a big head and plenty of lace. Aroma is strong -- fruit and pine. Taste is complex, grapefruit and pineapple with a dry hoppy finish. Feel is creamy and has a nice kick. A very good brew at a fair price in a very hot segment. Bought some for a party and will buy again...

Oct 14, 2019
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ouchiemomo from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For OTS, it’s a pretty decent beer that strangely reminds me a little bit of Tree House Bright but without the hour and a half ride and hour wait. For a four pack at $10, a solid value.

Oct 12, 2019
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5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deliciously bright citrusy refreshment. First taste was one pint on tap last Thursday at PJ Whelihans, and i will be searching for this at my local distributor. Im not a huge beer drinker or drinker in general, but this was really special. Thanks.

Sep 07, 2019
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty common stuff, not much by way of excitement. Looks good, hazy apricot, big head to a substantial cap, lots of lace. Very subdued nose, underwhelming taste. Thin bodied. Meh.

Sep 06, 2019
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look is a bright hazy yellow with a thin head.
Smell is hoppy with a hint of lemon
Taste is ok to decent. Bit bitter
Feel is not terrible and not amazing. Middle of the road.

Overall it’s ok for an IPA. Honestly I haven’t ever been on the IPA train, so this is just another IPA to me.

Sep 03, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for $3.15 CDN. Marked as September 2019 - I'm guessing this is the "Enjoy By" date.

Appearance - Hazy and rich golden color. Two plus fingers of dense white head. Great retention and very nice curtain lacing.

Smell - Overripe mango, guava other citrus abound. Good aromatics but the overripe mango is one I personally find a little offputting.

Taste - like the nose, quite sweet and juicy with mangoes, grapefruit and some pineapple as well as other melons, cantaloupe in particular seems relevant.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied, modest carbonation, juicy finish.

Overall - Certainly a well crafted brew, but the particular aromas and tastes within this aren't a personal fave, so there's an upper bound as to how much I can enjoy this. Doesn't stand up against the local (Ontario) competition.

Sep 01, 2019
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losthusker from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really no complaints whatsoever in the look/smell/taste/feel categories. But then I'm not one to nitpick. I think anyone stuck in the bud miller coors rut would find this an enjoyable way to broaden their horizons a bit. If you see it on special while grocery shopping, do yourself a favor and pick it up. Maybe at least pour the first one in a glass just for fun.

Aug 25, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; best before Sept 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours hazy as advertised; a golden blonde-coloured beauty, atop which is seated an inch of foamy, soapy white head that wilts within three or four minutes' time. A webbed coat of sticky lace has been splattered onto the glass, beneath which floats a frothy collar; looks about right, but I'm not entirely sold on the aroma. I'm getting hints of citrus, canned pineapple juice and cantaloupe, but IMO they kind of clash with the earthy, pine resiny, subtly herbal hoppiness that also comes through.

A decent strong pale ale, at the very least, with a grainy, bready pale malt backbone overlain by a series of somewhat juicy hop flavours. These include notes of apricot, pineapple, orange and grapefruit, leading up to a more grassy, herbal, lightly resiny hop bitterness nearer the finish; this doesn't linger, as the aftertaste leans dry. The alcohol is slightly noticeable at first, but moreso as the glass warms - it's not a major issue for me, but at the end of the day it's still a little stronger and more bitter than I'd prefer from this sub-style. Medium-full in body, with relatively low carbonation levels and a soft, smooth mouthfeel; drinkability is merely ok, with one being plenty for me.

Final Grade: 3.71, a passable B grade. Sam Adams' New England IPA isn't half bad, but I don't think it's all that special, either. I finished my glass without a fuss, and I wouldn't turn down another one in the future, but based on this experience I'm not highly inclined to seek it out. Of course, there's always the real possibility that my can is getting long in the tooth: its purported 'best before' date is within a few weeks, which is never ideal for any sort of IPA, so I'll have to keep an eye out for fresh stock and revisit this one if at all possible.

Aug 20, 2019
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pootz from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can - Pours a hazy gold-orange with a 2 finger white cp...pungent aromas of grin, citrus, tropical fruit, floral...great nose for a commercial brew....flavor follows aroma...big chewy malts balanced with citrus-pine bittering....juicy bitter of the large-scale brewers NEIPAs... juicy bitterness, smooth and rounded....and satisfying....true to style

Aug 16, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep orange, color. A nice moderate to large cloud and pillowy head. An SRM of 9-11. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of grapefruit, orange, mango, pineapple with some lime and salt. Mixed with aromas of Simcoe and Mosaic to give it a darker tropical tone too as the beer warms. Strong flower for balance. Hard to categorize flavors. Lots of bright orange juice though. This one is nice and balanced. (4.00)

Flavor: Pineapple, bright orange with pine, peach, & tropical grapefruit. A little bit of tropical nectar, but it's light and flowery. Neither are overwhelming. Little to no bitterness. Some lemondrop sweetness. Strong flowery pine finish. Finishes smooth and clean. Slightly more bitter than I expected. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter and crisp on the palate. Finishes dry without any astringency. (3.75)

Compared to Sierra Nevada's Hazy Little Thing 3/18/20: Pours a slighter darker, much hazier color. Much more juicy and tropical aromas. Less dank and astringent. Smoother, juicier, and cleaner.

Compared to Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Hazy 4/15/20: Pours a slightly darker and hazier color actually. Stronger aromas. More citrus and tropical fruit aromas with flower. Less heavy, wet citrus. Overall, lighter and dryer and more accurate of the style. Winner: Sam Adams

Comared to Hop & Barrel Hudson Haze 5/1/20: Pours a much lighter and hazier color with a stronger head. Milder aromas. More citrus and flower/pine flavors. More prickly, bitter and less creamy. Winner: Hudson Haze

Overall: Really fantastic flavors here. Such a great balance of grapefruit, pineapple, bright orange juice, and tropical bouquet. Strong tropical citrus and flower. Nice mix and balance. Pretty darn good if you get it fresh. (Final Rating: 4.04)

Aug 04, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow/orangish, smell is that of citrus and pine. Taste follows the piney citrus smell, continuing that trend, refreshing and not too hoppy. Perfect for a dinner or one off, the slightly higher ABV isn't great for sessioning.

Jul 23, 2019
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JayQue from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good example of a New England IPA. Pours a very hazy dark straw yellow color with a medium size frothy white head and plenty of lacing. Good head retention. The fresh and juicy citrus taste and somewhat muted bitterness are the features here for both aroma and taste. Bursting with fresh flavor with an under-control bitterness, this beer is a winner. Mouthfeel is about medium richness, bitterness is there but not a head-shrinking center stage bitterness. Alcohol presence not noticeable. Recommend this beer!!!

Jul 05, 2019
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