New England IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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New England IPANew England IPA
BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
329 Ratings
New England IPANew England IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

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

HOP VARIETIES:
Galaxy, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Cascade

Added by VelvetExtract on 09-17-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,000
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
329
pDev:
8.46%
Bros Score:
3.96
 
 
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12
Gots:
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Photo of mikeeeee
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really good.

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Photo of stanale
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tmryan21
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Demi
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Would buy and drink again, however it’s not the cloudy NEIPA I expected. Great lacing, weak nose, juicy taste, great mouthfeel. Great IPA and I feel like it’s a solid option at $9.99 for 4 talls, but I would’ve been better on the rating had they not called it a NEIPA trying to lead it’s gonna be some opaque DDH type IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy, almost murky dark golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of juicy tropical/papaya, tropical/melon, and citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + toasted + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of biscuit + toasted + caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy tropical/papaya, tropical/melon, citrus/grapefruit pith, and citrus/grapefruit hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving lingering citrus + tropical hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Probably one of the best recent offerings I have had from Sam Adams (though I should note that I rarely purchase their beers for reviewing at home). Enjoyable with a pleasant mouthfeel (not quite as fluffy as other NEIPAs) and a decent, though fairly common hop profile.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PackenGreen
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lemonox
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeyJellico
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of albern
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I gave up on SA years ago because I thought the quality of what they were brewing was diminished in order to appeal to a broad audience at the expense of quality. The economics of large scale brewing also had some impact on the direction this brewery took. On a recent trip to the Beer Cellar in Belmont, they suggested giving this a try despite my misgivings about SA. Glad I did. This is definitely their best beer in eons. It isn't quite up to snuff with some of the better New England IPA's, such as Trillium, but this is a pretty good, although not stellar offering. It doesn't have the delicious nose of most really fine NEIPAs, and they may have skimped out on the dry hopping. There may be some Citra hop in the nose, but it isn't nearly as bountiful as it could be. Pours a pretty hazy slightly orange/blonde ale. Again, not as hazy as better versions of the style. The mouth feel is a bit thin but good. This beer tilts more towards a lemony bitterness. It's not too complex, a little thin bodied, but quite good and refreshing. Given the availability, price point, and quality, this is worth seeking out on its own. It doesn't have the complex hop profile - Citra, Mosaic, Centennial - that most beers of the style have, but it's still refreshing and pretty good.

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Photo of socon67
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npdevil27
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not exactly a true NEIPA in the mold of Trillium or Treehouse, but a pleasant, summery beer nonetheless. I'll be picking up more as the price point is pretty reasonable for an every day beer like this.

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Photo of bdiiorio
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spluger
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy and goldenstraw colored with a massive head, the full three fingers; nice retention and a lot of squiggly lacing

Smell: Papaya, melon and toasted malt

Taste: Papaya and melon forward, with the toasted malt flavors underpinning; pomelo tones, through the middle, add a modest bitterness that lingers into the somewhat juicy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Far from the classic juicy NE style that the best brewers of this format put out, this beer fits the bill if no other examples are available and one is looking for something juicy

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Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lubu42
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chriswjr
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TossKing7
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SebastianOwl
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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New England IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 329 ratings