New England IPA
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

New England IPANew England IPA
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #2,162
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,055
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
764
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Very Good
New England IPANew 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.

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

HOP VARIETIES:
Galaxy, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Cascade
Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 764 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hman43
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.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Apr 05, 2020
Photo of bankboy66
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

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bankboy66 from New Jersey, Mar 21, 2020
Photo of hreb
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.

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hreb from Washington, Mar 11, 2020
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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).

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Feb 28, 2020
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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.

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spectru from Florida, Feb 24, 2020
Photo of CHickman
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.

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CHickman from New York, Feb 21, 2020
Photo of RR_BeerMan
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.

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Photo of Singlefinpin
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.

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Singlefinpin from North Carolina, 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.

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Photo of BEERSNOBBO
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.

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Photo of ouchiemomo
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.

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ouchiemomo from Massachusetts, Oct 12, 2019
Photo of dm0n3y
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.

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Photo of TerryW
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.

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TerryW from Ontario (Canada), Sep 06, 2019
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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.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Sep 01, 2019
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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.

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losthusker from Nebraska, Aug 25, 2019
Photo of thehyperduck
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.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Aug 20, 2019
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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 finish...best of the large-scale brewers NEIPAs... juicy bitterness, smooth and rounded....and satisfying....true to style

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pootz from Ontario (Canada), Aug 16, 2019
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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)

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defunksta from Illinois, Aug 04, 2019
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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.

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Photo of JayQue
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!!!

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JayQue from Virginia, Jul 05, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

real nice piece of creativity and marketing here from sam adams, i mean, no name for a beer in a style they were so late to the party on, and just generic as can be packaging, really pretty lame and i was frankly reluctant to try it, but the beer is a whole lot cooler and better than it presents itself as being, and i have to give credit where its due. while this may be somewhat subtle or even understated compared to a lot of beers in this genre, its well done and avoids all the usual pitfalls. its not too hazy or cloudy to be visually appealing for one, i have always preferred a lighter look and we have that here. second, it has none of the vegetal hop bite to finish, its not green in taste, doesnt finish like a mouthful of hop pellets, and the overall level of refinement and hop knowledge on display is quite high. third, the combination of the hops is rad, citra and mosaic which we all know together, but the use of cascade adds the light bittering this needs and a familiar northwestern vibe that skews it a little bit back toward regular ipa, also something i personally like in one of these. meanwhile the galaxy hops are identifiable here and responsible for the orchard fruit and limey character this has in the nose and taste. i think this is juicy and fresh tasting, of good quality, and frankly, while it will never be the star of the show in the style, its a lot better than many of the cool kid hazy ones out there right now. i dig the oats in here, and the disclosure of ingredients more generally. i like this almost as much for what is not as for what it is. i expected nothing and was pleasantly surprised...

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Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Bass imperial pint glass; the beer is a hazy dark yellow color with a large off-white head. The lacing on the beer is nice.

It has an aroma of apricots, some grains and something a bit perfume like. It is not bad!

The apricot smells carries over to the taste. There is also some citrus, a bit of semi-sweet malts and a touch of pine. The beer has moderate bitterness and a smooth almost slick mouth. Carbonation is on the lower side. The only thing that keeps this from being super sessionable is the 6.8%.

I enjoyed this offering from SA and am glad I got a 12 pack (it was on sale for $10.99 which is a steal).

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Redrover from Wisconsin, Jun 20, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Orange cloudy pour with a fairly think off white head. Decent lacing.

Smells of orange marmalade, grass and a faint touch of pine.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of orange. Kinda sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and creamy. Goes down smooth.

Not bad for a widely distributed beer. Close to the style but not quite there. Nothing I will seek out but wouldn’t turn another down either.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best buy date Sept. 2019.
Looks good in the glass. Seems unfiltered. Nice fluffy white head. Smell is citrus, hops, pine.
Taste is more dank and resiny. Citrus and sweetness is there, but not truly in the style.
Mouthfeel is medium and it has a full body. Dry and bitter finish.
It's a good beer, but an average offering in this style.

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Beertsipper from New York, Jun 18, 2019
New England IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 764 ratings