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

Samuel Adams New England IPASamuel Adams New England IPA
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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #2,713
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,181
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
537
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 16, 2022
Added:
Sep 17, 2017
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  182
SCORE
88
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.

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

HOP VARIETIES:
Galaxy, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Cascade
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Rated: 3.4 by Spencer96 from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Jan 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1%
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
 
Rated: 4.27 by GRhoads from Ohio

Feb 09, 2021
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.94 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Aug 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.2 by Maltyhead from Massachusetts

Jul 07, 2020
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Rated by Sellen from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nov-28-2018
Jun 24, 2020
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 lasting...off-white 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
 
Rated: 4.5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jun 03, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

May 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by MplsMill

May 21, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by evostudios12 from Florida

Apr 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.92 by Jakem883 from Ohio

Apr 10, 2020
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Rated by NHBeerSnob from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Well done NE IPA. Buy fresh and you won't be disappointed. 4pk 16oz. $7.99, good price
Mar 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by Fr33man from Maryland

Mar 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.46 by chadopher from Texas

Mar 25, 2020
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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
 
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Mar 15, 2020
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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
 
Rated: 4 by cjohns73 from Delaware

Mar 06, 2020
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.84/5  rDev -2%
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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Reviewed by spectru from Florida

4/5  rDev +2%
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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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.64 by Druid_51 from Kentucky

Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by RR_BeerMan from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by Cesar1016 from Florida

Feb 04, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by DrOfGolf from Delaware

Jan 26, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Mojopin88 from Mississippi

Jan 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.77 by JuiceMan818 from California

Jan 17, 2020
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Rated by ewpass from Canada (PE)

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Super hazy light gold with a thick head and lacing. Distinct pineapple nose, lovely! Medium malt body well-balanced with citrus hops. A good NEIPA.
Jan 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.89 by sanandreas

Dec 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Johncnh from New Hampshire

Dec 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
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
 
Rated: 3 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by neliam24 from New York

Dec 02, 2019
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