New England IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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New England IPANew England IPA
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New England IPANew England IPA

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

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.

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

Galaxy, Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra, Cascade

Added by VelvetExtract on 09-17-2017

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Reviews by ninaturner:
Photo of ninaturner
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Kendo
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy pale-golden on first glance, but when backlit it's more golden-orange. Big 2-finger foamy whitish head settles on top, eventually leaving behind some solid lacing.

S: Really nice nose of tropical fruit and citrus. Hint of honey malt underneath.

T: First impression: not as "big" and juicy as some of their brethren in the Northeast, but this is solid. Juicy tropical fruit - pineapple and mango come to mind - with a dose of grapefruit juice. Finishes a touch earthy (with a hint of pine), and methinks the alcohol is noted as a bit of drying, spicy warmth at the finish.

M: Medium in heft, juicy in feel.

O: Very good job by SA with their take on the style. I think this beer gets less love here than it would if it was a smaller, lesser-known brewery that charged $4 or $5 more for a 4-pack. I paid $9.49, and this is a great value at that price.

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Photo of Riff
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light, bright yellow orange color. Smell is a little muted, but smells of pineapple, citrus, and tangerines. Taste is grapefruit, peach, pineapple, and a little bit of maltiness coming in towards the end. Little bit of bitterness. Soft body, juicy, nice drinker. Is it comparable to The Veil or Triple Crossing? Nope. But it's certainly cheaper and more readily available. Pretty darned solid and would scratch the need for the occasional NEIPA. I think Sam wins with this one.

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Photo of pubscout
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ll let the commercial description do the talking for one main reason. It’s on the money. While not every beer Koch makes is a favorite with everybody, you can pretty much take to the bank one obvious fact: SA’s beers are dead-on style. And if you enjoy NEIPA’s, why not enjoy one from the guy who made New England famous for Beer? Besides, at just about $11 for a four pack of canned pints, it’s a bargain, considering what some Brewer’s are charging for the same quantities. I mean, $18-20 for four pints? Come on. It’s beer, man, and, moreover, it’s Beer that absolutely must be drunk fresh. You’re not going to lay any NEIPA down to age, for sure. Spend more if you want, but for my money, Jim Koch has a winner here—one of the best he’s released ( IMHO) in a while.
Commercial description: “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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Photo of LarryV
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good mass produced attempt at the style. Pours with a big fluffy head and exudes a citrusy aroma. Opaque in appearance but not as cloudy as some of the more re-known vendors like Trillium or TreeHouse. Subdued accents of mango and orange citrus greet the palate with a creamy mouth feel. Overall, this is a pretty good attempt at the style with a reasonable price. Since I'm not into standing in lines for beer or paying over $4 for a pint, this is a great alternative. Kudos to SA for taking on the challenge and succeeding.

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Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 4/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/tropical/citrus hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Minimal pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, peach, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, berry, lemon/orange zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/tropical/citrus hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero lingering hop astringency after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is an excellent NE IPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/tropical/citrus hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Extremely juicy and lightly dank hops; balanced malts, never overly sweet/heavy feeling. This is a spot on style example, despite the minimal haze. Super fruity/tropical hops and mild bitterness as expected. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DJA-Boston
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent example of a New England IPA . Excellent balance of citrus and mild hop bitterness. Fall s short of Tree House and The Alchemist but falls nicely into that next tier. Great price as well.
It's OK to like a beer produced by a multi-billion dollar company. If tastings were blind, the scores on this would be much higher.

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Photo of Psychoslowmatic
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found it in my local grocery store. No canned on date, but I'd been keeping an eye out for it so it can't have been too old. Not much aromatics, proper NEIPA soft mouth feel, big head that took a while to settle down and left a lot of lacing. Disappointing that there weren't a ton of aromatics, but hey, it's widely distributed and $10 for a 4 pack. If you're craving a NEIPA but don't want to spend $18 at Craft Beer Cellar or make the trek to the brewery it's a solid choice.

Edit: I cracked a Bissell Bros Substance next. There's a big difference between a beer worthy of a cult following and this. The hops and complexity on a well made NEIPA blow this out of the water. Still a good value after your palate's shot.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a hazy opaque orange with a large 2.5 finger head. Head was very frothy and lasted a long time, leaving a good amount of lacing. Look is on point for the style.

S - Super dank nose, dankest Sam Adams beer I've ever smelled! Big tropical fruit notes, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, just juicy…also tons of pine and resin. Smells amazing.

T - Compared to the super dank nose, taste was less intense but still pretty dank and juicy, tropical fruits and pine. The flavor hops seem to fall off mid palate into a sweet malt character. It's got a nice bright conan-esque yeast flavor in the finish, but like the flavor hops I wish it was more intense. The whole flavor profile is NE IPA to a T but just muted.

M - Mouth feel is low carb and juice like, fits the style well.

O - Could Sam Adams really brew a NE IPA that rivals greats like the Alchemist, Bissell, Trillium etc.? No. But did they do a good job at making the style on a mass production scale available nationwide? Yes. The aroma, smell, and mouth feel are perfect for the style. The flavor falls way short, the hops don't really shine like they should and the flavors are too muddled. I'd put this on the bottom few rungs of NE IPAs, but I would still take this over many, many, many, other beers of various styles.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, pale yellow.
Thicker head.
Tropical aroma.
Taste follows with tropical fruit.
Bitterness is low. Sweetness is balanced.
Light and slick feel, moderate carbonation.
Nice take on the style. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four-pack of this for several reasons... first of all, the price is certainly right (if this is good, of course), at about $11 a four pack of tallboy cans. Plus, I really liked the couple batches of Rebel Raw that got put out, which was kind of a precursor to this idea but with the extremity and hop intensity dialed up several notches. I think SA is in the right position to unleash this new "hazy IPA" right now, and I support them for doing so. Is it trend-hopping? Maybe...? Who cares, honestly? Beer is business, and trends are important. SA are prominent enough that I actually do care about their entries into this kind of arena, so here goes nothing!

The pour here is, quite honestly, glorious. A super-creamy and defined head of bone-white foam forms atop a 90% translucent body of beer with a light-medium amber color, lacing in impressive sheets as it fades. I'm impressed that BBC nailed the near-opacity of this one, to be honest. On top of that, though, the head is rocky as hell, retentive and really expressive. I have actually had very few Trillium or Tree House IPAs with an appearance this great. This is undoubtedly a world-class looker.

The nose is a little weird, but I got used to it after a few minutes of sniffing and considering. This pops out of the can with some tropical fruit anonymity and light sulfur/yeasty qualities, but it quickly settles into a groove of underripe citrus, oniony dankness and grassy mango-like notes. It's really not as aromatic as it could probably be, but it's also better than I expected in some ways. It's not a "juice-bomb," but it also doesn't totally screw up the idea behind the NEIPA, giving off some nice shades of tangerine and pineapple here and there. In my opinion, though, this just seems a little too green onion-y for my tastes, but some people are bound to like that aspect of it. If this were just slightly fruitier and more tropical, it would probably get a much higher rating from me.

On the tongue, this satisfies well-enough with a crackery malt bill, expressive yeastiness and bright flavors of apricot, honeydew melon and mango with some undercurrents of grass clippings, damp earth and chive. Orange, tangerine and pineapple come out as I drink and add more of the beer in the can to my glass. Pretty decent flavor here, I just wish it were a little brighter. As it stands, there's a slight dullness that pervades each sip... could have to do with the yeast, maybe. Whatever it is, it's not helping the proceedings.

The feel here is on the heavier side of things, with a rather dull carbonation which seems only to suffice at getting the flavors across the tongue and not much else. There's no prickly effervescence to speak of, and I feel overall kind of let down by the way this drinks. Though it's not amazing at all, overall, the unconvincing mouthfeel definitely doesn't lend any credence here. This is solid for the price, but the next batch should focus on hop-bursting techniques and maybe more intense and/or expressive hops for dry-hopping. The official SA site says they used Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Cascade in this, but it just doesn't seem to live up to what I know about these hops.

This style is not too difficult to make (from personal experience making pretty good stuff without really trying too hard), so Sam Adams should not be struggling here. If I had to guess, then, this beer was specifically-formulated for "mass consumption" without sacrificing the SA branding. It's pretty decent, especially for the price (as previously mentioned), but unless they go further with the hop elements that could make this excellent, this won't be worth another buy.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with a best before date of April.

Pours cloudy gold with a fluffy, dense head of white. Very nice retention and shredded lacing. Tropical citrus in the nose albeit muted. Medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Ripe citrus on the palate with a light bitterness and zero malt. Finishes dry with light hops.

On the right track with this one but it needs more hops and a real canning date.

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Photo of SABERG
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated best by 6/18/18 into the pint glass
A - A glowing deep gold color, hazy as described, a big luxurious cap of loose knit white froth.
S - Tropics, with some lemony notes, sweet malts, excellent biscuit element, as well.
T - Lots of Mango, papaya, tangerine, semi sweet malt adds to the complexity.
M - Soft water, they did their homework, carbonation cleans up nicely, a delicate and fruity linger is very pleasant.
O - Well, a hazy New England IPA indeed, well constructed. I hope the turn over is quick and they can stay fresh.
I will have these in the fridge this spring, A very good beer

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Photo of FBarber
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light cloudy, semi-hazy orange color. Not as sludgy as many of the NE style beers. Thick several finger head dissipates slowly but steadily leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Head is velvety and bubbly.

Aroma is quite pungent with notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and a cracker malt.

Taste has notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit and orange notes. Nice cracker malt backbone. Mild hop bite, but not strong. A touch of honey sweetness, but nothing too strong. Leaves a mild windy bitter taste in the mouth.

Feel is smooth, almost soft, with mild carbonation.

Overall this beer was surprisingly good - I wasn't expecting much from a mass produced national distributed NE style IPA, but credit where credit is due. Its very well crafted and held up very well. At this price point, I will certainly pick this one up again.

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Photo of thebeers
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very vibrant light, sunshine orange color with three fingers of lasting off-white head. Heavy lacing.

Cantaloupe, white peach, a touch of cream and distant white pepper in the nose. Not over the top, but definitely very juicy smelling.

The taste has all the right notes, but comes across a little too restrained to my taste. There's clementine, peach skin, an herbal element, pepper and a pithy, moderately bitter finish.

Full feel -- a bit too heavy to make it pillowy, although leaning that direction -- with a definite prickliness to it.

If Trillium and Tired Hands are dialed up to eleven, this is probably around eight. There's definitely room for improvement, but it's better than expected for a widely distributed beer at half the price.

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Photo of Bostontazzzz
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did not expect much. But was pleasantly surprised by this beer.
Poured bright orange. very hazy. 2 to 3 finger head. Nice lacing. Get the pineapple and citrus notes. Drinks fresh up front. Finishes with a hint of malt taste. Would of like a little higher IBU on this. For an off the shelf NewEngland IPA at 2.50 a pop this is not a bad beer. It does have room for improvement.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've said this about a handful of "bandwagon" big companies making hazy IPAs, but if this came from a smaller, more acclaimed brewery, the score would be much higher. Smooth, complex, fruity, with just the right amount of bitterness for balance. Not top of the heap, but up there

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$10 (Including tax)/4-pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.156/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 7/9/18.
Stamped on bottom of can “JUN 2018”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Yellow, hazy.
Head – Large (Seven cm, aggressive center pour), white, creamy, good retention, slowly diminishing to a five mm ring, a thick partial layer, and a wide, thick, complete ring.
Lacing – Other than the initial band remaining after head retraction, none.
First pour – Light yellow, hazy.
Aroma – 3 – Weak, tropical fruity.
Flavor – 4.25 - Begins slightly bitter, like an orange rind. The middle is less bitter with a weak orange flavor. It ends with a mild bitterness with an average hang time. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, between watery and creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation - 3.5 – Begins as a very attractive beer with a large creamy head and a mild but pleasing aroma. The taste is also mild, being only slightly bitter and more reminiscent of an English mild ale. However, the slight citrus flavor and the total absence of malt flavor is a departure from the English mild. This is currently classed by BA as an American IPA but should shortly be changed to New England IPA. As such, it is typical of the style but not exceptional.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Misterjuicy
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very good cost effective NEIPA. Juicy, Hazy, high ABV and just pretty delicious. I will absolutely get more of this as a 2nd or 3rd beer option. I believe this is the best rendition of an NEIPA by a big brewer that is nationally distributed.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy orange color with a big fluffy white head. There is a bit of lacing.
A strong citrus aroma over a sweet malt background.
I taste mostly grapefruit, with some orange, and a little pineapple. Caramel.
A pleasant beer. Certainly not in the higher echelons of NEIPAs, but a worthy attempt.

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Photo of heddar33
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of El_Hern
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by this new brew from SA. While it is not what the smaller market craft brewers are making in twrms of a NEIPA, it did not disappoint. In fact, it was more flavorful and aromatic than I expected. You get a gentle swath of aromatics up front which are quickly followed by orange, grapefruit notes and balnced by a light lingering bitterness. I have read it retails for under $12 for a four pack of pints and I will gladly buy it over an overpriced fancier NEIPA.

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Photo of Jason
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

It was only a matter of time until they took this uber popular style on, I had tastes of it last year but finally able to try it in its official packaging. Massive head towers above the rim of the glass ... hovering on top of a hazy faded orange hue. Smells of citrus rind and zest with hints of exotic fruit and white tea leaves. Smooth with a faint creaminess, love the body on this brew ... a bit bigger but still drinkable. Bitterness is held to a minimum, 35 IBUs so obviously the focus in on the hop flavor. Lots of rind, pith, and zest on the palate. Grassy with some maltiness coming through as well. Boston Beer Co delivers what they intended, a non-offensive NE IPA that won't destroy you palate and you'll be able to have more than one for sure. The biggest thing this beer has going for it is the suggested retail price of $9.99 a four pack ... if they flood the market this might stabilize the hype and perhaps a handful of breweries will start distributing their beer rather than just doing in-house sales. In a pinch, this could easily be my go to "hazy" IPA for the price and convenience.

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New England IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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