Samuel Adams Sample A - Belgian IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Sample A - Belgian IPASamuel Adams Sample A - Belgian IPA

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Buggies:
Photo of Buggies
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a real treat. The nose and taste was a pleasant herbal, citrus, and piny greatness. A buddy brought over a "Sample A" and Sample B" for a tasting. Sample A was definitely right on. The piny and citrus hops were upfront with a spiciness present (from the Belgian yeast?).

What an interesting little treat from Sam Adams. Worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored this from a great BA in my travels last weekend in N. Idaho.. Thanks Russell!! Shared with a couple of my normal buddies.

Pours with a thin white head ... still good lacing and retention shows as the glass disappears .... very clear orange..

Nose is nice and spicy.. Not as hoppy as I was "hoping" for, but still plenty of hops play well with a pretty pronounced phenols... quite a bit of pink bubblegum.

Bazooka Joe is heavier than expected on the palate.. some background citrus and grassy hops are evident but not out front.. lite bready malts help tie things together.. the bubblegum is a bit distracting to me though... maybe some apricot or white peach essence.

Body and carbonation are pretty much expected.. medium/lite body.. sorta fizzy carbonation.

I never got to try the Rye.. but regardless, I hope this wins.. Good but could probably use some touching up, maybe with a bit more bitterness and more pronounced hops midpalate.. I would like to see the bubblegum dialed back some... The malt profile seems about perfect.


Thanks Russell!! You and Rob will always be welcome in Boise.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this in a small plastic sample glass at the brewery beer garden in Boston.

A-sunburst body and a light white head.

S-yeasty and floral

T-some German hop front and some light grain flavor


D-Okay but not really memorable. I would drink it again though if given limited choices.

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Photo of birddogg66
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Boys at Sam Adams over in Honolulu for this pick up.

A- Poured from the bottle into a 10 oz. wine glass, as a gorgeous slightly cloudy orange color. A tight white head of tiny bubbles sits on top of the beer and gave a great lacing

S- A good spice, followed by the citrusy hops open up in the glass and stays around wonderfully until the end. I picked up some almost anise, euchalyptus, or soapy hints as well.

T- A spicy hop characteristic really comes across on the palate. A piney, citrus taste follows on the tongue as the beer warms. A touch of clove is detected as well.

M- The mouthfeel is medium to high in effervesence, well rounded, with a bit of alcoholic warmness in the end.

D- I haven't had a lot of experience with the Belgian IPA style, and was very impressed with this selection. The spicy character really dominated the nose, and almost mellowed out the hoppiness. This was a welcome surprise from all of the English, and West Coast IPAs that I have been drinking recently.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine like hops and a nice yeastiness. In the taste, pine hops and a light dry fruitiness, with a nice Belgian like yeast hint. A hop bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop in the aftertaste. Quite nice, big hops with a Belgian hint.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a slightly hazy light gold with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit of a bitter flavor with a slight hop spicieness and a little earthy malt flavor as well. There seems to be a bit more malt then expected.

The taste is a hoppy at first with some citrus hop flavor. A little tangerine flavor with a slight pine flavor. It has a nice sweet malt flavor comes out and take over quite well. The bitterness is hidden a bit but is pretty interesting.

The feel of this beer was quite even and balanced well. There was a bit of an american hop spice flavor but not too overdone. Drinakble feel and this does go down well. An interesting offering from SA. I voted for this one to be made next.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a golden orange color with not much head, moderate amount of carbonation, and a very thin white ring on top.

S - Spicy, delicately malty, very, very faint pine hops, not much else. Would hope for more aroma than this.

T - Conservative on the flavor as well. The Belgian yeast doesn't come through very assertively as I would expect for a Belgian style of beer. It has a mild breadiness up front followed by some sweet malt and finishes with a nice dose of pine hoppiness on the finish. The sweetness has a small tinge of phenolic character, not much, but just enough to be detected without raising too much havoc in the overall taste.

M - Lighter side of medium body, a little watery in the finish

D - Not sure I'd go for this if it were brewed but might be a good introduction for someone who's new to the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the White Rose in York, PA -the distributor hosted Samuel Adam's Brewer's Choice -Poured chilled into a tumbler from the chilled twelve oz.

A - A golden dandelion color of yellow with a mild haze and frothy cream cap with average bead.

S - The smell is slightly citrus influenced with a mild floral and more grapefruity note. The mild belgian yeast compliments the nose w/ light grass from the hops

M- The feel is astringent, resinous and moderately bitter w/ medium carbonation and semi-sweet in the finish - a true Ipa with Belgian yeast and good amount of effervescence

T - The taste is not at all what I expected from Samuel Adams a full flavor of american hops w/ a belgian yeast compliment. The fruit forward flavor is grapefruit with light tang of lemony hop and slight yeast earthiness is apparent in the flavor with a dry herbal tinge and slight grassy bitterness in the finish. I would guess they used some noble hops in this

D - The drinkability is high for me - I hope this one wins since the great citrus flavor quenches and the carbonation and dry yeast notes make you want another sample

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: amber color. poor head and little lacing.

smell: huge belgian yeast aromas as the bottle opens, direty and earthy

taste: wonder how aged this is, hop settled, I assume it was hoppier, now failry balanced, nice earthy hop background, kinda of a more malty ragin bitch with less citrus from hops

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: it's decent and I would drink aagin, would love to try one fresh.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received from apparis85 on BA. Poured into a tall glass a clear golden yellow color with a fluffy 1/2 finger white head. The nose is a pleasant mix between citrus and pine type hop notes with a subtle belgian quality. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Nice lace left on the glass as I drink this one down. This beer drinks slightly sweet up front but not overly belgian-like with a transition to a hoppy tone that is nice. Ends rather cleanly with only a lingering bitterness. The belgian side takes back seat to the IPA side and is only subtly noticeable but nevertheless, this is a decent shot at a Belgian IPA. No real alcohol notes.

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Photo of atsprings
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this one at Sam's Quick Shop alongside Sample B. Poured a crisp gold yellow with a thin off white head. Aroma was crisp citrus and Earthy hops with sweet malts and mild spice. The taste was fresh hops up front with a nice sweet malt backbone and a decent spice kick. The beer is medium bodied, but crisp and refreshing. This is a very respectable American brewed Belgian IPA, and the clear winner of the 2 in my book.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a lighter golden color, with a good sized head that stayed with the beer. The smell wasnt very strong, slightly hopy but not very strong at all. The taste was full, lighter, but very smooth, very easy to drink, I could see this one being a popular beer. Overall prettty good, the one I voted for.

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Photo of sailorastro
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one at Brewfest in Des Moines. It was a dingy yellow with a light fruit aroma. The taste threw me off a bit. It wasn't overly sweet bit it didn't have a typical hops presence to it, like they were being hidden. The body was good but it didn't really have much going for it. I ended up picking the rye.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber, looks fair, big fat creamy head plopped atop. a treat from my boy unclejimbay. Thank you, sir!

Floral and spice, some citrus. The spiciness coming up from yeasty phenols and the hops.
Smooth taste, some bitterness, the hops seem to be mostly in the flavor, which is nice. Prickly spicy, tasty malt, phenolic and floral. Pretty nice. I've definitely found I like my Belgian IPAs with some age on em...

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Photo of neorunner
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TrippHop for this bottle.

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright golden orange with a nice quarter inch of head that persists. Lacing is full and carbonation seems to be consistant medium bubbles. Aroma is estery and bananay (if that isn't a word, it should be), some floral noble hops in the background. Flavor is mostly bitter hops with a belgian yeast background. I feel like this beer has potential but is unbalanced and overly bitter for the minor malt backbone.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with slight haze and a small off-white head that stays for just a few momenst before fading to a light ring and leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma starts with a clear burst of citrus upfront followed closely by more floral hops and some spice.

Again, floral and spicy hops come out in the taste with notes of grapefruit, lemon and some pine right behind. No alcohol presence detected.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Not really the best example of the Belgian IPA style, but very drinkable, a somewhat lighter version of the style. Would have preferred this one to the Rye so if it happens to resurface one day, I might be willing to check it out.

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Samuel Adams Sample A - Belgian IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 18 ratings