Samuel Adams I.P.A. | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.93%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lighter shade of amber color with nice rocky head,really nice balance on the nose floral hop backed up by nutty,fruity malt.Very hoppy and the begining but there is some nice malty nuttiness that comes through in the end.BBCcontinues to put out for the most part quality beers even in ever expanding size.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a freshness date scored.

Appearance: Bright and clear with lightish copper hue, decent head that subsides slowly to a thin yet creamy off white lace.

Smell: Fresh sweet hop oil with a malt sweetness to back it up, both fruit and esters hit at the same time in the nose.

Taste: Slightly fullish body, smooth and even carbonation from a semi hard pour … slick to the tongue. Clean on the palate and stays sweet most of the way through. Straight up bitterness with grassy and sweet floral flavours. Toasted malt through and through with hints of caramel and biscuit. Malt backbone is big enough to hold up to the some what aggressive hop. Alcoholic esters are noticeable yet stay tame. Hop flavour towards the end gets a little earthy and herbal that pairs nicely with the long drawn out toasted grain finish.

Notes: Swaying towards the English IPA style though clean like an American one. The Boston Beer Co. takes hold of a style and makes it one of their own and a good job they did.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Bighuge
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see that this beer finally made it to the MN market. I could never understand why the beer wasn't available here (or Sierra Nevada IPA for that matter).

Very nice flowery hop boquet. In between pale and amber in color. (Seems a little light in color for an IPA.) Thin laced white head. As clear as a lager with carbonation evident. Bitterness is evident, but this is not an over-the-top IPA. I get a pleasantly fruity hoppiness in this beer. There seems to be a really nice caramel malt backbone. This is a decent IPA, but not one that stands out to me.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery continues to impress me...pours a clean crisp light orangish color...creamy soft lace that lingers until the finish...a great aroma...I think I finally identified it....I get peaches/apricots on the nose and a bit on the buds as well...pretty malty for an IPA, and lacking the huge hop presence some enjoy(although it has a nice bite on the long finish)...I like this a lot ...

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Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle review from 27MAY02...
Sammy was medium-copper in color, with a big, frothy, lasting head, and excellent lace! Nose was too mild; floral hops and some spiciness there, but not all there. Nice body, and way smooth on the tongue, like I like it! Some malt notes at the start, but hops pre-dominate....somewhat floral, citrusy, too. Tasty, pleasant, long-lasting finish. Good stuff!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

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Cask review from 28APR02...
An appealing choice...enjoyed with the local cask-meister himself, JohnnyP!!!! Sammy IPA-Cask has a nice medium-golden color, with a touch of cloudiness; relatively small head, with a bit of lace. Nose is hoppy, with evidence of it's cask nature... Medium body, and real nice tongue-smoothness, a product of it's caskiness... Flavor has a nice hoppiness throughout, cut a bit by the oaky-cask flavor, which imparts a hint of citrus-flavor. Good job! (4.0/4.0/4.0/4.5/4.0 - 4.05)


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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed dark golden. Wonderful, white rocky head builds and lasts most of the way down.
Smell is not bold, but has traces of the english hops and toasted malts.
Taste has the aforementioned toastedness, with some decent carmel sweetness. This balances the spicy floral hops. I would prefer a little more hops presence to help clean this one up. A touch grainy too. Still pretty good.
Relatively light bodied for an IPA. On the thin side. But quite easy to drink. Mine was gone in a flash. Good session material.

Another brew (along with their double bock) that Sammy doesn't send to WI. While the DB is one of my favorites, I can live without this one, but I'd grab some every now and again if I could.

Many thanks go to Bighuge for sending this my way.

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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of chinabeergeek
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

fourth and final day of NERAX 2009

classic deep amber. almost clear. bubbly, sudsy ring recedes to ring that stays around, but no lacing sticks.

aroma: fruity grapefruit flesh, with hints of citrus zest and pine. sweet caramel foundation. whiff of diacetyl. resinous pine hint has a fusel note.

taste: caramel and gentle citrus and pine, but a bit overpowered by diacetyl. moderate bitterness, clashing again with the diacetyl and... DMS? almost gives an acidic character.

almost thin, light syrup, but some hint of texture in the finish. mild carbonation, which unfortunately just brings out all the off-flavors. did i mention this thing is full of diacetyl?

what happened? it started out nice in the aroma, but even then got bogged down with diacetyl and off-flavors...

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aside from the winter seasonal gift cases I’ve seen in a variety of places, I’ve never run across Sam Adams IPA. Surely, had I seen it before now, I would have given it a try or at least remember having tried one. Or maybe not, as this was a subdued version of an IPA, at least as compared to a lot of the ones I’ve had so far.
Sam Adams IPA poured a clear amber hue with a richly foamy white head and nice lace. Lots of carbonation was visible rising to the surface to sustain the head. The smell had me wondering if this was really and IPA. There was a biscuity malt aroma but what was lacking was any kind of hops in the nose. The taste quickly followed the form of the smell. A sweet malt flavor immediately greeted the palate and left a lasting candied sweetness. Again, the hops profile was muted throughout. Overall, the taste was rather restrained. The feel was medium-bodied and a bit overcarbonated. Still, it was quite easy to quaff.
In general, this seemed like a subdued attempt at an India Pale Ale. I certainly expected more hops. S.A.’s Boston Lager, which I had earlier in the day, had a bigger hops profile than this beer. Maybe I’ve developed a certain “west coast” bias due to some of the “big” IPA’s brewed out here but I don’t find this IPA to be much above the average.

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Photo of Murph
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this for the first time last night. Poured an orangey (bad lighting) color with a slight head. The nose had some floral hops that weren't all that strong and a slight smokey/woody character. I agree with Jason that the brew is definitely more of an English IPA than an american. Clean floral/earthy hop flavor with a good malt balnce and a nice smokey/woody character. Very crisp across the palate and very drinkable. I love that SA stores this in oak barrells, it gives the beer a very unique taste for an IPA. A great session brew for any time of year, but especially the sspring/summer/fall months.

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Photo of inebrius
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strong pour creates a crazy three finger head that sticks until you scrub your glass with a brillo pad. Biscuity hop nose. Smooth and creamy with a mild caramel spine and earthy English hop flavor. Well balanced and tasty, Boston Beer Co. once again proves you can be big and profitable, yet still brew good beer.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

What a big disappointment this was. A friend gave me a six pack. Bland, with barely no hop taste. It lacked even the basic characteristics of an India Pale Ale. It pretty much tasted like a mass produced lager.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-orange pour with substantial head that is creamy in both color and texture and laces impressively. Carbonation is active and persistent. Crisp, hoppy nose complemented by detectable esters. Malty sweetness reminiscent of Scotch ale greets the tongue from the start, quickly yielding (though not completely) to hops bitterness. Finishes a bit warm and dry. Taste is more complex than one finds in many IPAs, though I would prefer more crispness and a lighter body. Mouthfeel is quite smooth but somewhat sticky, though this doens't particularly affect this beer's good drinkability.

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Photo of goz
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sam IPA pours a medium clear golden, with a nice rocky white head. The head quickly receeds, leaving some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty (caramel, bread), and lightly hoppy (pine, citrus). Flavor is lightly malty (caramel), and finishes with a weak hop bitterness. Body is on the lighter side, carbonation is as well. There are too many superior IPA's to bother with this one.

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Photo of TinusTime
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a amberish with tinges of gold and brown.. quickly disappearing head. Smell was of malt with floral and pine notes from the hops. Taste was OK. It was wierd as i usually love IPA's but this one just did not do it for me. I think it was a bit heavy with the malt. More of an english style i believe. The mouthfeel was Ok, but it did seem a bit carbonated as i turned into a belch factory after drinking this. Drinkability was average. I would drink it if offered but i dont think i could make it a session beer.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a shallow and short-loved head.Left some thin white lace but nothing special.Had a good hoppy and malt aroma.The color is a gold to amber.A long bitter finish that lingers in the throat.Has a strange taste of leather.A crisp and refreshing IPA.Not the best IPA I've had,but not the worst.I don't think I could drink these all night before wanting to switch.

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Photo of Viking
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery-colored brew, with a big white, long-lasting head. Body was just too clear and lager-like to be truly beautiful. Light floral hop aroma, with a bit of fruit that I can't quite identify. Flavor is dominated by the English hops. It's pretty hoppy, but the English varieties used are not nearly as prominent as American hops would be. Malt becomes noticeable on the front as the beer warms, but the hops still take the finish. Body a bit thinner than I'd like, but not bad. Overall, a nice easy-drinking ale that really quenched my thirst after a good workout.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Where DID my wincing littlle childhood tastebuds go?]

Light and fluffy. One of those deceptively innocent-looking beers (like your first couple of IPAs. Remember?) What-EVER about the "aged in American Oak," line of crap. I guess it works in the mix somehow.

Big estery/phenol puff from the pour--rather un-appealing...this evening. Soapy-Sam suds pervade the foretaste. Squeaky esters squish sideways with grassy-green aplomb, to unleash a very good hop FLAVOR. Couldn't tell you which hop was which, but one of them tastes older [in a characteristic way] than the other one which provides more of a fruit flavor.

Minor paste of hop bitterness and banana peel lingers on the back of the tongue, but strong flavor aftertastes are easily sought out instead.

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Photo of ShippinUpToBoston
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of tigerpaws
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Most IPA's I don't find anything bad about them, but I was dissapointed in this particular one. It had a very bad aroma and for a Boston Beer Co. brew I was dissapointed. Didn't have the hoppy taste I expect from and IPA in fact not sure what tatse it had, I do not recommend........CHEERS

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Photo of Jdiddy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great IPA. Foamy, floral, great hop balance. Rates with the best of em. Extremely drinkable. Another great beer from the Maestro of brewers.

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Samuel Adams I.P.A. from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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