Samuel Adams New England IPA

American IPA Boston Beer Company


Samuel Adams New England IPA, an American IPA by the Boston Beer Company

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The Samuel Adams New England IPA is an American IPA brewed in the New England style by the Boston Beer Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.


The IPA pours a hazy yellow-orange and is topped by a towering stack of dense white foam that shows excellent retention. Patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass.


The aroma is faint but consists of citrus, pine, and doughy bread.


The palate is led by a taste of doughy bread and pine. A bitter finish adds juicy lemon and grapefruit atop sweet and mellow tropical fruit; particularly pineapple. A hint of booze appears as the beer warms.


Oats and wheat lend a smooth and creamy feel. Medium body and moderate carbonation.


The aroma could be stronger but otherwise, the Samuel Adams New England IPA represents its style nicely. It certainly looks the part and its juicy, piney flavor tastes great. It might not be on the level of the better New Englanders, but considering its price point, this brew is definitely worth picking up.

Recommended Pairings

Samuel Adams recommends the following food pairings with their New England IPA: clam chowder and cobb salad; entrees of fish & chips, and mango-chili chicken; sweets of pineapple upside down cake and fruit topped bread pudding.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.