AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1507) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2015
is a brewery known around the world for making one type of beer: stout.
Now that they have to compete with the American[-inspired] craft
segment, they’re trying their hand at a very American style: the IPA. In
classic Guinness fashion they’ve included a nitrogen widget in the can
which I think does more harm than good as it stymies the hops from doing
their jobs. Still, this is an easy-drinking beer; though it’s probably
better considered a pale ale than IPA.
I poured an 11.2oz can into a red wine glass. It was canned on 8/28/15 and cost $2.29 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Very dark copper/borderline magenta hue. Since there’s a
nitrogen widget it of course has the classic cascading bubbles effect
and a milky body which eventually clarifies and leaves a finger-width of
bright white froth. It of course leaves plenty of soupy lacing.
Smell: A nice flower bouquet; clean with a bit of a citrus component as well. I detect some English-style malts, too.
Taste: Since so few packaged beers come with nitrogen widgets, there’s
definitely a placebo factor of sorts when drinking a beer that uses one.
Upon my first taste of Guinness Nitro IPA I was immediately reminded of
some British brews like Bass, Tetley’s and Boddington’s. There’s
virtually no discernible flavor throughout the first half as all I taste
is cream from the nitro-infused froth. Once it begins to descend, the
hops emerge in the form of floral and citrusy notes with a mild
bitterness (it is only 44 IBUs, after all). A bit of pine or resin
character in the immediate aftertaste. I don’t get much in the way of
malt distinctiveness, though. Perhaps a bit of toast and marmalade, but
it’s quite mild. Thankfully, there’s nothing off-putting or obvious
flaws. I could see this being an excellent gateway IPA for the non-craft
Drinkability: As the name clearly indicates, this is an IPA on nitrogen
which means a creamy texture and super smooth finish. However, at 5.8%
ABV, I’d expect a little more flavor than what’s here. Not that Guinness
Nitro IPA is really sessionable, though; nor is it something to match
up with food. Approach it as a pub-style pale ale and you’ll be fine.