Saturday, March 3, 2018

Samuel Adams New England IPA

best before date: 5/2018

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 21B Specialty IPA

AROMA: Strong, authentic tropical fruit aroma with some citrus and a touch of grass or spiciness. Malt base is fairly nondescript with no implied sweetness (but enough for balance). No alcohol scent. 11/12

APPEARANCE: Bright honey-like amber/pale orange hue over a hazy body (5-7 SRM). Very large, white, frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Matches the aroma with a strong hop flavor of tropical fruits. Citrus pith is also present, but a bit more subtle. Bitterness is moderate at only 35 IBUs, but enough to impart a hop bite at the apex. Finishes with a grassy/spicy flavor which lingers briefly into the aftertaste. Malt presence is strong enough for balance, but lacks any specialty character. The wheat and oats seem to be used for mouthfeel as there is no bready or sweet flavor. Alcohol is virtually undetectable. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium carbonation. Texture is remarkably smooth, which makes the drinkability high. Refreshing for a hoppy brew. Quite efficient at 6.8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Amazing that a mainstream brewery was able to reproduce a niche style so well (including the packaging). Definitely a World Class specialty IPA. 10/10


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