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Samuel Adams Nitro IPA

May, 2016
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

This beer poured clear orange with a very thick white nitro-enhanced head. The aroma was full of fruity (pear) esters and hop notes including some initial grassy ones. The intensity of the aromas was a pleasant surprise since some hop-forward nitro beers have their aroma suppressed by a thick blanket of nitrogen bubbles. The flavor was well-balanced with strong contributions from hops and malt getting through the creamy head unperturbed. Mouthfeel is where nitro-dispensed beers typically excel and this was no exception, with smooth creaminess extending through to the finish with non-astringent hops coating the palate. In sum, this was a well-brewed IPA enhanced, rather than lessened by, its gassy delivery.