In a sign that the biggest brewers have accepted the national trend of New England IPAs, category pioneer Sam Adams will nationally release it own juicy hazy hopped beer.
Previously available only in New England, Sam Adams New England IPA — the best-selling growler of 2017 at the Boston Brewery, according to the company — will now be available across the country.
Developed in Sam Adams’ experimental nanobrewery in Boston, New England IPA is a medium-bodied, unfiltered brew with a slight sweetness that is balanced by the combination of Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, Simcoe and Cascade hops, the company says. The hops bring a big fruited pineapple and grapefruit hop character to the beer, and at 35 IBUs, the brew is neither bitter nor harsh. It is 6.8% ABV.
Compared to West Coast IPAs, which are known for their prominent hop bitterness and light, dry mouthfeel, New England IPAs generally have a juicy and luscious flavor along with a hazy appearance and are best enjoyed as fresh as possible.
“New England IPAs originated in our backyard, but there are still plenty of drinkers across the country who haven’t had a chance to try this unique style yet,” says Jim Koch, Sam Adams founder and brewer. “Our brewers worked for more than a year to develop a brew with a distinctive set of flavor characteristics that involve unusual and novel brewing practices to give our version of a New England IPA its hazy, juicy and smooth character.”
Sam Adams New England IPA is now available nationwide on draft. Beginning in April, New England IPA will also be available in four-packs of 16-oz. cans for a suggested retail price of $8.99 – $9.99. Prices vary by market.