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