The Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed in the New England style from the Boston Beer Company.

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The Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed in the New England style from the Boston Beer Company. For the purposes of this craft beer review the APA was served in a tulip pint glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the New England Pale Ale by Boston Beer Company

Packaging art for the New England Pale Ale by Boston Beer Company

Appearance

The Pale pours an opaque deep golden hue and is topped by an inch thick cap of soapy white foam that shows fair retention. The head’s reduction leaves a smattering of residue along the sides of the glass.

Aroma

The aroma is strong with a scent of tropical fruit that lingers well after the pour.

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Flavor

The palate leads with mildly tart citrus that mellows with bready malt through the middle. The tasting finishes with a lingering squeeze of lemon, white grapefruit, and a sweet undercurrent of juicy peach and mango.

Mouthfeel

The Pale has a smooth feel with a modest biting finish. It has a medium body with matching carbonation.

Label art for the New England Pale Ale by Boston Beer Company

Label art for the New England Pale Ale by Boston Beer Company

Overall

Perhaps the head’s retention could be better but otherwise this brew looks nice in the glass. The aroma is pleasing and the palate strikes a nice balance between sweet tropical fruit, citrus, and bready malt. The Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale is a real easy drinker. It’s refreshing with a pleasant bite.

Recommended Pairings

Boston Beer Company recommends the following food pairings with their Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale: appetizers of clam chowder, crab salad, oysters; mains of pad Thai, jerk chicken; sweets of cheesecake, and rhubarb pie.

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