A Science we Enjoy: Hop-ology

You may know that each year, Jim and our brewing team make a pilgrimage to Bavaria to hand select the hops that will be used in Boston Lager. However, our curiosity and obsession with hops doesn’t end there as we’ve been experimenting with many newer varieties of late which led us to explore new and different combinations of beer styles and regional hop varieties.

In 2011, we rolled out a limited-edition Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed pack.

Last year, we brewed a limited-edition Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed pack, which featured two beers each featuring one of the five varieties of hops (Hallertau Mittelfrueh from Germany; East Kent Goldings from England; and Ahtanum, Simcoe, and Zeus from Washington state’s Yakima Valley).  Tasting these 5 beers side by side was a great way to experience just how much impact different varieties of hops can have on the taste of a beer.

This year, we’ve taken that exploration in different direction. Our IPA Hop-ology variety pack is a hop lovers dream. Each IPA in this package takes the wonderful hop character that is familiar and builds upon it with layers of complex flavors inspired by unique combinations of ingredients and/or fusion with other beer styles.

Hop-ology is perfect for getting together with fellow hop heads and sampling the entire line and the spectrum of flavors available in IPAs today. Brews included in IPA Hop-ology, in the order we recommend sampling:

Whitewater IPA (5.8% ABV • 60 IBUs • 14 SRM) – This hazy & flavorful brew fuses two styles with a twist of our own. We brought together the crisp wheat, citrus orange peel, and spicy coriander of a white ale with the big hoppy grapefruit notes of an IPA. Our addition of apricots brings the combination to a new level creating a slight sweetness to balance the hops.

Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA (5.7% ABV • 55 IBUs • 10 SRM) – A spirited reinvention of a Belgian tradition. To the monk’s dismay, their long held traditions can be broken. We reimagined the distinctive spicy clove & fruit notes of Belgian yeast by combining it with the brazen hoppiness of an IPA. The citrusy, piney, and earthy hops are balanced by a hint of malt sweetness for a complex & playful brew.

Latitude 48 IPA (6% ABV • 60 IBUs • 20 SRM) A unique IPA brewed with a carefully selected blend of hops from top German, English, and American growing regions all located close to the 48th latitude within the “hop belt” of the Northern Hemisphere. The intense hop character is balanced by a slight sweetness and full body from the malt blend.

Tasman Red Red IPA (6.75% ABV • 60 IBUs • 40 SRM) – Bold, lively, and a bit rugged. This wily red IPAgets its character from Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes woven throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasty malts that provide a rich body with hints of toffee. This flavorful brew is rounded & smooth with a dry, citrusy hop finish.

This years IPA Hop-ology, a limited-release 12-pack of six different IPA styles!


Dark Depths Baltic IPA (7.6% ABV • 55 IBUs • 60 SRM) – Dark, fierce, & blustery. Across the cold and brackish Baltic, the English porter was transformed from a mild ale to a dark complex lager that confounds definition. Immersed in dark, roasted malts and a bold citrus hop character, these big contrasting flavors have the underlying smoothness of a lager for a rugged and mysterious brew.

Third Voyage Double IPA (8.5% ABV • 85 IBUs • 24 SRM) – Bright & intense with a vivid hop punch. Inspired by Capt. James Cook whose 3rd voyage made him the first to navigate a treacherous route from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest. We used Cascade hops from each of these regions for a brew that’s citrusy, earthy and full of bold character.

Getting thirsty? Visit our beer finder page to locate these limited-time variety packs near you!

  • Sachem

    Thank you for the IPA selection. This is my favorite beer and can’t wait to try each choice. I love in Laconia NH and hope it will be available in our area. If you know where I can get it I would appreciate knowing.

    • http://twitter.com/TheReddyFox Reddy Fox

      I miss Laconia.

    • http://www.samueladams.com/ Samuel Adams

      @Sachem – Take a look at our Find a Sam page: http://www.samueladams.com/find-a-sam.aspx. Keep us posted on your thoughts!

    • R.Lewis

      we can`t get any IPA`S here in upstate ny, and i don`t know why!!!!

  • Brewerbill

    I hope to see this in Costco in Folsom,CA.

  • Bing

    I love IPA’s and can’t wait to try the Hop-ology variety pack. I recently tried an IPA at a local craft brewery made from Citra hops. It was really tasty. Does Samuel Adams have any IPA’s made from the Citra hops? I heard they are hard to come by.

    • http://www.samueladams.com/ Samuel Adams

      Hey Bing! Our Whitewater IPA (available in our Hop-ology variety pack as well as its own 6-pack) is brewed with Citra hops!

  • Mark

    when will this be available in CA? i have checked your find part of your website and this does not come up. Can’t wait to try, will bevmo or total wine carry in socal?

    • http://www.samueladams.com/ Samuel Adams

      Keep checking Mark! We update the Find a Sam page as new beers arrive at the retailer and sometimes is lagged a day or two.

  • Fmulack

    I like your beers but the price is now higher than Stella or Becks. Sam’s products are good but why is the price higher than premium import beers?

  • Randy lewis

    when is the ipa hop-ology going to be in upstate ny. i am still waiting for the noble pils. what do you want me to do drink something differant.

  • Jack I

    The start of a perfect weekend a cold Sam Summer and steaks on the grill

  • Mike Bacon

    I have been enjoying an IPA Hop-ology 12 pack. The beers vary, but the one I like best is Grumpy Monk. The hops and Belgian beer flavors work very well. Will you brew this as a standalone offering?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1422516586 Al Williamson

    Third Voyage needs to find it’s way into year round rotation!!!

  • Mike Hogan

    I checked four places that were listed on the Beer Finder in the 48220 zip. No Hop-ology! I’ll keep trying.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNBP6UKGDAR7LU3P7JEYMKWBF4 SETH

    Thank you for supplying us with IPA’s

  • Shaun Tolson

    I noticed that the Third Voyage label suggests that you can age the beer to “further develop rich and unique flavors.” How would you recommend aging it? Is there a specific temperature that should be maintained and is there a limit to the length of time that it can be aged before it starts to turn?

    Thanks for any guidance.

  • Marvin02oif3vet

    I recently baught a case of the IPA 48. With that being said I was not very happy.
    when I got home and was about to open my first Sam, I looked at the date and this is what I found.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonyg1717 Tony Giannette

    Ok, this will be my first complaint ever! I finally found a brew of Samual Adams that is offensive. At first I thought that a trout had entered my mouth and defecated…but then I looked at the bottle and discovered a new brew. You see, I like SA so much I will blindly purchase a variety pack just to have a new flavor. Boy did I find one such monster. Hazel Brown is just not my cup of beer…even chilled. I have been drinking SA since 1989.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tonyg1717 Tony Giannette

    it was 92 degrees in Renton Washington today. I need a cold one.


    how do i get a chance to try the FAT JACK!