The new Guinness Nitro IPA is unfortunately not a forward-thinking collaboration with American Gladiators legend Nitro. It's just an IPA infused with nitrogen. In fact, I don't even think Guinness owns a tennis ball cannon.
How do we know? Well, because we met with Guinness last night to try the beer.
What is it?
Guinness claims it's "hop-forward" with the "qualities of a classic Guinness pint," which's achieved by the fact that they use 1) Irish barley malt, 2) the famous Guinness yeast strain, and 3) their signature nitrogenation, which infuses the tap beers with nitrogen and releases the gas in cans via their widget, which also gives you some super cool ghost mist (oooOOoOOOooOoooo) upon opening.
Back to the hop-forward thing: the beer uses five hops (yay?) but still only clocks in with 44 IBU, which is on the low end of the bitterness scale for American IPAs (generally in the 40-70 range), but, to be fair, is still right around where Lagunitas IPA and Brooklyn IPA sit.