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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
78
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675 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: socon67 on 09-29-2013

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Ratings: 675 | Reviews: 117
Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

I'm intrigued with this beer as I went through a gin kick during the late summer.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, dense, khaki head. Heavy on the carbonation. The lightest haze was on the copper body. Great sticky rings, good head retention.

S- Flowery hops with a lighter, spicy quality. Underlying, sweet malts. A little muted at first, it opens up with warmth. Everything together does become Christmas-like.

T- Good balance for an IPA. Minty and floral hops up front, sweet malts through the middle, juniper is subtle, but very present as it finishes nicely with the hop qualities. Tart berry, spice, and mint-like flavors all at once.

M- Medium body, clean, carbonation is much lighter than the appearance lets on. Clean, dry finish.

O- Very serviceable IPA. The addition of juniper, while subtle, works here. While not top notch, I'll look forward to drinking the rest of these throughout the fall/winter. I wouldn't mind seeing it in the winter pack again, though I do miss the porter of years past.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear copper color with a thinner white head that leaves a sheet of lace as it settles pretty quickly.Aromas of herbal/leafy hops and faint pine from the juniper berries,a dryer malt base,pretty pedestrian.Flavors are on the dryer side with herbal hops and pine oils standing out,again ho hum but not a drain pour by any means.The juniper plays a role but the beer is somewhat basic,again not a drain pour just pretty average.

Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Freshness dating notched onto the side of the label. Part of the sampler box.

Typical almond amber, moderate lite khaki head.Leaves adequate low sheeting a bits of lace here and there. Tons of bubble rising to the top.

Nose makes me think of spruce, ginger and herbal hops.

More herbal hop notes on the palate, spruce, pine, more soapy ginger....decently drinkable, but not my favorite IPA....doubt I would enjoy more then one or two of these...

Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: slight berry, pepper, and pine

Taste: light bread, pepper, and pine

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter with a more bitter aftertaste, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A slightly above average IPA. I like the pine flavor, but I would not get this outside of the holiday sampler. Another one of the weaker beers I have seen in the winter sampler over the years. This year's winter sampler is just not doing it form.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a snifter. Best before MAR 2014 notched.

Pours out a crystal clear deep copper, bronze color, nice full off white head with very nice retention and lacing.

A bit of lighter aroma when compared to most American IPAs. Resinous, piney hops, perhaps some of that pine coming from the juniper with a toasted malt to balance.

Again, quite resinous feel to it, pine needles, a bit of pine sap, I'm guessing this is from a combination of American hops and juniper. Just a touch of a dry citrus hop but it's quickly washed away by a lightly toasted, lightly sweet malt. Leaves a slight spice on the tongue long after the sip as well as a bunch of lingering hop bitterness. More bitter than you'd expect from a same Adams IPA.

Medium in body, decently drinkable.

Not bad for a same Adams IPA. A bit one dimensional.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Copper colored ale light beige head forming thick slightly off white head, forms some nice banded lacing. Aroma has a nice spiced Christmas beer, juniper berries because that is what the label says. Can I actually smell Juniper berries? No but there's a full generic fruity quality lacking quintessential hoppy aspects. The flavors have a bit of hop bitterness, lacks malts or sweetness it's a dry piney, herbal hopped, juniper IPA. Go back to the drawing board guys! As it warms some citric notes make it to the nares but the juniper additions become the highlight on the nares and barely accessible in the flavor profile. Earthy pine and citrus notes fill the flavor of the hop bitterness, it's bad. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a pure bitter dry finish that lacks balance between sweetness of malts and hops/juniper additions. Overall, take this beer and leave it in a 12 pack sampler because you had to produce something new, not because it's actually good. A sad day for Sam Adams!!!

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Winter mix 12-pack.

Not the first juniper IPA I've had, but perhaps the best. Contrary to expectation, this was not overly piney or harsh. The juniper was most obvious in the aroma, although citrusy hops dominate both the aroma and the flavor. Relatively low bitterness.

Fine amber color with a decent head. Good clarity.

O: well crafted, slightly distinctive IPA.

Photo of Auraan
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich, clear caramel with a half-finger fluffy white head that receded to a quarter finger and left ample lacing down the glass. Carbonation bubbles go up the glass. Pretty good looking, very much an IPA. Scents of caramel, some fruity aromas, faint pine and citrus and some hints of juniper berries in the background. A fairly typical IPA aroma, but I like that you can actually detect the juniper berries in the aroma. Taste begins with a lot of caramel malt sweetness, some herbal hops, some citrus, some berry-like frutiness and some very faint juniper berries. These flavors are sustained in the middle. Finish continues with these flavors but adds a bit of a bready malt that continues into the aftertaste, along with a lingering bitterness. A decent East Coast IPA, but I do wish the juniper berries were a bit more prominent in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky, faintly oily with low carbonation and a slick finish. Quite easy to drink and very true to style. Overall this is a good IPA with a faint hint of juniper added. Its not amazing and there are certainly better IPAs out there, but its not bad and a good addition to the Winter pack.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with low visible carbonation. Off white head sits on top of this one that looks a bit like a brain as it begins to dissipate as its quite rocky. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The main aroma comes from the hops as it should in an IPA. Juniper is certainly present giving it a bit of a gin like character. Some breadiness from the roasted malts.

T: Not the most flavorful hopping in this one but it does provide ample bitterness. Juniper is noticeable adding an hebral medicinal flavor similiar to gin.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a dry mouthfeel with a crisp finish. A bit sticky from the hops.

Overall this is an interesting style that appeals to hopheads who like gin. Falling into this category myself I'd enjoy some other attempts at this combination.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear orange amber with an off-white half finger head. Sub-par retention, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small, spotty and shows fair stick.

Smell - Slight fruit sweetness, slight spice, touches of pine.

Taste - More pronounced flavor on the tongue than what's found on the nose. Well-balanced notes of citrus, fruity esters and lesser notes of pine backed by a solid bready /near biscuity malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Firm, medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

Overall - Mmmm, drinks closer to an APA than IPA, in my opinion. Still, pretty good as a beer in and of itself. A real highlight of the Variety 12 pack.

Photo of Retroman40
3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a deep golden color with a long lasting one finger foamy head.

S - Citrus and pine dominate with some hint of muskiness.

T - Very strong citrus start with a bit of a bitter finish.

M - Good rich feel on the tongue with a bit of tartness.

O - A decent enough IPA to buy the "Winter Classics" case or whatever else it come it.

Photo of Roguer
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant orange/gold color, with a thin head (on a turbulent pour!) of pure white foam. Retention is poor.

Sweet, fruit, hoppy aroma: floral and citrus, juicy, with a caramel malt backbone. Hints of banana and honey.

Fairly dry hoppy start, followed by a pleasantly sweet, berry-like flavor. Finishes with honey. Hops come through in a couple waves, both mostly dry and green, but very tasty. Flavor gets boring after a while, though.

Bright and zesty feel, medium-bodied for a single IPA. Nice, sweet clinginess around the mouth.

While this isn't going to replace Jai Alai or Flower Power in your rotation, it's a surprisingly well-made IPA by SA, who aren't exactly known for this kind of brew. Solid hop flavors, and the berries give it a slight distinction from other IPAs. Definitely give this one a try.

Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper pour with an active white foam. Lacing is pretty solid in streaks along the glass. Some carbonation is noted.

S - Has a distinct spicy smell of spice and berries. There is an equal aroma of fresh malts as there is an earthy hop profile.

T - Almost comes off as an herbed\spiced beer more than an IPA. Has a good initial sweet flavor or light malt that pairs well with the spices and Juniper berry. Finish has a rugged hop profile that is not overly bitter and adds a bit of zest.

M - I felt the spice notes made this hard to be sessionable. The beer is light bodied and would pair well with a thick deli sandwich.

O - Kind of mixed on this new beer. I could see this appeal more to seasonal beer lovers than the IPA crowd.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Juniper IPA is another decent offering by Boston Beer Co. The beer pours a clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a lacing. The scent is carries fresh hops that lean more towards a floral arrangement than pine and citrus. The taste is a decent balanced IPA with malt at the front and bitterness at the back. There is some citrus and pine present but it is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good ipa...however, I do not think I would buy a six/twelve/case of it.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is juniper berry and lemon.
The taste has a dry bitterness throughout, woody and a little lemon.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An interesting beer with the juniper, but nothing I would come back for.

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear deep golden/light copper in color with an inch or so of off white foam and with a touch of haze. Decent retention and lace follow.

Aroma is light with some subdued spicy and lemony hops, more like a hoppy pils than an IPA. Juniper notes evade me. Not much as for bite or bitterness, and what bitterness is there seems to come from the scant juniper side of things vs. the hop side of the equation. Yet the lack of caramel notes helps to offset the odd juniper addition to a degree. Feel is thin and a bit watery even as the aroma expands a bit with waming. Overall ok but still so so. Juniper is remote throughout and that's okay, bit steely otherwise given lack of hop bitterness.

Best by April 2014.

Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden honey color with a tight egg shell colored head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready with some light metallic notes. Reminds me more of an English pale ale. Perhaps a light touch of a flowery hop. Don't get much juniper in the aroma.

Quite bready in the flavor and has lots of honey and toffee sweetness. Very English in the taste. The hops range from apricot sweetness to a grassy bitterness. Again, the juniper doesn't really standout. I really enjoy some of the nordic beers because of the juniper but I cannot really pick it up in this beer. There is a slight fruitiness/spice that I attribute to the juniper but it really isn't much.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet to start but has a nice bitter balance. Drinks well. A touch dry in the finish.

An average IPA. Doesn't live up to its labeling but doesn't really have any off flavors. I was excited to try this as I like juniper in beers but this missed that mark.

Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Winter 12 mixer pick up. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium copper with 1/4 inch white foam. Caps. Floral bright nose. Berries and ;pine brush nose. Taste is a light malt with a fruity blend. Light pine trickled throughout. Creates a nice level IPA with a hint of a fruit twist. Nicely done.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice golden color with minimal head. Smell is heavy juniper berries. If you like juniper, this one hits the nail on the head. The aroma kept me confused for the longest time. What is this smell that I've smelled before? Finally, it hit me, Gin! Nice light beer that is heavy on juniper. Doesn't do anything special for me. It's light, crisp, very dry and easy to drink. Not much substance or body though.

Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours clear and golden, with a foamy white head, great retention after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- piney aroma coming from the juniper berries, a hint of citrus, plastic-like undertones, bandaid? A bit spicy as well

T- slightly sweet malt profile, perhaps aided by the juniper berries. Floral and citrus hop profile, but very subdued. Dry fruity finish with some spices

M- medium body with medi-high carbonation lead to a big foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- a low level of bitterness for an IPA, but it's got a good balance to it and is very drinkable. The light sweetness from the juniper adds a nice touch as well

Photo of goochpunch
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a brassy golden color. Smells sweet, toasty, slightly of citrus. Flavor has a really "standard" pale ale/IPA malts flavor. Citrus and light bitterness from the hops. Juniper is mild. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but the carbonation is stinging, which lightens up the stickiness. Overall this is ho-hum. They got rid of Holiday Porter for this?!

Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of April 2014. Sampled on November 16, 2013.

The pour is copper-amber mainly with a lingering white head and busy carbonation. It looks pretty good.

The aroma is of roasted pale malts and juniper berries as promised. The floral hops can be found in the background.

The body is about medium.

Hops tends to present themselves more so in the taste but the roasted malts and juniper can also be found, albeit at a more subdued rate. This was a nice and drinkable beer but nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: A pristine clarity of light coppery-orange coloring shows a light and spacious rise of carbonation. The head is creamy, peanut shell toned, leaving a washy, spares, spongey dab lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet syrupy malt upfront, hints of fresh cold blueberries, wet citrus and wintery pine. The juniper berries adds a bit of dry balance. Sweet, soothing and gentle, definitly not a hop bomb or was intended to be.

T: Flavor was sweet fresh caramel, fleshy juniper berries that provide dry citric tones with a dry toasted character rounding things out. Dry gin like berries bitterness is evident on the finish.

M: Sharp feel around the tongues edges, light to medium body, slippery malt feel with a berry-citric ting on the tongue.

O: thought the nose was sweet and fruity, the juniper berries didn't translate as well to be expected on the flavor. It had brief moments of hope, but in the end it just didn't deliver or had that noted sam adams sense of drinkability which usually produces clean and very drinkable beers. The juniper berries seem a bit odd contributer to an ipa, i can see how they imagine the dry citric quality could add to the hops, but juniper berries are usually not a favorite addition to anything. I usually am the first to defend Sam adams and there clean brewing quality and easy drinking beers, this was not the case, a more of a side step and trying to be different and off centered rather then just focusing on making a good beer.

Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking amber color with lots of white head. It needed three pours to fit it in the glass. Head is long lasting and leaves thick white rings of lace.
Smell is all juniper berries at first but after the beer warms there is a bit of bready malt also.
Taste is standard IPA with the not so subtle juniper component. After warming a bit still plenty of it in the taste but the aroma has lessened.
Mouthfeel is fine with adequete carbonation. Some drying during the finish.
Overall a novelty beer. If you like gin & tonics it might be what you are looking for in a beer. Otherwise if the winter thing is what they are after I would recommend some Xmas spices to go along with the juniper.

Photo of fank2788
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear coppery gold in color with a two finger off white head that laces nicely. The smell is a bit muted for an IPA, there is some hop character more floral and herbal than citrus maybe a touch of pine but even that isn't clear. Beyond the hops there is some typical malt character, caramels and other sweeter varieties. The taste is again a bit mild. Some malty base but it is quite one dimensional. On top of that there is a great deal of herbal hop which appears to provide most of the bitterness. Additionally there does appear to be some pine character without an associated bitterness that I would have to assume is meant to be the Juniper. Again the bitterness is not over the top but there is enough combined with low residual sugars to make the finish incredibly dry and maybe even a little hot, the body is medium and carbonation seems to be on the high side. There is definitely room for improvement in this one a better IPA base actually could be interesting with Juniper maybe something to hope for next year.

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Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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