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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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117 Reviews
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Reviews: 117
Hads: 685
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 33.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: socon67 on 09-29-2013

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Photo of jadpsu
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the selections from the Winter Selection Variety Pack.
Pours a crystal clear bright amber with an off white, tan head that has good retention and side glass lacing.
Real hoppy aroma of citrus (lemon and orange peel) and some pine nuts as well as a bacground of roasty malts.
Taste is creamy, not thin with a medium body, extra dry, hops almost create a pucker. has a good hop, malt balance as hops lead, roasty malts enter, and puckering hops finish with a dry almost tart after taste.
A good IPA that I liked.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a clear but dark amber color. Only a thin layer of off white head.

S: Citrus, dank pine and floral notes. Just the slightest hint of caramel malt.

T: All the characteristics of the nose with just the right amount of sweetness of juniper berries.

M: Creamy and smooth. Medium body an medium light carb.

O: Not a hop bomb, but definitely a refreshing session IPA with a twist.

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Photo of BrandonOakes
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Amber with decent head and retention. Good lacing

S- Malts and citrusy bitterness. Can't pinpoint anything in particular though.

T- Citrus bitterness and some malts. Wasn't expecting something like this from SA.

M- Very drinkable. Light and pleasant.

O- Came with SA Winter variety case. First off, is this SA? I was not expecting something this tasty. Will definitely enjoy this again!

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Photo of RVigz
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a caramel amber color with a light yellow head.

Smell: Very piney with a sweet citrus aroma.

Taste: Well balanced piney character thats slightly sweet and not overpoweringly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sweet with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Overall this beer is surprisingly balanced with a sharp pine flavor that sweetens out and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Impressive.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for the past several months so so I figured tonight was the night to crack it open. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper color with a nice, fluffy looking slightly off-white/tan colored head that is about an inch thick when first poured. Has very good retention and the head reluctantly eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with good cluster of surface foam and good lacing too. Aromas of juniper, honey, and citrusy, floral, piney hop notes are all nicely present. Sweet juniper and honey malt flavors upfront followed by the aforementioned floral and piney hops with a hint of citrus and maybe a slight touch of ginger spice. A very good balance of the different flavors going on here. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, slightly oily/sticky, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of the mouth and lingers. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be. Certainly worth a try. Another very solid beer from the fine folks at The Boston Beer Company!


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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a nice reddish dark copper with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a lot of lacing.

Smells of juniper, honey, citrus, and piney hop notes.

Tastes just as it smells, nice hop presence up front and good bitter finish. In between, flavors of juniper run across the palate, giving it a slight gin-like taste. Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and juniper with the bitter hops.

Overall, a solid IPA, with the juniper being a nice touch, easy drinking enough to work in the warmer months, but heavy enough to fit in perfectly for winter consumption.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another beer from the winter mixed 12 pack. I have been pretty impressed so far; lets see what this one brings.

I am loving the aroma. Very hoppy, citrusy, slight juniper/gin aromas, orange peel, biscuit aromas, very nice.

Fairly bitter which I like. Lingering bitterness adds some complexity to mouthfeel and overall enjoyment. Crisp, clean, west coast style IPA. Almost too clean. Love the fresh hop flavor with the bitterness.

In my book, another winner from the mix 12. I guess my buds are way different than everyone else's. Loved it, especially for the value.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright orange red, with a one inch white head that leaves behind some lace. Smell is like wreath, grapefruit, coriander, lemon, and I guess juniper. Taste is lots of juniper/Christmas tree, grapefruit, and honey. Body is medium, nice amount life, not dry, and goes down well. I like it, something different for the holidays.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer...better than expected. It is a brownish amber in color, with a whitish head a and great clarity. The smell is of wood, earth, resiny hops, and distant highly roasted malt. The taste is on the dry side, but with lots of malt and hop flavor. Wood and fruit. I get a unique pulpy flavor, that I assume is the juniper. Full in body. It is a very enjoyable beer,

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful amber color with decent clean head and moderate carbonation...semi unfiltered. Great sweet, floral, hoppy aroma with notes of juniper. Very crisp with a bitter bite at the end of the sip. Good hop flavor. Very complex and deceitfully sweet. Not a typical IPA because it's semi-unfiltered. Definite malt flavor at the end of the sip. You can also taste the pine from the juniper. Finishes with more citrus--slightly fruitier.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a thick, fissured glacier head. Great retention like a whale's hump under a foamy blanket. New gold seasonal release bottle art.

Smells like juniper and piney hops. Tastes that way too. Like a pine sap IPA. Minor orange citrus hop backup. Bready malt. Fairly resinous for a Sam Adams beer which I guess would be middle of the road for other brewers.

I like it. Between the bready malt and pine sap SAJIPA makes me think more gruit or sahti than a traditional tweaked IPA.

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Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear amber with just under 2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Pine, juniper, citrus rind. A pretty significant sweet malt backbone.

T: Hop spice, citrus rind, juniper, pine. Lots of hops balanced nicely by sweet malts.

M/D: Full body, medium carbonation, very smooth for the style, drinkability is great.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep burnt amber color with golden highlights beneath a couple of fingers of very dense, thick, rocky light tan head that faded into a thick greasy film that left spotty streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Juniper and pine hops are easily noticeable alongside mild citrus and mint, and a solid bready malt backbone poking through.
T: Creamy mix of pine, juniper, and a splash of citrus juice that mix well with a creamy bready backbone that is almost oat-like and especially comes through in the aftertaste. Finish is lightly bitter with resinous hop oil and tree sap.
M: Medium-thick body, fluffy and thick mouthfeel, chewy, soft and fluffy carbonation. Drinks smooth and very easy.
O: More balanced and creamy than I expected. Great look and great appearance with a decent flavor and smell.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yup, they know how to make great beer at Boston Beer. This one is a pretty IPAish thing, yellow and foamy. The aroma is slighty funky, but definitely interesting and appealing.

The taste is bitter with a bit of something extra, maybe some kind of spice or orange peel or something, but it is way down below a nice complex bitterness. This is a taste I would take every day.

The aftertaste is light and clean making you want more. Overall, this is a surprisingly satisfying brew. I would never refuse THREE of these.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a transparent orange with a two finger white head. Nice clarity, lots of lacing

S- hey there juniper, how you doin? So much of that earthy aroma from the berries, real nice smelling

T- light bitterness, nice juniper flavor, not overwhelming. About what they were going for, I'd imagine

M- medium bodied

O- hey look, a solid beer in the winter mix pack to replace a favorite! I like this, but it does have that typical "Sam" flavor that a lot of the IPAs they make have

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger white head. The head is big and fluffy looking, and fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is nice and hoppy with lots of floral and spicy hop smells. The floral aromas are quite big and mixed with fantastic juniper berry smell giving it a slight gin like aroma. Some lighter malt and sweeter smells are there as well with a light grapefruit and sweet orange smell, which overall produce a rather soothing floral and juniper berry tea like smell.

Taste –While the aroma is quite big on the floral and juniper, the taste, at least in the front, is not. The taste begins with a toasted grain and grapefruit hop flavor. Along with these flavors are some sweeter tastes of tangerine. The juniper and floral flavors come more to fruition in the middle and to the end, with some of the tangerine flavors that were present upfront fading at the expense of some caramel tastes. The juniper and floral flavors get rather strong toward the end, mixing the nice grapefruit hop flavor, leaving a very pleasant, moderately sweet, but nicely floral and spiced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The beer has a wonderfully thick and creamy feel for a brew of only 5.8 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. The thicker body really accentuates the floral hop and juniper flavors of the brew really allowing them to shine.

Overall - This is a rather tasty brew overall with a nice floral and juniper flavor as well as a good feel all while still maintaining a rather easy drinkability. This is one I like, and would recommend. Rather nice.

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Photo of Weston19
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, pours with about a two finger head which eventually turns into a nice lacing. White colored head and the lacing that is left around the glass is excellent.

S: Grapefruit, obvious smell of berries, pineapple, some nuttiness and malts.

T: Grapefruit, bitter nutty aftertaste, some berry taste as the beer hits the back palate but its sweetness disappears rather quickly. The berries are also present as the beer first hits your tongue.

MF: Light MF, well carbonated and a dry finish.

O: The beer looks fantastic on a glass, it smells pretty good, but I wish the berries would linger a little longer or at least have a more pronounced presence. Still, for an experimental IPA it's pretty good. I would say it's par with Sierra Nevada and New Belgium.

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Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before April (2014).

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: At first, curiously, mild fruit cup, probably due to the "citrus hops" supposedly used to "balance" the juniper. Later, pine forest notes.

t: Bitter pine tree up front over medium malt base. The pine is not your usual hop resin pine but more like what you'd smell in a pine forest. Some bitterness sits on the tongue, otherwise a dry finish.

m: Medium, good body. Carbonation tingle persists.

o: Interesting, different, and good for what it is. Sort of like drinking what a real Christmas tree smells like, but with a bitter bite in your mouth. Maybe just imagine chewing on some pine needles while drinking a good IPA. A good chance that if it's before December 25th and you are not yet in the Christmas spirit, having one or two of these would do it.

I recently bought a bottle of Williams Alba Scots Pine Ale which I'm anticipating will taste something like this (UPDATE 3/12 it didn't), but costs twice as much since it's an import. Sam Juniper IPA is a "special release," so not available all year. In fact I had never heard of it before my daughter gave me this bottle. She's not an IPA fan.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Slightly earthy, lemon-like, and resiny hop resins up front. Clean fermentation character. No esters noted.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a low off-white head that retains moderately. Sticky lacing on the glass. Large bubbles condense to reveal a still beer in the snifter.

Flavor: More lemon and grassy hop flavors up front. Firm bitter punch with a nice cracker-like malt base. Balance is to the bitter. Finish is clean and dry with a bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation leaving a slightly prickly carbonic bite. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A unique lemon-forward American IPA. Not sure what to expect from "Juniper" but it was well crafted and well within the American IPA range.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a GDBC pint glass

Pours a clear gold with a thick white head, two fingers deep at least off an aggressive pour. Tons of pine on the nose backed by a bit of citrus hops and bready malt tones. Good flavors, pine up front with some citrus peel, fades to a lingering bitterness held in check with some bread and dough malt flavors. Nice resinous mouthfeel like a good IPA should have. Overall, looking like this is my favorite brew from the winter pack so far.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear copper color with a good soapy cream colored head that calms to a good bubbly film. Good world map lacing.

Aroma is piny and faintly sweet.

Taste is just as piny as the aroma with that subtle sweetness to add balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very drinkable.

Overall, I liked this the more I drank it. Simple yet tasty.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like sam adams juniper ipa- this beer is a good ipa without having to be a huge hop bomb. there is a little something different going on here- i can only assume its the juniper berries....ive never eaten juniper berries so i cant peg the flavor. there is a light freshness to this beer. this ipa has a crisp lightness yet maintains its full flavor. i am a boston beer company fan and they are still making quality beers.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd always wondered how juniper might work in a beer. Amber in color, much darker than many IPAs, but without much head, somewhat lifeless.

Ever-greenery and cedar, adding some spice to the nose. Like soaking up the sun in a forest of greens.

Lots of greenery and woodsy earthiness, landing spicy on the tongue, escaping quickly to leave only a bit cedar behind. Fairly one-dimensional though, with little else.

Sparkling on the tongue, ruminates there for awhile, akin to bark from a red cedar.

Nice for a change and I admire the use of the juniper, but nothing great.

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Photo of Roguer
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of juniper (I would have said spruce), citrus hops, sweet malt. Flavor is light citrus hops, lightly floral, juniper berry, mild bready malt, finishing with light evergreen and lingering grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A mellow hopped IPA with a deft touch of juniper flavor that melds well with the hops. Mild malt body, almost undersupporting, but overall nicely balanced and interesting flavored IPA that leans in profile towards an American pale ale.

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Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.