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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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558 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%

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:
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(Beer added by: socon67 on 09-29-2013)
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3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 04:59:45 | More by LiquidAmber
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of caramel and citrus sweetness that is quickly followed by an herbal hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are several better options in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:04:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin white head that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon, lime, orange rind, pine, and juniper are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, cream, crackers, orange rind, lemon, lime, kumquat, grapefruit, pine, cedar, and juniper coat the palate. The ale finishes with a robust wash of biscuit, orange rind, pine, and juniper flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium and surprisingly creamy. In terms of body, this is a little slight for the style, but the smoothness of this IPA is commendable. The carbonation is very crisp and firm.

O: I can see this being a really hit or miss beer for many people. I know the Samuel Adams haters will dislike it regardless, but all in all, this really isn't bad. It may not compare to some of the more lauded American IPAs, but it does what it does quite well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 13:56:19 | More by mrfrancis
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4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:26:53 | More by RVigz
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3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 18:28:32 | More by scotorum
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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 21:15:46 | More by schoolboy
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown-orange with a big off tan head that gives a nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and hops are most noticeable. Maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but much more pronounced. Piney hops go great. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Overall: A solid IPA. A little light on the hops, but it pulls its weight. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:59:00 | More by bgillespie
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3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours orange-yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of piney hops with a small earthiness. Tastes of oily piney citrus his with slight malt and nice bite. Beer is light bodied but heavily carbonated. Overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:41:47 | More by cyclonece09
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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a freshness date on it

clear amber-orange look, small head that fades to a ring.a lot of juniper and sweet roasty malt in the nose. taste is overly bitter and perfume-y. not too much juniper but heavy floral and pine hops that aren't too pleasant. the malt barely comes through.

just okay. not a good ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 11:26:07 | More by jimmah120
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3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 20:59:57 | More by scottfrie
Photo of WoodBrew


3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:31:54 | More by WoodBrew
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West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light amber. Leaves a decent lace.
Smell: Floral, honey.
Taste: Bitter floral, honey, and a touch of pine.

This is an enjoyable brew. It doesn't have the usual hop wallop of an IPA, but it's still delicious. The main thing I detect is something floral surrounded with honey. The same goes for the taste, with an added bitter quality, as well as an interesting syrupy thickness in the taste (not in the liquid); perhaps it's the malt. I would probably get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 04:41:47 | More by TeamMathis
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3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear, dark, amber body with about a finger and a half of lasting white head.

S: Smells of hops, citrus, juniper and grape. Sweet smelling but not too sweet.

T: Much like the aroma the flavor was that of hops, citrus and juniper but also with more bitter notes.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O: Another nice seasonal beer from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 17:58:25 | More by kaplunk02
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:27:24 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:13:56 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:05:24 | More by mpedara429
Photo of artdob


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a classic frothy tan head, though staying power is just for a few moments. Aroma has light maltiness and hops, but overall, fairly minimal at least for my sniffer.

Palate... Hops for sure give this a familiar IPA foundation. Light citrus notes, grapefruit in particular followed with the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated.

While the name of this one has Juniper mentioned, honestly I'm not familiar with juniper smell or taste, so is it here, I can't judge that element. As for IPAs, it's alright, but given a choice, in this department I would be more likely to reach for a Stone brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:11:26 | More by artdob
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3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A) Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Two finger head that settles slowly. Crystal clear bronze colored body.
S) Sweet orange. Hints of pine.
T) Toasty. A bit nutty. Some subtle caramel notes. Vegetal with a lingering hop bite in the finish.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied but on the thin side. Fizzy.
O) An alright IPA. Nothing outstanding, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 00:59:47 | More by u2carew
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South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle notched best by April 2014, poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a lovely, clear golden body with an inch of fluffy off-white head, and leaves tons of lacing as I drink. Lovely.

S: A little pine, a little citrus, and a little...soapiness? Maybe that's supposed to be Juniper, but it just smells like something is a little 'off' in there.

T: Follows the nose, with a little pine, a little citrus, and a little 'something else' that is not obviously pleasant. As the beer warms, that something else takes more of a berry quality, but no way I would have pegged it for Juniper without the label. A little malt sweetness peeks through in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly light body, with a little effervescence. So, quaffable, at the least.

O: This really isn't a terrible beer, but it's no better than okay. Different for the sake of difference, but it just doesn't justify itself in the experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:55:54 | More by Craigory
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New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:41:29 | More by beerthulhu
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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with over a finger of head. There is some nice head retention to this offering and the dissipating head leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The nose has mild hop notes. The flavor profile is reasonably hoppy, but also includes notes of sweet berry. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. This offering paired well with the beef ravioli in vodka sauce that I had for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:34:25 | More by 57md
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3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First Sam Adams I have had that I loved and didn't love. When I poured it out of the bottle it was beautiful. An awesome dark, golden color with the bubbles of carbonation floating the surface - topped off with a puffy tannish head that had remarkable staying power. But that's where my being impressed ended. It smelled like most other IPAs and tasted like one too. Not one of the Sam Adams I plan on going out of my way to partake of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:14:24 | More by jjamadorphd
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3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The last of the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours an amber/gold color, bit of chill haze, with a frothy white head.

Smell is sweeter than pine, the juniper influence perhaps.

Taste is a one-dimensional evergreen flavor. No malt to speak of or fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a dry bitter finish

Overall not a great IPA. The juniper does nothing in my opinion. I wouldn't throw this away, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:03:37 | More by RJLarse
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3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 08:46:48 | More by Auraan
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3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4 fingers off-white head over a transparent body of orange amber, very minimal amount of rising carbonation; nice lace

S - fruity smell (probably the juniper berries), pine, citrus, touch of spice

T - big piney flavor, berry-like fruitiness, citrus and spice, bready malt backbone appears briefly toward the end

M - slightly sticky medium body, moderate carbonation, pleasantly tart

O - Juniper is a very good winter IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 23:23:38 | More by lwillitz
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Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.