Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 677
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 4.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 neenerzig
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Eric (1,155 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Juniper IPA pours a bronze color with a nice long lasting and lacing head. There is a sweeter aroma with a mellow sweet juniper fruity backbone, and some floral hop flavors. The taste has a nice mellow floral flavors, and nice mellow sweetness from the juniper berries. Nice blend of flavors, nothing is overpowering and comes together nicely. Overall its a nice beer, well put together, and easy to drink. (406 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass.

There's some awesome chicken going on at this "cookout", so let's have some beer, shall we? This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, light biscuit, light honey, a touch of spruce, and flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, the pine being cut by the spruce (likely the juniper, but it comes across more spruce-y to me), and a touch of old cedar tossed in for good measure. A stronger biscuit-y backbone has been established as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an alright IPA, but the juniper doesn't really help matters too much (nor does it truly hinder things that much, either), and the resulting hop-influenced flavor profile leaves a bit to be desired. (838 characters)

Photo of RToffler
1.66/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was utterly disgusted the moment this vitriolic waste offended my taste palette. I enjoyed a sampler of the Samuel Winter Seasonal offerings, but this stuck out as the most utterly repulsive drink I have ever had the misfortune of placing in my mouth. I am genuinely convinced that any positive review of the beer comes from a misplaced attempt at sophistication. I will stick to Miller High Life while you all enjoy your highly overrated flow of piss-brau. (459 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season. This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character. Complimented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA with Juniper berries added. One of the newest additions to the Winter Classics variety pack, available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Served above 60º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale gold head over a honey amber body with high clarity and a very mild haze. Carbonation is plentiful and spritely. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of herbal, fruity and peppery hops join alongside an earthy caramel syrup and toffee body for a balanced IPA aroma. Some fruit tartness and moist resin add some unique complexity to the aroma, potentially the impact of the Juniper berries. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) Expect an enjoyable fruity hop profile with a soft resinous undertone. The caramel sweetness up front is fairly clean and smooth with a hint of additional bready sweetness perhaps from a toffee malt. The Juniper berry generates a suggestion of mellow fruit undertones with a slight tartness. The beer finishes with an earthy, grainy caramel malt and a touch of soft pine bitterness. Despite the character, this is a much more malt-forward IPA than it is hop-focused, and quite a filling IPA at that. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, filling, mildly syrupy. Carbonation generates a subtle frothiness for a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is sweetness somewhat over bitterness with an even more subtle tartness. Alcohol presence is mild with no notable off-characters. 3.5

(Overall) Juniper berries or not, this beer doesn't quite make the grade for an enjoyable IPA. I was expecting something a little more piney and hoppy with a subtle fruit undertone, but this beer seems to be more of an English IPA with unremarkable flavors. The Juniper berry plays out best in the aroma, but takes a less prominent role in the flavor. Hopefully next year this will get reworked into something more than a run-of-the-mill IPA. 3.5

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Samuel Adams Juniper IPA
3.4/5.00 (2,384 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 5/10/14. Came in the 'Winter Sampler' 12-pack from last December. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.

Pours a pretty golden honey-amber in color with a good 1-finger off-white head that stays around for a bit. Lots of sticky lacing is seen clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some caramel malts with some pine and citrus. The taste of the caramel malts with the juniper and citrus coming together nicely for a sight bitter finish. I am NOT a I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) fan at all but this was surprising easy to drink. Just a very slight bitter finish that didn't last more than a few seconds really. Perfect carbonation. Very refreshing as well. (738 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of RVigz
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,297 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of bgillespie
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of kaplunk02
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (392 characters)

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Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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