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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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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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 4/2014.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, juniper berry, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and slight juniper flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a juniper presence that is more noticeable in the aroma.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new in the winter pack this year, i wanted it to have a lot more vibrant juniper character, but it doesnt. richer honey colored brew with over an inch of well lasting white head and a nose of citrusy hops and american pale male. simple and balanced. i get just a botanical hit from the juniper, gin-like but really subtle, it does not impact the flavor is much as it should, and the flavor then feels a little dumbed down or washed out. clean feel, well carbonated and enjoyable enough to drink as a woodsy ipa, but i can envision what a sturdier juniper flavor would do to this and i crave it. maybe next year...

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Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has the classic Sam Adams characteristics of light body, clean and understated flavors, and lovely foam and carbonation. This is yet another of of odd flavored beers they crank out endlessly.

The juniper scent is quite distinct in sniffing the glass. Color is clear dark amber. Bitter, twiggy, herbal flavor. Rather slick mouthfeel. Each sip makes a promising start with some resiny, malty sweetness. However, it becomes extremely bitter and increasingly unpleasant at the finish. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Lee's Discount Liquor in Mesquite, Nevada.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

5.8% ABV confirmed. Enjoy before: March 2014. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold colored standard Sam Adams label and branded blue pry-off cap acquired as part of the 2013 winter 12-pack variety box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. The idea of an IPA brewed with juniper is interesting but I'm a bit suspicious; I'm worried it'll resemble gin, which I'm not keen on.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours a 2 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creamy smooth consistency. Fairly soft complexion. Good thickness. Head retention is pretty good - about 5-6 minutes - though the ABV is a biteen on the low side for the style. Uneven lacing coats the sdies of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear vibrant copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an IPA - there's nothing unique or special here. I'm looking forward to trying it. No egregious flaws are evident.

Sm: Has your standard floral hop character with some light pine and vague fruity hops. Some healthy caramalt and pale malt. I do find a kiss of juniper berries when I look for that note, but I highly doubt I'd find it blind. It also doesn't seem to have the bitterness of juniper or gin. If anything, it lends the aroma an extra fruity dimension which is very welcome.

A clean appealing aroma of above average to mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off notes.

T: Juniper is much stronger in the flavour profile than it was on the aroma, and does impart some gin-like bitterness, which joins the hop bitterness in tampering with the balance. There's not quite enough pale malt/caramalt sweetness - and what there is isn't quite in all the right places - to really lend this credible careful balance. It does have a decent cohesion, but it's not a gestalt build and lacks subtlety and complexity. No intricacy or nuance here. The hop character itself is pretty generic - just your usual floral and vaguely fruity character. There's just not much of interest here.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-flavours.

Boring and uninspired.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit refreshing, and overcarbonated. Should be softer. Crisp. Has an okay presence on the palate, but the texture doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste. Okay thickness and body.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A downable IPA which is very forgettable. The juniper doesn't suit it well and I don't particularly think it's a good premise for a beer of any style. It's all well and good that Sam Adams is reaching for excuses to put IPAs in a winter pack, but I'm not certain juniper is a flavour that belongs in beer (no doubt Fantome or New Glarus will prove me wrong within a year). I wouldn't buy this again and I'd be unhappy to see it in future seasonal packs. Mediocre at best and not worth buying.

The untamed curt bitterness really drags this one down. There's no highlight here for me.

Low C-

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
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!!!

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
1.64/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

White head. Gold in color.

Flavor profile is just awful. Sticky hops. A lot of stickiness. Burnt plastic. Rubbing alcohol. Just gross. Tons of bready malts. Gross spices (juniper).

I took one sip of this and knew it was going to be a struggle finishing it. This one is just awful. Avoid.

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Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the holiday 12 pack
Medium golden color with a decent head. Spicy earthy floral hop aroma with lots of caramel to back it up. Flavor follows the aroma caramel backing with spicy earthy hops to balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of what the juniper brings to the party.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a white head that leaves perfect rings of lace down the pint glass. Aroma of caramel malts and a very floral suggestion from the hops and juniper.

In the taste, grapefruit matched with a lavender like floral aspect. Definitely pine from the juniper and a bit of the floral. Mild bitterness but still lingers into the finish.

Medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Finishes bitter. Overall this is a decent brew, solid bitterness, a bit of fruitiness, but nothing special.

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Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sweet with a spruce scent that must be the Juniper. Mild scents of pine and caramel but it isn't real aromatic.

Starts out basically bittersweet at first with a bit of a savory taste to it. Wood and pine are a big part of the flavor. This does taste better than it smells.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not bad, but I wouldn't buy a six pack of it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden hue with a frothy head that fades after a few minutes. I wanted to allow the beer to "breathe".

The use of juniper berries gives this beer a nutty scent that compliments the pine character.

Exploring the palate further, I find an excellent, roasted nut essence that compliments the use of the pine-forward hops.

Mouthfeel agrees with me. Finishes clean with a little sting down the back of the throat.

An interesting take on an IPA infused with juniper berries. It's got that decent nutty character that I think some people will appreciate.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased as part of the holiday mix-pack.

Pours copper orange, basically clear, with some lacing, not much, descended from a half inch head.

Smells like grass, pine, and some fruity berry-ness that I assume is from the juniper.

The taste is similar. The juniper infusion is interesting, but doesn't do much to save an otherwise bland base IPA. Sort of muddled generic bitter pine flavor, a little bit of grapefruit. Just kind of boring, really.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated. Fairly drinkable, but not because it's tasty, more just because it's light.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Best Before Feb
A - amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that holds great retention
S - piny citric aroma with some caramely grain
T - nice balance of flavors; toasted grain, caramel, piny hops, citrus, a little earthy. I'm not sure what the juniper adds, but I think I taste it and it blends well with the IPA flavors.
M - resinous and drying on the palate, finishes moderately bitter while being medium bodied
O - nice unique IPA for the season, but nothing extravagant here, although it is very well crafted

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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 AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a 12 ounce bottle.

It smells piney and fresh, but also sweet and not super strong. The flavor is languid and laid back. Crisp malt is equal parts dry and sweet. A brief burst of spicy-herbal flavor is sadly short and fades to generic malting as by the end. Still, drinkable and pleasant. Not bad.

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Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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