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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

661 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: socon67 on 09-29-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.3%

djrn2, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

zestar, May 21, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -5%

acurtis, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jaydoc, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

kylehay2004, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

oberon, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

zeff80, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
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...

StonedTrippin, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Jason, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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!!!

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

mactrail, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

oriolesfan4, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

InspectorBob, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
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-

kojevergas, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

imperialking, Feb 12, 2014
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...

Billolick, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of mothman
1.55/5  rDev -54.7%
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.

mothman, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

ejimhof, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Zorro, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

tdm168, Nov 30, 2013
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Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.