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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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621 Ratings
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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | 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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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-09-2014 22:17:19 | More by NCLorax
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3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

03-04-2014 16:27:37 | More by EF4
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

03-02-2014 20:55:55 | More by carlmoberg
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

03-01-2014 23:44:47 | More by Shy5
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-28-2014 12:50:35 | More by philibum13
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4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-25-2014 21:29:21 | More by zp6167a
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-25-2014 21:13:31 | More by williamv0123
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3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-25-2014 16:39:41 | More by Inglewood
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New York

2/5  rDev -41.9%

02-25-2014 01:01:57 | More by Joestradamus91
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

02-24-2014 05:50:33 | More by Nick-K
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

02-23-2014 17:49:11 | More by Pensfan0782
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3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

02-22-2014 05:27:13 | More by Morakaton
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

02-21-2014 21:32:26 | More by hop_devil
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-21-2014 03:59:54 | More by DustinSWB
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-21-2014 01:47:15 | More by Calavera1
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:59:00 | More by bgillespie
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

02-19-2014 02:28:57 | More by JC333
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3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +9%

02-18-2014 20:10:51 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

02-18-2014 11:30:05 | More by wc94wc
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3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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