Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 678
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.3%
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 Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,737 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color into a freshly-spritzed shaker pint. Head climaxed at about 3/4". Pretty straight-forward appearance.

Citrus hops, juniper berries, light pine, and almost biscuity pale malts. Picking up grapefruit pith, orange rind, and a fair share of juniper botanicals in the nose. Almost has a bitter cucumber rind-like quality to it. It's not peppery, nor too piny, although pine is a minor feature. Malts seem very pale, unshowy, yet subtly sweet. Hardly any toast evident.

A minty and piny IPA bursting with pithy citrus and the after-breath of alcohol. Very drinkable, in that it's not too firmly bitter, but crisp, instead. Juniper berries are well-represented, but I like the fact that this doesn't just taste like 'gin beer'. The juniper comes forth with an almost spearmint-like freshness and hints of seed husk. Lots of citrusy hops are pleasantly distracting with notes of unsweet orange, kiwi, and grapefruit. It's not really piny, either. It's more of a spicy finish that pushes through more crisp hoppiness and the pinnacle of staunch bitterness. It doesn't finish long, except that the carbonation keeps bubbles a-popping late after the swish. The swallow is equally spicy. The body is exceptionally light, which I think lets some of the booze come forward. Don't get me wrong, it's an easy drink with potential to be more with some added hoppiness. (1,380 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.09/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper, with a nice three-finger craggy white head of large and small bubbles. Big ringlets of lacing.

S - Extremely mild floral aroma. Not getting much else. A little undefined fruitiness (closer to bubblegum actually) comes out as it warms.

T - Floral hops forward, wafer like malt underbody. Juniper adds even a more flowery note in the finish. Some grapefruit pith and lemon rind also. Overall flavor profile is so mild as to be almost bland.

M - Light bodied with prickly carbonation. Very typical of Sam Adams regular production brews here. Slightly soapy feel.

O - Not a big fan of this one. Flavors just not bold or interesting enough, and the juniper seems very gimmicky and it's addition doesn't really help the base beer. Would not buy again. (827 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

I'm intrigued with this beer as I went through a gin kick during the late summer.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, dense, khaki head. Heavy on the carbonation. The lightest haze was on the copper body. Great sticky rings, good head retention.

S- Flowery hops with a lighter, spicy quality. Underlying, sweet malts. A little muted at first, it opens up with warmth. Everything together does become Christmas-like.

T- Good balance for an IPA. Minty and floral hops up front, sweet malts through the middle, juniper is subtle, but very present as it finishes nicely with the hop qualities. Tart berry, spice, and mint-like flavors all at once.

M- Medium body, clean, carbonation is much lighter than the appearance lets on. Clean, dry finish.

O- Very serviceable IPA. The addition of juniper, while subtle, works here. While not top notch, I'll look forward to drinking the rest of these throughout the fall/winter. I wouldn't mind seeing it in the winter pack again, though I do miss the porter of years past. (1,051 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a brassy golden color. Smells sweet, toasty, slightly of citrus. Flavor has a really "standard" pale ale/IPA malts flavor. Citrus and light bitterness from the hops. Juniper is mild. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but the carbonation is stinging, which lightens up the stickiness. Overall this is ho-hum. They got rid of Holiday Porter for this?! (352 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear amber with just under 2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Pine, juniper, citrus rind. A pretty significant sweet malt backbone.

T: Hop spice, citrus rind, juniper, pine. Lots of hops balanced nicely by sweet malts.

M/D: Full body, medium carbonation, very smooth for the style, drinkability is great.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely drink this again. (517 characters)

Photo of mothman
1.64/5  rDev -53.7%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a transparent orange with a two finger white head. Nice clarity, lots of lacing

S- hey there juniper, how you doin? So much of that earthy aroma from the berries, real nice smelling

T- light bitterness, nice juniper flavor, not overwhelming. About what they were going for, I'd imagine

M- medium bodied

O- hey look, a solid beer in the winter mix pack to replace a favorite! I like this, but it does have that typical "Sam" flavor that a lot of the IPAs they make have (530 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
Best By: March 2014

Clear, coppery orange with a foamy, off white head. Spotty lacing.

Piney, woodsy notes upfront. A blend of the juniper and hop profile.

Again, more juniper, pine, woodsy notes. Balanced with a slightly sweet, bready malt backbone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA. I feel like the juniper does contribute some tasty, woodsy character that blends well with the hops. I'll enjoy the 2nd bottle of this from the variety pack. (476 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a winter variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 1, 2013
Consumed: Nov. 1, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by March 2014

Poured a honey caramel clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white head. Lots of uneven foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Fantastic retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a mix between blackberries and blueberries, which I assume are juniper berries. Also grape, soapy notes, caramel, faint pine, light floral hops, citrus hops, wet Cascade hops and a musky finish.

Tasted similar to the nose, albeit slightly better. Got juniper berries, grape, soap, pine, Cascade hops, floral hops, caramel and citrus hops.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Very bitter finish.

Not that big a fan of this beer. I will most likely not have another one after this. Well after the other one in this variety 12-pack. (981 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an amber appearance with not too much head on the pour. There is some light bubbling obvious, but not much on the surface.

Smell: very herbal hoppy smell, this smells delicious. I don't notice any hints of juniper when smelling the beer, no malt also. I'm excited for this one.

Taste: most certainly an IPA, very hoppy. This tastes really good, but it really resembles the spring ipa's that they will be putting out later in the yr. I don't taste the juniper part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: A high carbonated beer with a medium thickness. This is acceptable but this is not a chugging beer. I feel full.

Overall: an IPA through and through, but this does reach what it aspires to be. (697 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
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!!! (1,004 characters)

Photo of tzieser
2.56/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a typical 16oz pint glass. Crystal clear copper/amber in color with a fluffy white head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a decent amount of time. One thing Sam Adams always nails is the appearance. Never had a bad looking pint from these guys and this is no exception.

S: Pretty strong juniper/pine sap aroma with a bit of hops in the background and the typical sweet malt smell. Smells like some gin in a beer. It's alright but nothing special I guess.

T: Not very good at all. The hop flavor tends to lean towards the earthy and pine side and the juniper is not helping things at all. Pretty much tastes like a cheap IPA (Harpoon comes to mind) with a punch of pine sap. The malt does nothing to keep the beer balanced. Not very drinkable in my opinion.

M: Not as bad as the taste. Not much else to say about the mouthfeel.

O: I had a bad feeling I was not going to enjoy this beer going into it. It's worth noting that I'm not a big juniper fan nor am I a big gin fan. I don't despise it, but I don't love it either. I thought Rogue's Juniper Pale Ale wasn't bad (then again that was years ago) but this is pretty awful. I understand what they were going for, but why make it an IPA? I think if they toned down the juniper and hops and made it a standard pale with a bigger malt base there would be more success to be had. This is just a bitter mess and not in a good "hoppy bitter mess" way. I love you Boston Beer Company but PLEASE swap out this abomination for Holiday Porter again. Hell, just put Holiday Porter in 6 packs so I don't have to buy 12 packs of Juniper IPA and Chocolate Cherry Bock. 4 beers right there that will sit in my fridge for months. Thanks! (1,718 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper pour with an active white foam. Lacing is pretty solid in streaks along the glass. Some carbonation is noted.

S - Has a distinct spicy smell of spice and berries. There is an equal aroma of fresh malts as there is an earthy hop profile.

T - Almost comes off as an herbed\spiced beer more than an IPA. Has a good initial sweet flavor or light malt that pairs well with the spices and Juniper berry. Finish has a rugged hop profile that is not overly bitter and adds a bit of zest.

M - I felt the spice notes made this hard to be sessionable. The beer is light bodied and would pair well with a thick deli sandwich.

O - Kind of mixed on this new beer. I could see this appeal more to seasonal beer lovers than the IPA crowd. (747 characters)

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Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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