Juniper IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of mpedara429
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of artdob
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a classic frothy tan head, though staying power is just for a few moments. Aroma has light maltiness and hops, but overall, fairly minimal at least for my sniffer.

Palate... Hops for sure give this a familiar IPA foundation. Light citrus notes, grapefruit in particular followed with the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated.

While the name of this one has Juniper mentioned, honestly I'm not familiar with juniper smell or taste, so is it here, I can't judge that element. As for IPAs, it's alright, but given a choice, in this department I would be more likely to reach for a Stone brew.

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Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A) Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Two finger head that settles slowly. Crystal clear bronze colored body.
S) Sweet orange. Hints of pine.
T) Toasty. A bit nutty. Some subtle caramel notes. Vegetal with a lingering hop bite in the finish.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied but on the thin side. Fizzy.
O) An alright IPA. Nothing outstanding, but drinkable.

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Photo of Craigory
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle notched best by April 2014, poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a lovely, clear golden body with an inch of fluffy off-white head, and leaves tons of lacing as I drink. Lovely.

S: A little pine, a little citrus, and a little...soapiness? Maybe that's supposed to be Juniper, but it just smells like something is a little 'off' in there.

T: Follows the nose, with a little pine, a little citrus, and a little 'something else' that is not obviously pleasant. As the beer warms, that something else takes more of a berry quality, but no way I would have pegged it for Juniper without the label. A little malt sweetness peeks through in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly light body, with a little effervescence. So, quaffable, at the least.

O: This really isn't a terrible beer, but it's no better than okay. Different for the sake of difference, but it just doesn't justify itself in the experience.

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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 57md
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with over a finger of head. There is some nice head retention to this offering and the dissipating head leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The nose has mild hop notes. The flavor profile is reasonably hoppy, but also includes notes of sweet berry. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. This offering paired well with the beef ravioli in vodka sauce that I had for dinner.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First Sam Adams I have had that I loved and didn't love. When I poured it out of the bottle it was beautiful. An awesome dark, golden color with the bubbles of carbonation floating the surface - topped off with a puffy tannish head that had remarkable staying power. But that's where my being impressed ended. It smelled like most other IPAs and tasted like one too. Not one of the Sam Adams I plan on going out of my way to partake of in the future.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The last of the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours an amber/gold color, bit of chill haze, with a frothy white head.

Smell is sweeter than pine, the juniper influence perhaps.

Taste is a one-dimensional evergreen flavor. No malt to speak of or fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a dry bitter finish

Overall not a great IPA. The juniper does nothing in my opinion. I wouldn't throw this away, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of Auraan
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich, clear caramel with a half-finger fluffy white head that receded to a quarter finger and left ample lacing down the glass. Carbonation bubbles go up the glass. Pretty good looking, very much an IPA. Scents of caramel, some fruity aromas, faint pine and citrus and some hints of juniper berries in the background. A fairly typical IPA aroma, but I like that you can actually detect the juniper berries in the aroma. Taste begins with a lot of caramel malt sweetness, some herbal hops, some citrus, some berry-like frutiness and some very faint juniper berries. These flavors are sustained in the middle. Finish continues with these flavors but adds a bit of a bready malt that continues into the aftertaste, along with a lingering bitterness. A decent East Coast IPA, but I do wish the juniper berries were a bit more prominent in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky, faintly oily with low carbonation and a slick finish. Quite easy to drink and very true to style. Overall this is a good IPA with a faint hint of juniper added. Its not amazing and there are certainly better IPAs out there, but its not bad and a good addition to the Winter pack.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 4 fingers off-white head over a transparent body of orange amber, very minimal amount of rising carbonation; nice lace

S - fruity smell (probably the juniper berries), pine, citrus, touch of spice

T - big piney flavor, berry-like fruitiness, citrus and spice, bready malt backbone appears briefly toward the end

M - slightly sticky medium body, moderate carbonation, pleasantly tart

O - Juniper is a very good winter IPA.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a deep golden color with a long lasting one finger foamy head.

S - Citrus and pine dominate with some hint of muskiness.

T - Very strong citrus start with a bit of a bitter finish.

M - Good rich feel on the tongue with a bit of tartness.

O - A decent enough IPA to buy the "Winter Classics" case or whatever else it come it.

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Photo of Tuey13
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden amber with a one finger white fluffy head.

Aroma of hops and citrus... i can definitely smell a little evergreen notes on the nose kind of a gin aroma.

Taste is bitter hops and tastes of juniper, again kind of a gin-like taste.... a little sweetness on the back end as the malts come into play.

This was a good IPA, but not amazing... the juniper was not strong enough on the taste for my preference. But overall it was a great beer just not groundbreaking! ;-)

Hope everyone had a great holiday season... now look forward to spring even though we are having a snowstorm as the spring beers are already showing up! Hahaha

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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 delta490
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- a nice amber body with a foamy white head. Minimal retention and hardly any lacing

S- big pine notes are dominant. No notice of juniper

T- more big pine with an interesting subtext in the malt. Not sure if its juniper or what

M- thinner with a crisp finish

O- a solid IPA. Not a barn burner but pleasant

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Photo of BigCheese
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A CLear Copper. THin white head, dies pretty quick, minimal lacing. A bit of a darker IPA.

S: Some fresh piney and grapefruit hops. Smells like Centennial+Cascade. American Cs.

T: SImilar to nose. Some fresh pine with hints of grapefruit. Some fruity peppery juniper notes if you search for it.. A nice slightly toasted caramel malt backbone too. Legit malt backbone. Some herbal hoppyness too. SIgnificant bitterness. Lacking something though. Kind of boring.

M: Decent fullness/richness for low ABV. Medium to low carbonation.

O: A decent IPA offering from sam. Nothing earth shattering. I dont get a ton of Juniper. I certainly would rather a Holiday porter in the mix pack.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Juniper IPA pours with a clear copper color and a small beige head. Gentle carbonation bubbles rise to the top. The head faded quickly and with no lacing.
The aroma was quite hoppy. A subtle pine or evergreen aroma is present too.
The taste is pretty malty and mixes well with the evergreen/juniper notes.
The finish is pretty dry and bitter, puckering almost.
A pretty good beer but really didn't taste fresh.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear deep golden/light copper in color with an inch or so of off white foam and with a touch of haze. Decent retention and lace follow.

Aroma is light with some subdued spicy and lemony hops, more like a hoppy pils than an IPA. Juniper notes evade me. Not much as for bite or bitterness, and what bitterness is there seems to come from the scant juniper side of things vs. the hop side of the equation. Yet the lack of caramel notes helps to offset the odd juniper addition to a degree. Feel is thin and a bit watery even as the aroma expands a bit with waming. Overall ok but still so so. Juniper is remote throughout and that's okay, bit steely otherwise given lack of hop bitterness.

Best by April 2014.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this poured out of the bottle into a pint. Lighter IPA with a soft copper coloring. The juniper comes through in the flavor with the hops, but it's by no means overpowering. Transparent coloring, limited white head. Aroma comes through more with the hops. Original, but not great.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'd always wondered how juniper might work in a beer. Amber in color, much darker than many IPAs, but without much head, somewhat lifeless.

Ever-greenery and cedar, adding some spice to the nose. Like soaking up the sun in a forest of greens.

Lots of greenery and woodsy earthiness, landing spicy on the tongue, escaping quickly to leave only a bit cedar behind. Fairly one-dimensional though, with little else.

Sparkling on the tongue, ruminates there for awhile, akin to bark from a red cedar.

Nice for a change and I admire the use of the juniper, but nothing great.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- very clear light amber. Full head.

Aroma- gentle floral hoppiness with hint agave.

Taste- Starts with a mild roast and pine needle hopiness with hint of honey-like sweetness in the mid-body finishing long with a mild floral gin-like dryness. 50 IBUs. An interesting IPA but not one I'd want on a regular basis.

ABV 5.8%

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with two fingers of foamy white head little lacing.
S - Juniper, grass, blueberry, biscuit malt, dare I say pancakes?
T - Sweet berry flavor that gets blasted with a huge biscuit malt taste, some really bitter pine and earthy bitter bite at the end.
M - Bitter and semi soapy kinda feel
O - This is a decent attempt at something new, but hey BBC, there's beers that you've retired that are 10 times better in this, so how about we bring those back and ditch this?

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with low visible carbonation. Off white head sits on top of this one that looks a bit like a brain as it begins to dissipate as its quite rocky. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The main aroma comes from the hops as it should in an IPA. Juniper is certainly present giving it a bit of a gin like character. Some breadiness from the roasted malts.

T: Not the most flavorful hopping in this one but it does provide ample bitterness. Juniper is noticeable adding an hebral medicinal flavor similiar to gin.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a dry mouthfeel with a crisp finish. A bit sticky from the hops.

Overall this is an interesting style that appeals to hopheads who like gin. Falling into this category myself I'd enjoy some other attempts at this combination.

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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 KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Winter 12 mixer pick up. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium copper with 1/4 inch white foam. Caps. Floral bright nose. Berries and ;pine brush nose. Taste is a light malt with a fruity blend. Light pine trickled throughout. Creates a nice level IPA with a hint of a fruit twist. Nicely done.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a bottle. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of billowy white head that reduces quickly, but leaves some nice lace. The beer is a fairly pale ruddy golden color with light carbonation and quite clear.

Oddly, I don't detect much on the nose alone- I was expecting a bit more of a pine needly aroma from this style (which is new to me). I do detect some floral hops. Anyway, lots of pine and citrus in the taste itself, which makes it more noticeable in the aroma- but not overhearing at all, letting some caramel biscuity notes shine through. Lingering complex bitterness and tang in the aftertaste.

All in all, a somewhat unique but also easy drinking beer, and not much more bitter than a good pale ale. Purchased as part of a winter variety 12 pack.

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