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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.01%

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

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 11:35:04 | More by Retroman40
Photo of Tuey13


3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 07:38:06 | More by Tuey13
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 17:06:37 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of delta490


3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:12:05 | More by delta490
Photo of BigCheese


3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:14:15 | More by BigCheese
Photo of micromaniac129


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 13:11:06 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of HalfFull


3.15/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 06:56:44 | More by HalfFull
Photo of MarkQ617


3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 16:30:26 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of mdcrouser


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 20:16:37 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of utfiero


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 02:20:37 | More by utfiero
Photo of Omnium


3.53/5  rDev +2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 08:09:37 | More by Omnium
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:39:35 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:32:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 21:07:49 | More by KTCamm
Photo of archyquaffer


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 05:53:47 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Scotchboy


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Sam Smith nonic.

A: Dark gold with a huge amount of head and lace; relatively clear body.

S: Malty, bready, and...herbal? Juniper is present, pretty unique, almost soapy? Other berry aromas are there too, with a moderate piney component, with slight pine sap and citrus pith.

T: Malty upfront, this beer leans malty and sweet with a caramel malt undertone. Herbal, piney, and pithy hops underneath, with a good dose of that juniper flower. Lower bitterness levels.

MF: Creamy medium body.

O: Unique and well executed but not my cup-of-tea really.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 16:22:27 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: On the sweet malty side with some juniper and other berries

T: Again, on the sweeter and malty side. Juniper berries kick in mid-way with some other berry presence (strawberry immediately comes to mind) and some citrus notes. Moderately bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: If you enjoy malty IPAs that are on the sweeter side with a good berry kick then this one will work well for you. I thought it would be more herbal like gin, but the malt and hops change that a bit. Not my least favorite in the 12-pack, but it seems out of place

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 06:39:34 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of SFACRKnight


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a GDBC pint glass

Pours a clear gold with a thick white head, two fingers deep at least off an aggressive pour. Tons of pine on the nose backed by a bit of citrus hops and bready malt tones. Good flavors, pine up front with some citrus peel, fades to a lingering bitterness held in check with some bread and dough malt flavors. Nice resinous mouthfeel like a good IPA should have. Overall, looking like this is my favorite brew from the winter pack so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 00:18:12 | More by SFACRKnight
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 17:47:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of fank2788


3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear coppery gold in color with a two finger off white head that laces nicely. The smell is a bit muted for an IPA, there is some hop character more floral and herbal than citrus maybe a touch of pine but even that isn't clear. Beyond the hops there is some typical malt character, caramels and other sweeter varieties. The taste is again a bit mild. Some malty base but it is quite one dimensional. On top of that there is a great deal of herbal hop which appears to provide most of the bitterness. Additionally there does appear to be some pine character without an associated bitterness that I would have to assume is meant to be the Juniper. Again the bitterness is not over the top but there is enough combined with low residual sugars to make the finish incredibly dry and maybe even a little hot, the body is medium and carbonation seems to be on the high side. There is definitely room for improvement in this one a better IPA base actually could be interesting with Juniper maybe something to hope for next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:07:00 | More by fank2788
Photo of barnzy78


3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:57:05 | More by barnzy78
Photo of Richardbeerlover


2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice golden color with minimal head. Smell is heavy juniper berries. If you like juniper, this one hits the nail on the head. The aroma kept me confused for the longest time. What is this smell that I've smelled before? Finally, it hit me, Gin! Nice light beer that is heavy on juniper. Does'nt do anything special for me. It's light, crisp and easy to drink. Not much substance or body though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:57:53 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of AgentMunky


3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:09:04 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of StoutHunter


3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Juniper IPA in their new winter seasonal mixed twelve pack last week at Meijers. I don't have much experience with Juniper, but I do not like gin and I wonder how the Juniper will work with this IPA, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by February. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good with Juniper berrys in the middle and a shiny gold background, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the Juniper showing up first imparting a piney and pine sap like aroma that's a little gin like. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, bready and pale malt like aroma with a slight bit of doughy yeast in the background. Towards the end comes the hops which impart an earthy and citrus rind like aroma and when combined with the Juniper it becomes a little soapy. The aroma was decent, but I thought the Juniper was a little heavy and it could have some better balance.

T- The taste seems to be not all that similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts showing up first imparting a grainy, bready, and pale malt like flavor with a slight bit of doughy yeast coming through. Up next comes the hops which impart an earthy and citrus rind like flavor with a slight bit of Juniper coming through. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a pale malt and citrus rind hop like aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but the juniper wasn't that noticeable and it seems to be almost the opposite of the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly dry, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a fairly average American IPA, this beer was a little puzzling to me, in the aroma the juniper was just too overpowering, but in the taste it barely showed up, I thought that was pretty weird. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention so one would be enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was it's all around balance, in the aroma the juniper was too overpowering and in the taste it hardly showed up. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own, it's just not for me and I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, I was little unsure how juniper would work in an IPA, but it just didn't come together well with this beer and it was too unbalanced, but I still think there's a chance that Juniper could be used in a good way in a beer, it just wasn't evident in the beer. This just might be one of my least favorite beers from Sam Adams and as far as I can remember it's my least favorite beer that they have put in the winter seasonal variety pack. Better luck next time guys, this beer just wasn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:38:45 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best by March 2014. Another new winter seasonal to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety mixed twelve pack. Expectations are moderate, given the style and brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over a finger of frothy soapy off-white head on top of a coppery burnt orange colored body. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of light pine from the juniper, some sappiness, some indistinct citrus in the vein of orange, bready malt, some soapiness, and lots of dirty herbal earthiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready caramel malt, bitter pine sap, orange citrus, hint of creaminess / soapiness, and some dirty herbal earthiness on the finish.

M - Feel goes down mostly clean, with just a slight bit of sticky malt and pine bitterness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a nice easy drinking IPA from Samuel Adams, but pretty tame by all standards. Safe and approachable for the beginners, and good enough for the jaded IPA enthusiast to sip on. Worth a try, but not something I would go out of my way for.

Samuel Adams Juniper IPA ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:34:32 | More by mfnmbvp
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