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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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651 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 40 | 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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

aoampm, Jul 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

nleaders, Jul 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Honeybourne, Jun 27, 2014
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Jun 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

TheBeerNation, Jun 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

jqhousel, Jun 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

warpig372, Jun 19, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -63.5%

Bailey316, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

szmnnl99, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

B33rcules, Jun 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

m0unds, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

alotofcoffee, Jun 08, 2014
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1.55/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was utterly disgusted the moment this vitriolic waste offended my taste palette. I enjoyed a sampler of the Samuel Winter Seasonal offerings, but this stuck out as the most utterly repulsive drink I have ever had the misfortune of placing in my mouth. I am genuinely convinced that any positive review of the beer comes from a misplaced attempt at sophistication. I will stick to Miller High Life while you all enjoy your highly overrated flow of piss-brau.

RToffler, Jun 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

intangible, Jun 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Davepoolesque, Jun 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Mark5252, Jun 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

TroyS62, Jun 01, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season. This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character. Complimented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA with Juniper berries added. One of the newest additions to the Winter Classics variety pack, available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Served above 60º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale gold head over a honey amber body with high clarity and a very mild haze. Carbonation is plentiful and spritely. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of herbal, fruity and peppery hops join alongside an earthy caramel syrup and toffee body for a balanced IPA aroma. Some fruit tartness and moist resin add some unique complexity to the aroma, potentially the impact of the Juniper berries. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) Expect an enjoyable fruity hop profile with a soft resinous undertone. The caramel sweetness up front is fairly clean and smooth with a hint of additional bready sweetness perhaps from a toffee malt. The Juniper berry generates a suggestion of mellow fruit undertones with a slight tartness. The beer finishes with an earthy, grainy caramel malt and a touch of soft pine bitterness. Despite the character, this is a much more malt-forward IPA than it is hop-focused, and quite a filling IPA at that. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, filling, mildly syrupy. Carbonation generates a subtle frothiness for a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is sweetness somewhat over bitterness with an even more subtle tartness. Alcohol presence is mild with no notable off-characters. 3.5

(Overall) Juniper berries or not, this beer doesn't quite make the grade for an enjoyable IPA. I was expecting something a little more piney and hoppy with a subtle fruit undertone, but this beer seems to be more of an English IPA with unremarkable flavors. The Juniper berry plays out best in the aroma, but takes a less prominent role in the flavor. Hopefully next year this will get reworked into something more than a run-of-the-mill IPA. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Juniper IPA

Jadjunk, May 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

chillin, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Sickdoggv, May 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

zestar, May 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Ag85, May 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Herky21, May 15, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Winter mix 12-pack.

Not the first juniper IPA I've had, but perhaps the best. Contrary to expectation, this was not overly piney or harsh. The juniper was most obvious in the aroma, although citrusy hops dominate both the aroma and the flavor. Relatively low bitterness.

Fine amber color with a decent head. Good clarity.

O: well crafted, slightly distinctive IPA.

chinchill, May 13, 2014
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.