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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.04%

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.

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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a standard pint glass a clear copper color with a thinner white head that leaves a sheet of lace as it settles pretty quickly.Aromas of herbal/leafy hops and faint pine from the juniper berries,a dryer malt base,pretty pedestrian.Flavors are on the dryer side with herbal hops and pine oils standing out,again ho hum but not a drain pour by any means.The juniper plays a role but the beer is somewhat basic,again not a drain pour just pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 20:30:16 | More by oberon
Photo of budgood1


3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

pours out a clear amber hue with a bubbly dirty white half inch high head. the head sticks and leaves some spotty lace. neutral slightly hoppy aroma with a slightl sweet maltiness. pretty much a nondescript aroma and that unfortunate. the flavour profile brings some sweet maltiness accentuated by a spicy note due to the use of juniper berries. this turns next to some alcohol notes and a raw earthy hop bitterness that seems to create an overly spicy overall profile. this is in no way an IPA. juniper pale ale would be a better description. medium bodied. coarse mouthfeel. average drinkability.

overall i was a bit underwhelmed by this concoction and at times puzzled. does not seem festive at all. i'll be sure to drink the remaining bottles to see if my opinion changes but this doesn't seem that good.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 22:38:36 | More by budgood1
Photo of raznug


3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a deep red color and is topped with ½” of white head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: The hop aroma in this beer is rather subtle which doesn’t surprise me out of Sam Adams.
Taste: The taste of hops is rather prevalent considering how blah the aroma was much better tasting than I was expecting.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is rather easy to drink and has good flavor considering Sam Adams is rather PG rated, I prefer at least rated R.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 16:14:25 | More by raznug
Photo of Brad007


3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden hue with a frothy head that fades after a few minutes. I wanted to allow the beer to "breathe".

The use of juniper berries gives this beer a nutty scent that compliments the pine character.

Exploring the palate further, I find an excellent, roasted nut essence that compliments the use of the pine-forward hops.

Mouthfeel agrees with me. Finishes clean with a little sting down the back of the throat.

An interesting take on an IPA infused with juniper berries. It's got that decent nutty character that I think some people will appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 15:20:47 | More by Brad007
Photo of Spikester


3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking amber color with lots of white head. It needed three pours to fit it in the glass. Head is long lasting and leaves thick white rings of lace.
Smell is all juniper berries at first but after the beer warms there is a bit of bready malt also.
Taste is standard IPA with the not so subtle juniper component. After warming a bit still plenty of it in the taste but the aroma has lessened.
Mouthfeel is fine with adequete carbonation. Some drying during the finish.
Overall a novelty beer. If you like gin & tonics it might be what you are looking for in a beer. Otherwise if the winter thing is what they are after I would recommend some Xmas spices to go along with the juniper.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 04:25:34 | More by Spikester
Photo of kojevergas


2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

5.8% ABV confirmed. Enjoy before: March 2014. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold colored standard Sam Adams label and branded blue pry-off cap acquired as part of the 2013 winter 12-pack variety box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. The idea of an IPA brewed with juniper is interesting but I'm a bit suspicious; I'm worried it'll resemble gin, which I'm not keen on.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours a 2 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creamy smooth consistency. Fairly soft complexion. Good thickness. Head retention is pretty good - about 5-6 minutes - though the ABV is a biteen on the low side for the style. Uneven lacing coats the sdies of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear vibrant copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an IPA - there's nothing unique or special here. I'm looking forward to trying it. No egregious flaws are evident.

Sm: Has your standard floral hop character with some light pine and vague fruity hops. Some healthy caramalt and pale malt. I do find a kiss of juniper berries when I look for that note, but I highly doubt I'd find it blind. It also doesn't seem to have the bitterness of juniper or gin. If anything, it lends the aroma an extra fruity dimension which is very welcome.

A clean appealing aroma of above average to mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off notes.

T: Juniper is much stronger in the flavour profile than it was on the aroma, and does impart some gin-like bitterness, which joins the hop bitterness in tampering with the balance. There's not quite enough pale malt/caramalt sweetness - and what there is isn't quite in all the right places - to really lend this credible careful balance. It does have a decent cohesion, but it's not a gestalt build and lacks subtlety and complexity. No intricacy or nuance here. The hop character itself is pretty generic - just your usual floral and vaguely fruity character. There's just not much of interest here.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-flavours.

Boring and uninspired.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit refreshing, and overcarbonated. Should be softer. Crisp. Has an okay presence on the palate, but the texture doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste. Okay thickness and body.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A downable IPA which is very forgettable. The juniper doesn't suit it well and I don't particularly think it's a good premise for a beer of any style. It's all well and good that Sam Adams is reaching for excuses to put IPAs in a winter pack, but I'm not certain juniper is a flavour that belongs in beer (no doubt Fantome or New Glarus will prove me wrong within a year). I wouldn't buy this again and I'd be unhappy to see it in future seasonal packs. Mediocre at best and not worth buying.

The untamed curt bitterness really drags this one down. There's no highlight here for me.

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 03:50:31 | More by kojevergas
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a golden soft copper color with an off white head with good retention and leaves some nice lacing
S-citrus, juniper, and some biscuit in the background
T-piney and grapefruit with juniper in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-not a bad brew, juniper seems a bit out of place.probably wouldn't get it again but it's worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:40:50 | More by atr2605
Photo of Fatehunter


3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is juniper berry and lemon.
The taste has a dry bitterness throughout, woody and a little lemon.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An interesting beer with the juniper, but nothing I would come back for.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 08:15:39 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper color with a white head. Decent head retention, and medium lacing.

S: Grass and citrus hops with scents of biscuits.

T: Bitter taste with grassy, and grapefruit hops. Odd after taste

M: Bitterness on the back end. Goes down easy enough.

O: This is alright, I'm not really sure what juniper berries taste/smell like, but there was a strange after taste. I don't think I'll drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:03:16 | More by watermelon
Photo of Weston19


3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, pours with about a two finger head which eventually turns into a nice lacing. White colored head and the lacing that is left around the glass is excellent.

S: Grapefruit, obvious smell of berries, pineapple, some nuttiness and malts.

T: Grapefruit, bitter nutty aftertaste, some berry taste as the beer hits the back palate but its sweetness disappears rather quickly. The berries are also present as the beer first hits your tongue.

MF: Light MF, well carbonated and a dry finish.

O: The beer looks fantastic on a glass, it smells pretty good, but I wish the berries would linger a little longer or at least have a more pronounced presence. Still, for an experimental IPA it's pretty good. I would say it's par with Sierra Nevada and New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 07:00:40 | More by Weston19
Photo of KFBR392


2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: color is a medium red/brown color. Light active carbonation on pour and in glass while drinking. Good amount of lacing left behind.

Smell: big amber malt front. There is a light flowery aroma from the juniper. Good amount of oak and malty sweetness. Not getting a lot of hops.

Taste: sweet amber front. Medium bodied malt rides through on the body. Light juniper presence lingers on the back end of this brew. Syrupy feeling is left behind.

Mouthfeel: light with a definite sugary sweetness.

Overall: okay stuff. Felt like an amber ale to me. Getting no noticeable hop profile. A good brew for someone looking to break out of the macro world.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 06:18:15 | More by KFBR392
Photo of TheMarkE


3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice amber shade with big head of foam and plenty of lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Floral, with hints of biscuity malts.

Taste: Herbs, malts, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly bitter herb aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Fairly well balanced, the juniper gives it an odd but not offputting flavor. Boston Beer Co. will never make anything to compare to Sierra Nevada’s Celebration or New Belgium’s Accumulation, but they do get points for trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 21:57:15 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of rlee1390


3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange some carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Lots of juniper berries, mainly grass and dirt. Not much citrus or hops

T-Once again very heavy on the juniper berries. Lots of dirt and grassy notes. No citrus or bitterness.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated though.

O-Only other beer with Juniper Berries was SN Beer Camp which was far superior to this. The berries were nice but had no IPA flavors to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:04:52 | More by rlee1390
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a thick, fissured glacier head. Great retention like a whale's hump under a foamy blanket. New gold seasonal release bottle art.

Smells like juniper and piney hops. Tastes that way too. Like a pine sap IPA. Minor orange citrus hop backup. Bready malt. Fairly resinous for a Sam Adams beer which I guess would be middle of the road for other brewers.

I like it. Between the bready malt and pine sap SAJIPA makes me think more gruit or sahti than a traditional tweaked IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 13:43:58 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a white head that leaves perfect rings of lace down the pint glass. Aroma of caramel malts and a very floral suggestion from the hops and juniper.

In the taste, grapefruit matched with a lavender like floral aspect. Definitely pine from the juniper and a bit of the floral. Mild bitterness but still lingers into the finish.

Medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Finishes bitter. Overall this is a decent brew, solid bitterness, a bit of fruitiness, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:35:02 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Freshness dating notched onto the side of the label. Part of the sampler box.

Typical almond amber, moderate lite khaki head.Leaves adequate low sheeting a bits of lace here and there. Tons of bubble rising to the top.

Nose makes me think of spruce, ginger and herbal hops.

More herbal hop notes on the palate, spruce, pine, more soapy ginger....decently drinkable, but not my favorite IPA....doubt I would enjoy more then one or two of these...

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 16:09:49 | More by Billolick
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear copper color with a good soapy cream colored head that calms to a good bubbly film. Good world map lacing.

Aroma is piny and faintly sweet.

Taste is just as piny as the aroma with that subtle sweetness to add balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very drinkable.

Overall, I liked this the more I drank it. Simple yet tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 16:17:21 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before Mar 2014 notched on the side:

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly clear copper/bronze colored body with a full two finger white foamy head that rises a bit above the glass and dies within two minutes leaving some decent speckled clingy lacing gracing the sides of the glass

S: piney hops, juniper with some toasted malt

T: resinous sweetness that comes across with the juniper pretty well, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, mostly sessionable, carbonation comes across smoother than most AIPA's but still good for the most part, and for me

O: good AIPA that adds in a different element that I'm not used to having, way to go Sam Adams, I'd have this one again

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 00:20:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a snifter. Best before MAR 2014 notched.

Pours out a crystal clear deep copper, bronze color, nice full off white head with very nice retention and lacing.

A bit of lighter aroma when compared to most American IPAs. Resinous, piney hops, perhaps some of that pine coming from the juniper with a toasted malt to balance.

Again, quite resinous feel to it, pine needles, a bit of pine sap, I'm guessing this is from a combination of American hops and juniper. Just a touch of a dry citrus hop but it's quickly washed away by a lightly toasted, lightly sweet malt. Leaves a slight spice on the tongue long after the sip as well as a bunch of lingering hop bitterness. More bitter than you'd expect from a same Adams IPA.

Medium in body, decently drinkable.

Not bad for a same Adams IPA. A bit one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 19:57:44 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 OZ bottle from a variety pack. Pours orange with foamy, long lasting white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, juniper and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Finish is long and hoppy. Very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 16:41:51 | More by mikeg67
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like sam adams juniper ipa- this beer is a good ipa without having to be a huge hop bomb. there is a little something different going on here- i can only assume its the juniper berries....ive never eaten juniper berries so i cant peg the flavor. there is a light freshness to this beer. this ipa has a crisp lightness yet maintains its full flavor. i am a boston beer company fan and they are still making quality beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:35:44 | More by mattkoon
Photo of jadpsu


4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the selections from the Winter Selection Variety Pack.
Pours a crystal clear bright amber with an off white, tan head that has good retention and side glass lacing.
Real hoppy aroma of citrus (lemon and orange peel) and some pine nuts as well as a bacground of roasty malts.
Taste is creamy, not thin with a medium body, extra dry, hops almost create a pucker. has a good hop, malt balance as hops lead, roasty malts enter, and puckering hops finish with a dry almost tart after taste.
A good IPA that I liked.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:11:06 | More by jadpsu
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright orange red, with a one inch white head that leaves behind some lace. Smell is like wreath, grapefruit, coriander, lemon, and I guess juniper. Taste is lots of juniper/Christmas tree, grapefruit, and honey. Body is medium, nice amount life, not dry, and goes down well. I like it, something different for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 20:51:57 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - an amber color, with a finger-width head.

Smell - that pine/citrus/hoppy smell with a hint of sweet berries.

Taste - like the smell; pine/citrus/hoppy; with the berries sweetness mellowing out the bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - full-bodied, sticks to your mouth like most ipa's.

Overall - out of the Samuel Adams IPAs this is probably my favorite, since that berry sweetness mellows out the hops at the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 20:38:44 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of Roguer


3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant orange/gold color, with a thin head (on a turbulent pour!) of pure white foam. Retention is poor.

Sweet, fruit, hoppy aroma: floral and citrus, juicy, with a caramel malt backbone. Hints of banana and honey.

Fairly dry hoppy start, followed by a pleasantly sweet, berry-like flavor. Finishes with honey. Hops come through in a couple waves, both mostly dry and green, but very tasty. Flavor gets boring after a while, though.

Bright and zesty feel, medium-bodied for a single IPA. Nice, sweet clinginess around the mouth.

While this isn't going to replace Jai Alai or Flower Power in your rotation, it's a surprisingly well-made IPA by SA, who aren't exactly known for this kind of brew. Solid hop flavors, and the berries give it a slight distinction from other IPAs. Definitely give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 18:35:33 | More by Roguer
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