Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 677
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 4.8%
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 BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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 (676 characters)

Photo of SFACRKnight
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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... (613 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev +2%
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 (532 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
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. Doesn't do anything special for me. It's light, crisp, very dry and easy to drink. Not much substance or body though. (404 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev +2%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (3,432 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (1,126 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -27.7%
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- (3,332 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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 (354 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Weston19
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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... (466 characters)

Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.