Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.4/5 rDev -0.9%
"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
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Samuel Adams Juniper IPA
05-28-2014 21:10:52 | More by Jadjunk
3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
05-12-2014 23:57:23 | More by chinchill
3.61/5 rDev +5.2%
Sampled tonight on 5/10/14. Came in the 'Winter Sampler' 12-pack from last December. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.
Pours a pretty golden honey-amber in color with a good 1-finger off-white head that stays around for a bit. Lots of sticky lacing is seen clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some caramel malts with some pine and citrus. The taste of the caramel malts with the juniper and citrus coming together nicely for a sight bitter finish. I am NOT a I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) fan at all but this was surprising easy to drink. Just a very slight bitter finish that didn't last more than a few seconds really. Perfect carbonation. Very refreshing as well.
05-11-2014 02:42:49 | More by BeerWithMike
3.14/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours a golden honey color with a tight egg shell colored head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is bready with some light metallic notes. Reminds me more of an English pale ale. Perhaps a light touch of a flowery hop. Don't get much juniper in the aroma.
Quite bready in the flavor and has lots of honey and toffee sweetness. Very English in the taste. The hops range from apricot sweetness to a grassy bitterness. Again, the juniper doesn't really standout. I really enjoy some of the nordic beers because of the juniper but I cannot really pick it up in this beer. There is a slight fruitiness/spice that I attribute to the juniper but it really isn't much.
Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet to start but has a nice bitter balance. Drinks well. A touch dry in the finish.
An average IPA. Doesn't live up to its labeling but doesn't really have any off flavors. I was excited to try this as I like juniper in beers but this missed that mark.
05-03-2014 19:51:11 | More by Gmann
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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