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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of OhNo789


3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-19-2013 23:04:52 | More by OhNo789
Photo of PaulyB83


3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Medium-light amber, Medium off-white head.

S- Some malt sweetness, medium hop aroma, slight citrus and pineapple.

T- Toasty malt with medium bitterness. Some lasting bitterness on the tongue.

M- Light,crisp and easy drinking

O- Got this with the Winter Favorites 12 pack. A pretty weak IPA from a micro brewer. Every time I try a Sam Adams I have to remind myself they are the biggest smallest brewery and that they have to make beers that appeal to many. It's not awful, the flavors are clean and maybe the juniper adds a cheap boost to some of the pine. Probably wouldn't buy a single or six-pack but would go for it if it was the best thing at a chain restaurant, which is typically the case when I order a Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 20:49:01 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a slight orange color, decent sized head that fades at a slow rate, not much lacing though.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma, not picking up the juniper berries since the citrusy pine covers most of the aroma.

Taste starts out with a quick sweet malt backing before the hops kick in, the hop bitterness doesn't last long before the malt comes back, finishes semi-dry with a bit of slickness on the tongue, carbonation is a good amount with a decent body.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 18:04:09 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear orange amber with an off-white half finger head. Sub-par retention, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small, spotty and shows fair stick.

Smell - Slight fruit sweetness, slight spice, touches of pine.

Taste - More pronounced flavor on the tongue than what's found on the nose. Well-balanced notes of citrus, fruity esters and lesser notes of pine backed by a solid bready /near biscuity malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Firm, medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

Overall - Mmmm, drinks closer to an APA than IPA, in my opinion. Still, pretty good as a beer in and of itself. A real highlight of the Variety 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:26:20 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of heerboth


3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-19-2013 04:09:32 | More by heerboth
Photo of BigOldOaf


3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-19-2013 02:39:39 | More by BigOldOaf
Photo of MHJeff06


3/5  rDev -12.5%

11-19-2013 00:39:42 | More by MHJeff06


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-18-2013 06:00:19 | More by NESPOWERGLOVE
Photo of bigbeers84


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-18-2013 01:32:05 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of mattcrill


3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Slightly earthy, lemon-like, and resiny hop resins up front. Clean fermentation character. No esters noted.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a low off-white head that retains moderately. Sticky lacing on the glass. Large bubbles condense to reveal a still beer in the snifter.

Flavor: More lemon and grassy hop flavors up front. Firm bitter punch with a nice cracker-like malt base. Balance is to the bitter. Finish is clean and dry with a bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation leaving a slightly prickly carbonic bite. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A unique lemon-forward American IPA. Not sure what to expect from "Juniper" but it was well crafted and well within the American IPA range.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 00:03:43 | More by mattcrill
Photo of gwiedman1

New York

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2013 20:12:10 | More by gwiedman1
Photo of scratch69


3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of foamy head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Piney and floral hop aromas.

Taste- Pine and citrus hop flavors and bitterness with a hint of malt at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Crisp and dry.

Overall- A decent beer, but if I tired other IPAs that I like better than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 19:46:09 | More by scratch69
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-17-2013 19:46:08 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of IvoryFoxhole


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2013 15:33:26 | More by IvoryFoxhole
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours clear and golden, with a foamy white head, great retention after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- piney aroma coming from the juniper berries, a hint of citrus, plastic-like undertones, bandaid? A bit spicy as well

T- slightly sweet malt profile, perhaps aided by the juniper berries. Floral and citrus hop profile, but very subdued. Dry fruity finish with some spices

M- medium body with medi-high carbonation lead to a big foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- a low level of bitterness for an IPA, but it's got a good balance to it and is very drinkable. The light sweetness from the juniper adds a nice touch as well

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:44:37 | More by Treyliff
Photo of EvanWilliams


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2013 03:17:46 | More by EvanWilliams
Photo of tvghost


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2013 02:17:14 | More by tvghost
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-17-2013 02:12:25 | More by BobsledTM
Photo of WolfAlynn


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-17-2013 01:40:56 | More by WolfAlynn
Photo of MightiestBeard


4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-16-2013 22:24:03 | More by MightiestBeard
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of April 2014. Sampled on November 16, 2013.

The pour is copper-amber mainly with a lingering white head and busy carbonation. It looks pretty good.

The aroma is of roasted pale malts and juniper berries as promised. The floral hops can be found in the background.

The body is about medium.

Hops tends to present themselves more so in the taste but the roasted malts and juniper can also be found, albeit at a more subdued rate. This was a nice and drinkable beer but nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:52:50 | More by puboflyons
Photo of JackMcAwesome


3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This came in the winter pack, along with various other goodies. This is the first one I'm trying...

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: A rather good looking beer. It pours a crystal clear copper, with a one finger head that lasted for a couple of minutes before going down to a thin layer, that is still there. Lacing is minimal. (Could be the glass)

Smell: A weird combo of pine and citrus. I've had a couple with this combo before, but this one comes off slightly subdued on both fronts, so it's just a bit weird. Still not bad though. I've never experienced a juniper berry in my life, so I don't know if I'm smelling that or not. I get a bit of the alcohol as the beer warms up.

Taste: The pine and citrus are definitely there. Citrus in the form of grapefruit. It has some malt at the end, but it's not too prevalent.

Feel: Medium/Light in texture. It has mild bite with the carbonation, and little evidence of the abv. Well hidden.

Overall: Nothing stellar on this one, but not a bad addition to the Sam Adams family. I could see me grabbing a six for a bit of change in pace, otherwise, I'll find it in the next winter pack!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:52:30 | More by JackMcAwesome
Photo of PrinceGeorge


3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer came in a Sam Adams Winter Pack, sampled in a 22 oz wine glass, light copper, white head poor retention, taste over powering grapefruit, smooth with strong citrus after taste, Nice IPA, if you like grapefruit you will love this one, Not my first pick for an IPA but certainly worth drinking if you have it already and I have two more in the pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:31:45 | More by PrinceGeorge
Photo of Gambelli


3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Clear copper/dark orange, with 1/2'" off-white head. Thin, consistent lacing throughout the quaff. Medium carbonation arising from the bottom of the SA perfect pint glass.

S- Slight floral (European?) hoppiness along with a faint whif of juniper berry, with the
familiar SA ale yeastiness.

T- A touch of pine bitterness and juniper oil at first, followed by grapefruit rind citrus bitterness.
Not much malt back bone makes a presence here. Nothing takes over center stage.

M- Very thin to me. I have had other juniper IPA's, and this one is comparatively thin. Good carbonation level, not stinging or flat.

O- As I mentioned, quite thin compared to other examples of the style I've tried. So much
could have possible here, but I am slightly underwhelmed. Not a bad beer, but when I heard
"Juniper IPA" my ears perked up and my taste buds began to water. Not a good trade-off
for the Holiday Porter in the Winter classics variety pack either.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 21:23:38 | More by Gambelli
Photo of jkermitj


3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-16-2013 21:23:38 | More by jkermitj
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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