Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.83/5 rDev +11.7%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear, rich copper with a one finger white head. Head retention and lacing is a bit on the below average side but not too bad for a Sam Adama brew.
Really nice aroma on this one. Loads of pine resin and tree bark and is really reminiscent of being in a field full of Christmas trees. Nice caramel and toffee malt backbone as well.
This rich pine character carries over well into the taste. I can definitely pick out the juniper as it gives the beer that extra bit of pine kick that goes above and beyond what the hops provide. Moderate bitterness strikes a perfect balance with the toast and caramel from the malt. Light, slightly sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, a very suprising and tasty beer. The juniper provides a nice holiday touch to what might normally be just an average IPA. Worth trying.
11-22-2013 02:26:27 | More by rangerred
4.09/5 rDev +19.2%
A- Amber with decent head and retention. Good lacing
S- Malts and citrusy bitterness. Can't pinpoint anything in particular though.
T- Citrus bitterness and some malts. Wasn't expecting something like this from SA.
M- Very drinkable. Light and pleasant.
O- Came with SA Winter variety case. First off, is this SA? I was not expecting something this tasty. Will definitely enjoy this again!
11-21-2013 23:15:38 | More by BrandonOakes
3.58/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-19-2013 20:49:01 | More by PaulyB83
3.75/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
11-19-2013 18:04:09 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.76/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-19-2013 04:26:20 | More by TheSixthRing
3.88/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
11-18-2013 00:03:43 | More by mattcrill
3.41/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
11-17-2013 19:46:09 | More by scratch69
3.53/5 rDev +2.9%
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
11-17-2013 03:44:37 | More by Treyliff
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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