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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

tvghost, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

BobsledTM, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

WolfAlynn, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

MightiestBeard, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

puboflyons, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

JackMcAwesome, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of PrinceGeorge
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

PrinceGeorge, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Gambelli
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Gambelli, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jkermitj, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Sam_C, Nov 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

deonreds, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

ScaryEd, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Headgoober, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Basshooker, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a two finger white head. The head is big and fluffy looking, and fades very slowly over time to leave a great level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is nice and hoppy with lots of floral and spicy hop smells. The floral aromas are quite big and mixed with fantastic juniper berry smell giving it a slight gin like aroma. Some lighter malt and sweeter smells are there as well with a light grapefruit and sweet orange smell, which overall produce a rather soothing floral and juniper berry tea like smell.

Taste –While the aroma is quite big on the floral and juniper, the taste, at least in the front, is not. The taste begins with a toasted grain and grapefruit hop flavor. Along with these flavors are some sweeter tastes of tangerine. The juniper and floral flavors come more to fruition in the middle and to the end, with some of the tangerine flavors that were present upfront fading at the expense of some caramel tastes. The juniper and floral flavors get rather strong toward the end, mixing the nice grapefruit hop flavor, leaving a very pleasant, moderately sweet, but nicely floral and spiced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The beer has a wonderfully thick and creamy feel for a brew of only 5.8 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. The thicker body really accentuates the floral hop and juniper flavors of the brew really allowing them to shine.

Overall - This is a rather tasty brew overall with a nice floral and juniper flavor as well as a good feel all while still maintaining a rather easy drinkability. This is one I like, and would recommend. Rather nice.

Darkmagus82, Nov 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Johnroby, Nov 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

DavidZammiello, Nov 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

zestd, Nov 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

dcall384, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

djaeon, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper color into a freshly-spritzed shaker pint. Head climaxed at about 3/4". Pretty straight-forward appearance.

Citrus hops, juniper berries, light pine, and almost biscuity pale malts. Picking up grapefruit pith, orange rind, and a fair share of juniper botanicals in the nose. Almost has a bitter cucumber rind-like quality to it. It's not peppery, nor too piny, although pine is a minor feature. Malts seem very pale, unshowy, yet subtly sweet. Hardly any toast evident.

A minty and piny IPA bursting with pithy citrus and the after-breath of alcohol. Very drinkable, in that it's not too firmly bitter, but crisp, instead. Juniper berries are well-represented, but I like the fact that this doesn't just taste like 'gin beer'. The juniper comes forth with an almost spearmint-like freshness and hints of seed husk. Lots of citrusy hops are pleasantly distracting with notes of unsweet orange, kiwi, and grapefruit. It's not really piny, either. It's more of a spicy finish that pushes through more crisp hoppiness and the pinnacle of staunch bitterness. It doesn't finish long, except that the carbonation keeps bubbles a-popping late after the swish. The swallow is equally spicy. The body is exceptionally light, which I think lets some of the booze come forward. Don't get me wrong, it's an easy drink with potential to be more with some added hoppiness.

thecheapies, Nov 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

BeerBeast, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Irrationalist, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

livingtodie, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper, with a nice three-finger craggy white head of large and small bubbles. Big ringlets of lacing.

S - Extremely mild floral aroma. Not getting much else. A little undefined fruitiness (closer to bubblegum actually) comes out as it warms.

T - Floral hops forward, wafer like malt underbody. Juniper adds even a more flowery note in the finish. Some grapefruit pith and lemon rind also. Overall flavor profile is so mild as to be almost bland.

M - Light bodied with prickly carbonation. Very typical of Sam Adams regular production brews here. Slightly soapy feel.

O - Not a big fan of this one. Flavors just not bold or interesting enough, and the juniper seems very gimmicky and it's addition doesn't really help the base beer. Would not buy again.

TempeBeerMan, Nov 13, 2013
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.