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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
78
okay

668 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 668
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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Photo of mattcrill
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of scratch69
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Treyliff
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of EvanWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tvghost
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BobsledTM
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of WolfAlynn
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of MightiestBeard
4/5  rDev +17%

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of jkermitj
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sam_C
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of ScaryEd
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Headgoober
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Basshooker
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

Photo of Johnroby
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of DavidZammiello
2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of zestd
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.