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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

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BA SCORE
78
okay

672 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 4
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: socon67 on 09-29-2013

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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%

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2/5  rDev -41.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of BeerBeast
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Irrationalist
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of livingtodie
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of rgille2
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has the classic Sam Adams characteristics of light body, clean and understated flavors, and lovely foam and carbonation. This is yet another of of odd flavored beers they crank out endlessly.

The juniper scent is quite distinct in sniffing the glass. Color is clear dark amber. Bitter, twiggy, herbal flavor. Rather slick mouthfeel. Each sip makes a promising start with some resiny, malty sweetness. However, it becomes extremely bitter and increasingly unpleasant at the finish. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Lee's Discount Liquor in Mesquite, Nevada.

Photo of GRPunk
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

I'm intrigued with this beer as I went through a gin kick during the late summer.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, dense, khaki head. Heavy on the carbonation. The lightest haze was on the copper body. Great sticky rings, good head retention.

S- Flowery hops with a lighter, spicy quality. Underlying, sweet malts. A little muted at first, it opens up with warmth. Everything together does become Christmas-like.

T- Good balance for an IPA. Minty and floral hops up front, sweet malts through the middle, juniper is subtle, but very present as it finishes nicely with the hop qualities. Tart berry, spice, and mint-like flavors all at once.

M- Medium body, clean, carbonation is much lighter than the appearance lets on. Clean, dry finish.

O- Very serviceable IPA. The addition of juniper, while subtle, works here. While not top notch, I'll look forward to drinking the rest of these throughout the fall/winter. I wouldn't mind seeing it in the winter pack again, though I do miss the porter of years past.

Photo of runawaycyborg
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.