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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

646 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | 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 TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Drknight, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another beer from the winter mixed 12 pack. I have been pretty impressed so far; lets see what this one brings.

I am loving the aroma. Very hoppy, citrusy, slight juniper/gin aromas, orange peel, biscuit aromas, very nice.

Fairly bitter which I like. Lingering bitterness adds some complexity to mouthfeel and overall enjoyment. Crisp, clean, west coast style IPA. Almost too clean. Love the fresh hop flavor with the bitterness.

In my book, another winner from the mix 12. I guess my buds are way different than everyone else's. Loved it, especially for the value.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Chucker17, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Resuin, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap that leaves some good lacing

S: On the sweet malty side with some juniper and other berries

T: Again, on the sweeter and malty side. Juniper berries kick in mid-way with some other berry presence (strawberry immediately comes to mind) and some citrus notes. Moderately bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: If you enjoy malty IPAs that are on the sweeter side with a good berry kick then this one will work well for you. I thought it would be more herbal like gin, but the malt and hops change that a bit. Not my least favorite in the 12-pack, but it seems out of place

BEERMILER12, Dec 19, 2013
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.

deltatauhobbit, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev +2%

jrohrbacher, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Kunstman, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper pour with an active white foam. Lacing is pretty solid in streaks along the glass. Some carbonation is noted.

S - Has a distinct spicy smell of spice and berries. There is an equal aroma of fresh malts as there is an earthy hop profile.

T - Almost comes off as an herbed\spiced beer more than an IPA. Has a good initial sweet flavor or light malt that pairs well with the spices and Juniper berry. Finish has a rugged hop profile that is not overly bitter and adds a bit of zest.

M - I felt the spice notes made this hard to be sessionable. The beer is light bodied and would pair well with a thick deli sandwich.

O - Kind of mixed on this new beer. I could see this appeal more to seasonal beer lovers than the IPA crowd.

socon67, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev +2%

szmnnl99, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of kristougher
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

kristougher, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

SmellsofMahagony, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

jklecko2, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +2%

sgttibbs, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at best by March 2014. Another new winter seasonal to me from Samuel Adams, acquired as part of the winter variety mixed twelve pack. Expectations are moderate, given the style and brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over a finger of frothy soapy off-white head on top of a coppery burnt orange colored body. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of light pine from the juniper, some sappiness, some indistinct citrus in the vein of orange, bready malt, some soapiness, and lots of dirty herbal earthiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: bready caramel malt, bitter pine sap, orange citrus, hint of creaminess / soapiness, and some dirty herbal earthiness on the finish.

M - Feel goes down mostly clean, with just a slight bit of sticky malt and pine bitterness lingering on the palate.

Overall, a nice easy drinking IPA from Samuel Adams, but pretty tame by all standards. Safe and approachable for the beginners, and good enough for the jaded IPA enthusiast to sip on. Worth a try, but not something I would go out of my way for.

Samuel Adams Juniper IPA ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yup, they know how to make great beer at Boston Beer. This one is a pretty IPAish thing, yellow and foamy. The aroma is slighty funky, but definitely interesting and appealing.

The taste is bitter with a bit of something extra, maybe some kind of spice or orange peel or something, but it is way down below a nice complex bitterness. This is a taste I would take every day.

The aftertaste is light and clean making you want more. Overall, this is a surprisingly satisfying brew. I would never refuse THREE of these.

schoolboy, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

rangerred, Nov 22, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Juniper IPA pours a bronze color with a nice long lasting and lacing head. There is a sweeter aroma with a mellow sweet juniper fruity backbone, and some floral hop flavors. The taste has a nice mellow floral flavors, and nice mellow sweetness from the juniper berries. Nice blend of flavors, nothing is overpowering and comes together nicely. Overall its a nice beer, well put together, and easy to drink.

vette2006c5r, Jul 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

deonreds, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
Best By: March 2014

Clear, coppery orange with a foamy, off white head. Spotty lacing.

Piney, woodsy notes upfront. A blend of the juniper and hop profile.

Again, more juniper, pine, woodsy notes. Balanced with a slightly sweet, bready malt backbone.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA. I feel like the juniper does contribute some tasty, woodsy character that blends well with the hops. I'll enjoy the 2nd bottle of this from the variety pack.

vkv822, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Eric908
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Eric908, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of captainbearcat
3/5  rDev -12.5%

captainbearcat, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a winter variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 1, 2013
Consumed: Nov. 1, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by March 2014

Poured a honey caramel clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white head. Lots of uneven foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Fantastic retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled a mix between blackberries and blueberries, which I assume are juniper berries. Also grape, soapy notes, caramel, faint pine, light floral hops, citrus hops, wet Cascade hops and a musky finish.

Tasted similar to the nose, albeit slightly better. Got juniper berries, grape, soap, pine, Cascade hops, floral hops, caramel and citrus hops.

Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Very bitter finish.

Not that big a fan of this beer. I will most likely not have another one after this. Well after the other one in this variety 12-pack.

BucannonXC5, Nov 02, 2013
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
78 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.