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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

659 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 659
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 dogfishandi
3.51/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a snifter. Best before MAR 2014 notched.

Pours out a crystal clear deep copper, bronze color, nice full off white head with very nice retention and lacing.

A bit of lighter aroma when compared to most American IPAs. Resinous, piney hops, perhaps some of that pine coming from the juniper with a toasted malt to balance.

Again, quite resinous feel to it, pine needles, a bit of pine sap, I'm guessing this is from a combination of American hops and juniper. Just a touch of a dry citrus hop but it's quickly washed away by a lightly toasted, lightly sweet malt. Leaves a slight spice on the tongue long after the sip as well as a bunch of lingering hop bitterness. More bitter than you'd expect from a same Adams IPA.

Medium in body, decently drinkable.

Not bad for a same Adams IPA. A bit one dimensional.

dogfishandi, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

OldTime, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Rekrule
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Rekrule, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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 TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

TimoP, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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 socon67
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 jklecko2
3.25/5  rDev -5%

jklecko2, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Kunstman
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Kunstman, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -5%

deonreds, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

szmnnl99, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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 sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

sgttibbs, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jrohrbacher, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of kristougher
3.25/5  rDev -5%

kristougher, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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 thereal_adam
4/5  rDev +17%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with two fingers of foamy white head little lacing.
S - Juniper, grass, blueberry, biscuit malt, dare I say pancakes?
T - Sweet berry flavor that gets blasted with a huge biscuit malt taste, some really bitter pine and earthy bitter bite at the end.
M - Bitter and semi soapy kinda feel
O - This is a decent attempt at something new, but hey BBC, there's beers that you've retired that are 10 times better in this, so how about we bring those back and ditch this?

Omnium, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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
Photo of Jas45678
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Jas45678, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
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 659 ratings.