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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 679
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden honey color with a tight egg shell colored head that left a small wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready with some light metallic notes. Reminds me more of an English pale ale. Perhaps a light touch of a flowery hop. Don't get much juniper in the aroma.

Quite bready in the flavor and has lots of honey and toffee sweetness. Very English in the taste. The hops range from apricot sweetness to a grassy bitterness. Again, the juniper doesn't really standout. I really enjoy some of the nordic beers because of the juniper but I cannot really pick it up in this beer. There is a slight fruitiness/spice that I attribute to the juniper but it really isn't much.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. Sweet to start but has a nice bitter balance. Drinks well. A touch dry in the finish.

An average IPA. Doesn't live up to its labeling but doesn't really have any off flavors. I was excited to try this as I like juniper in beers but this missed that mark. (982 characters)

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer...better than expected. It is a brownish amber in color, with a whitish head a and great clarity. The smell is of wood, earth, resiny hops, and distant highly roasted malt. The taste is on the dry side, but with lots of malt and hop flavor. Wood and fruit. I get a unique pulpy flavor, that I assume is the juniper. Full in body. It is a very enjoyable beer, (385 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep burnt amber color with golden highlights beneath a couple of fingers of very dense, thick, rocky light tan head that faded into a thick greasy film that left spotty streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Juniper and pine hops are easily noticeable alongside mild citrus and mint, and a solid bready malt backbone poking through.
T: Creamy mix of pine, juniper, and a splash of citrus juice that mix well with a creamy bready backbone that is almost oat-like and especially comes through in the aftertaste. Finish is lightly bitter with resinous hop oil and tree sap.
M: Medium-thick body, fluffy and thick mouthfeel, chewy, soft and fluffy carbonation. Drinks smooth and very easy.
O: More balanced and creamy than I expected. Great look and great appearance with a decent flavor and smell. (837 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange some carbonation and a one finger head.

S-Lots of juniper berries, mainly grass and dirt. Not much citrus or hops

T-Once again very heavy on the juniper berries. Lots of dirt and grassy notes. No citrus or bitterness.

M-Lighter, nicely carbonated though.

O-Only other beer with Juniper Berries was SN Beer Camp which was far superior to this. The berries were nice but had no IPA flavors to balance it out. (425 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Juniper IPA in their new winter seasonal mixed twelve pack last week at Meijers. I don't have much experience with Juniper, but I do not like gin and I wonder how the Juniper will work with this IPA, so lets see how it goes. It was notched best by February. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good with Juniper berrys in the middle and a shiny gold background, I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a fairly clear golden amber color that took on more of an amber color when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the Juniper showing up first imparting a piney and pine sap like aroma that's a little gin like. Up next comes the malts which impart a grainy, bready and pale malt like aroma with a slight bit of doughy yeast in the background. Towards the end comes the hops which impart an earthy and citrus rind like aroma and when combined with the Juniper it becomes a little soapy. The aroma was decent, but I thought the Juniper was a little heavy and it could have some better balance.

T- The taste seems to be not all that similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts showing up first imparting a grainy, bready, and pale malt like flavor with a slight bit of doughy yeast coming through. Up next comes the hops which impart an earthy and citrus rind like flavor with a slight bit of Juniper coming through. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a pale malt and citrus rind hop like aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but the juniper wasn't that noticeable and it seems to be almost the opposite of the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly dry, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a fairly average American IPA, this beer was a little puzzling to me, in the aroma the juniper was just too overpowering, but in the taste it barely showed up, I thought that was pretty weird. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention so one would be enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was it's all around balance, in the aroma the juniper was too overpowering and in the taste it hardly showed up. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own, it's just not for me and I wouldn't recommend it either. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, I was little unsure how juniper would work in an IPA, but it just didn't come together well with this beer and it was too unbalanced, but I still think there's a chance that Juniper could be used in a good way in a beer, it just wasn't evident in the beer. This just might be one of my least favorite beers from Sam Adams and as far as I can remember it's my least favorite beer that they have put in the winter seasonal variety pack. Better luck next time guys, this beer just wasn't for me. (3,432 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is juniper berry and lemon.
The taste has a dry bitterness throughout, woody and a little lemon.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An interesting beer with the juniper, but nothing I would come back for. (290 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Winter 12 mixer pick up. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium copper with 1/4 inch white foam. Caps. Floral bright nose. Berries and ;pine brush nose. Taste is a light malt with a fruity blend. Light pine trickled throughout. Creates a nice level IPA with a hint of a fruit twist. Nicely done. (310 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Juniper IPA pours with a clear copper color and a small beige head. Gentle carbonation bubbles rise to the top. The head faded quickly and with no lacing.
The aroma was quite hoppy. A subtle pine or evergreen aroma is present too.
The taste is pretty malty and mixes well with the evergreen/juniper notes.
The finish is pretty dry and bitter, puckering almost.
A pretty good beer but really didn't taste fresh. (410 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a thick, fissured glacier head. Great retention like a whale's hump under a foamy blanket. New gold seasonal release bottle art.

Smells like juniper and piney hops. Tastes that way too. Like a pine sap IPA. Minor orange citrus hop backup. Bready malt. Fairly resinous for a Sam Adams beer which I guess would be middle of the road for other brewers.

I like it. Between the bready malt and pine sap SAJIPA makes me think more gruit or sahti than a traditional tweaked IPA. (500 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (1,126 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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 (676 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a transparent orange with a two finger white head. Nice clarity, lots of lacing

S- hey there juniper, how you doin? So much of that earthy aroma from the berries, real nice smelling

T- light bitterness, nice juniper flavor, not overwhelming. About what they were going for, I'd imagine

M- medium bodied

O- hey look, a solid beer in the winter mix pack to replace a favorite! I like this, but it does have that typical "Sam" flavor that a lot of the IPAs they make have (530 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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 (642 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours a clear deep golden/light copper in color with an inch or so of off white foam and with a touch of haze. Decent retention and lace follow.

Aroma is light with some subdued spicy and lemony hops, more like a hoppy pils than an IPA. Juniper notes evade me. Not much as for bite or bitterness, and what bitterness is there seems to come from the scant juniper side of things vs. the hop side of the equation. Yet the lack of caramel notes helps to offset the odd juniper addition to a degree. Feel is thin and a bit watery even as the aroma expands a bit with waming. Overall ok but still so so. Juniper is remote throughout and that's okay, bit steely otherwise given lack of hop bitterness.

Best by April 2014. (756 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: Amber hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a thick blanket of foam on the surface, and a really substantial beer ring. Really thick coat of lacing remains.

S: Light scent of pine, and juniper berries.... I guess.

T: Hoppy pine with just a tinge of sweet balance.

M: Crisp and bitter. Heady and a bit syrupy thick. The bitter pine remains on the palate.

D: Sipper due to the bitter character.

Atmosphere is really nice. Great head, continual effervescence, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is basic components of piny hops with a hint of what I suppose must be juniper berries. Syrupy body, crisp and hoppy, with a light tinge of bittersweet. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (811 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with over a finger of head. There is some nice head retention to this offering and the dissipating head leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The nose has mild hop notes. The flavor profile is reasonably hoppy, but also includes notes of sweet berry. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. This offering paired well with the beef ravioli in vodka sauce that I had for dinner. (403 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

pours out a clear amber hue with a bubbly dirty white half inch high head. the head sticks and leaves some spotty lace. neutral slightly hoppy aroma with a slightl sweet maltiness. pretty much a nondescript aroma and that unfortunate. the flavour profile brings some sweet maltiness accentuated by a spicy note due to the use of juniper berries. this turns next to some alcohol notes and a raw earthy hop bitterness that seems to create an overly spicy overall profile. this is in no way an IPA. juniper pale ale would be a better description. medium bodied. coarse mouthfeel. average drinkability.

overall i was a bit underwhelmed by this concoction and at times puzzled. does not seem festive at all. i'll be sure to drink the remaining bottles to see if my opinion changes but this doesn't seem that good. (809 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant orange/gold color, with a thin head (on a turbulent pour!) of pure white foam. Retention is poor.

Sweet, fruit, hoppy aroma: floral and citrus, juicy, with a caramel malt backbone. Hints of banana and honey.

Fairly dry hoppy start, followed by a pleasantly sweet, berry-like flavor. Finishes with honey. Hops come through in a couple waves, both mostly dry and green, but very tasty. Flavor gets boring after a while, though.

Bright and zesty feel, medium-bodied for a single IPA. Nice, sweet clinginess around the mouth.

While this isn't going to replace Jai Alai or Flower Power in your rotation, it's a surprisingly well-made IPA by SA, who aren't exactly known for this kind of brew. Solid hop flavors, and the berries give it a slight distinction from other IPAs. Definitely give this one a try. (822 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (478 characters)

Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.