Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
12 oz bottle from the Winter mix 12-pack.
Not the first juniper IPA I've had, but perhaps the best. Contrary to expectation, this was not overly piney or harsh. The juniper was most obvious in the aroma, although citrusy hops dominate both the aroma and the flavor. Relatively low bitterness.
Fine amber color with a decent head. Good clarity.
O: well crafted, slightly distinctive IPA.
05-12-2014 23:57:23 | More by chinchill
3.83/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours a nice golden hue with a frothy head that fades after a few minutes. I wanted to allow the beer to "breathe".
The use of juniper berries gives this beer a nutty scent that compliments the pine character.
Exploring the palate further, I find an excellent, roasted nut essence that compliments the use of the pine-forward hops.
Mouthfeel agrees with me. Finishes clean with a little sting down the back of the throat.
An interesting take on an IPA infused with juniper berries. It's got that decent nutty character that I think some people will appreciate.
12-09-2013 15:20:47 | More by Brad007
3.24/5 rDev -5.5%
From the holiday 12 pack
Medium golden color with a decent head. Spicy earthy floral hop aroma with lots of caramel to back it up. Flavor follows the aroma caramel backing with spicy earthy hops to balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of what the juniper brings to the party.
12-30-2013 17:06:37 | More by johnnnniee
3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of juniper (I would have said spruce), citrus hops, sweet malt. Flavor is light citrus hops, lightly floral, juniper berry, mild bready malt, finishing with light evergreen and lingering grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A mellow hopped IPA with a deft touch of juniper flavor that melds well with the hops. Mild malt body, almost undersupporting, but overall nicely balanced and interesting flavored IPA that leans in profile towards an American pale ale.
03-16-2014 04:59:45 | More by LiquidAmber
3.54/5 rDev +3.2%
The Juniper IPA is another decent offering by Boston Beer Co. The beer pours a clear copper with thin white head that is leaving a lacing. The scent is carries fresh hops that lean more towards a floral arrangement than pine and citrus. The taste is a decent balanced IPA with malt at the front and bitterness at the back. There is some citrus and pine present but it is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good ipa...however, I do not think I would buy a six/twelve/case of it.
01-26-2014 05:31:54 | More by WoodBrew
3.61/5 rDev +5.2%
12 oz bottle, Best Before Feb
A - amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that holds great retention
S - piny citric aroma with some caramely grain
T - nice balance of flavors; toasted grain, caramel, piny hops, citrus, a little earthy. I'm not sure what the juniper adds, but I think I taste it and it blends well with the IPA flavors.
M - resinous and drying on the palate, finishes moderately bitter while being medium bodied
O - nice unique IPA for the season, but nothing extravagant here, although it is very well crafted
12-15-2013 19:57:05 | More by barnzy78
3.8/5 rDev +10.8%
A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin white head that recedes quickly.
S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon, lime, orange rind, pine, and juniper are present on the nose.
T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, cream, crackers, orange rind, lemon, lime, kumquat, grapefruit, pine, cedar, and juniper coat the palate. The ale finishes with a robust wash of biscuit, orange rind, pine, and juniper flavors.
M: On the lighter side of medium and surprisingly creamy. In terms of body, this is a little slight for the style, but the smoothness of this IPA is commendable. The carbonation is very crisp and firm.
O: I can see this being a really hit or miss beer for many people. I know the Samuel Adams haters will dislike it regardless, but all in all, this really isn't bad. It may not compare to some of the more lauded American IPAs, but it does what it does quite well.
03-06-2014 13:56:19 | More by mrfrancis
3.31/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
11-16-2013 21:52:50 | More by puboflyons
3.14/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
05-03-2014 19:51:11 | More by Gmann
3.38/5 rDev -1.5%
Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation
Smell: slight berry, pepper, and pine
Taste: light bread, pepper, and pine
Mouthfeel: slightly bitter with a more bitter aftertaste, light bodied with high carbonation
Overall: A slightly above average IPA. I like the pine flavor, but I would not get this outside of the holiday sampler. Another one of the weaker beers I have seen in the winter sampler over the years. This year's winter sampler is just not doing it form.
11-22-2013 15:02:45 | More by tigg924
3.93/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
11-15-2013 02:29:44 | More by Darkmagus82
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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