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Juniper IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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116 Reviews
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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 Omnium
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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? (502 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear orange amber with an off-white half finger head. Sub-par retention, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is small, spotty and shows fair stick.

Smell - Slight fruit sweetness, slight spice, touches of pine.

Taste - More pronounced flavor on the tongue than what's found on the nose. Well-balanced notes of citrus, fruity esters and lesser notes of pine backed by a solid bready /near biscuity malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Firm, medium body with moderate carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

Overall - Mmmm, drinks closer to an APA than IPA, in my opinion. Still, pretty good as a beer in and of itself. A real highlight of the Variety 12 pack. (707 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a clear copper color with a good soapy cream colored head that calms to a good bubbly film. Good world map lacing.

Aroma is piny and faintly sweet.

Taste is just as piny as the aroma with that subtle sweetness to add balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very drinkable.

Overall, I liked this the more I drank it. Simple yet tasty. (381 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 OZ bottle from a variety pack. Pours orange with foamy, long lasting white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, juniper and bready malt. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of citrusy hops, ripe fruit and bready malt. Finish is long and hoppy. Very nice IPA. (253 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a brassy golden color. Smells sweet, toasty, slightly of citrus. Flavor has a really "standard" pale ale/IPA malts flavor. Citrus and light bitterness from the hops. Juniper is mild. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but the carbonation is stinging, which lightens up the stickiness. Overall this is ho-hum. They got rid of Holiday Porter for this?! (352 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The last of the Sam Adams Holiday Sampler. Poured in to a tulip.

Pours an amber/gold color, bit of chill haze, with a frothy white head.

Smell is sweeter than pine, the juniper influence perhaps.

Taste is a one-dimensional evergreen flavor. No malt to speak of or fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a dry bitter finish

Overall not a great IPA. The juniper does nothing in my opinion. I wouldn't throw this away, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. (480 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking amber color with lots of white head. It needed three pours to fit it in the glass. Head is long lasting and leaves thick white rings of lace.
Smell is all juniper berries at first but after the beer warms there is a bit of bready malt also.
Taste is standard IPA with the not so subtle juniper component. After warming a bit still plenty of it in the taste but the aroma has lessened.
Mouthfeel is fine with adequete carbonation. Some drying during the finish.
Overall a novelty beer. If you like gin & tonics it might be what you are looking for in a beer. Otherwise if the winter thing is what they are after I would recommend some Xmas spices to go along with the juniper. (689 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best before April (2014).

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Harpoon IPA glass.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to thin surface foam and dense lacing.

s: At first, curiously, mild fruit cup, probably due to the "citrus hops" supposedly used to "balance" the juniper. Later, pine forest notes.

t: Bitter pine tree up front over medium malt base. The pine is not your usual hop resin pine but more like what you'd smell in a pine forest. Some bitterness sits on the tongue, otherwise a dry finish.

m: Medium, good body. Carbonation tingle persists.

o: Interesting, different, and good for what it is. Sort of like drinking what a real Christmas tree smells like, but with a bitter bite in your mouth. Maybe just imagine chewing on some pine needles while drinking a good IPA. A good chance that if it's before December 25th and you are not yet in the Christmas spirit, having one or two of these would do it.

I recently bought a bottle of Williams Alba Scots Pine Ale which I'm anticipating will taste something like this (UPDATE 3/12 it didn't), but costs twice as much since it's an import. Sam Juniper IPA is a "special release," so not available all year. In fact I had never heard of it before my daughter gave me this bottle. She's not an IPA fan. (1,297 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season. This brought us to juniper berries, which add a slightly sweet, piney character. Complimented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will brighten the holidays. Cheers!" Brewed in the style of an American IPA with Juniper berries added. One of the newest additions to the Winter Classics variety pack, available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Served above 60º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale gold head over a honey amber body with high clarity and a very mild haze. Carbonation is plentiful and spritely. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of herbal, fruity and peppery hops join alongside an earthy caramel syrup and toffee body for a balanced IPA aroma. Some fruit tartness and moist resin add some unique complexity to the aroma, potentially the impact of the Juniper berries. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) Expect an enjoyable fruity hop profile with a soft resinous undertone. The caramel sweetness up front is fairly clean and smooth with a hint of additional bready sweetness perhaps from a toffee malt. The Juniper berry generates a suggestion of mellow fruit undertones with a slight tartness. The beer finishes with an earthy, grainy caramel malt and a touch of soft pine bitterness. Despite the character, this is a much more malt-forward IPA than it is hop-focused, and quite a filling IPA at that. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, filling, mildly syrupy. Carbonation generates a subtle frothiness for a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is sweetness somewhat over bitterness with an even more subtle tartness. Alcohol presence is mild with no notable off-characters. 3.5

(Overall) Juniper berries or not, this beer doesn't quite make the grade for an enjoyable IPA. I was expecting something a little more piney and hoppy with a subtle fruit undertone, but this beer seems to be more of an English IPA with unremarkable flavors. The Juniper berry plays out best in the aroma, but takes a less prominent role in the flavor. Hopefully next year this will get reworked into something more than a run-of-the-mill IPA. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Juniper IPA
3.4/5.00 (2,384 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Slightly earthy, lemon-like, and resiny hop resins up front. Clean fermentation character. No esters noted.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber pour with a low off-white head that retains moderately. Sticky lacing on the glass. Large bubbles condense to reveal a still beer in the snifter.

Flavor: More lemon and grassy hop flavors up front. Firm bitter punch with a nice cracker-like malt base. Balance is to the bitter. Finish is clean and dry with a bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation leaving a slightly prickly carbonic bite. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A unique lemon-forward American IPA. Not sure what to expect from "Juniper" but it was well crafted and well within the American IPA range. (794 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to Sam Smith nonic.

A: Dark gold with a huge amount of head and lace; relatively clear body.

S: Malty, bready, and...herbal? Juniper is present, pretty unique, almost soapy? Other berry aromas are there too, with a moderate piney component, with slight pine sap and citrus pith.

T: Malty upfront, this beer leans malty and sweet with a caramel malt undertone. Herbal, piney, and pithy hops underneath, with a good dose of that juniper flower. Lower bitterness levels.

MF: Creamy medium body.

O: Unique and well executed but not my cup-of-tea really. (566 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright orange red, with a one inch white head that leaves behind some lace. Smell is like wreath, grapefruit, coriander, lemon, and I guess juniper. Taste is lots of juniper/Christmas tree, grapefruit, and honey. Body is medium, nice amount life, not dry, and goes down well. I like it, something different for the holidays. (365 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear amber with just under 2 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Pine, juniper, citrus rind. A pretty significant sweet malt backbone.

T: Hop spice, citrus rind, juniper, pine. Lots of hops balanced nicely by sweet malts.

M/D: Full body, medium carbonation, very smooth for the style, drinkability is great.

O: I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely drink this again. (517 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for the past several months so so I figured tonight was the night to crack it open. Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium amber/copper color with a nice, fluffy looking slightly off-white/tan colored head that is about an inch thick when first poured. Has very good retention and the head reluctantly eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with good cluster of surface foam and good lacing too. Aromas of juniper, honey, and citrusy, floral, piney hop notes are all nicely present. Sweet juniper and honey malt flavors upfront followed by the aforementioned floral and piney hops with a hint of citrus and maybe a slight touch of ginger spice. A very good balance of the different flavors going on here. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, slightly oily/sticky, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. This one really coats the inside of the mouth and lingers. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be. Certainly worth a try. Another very solid beer from the fine folks at The Boston Beer Company!

Eric (1,155 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A) Poured into a Sam Adams Lager glass. Two finger head that settles slowly. Crystal clear bronze colored body.
S) Sweet orange. Hints of pine.
T) Toasty. A bit nutty. Some subtle caramel notes. Vegetal with a lingering hop bite in the finish.
M) Crisp. Medium bodied but on the thin side. Fizzy.
O) An alright IPA. Nothing outstanding, but drinkable. (366 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- a nice amber body with a foamy white head. Minimal retention and hardly any lacing

S- big pine notes are dominant. No notice of juniper

T- more big pine with an interesting subtext in the malt. Not sure if its juniper or what

M- thinner with a crisp finish

O- a solid IPA. Not a barn burner but pleasant (310 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a freshness date on it

clear amber-orange look, small head that fades to a ring.a lot of juniper and sweet roasty malt in the nose. taste is overly bitter and perfume-y. not too much juniper but heavy floral and pine hops that aren't too pleasant. the malt barely comes through.

just okay. not a good ipa. (324 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 5/10/14. Came in the 'Winter Sampler' 12-pack from last December. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.

Pours a pretty golden honey-amber in color with a good 1-finger off-white head that stays around for a bit. Lots of sticky lacing is seen clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some caramel malts with some pine and citrus. The taste of the caramel malts with the juniper and citrus coming together nicely for a sight bitter finish. I am NOT a I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) fan at all but this was surprising easy to drink. Just a very slight bitter finish that didn't last more than a few seconds really. Perfect carbonation. Very refreshing as well. (738 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with low visible carbonation. Off white head sits on top of this one that looks a bit like a brain as it begins to dissipate as its quite rocky. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The main aroma comes from the hops as it should in an IPA. Juniper is certainly present giving it a bit of a gin like character. Some breadiness from the roasted malts.

T: Not the most flavorful hopping in this one but it does provide ample bitterness. Juniper is noticeable adding an hebral medicinal flavor similiar to gin.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a dry mouthfeel with a crisp finish. A bit sticky from the hops.

Overall this is an interesting style that appeals to hopheads who like gin. Falling into this category myself I'd enjoy some other attempts at this combination. (861 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a rich, clear caramel with a half-finger fluffy white head that receded to a quarter finger and left ample lacing down the glass. Carbonation bubbles go up the glass. Pretty good looking, very much an IPA. Scents of caramel, some fruity aromas, faint pine and citrus and some hints of juniper berries in the background. A fairly typical IPA aroma, but I like that you can actually detect the juniper berries in the aroma. Taste begins with a lot of caramel malt sweetness, some herbal hops, some citrus, some berry-like frutiness and some very faint juniper berries. These flavors are sustained in the middle. Finish continues with these flavors but adds a bit of a bready malt that continues into the aftertaste, along with a lingering bitterness. A decent East Coast IPA, but I do wish the juniper berries were a bit more prominent in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky, faintly oily with low carbonation and a slick finish. Quite easy to drink and very true to style. Overall this is a good IPA with a faint hint of juniper added. Its not amazing and there are certainly better IPAs out there, but its not bad and a good addition to the Winter pack. (1,188 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice amber shade with big head of foam and plenty of lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Floral, with hints of biscuity malts.

Taste: Herbs, malts, spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slightly bitter herb aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Fairly well balanced, the juniper gives it an odd but not offputting flavor. Boston Beer Co. will never make anything to compare to Sierra Nevada’s Celebration or New Belgium’s Accumulation, but they do get points for trying. (483 characters)

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