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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

627 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 32 | 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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:29:44 | More by Darkmagus82
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

12-22-2013 22:36:52 | More by jfcaa193
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-12-2013 02:04:42 | More by ZEB89
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:03:46 | More by thecheapies
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prototypic

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

02-16-2014 05:21:04 | More by prototypic
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

01-16-2014 06:18:39 | More by mattmarka1
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scottfrie

California

3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 20:59:57 | More by scottfrie
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-04-2014 05:21:58 | More by Whiskeydeez
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-21-2013 06:51:56 | More by gtermi
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-30-2013 04:28:42 | More by jenray
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jsanford

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-11-2013 23:42:31 | More by jsanford
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

12-07-2013 02:37:49 | More by MSandahl23
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crobinso

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-08-2013 00:07:03 | More by crobinso
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

12-25-2013 02:44:47 | More by IdrinkGas
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 13:43:58 | More by donkeyrunner
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

04-04-2014 01:36:00 | More by Smarty_Pints
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-23-2013 14:24:30 | More by twenty5
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:06:14 | More by bigfnjoe
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Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

11-28-2013 18:23:34 | More by Falcone
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 04:38:45 | More by StoutHunter
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

12-26-2013 02:38:04 | More by hilgart1
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:04:52 | More by rlee1390
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

07-12-2014 00:30:37 | More by bumchilly25
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 21:07:49 | More by KTCamm
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

11-12-2013 17:46:27 | More by JohneHoodlum
Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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