Junior IPA | Radiant Pig Craft Beers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Radiant Pig Craft Beers
New York, United States
radiantpigbeer.us

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
If an IPA and a Pale Ale had a baby Junior would be it. Starting with a solid malt backbone of four varieties of grains, which are complimented by a heady dose of hops with an eclectic mix of citrus, tropical, and floral aromas. This all makes for an easy drinking beer that’s full of hop flavor.

If you're picky about your pints, this is the beer for you.


Added by RblWthACoz on 03-26-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,297
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
112
pDev:
9.38%
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Photo of DBosco
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Clear pale golden pour from the can to a snifter. A small white head forms to a finger high with decent retention. A tiny ring at the edges leaves small splotches of lace.

S- Fresh hops off the top with a general mix of citrus, fruits, pine and floral notes at a low-medium strength. Hard to pull specifics and the hops play off of crackery barley and slight bread.

T- The hops are again kind of a blend of general hop character rather than bold specific flavors. Heavily influenced by floral and citrus zest hops with tropical, dank, herbal and pine notes as well. A few things like grapefruit, bubble gum, apricot and orange come to mind. A light sweetness and a hint of pale grains.

MF- Light bodied with a hint of frothy texture, somewhat on the watery wide overall. High end crisp carbonation and a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Solid flavor profile with a blend of citrus, floral and fruit hops lacking a distinct signature flavor.

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Photo of gabrielcolom
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paoloboston
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 9/29/17

Pours a huge frothy creamy head that fades slowly with sticky lacing, slightly hazy golden yellow color

Nose fruity hops with a mild sweet malt, a bit of stone fruit, but also grassy floral hops, mild citrus, fairly light though

Taste brings a fair dose of sweet malts, a bit of caramel and candy sweet malts, a touch toasty pale, fair hops, grassy a bit spicy and a touch fruity, a bit earthy almost herbal as well, ramping on the bitterness like an ESB, finishing dry and quite bitter, big spicy chewy a bit herbal hops lingering

Mouth is med bod, fluffy almost distracting carbonation

overall OK, not sure I would call this a session IPA, very bitter, quite malty and a bit sweet, more like an old school IPA or ESB.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Radiant Pig - Junior
Session IPA - 4.8% abv
Canned 9/29/17 (38 days ago)

L - 4-finger white head atop a sparkling yellow translucent body.

S - grass, pine, some sweetness.

T - bready malt up front. Pine in the middle. Bitterness kicks in at the end. A hint of butter but it's subtle.

F -medium-light body. Relatively high carb.

O - If I tasted this blind I would have guessed hoppy lager. The taste is enjoyable, but this strikes me more as a summer brew versus something to enjoy in November.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbone2131
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ela
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CayseyW
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of flek
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brief initial impression from a can purchased as part of a 6 pack in Brooklyn for $9.79 plus tax and deposit:

Citrus (especially orange pulp) and pine are at the forefront here.

Mouthfeel is clean, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and refreshing.

Drinkable, with a throwback citrus emphasis redolent of citrus-focused Californian IPAs (I guess the kids these days call them West Coast IPAs, nevermind Washington's disproportionately low contribution). Far from stellar, and it's tough to shell out $9.79 per sixer when vastly superior expressions of the style from the likes of Lagunitas or Bear Republic can be had for $0.50 more, but it's enjoyable for what it is. I'll reserve a final opinion until I can try it fresh on-draught, but with the wide availability of preferable brews in this oversaturated style, that'll be a long time.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nugganooch
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can to an imperial nonic glass
Extra from mdfb79- thanks Dan

Never even heard of these guys before…

The body is a pale gold straw colour with some mild hop haze and a dense creamy tan meringue that settles over top. The nose gives impressions of fresh grass clippings, sappy pine sprigs, and an herbal bouquet with mild citrus fruit and floral accents. There is a bit of white grapefruit and orange to it draped over a backbone of honey bread and caramel-like malt sweetness. Flavor follows suit with tangerine and orange zest encased in a grassy hop and evergreen forest. Malt stands firm with its bready grounding and caramel candy sweetness. Finishes with a smooth but firmly gripping bitterness. This one has some nice balance to it with the alcohol kept well disguised.
Medium to lower bodied but giving a fuller impression due to the rich starchy malts, the beer remains creamy and well carbonated with a dry crisp finish. Overall this is a quality Pale Ale with some nice hop flavors.

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Photo of thornburyslasher
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can (I'll upload the picture later) into a glass, it displays a nice golden orange color, frothy white head that thins out halfway. The lacing is thin.
Good stuff going on in the nose; juicy, citrusy, orange, grapefruit, pineapple. There is some resiny and dank hops aroma.
Clean and crisp with a piny hops foundation that is delightfully smooth, moderate and not aggressive. Although mostly hops forward, some malt sweetness is felt in the finish. The overall palate is dry. The body is medium light and quite drinkable.
This is a really nice and session able IPA that is not overly complex but quite tasty.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcel371
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can did come from the Mario Lemieux of canned beer, woodychandler. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, pine. Taste is identical to the aroma, Very little malts, mild bitterness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall a decent beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T_Law89
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Junior IPA from Radiant Pig Craft Beers
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 112 ratings