Juniper IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Juniper IPAJuniper IPA

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by socon67 on 09-29-2013

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Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

5.8% ABV confirmed. Enjoy before: March 2014. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with gold colored standard Sam Adams label and branded blue pry-off cap acquired as part of the 2013 winter 12-pack variety box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Avery snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. The idea of an IPA brewed with juniper is interesting but I'm a bit suspicious; I'm worried it'll resemble gin, which I'm not keen on.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours a 2 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creamy smooth consistency. Fairly soft complexion. Good thickness. Head retention is pretty good - about 5-6 minutes - though the ABV is a biteen on the low side for the style. Uneven lacing coats the sdies of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear vibrant copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for an IPA - there's nothing unique or special here. I'm looking forward to trying it. No egregious flaws are evident.

Sm: Has your standard floral hop character with some light pine and vague fruity hops. Some healthy caramalt and pale malt. I do find a kiss of juniper berries when I look for that note, but I highly doubt I'd find it blind. It also doesn't seem to have the bitterness of juniper or gin. If anything, it lends the aroma an extra fruity dimension which is very welcome.

A clean appealing aroma of above average to mild strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. No off notes.

T: Juniper is much stronger in the flavour profile than it was on the aroma, and does impart some gin-like bitterness, which joins the hop bitterness in tampering with the balance. There's not quite enough pale malt/caramalt sweetness - and what there is isn't quite in all the right places - to really lend this credible careful balance. It does have a decent cohesion, but it's not a gestalt build and lacks subtlety and complexity. No intricacy or nuance here. The hop character itself is pretty generic - just your usual floral and vaguely fruity character. There's just not much of interest here.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-flavours.

Boring and uninspired.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a bit refreshing, and overcarbonated. Should be softer. Crisp. Has an okay presence on the palate, but the texture doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to the taste. Okay thickness and body.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: A downable IPA which is very forgettable. The juniper doesn't suit it well and I don't particularly think it's a good premise for a beer of any style. It's all well and good that Sam Adams is reaching for excuses to put IPAs in a winter pack, but I'm not certain juniper is a flavour that belongs in beer (no doubt Fantome or New Glarus will prove me wrong within a year). I wouldn't buy this again and I'd be unhappy to see it in future seasonal packs. Mediocre at best and not worth buying.

The untamed curt bitterness really drags this one down. There's no highlight here for me.

Low C-

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Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a golden soft copper color with an off white head with good retention and leaves some nice lacing
S-citrus, juniper, and some biscuit in the background
T-piney and grapefruit with juniper in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-not a bad brew, juniper seems a bit out of place.probably wouldn't get it again but it's worth a try

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Photo of boszormeny
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of CollegeStogie
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of wsickler
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of scanny24
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of spencerg293
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of watermelon
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear copper color with a white head. Decent head retention, and medium lacing.

S: Grass and citrus hops with scents of biscuits.

T: Bitter taste with grassy, and grapefruit hops. Odd after taste

M: Bitterness on the back end. Goes down easy enough.

O: This is alright, I'm not really sure what juniper berries taste/smell like, but there was a strange after taste. I don't think I'll drink this again.

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Photo of Weston19
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper color, pours with about a two finger head which eventually turns into a nice lacing. White colored head and the lacing that is left around the glass is excellent.

S: Grapefruit, obvious smell of berries, pineapple, some nuttiness and malts.

T: Grapefruit, bitter nutty aftertaste, some berry taste as the beer hits the back palate but its sweetness disappears rather quickly. The berries are also present as the beer first hits your tongue.

MF: Light MF, well carbonated and a dry finish.

O: The beer looks fantastic on a glass, it smells pretty good, but I wish the berries would linger a little longer or at least have a more pronounced presence. Still, for an experimental IPA it's pretty good. I would say it's par with Sierra Nevada and New Belgium.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: color is a medium red/brown color. Light active carbonation on pour and in glass while drinking. Good amount of lacing left behind.

Smell: big amber malt front. There is a light flowery aroma from the juniper. Good amount of oak and malty sweetness. Not getting a lot of hops.

Taste: sweet amber front. Medium bodied malt rides through on the body. Light juniper presence lingers on the back end of this brew. Syrupy feeling is left behind.

Mouthfeel: light with a definite sugary sweetness.

Overall: okay stuff. Felt like an amber ale to me. Getting no noticeable hop profile. A good brew for someone looking to break out of the macro world.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TonyY
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of gregu2
4/5  rDev +17%

Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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