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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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - an amber color, with a finger-width head.

Smell - that pine/citrus/hoppy smell with a hint of sweet berries.

Taste - like the smell; pine/citrus/hoppy; with the berries sweetness mellowing out the bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - full-bodied, sticks to your mouth like most ipa's.

Overall - out of the Samuel Adams IPAs this is probably my favorite, since that berry sweetness mellows out the hops at the end.

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Photo of raznug
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a deep red color and is topped with ½” of white head that dissipates rather quickly.
Smell: The hop aroma in this beer is rather subtle which doesn’t surprise me out of Sam Adams.
Taste: The taste of hops is rather prevalent considering how blah the aroma was much better tasting than I was expecting.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that is rather easy to drink and has good flavor considering Sam Adams is rather PG rated, I prefer at least rated R.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i like sam adams juniper ipa- this beer is a good ipa without having to be a huge hop bomb. there is a little something different going on here- i can only assume its the juniper berries....ive never eaten juniper berries so i cant peg the flavor. there is a light freshness to this beer. this ipa has a crisp lightness yet maintains its full flavor. i am a boston beer company fan and they are still making quality beers.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a deep golden color with a long lasting one finger foamy head.

S - Citrus and pine dominate with some hint of muskiness.

T - Very strong citrus start with a bit of a bitter finish.

M - Good rich feel on the tongue with a bit of tartness.

O - A decent enough IPA to buy the "Winter Classics" case or whatever else it come it.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a GDBC pint glass

Pours a clear gold with a thick white head, two fingers deep at least off an aggressive pour. Tons of pine on the nose backed by a bit of citrus hops and bready malt tones. Good flavors, pine up front with some citrus peel, fades to a lingering bitterness held in check with some bread and dough malt flavors. Nice resinous mouthfeel like a good IPA should have. Overall, looking like this is my favorite brew from the winter pack so far.

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Photo of utfiero
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color- very clear light amber. Full head.

Aroma- gentle floral hoppiness with hint agave.

Taste- Starts with a mild roast and pine needle hopiness with hint of honey-like sweetness in the mid-body finishing long with a mild floral gin-like dryness. 50 IBUs. An interesting IPA but not one I'd want on a regular basis.

ABV 5.8%

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass).

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Photo of RVigz
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a caramel amber color with a light yellow head.

Smell: Very piney with a sweet citrus aroma.

Taste: Well balanced piney character thats slightly sweet and not overpoweringly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Slightly sweet with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Overall this beer is surprisingly balanced with a sharp pine flavor that sweetens out and finishes with just the right amount of bitterness. Impressive.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a clear but dark amber color. Only a thin layer of off white head.

S: Citrus, dank pine and floral notes. Just the slightest hint of caramel malt.

T: All the characteristics of the nose with just the right amount of sweetness of juniper berries.

M: Creamy and smooth. Medium body an medium light carb.

O: Not a hop bomb, but definitely a refreshing session IPA with a twist.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice golden color with minimal head. Smell is heavy juniper berries. If you like juniper, this one hits the nail on the head. The aroma kept me confused for the longest time. What is this smell that I've smelled before? Finally, it hit me, Gin! Nice light beer that is heavy on juniper. Doesn't do anything special for me. It's light, crisp, very dry and easy to drink. Not much substance or body though.

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Photo of watermelon
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Utica_Brew_Review
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful amber color with decent clean head and moderate carbonation...semi unfiltered. Great sweet, floral, hoppy aroma with notes of juniper. Very crisp with a bitter bite at the end of the sip. Good hop flavor. Very complex and deceitfully sweet. Not a typical IPA because it's semi-unfiltered. Definite malt flavor at the end of the sip. You can also taste the pine from the juniper. Finishes with more citrus--slightly fruitier.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown-orange with a big off tan head that gives a nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and hops are most noticeable. Maybe a hint of citrus.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but much more pronounced. Piney hops go great. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Overall: A solid IPA. A little light on the hops, but it pulls its weight. I would buy again.

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Photo of artdob
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a classic frothy tan head, though staying power is just for a few moments. Aroma has light maltiness and hops, but overall, fairly minimal at least for my sniffer.

Palate... Hops for sure give this a familiar IPA foundation. Light citrus notes, grapefruit in particular followed with the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated.

While the name of this one has Juniper mentioned, honestly I'm not familiar with juniper smell or taste, so is it here, I can't judge that element. As for IPAs, it's alright, but given a choice, in this department I would be more likely to reach for a Stone brew.

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Photo of Tuey13
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden amber with a one finger white fluffy head.

Aroma of hops and citrus... i can definitely smell a little evergreen notes on the nose kind of a gin aroma.

Taste is bitter hops and tastes of juniper, again kind of a gin-like taste.... a little sweetness on the back end as the malts come into play.

This was a good IPA, but not amazing... the juniper was not strong enough on the taste for my preference. But overall it was a great beer just not groundbreaking! ;-)

Hope everyone had a great holiday season... now look forward to spring even though we are having a snowstorm as the spring beers are already showing up! Hahaha

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Photo of Weston19
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Fergyx825
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: an amber appearance with not too much head on the pour. There is some light bubbling obvious, but not much on the surface.

Smell: very herbal hoppy smell, this smells delicious. I don't notice any hints of juniper when smelling the beer, no malt also. I'm excited for this one.

Taste: most certainly an IPA, very hoppy. This tastes really good, but it really resembles the spring ipa's that they will be putting out later in the yr. I don't taste the juniper part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: A high carbonated beer with a medium thickness. This is acceptable but this is not a chugging beer. I feel full.

Overall: an IPA through and through, but this does reach what it aspires to be.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a sensory glass. Pours a nice reddish dark copper with a tall off-white head that slowly dissipates while leaving a lot of lacing.

Smells of juniper, honey, citrus, and piney hop notes.

Tastes just as it smells, nice hop presence up front and good bitter finish. In between, flavors of juniper run across the palate, giving it a slight gin-like taste. Nicely balanced between the sweet bread and juniper with the bitter hops.

Overall, a solid IPA, with the juniper being a nice touch, easy drinking enough to work in the warmer months, but heavy enough to fit in perfectly for winter consumption.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear, dark, amber body with about a finger and a half of lasting white head.

S: Smells of hops, citrus, juniper and grape. Sweet smelling but not too sweet.

T: Much like the aroma the flavor was that of hops, citrus and juniper but also with more bitter notes.

M: Very creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O: Another nice seasonal beer from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Gambelli
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Clear copper/dark orange, with 1/2'" off-white head. Thin, consistent lacing throughout the quaff. Medium carbonation arising from the bottom of the SA perfect pint glass.

S- Slight floral (European?) hoppiness along with a faint whif of juniper berry, with the
familiar SA ale yeastiness.

T- A touch of pine bitterness and juniper oil at first, followed by grapefruit rind citrus bitterness.
Not much malt back bone makes a presence here. Nothing takes over center stage.

M- Very thin to me. I have had other juniper IPA's, and this one is comparatively thin. Good carbonation level, not stinging or flat.

O- As I mentioned, quite thin compared to other examples of the style I've tried. So much
could have possible here, but I am slightly underwhelmed. Not a bad beer, but when I heard
"Juniper IPA" my ears perked up and my taste buds began to water. Not a good trade-off
for the Holiday Porter in the Winter classics variety pack either.

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Photo of PrinceGeorge
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer came in a Sam Adams Winter Pack, sampled in a 22 oz wine glass, light copper, white head poor retention, taste over powering grapefruit, smooth with strong citrus after taste, Nice IPA, if you like grapefruit you will love this one, Not my first pick for an IPA but certainly worth drinking if you have it already and I have two more in the pack.

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Photo of RToffler
1.66/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was utterly disgusted the moment this vitriolic waste offended my taste palette. I enjoyed a sampler of the Samuel Winter Seasonal offerings, but this stuck out as the most utterly repulsive drink I have ever had the misfortune of placing in my mouth. I am genuinely convinced that any positive review of the beer comes from a misplaced attempt at sophistication. I will stick to Miller High Life while you all enjoy your highly overrated flow of piss-brau.

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