Juniper IPA | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by socon67 on 09-29-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
695
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Copper colored ale light beige head forming thick slightly off white head, forms some nice banded lacing. Aroma has a nice spiced Christmas beer, juniper berries because that is what the label says. Can I actually smell Juniper berries? No but there's a full generic fruity quality lacking quintessential hoppy aspects. The flavors have a bit of hop bitterness, lacks malts or sweetness it's a dry piney, herbal hopped, juniper IPA. Go back to the drawing board guys! As it warms some citric notes make it to the nares but the juniper additions become the highlight on the nares and barely accessible in the flavor profile. Earthy pine and citrus notes fill the flavor of the hop bitterness, it's bad. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a pure bitter dry finish that lacks balance between sweetness of malts and hops/juniper additions. Overall, take this beer and leave it in a 12 pack sampler because you had to produce something new, not because it's actually good. A sad day for Sam Adams!!!

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Freshness dating notched onto the side of the label. Part of the sampler box.

Typical almond amber, moderate lite khaki head.Leaves adequate low sheeting a bits of lace here and there. Tons of bubble rising to the top.

Nose makes me think of spruce, ginger and herbal hops.

More herbal hop notes on the palate, spruce, pine, more soapy ginger....decently drinkable, but not my favorite IPA....doubt I would enjoy more then one or two of these...

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Photo of mklisz
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BEER88
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased as part of the holiday mix-pack.

Pours copper orange, basically clear, with some lacing, not much, descended from a half inch head.

Smells like grass, pine, and some fruity berry-ness that I assume is from the juniper.

The taste is similar. The juniper infusion is interesting, but doesn't do much to save an otherwise bland base IPA. Sort of muddled generic bitter pine flavor, a little bit of grapefruit. Just kind of boring, really.

Medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated. Fairly drinkable, but not because it's tasty, more just because it's light.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of juniper (I would have said spruce), citrus hops, sweet malt. Flavor is light citrus hops, lightly floral, juniper berry, mild bready malt, finishing with light evergreen and lingering grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. A mellow hopped IPA with a deft touch of juniper flavor that melds well with the hops. Mild malt body, almost undersupporting, but overall nicely balanced and interesting flavored IPA that leans in profile towards an American pale ale.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a white head that leaves perfect rings of lace down the pint glass. Aroma of caramel malts and a very floral suggestion from the hops and juniper.

In the taste, grapefruit matched with a lavender like floral aspect. Definitely pine from the juniper and a bit of the floral. Mild bitterness but still lingers into the finish.

Medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Finishes bitter. Overall this is a decent brew, solid bitterness, a bit of fruitiness, but nothing special.

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Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of April 2014. Sampled on November 16, 2013.

The pour is copper-amber mainly with a lingering white head and busy carbonation. It looks pretty good.

The aroma is of roasted pale malts and juniper berries as promised. The floral hops can be found in the background.

The body is about medium.

Hops tends to present themselves more so in the taste but the roasted malts and juniper can also be found, albeit at a more subdued rate. This was a nice and drinkable beer but nothing I would go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sweet with a spruce scent that must be the Juniper. Mild scents of pine and caramel but it isn't real aromatic.

Starts out basically bittersweet at first with a bit of a savory taste to it. Wood and pine are a big part of the flavor. This does taste better than it smells.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not bad, but I wouldn't buy a six pack of it.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: A pristine clarity of light coppery-orange coloring shows a light and spacious rise of carbonation. The head is creamy, peanut shell toned, leaving a washy, spares, spongey dab lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet syrupy malt upfront, hints of fresh cold blueberries, wet citrus and wintery pine. The juniper berries adds a bit of dry balance. Sweet, soothing and gentle, definitly not a hop bomb or was intended to be.

T: Flavor was sweet fresh caramel, fleshy juniper berries that provide dry citric tones with a dry toasted character rounding things out. Dry gin like berries bitterness is evident on the finish.

M: Sharp feel around the tongues edges, light to medium body, slippery malt feel with a berry-citric ting on the tongue.

O: thought the nose was sweet and fruity, the juniper berries didn't translate as well to be expected on the flavor. It had brief moments of hope, but in the end it just didn't deliver or had that noted sam adams sense of drinkability which usually produces clean and very drinkable beers. The juniper berries seem a bit odd contributer to an ipa, i can see how they imagine the dry citric quality could add to the hops, but juniper berries are usually not a favorite addition to anything. I usually am the first to defend Sam adams and there clean brewing quality and easy drinking beers, this was not the case, a more of a side step and trying to be different and off centered rather then just focusing on making a good beer.

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Juniper IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.52 out of 5 based on 695 ratings.
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