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 tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, gold in color, high carbonation

Smell: slight berry, pepper, and pine

Taste: light bread, pepper, and pine

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter with a more bitter aftertaste, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A slightly above average IPA. I like the pine flavor, but I would not get this outside of the holiday sampler. Another one of the weaker beers I have seen in the winter sampler over the years. This year's winter sampler is just not doing it form.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of costanzo_mike
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden hue with a frothy head that fades after a few minutes. I wanted to allow the beer to "breathe".

The use of juniper berries gives this beer a nutty scent that compliments the pine character.

Exploring the palate further, I find an excellent, roasted nut essence that compliments the use of the pine-forward hops.

Mouthfeel agrees with me. Finishes clean with a little sting down the back of the throat.

An interesting take on an IPA infused with juniper berries. It's got that decent nutty character that I think some people will appreciate.

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Photo of hozersr
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer...better than expected. It is a brownish amber in color, with a whitish head a and great clarity. The smell is of wood, earth, resiny hops, and distant highly roasted malt. The taste is on the dry side, but with lots of malt and hop flavor. Wood and fruit. I get a unique pulpy flavor, that I assume is the juniper. Full in body. It is a very enjoyable beer,

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Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Best Before Feb
A - amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that holds great retention
S - piny citric aroma with some caramely grain
T - nice balance of flavors; toasted grain, caramel, piny hops, citrus, a little earthy. I'm not sure what the juniper adds, but I think I taste it and it blends well with the IPA flavors.
M - resinous and drying on the palate, finishes moderately bitter while being medium bodied
O - nice unique IPA for the season, but nothing extravagant here, although it is very well crafted

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of MSandahl23
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Resuin
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a 12 ounce bottle.

It smells piney and fresh, but also sweet and not super strong. The flavor is languid and laid back. Crisp malt is equal parts dry and sweet. A brief burst of spicy-herbal flavor is sadly short and fades to generic malting as by the end. Still, drinkable and pleasant. Not bad.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber with a creamy, thin white head that recedes quickly.

S: Aromas of biscuits, lemon, lime, orange rind, pine, and juniper are present on the nose.

T: Notes of caramel, biscuits, cream, crackers, orange rind, lemon, lime, kumquat, grapefruit, pine, cedar, and juniper coat the palate. The ale finishes with a robust wash of biscuit, orange rind, pine, and juniper flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium and surprisingly creamy. In terms of body, this is a little slight for the style, but the smoothness of this IPA is commendable. The carbonation is very crisp and firm.

O: I can see this being a really hit or miss beer for many people. I know the Samuel Adams haters will dislike it regardless, but all in all, this really isn't bad. It may not compare to some of the more lauded American IPAs, but it does what it does quite well.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mattreitz49
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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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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