Juice Jr. | Great Notion Brewing

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Juice Jr.Juice Jr.
BA SCORE
4.37/5
Outstanding
Juice Jr.Juice Jr.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Notion Brewing
Oregon, United States
greatnotionpdx.com

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 2017 Oregon Beer of the Year, Juice Jr. is the little Brother of Juice Box DIPA. It's brewed with a ton of Mosaic hops and lots of love.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#746
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
166
pDev:
6.64%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 166
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank 5/4/19 @ the Beer Temple.

Very mild for the NE IPA style; this wasn't bad but I can't say I'm pumped to have another.

However, in a pinch you could do way worse.

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Photo of TheBrewsky
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/28/19. Stamp says to "Drink Now." I must follow orders.
L: Pours a hazy honey orange in color. The haze is evident, but it isn't a murk bomb. The head amounted to about a fingers width of a loosely packed bubbles that retained nicely, settling to a nice uniform ring around the glass. Supple amounts of lacing spots the glass, but doesn't coat as seen in other GN offerings.
S: Instantly, I know this is a brew featuring Mosaic. Very fruity and herbal. Citrus, melon and berry is abundant with an abundance of grass complexity. Smells awesome.
T: Really started to grow on me. Disclaimer, I am not the biggest fan of Mosaic being the singular hop in NEIPAs, but GN changes that mentality. The mango and citrus flavor is abundant, but there is a piney dankness on the finish that is indicative in Mosaic IPAs. The more I drink it, the more I like it.
F: Light in body and weight. Low to moderate carbonation, meaning it has just enough to facilitate a fizzle on the tongue. Smooth feel and easy to drink at 6% abv.
O: As said before, I am not the biggest fan of Mosaic implemented NEIPAs, but this one changes that. First off, I love beers around the 6 abv mark, so there is a plus. Second, it is both juicy and dank with nice grassy hop profile. Very easy to drink and all-around very enjoyable. I would drink again, and I am super glad to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

A mildly hazy light orange with a white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing this looks solid. The nose is super juicy with passionfruit, papaya , mango and peach, in that order. Minimal malt character. The palate opens with gobs of juicy hops, with passionfruit, papaya, mango , a little guava and a back end of peach and orange. Unabashedly juicy with minimal bitterness, there's a mild aspirin like astringency present. Sweet and juicy on the finish with a lingering fruit juice character, this beer is light in body and moderately carbonated. Enjoyable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another hazy beer from great notion. I get a pleasing pineapple aroma, matched by a juicy pineapple note as I sip. Slightly tart finish, tightly effervescent.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018-10-25
16oz can poured in a can shaped pint glass. Brought home from Oregon by my wife. Dated 10/18/18.

Pours a hazy orange-white with a smallish head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is straight up resin, and a little citrus.

Taste is more of the same, super bright. This beer is excellent.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma has really dank hops with sweet vanilla malt notes. Taste is sweet, dank, juicy and fruity.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Juice Jr. pours, as expected, like orange juice. Opaque orange, chicken stock not bacon fat opaque, with a fluffy off white head that settles the same way a fresh squeezed full-pulp juice would. Laces like layers of cumulus clouds.

Serious Mosaic goodness coming off the surface. Blueberry, mango, clementine, and nectarine already sell me before a bready and yeasty sweet malt come up from below. And as if I personally requested it, pine and weed, though subtle, creep up for the finishing touches.

Thank God, not a yeast bomb. Junior puts on his big boy pants and delivers loads of all the aforementioned. A little help with some cactus fruit and gooseberry like flavors. Solid, unique, and delicious elements. A little lacking on my beloved pine, but I'm ok with it.

Despite its appearance, this is surprisingly crisp, spritzy, even a bit tingly and tart. It's close to balanced but lucky for me it favors the bitter side. And I don't know how it's possible, but it's low for the style abv seems to still give off some warmth.

It's not wonder this won Oregon beer of the year last year. It's phenomenal. Elements of new and old (mostly new) blend wonderfully in Juice Jr. Glad this is in 16 oz cans, finally. Cheers.

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boise Beer crew weekend in Portland. Taster at Great Notion. Another hazy IPA, normal look for the style. Mild aroma, mango, papaya. Taste is a bit stronger, but not much. Dry.

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Photo of amano_h
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generous hints of orange, yellow grapefruit, and sweet candied fruits up front on the nose. Soft, peach-like stone fruit, and hints of fresh herbs and wet cut grass follow. The bitterness comes out in the form of grapefruit rinds, accentuated with a slight peppery bite.

A tropical / exotic fruit medley of guava, passionfruit, and mango dominate the palate at first, but are quickly adjoined by some more eponymous hints of fresh orange pulp and yellow grapefruit. In keeping with its "juice" theme, the fine grass/herb notes are largely absent from the palate, along with the grapefruit rind bitter hints that were more apparent on the nose.

The body is a little lighter than Great Notion's other offerings (hence the Jr. moniker), but it doesn't stray far behind in terms of the depth of flavor and juiciness; medium-light bodied, with a sticky slick-ish consistency. Soft, yet vibrant carbonation accompanies the quintessential Northeast consistency throughout the drinking experience; the brew finishes dry and clean like a pressed shirt.

Not quite Juice Box, but it'll do just fine.

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Photo of dohm179
4.99/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Hazy but still allowing light through the orange.
S: Tyipical but beautiful Mosaic
T: Perfect Mosaic.
F: This is where the beer really shines. It's like Pipeworks Lizard King but with a Treehouse mouthfeel.
O: Just absurdly good. Trade what you have to to acquire

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour at the Modern Times Carnival of Caffeination. So juicy and fresh - I had to go back for a second pour despite being overwhelmed by great beers at the festival. Now I really want to try Juicebox.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bright, pungent aroma of zesty citrus and melon that follows nicely onto the taste. It has a nice bread-like malt body to back it up. Better than Juice Box, actually. This definitely feels more like a Sessions IPA than a pale ale, but these guys kill the pale ale/ single IPA game.

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Photo of dar482
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Guava passionfruit
Taste: Bright mosaic, straight Trillium Melcher, a bit of hop zing, pineapple juice, grapefruit zest. One of the best beers I had at the brewery and better than Juice Box.

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Photo of thorkelson
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super hazy orange.
Super dank hops. low bitterness.
Huge mosaic flavor. Mango, papaya, slightly herbal/floral, a bit of pine.
Another one of the best beers I've ever had. An expensive addiction.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler, 11 days old. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a moderately hazy orange, no particulates, one finger thick white head, plenty of carbonation is apparent; rings of lacing, thin film. Looks good. Smells of rich citrus, blood oranges, pulp, light caramel sweetness. Flavour is quite juicy with citrus and orange pulp. Mild caramel sweetness, light astringent cereal grain. Lots of citrus following through the remainder of the way. Mild zesty bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy and smooth with a light bitter, zesty astringency at the end that doesn't linger long, inviting another drink. Very tasty stuff; reminds me a lot of Toppling Goliath pseudoSue at its best.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy, light brown/orange, no head
unusual dankish syrupy hops, full nose
nice, well-balanced with good malt base, better when warmer
deep thick resiny hops, but not over the top
better towards room temperature

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a freshly filled crowler, and poured into a snifter. The nose hits you right away. Lots of floral notes and a little tropical fruit. The taste is very similar. Super juicy with a lot of hoppy bitterness to balance things back out.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, Portland.
Crusty white over turbid gold. 4
Fresh dankness, papaya, and live herbs. 4
Slight biscuit, then banging herb oil, specks of tangerine and nectarine, and a pile of blueberry. 4.25
Soft, round, some chew + oil. 4

Mosaic

Huge botanical freshness. Danker as it warms. These two things made the happy Mosaic fruit a whole lot more interesting. Turbid, NE, fresh - I’m all in. 4.5

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Photo of Bluecrow
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-hazy Amber tap pour. 1 cm head disapates to wisps. The aroma is Juice! Aroma and flavors are grapefruit, orange then lemon with a touch of pine. Hop-bite is minimal. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed the hell out of this and the contrast between it and my other PNW favs, Boneyard / Barley Browns / Pfriem, couldn't bee more stark. This is the haze and the juice. Well done. Needs evolution but they're new. Relative to some other hyped up and comers - say, Civil Society from FL - they impress me a touch more (granted, visiting gives a bias).

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Photo of Nachojon
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Great Notion beer. Great looking beer, amazing aroma. This is a fantastic tasting beer but not the most complex ever. Mouthfeel is thinner than other IPAs but pleasant. Great beer.

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Photo of South2NW
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange and hazy
Smell: dank, tropical hops.
Taste: mango, papaya, guava, fresh oranges. Little to no bitterness.
Mouthfeel: honestly, it drinks like juice.
Overall: I really enjoy this beer. Very easy drinking and refreshing. I order at least one glass each time I visit as long as it is on tap.

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Juice Jr. from Great Notion Brewing
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 166 ratings