Description: For this special release, we wanted to brew a flavorful
winter IPA that captured the aroma of the season.This brought us to juniper berries, which add
a slightly sweet, piney character.Complemented by citrus notes from American hops, this balanced IPA will
brighten the holidays. — Samuel Adams
Winter is winding down. I know most people in the midwest and east don't agree. But in terms of beer seasons, we're well into spring. I'm closing out my winter with Juniper IPA, which was released in exclusively in Samuel Adams’
Winter variety pack. I'm tasting it as part of my series on winter seasonals.
Deep golden orange in color, clear, with an off-white head
that dissipates very slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.
Aroma of sweet caramel and light evergreen. Taste is similar. It starts with
evergreen and pine, with caramel and of biscuit malt emerging in the
middle. Hop bitterness is moderate, and alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or
flavor. Juniper IPA is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. It has a slightly
resinous mouth feeland finishes
with a touch ofmalt sweetness and
light herbal hop bitterness.
3 star. Good. I would drink this again if it was given to me.
The evergreen flavor of juniper comes through in Juniper
IPA. However, many IPAs feature piney hop flavors. So for me, it was hard to
distinguish the flavor of the juniper berries from the hops.Regardless, this is a good IPA and a
unique addition to Sam Adams’ seasonal variety pack. What do you think of Sam Adams Juniper IPA?