This year in the 2013 winter seasonal variety pack from Boston Brewing Company there are 4 beers from past editions (Boston Lager, White Christmas, Winter Lager and Old Fezziwig Ale) and two new beers. The first one I will review is an American IPA with 5.8% ABV called Samuel Adams Juniper IPA.
Samuel Adams Juniper IPA is a clear, deep amber colored beer, sporting a small but durable off-white head. Nice lacing adorns the glass.
The nose has a solid pale malt foundation, accented with hints of honey, with juniper berries subtlety accenting grapefruit notes from the hops.
The juniper berries pick up just a bit of strength in the taste, but remain a supporting player behind the malt foundation and the hops, which have both grapefruit and earthy elements. Dabs of honey augment the malt profile. The mouth is medium bodied and highly carbonated.
Overall, Samuel Adams Juniper IPA is a pretty decent beer, but I wish the juniper berries were highlighted a bit more. As is, it is a fairly standard IPA accented with an interesting ingredient. Worth checking out as part of the sample pack, but probably not worth a buy if it were sold alone.
Samuel Adams Juniper IPA : B-
Samuel Adams Juniper IPA Specs
Hops: Columbus, Ahtanum
Malts: 2-Row, Honey Malt
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz