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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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. Cheers!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4635) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Poured a light amber color with a pretty large, fluffy white head. Aroma was some pine, juniper notes, citrus body. Flavor was pine, juniper, biscuit malt notes. Actually pretty refreshing for a standard SA beer.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4053) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Oddly bitter. Viscous lookin. Candy perfume. Strong flat cloying & mouth coating. Difficult finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nakedwhendrunk (2081) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a slightly clear copper/bronze colored body with a full two finger white foamy head that rises a bit above the glass and dies within two minutes leaving some decent speckled clingy lacing gracing the sides of the glass The smell had piney hops, juniper with some toasted malt. The taste was resinous sweetness that comes across with the juniper pretty well, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish. The palate was about a light to medium, mostly sessionable, carbonation comes across smoother than most AIPAís but still good for the most part, and for me. Overall, this was a good AIPA that adds in a different element that Iím not used to having, way to go Sam Adams, Iíd have this one again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Very interesting. Kinda sweet and somewhat refreshing. Not tiring as many IPAs but very nice to drink with mates.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
bottle. Golden with small head. Very mild hops and a quasi-spruce sweetness. Pleasant and nice, but Iíd like a few more hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Sampled on 3/14/2014. This India Pale Ale pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized white/beige foamy head with good lacing and nice retention. The aroma is piney and grapefruity, malty and sweet. A medium bodied India Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. The juniper berries are more evident in the taste than the aroma. Decent carbonation. Nice mild long lasting bitterness. Some herbal notes as well. Very drinkable IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wmubronco1992 (614) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle from Sam Adams winter mixed 12 pack. Pours light amber. Off white frothy head. Piney aroma. Flavor is hop bitter. Havenít tasted Juniper, but assume thatís the flavor Iím picking up. Typical IPA mouthfeel. Overall decent drinkable beer. A typical SA special seasonal. The kind of beer that you like, but you wonít ever seek out again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
A- Amber with decent head and retention. Good lacing S- Malts and citrusy bitterness. Canít pinpoint anything in particular though. T- Citrus bitterness and some malts. Wasnít expecting something like this from SA. M- Very drinkable. Light and pleasant. O- Came with SA Winter variety case. First off, is this SA? I was not expecting something this tasty. Will definitely enjoy this again!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle: † Fairly full bodied shrubby IPA. † Not all that hoppy or bitter. † Has moreso of a shrubby bitterness, perhaps the Juniper? † Decent body. † Pretty damn shrubby overall. † Shrubby!!!


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brandon1989 (240) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2014
pours a clear amber red color with a thick fluffy white head. the aroma is floral, sweet, slight citrusy. the taste is very mild for an ipa. you pick up some mild hops, grassy, slighty acidic, very floral. not a bad beer.


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