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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3967) - 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 (4825) - 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 (5354) - 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 (692) - 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 (6599) - 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 (496) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
CardsPackHawks (172) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Got a few of these as part of a variety pack at Christmas. The juniper does add an interesting flavor. It is kinda sweet and earthy at the same time. Not bad, but not necessarily something I would search out again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (506) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Medium amber with nice head. Pleasant bitterness, but still smooth for an IPA. Juniper is not overpowering. Pretty good.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
scanny24 (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014 does not count
Not a big IPA fan, so perhaps this rating is a bit biased. However, as IPAs go, this was actually my speed. Not too hoppy or bitter and the juniper flavor added a nice touch. All and all, as IPAs go, a decent beer.


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