Tasting: July 12, 2012
For the past few summers, my family has traveled to a working dairy farm bed & breakfast in a small Pennsylvania town called Mount Joy. Over the winter, I read an article about a brewery located in Mount Joy called Bube. Yes — in the vein of Intercourse and Blue Ball — it is pronounced Booby. My six-year old got a kick out of that one. This trip we decided to scout it out with a quick beer at the end of the day. The bar is a little dingy — but the beer garden was quite nice.
They had a decent lineup of other well-known beer, but I was interested in their own offerings. They had about six: a kolsch, a porter, a hefeweizen, a pilsner and this IPA. I was particularly drawn to it because the “Jun” is short for juniper. It’s advertised as a juniper “enhanced” IPA. For those that don’t know, juniper is a berry that comes from a conifer tree (i.e. pine) — but it’s more like a pine cone than a berry. It’s a key ingredient in the production of gin. That piney influence would seem to lend itself nicely to an IPA.
This one wasn’t all that impressive. It lacked any of the citrus or peppery spice one might expect from an IPA – rather it was grain forward and dominant (bread/cracker). Juniper or hops were present, but tucked way in the back. I’d call this one more of just a pale ale. It did refresh on a warmish day and the atmosphere certainly improved its standing — but I’ll still put it at 72 point.