John John Juniper - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Parrotbeak on 04-24-2010

Juniper Pale Ale aged in Spruce Gin Barrels.

11 Ingredients:
Harrington, Crystal, Triumph, C-15 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare™ malts.
Styrian, Golding, Amarillo & Rogue Hopyard Willamette hops.Juniper
Berries Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

34 IBU
77 AA
3.2º Lovibond
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Reviews by Xul:
Photo of Xul
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours traslucent golden, capped by a finger and a half of rocky off-white head. Retention is moderate as it slowly settles down to a thin layer of foam, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Citrus notes - focused on lemon zest up front - followed by strong herbal character with juniper, spruce, and mint all being evident. Pale malt base lurks in the background.

T: Lots of herbs up front with the juniper and spruce being strong, followed by moderate mint and thyme. Some lighter hop profile comes through on the mid-palate with an earthy character. A light sweetness comes in on the backend, before giving way to an herbal finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a touch thin.

D: Interesting beer and very drinkable, the herbal character is kept at a good level where it's assertive but not over-bearing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale and golden, pretty typical pale ale look. The aroma and flavor is lacking big time. There is very little going on in this beer period There might be a slight hint of juniper/hop bitterness on the back palate. Drinkability depends on if you want to spend a lot of money on an essentially bland beer. Other than that, I can't smell much and I don't taste much. What a sad, overpriced, waste of time. It is pretty clean though.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Juniper ale aged in juniper barrels. Really?
In a pint glass the beer was a golden color with a thick white head that resembled whipped cream. Nicely carbonated. So far so good.
Not much aroma, some sweet malt.
Not much taste, malt and, if I really convince myself, some juniper.
A bit sharp in the mouth.
Not a beer I'd want a lot of.

Photo of andyfrancis
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I love Rogue's Juniper Pale Ale and hate gin in general, so here goes!

Cloudy light copper pour, nice creamy foam that faded quickly.

Smells woody. Piney even. hint of berry.

First impression of the taste: I like it. Tastes much like it smells. Feels like you're drinking something herbal.

Full bodied, but fairly easy to drink. faint hint of the gin on the finish. I like it though. just the right amount.

This would be great with Thanksgiving dinner. I think I'll try to stow a few away...

Photo of marvin213
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks pretty good in terms of color--nice orange hue--and some sudsy (but not frothy) sides. Looks maybe a little thin. Smell is scary. I do get juniper and gin...and spruce pine. I get, though, a solvency. Like thinking of gin days of yore, I tend to grimace upon each whiff.

Astringent. It's crazy, and I like crazy. But it's not too tasty. The feel is the worst--like spiked Sprite. Each smell becomes menacing. Am I gin-biased? If you are, I don't recommend this one. There's a tingle, but then there's potent chemical acidifying with destruction your oro-nasal passage. I feel like I could light it on fire. We ask for this crazy shit, and we got it. This is why there's more of a return to the basics in my near future.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass a pale translucent yellow/gold with a one finger white head. Great lacing.

The scent is strong of Spruce. Which brings me to a point I need to make. When you get right down to it, I have no idea what Juniper berries smell or taste like. My problem is that Rogue doesn't sell Juniper Pale Ale in Texas. So I can't go grab one of those to compare it to this John John.

That being said, there is a slight sourness to the flavor of this brew. It's odd because it's a rather "green" tasting flavor which makes me want to lean to a Spruce flavor. It's a taste much like the scent of spruce, which I know well. But for a beer that has been aging in Gin Barrels, regardless of the wood, I can't find any Gin in the taste.

The mouthfeel is a little dry, but overall very solid. Making this an interestingly drinkable odd brew.

Photo of acurtis
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

John John Ale 22oz bomber shared with Jim last night. Very nice appearance, cloudy orange/copper color with bubbly white head. Interesting floral aroma that must be the juniper berries. Taste is pleasant, spicy with some hops and pine. I was worried when I saw that it was aged in gin barrels but the gin flavor is a mild under taste that didn't bother me. Wasn't bad but nothing I would have again.

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this on claseout after it had gone sour in the bottle, which ended up being pretty good and interested me in checking out the beer that was intended.

It's orange but on the paler side of it, with a pale orange-tinted head acheiving just more than half a finger. Retention is moderate to good and lacing remains more spottily than anything, but with some patches.
There's lots of malts, and it offers a solid complexity of caramel and bread, but not lacking in hops. It's got a fruity element before pine and spruice tips (no kidding) some out, with the gin very evenly tempered. The boozy heat is kept at a lower level; that seems like a good thing, because I can imagine the gin getting pretty hard and being way over the top.
The flavor is sweeter than expected, both from caramel and from fruits. Pine is still strong in here. Something lemony adds a sort of tartness and a mintiness I assume is from juniper makes itself known underneath.
The body is a solid medium but thins a little at the end of every sip as the booze sneaks in. It's got a moderate crispness and is pretty smooth overall. A woody note hovering in the finish is good until a little whisper of astrincency sneaks in.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz cage and cork bottle to a tasting glass. It poured a golden color with slight white lacing, bubbles rising to the top all the while. Got to taste this brew over a friends house during a beer tasting. This jumped out as one of the most original brews served. I was told that it was brewered in juniper berry barrels that once housed gin. You can definitely taste this in the beverage.

Found it very similiar to belgian golden ales, but also had the bitterness of hops added to it. Refreshing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new Rogue bomber 'round these parts - don't mind if I do...what the hell? 3 bucks more than the typical offering? Ah, spirit barrel aged, I see now, sort of...

This beer pours a hazy pale straw hue, with two fingers of thin puffy white head, which leaves some sparse webbed lace around the glass as it recedes. Its smells of biscuity barley grain, lightly resinous, earthy botanicals, and green forest aromas. The taste is bready, biscuity malt, astringent spruce needles, some buttery, whiskey-like oakiness, and leafy, weedy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body a bit light, but smooth, and it finishes dry, earthy, mossy, and root-like, with some mild warming alcohol.

Not being a huge fan of gin, it was nice to see that the gin barrel didn't have an overpowering effect on the base pale ale. The result is an approachable herb-influenced beer, interesting in its conception, but overall, still a bit too much like consuming forest undergrowth for me to want another.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange, with a remarkable white 4-finger froth for a head. It takes a few minutes for the head to settle into a thick, sticky lacing.

Smell - Sour berry is the dominant aroma, and I also detect a little straw. That's about it.

Taste - Wow! An almost overwhelming berry sourness bites at the tongue then mellows out to a sweet note. Also a touch touch of spiciness. A bit of citrus bitterness comes in at the end and rides out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Nice dry, medium body, and the carbonation is almost champagne-like. Really pops in the mouth.

Overall - This is a unique beer, and I dig that. The barrel aging takes the Juniper Pale Ale to another level, more so than the whiskey does for Dead Guy in the other John John varietal.

Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with an inch of loose, fluffy bright white foam. the beer is just a touch hazy (assuming chill) pale gold in color with a good amount of active bubbling. leaves behind a fair amount of chalky, sticky foam spotted around the glass.

S - herbal, with mint, thyme, basil, pine and juniper coming through very clear. also picking up some bright grassy hops and a Brett-like scent...actually reminds me a bit of Orval.

T - some lightly toasted grains, spicy herbs: mint, juniper, hints of basil and thyme, and again a Bretty like yeast bite. very pleasant, bright grassy and piney hops add an assertive bitterness which works nicely with the herbs.

M - thinnish yet slick body, but lacks carbonation preventing the flavors from really settling. lightly astringent, yet still mostly drinkable. finishes a touch dry, with lingering herbal notes and a light grassy bitterness.

D - not bad, considering the potential to go awry (aging an APA in Gin barrels? - kudos to Rogue for the cajones). actually a bit more refreshing and drinkable the deeper down the glass I go. going solo here, might go well with some sharp cheese or even slightly spicy Thai food.

Photo of emsroth
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Note: You have to like gin to like this beer.

App: Amber with a beefy head that is thick and stickyyy

Smell: Fruity hops back by the spiciness of gin and spruce.

Taste: A unique flavor. Slight toasty malt, but the focus is in the finish: Slightly sweet hops with firm bitterness. Strong, spicy presence of the gin and wood that give the beer a dry finish.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Not something to have all the time, but certainly a wonderful treat.

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yellow body with a Fancy white head. Some carbonation. Spruce confers in aromas.Not a bad drinker, like the spruce and gin was OK. Then again, nothing special particularly the juniper taste.Low carbonation.A little spicey. Thanks for sending Presario.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile since I've had a Rogue beer. Most of their beers are pretty good. This one looks a bit different than their others, at least with its packaging. Instead of the artsy graphics of their other beers, the John John Ale is simply a picture of two beer brewers with wide beer-induced grins. I was excited to get this one. After all, it is a pale ale brewed with juniper berries! Midnight Sun's Cohoho uses the same and what an absolutely amazing beer it is. Add to that the John John Ale is aged in spruce gin barrels, I expect that to add some pine-like and gin-like spice. All the better!

Since this is served in a 22 oz. bomber and because there is some sediment at the bottom, be sure to swirl the beer around to loosen up the tasty stuff after pouring some out. The John John Ale pours a murky but clear golden with a quickly dissolving and very bubbly head. It looks like a blonde, actually. Remnants of the head stay on top long after the head has dissolved (mostly) away. It smells strongly of citrus, grains and yeast. Piney smells are in there too, undoubtedly from the juniper.

For taste, John John brings a nice light balance of flavors. Hop spice is evident but not pronounced with some nice bite of carbonation. The juniper berries and spruce add some subtle spice to the hop spice. I believe I get a sort of sour taste, but not something I'm put off by, that lingers a bit along with citrus. The aging in spruce gin barrels have made the pale ale less harsh in its hop spice, something that I'm obsessed with, but the John John Ale is extremely drinkable and an interesting beer to try. It looks and tastes more like a blonde to me, though, not that that's bad. I definitely enjoyed drinking this since it's SO DAMN HOT OUT IN TEXAS. I don't think this is great but it is very good.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy golden, 2 fingers creamy head retained and laced very well
S - dank and fruity hops, toasty malt, light lemon and berry scent
T - same hops, sweet and tart juniper berries, grainy malt, light piney finish
M - medium carbonation, slight bitter, tart and sweet through the finish
D - a very fine mix of hop qualities with the tart sweetness of juniper berries, and the light pine hint from the gin cask finishing is subtle but complimentary

Photo of GRG1313
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Juniper pale ale aged in Spruce Gin barrels. Pours a clear orange amber with a nice, firm and thick white head. Nice looking.

Lightly assertive nose, less than expected. Light green fruit character; no juniper or spruce really noticeable in the nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and a bit creamy, much nicer than most Rogues.

Flavors are subtle herbaceous character, hints of white pepper, green pepper, celery and salt, with a herb/spice finish. Hint of juniper and spruce in the flavors and a decent "green" bitter finish.

An elegant "herbaceous" drink. Pleasant. Likely very good with most food profiles.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a flat pumpkin orange with a medium sense of clarity, a thin haziness that was just enough to slightly distort objects on the far side of the glass. The head was bone white in color, rising a measly 1 finger high at its highest point with a foamy like appeal. Retention was moderate, lasting a few minutes while leaving a thin spongey coating behind for a lacing. Visible carbonation was strong and rapid from the onset and continued to be such for most of the drink while a few bran colored flakes rested on the bottom of the glass.

S: The amarrillo hops really come through on the initial nose, lending a strong lemony character to the mix which was backed by a slight tart orange twang. A musky sourness, similar to perhaps a saison, is picked up on while light gin notes could be easily detected, attributed to by either the spruce gin barrels or the juniper berries. The delivery was moderate in strength.

T: Soft orange peels with a slight musky sourness, again almost like a saison or sour blonde is first encountered. The spruce notes are easily distinguishable with green earthy fern hints. The juniper berries lend some fleshy berry skin notes to the mix along with a good dose of lemony hops. The malting was well balanced composed of sweet caramelized grains.

M: A good feel of carbonation is detected on the tongue. The body is rather light in substance but offers a good crispness while a nice warming of sour oranges on the swallow.

D: All in all a drinkable beer that leaves you with a slight sour twang and coating on the tongue. Drinks like a saison, as crisp as a pale with a generous amount of hops to match, and has some berry spice appeal all rolled into one. Have to recheck my original evaluation of their juniper ale, but figure this one surely benefits from the spruce gin barrel aging which does this just fine. Worth a purchase.

Photo of jsh420
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours yellow gold with a big 3 finger head that fades to a thin flim and left spotted lacing

smells spiced with grainy malts - not very strong

taste - again i get spice upfront then the pine/orange hops fade into light sweet malt

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is very good - the light body and clean non overpowering flavors make this a perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day in the 90's

Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- nice unfiltered looking pale... bit of a pee yellow really.... light orange, slightly cloudy... not much head but a bit of fizzy ring making going on.

- Nice soothing citrus and nostril clearing freshness to it... bit of lemon, light grain... light woodiness... light gin really... some floral notes....

- Very nice blend of flavors here... floral, citrus... sweet caramel without being over the top... grassy, lemon earthiness... woody light gin... certainly different and very good.

- Quite drying... light bodied... the spruce and gin must be aiding to the dry mouthfeel...

- Overall I am very impressed.... wish it were a painted bottle. This is one to have and try.... extremely balanced flavor... and quite refreshing on a warm muggy day.

Photo of goldbot
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light copper color with a slight haze. Thick, fluffy white head. Great head retention and good lacing.

Smells nicely hoppy up front with some citrus and herbal/pine aromas. A definite woodsy aroma permeates. The gin and juniper are very subtle here, but add a nice balance.

Malt and bread flavor up front with some hints of caramel. A subtle but noticeable gin flavor with a nice, refreshing touch of resinous spruce. Juniper seems absent but is probably just mixed in with the gin/spruce flavors.

A full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very balanced beer. Nothing overpowers in it, and all the different flavors work very nicely with each other. It would be great to see more beers like this; it's a creative use of barrel aging to create a balanced, somewhat low ABV beer.

Photo of Beejay
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A lighter tan-amber. Nice white head, though it went from 3 fingers to a 1/4 inch pretty quick. Nice clear beer.

S: Definitely hops present. A bit of a piney fresh scent, and possibly a hint of wood if you think too hard about it.

T: Tasty. The gin actually comes through in the flavor, I didn't pick up a lot of it in the nose, but I can taste it right away here. Gin, a bit of pine, followed by a kick from the hops, and then a mellow hop/spruce/gin aftertaste that is nice. Very crisp and refreshing. Tasty, smooth and light, yet fairly complex.

M: Feels just a little over carb'd to me, but perhaps that is what is giving it the lightness I enjoy to it.

D: Good summer beer. Though I don't think I could do more than one bomber in a day. A very interesting brew, and a gin barrel beer I am glad I tried.

Photo of vandemonian
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

John John Ale has a darkish, cloudy orange colour and a 0.5 cm soapy head that reduces to a nice even lacing very quickly. The smell is slightly sour with fruity berries with a hint of yeast. Interesting, but I don't love it. This beer starts with a sour tang: fruity and yum. The finish is slightly woody with a hint of yeast and smoke. This is a very interesting beer. Worth tasting.

Photo of berkey
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bistro in Hayward. 10 oz glass.

A small but persistent head tops a very clean pale amber body. Carbonation is extremely fine, to the point I didn't notice any at first glance.

Herbal, floral, and sweet aroma. Wouldn't say it was juniper if I hadn't known before tasting but it is reminiscent of some gins and genevers I've tried.

Flavor is pretty intensely floral and fruity with a berry bitterness to start but evens out as it goes to include some pine needles and spice. I've never tried Rogue's gin but I'm thinking this the barrel influence. It would be helpful if I had tried the base beer but after the juniper notes it doesn't seem there's much sign of it here.

Overall an interesting concept that was fun to try but now that I've had it I don't know if I would order it again on it's own merits.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber with little head and no lacing. Interesting faint spruce, juniper and citrus start with citrus middle and pleasant herbal, hop finish. Medium malt base and body. An enjoyable juniper flavored ale.

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John John Juniper from Rogue Ales
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