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John John Juniper - Rogue Ales

John John JuniperJohn John Juniper

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%

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Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: david18 on 07-15-2010)
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Photo of thecheapies


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a mason jar. Gold color with minimal head. 3.0

Crackery malts, light grassy hopping, and a tinge of juniper berry. 3.0

Pilsner-like malts with spicy hops, grassy flavors, and evident gin barrel. Oakiness and spruce. The attempt to make it what it is detracts from the original pale ale. 3.0

Thin carbonation with a medium body. Drinks kinda slow. 3.0

I like the Juniper Pale just fine, but the gin barrel aging is interesting and it hurts the original beer. Tough to pull off a gin barrel aged beer, anyway. Props. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 02:15:45 | More by thecheapies
Photo of mactrail


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied and fairly crisp. Both wood and the juniper come forward, but don't dominate the scene. Pleasant sharp mouthfeel with modest carbonation. Hoppy twang is quite nice, with a distinct bitter aftertaste. The woodiness also lingers long. Each sip, however, renews the sharp hoppy flavors and herbal taste. Some aromas of gin and tonic.

Pint glass at Pizza Port OB in San Diego. Pleasant quaff. A different kind of barrel flavor with definite tastes of the sawmill.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 04:10:56 | More by mactrail
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled ivory head. Malty aroma has a firm honey tone but is not overly sweet. Flavor, though, is best of all - malty and rather hoppy with a decided juniper note and a sweet fruity hint. Smooth texture has average body and just a little bit of fizz. Overall, pleasant and tasty, if not outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 23:22:04 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the case of this particular barrel aged beer, one might need to have some level of appreciation of the liquor that was previous aged in the barrel. Since I love the occasional gin & tonic, I was able to appreciate this beer.

Serve on tap on 11/11/11 on Beer Geeks in Highland, IN, this beer was served with a slight head in a majestic golden color. The piney aroma is an attention getter as it certainly smells like autumn. Mouthfeel was smooth with a mild but appropriate level of carbonation. The ale flavor melted perfectly into the sournessness of gin. It was as though somebody had placed a gin & tonic in my beer. The mild sour aftertaste tickled the side of the tongue leaving remnants of the taste.

With a 5% ABV, this is very drinkable but certainly not for everybody. Gin drinkers will be more appreciative.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 17:01:33 | More by JohnnyHopps
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2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rogue John John Juniper

Pours a pale, light yellow color with a soapy head and some lace. Aroma of barrel, wet wood, vegetation, and spruce. In the taste, mild tannins on a very bland body reminiscent of crystal malts and some herbal elements. Hint of a Gin like bite and then washes to nothing. Light bodied, soft carbonation, and a semi clean finish. Overall, an interesting, delicate ale with some gin flavor and mild barrel notes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 01:44:36 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DoubleJ


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Naja's Place and served in a 16 ounce shaker. On to the beer:

The beer shows a light orange color with little head and a gentle splatch of lace. The aroma is like a gin and tonic with a kiss of lemon peel. Could be the juniper berries that help create a part of the distinct nose.

Its taste is very distinct. Once again, the juniper berries help create it, but the gin barrels seems to give the berries and citrus notes an extra bite in taste. This package helps make a beer that is easy to drink and surprisingly refreshing. Still, the pricetag that it commands ($8 for the pint) mean that future meetings will be scarce.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 03:37:41 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of dgilks


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

Clear golden colour with a tine white head. Poor head retention. Fair lacing.

Light sweet malt with a mild herbal juniper note. Nothing special.

Silky soft malt with a bitter, herbal juniper character. I don't get the point of this beer. If you want gin, drink gin, if you want beer, drink beer.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This a fairly simple beer. There is plenty of juniper but the balance doesn't quite seem right.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 20:43:30 | More by dgilks
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a little better than the regular Juniper Ale. The pour was orange and had some yellow highlights. The head was thin and didn't lace too much. The smell was a bit more herbal. The taste had subtle flavors of spruce and gin. Still not enough flavor for me to love this beer though. The mouthfeel wasn't much different it was medium bodied. Overall just a touch better than the original, not all in all neither make me wanna run back to the store for more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 04:08:59 | More by Knapp85
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's today.

The beer pours an orange amber with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also attractive, mostly showing some gin/juniper, but with some light dry citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is a bit more interesting I thought. The beer starts off as if it will moderately sweet, but the combination of juniper and hoppy bitterness quickly put an end to that. The beer finishes very dry and fairly bitter, with a lot of "gin flavor" in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall this beer delivers a lot of flavor for the abv.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but this is still a solid beer overall I thought.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 19:09:46 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Tone


4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of spruce?, slight sweet malt, ginger?, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Herbed/Spiced beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of spruce?, slight ginger, citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, slight oak, slight alcohol. Overall, good aroma, blend, complexity, and body.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 02:00:28 | More by Tone
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy golden color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Yeah, Gin smells like liquid broken glass to me, some spruce

T: Gin and spruce def make the presence known, hopes, light pine

M: Kind of unique bitter finish, well carbonated

D: Its ok to try but probablt will not drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 00:55:01 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Durge


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pale yellow color, clear with a fair white cover that thins out quickly and very thorough lacing. The aroma is intense but tasteful juniper biscuit. The flavor brings more of the juniper with a bright blueberry sweetness and an interesting vinegar tartness, almost rhubarb. Biscuit and wheat malt infused with juniper hop in a crisp light/medium bodied brew with a light, tingly feel. Quite drinkable and successful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 03:49:28 | More by Durge
Photo of SShelly


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

Pour is light golden color with bright white head, crystal clarity, nice looking beer.

Aroma is lightly floral (berries?) light citrus hops and low malt, fairly reserved, nothing I would associate with anything barrely.

Flavor is light and crisp, moderate amounts of fruit and citrus hops, I guess you could say it has slight barrel/gin character at the end of the sip. Mouth is a little thinner than I expected.

While refreshing on a hot day, much like the other john john release, this doesnt quite meet expectations and is fairly middle of the road.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 18:09:19 | More by SShelly
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: golden complexion
Smell: gin was huge
Taste: nice beer. loved the gin and spruce flavors. not dominat at all. I might have to grab a bottle of this. nice

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 17:54:45 | More by CampusCrew
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Alibi Room.

Pours a hazy orange with some golden highlights, thin white head forms and settles down to a thin layer and ring around the glass, drops a few lace spots on the way down.

Smell is neat, tons of orange peel, some juniper, caramel, biscuity malt, wood, some floral, honey, a bit fruity, very fresh aroma, really cool stuff.

Taste is similar, very intense orange character, a bit of pepper and juniper, fruit juice, a touch of pineapple, some floral, a bit of honey and biscuity malt middle, a bit toasty, neat herbal bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Goes down pretty easy. I dig this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 20:34:10 | More by Viggo
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 01:25:53 | More by berkey
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess this is another in the John John series. I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Light in color with an interesting aroma that comes from the good carbonation. Juniper flavor is subtle and the beer does not taste too strong, although I have no idea of the alcohol by volume. I'll have this again and would recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 18:43:05 | More by david18
Photo of mynie


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sanctuary in Iowa City.

So I'm not quite sure if Juniper must = PINE, in all capitals, like if that's how things are supposed to be. It's not how the regular Rogue juniper is, that's for sure. That beer is essentially a low hopped, biscuity English Pale that has a lightly herbal, kinda medicinal aftertaste. It's not for everyone but I thought it was a good session ale.

This is like that only lightly amped up.

The regular ale is a little bland near the start and then the rush of fruit and weeds near the end throws you off balance. This is actually much firmer up front. It's still not very strong, and if anything the hop presence is, remarkably, even weaker, but there's a bigger profile of herbs. And since I'm not an herbalist I really lack the critical vocabulary to describe it, except for that there is indeed a little bit of pine. This moves into a maltier middle that's like a lemony EPA, and then it ends on a very nice, dry rush of pine and more generic herbs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2010 04:27:47 | More by mynie
Photo of thetomG


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour mostly clear amber color with minimal head. Aroma is piney but mild. Flavor is more of the same. Mostly a one mote flavor profile for me, but what is there is decent. Well carbonated nut maybe just a bit thinner than is like on the palate. Glad I tried this one, but probably not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 02:32:31 | More by thetomG
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South Carolina

1.65/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Long day today. Nice long session at Barleys followed by a big tasting back at the house,. What more could anyone ask for? Consumed on 07/05/2010.

What a mistake. Very seldom do I ever start off that way, but what a mistake. This one was going nowhere fast for me. The pour looked like seltzer water. Hazy lime colored with no head and tons of carbonation.

No aroma, nothing, maybe light lime? Hard to tell I let this sit for 15 minutes and still could not pick up anything out of it. Took the first sip and wondered allowed what had happened? It just seems that it was not meant to be here. No flavor. Light lime, and that's stretching it, maybe an air
freshener like quality but what happened here? Very carbonated, very light and very unmemorable.

Overall one of the worst I have had in a long time, will not be looking for this one again anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 00:00:18 | More by mikesgroove
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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cobbletsone's in York last night for my birthday. The ale was served in a standard pint.

A - A deep golden w/ mild haziness and the beer was poured with no room for a head and the glass was streaked with dried soap stains -I requested another glass and was given a fresh beer which had a proper head and appeared carbonated which the first one had not. The cap is approx 3/4 inch light tan w/ a fine bead. The lace clings moderately well in rings on the glass.

S - The smell is slightly twiggy with notes of woody hops and the aroma has mild fruity yeast esters. The more I sniff the more juniper berry aroma I get with a light grapefruit accent in the background from the hops w/ light lemon and an oaky hint from the gin barrel

M - The feel has moderate carbonation and bitterness with a slight sweetness and light spiciness, the texture is clean overall and is mildly astringent with a dry finish

T - A taste hat is crisp and slightly fruit oriented with the juniper berry flavor pretty high in the ale w/ bitterness noticeable, but moderate in the taste overall. The hops give a pleasant orange rind taste and add to the wood flavor of the gin barrel. The actual gin flavor seems to come forward in the middle as it warms slightly and adds herbal mild woody and brings out more of the aromatic juniper qualities, but in an unobtrusive way. The taste of gin essence is there as the pale finishes with a mild sweet malt flavor

D - I was pretty happy with this overall, the flavor of alcohol makes it seem stronger than 5.2% which is what was listed on the tap menu. The pale is very drinkable and refreshing for a first pint, I would order this again if I see it -an interesting concept for a spiced pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2010 13:58:49 | More by Slatetank
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3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: Draft.

This is the Rogue Juniper Pale Ale aged in their Gin barrels

Smell: Loads of caramel malts and nice herbal quality. To state the obvious, its like gin but also mint and pine. Yeast and fresh bread as it warms.

Taste: Light toast with a slightly sour edge (maybe from the barrel?). Quite dry with a dark herbal undertone up front. The middle is even drier and quite bitter. There is a hint of juniper but its faint. Very bready as well as a little yeast. Comes off as quite think partly due to the low carbonation I think. The finish is the most like gin. A bit of a burn, quite dry and definitely a juniper bite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 02:55:53 | More by 4000qtrap
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap & Table, Emmaus, PA on 6/10/10.

A - Very pale golden wheat-colored body with ample carbonation in the form of tiny perculating bubbles and a thin white head that disappeared but left behind some patches of thick lace.

S - Initial aroma blends a mild berry sweetness with grassy and herbal notes, as well as a slight waft of alcohol and evergreen trees.

T - Sweet and fruity flavor with an herbal twang and some sharp hop notes that are softened a bit by the sweet caramel malt presence. Juniper character is very nonchalant, although the gin character becomes more prominent as the liquid warmed up a bit.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonaton and a light syrupy texture as well as a hint of oily residue. Finishes with a soft hop bitterness and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Interesting spiced ale with a fruity sweetness and potpourri of hop character. Flavor is nicely balanced and nothing is too overbearing in the flavor. Instead, the flavor is rather subtle and pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 01:29:36 | More by ffejherb
Photo of shivtim


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Rogue Alehouse in Portland.
It's slightly hazy orange, with a small white head. Nose is gentle juniper/spruce, with a bit of earthiness, like bark. Tiny bit of hops. Taste is some hops and peat (no juniper in the taste). Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Could use more juniper flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 00:14:27 | More by shivtim
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a tulip glass

Pours a urine-yellow shade. Pretty darn clear, yellow and fizzy looking. If I didn't know any better I'd think this was a macro lager. Not appetizing at all. The foam was half a finger at most, white and providing no lacing. Very unimpressive.

The aroma starts out by nearly blowing my mind. I get a lot of juniper berries and lemon-lime soda - Sprite - scents that get balanced by the herbal, woodsy quality of spruce. If I hadn't known that the beer was aged in Rogue Spruce Gin barrels then I would still make out the obvious spruce aromas. Warning: don't let this beer warm up for a while. After warming to room temperature I picked up plenty of butterscotch diacetyl. You want to drink this before it gets to be overwhelmingly buttery.

John John Juniper is much, much more subtle on the palate than the fruity burst I got from the aroma. The flavor is mostly spice - a minty, woodsy flavor that contrasts with the malt tastes. There may be some intricate gin flavors at work here because of the barrel aging, but I am too inexperienced with drinking gin to recognize them if they exist. The beer is sweet, malty, and balanced with the intriguing minty spiciness.

John John Juniper rates as above average in mouthfeel and drinkability for me. I wouldn't drink multiples of this. It is drying, to its benefit, but too subtle and spicy and sweet for me to love it. It reminds me of the John John Dead Guy Ale in that respect - love the concept but I'm iffy on the execution.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 05:33:11 | More by Reaper16
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John John Juniper from Rogue Ales
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