John John Juniper - Rogue Ales
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3.6/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-13-2010 19:28:03 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
"I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast."
Much closer to apricot orange than lemon yellow. Multiple rush hour streams of bubbles have created a three finger crown of ivory colored foam that has plenty of interesting topography. Artistic squiggles and splotches of lace please the eye.
This version of John John Ale is essentially Juniper Pale Ale that has been aged in Rogue Spruce Gin barrels. And it smells like it. The nose is a pleasing combination of fruit, pine boughs and floral-spicy gin.
There is more juniper and gin character in this beer than in the base beer. Interestingly enough, Juniper Pale has an ABV of 5.3%, while this spirit barrel-aged beer has an ABV of 5.2%. In any case, it isn't boozy in the least.
My first impression was... meh. Second, third and fourth impressions are progressively more favorable. Gin is probably my least favorite liquor. Gin-flavored beer, when done right, isn't too bad once your taste buds become used to the idea. Drinkability over the course of 22 ounces is another matter.
The malts taste mostly pale, even though crystal and several others are present. The hops (Sterling, Amarillo, Willamette) add a fruitiness and a surprisingly tight bitter bite. The flavor spotlight is dominated, however, by juniper berries and evergreen. It's all balanced pretty damn well.
The mouthfeel is no bigger than light-medium and the bubbles are too sharp-edged and tongue tingly. Neither is a deal-breaker, but both are unusual for this brewery. Some improvement with time and warming allow a slight bump in score.
John John Ale (Spruce Gin Barrel Aged) is a semi-successful experiment if you have a thing for herbed/spiced beer. Rogue pulled it off better than most, but $8.99 for the bomber is not worth a second purchase.
10-26-2010 13:48:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
1.65/5 rDev -54.2%
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.
07-09-2010 00:00:18 | More by mikesgroove
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
Very tough is it to review the Juniper Pale as an American Pale Ale as it is much more English with the balance of sweeter malts, fruitier yeast, and more sublte earthy hops - an actually in balance, as not to showcase the hops as American Pales can. Having said that, we'll see if the lacking pine character of the Juniper Pale Ale can be compensated in this Spruce/Gin aged version...
The beer pour a copper-orange color with a light and stagnant head that retains/laces averagely... just a still and lifeless look despite the creamy-liquid head. Moderate haze shows a rusty glow.
Aromas of malt dominate with a caramel and biscuit scent. Rising and balancing notes of grasses, pine, and berries help with balance just before a thin boozy note follows.
Very sweet flavors ensue with the caramels, biscuit, and very sweet barley taste. The juniper berries give a soft fruity (mostly herbal) pine taste. But the gin begins to take hold with an bold but thin minty-piney taste. Hops take a backseat to the fruits, maybe the first flaw of the beer and an opportunity missed as this beer falls too sweet and one-dimensional in comparison to other Pale Ales- English or American.
The body is rich, sweet, and creamy- maybe too so. The still carbonation leads to a weighted beer that never dries out and leads to difficulty in drinking when the beer warms.
I appreciate the subtle nuances of the juniper, spruce, and gin in this beer but these are not bold enough. Part of the problem is the sweet/heavy texture that lacks dryness or crispness- these characteristics are why gin beverages are so great. Opportunity lost here.
07-03-2010 02:53:59 | More by BEERchitect
3.15/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
11-12-2010 00:39:29 | More by acurtis
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
A: The pour is an orange-copper sort of color with a thin layer of white foam (though fizz might be more appropriate).
S: Wow, I actually got some juniper notes on this, which I never did from the Juniper Pale Ale. There's a mild spice character that you might associate with gin, as well as plenty of floral and citrus notes.
T: A light sour lemon sort of flavor along with plenty of wood and herbs. The juniper does come through, as do some floral notes, and there is a gin flavor to this beer, which I enjoy.
M: The body is medium, maybe a little thin, with a fairly lively carbonation that pricks the tongue.
D: Normally I'm not a big Rogue fan, but I do enjoy gin, so I wanted to try this. It was actually pretty nice, but not really worth what they are asking for it.
09-20-2010 17:11:33 | More by womencantsail
3.7/5 rDev +2.8%
16 ounce pint - $7.00 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, caramel-colored body with a scant coating of white fizz.
Smell: Near vacant nose, sadly. Allowed to warm, the taste eventually grows a bit, but the nose, well, the nose is still just missing. At its height, it's very mild, very meek notes of pale malts, juniper berries, and citrus.
Taste: Lightly sweet opening of pale malts with some moderate biscuit accents to it and a touch of caramel. Just as the base JPA was a bit muted in its juniper character, so is this in its gin character. Maybe it simple needs a moment to warm up. Which is fine. Take your time, John John Juniper, we've got all the time in the world. Given some minutes to awaken, light tastes of juniper berry and citrus peelings begin to emerge as well as some slight floral hints. Modest bitterness is felt. Finishes dry and curiously herbaceous.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Subtle and subdued, though pleasant enough for a pint. While not a leap forward it is certainly a step up from the unbearable inaugural beer from the John John set. But this gives me hope for the rest of the series. I'm ready for more. I feel ready!! What's next?
06-01-2010 20:12:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.15/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
10-10-2010 21:56:28 | More by GRG1313
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-20-2011 04:08:59 | More by Knapp85
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Gin barrel-aged beer? I'm up fer it! It pours a clear golden straw topped by a thick white froth. The nose comprises wet hay, spruce tips, pine sap, and floral hops. The taste holds notes of juniper berries and twigs, pine sap, grass, and a mild bitterness. Honestly, it seemed like some cheap gin was watered down and had hops added to it. And I wasn't all that impressed with it. The body is a light medium, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish, leading to a lingering of the taste for a bit too much time. An interesting brew, but, in my opinion, not all that great of one.
06-22-2010 03:54:51 | More by TMoney2591
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-13-2010 22:13:04 | More by biboergosum
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
On-tap 9/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops, spices and some citrus.
T: The taste starts with a crisp bite of hops bitterness that isn't over-powering. Then some spice comes in along with some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you're into the juniper flavor.
09-17-2010 15:01:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat cloudy, golden-copper colored body. The foam settles fairly quickly but leaves a nice pattern of lace.
S - Bready aromas of malt with some light toffee and herbal notes in the background. The juniper character may be a bit more peppery, with a hint of woodiness, but otherwise, it is quite similar to the standard Juniper pale ale.
T - Bready crusts and some honey malt flavor up front with a hint of spicy hop character. Peppery notes of clove and juniper appear in the middle along with a renewed malt richness. Finishes with a spicy note of coriander and clove as well as a little woody juniper which is complimented by a relatively light hop bitterness. Some honey malt flavor lingers on the palate along with a light herbal note, but the aftertaste fades fairly quickly.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - This beer is quite drinkable with a light herbal flavor and a well balanced malt richness that is quite similar to the standard version of Rogue's juniper pale ale. Much like the barrel aged dead guy, I don't think that this beer benefited greatly from its barrel aging. The prospect of Juniper pale ale aged in Gin barrels sounded extremely appealing, but the beer is not as boldly flavored as expected it to be. The herbal character is more complex than it is in the non barrel aged version of the beer, but the juniper seems relatively subdued with a ghostly woody character the only contribution that I can confidently trace to the barrel aging. I am glad I gave this beer a try, and some people might find more to like in it than I did, but in the end it didn't live up to my expectations.
06-23-2010 05:12:04 | More by nickfl
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
06-30-2010 13:58:49 | More by Slatetank
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing pale malt and juniper berry aroma. The gin barrels give off a nice character that works well with the tart fruit. The taste is decent. It has good malt and fruit flavor, however the gin barrel aging gives it an undesirable finish. It's bitter with a touch of sourness. I'm not a huge fan, but it's adventurous. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty unique beer with lots of complexity. The gin barrel aging leaves me on the fence with this one.
10-03-2010 02:44:47 | More by WesWes
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
01-02-2012 04:10:56 | More by mactrail
2.35/5 rDev -34.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours a golden-amber color with one finger of off white head with nice rentention and lacing. Light carbonation evident.
s - Smells lightly of floral hops and citrus hops mostly. Not getting much pine/Juniper.
t - The pine and juniper really comes out in the taste. Not much else here and not a fan of this taste at all.
m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.
d - I was not a fan of this beer at all. I didn't think there was much to the smell, but the gni really came out in the taste, which was unfortunate. Would not buy again.
07-17-2010 01:25:06 | More by mdfb79
3.6/5 rDev 0%
Sampled June 2011
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that leave some light lacing on the sides of my glass; the beer is quite lively carbonated and would have foamed up out of the bottle after a moment or two if I gave it the chance. The beer sits in my glass with a bright copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, pale copper color when held up to the light. The aroma sort of starts out perfume like with herbal notes, some bright aromatics, a touch of citrus and a sort of spicy floral character. A deeper draught of the aroma suggests at the juniper, with a sort of diluted gin like aromatic character. There is some dry, dusty malt character here as well as some more round cracker like malt notes. As the beer warms up there is a certain phenolic like note that reminds me a bit of plastic (that is not quite burning); sort of smells like what some Brettanomyces strains produce, but in this case I think it is from the gin / juniper character.
Quite fizzy as it first hits my tongue, the beer is also pretty dry and this accentuates an herbal character as well as a spicy character in the finish. The spiciness in the finish sort of reminds me a bit of ginger, but I think it is from the juniper as this is also noticeable. Lingering in the finish is a clean bitterness as well as a touch of tongue number herbal-woody leaning thing (is this from the spruce gin barrels. There is a woodiness to this beer that also gets wrapped up in a dry, hay and cracker like malt character. This definitely has overtones of gin in the flavor, luckily the alcohol is not really noticeable, but there is that definite gin-like quality to this that is sort of herbal, perhaps a touch citrus like, . This is an extremely quaffable beer, it is quite light bodied and it seems like the woody / gin notes are what keeps me from downing my glass in a sip or two on this hot summer’s day.
Not bad, I had forgotten that this was a regular strength beer, somehow despite my initial misgivings this lower gravity pale ale works pretty well with this treatment. This is quite drinkable, the fact that it finishes so dry (though it still has some texture / body to it) helps with this immensely too. Definitely worth trying.
08-08-2011 14:07:12 | More by Gueuzedude
John John Juniper from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.