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John John Juniper - Rogue Ales

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3.2º Lovibond

(Beer added by: david18 on 07-15-2010)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:54:51 | More by TMoney2591
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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
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shivtim

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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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Elimination

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

look: poured from bomber into large pilsner glass, huge fluffy head, marshmallow flugg look. looks sexy, golden yellow with a slight brown shining through

smell: juniper, i know my juniper living out here haha. gin, slight booze, grassy with malty earth undertones.

taste: taste is a slightly hopped pale ale, citrus, juniper berries, the gin taste is small, a subtle harshness. a little bit of oakness that seems to grow with every drink. lemon stands out every once and a while. the barrel aging has mellowed the taste, not grow it.

mouth: very good, bubbles feel good on tongue

drink: good, has a lower abv, would go good with meals.

doesnt really make for a great barrell aged but a ok beer overall

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 00:07:21 | More by Elimination
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roar1345

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a darker yellow color, mildly foggy and a bubbly head
smells overbearingly of spruce it takes out the other flavors. it has a very woodsy smell
the taste is mainly spruce with some background notes with gin mildly noticable and a nice bitter finish its a pretty heavy tasting beer for such a light colored beer, pretty enjoyable
i could drink a bunch of these theyre not filling and have a pretty distinguishable taste this isnt a bad beer but i think rogue could have done better i wish the gin was more prominent and the juniper berries go totally unnoticed due to the spruce which takes over the whole beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:42:57 | More by roar1345
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BMoney575

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-11-10

Pours a hazy light golden orange color, with a clingy white head that leaves big rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is all pine needles and sweetness. Slightly vegetabley, with a light lemony hops near the end.

Taste is super piney and very sweet. The hops are very subtle, adding only a marginal bitterness. The finish is bready and almost bland, with a bit more pine in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and nicely thick, it fits the pine resin flavors nicely.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness becomes tiresome after awhile.

Overall, quite different and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 23:29:47 | More by BMoney575
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david131

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy yellow/ light orange liquid with a thin and splotchy white head.

S- Juniper berries, caramel, and a hint of steamed asparagus. Unique to say the least.

T- Sweet caramel, juniper berries, and cooked vegetables. There is a strong bitterness at the end.

M- The lasting bitterness is a bit astringent, but it grows on me.

D- The alcohol content (whatever it may be) is not apparent. A unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 23:27:42 | More by david131
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Patrick999

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by admitting that I have no idea what a beer aged in gin barrels might taste like. Yet, being a fan of both gin and the regular Juniper Pale Ale, I'm happy to give this a go.

Poured it into a Stella goblet, it seemed like an appropriate vessel shape for this beer. Attractive sunny pour and bone-white foam that takes a little while to recede.

I poured this too cold, because I really got nothing in the aroma. Thankfully, it does open up considerably with just a little warming. I like this aroma very much - it has a lemon-flowery hop character, almost Sorachi Ace-like. And plenty of sweetly-floral botanicals and berries. Lot of botanicals, and I swear I get hints of chocolate and mesquite too. To me this aroma is excellent.

Taste is very Rogue, with the affectations of the Pac-Man yeast - clean and very dry. You get a good thick graininess, bitter flowers and bitter berries. Not overly bitter at first, but the bitterness does build on you. The barrels are mostly well-behaved here, but you do get some nice gin flavor at the back end as well as a little coconut, ostensibly from the gin barrels. The barrels may well be too timid for some reviewers, but I think the concept mostly works. I'd wager gin barrels throw off more subtle flavors than say, bourbon barrels. I like it.

Mouthfeel is lively, spiky. High coarse carbonation.

I'm kind of enthralled with the idea of throwing lower-ABV beers into barrels, especially those that once held gin. While John John isn't necessarily a masterwork, it's still plenty enjoyable. Worth a try, especially for the BAs who also enjoy a nice gin from time to time. I think I'm going to pour a little measure of Bombay Sapphire into my last glass here and see how it goes...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 20:11:52 | More by Patrick999
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BigTomZ

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden color. It looks like most summer wheat beers. Head was 2 fingers and lingered awhile.

It has a really nice sweet pine and hop smell. The nose left me with high expectations.

You can taste the juniper and spruce with a little hint of gin. The hop character is there but seems more prominent in the finish. It is a simpler tasting brew than I expected.

It has a good amount of carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing.

It is an easy beer to drink and not too strong. Something nice for a summer day but I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 18:28:40 | More by BigTomZ
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:36:46 | More by beerthulhu
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a chill hazed golden hue, tall white merrangue head with good retention.

Earthy spice on the nose, musty, dry lemon rind.

Sharp invigorating evergreen spice up front in the flavour, cedar, earthy citrus from the juniper berries, earthy tartness on finish and in the aftertaste. Grainy malt pops up as it warms.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

Parts of it I enjoy, but as a whole it doesn't seem to follow through for me, especially for the hefty price tag paid for it here in Alberta. Kudos to Rogue for the experiment, it makes sense to me, however the final product seems a bit one-dimensional. Refreshing, but one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 03:21:37 | More by IronDjinn
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"John, John," - Elaine Benes

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours goldenrod, with a finger of white head, good lace.

S: Some juniper, herbal hops, grainy malt.

T: Gin/juniper come in immediately, but the barrel characteristic is mild. Light malt, but some good piney hop notes. A very herbal brew.

M: Very clean, no aftertaste/Pacman yeast, smooth, light-bodied.

D: A solid brew from Rogue. I wanted a little more barrel character as I love gin and juniper, but this is a solid pale ale with a hint of spirit.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 05:00:00 | More by Halcyondays
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Beejay

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:23:52 | More by Beejay
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 20:12:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently in Totowa because I it looked intriguing and I like Rogue's offerings. One of my favorite things to drink when I'm not having beer is gin, especially one with a clean and crisp aftertaste. This certainly shares those qualities and struck me as something that's never been attempted before.

Decent pour to this - golden in hue and a bit cloudy. This may have looked like a wheat beer but it certainly didn't feel like one once I started to drink it. The slight hops in the front give way to a crystal malt-like sweetness in the back followed by the alcoholic mouthfeel of juniper. The hint of wheat is in the somewhat cloudly appearance but it's almost absent from the taste. This was tough to pin down from a stylistic standpoint but enjoyable to drink for the beer drinker that was above the level of novice.

I'd be interested to see how much alcohol is in this, as this beer had both the taste and the warming effect that stronger beers and sprits have on me. I love it when the boundaries are pushed and even though this isn't spicy like a Pumpkin Ale, lovers of gin will be pleasantly surprised by what Rogue's pulled off here. There's certainly nothing else liket this on the market!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 17:46:57 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a friend's mug in two parts. No ABV label anywhere on the bottle. Apparently this is just Rogue's Juniper Pale Ale aged in Spruce Gin Barrels.

Appearance: Cloudy bright orange with a large, continually expanding two finger head. The head is pillowy white and fluffy in texture. Good retention overall, recedes into a nice fluffy lacing covering the top of the beer.

Aroma: There is a subtle note of Juniper berries throughout this beer. Some palt malt and pine notes are also present in smaller proportions.

Taste: Some sweet Juniper berries upfront. A little pale malt to give some pale ale flavor, but not much at all. There is a pine, spruce note that gives a little bitterness toward the end of each sip. Pretty clean aftertaste and I'm not getting any gin whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Really thin mouthfeel. Almost no carbonation or bosy to this whatsoever. Smooth, but it almost has the consistency of water.

Drinkability: Not much going on here and the ABV seems low, so I could see this being a drinkable session beer on those terms.

Overall, a lackluster and dissappointing brew. Doesn't deliver for a barrell aged beer. Nothing really stands out here either. Forgetable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:17:40 | More by Gosox8787
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Docer

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 23:28:38 | More by Docer
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 01:06:26 | More by brownbeer
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andyfrancis

California

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 00:49:11 | More by andyfrancis
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear copper with a soapy head that disappears quickly. Only one strand of bubbling.

I like how you cn get a little wiff of ginny juniper berries and even some vegetal, cucumber aromas. I like what I smell. Add to that an earthy hop aroma that adds to the spriggy juniper berry aroma.

The taste has your classic American pale ale flavors. More earthy than citric hop flavrs, toasted caramel and biscuit malts. Add to that some very nuanced,ginny, juniper berries and oak.
These flavors are subtle, but there and unique.

The palate is dry and full of bitter and uniquely nuanced flavors. I don't know the abv. , but this is a session ale with conversation piece written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 21:27:34 | More by scruffwhor
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magnj

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The ugly label caught my eye, thought I had heard something about a John John from Rogue. And then the description drew me in for the kill.

A - Murky yet luminescent orange body with a fluffy 1 finger head that drops quick leaving little lacing.

S - Not much, herbal aroma, slightly fruity but not citrus.

T - Herbal up front and most of the way through. Not spicy or anything just a unique taste from the Juniper berries. Maybe it's just because I read the bottle but I get some wood character toward the end, but it's not oak...more like old stick. Unique and refreshing (it's 80F in my house at the moment)

M/D - Thin body goes well with the light herbal flavor. Very easy to drink, not sure how much I paid, I think around 6. Overall nice beer that could be a good session beer though it sounds like a lot went into it and probably wouldn't scale well.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:25:09 | More by magnj
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Hazy, yellow pour with nice big but quickly fading head and decent lacing. Disappointed that the nose was rather subdued. Bready, musty with just a hint of juniper. The flavor was also disappointing, or perhaps my expectations were a bit too high. I really loved the premise behind this beer and was hoping it would live up to the hype. The juniper is present, but barely, along with just a hint of gin. With that said it's an interesting and complex beer that gets better as your drinking it. Good balance, but over all I was expecting a much bolder taste. Good drinkability as it does grow on you. Although it was a bit disappointing, still a solid beer from a solid brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 23:51:29 | More by beerdrifter
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beertunes

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy gold/yellow with about 3/4 inch of white head that had low retention, but medium lacing.

The aroma was fairly benign, mostly the malt and light hops of the base Pale Ale. The Juniper showed up on the tongue, but not overpoweringly so. The beer was a nice blend of flavors, but nothing really outstanding.

The body was about what you'd expect from a Pale Ale. Drinkability was nice but not special. Overall, a decent beer, worth a shot when you see it, just don't set your expectations too high.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 21:51:37 | More by beertunes
John John Juniper from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.