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John John Juniper - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 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.

Ryanm1, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Golden Monkey Goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a light gold/dark peach color and leaves a formidable white head behind. A lovely looking beer.

Smell: Starts with juniper and ginger, straight up and straight away. The ginger is not overbearing but adds some nice aromas to this one. Perhaps some citrus as well.

Taste: The taste hits all of the smells of this one, but then adds some extra interesting aspects. A mouthful of juniper and pine; this one tastes like a spruce bush. An interesting, dry finish definitely sets this one aside from other ales, and I'm guessing this comes from the aging in spruce gin barrels.

Mouth-feel: Very light, with a good amount of carbonation. Even lighter than most ales.

Overall: A very interesting beer. As a lover of juniper and gin, this one matches some gin-like tastes pretty well, especially in the finish. It is an enjoyable experience, and I'll definitely be reaching for another one of these from time to time.

Resuin, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

4ster, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of C-Dog
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of n2pux
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

n2pux, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers worth of bubbly white head that retains well

S: Some nice pale malts, a hint of breadiness, and some juniper berries. Don't really get the barrel

T: Differs slightly from the nose, only because you get some good barrel character. Starts off with the gin barrels and quickly goes into the base beer. The base beer is bready and slightly fruity from the juniper berries. Finishes slightly bitter from the berries and possibly the gin

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The barrels definitely didn't kill the carbonation

O: Not too much different than the base beer, but still good. You really only get the barrels at the very front of the taste. Nice to try, but once is enough because it just doesn't differ much from the regular

BEERMILER12, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into glass. Massive medium-bubbled head with extended retention; never lost it's head. Color is lightly clouded orange/gold.

Smell is all citrus, if a bit musty. Surprising lack of alcohol notes, considering the gin barrels.

Taste is crisp and clean, if not underwhelming. Definitely enjoyable, but, again, lacking the juniper pop one might be hoping for. Juniper is present, of course, but my drinking partner and I agree on a preference for Rogue's standard Juniper Pale if that's the flavor you're shootin' for.

Mouthfeel is the beer's strong point. Definitely exciting stuff in this respect. Bunch of little overly-ripe-orange-type-of-citrus pops all over the mouth, even in places beer usually doesn't make itself known, and seemingly in a random fireworkish manner.

By this, in a more literal sense, I mean that the strong aspects of the mouthfeel aren't concentrated in a certain part of the mouth - little sparks of action seem to materialize in different parts of the mouth, albeit not so aggresively. A fun beer to drink for this reason, and because it's a solid beer with the added aspect of having been gin-barrel-aged.

TheBigLebrewski, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a very hazy golden color with three fingers of head and very active carbonation throughout. Retention is very good.

S: All I get is brett funk. Not sure if this is infected or if this is the gin and juniper berries. I get some citrus in the background. As I continue to smell this beer, I get lots of interesting flavors. Musty brett still seems as though it's there with stone fruits.

T: Juniper berries, citrus, and mustiness. If you told me this was brewed with brett, I'd certainly believe it. It's pleasant, but not overly complex.

M: Very dry with strong carbonation.

O: Really a quite odd beer - to me it tastes like a citrus IPA with brett. The juniper berries and gin barrels provide a decent flavor, but it's just decent.

coreyfmcdonald, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of smalenberg
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - golden straw with a slight haze. Nice lace cling after a tipping the glass and a good low snow-white head persists throughout.

Smell - juniper/spruce comes through immediately, reminding the drinker of a gin and tonic with a twist of lime almost more than it does of a beer. Since that is as advertised, it is a compliment rather than a drawback.

Taste - The herb spice infusion creates an interesting treat. I rated it average since it was about what I'd expect from this kind of infusion and didn't standout as might as it might have. The combination of the citrus becomes more grapefruity in the taste.

Overall - an enjoyable specialty variation. Very enjoyable.

smalenberg, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of GeoCait
4/5  rDev +11.1%

GeoCait, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

gpawned, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A copper base color with golden highlights around the edges, a single finger of white foam that lasts about a minute but leaves behind decent-looking lacing. Body and carbonation levels are both medium.

Smells....rather faint overall. I can pick out a thin juniper/gin aroma over a wispy caramel aroma, but that's about it. I was expecting a lot more boldness than this.

Thankfully, the flavor seemed to have a tiny bit more kick than the aroma, with light herbal hopping / gin herbals / woody pine aspects over a disturbingly mild base beer profile. In the case of the flavor, my criticism is that it seems more like a diluted gin than a gin-augmented beer. If I were to pretend that this was my own homebrew project, I'd be trying to find a way to amplify the flavor profile of the beer base by about 20% and the gin-barrel characteristics by about 10% for the next batch.

WastingFreetime, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ste5venla, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +11.1%

st9647v3, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of GiantMidget
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

GiantMidget, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Coastal_Brew
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jbaker67, Jul 04, 2012
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

thecheapies, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Jeriba
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours the color of a wheat beer, very cloudy

S: orange juice

T: cherries, tree bark, juniper, something kinda mossy. There is a definite medicinal quality on the finish. A bit spicy as it warms.

M: fairly crisp, slightly sticky.

D: I can't say I'm excited to finish the whole bottle.

Overall: Not what I was expecting. Gin is my go-to drink when I'm not having beer so I was excited for this combination, but I didn't detect any flavor influence form the gin barrels. Their regular Juniper pale ale is much better.

John and John need a more flattering photo for their label art.

Jeriba, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of SickNukes
4/5  rDev +11.1%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
John John Juniper from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.