John John Juniper - Rogue Ales
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4.5/5 rDev +25%
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.
01-04-2013 00:53:29 | More by Ryanm1
4/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
12-18-2012 05:41:08 | More by Resuin
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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
10-20-2012 20:08:54 | More by BEERMILER12
3.78/5 rDev +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.
10-03-2012 05:43:46 | More by TheBigLebrewski
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-21-2012 22:06:48 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.2/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-16-2012 18:34:14 | More by smalenberg
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-30-2012 19:59:07 | More by WastingFreetime
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
08-02-2012 23:37:00 | More by LiquidAmber
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
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
07-03-2012 02:15:45 | More by thecheapies
2.58/5 rDev -28.3%
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.
06-27-2012 08:59:41 | More by Jeriba
John John Juniper from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.