Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,290 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 39
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001

10 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Crystal,
Triumph, Maier Munich & C-15.
Hops: Styrian Golding & Amarillo.
Specialty: Juniper berries. Rogue' s Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond
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Ratings: 1,290 | Reviews: 679
Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Clear and pale amber in colour this beer had light but constant streaming CO2. Atop there was a decent white soapy foam head that died to a lace cover very quickly.

Smell - The front was dominated by sweet sugary malts with some of the bitter juniper berries but there was also a distinct aroma of candy floss.

Taste - Similar to the nose this beer started very malty, sweet and sugary, up front with that same candy floss element. The juniper then kicked in about half way through throwing much needed balance in there. This beer did boast a nice bitter finish with a mild hint of booze. This beer turned out to be well balanced and much tastier than it looked or smelt.

Mouth feel - Smooth but towards then thin side of things in the body dept. This beer also to me had a rather cloying finish and so so lingering in the back of the throat.

Overall - The look, smell and mouth feel were all pretty average but the taste of this beer worked well for me. It delivered good balanced between a sweet malty front and more bitter nippy finish.

Photo of fabian
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an always favorite perfect apa.

Photo of Vinegarroon
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't waste the money.
This is a mediocre beer sold at a premium price.
The juniper flavor is nice but not well pronounced.
Other than that, this beer seemed to me like another lower-end pale ale. I guess if I could get a six-pack of it for the same price I just paid for the 22 oz bomber, I would buy it again and be happy.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Quick review. This is an amazing pale, the juniper mostly gets lost (at least to me), but it's no problem. Everything else is right up my alley: dry, great carb, perfect amount of body & malt, just enough hop. I could drink this all day.

Photo of Thomas_w86
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A lovely beer full of flavour, distinct after taste.

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I would not recommend this beer. The feel was assaulting and there was barely a hint of Juniper in it. I love Rogue and most of the beers I've had from them have been superb. That being said, you can't win them all and this beer is proof that even Rogue produces duds every once in a while.

Photo of megamick
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fine taste that makes me not want stop drinking it - keep coming back for more.

Photo of interzen
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a cloudy straw yellow (16-18 SRM) with a thin white head that diminishes to almost nothing. Not a massive amount of lacing in evidence. So far, so good.

Smell: Mostly hops - I've come to expect this from quite a few American beers, but it's not quite as in-yer-face as some. There's a certain bready maltiness in there too, which isn't surprising considering the grain bill. Not much in the way of juniper, though.

Taste: Ah, so *there's* the juniper - if you're expecting gin-flavoured beer then you're going to be disappointed, but it adds a nice, spicy edge to the hops and malt. Surprisingly, there's a fairly good balance between the two - hops up front with a malty, spicy finish. Not bad at all.

Feel: Surprisingly smooth, especially with the spiciness that the juniper imparts and it helps to take the edge off the hops somewhat. Fairly light carbonation with a clean, hop-laden finish.

Overall: Not half bad, although like others I'd be hard put to pick out the juniper if I didn't already know about it. A nice balance between hops and malt, in stark contrast to some of the hop-bombs I've had recently, and the juniper adds a nice twist. The rogue in me thanks you.

Photo of hophugger
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear gold with average head and decent lacing. Aroma is light, smells between a good pale ale and a light IPA. Don't pick up much of the juniper in the aroma. Taste is of a nice, hoppy pale ale, with a light touch of the juniper, not too much. Overall, I might not know the juniper was in there unless you told me. Overall, though, a good pale ale, balanced well and feeling good on the palate. Light aftertatste, pretty clean finish..

Photo of gonzo000
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth and drinkable beer. The Juniper flavor added a different note that I enjoyed. Not a huge fan of everything Rogue is doing, but this one is a winner.

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%

Surprisingly citrusy, with enough bready malt backbone to counter the slightly bitter finish. Juniper doesn't overwhelm.

Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.01.14.

A: See through yellow/orange. No head.

S: Caramel, maybe tangerine. Very sweet and fruity smelling.

T: Caramel, citrus, juniper berry dominate. Has some bitterness on the back end.

M: Crisp.

O: This was an ok beer. It wasn't bad, but wasn't complex or very interesting. I've had better beers with juniper added.

Rating: C

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Rusty tangerine body, light cream colored head with good retention. Light webbed lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts up front, slight berry tart, faint hop bitterness.

Taste: A good blend of juniper berry tart and citrus coating over the sweeter malt profile. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall: Really solid, would be easy to session.

Photo of diablo14
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Tastes like a mediocre ale with a shot of mediocre gin tipped into it. Say no more.

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Appearance: Nice golden color, slightly hazy

Smell: Relatively strong - herbal, sweet.

Taste: Pleasantly bitter, with a strong flavor of (what I think) is the juniper. Remains complex throughout.

Overall: An interesting beer - I was not impressed at first but the tasted definitely grew on me.

Photo of juanny
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I liked it! Almost no head on the golden-amber colored ale. Nose had bread-like maltiness with a background of spiciness and piney juniper berries. Taste was the best part, a wonderful balance of malt, hop and spice. A honey, bread malt invites you in, followed by the spice, very piney-notes that come from the conifer juniper berries. The berries are completed with some gentle, but noticeable hops, floral and citrusy in nature like a weak IPA which really wrap it up to a crisp and slightly bitter end to balance out the malt and sweetness present throughout.

I disagree with all the average reviews, this juniper ale was a well-balanced, juniper pine spices were quite noticeable, which went great with the honey malt flavors and the hops at the finish. Worth getting again.

Photo of jellikit
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: mostly yellow. Thin, foamy head. Nice lacing.
S: meh. Smells like corona.
T: medium- light maltiness. Slightly sweet at the end. Piney hops. Not as much juniper as I expected.
M: mellow carbonation. Medium-light body.
O: decent. Lacking in aroma. Tastes fine.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden copper in color, with a nice transparency to it, has almost no head at all, and left just a tiny bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong hints of lemon zest and grapefruit, following with some pine notes as well, the hops were present on the nose, no juniper though.

T: The balance of the beer was not to bad, the lemon and citrus were present throughout, hints of pine on the tongue as well, slight breadyness also. Still no juniper, that I noticed at least.

M: Medium Bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O: Nothing great about this beer, easy drinker, but was expecting different flavors from the herbal notes but didnt find them.

Photo of SmashPants
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a standard brown 466mL bottle with the usual Rogue-style label.

Appearance: pours a clear amber in colour with a fluffy white head that drops quickly to a decent film. Great lacing down the glass.

Aroma: some bready aromas with a touch of berries and spice.

Taste: I'm not tasting the juniper tartness I was expecting - just a decent but standard pale ale with some hop bitterness.

Aftertaste: pretty much follows the taste, but with a bit more bitterness.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with just enouugh carbonation to carry the flavour.

Overall: once again an average beer from Rogue for an exhorbitant price. This is the third I've had, and the third that is way over-priced. I would compare this beer (at AU$140+ a case) to Matilda Bay's Fat Yak (at AU$52 a case).

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden sunset orange with a white, near two-finger head. Good retention, leads to a broken, webbed layer of suds across the surface. Strong lacing left around the glass with nice stick.

Smell - White bready aroma with berry and spice notes.

Taste - Follows the nose. Clean malt bill allows the juniper to shine through with touches of berry fruitiness and a light spice bite. Notes of grassy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively carbonation lends itself to a crisp, dry finish.

Overall - A good pale overall. Nothing mindblowing, but great balance in flavor and mouthfeel and entirely drinkable; quite quaffable.

Photo of Noxious26
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown bomber with pry-off cap poured in a nonic pint glass.

Hazy, golden yellow in colour. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap with lots of lacing down the sides.

Aroma is mainly citrus (lemony) and herbal.

Flavour is pretty much the same as the aroma. Citrus, herbal, lemony with hints of malt.

Easy drinking and goes down smooth. Not overly bitter or hoppy. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A really nice pale ale. Not overly complicated but well balanced and smooth. Drinkability is off the scale.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, cracker, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and juniper berry notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, cracker, light pine, and floral earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, cracker, biscuit, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of hop, malt, and juniper berry flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance of hop, malt, and juniper berry flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer for the first time tonight at a restaurant. This is a solid beer that went really well with my meal.

Poured golden into a standard pint glass. Had a very small white head that didn't last long.

Smells of juniper, honey, malt and slight fruitiness. Nice smell overall.

Taste is really clean and crisp. Upfront, I get a strong juniper flavor followed by honey, floral hops and citrus. Slight bitterness. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Good carbonation.

I will definitely have this beer again. It's refreshing and I could easily put back several of these. Would like to try this one on draft.

Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with medium retention, but keeping a constant ring.
Light aroma of juniper berries, honey and papaya.
Taste mostly follows nose, bitter flavor with notes of papaya, subtle juniper berries, caramel, apple puree, flowers, rogue yeast and biscuit malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This beer is alright, though not at the same level as other Rogues. Nice to know how a beer with Juniper tastes, which was a more common ingredient in the past. The one I had a while ago seemed fresher with less papaya (this is due in 6 months).

Photo of BWED
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Pale goldenrod and unfiltered. Weak white head dies quickly.

S- Earthy evergreen comes out first in the nose. A hint of caramel and grainy malt.

T- Toasted malts with a bite of evergreen, I'm assuming the juniper. Bitterness is light.

M- Dull bitterness throughout, and the finish is long.

O- Just not that impressed with this one. The bitterness is dull and not that pleasant, and there isn't really much flavor.

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