Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured into 7/6/09
A - Deep, hazy gold color. Head settles to about ¼ in. Patchy lacing.
S - Subtle nose. Juniper with faint malt notes. Juicy smell.
T - Juniper is noticeable, but not overpowering. Slight hop twinge mingles with a restrained malt character. Mild bitterness lingers.
M - Not particularly carbonated. The beer moves smoothly & is easy on the palate. It has a bit of bite when cold, but mellows as it warms. Dry finish.
D - I liked this one. As the juniper berries don't overpower the beer, it is pretty balanced brew throughout. It wasn't particularly fascinating, but by no means offensive. I found myself swilling it quite hastily.
08-04-2009 21:25:14 | More by Ryan011235
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Seems to pour more of an orange color than a urine color but what the hell,with a decenthead that left a light lacing on my pint glass,definent Northwestern ale smell of zesty hops.Taste does have a nice malt firmness to it with a slight juniper taste finishing with a hop atttack wich kinda brings this beer together.Apretty good beer but Rogue makes better.
11-06-2003 12:28:26 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
An orange pour with a medium white head. The smell nicely hoppy and had a mellow fruit sweetness....berries and maybe some apricot as well. The taste had a decent combintaion of hops and fruitiness giving it nice balance. Fruitiness is present up front and then becomes more dry, malty towards the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a semidry finish. Decent drinkability. Not one of my faves.
11-29-2003 18:14:50 | More by Popsinc
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
A: Pours hazy pale gold with creamy white uneven head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Light pale malts balance with some citrus hops and a light smell of fresh yeast. in a word - nice.
T&M: Flavors are balance very well. The fresh aromas transfer nicely to the flavors as this sold wash of flavors envelops the tongue with a creamy texture that just adds to the experience. The carbonation is light and continuous. The finish is quick, clean and lingers just slightly with dry balance of hops and malt.
D: Most enjoyable. Easy to drink, very fresh tasting, and definitely something that I would seek out again in the future. Nice.
06-05-2008 22:45:44 | More by SIRIUS2
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.
We prefer the previous name but we know the ceiling is very short when it comes to marketing beer with potty humor--aka Yellow Snow Ale. Brewed with whole juniper berries, four malts, three hops and their house yeast.
Sizeable foamy head from a normal decanting, the head dissipates to a thin ring of lace after a while. Weathered-gold color still glows with a good clarity. Soft aromatics of citric floral hops, steely juniper and biscuity malt infiltrate the nostrils. Trademark Rogue smoothness always aims for the bull's-eye of being quaffable, impeccably smooth with a medium body. Bready malt flavors with some sweetness to start, then a quick shot of juniper which runs sharp but not harsh. Hop bitterness finally kicks in to bring the balance full circle. Clean palate. After a few more sips the steely juniper flavor sticks to the taste buds a bit more but never too much. Oily hop flavors complement the juniper with woody, herbal and mild citric notes. Finishes a touch dry with a faded lingering juniper character.
This is a great example of what extreme beer can be--simple but still extreme. You have a Pale and add juniper berries to it--right there the brewer is thinking outside of the box. Toss the turkey to the dogs, a juicy glazed ham will do the trick for the holiday pairing. If not for the pairing it is at least a good conversation beer.
07-07-2010 01:11:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
Pours a vibrant yellow orange with a fluffy rocky two finger white head. A nice floral citric hop nose with hints of grapefruit and a slight spiciness as well. Quite nice.
First sip brings flowery hops upfront with a nice pale malt background. Notes of juniper spiciness come through on the back of the palate and work nicely in the overall flavor. Just a damn good APA accentuated by a nice juniper berry spice. Nice bitterness in there as well.
Mouthfeel has a creamy aspect throughout along with good carbonation and body. It's a shame this is only a winter seasonal because I could drink this stuff year round. A couple bottles would make a nice session. Check this one out if you're a pale ale fan!
01-30-2005 03:46:50 | More by orbitalr0x
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
I had heard of Yellow Snow before...who hasn't with its infamous name, but when I saw Juniper Pale Ale on the shelf I thought it was a new offering from Rogue. Regardless I've always wanted to try a Juniper inspired beer and this was my chance...
Basically a crystal clear orange body with a very small head composed of rather large bubbles. Disappeared to almost nothing rather quickly. This aspect definately needs to be worked on.
Aroma indicates this to be a pretty balanced beer between the hops and malts. Hops come out with a citrus and earthy side while the malts present a caramel sweetness with some buttery notes. Deep within are the subtle hints of what I assume to be some juniper. We don't have junipers in the south so I wouldn't know, but I have my suspicions as to what they smell like.
Taste is light. This would be acceptable in my book if there was a lighter malt/hop taste and a more pronouced dose of the juniper which the beer intends to highlight. Taste which is there offers up some bitterness in the finish in the form of a floral flavor which goes into a resin hop finish. Malt comes in slightly bready. Some subtle cedar berry hints in the finish (cedar is what I'm more familiar with, haha). But the only reason I would recognize that is b/c of the beer's name. Some buttery notes are introduced as well.
Mouthfeel is okay. A bit thin. Coats the mouth well enough. Drinkability is only a bit above average. The taste is alright, but any more than the bomber and I'd call it quits.
Not what I was expecting. I think this beer should be simplified a bit and hit a little heavier with the juniper to really allow this unique ingredient to shine. I think that the flavor combinations work against each other and down play the key player in this one.
07-12-2005 01:40:31 | More by blitz134
3.46/5 rDev -4.2%
A - Gold with white head
S - Not much aroma. Slight earthy/vegetable smell.
T - Nice spiciness up front with a hint of sweetness that quickly transitions to flowery bitterness.
M - Crisp and thin mouthfeel.
O - This is light, refreshing, and very drinkable. This makes a great session beer.
04-20-2013 03:34:47 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
2.38/5 rDev -34.1%
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a light dusting and collar that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet honey and bready malts with a little spice (juniper?). Not much to smell as it warms.
The flavor is a little honey sweetness in the background with a medium harsh bitterness that dominates. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery texture that washes out the flavor.
Overall, an OK pale. It's pretty bitter, but no real interesting flavors and it's very watery.
08-12-2010 02:48:47 | More by Beaver13
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured very cloudy and orangey-yellow. Alot of head quickly dissapated into light and fluffy bubbles. Looks similar to natural, unfiltered apple cider. Scents of fruits and perfume. Tastes of hops and pepper, juniper berry -taste of gin... Good flavor. Was kind of worried about trying this one, as it listed styrian hops, and I have noticed that I just plain dislike them -find those beers skunky, but did not notice the styrian in here. I have always enjoyed Rogue, and this one fits right in. Nice drinkability.
05-30-2004 19:01:37 | More by shapudding
4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 34 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.
Appearance: The body has a dull yellow gold color with a creamy white head. The head is about two fingers tall and has good retention. It maintains a small cap of foam that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma is lighter and much more delicate than I had expected. It has a pleasant light pale maltiness with mellow earthy and woody pine notes. The hops back this up with some citrus and pine like notes as well.
Taste: The flavor closely resembles the aroma on a medium to full body. It has a nice base of white bready maltiness and mild sweetness with earthy wood notes. The hops then add citrus and pine like flavor and bitterness in the finish. The palate feels smooth but with a good balance of soft carbonation.
Notes: I was kind of expecting a very heavy woody pine sap character but found a well balanced and interesting beer.
02-14-2011 02:14:58 | More by generallee
2.58/5 rDev -28.5%
Had on tap at the Rogue event at Novare Res.
The color is pale with a slight golden color. The head forms and dissipates to the glasses edge.
The aroma is pale malts through out. No juniper, where is the juniper.
The taste is a pale ale slight malts up front, biscuit with a slight drying finish. The taste of juniper comes in but it is very light.
08-22-2011 00:02:18 | More by bishopdc0
2.88/5 rDev -20.2%
Presentation: 22oz bomber with no freshness date to be found. Ingredients and a blurb about the brew on the label.
Appearance: Mild tobacco earthy aroma with a spicy hop / juniper and pale malt sweetness.
Smell: No not the colour of yellow snow, more of a full glow of bronze with a patchy white lace.
Taste: Smooth with a crisp malt and fullish mouth feel, herbal and almost tobacco like hop bitterness and flavour erupt in the mouth with a light juniper berry flavour. Mild fruitiness with a sweet and malty back round, grainy finish. Hop flavour lingers and becomes a bit astringent along with a touch of juniper that brings a little sparkle to the brew.
Notes: Not a bad brew at all though hops seem to over take the brew with an earthened hop flavour that may not be agreeable with some beer drinkers.
01-27-2001 23:18:08 | More by Jason
4.28/5 rDev +18.6%
This bomber bottle pours a chill hazed, apricot body with a prominent, ivory head that finally stabilizes at about two cm. Gorgeous, patch lace decorates the imperial pint glass I am enjoying this in. Massive presence of small, carbonation bubbles rising to the surface is duly noted.
Interesting aroma that begins with a Munich maltiness, earthy English hops which evoke a meadow suitable for grazing livestock, and some fresh bales of hay to accompany said livestock. At room temperature, the nose is closer to a British style ESB malt note.
Mouthfeel is rather average, light to medium bodied, with good carbonation.
Taste: Hops dominate the beginning, with earthy hay and bitter grass. The juniper berries are definitely noticed, but not in the sense of gin. They meld into the unique hops profile to produce a citrusy, mandarin orange/tangerine, bitter, tartness that is quite tasty. As this Rogue approaches room temperature, a delicate and complex balance emerges between the hops and malts that makes this seem very English, in style. A hybrid between a British pale ale and bitter comes to mind. The bittersweet, dryness that the juniper berries contribute adds a bonus to the complexities present here.
I like this one a lot. One of the most drinkable Rogue ales that I've sampled. Highly recommended.
06-26-2004 21:57:30 | More by merlin48
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
22 ouncer, pours semi cloudy light amber, lifts a nice looking, loose, light oatmeal head, that then goes to a tiny bubble film and leaves better then average plentiful and fine lace. Leafy hop nose, with a hint of mint. Tasty bready malts up front, then dove tailing with resiny and more minty hop notes. Nice balance and better then moderate interest here. One of the huge line of BA worthy Rogue offerings. I dont get much in the way of the advertised juniper, which would have been nice. Worth a try, but nothing too special.
09-24-2008 01:43:41 | More by Billolick
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance: clear, bright yellow in color, one inch head, high carbonation
Smell: wood and citrus hops
Taste: wood, citrus hops, caramel malt, melon, and bubblegum on the finish--is that the juniper taste?
Mouthfeel: moderately bitter, medium light bodied, high carbonation, dry
Drinkability: The taste gets better as it warms and is only slightly different than most pale ales. Very dry and on the hoppier side I could have two. A sipper.
01-11-2010 16:06:31 | More by tigg924
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
Opened 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.
Forms nice layer of foam across top of mostly clear amber ale.
Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is also hoppy, with hints of piney, but don't really taste or smell cedary juniper. Maybe a hint of it, but I just can't place it. With that being said, this brew has a nice quick finish, with a really nice full body.
Nothing I'm crazy about, but more than willing to drink this again.
03-10-2008 07:46:53 | More by mattster
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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