Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by dancinwillie:
4.43/5 rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Bomber into a nonic.
Appearance, pale golden, clear and topped with a just off white head. Not particularly attractive to me, but well within the appearance guidelines for the style, so there you go.
Aroma is cracked black pepper, and a bit of tarragon or fennel coolness, which I can only assume is the juniper. Smells quite nice actually.
Malt forward, crusty bread-like with a good amount of lemon in the foreground also. Hop bitterness is there, but restrained as it should be in a pale ale. Pine and again with the cool slight mintyness of fennel or tarragon. Really, a lot better than I expected. Very balanced and a lot of flavor, which I wasn't expecting after the appearance.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but again this is perfectly in line with pale ales. Refreshing and quaffable.
Overall, I'm super impressed by this beer. I wasn't expecting this to be so good, but it's really a nice balanced beer. I'm thinking of making a beurre blanc or a mussel pan sauce with this to see if the lemon flavor comes out more, and what that minty aspect does also. Great beer! Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2010 21:24:58 | More by dancinwillie
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3.78/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 18:43:24 | More by juanny
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.