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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,218 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,218 | Reviews: 668 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by fezmeister:
Photo of fezmeister
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellow-gold with a pillowy off-white head.

S: Surprisingly lacking in nose for a juniper beer. Hard to get much at all, not more than a bit of grain and a tinge of malt.

T: Very light biscuity malt and grainy backbone blending with hop counterbalance. Absolutely no hop bit, though. Really hard to taste any juniper berries and only a vague essence of herbality in the hop flavor that is present. Very smooth, though, I suppose.

M: Quaffable.

O: Drinkable and refreshing, but really not super exciting on the flavor front, especially for something as promising-sounding as a juniper pale. By no means bad, but far off the mark of either my favorite pale ale or herbed/spiced beer.

fezmeister, Aug 08, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Popsinc, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

SIRIUS2, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

orbitalr0x, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

blitz134, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

danthehopslamman, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

SD-Alefan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

3HovsepiansBrews, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big and malty like all the other Rogue beers, but there's something lacking. Hops are a bit off too ... pungent with a strong, raw/oily aftertaste.

Todd, Jun 30, 2001
Photo of Beaver13
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beaver13, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of shapudding
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

shapudding, May 30, 2004
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

generallee, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

bishopdc0, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -16.9%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of lionnusmb
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

lionnusmb, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Jason
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Jason, Jan 27, 2001
Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

merlin48, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tigg924, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Skye1024, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of mattster
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mattster, Mar 10, 2008
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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.