Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by matjack85:
4/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer was brewed for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and is no longer made, so I feel fortunate to have found this bottle still on the shelf in September of '06. The 22 oz. brown bottle depicts a goggled man holding up a defiant fist with one hand, and holding his dog in the other and declaring "together we can do it". What that has to do with yellow snow I don't know, but I always enjoy the etched into the bottle artistry of all Rogue bottles. On the side of the bottle they list the 10 ingredients the beer is made with along with some other information, but no freshness date and no mention of the alcohol content.
The beer poured a nice peach/orange color and made a two-finger head with white fluffy foam that lasted awhile before retreating down the glass. It also left nice lacing on the glass after each sip.
The smell was a really powerful dose of floral hops coming from the combination of both Amarillo and Golding hops. I really enjoyed the aroma from this beer. There was no other smell that I could pick out so I was expecting a really hoppy beer.
As expected, the hops were the domonent taste, but the combination of 4 different malts mixed with whole juniper berries added a nice balance to the beer.
The carbonation is fairly low giving the beer a moderately creamy and mid to full bodied character. The malt flavors disappear at the end and the beer has a dry, spicy, and a bit alcoholic finish with the juniper berries dominating at the end.
This is a really good pale ale with plenty of character. Too bad it is no longer being made.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2006 00:15:56 | More by matjack85
More User Reviews:
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 1,171 ratings.