Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
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1,294 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,294
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 41
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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Photo of cracgor
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an ambercolor with a thin flimsy white head and minimal lace. Has an aroma of oily hops that remind me of melon and sycamore trees. Very good smell. Tastes incredibly well balanced. The sweet foundation of malts stands up very well to the hops that taste exactly like they smell. The beer has a light/medium body that lends well to enjoying this beer through the night. Another solid beer from Rogue.

Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was toying with going out to watch the Pitt/Syracuse basketball game tonight but with the pending weather event and my warm house, I have decided to forgo going out. That means that I will have a prolonged amount of time to spend drinking this beer and I am looking forward to its company.

My initial pour created just over a finger of off-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy characteristic, less "floral" as noted on the bottle and more herbal, if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a peppery blast of spiciness on the tongue. Finish was as advertised: "dry [and] spicy". Mmmm. Let's see how I feel about it after a bomber's worth all to myself, but I would say that this is certainly worth a try, if not something for an occasional drink.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with a firm white head that becomes nicely pitted as it settles down. as is expected from these guys, the foam has a very hoppy look to it, retains itself admirably, and leaves ample sticky lace.

S- fresh toasted malt sweetness, like a nice box of multi-grain cereal, bright citric hoppiness, some chardonnay aromas, but seemingly no juniper. ok, some piney hoppy stuff in the background that could be percieved as juniper, but it's an aroma that i've picked up in plenty of other beers. so to be direct, i would never have guessed the was juniper in here judging from the aroma. still smells good though.

T- and the taste is the same. it tastes like a quality pale ale, it tastes like a good brew from rogue, but it doesn't taste like juniper. or perhaps it's that the berries contain such similar citrus pine characteristics as the amarillo hops that the two become seamless. which may very well have been the brewer's intention. nice notes of pine and grapefruit, hoppy and bitter, could pass for an ipa. woodsy and spicy peppercorn, clean zesty bitterness sits on the tongue. finishes bitter with nice light malt flavor.

MF- slightly lighter than medium bodied, tight prickly medium carbonation keeps things lively. somewhat juicy and leaves a clean feeling on the cheeks.

D- nice crisp refreshing brew. good all around, but i still can't taste the juniper. thinking i might be crazy, i went and grabbed my little can of berries and crushed one between my fingers. side by side smelling the fingers of one hand and tasting this beer with the other... and still nothing. i dig a good martini and i keep these berries cuz i like the flavor with saurkraut so i'd like to think i could percieve the juniper in the beer. but i just can't. i know it's in there i just think it blends in too much with the hops to be noticed. great all-around pale ale though.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little haze in it's golden color, moderate white head. Smell of juniper berries is very apparent, paired with a nice hops aroma. Taste is spicy and bitter. This is a very unique brew, I split a bomber with a macro drinking buddy of mine, and he didn't have many kind words for it. I thought it was good, and something I would consider getting again.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not a large head but a really nice golden color. Sunset orange hues, slightly hazy.

S: Toffee, citrus hops. A little honey and light bread.

T: Out standing. A very dry resin controls the flavor load here. The juniper plays this part, acting as the bittering hop. Malt is cleverly rich to balance the astringency. Agave, caraway, and rye could all be found here.

M: Astringent, dry yet viscous. Good.

D: Very good drinking pale. Interesting and unique but not overwhelming or a novelty.

Photo of Scrapss
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just happened upon a 1/2 bbl of this at the store today. Checked BA and decided to pull the trigger. Not sorry at all!!!

In a tall champagne-beer glass...

A: Deep gold with a hazy hue. Thin head that settles into some wispy lacing and a few rings.

S: that's one fine quaff. Not hoppy overpowering, you can smell some other non-hop notes. Citrus and very very faint pine, bread & maybe a slight grass smell and some light fresh juniper notes blend in almost innocuously.

T: lemon grass, then bitter orange, bright juniper finish with light malt.

M: medium bodied. Very SMOOTH and moderately dry. Extremely good!

Overall, very solid brew. It's so subtle, that I'd have to say that if you didn't tell most people it was classified as a spiced beer they'd never know the difference, thinking it was a uniquely hopped pale ale.

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring is a nice cloudy with reminisce floating in it. Very bubbly with a nice golden honey color. Head is a very frothy milk color. Head settles very nice.
Smell is of hops, and citrus. a more orange kinda smell more then a lemon. i really dont smell the juniper berries.
Taste is not very bitter. A very sweet beggining with a tingle of bitterness that doesn't really effect it. has a great kinda berry taste, but i dont think it tastes like juniper berries at that though. a little bit of spices that come out when finishing it. This a a very pleasant pale ale to drink. doesn't strike me at all as bitter.
Very bubbly with a great tingling of the citruses. has the dry Berrie feel to it.

Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I see a Rogue and have the $8 required to buy a bottle I'm more than happy to buy. Review from notes:

Pours a very light, hazy amber with a one finger bone white head that displays some decent retention and nice sticky, patchy lacing. Carbonation is visible and quite active.

Smell of citrus. spice, malt and a slightly sour astringency; possibly juniper? Unfortunately I've never had the chance to try the berry.

Citrus, grapefruit rhine, clean dry malt and like the label states "a dry, spicy finish" accompanied by a faint sour bite.

Medium bodied, smooth and the dryness is quite snappy. Very refreshing and easily sessionable. Great balance makes it quite quaffable.

Overall, another solid offering from Rogue. I think next time I fall upon some, I might go with their stronger, fuller bodied offerings for a chnage but wouldn't mind having this one again.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a 1 inch head. The juniper berries are evident in the smell. Juniper again dominates the taste but is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is good. There is a slight hint of hops but not overpowering like most of Rogue's brews. All in all this is not a spectacular beer but has very good drinkabilty and I'll buy it again.

Photo of dpend
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a typical yellow-amber color.Head dissipation is also typical.Hops are immediately present in the aroma although I didn't pick up on the junipers and spice all that much.That's good that they weren't overwhelming.Light and a bit watery mouthfeel and I would consider it highly drinkable.I actually think this beer could pass as a lager.I've had this in a bottle as well, but on tap is the way to go.

Photo of njmoons
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle to try something different, and...

Like Mikey, I liked it (if you don't get the reference your younger than me).

Appearance: Hazy dark straw yellow, Had a nice head which held for a while. Not too pretty, but not unpleasant

Smell: Very nice malts, hops, and juniper mixed together well. I liked the aroma. The Juniper is very subtle, you notice it but is was not overpowering like too many spiced beers.

Taste: Complex and interesting. I nice level of malt for a pale ale, and a moderate dose of western US hops, with a subtle hint of juniper. I slowly enjoyed the whole beer.

Mouthfeel: What you would expect from a quality pale ale. Light but with some substance.

Drinkability: I will pick up a six pack next time I have a chance, but this is a one at a time beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden in color with faint haze, a half-inch white head, which retains well, and lots of patchy lacing. An occasional fat bubble rises lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Pronounced aroma of pine hops, herbal notes, a hint of grapefruit, and a mild evergreen note, with sweet light malt beneath.

Taste: Opens with a sweet malt note, this forms an undercurrent for the taste. Soon after there are toasted malt and caramel flavors. Notes of pine, herbs, and grapefruit soon assert themselves, although mildly. Towards the finish, there is a slightly earthy, woody note. Finishes with a mild, lingering medicinal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, rich and full, quite soft, excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A surprisingly good beer, remarkable for its subtlety and complexity, it greatly exceeded my expectations.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of Shiloh
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, my very first Rogue product and I was not disappointed. It poured a cloudy dull orange with limited head and average carbonation.
The body is medium and aroma very slightly of yeast...I detect nothing else.
The taste consists of a 3 prong attack...hops-malts-hops with little after taste.
Grapefruit is alive and well and living in yellow snow.
Impressive.

Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Yellow Snow ale is the brew that got me motivated over craft beer. This is a very complex beer with many characteristics of spices, malts, and yeast.

Yellow Snow pours with a moderate amount of CO2, which forms a nearly pure white head. The head dissolves into clumpy lacing that lasts all the way through. The body is quite cloudy and has an orangish colour. It almost looks like a Heffeweizen.

This brew gives off a rich floral aroma, and is somewhat piney and sweet at the same time.

This tastes very spicy. I detect nodes of juniper berries as well as a biscuity characteristic. It finishes with spiciness, as well as a copperish taste (you know you used to put pennies in your mouth when you were a kid).

Yellow Snow feels a bit chewy and spicy. It's also a little coarse. Definitely warm to the palate and oily hop appeal.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers. This has to be drank slowly for appreciation.

Photo of JBogan
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color with a one finger creamy head which left good lacing.

Both smelled and tasted of hops and a bit if citrus with an ever so slight juniper presence. I'd had this beer about a year or so ago and it seemed that it had more of a juniper presence back then.

Mouthfeel was good. Thin to medium bodied with a nice smoothness and just enough carbonation to make it crisp.

This was a nice beer which I'll return to on occasion. Not too heavy but with enough taste to make it a great session beer. I just wish they sold it in six packs.

Photo of Fugazme
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in hue and slightly orange. Very small head, but excellent stick and lacing.

First whiff is malty. Second whiff was very floral with some hops, lavender and juniper. Not nearly as hoppy as I imagined it might be, but still some strong hop aromas.

A very smooth beer on the palate. Very good.

Taste has hops in the front, evening out in the back to some floral notes and malt. Nice balance on this one.

I'd buy it again.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale, golden color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells of citrusy hops backed by a juniper smell that reminds me of gin (my favorite liquor). Smells delightful...

Taste: The juniper and bitter hops hit you strong up front. As it develops, bready malts join the mix making for a well-balanced and interesting pale ale. Certainly unique...

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A unique and fun-to-drink pale ale. The addition of the juniper gives this beer a nice kick to it that really sets it apart from your typical pale ale. I'd procrastinated in having this beer and am disappointed that I did. Say what you will about Rogue as a whole but this is a solid beer in my book.

Photo of krberg
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with a tight white head. Kind of cloudy. Reminds me of a homebrewed pale ale.

Floral with shortbread malt scents. Smells very nice and clean, but not very "roguey."

Sweet, sweet malt! Low hopping, I think for a rogue. Pehaps just low hopping for me. There is just a touch of juniper in the finish. To honest, I wouldn't have picked it out except that I know its there. It rounds out the flavor very nicely and lifts this beer from a nice, standard pale ale into a better class.

Fairly low carbonation with a nice medium full body. Very nice and satisfying after a night at work.

I could drink this all night. Low ABV with low hops equals a great session beer.

A really well crafted brew! Buy it. Too bad its not called yellow snow anymore.

Photo of righlander
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy gold from a 22oz bottle, not a lot of head. i really expected this beer to be a lot sweeter. bit of pine and fruity smell. taste is good nice hop balance. i could use a bit more hops my self but hey.. it is good. after taste is a bit of bitter hop then nice and malty.... but not too malty. all in all this beer is really good. will buy it again for sure. although would be cool to be able to find it in 6 packs. really very drinkable. i could drink a bunch of these. good job rogue! i like it!

Photo of Chinon01
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Tangerine-tan color with soapy looking head. Good lacing not quite opaque.

S - Hop aroma and orange fruit.

T - Hops and malt fruit mango orange juiciness. Faint juniper lingering bitter finish.

M - Thick, rich sticky body. Bristling hop sizzle at finish.

D - Hop bite in finish keeps it from being super drinkable, but that's Rouge.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue beers never fail to impress me. This one never failed to impress me either. Nevermind the juniper berrries, this is just good pacific northwest ale. Excellent head, very tasty, clean bitterness. I like it.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. near the bottom of the bottle, printed onto the glass is a very hard-to-see "sell by 0916", and the numbers themselves are a bit smudged.

tasted in early-mid march 2009

pale golden honey with amber tones. faint haze, especially on later pours. rocky head fades to thin wispy layer. thin lacing at first, with lots more further down the glass.

smells of light citrus and pine freshness, with a fruity, piney and spicy character from the juniper, but all of it is a bit subtle. bready toasted malt underneath. more subtle pine in the back.

taste: toasted bread and crackers is enveloped by fresh flavors of citrus rind and pine, with herbal fruitiness, probably from the juniper. light resins and a moderate to bold bitterness.

not too thin, smooth yet crisp, with a flash of mildly astringent resins in the finish. tight carbonation, fluffy at times.

i actually quite like the unique character imparted by the juniper.

Photo of pweis909
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22-0z bomber, no date.

Pours golden yellow, transparent, with thick foam with tiny bubbles. Pretty persistent, with fine lacing along my wine glass. By the time I poured the last of it, I was pouring yeast or other sediments, dark speckles that did not seem to affect flavor but made the beer less transparent.

This has the malt aroma that seems to be a signature in most Rogue brews, I’m not quite sure what it is. I'll need to double check the ingredients. Anyhow, it's a nice malt. There is also something like vanilla cream. Funny, cause it is made with Juniper. I can find the Juniper in the nose, but the spiciness has another dimension. Intriguing.

Taste is malt, but there is something of that vanilla-like spice. The hops are primarily there for bittering, and balance the malt without giving you a big hop pucker. Bottle says 45 IBUs, which is higher than I would have guessed. This is delicious.

The mouthfeel is a bit oily, pleasantly coating the mouth, but the finish seems dry. Interesting textures

Starting Gravity is listed as only 13 deg Plato, but seems strong, and over the course of 22 ounces, the maltyness began to cloy. Maybe it could be a little more balanced? I wouldn’t drink more than one of these bombers in an evening.

Photo of Oakenator
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orange color. Slightly unfiltered and cloudy. Decent head at pour disappates to on top of the beer.

S: Fresh - malt balance with mild hoping.

T: Again, nice balance with subtle Juniper flavors more towards the backend of this beer. Citrus hops. Refreshing.

M: Light but still with some body.

O: Quality brew.

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