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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,118 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1118
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%


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)
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Naerhu

Japan

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White medium head on an opaque body with an orange tint.
Hoppy floral aroma that just jumps off this beer.
Am I drinking beer or munching on flowers.Long lasting wild flower after taste follows and medium bodied rich malty beeer.
A lightning bolt of dryness arcs arcs across the palate, followed by by an oily aftertaste that lasts. What a long lasting brew.

Dryness and bitterness are a little much and restrain me from giving this amazing beer a higher mouthfeel and drinkability dispite the amazing flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 22:40:41 | More by Naerhu
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wailingwench

New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Hazy translucent copper with thick fluffy white head. Individual rising lines of slow rising carbonation. Superb hop clumping and lacing throughout.

The Nose Knows: Sweet malt (kindof similar to Saranac IPA) with crisp piney finish. As it warmed, initial honey-like finished with fruity notes.

Tongueland: Initial piney hops with sweet malts buried underneath. Again, similar to Saranac IPA ininitial taste, Rogue m/f is fuller and more complex in flavor. Smooth and full, danced around mouth and tongue. Honey-like sweet middle that finished peppery. Aftertaste is of a good gin. Interesting transition of flavors.

Bender Factor: Solid to style intrepretation. It isn't an IPA, keep that in mind. Solid session brew, almost to drinkable. However, with Saranac readily available (and cheaper), this won't be a regular in my cart. Still, the compexity of the flavor range netted it a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 00:00:28 | More by wailingwench
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber with the signature painted label. The pour revealed an interesting clouded golden-orange ale with a nice 1 finger tight fluffy cap and tiny spiraling bubbled carbonation. The nose is a pleasant fragrant hop bouquet..floral, grassy, fruity, with a sweet undertone.( I’m reminded of anchor liberty here) Front side is a mellow blast of sweet malts and fruity/floral hops in almost perfect balance...peaches and pine, apricots and sweet dough...wonderful layered tastes...medium bodied, silky with some substantial malts...moderate finish where the creamy-peach-doughy impression gives way to a slow metallic drying with a fruity very drinkable character. I like this better than Anchor Liberty.It would be my standard session ale if it were available here...recommened for those who like a fruit character in an aromatic ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 00:50:48 | More by pootz
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber, this beer has a deep golden body with ample carbonation and a inital head of 1" that fades to lace the surface in whispy clumps. Nice.

Smell: The nose is of clean crystal and munich malts, and the light breath of the en vogue Amarillo hop shines through. I can't quite put my finger on the smell, but it's nice and certainly not too strong.

Taste: In the taste department, nothing jumps out initally. Just a nicely balanced pale ale. The ingredients list Sytrian golding and Amarillo, and these do a nice job imparting a spicy bitterness in the finish without the piney-leafy hop flavor that beers like SNPA pour on thick. It's really quite nice in its restraint. Then, the most unique quality hits you. The taste of juniper berries lingers on the tounge indefinitely. Faintly floral and tangy, this adds a very satisfying note to an already neat finish. I wouldn't have been able to identify it as juniper without looking, but its prescence is quite remarkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is nice and light, smooth across the tongue and well carbonated to carry its carefree stature. It strikes me as odd that this is released as a winter seasonal, but then again, something this nice and drinkable might be the perfect choice to liven a cold gray day. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 16:50:05 | More by 99bottles
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arizcards

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of Yellow Snow somewhere along the way. I am anticipating another fine offering from Rogue.

This beer pours a yellowish orange color, decent head, leaving a nice lacing behind. Smell is wonderful, a heavy dose of bread and floral hops. The taste is even better, a nice malty start, followed by a generous amount of spicy hops. In the end there is a slight taste of bread left behind. Mouthfeel is a nice combination of a nicely weighted Pale and is nicely carbonated and lively on the palate. This is a very enjoyable beer, a nice change of pace with the spicy hops and the bready finish. Nice job brewing this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 01:10:13 | More by arizcards
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body with a very light hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface. There is a boiling white rocky head that fades after a bit.

S- This beer has a fresh sweet malt aroma with a slight honey malt note with a hint of herbal hops.

T- This beer has a fresh pale malt flavor blended with a biscuit malt flavor. There are also notes of honey malt sweetness in the background. There is a bitterness in the finish that is not from hops but there is a dry grapefruit note that is from hops blended in with it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a great fresh malt flavor but the bitterness is big and one-dimensional. This is a very nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 03:57:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a hazy orange-amber body with a thick finger of ivory foam that retains at a chunky sheet and leaves scattered lacing on the glass.

Smell is resinous evergreen, with zingy hops and juniper in front of a spicy whiff of sweet orange and malty caramel.

Taste is crisp and fruity with a note of toasted nuts drizzled in buttery caramel. Plenty of grapefruit flavors, along with a wonderfully aromatic, mellow, wood-resiny bitterness that helps keep the drink balanced. The drink is toasty, spicy, and laced with citrus notes and is made nearly perfect for my tastes and preferences with a wonderfully dry finish. Juniper Pale Ale could pass for a nice, hoppy American IPA any day.

Crisp, medium-bodied, and refreshing with excellent carbonation, this pale ale works very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 09:43:16 | More by cvstrickland
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climax

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the 650ml bottle. Poured a nice hazy orange with a slow rising yet certainly substantial off-white webby head which lingered like it should. It left a dome atop and moderate lacing as it slowly receded. After i topped off my glass, it left clumpy thick spots of foam which clung on the glass like the third guy in your party riding on the back of the golf cart after the driver has had 17 holes worth of PBR.

Nose was very crisp and balanced well. The smooth citrus and pine hops were backed by cracker-like malt. For those expecting juniper berries or a gin-esque nose may be left dissapointed, however it is in there.

Flavor is along the lines of the nose, as it should be. The hops don't completely take the show, as the toasty cracker-like malt is right up there with the resiny hop profile. All the goodness fades to a clean citrus and almost sweet finish, leaving the mouth waiting for more.

Feel is smooth with a good crisp bite. It surprisingly easy to drink quickly (even after a large meal). The finish is neither dry nor bitter. I may have liked a bit more body, but it's crisp refreshing and flavorful.

The juniper does not stand out much at all, and being a gin-lover I was rather looking forward to a flavor explosion. However, it's a great pale ale I will return to when I feel like dropping the dough for a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 01:49:01 | More by climax
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cdizinno

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OKAY BIG EDIT: best if you really stir up the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The last half was MUCH better. Smoother and tastier.

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bomber as pictured into a tulip glass. Descriptive list of the 10 ingredients.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with minimal head and lacing.

S: Nice mild hop scent with undertones of spice and juniper. Some pale malt sweetness.

T&M: Smooth with a crisp malt and mild bitter hop taste. Light juniper berry flavor. Mild fruitiness with malty sweet light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 21:56:10 | More by cdizinno
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CellarBrau

British Columbia (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours light golden with a frothy but not so dense white head. Lighter than expected. Head retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Immediately identified as a northwestern style. Crisp, fresh, piney aroma. No Juniper detected (not that I know juniper taste except from Gin) but very pleasent and moderately intense aroma.

T: I think there is some Juniper here! Very nice subtle maltiness as well. The juniper is a very subtle compliment to the forward but not overwhelming hoppiness.

M: Quite highly carbonated but that suits this beer I think. Thin texture. Finishes Dry.

D: 650ml didn't last long. I immediately wished I had another one.

Bottom line: Rogue, you make very nice, but not exceptional, beers. Cut your advertising budget, sell these beers for $6 instead of $8.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:28:12 | More by CellarBrau
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GMOO

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can't really smell the juniper on this rogue offering. But they make up for the lack in smell with flavor. The juniper comes out in the finish. Using juniper in brewing an IPA is damn innovative and scores major points for creativity. I usually go for dogfish head 60 when looking for an IPA but this is a step up in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 05:22:25 | More by GMOO
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jessycho

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks great. Has that perfect, golden honey look.

S - A rather faint smell. Not the most aromatic beer, definitely a pleasant fruit smell, although I've never really seen/smelled a juniper berry.

T - Great taste! Definitely not a super fruity beer. If you're working your way into IPAs, this is perfect. You get that great quality IPA taste, but not superloaded with hops. Accents of the juniper berries make a wonderfully citrus complement.

M - Feels good. Doesn't dry out your mouth, the bitterness of the hops leaves your mouth salivating for a little bit after.

D - Possibly the most drinkable IPA for me. I feel like someone took a Bell's Two-Hearted Ale and dropped a few berries in it and now I'm drinking it. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 03:51:10 | More by jessycho
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Viking

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting and tasty brew.

Orange-gold and hazy body. Initially poured to a big, bubbly, white head. Head fades quickly, but the carbonation keeps a rich lace on the top of the beer - thin here, thick and bubbly there. The aroma is rich and earthy - reminds me of being in the woods at my uncle's place, surrounded by evergreens. A hint of fruit is also present in the nose. Herb flavors are strong, but not overpowering. They're most notable on the finish, where they blend incredibly well with hop bitterness. Overall, this is one helluva beer! It recently became available in Indy (along with quite a few other Rogue brews), and I hope it's here to stay.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2002 09:16:48 | More by Viking
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002

It pours to a hazy orange color that sits nicely under a thick covering of white foam. The aroma first comes off as sweet and fruity, but there is a great mix of spices in there.

The flavor is very welcoming and interesting. It is sweet with nice malts and fruits at the start. As is slides down, it starts to get bitter and spicy from the hops. I guess that the juniper berries have something to do with that also, but I am really not familiar with juniper berries, so I can't really say for sure. It is very crisp and refreshing. I would imagine it to be a great warm weather drinker, but I am enjoying it just as much after walking through knee deep snow. Maybe I will go make some yellow to honor this fine brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 15:27:19 | More by ElGuapo
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the local grocers after getting a sample taster from a Rogue guy doing a promotion.
22 oz screen printed brown bomber( as always)..some dude with his pet Lab. "Together we can do it"..I hope so!
Very pretty looking beer..dark golden with a nice carbonation..small white head.
Whoa..strong and fresh aroma..load of hops..some malt undertones and a piney aroma..must be the juniper.
mmm nice tasteing ale..not as strong as i thought after the aroma..but nice..mostly malty to begin with..creamy, then a hop bite and right at the end a spicy junpier bitter aftertaste.
Pretty nice on the palate..smooth.
A most drinkable beer..at any time of the year.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 03:49:32 | More by Reidrover
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper hue; a decent hop aroma with some freshly squeezed lemon and oranges that graze the nose. Creamy, a quick in yer face blast of citrus hops; fresh fruit, in the way of orange and berries – you try to taste the juniper berries. Massively dry palate; 99.9% rounded mouthfeel; rich and satisfying, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 02:23:18 | More by GeoffRizzo
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gonzo46and2

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Big lacing head. Orange cloudy pour. Good Lacing

Smell - Herbal and floral. Reminds me of fresh cut grass, flowers and pineapple juice.

Taste - Mild on the bitterness scale leaning towards sweet. Big hop character. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced on the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. No astringincy.

Drinkability - Easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 07:41:40 | More by gonzo46and2
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite tasty winter brew with a clean taste and smooth finish. Dad always told me not to eat the yellow snow, he never had this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2002 06:12:58 | More by beernut7
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Lukie

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first of the Rogues I will try over the coming week or so. I thought I would go with a Pale Ale, something the Americans are known for, and with the addition of Juniper Berries?

Poured out a hazy golden with a thick fluffy sticky 2 inch head. It slowly fell to a 2mm top and thick clingyness along the sides of the glass.

A very floral aroma with some fruity sweetness which I gather is Juniper berry? Never having seen them or tasted or smelt them before, I have no idea what to look for.

A nice sweet malt is pushed away by a big punch of hoppy character. Bloody Americans :P
Very fruit characters, with some grassy overtones, and dry hop finish. The hop astringincy lingers, but I have been enjoying that lately.

Overally, a very good brew to get into the American craft beers. It gives that hoppiness that seems to be what the Americans are all about, but it's not overly harsh. A fantastic Pale Ale that has thus far put most of the Australian efforts to shame from just a glassful of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 13:14:00 | More by Lukie
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BabySnakes

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange color, gathered a small head and quickly dissipated. Nice lacing on the glass the entire time.

Mildly Sweet hoppy aroma. I wouldnt guess juniper berries if I didnt already know. Some of the aromas from mild Belgians come through like mild barnyard and clovey spice.

Taste is very in line with the style (pale ale). Sweet (mildly) and nicely balanced hops interact. Citrusy hop character is present. The Juniper is really an afterthought, although it comes thru really nicely. Again, not sure I would be able to pinpoint it to a "spice" addition to the beer though.

The juniper really shines thru in the mouthfeel. Nice spicy,zesty finish. Makes it seem more carbonated than it is in a nice way. All the flavors start to pop when I inhale after swallowing.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Nice spicy pale ale I could drink all day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:54:39 | More by BabySnakes
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inebrius

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First taste of Amarillo hops that I'm aware of, and I like 'em. Creamy full mouthfeel. Floral nose with a definite malt presence. A draught takes you through a wide range of flavor, but this beer's unique characteristic is the bitter juniper finish that sits on the back of your tongue for hours. I wanted to drink it out of a martini glass with a fat garlic stuffed olive rolling about.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2002 09:37:36 | More by inebrius
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is surprising that for a winter seasonal, this is one of Rogue's lighter and more drinkable offerings. Also I am not sure why this is classified as an herbed/spiced beer, since the only extra ingredient is juniper berries although juniper berries could be considered to have a somewhat spicy flavor. There is no actual spice in the beer though. A fruit beer, perhaps? Well, not really. This is essentially a light-ish pale ale with an accented hop bite, and a bitter tartness from the juniper berries which are not at all sweet berries, they're used to make gin remember? A light, clear gold, with average head and lacing. The malts are the high point of the beer, and are generally light and biscuity but there is a roastier, almost chocolatey undercurrent that really appeals to me. A very crisp, clean, appealing taste in which no yeast intrudes, the end result being refreshing if maybe a little one-dimensional. The hops close things out with a tweak of bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and a bit metallic, not particularly good. It's that malt that keeps me intrigued though.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 08:44:08 | More by Thrasher
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rabsten

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the Blues Brews and BBQ event in Charleston, WV last weekend.

Poured into a pint cup. Dark amber, slightly cloudy. No head b/c of the pour, but good lacing (even in the plastic cup).

Pine-y hops dominate (or is that pine-y juniper?). Malt was present as well. Pleasant.

Flavor is good, solidly hopped APA. Bitter the way it's supposed to be, without an overwhelming hoppiness. Malt backbone does its job supporting the hops and juniper.

Just like the bottled version, feels good going down and is very drinkable. I wnet back for seconds, and if there hadn't been a Widmer Bros. stand, may have drank this exclusively.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2006 16:58:38 | More by rabsten
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theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with the usual Rogue screen printing.

A: Very nice initial color, kind of a darker straw color, with a good head. No lacing, only a small ring remains around the edge after the beer sits for a while.

S: Very nice piney (juniper I guess) hop smells, slightly floral, with some light earthy malts in the background.

T: Nice crisp hop blast, very piney but light and not overbearing. Not much malts going on, but some lesser light grassy/earthy malts in the background

M: Good mouthfeel but a not so good oily aftertaste. Well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink and very smooth, I could drink it all day.

One of my favorite Rogue offerings. Nothing crazy, but a solid, well hopped, easy to drink pale ale. Rogue doesn't really have an IPA they put out regularly but I'd put this as close to an IPA as anything else Rogue offers. A definite buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 22:52:22 | More by theWrkncacnter
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted under the Yellow Snow label.

Pours medium gold with a big two-finger head that sticks around. Big nose with hints of citrus and pine. Hits the tongue hard and stays that way through the finish. Mouthfeel is spot-on. Aggressively hopped and very dry. One of Rogue's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 03:01:41 | More by beer2day
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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