Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

676 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,311
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 103 | 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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Juniper Pale Ale Alström Bros
Reviews: 676 | Hads: 1,311
Photo of vitrael
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold with a small white head and no lacing.

S: Biscuity malts and... corn? A little spicy hop character.

T: Unexpectly light on the malt flavor. More slightly biscuity and corn flavor. Quite a nice substantial spicy hoppiness. When it's cold, I'm getting very little juniper flavor. It's just there behind the hops. Remarkably close to a cream ale in my opinion--a little bit like a spicier version of Spotted Cow.

M: Very light and clean.

I'm really disappointed in the lack of juniper flavor in this beer, but moreover it's not really that great a pale ale.

 572 characters

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A slightly hazy golden beer, topped with a bright white, fluffy head, decent retention.

S-Subtle floral hoppiness with some spicy juniper character over a sweet maltiness.

T-A light, malty foundation is balanced by moderate hop bitterness and a bit of floral hop and juniper. Aftertaste is subtly of juniper berries.

M-Light body with a low carbonation, perhaps a bit too low for style.

D-The juniper is subtle enough that it melds enjoyably into the beer's flavor, instead of overwhelming and drowning out the beer character. Overall, a good, not great, brew.

 610 characters

Photo of Vinegarroon
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't waste the money.
This is a mediocre beer sold at a premium price.
The juniper flavor is nice but not well pronounced.
Other than that, this beer seemed to me like another lower-end pale ale. I guess if I could get a six-pack of it for the same price I just paid for the 22 oz bomber, I would buy it again and be happy.

 326 characters

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pale yellow and cloudy with less than 1 finger head that dissipated quickly into a thin uneven head, there was light lacing on the glass, average carbonation.

SMELL: sweet berry, flowery with hops, reminded me of a pilsener.

TASTE: sweet and mildly hoppy, the Juniper berry is not overpowering and in balance with malt and hops, there is a slight metallic aftertaste that I did not care for.

PALATE: crisp with light body and medium carbonation

OVERALL: I have had better beers from Rogue, it was okay but I will not buy this one again.

 609 characters

Photo of PatrickJR
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden with nice 2-3 finger head. Decent retention, falling to a white cap. Great lacing.

S - Faint. Moderately strong buttery note with something vague that could be hops, juniper, or both.

T - More bland than I would expect. Thin malt profile dominates with some graininess, followed by the buttery flavor mid palate. Taste finishes up with some very faint juniper and some very mild citrus hops. Quite bitter aftertaste considering the general lack of flavor.

M - Thin and low carbonation, borderline watery. This stuff needs body and CO2 to carry the flavor and provide crispness.

D - I wouldn't mind having a few of these mindlessly if not for the price. It's a slightly interesting take on a pale ale and the low carbonation coupled with the thinness would be perfect if I was already drunk.

When I saw "juniper" I suppose I was expecting something akin to gin. I know this brew is vastly different than something like gin, but even still I wasn't impressed by the juniper, and I wasn't impressed by this "pale ale."

 1,086 characters

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer smells a bit like a lager, sweet malt backbones. Pretty much no hops. The beer has a really nice head and dark golden colour. The beer is really fruity and the junipers come out to the end. There is also a bit of bitterness. Pretty balanced beer. Pretty average flavour. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, and decently drinkable.

 334 characters

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into into a cloudy pale gold, with a thick head. Head evaporated after several seconds. No real noticeable scent. Tastes slightly bitter, with the hint of herbs. No noticeable aftertaste. Feels somewhat fizzy in the mouth, but overall, a mouthful goes down smoothly.

A decent beverage, but nothing that really stands out to set it apart.

 353 characters

Photo of CrellMoset
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy-yellow orange beer with a half-finger of average-retention white head that leaves solid sheets of sticky lacing. Yellow snow indeed!

Aroma: Similar to the mouth (see below), though with a little more of a malt edge - mainly just grass, light pine, simple sweetness, light citrus. A very simple tasting beer.

Taste: Surprisingly nondescript. Malty, biscuity, largely neutral, with a piney, slightly citrusy hop note. Not a lot of bitterness, nor a lot of hop notes, and the malt profile isn't very good, either.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of effervescence, an average body, and a little uneven. Pretty average.

Drinkability: A surprisingly unenjoyable beer - not much at all going on here. Not that anything was offensive: just very bland. Give it a try if you must, but I likely won't be havin' it again.

 914 characters

Photo of MMAJYK
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow color with minimal head, but what is there is bright white. Totally transparent. Lacing is somewhat present on the sides of the glass.

S- Sour hops. Also, some floral and citurs smells there, but not alot like most pale ales. Caramel is very light, but is also present.

T- Semi bitter hops. Citrus and florals are there as specified in the nose.

M- Low carbonation (possibly from the tap) and is oily.

D- Does not go one way or another. Just average to me.

Overall- Just Ok. Decent ale, but is somewhat watery to me. It may be because this was from the tap, but I will definitely give another try to distinguish if this is indeed true.

 658 characters

Photo of kajerm
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours gold-amber with a foamy two-finger head. The aroma is surprisingly malty, with some light and slightly roasted malts. There is a considerable cascade hop presence. I like gin, so I was interested to try this, but I honestly can't smell any juniper.

Tastes like it smells, but a bit hoppier. Finishes with hop bitterness. The juniper is perceptible at the very end as a slight piney note that I would have mistaken for pacific northwest hops if my friend hadn't point it out.

The moutfeel is dry and a little slick, with mild carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but hardly a juniper beer.

 632 characters

Photo of prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a nice golden to copper color. Foamy one finger head had short retention. Not a lot of lacing to speak of.

Smell: It's pretty light on the nose. It has a floral scent to it, which I'm sure is the Juniper coming through. There are a few light citrus scents as well (a little orange or mango). Definitely a bit of hops in there.

Taste: Initially, it has a sweet taste to it. Some of it seems to come from the citrus notes. The remainder possibly stems from the Juniper. It certainly has a sweeter taste than other pale ales on the market. Hops add a decent bitter taste, but not as bitter as I'd prefer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. I think it's a tad to sweet to session, but it's fairly drinkable. Carbonation seems very light. Overall, it's okay. Not one of my favorites from Rogue, but it's worth a try.

 845 characters

Photo of elricorico
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this one is fairly pale yellow, leaning just a little toward orange. The head is white and fizzy, and not very thick.

The smell is certainly flowery from the hops. That being said, past the first impression, the smell is not very potent. Digging deep gives a touch of citrus to the mix.

The taste is a bit thin up front, the malts don't seem to be lighting up my tastebuds. As it progresses a hoppy mix takes over. Citrus mostly, and some pine flavour. Berry flavour begins to show itself as the beer warms. Then something strange tasting on the very back of the tongue, that seems to hang indefinitely. An unusual mix of pleasant and not so pleasant. I guess it is pretty average in this department.

The mouthfeel is light, with plenty of carbonation. It seems suitable for this beer, but nothing great.

This one doesn't go down too quickly for me, but does get better as I progress through the bomber. Not bad, but I but I don't see myself buying it again.

 997 characters

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer, because I've been looking at it for a while and I was having some wings and I thought it would be a great pair. I really enjoyed the little juniper bite in there! It was very drinkable and enjoyable. it went well with wings, but not sure what else I'd like it with. This is a beer I'll have once a year in the right situation! Not bad!

 354 characters

Photo of Samp01
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a medium slowly dissipating white head. Aroma and Taste is biscuit malt, sweet light berries notes, and some yeast, Some light bitterness in the taste. Palate is a medium body, slightly crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet light fruity notes, some yeast, biscuit malt and some hops bitterness for balance, a bit of nutty notes. Overall an average brew, nothing special about this brew.

 453 characters

Photo of Cresant
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. There was a light haze in the golden body. Crisp white head of an inch left sheets of lace.

Smell was not surprisingly, pine. Very floral. Butter and pepper. Interesting.

Taste had a nice bitter bite. Aspirin linger. Buttery. Some noticeable malts presence but primarily in the bitter range.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium bodied. Some slickness after the swallow. Interesting but not one I would really seek out again.

 487 characters

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent flavored pale ale, but nothing to write home about.

Pours a medium gold/copper in color, slightly hazy with notable carbonation. Has a thick fizzy white head that receded into a thin cap halfway through the pint. Nose is quite hoppy, lots of floral aromatics. Taste is also hoppy with a thick oily malt body. The juniper isnt very noticable, slightly spicy in the aftertaste but I'm thinking the hops really overtook the flavor overall.


 461 characters

Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost completely clear gold color with a small white head. Smell is very faint. Some sweetness and very light hops. Not sure I'm getting any juniper from the nose.. Taste is pretty balanced for a pale, perhaps bordering on the malty side. Noticeable sweetness and light hop flavors and bitterness towards the finish with an overall lively, crisp mouthfeel. Pretty muted flavor overall, but nice, and very drinkable. I'm not too sure on the flavor of juniper but I didn't get anything that bowled me over and screamed juniper berry. Nice pale ale.

 547 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light golden honey, think creamy head.

S - Sweet brioche, touch of pine.

T - Super bitter opening. Bring pine resin, lightly waxy mid profile. Oak and juniper finish.

M - Light body with a booze stringency.

D - Great hop character but the bitterness slows you way down.

 277 characters

Photo of shand
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a mug.

This is a great looking pale. It pours a pale straw color with two fingers of fluffy head that retain and lace very, very well. The smell is a little closer to average, however. Grains, malts, and fruits dominate the nose. There's a distinct lack of hops here for something billing itself as a pale ale. If I really stick my nose into it, I can get a little bit of a hop sharpness. The taste is also basically average. The taste is also below par. It's actually just pretty bland. The biggest taste here is the berry sweetness. I can't really pinpoint it as juniper, though. There's also a bit of a floral aspect to the taste, and some smooth malts on the backend. Hops? Not here. But really, the dominating flavor is the "free range coastal waters". Disappointing.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid though, it's on the lighter side and satisfyingly carbonated. The drinkability is also pretty high, at the very least this still remains somewhat enjoyable and easy to drink. A disappointing beer from Rogue. I can't really call it a bad beer, it just lacks flavors. An amped up formula here would be appreciated.

 1,152 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a sparse, foamy head about half an inch on pour that disappears as I write this. Not sure if I was expecting a nose full of gin smells, but I am pleasantly surprised by the subtle aromas; flowery and a hint of hops. The juniper absolutely comes through on the taste, and actually overpowers any taste of hops. It has a weird dynamic of being flowery and sour at the same time, and that doesn't necessarily blend all that well together. There is also a note of roasted barley somewhere deep down in the taste. The beer is dry and a bit harsh in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. Rough on the finish, this might be a tough bomber to polish off.

 735 characters

Photo of rundocrun
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Paired it with some baked curry-coconut chicken.

A - pours somewhere between honey-gold and coppery orange. two fingers of pristine white head that fade slowly. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S - Not too much to smell here. Some citrusy hops and possibly the juniper coming through. It's slightly earthy and piney. Not too sure though.

T - Mildly sweet up front with a bready flavor following through the middle. Hop bitterness hits the sides of the tongue first followed by the earthy, lemongrass character of their hops. A bit of a tanginess is also present here. Not sure if that's the juniper berries or not.

M - Thin body with a juicy, quenching finish (uncharacteristic for an IPA). Good carbonation.

 760 characters

Photo of xnicknj
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into large tulip

Clear golden pour with a fluff of white head resting on top, leaving some thin retention and spotty lacing on the glass.

Piny, floral hoppy nose with sprucy, juniper notes. The evergreen tree aspect is subdued, but still apparent, alongside a mild toasted grain backbone.

Mellow pine and floral hop bitterness up front kisses the tongue, followed by spruce and juniper notes. Grainy, toasted backbone with hints of bread, caramel and sweetness. Finishes a bit herbal with a lingering notion of...well, trees.

Medium body, decent carbonation, crisp and clean on the tongue. I was able to detect some juniper elements here, but I was really hoping for some more expressive flavor, especially in the hop profile.

 746 characters

Photo of thedoubler55
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden copper in color, with a nice transparency to it, has almost no head at all, and left just a tiny bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong hints of lemon zest and grapefruit, following with some pine notes as well, the hops were present on the nose, no juniper though.

T: The balance of the beer was not to bad, the lemon and citrus were present throughout, hints of pine on the tongue as well, slight breadyness also. Still no juniper, that I noticed at least.

M: Medium Bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O: Nothing great about this beer, easy drinker, but was expecting different flavors from the herbal notes but didnt find them.

 648 characters

Photo of RJLarse
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a gold color and slightly hazy. A small tight foamy head tops the brew but is not very resilient.

Smell is faint. A bit of a mild vinegar smell.

Taste is bitter but bland. Juniper flavor I guess.

Mouthfeel is a dry thin feeling. It's light and not filling.

A drinkable pale ale, but average. The juniper gimmick doesn't do much for it.

 410 characters

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner. Nice vanilla head with minimal lacing. nice and simple golden color. Smells good and malty with good hops. The taste is nice and buttery, maybe caramel. Lots of carbonation and very drinkable. regular mouthfeel. Overall nice beer, its a rogue what can I say. I recommend it to anyone.

 305 characters

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.