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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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1,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,162
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

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Photo of NilocRellim


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ale was poured out from the bottle into a pint glass. Appeared cloudy and golden yellow in colour. Aroma was reminiscent of green olives; earthy and salty. Hints of citrus hop, juniper, and floral notes detected. Ale tasted similar to a nut brown ale in smoothness and nutty flavour. Light in body. Sweet malts and spices were present with a lingering roasty aftertaste. Interesting flavour phases.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 20:00:16 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of glid02


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Market Square Liquors in Tallahassee.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a one-finger white head. Head recedes into a thin layer of bubbles on top with a relatively thick ring around the glass.

Smells malty and spicy with a slightly metallic aroma. Not that great, but certainly interesting.

Has a slightly sweet malty taste with a slightly spicy taste, actually it seems more tangy than spicy. There's a slightly metallic taste in there somewhere. There's a little hop bitterness at the end, and the bitter aftertaste sticks around for quite a while.

Mouthfeel isn't good or bad. Decently thick but the carbonation is a bit much.

Drinkability is actually alright. It's certainly not a bad beer, and the taste is different enough to drink it down pretty easily.

Overall this beer isn't great, but it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 02:29:29 | More by glid02
Photo of ectomorph


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours orange and gold with a thin white head and mild lace.

S - Piney citrus and bread like balance.

T - Malty with a light hop bitter kick. I taste the berries in the aftertaste more than anywhere else.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little watery.

D - Much better than expected. I would love another.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 22:40:32 | More by ectomorph
Photo of HopDerek


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at TDR Spring House in a pint glass.

Appears honey yellow in color with a nice thick head that quickly dissipates into a layer of thin lacing. Smells of sweet bread, some citrusy hops, and a bit of fruit. Taste is yeasty up front followed by some citrus, a hint of the juniper, and then a nice sweet finish. Medium in body and very smooth, moreso when it warms up. Easy to drink, though not something I'd rush out to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 18:53:57 | More by HopDerek
Photo of suncrust


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale sunshiny yellow color. Very golden incandescent bottom, with a darker honey near the head. Light, straw colored head that left little lacing. This beer looked like a summery ginger ale mixed cocktail.

S- Nose immediately hit me with fresh honeycomb, pine, and lemon atop a pale malt backbone. I noticed as it warmed more of a citrus element to the hops and faint blackberries. Lots of dried, crusted honey.

T- Smooth, moderately earthy pale malt flavor with light grass and hay that meld with spicy fruit and honey. Finishes with a surprisingly crisp hop kick of pine, spruce, and mint; the spicy bitterness is an enjoyable balance to the flavor hops. Sweeter characters of light fruits, biscuits, and apricots shined even more as it warmed.

MF- Clean flavor profile with a sweet, slightly oily body. Surprising lingering hop activity on the tongue with an aftertaste of faint menthol and mint in the throat. Banana like wax texture pairs with a mild syrupy body.

O- A gentle, earthy, plant-like pale ale with some added fruity sweetness and spice. Still had body, mouthfeel was a bit odd, but this could be a great beer for an occasion or food pairing, or even to throw at someone who typically prefers wine or sugary cocktails. Maybe this could act as a gateway beer?

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 16:42:06 | More by suncrust
Photo of aracauna


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'd like to try this one again. Very unusual for the type of beer it was. The addition of the slight juniper/evergreen taste to the lighter beer was not unpleasant. I'd have to drink it again to say if I really liked it or if it was just another beer that was a little better than the rest, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 21:10:23 | More by aracauna
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Body is a slightly hazy yellow that turns to gold in the middle of the glass. Lots of carbonation visible. Head is a good size, sticky and rocky looking. A small cap retains for a good long while.

Aroma is surprisingly mild. There are some faint piney hops and a bit of bread.

Taste has a surprising amount of bread-like malts, with some mild peppery notes. Very light hop floral bitterness. Yeast and biscuit on the finish. Juniper is buried deep beneath the other flavours.

Mouthfeel is medium to light body, nice carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

This is a decent pale ale, fairly quenching if perhaps a touch on the sweet side. Goes down easily enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 16:37:04 | More by nighthawk
Photo of germaniac


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up during a June Rogue SFO trip.
Pours a hazy, goldish, orange. Smells of malt and citrusy hops, neither one to excess, creating a nice balance. Tastes of a faint honey sweetness along with a minimal hop bitterness and malt smoothness, with a crisp, tart bite at the finish. Different from other Rogue brews, but good just the same.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 23:38:08 | More by germaniac
Photo of ozzyCobblepot

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pale ale? Maybe a little haze, but this one is too golden and translucent to be called a pale ale in my book, so I got to take it down a notch. But I'd be lying to say this doesn't look crispy and delicious. Slight &
S: The slight gin flavor seems to broaden and deepen the hops while keeping everything somewhat muted.
T: You would expect a more interesting taste, but even so it's a nice, mellow flavor, even keeled and balanced.
M: Crispy, bubbly. Well-developed, but easily distinguished as an evolving flavor.
D: I drink a six pack of Sierra Nevada, and I'm feeling like I've eaten a big meal. These pale ales go down easy but leave your tongue wanting it bit more. Just to say it's not too heavy but has a somewhat satisfying taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:56:26 | More by ozzyCobblepot
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 02:13:50 | More by fezmeister
Photo of cdkrenz


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pale copper body, Head starts out at almost two inches tall and fades at a snail's rate. White head in a foamy and frothy texture.

S - Strong aroma of lightly roast grains. Quite inviting but not what I had really expected considering the name, Juniper,

T - Easy going malt flavor leading into a strong pine hops. There's a strong after-taste of bitterness.

M - The feel is rather inviting. It has a soft texture accented by a slight coarseness along either side of my tongue.

~ This is a lightly malted and easily drinkable beer. The after-taste leaves a hint to be desired but overall, this is a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:21:05 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i was pretty dissapointed in this one. being a big gin fan, i was really hoping rogue would put out some kind of gin-like beer explosion but wow did this fall short of expectations. pours a urine like yellow. no real smell, slight juniper but only very very slight. the flavor is smooth and not overpowering. there just isn't much flavor there to work with. maybe with a kicked up juniper flavor this could be really enjoyable, but right now it was just great.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2007 18:58:34 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never was one for gin, but thankfully this beer bears little semblance to gin.

Nice golden amber colour with a good head. Smell is fairly bland. Malt, with hop traces and and a faint piney smell from the juniper.

Decent pale ale taste, with a faint piney, semi-sweet taste. Nothing spectacular, but certainly a tasty twist on a standard flavour.

The piney taste does make this a little hard to swallow, and this certainly isn't for everybody.

On-tap at the Rogue Alehouse in Portland.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2007 03:24:18 | More by BDTyre
Photo of clayrock81


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the bomber bottle into my glass and received a dark gold body with a two-finger head that stayed with the beer and left minor lacings. A dry, hoppy smell with some floral aromas and some citrus to it also, but nothing too descript. Not the greatest tasting brew, but it has a fuller citrus flavor from the juniper and there is a nice malt mix to give it a full body. A little too hoppy and dry on the back end makes it a little less smooth than it should be, but it goes down easy. Just a little too dry and not as sweet as I though - just not something I would repeatedly buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 20:16:36 | More by clayrock81
Photo of slyke


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head that laces a little bit after fading to a thin cap.

A note of juniper is definitely in the aroma, but so are hops. rankly I was hoping for more of the juniper with this one.

Taste is good. This is a nice example of a northwest U.S. pale ale with a twist.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

Drinkability is decent with this beer. I'd drink it again if it were offered, but I doubt I'll seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 18:14:46 | More by slyke
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid light coppery color with a finger of head that falls to a nice coat over top. Nose is defintaly APA. Earthy and slightly sweet hop, with a moderate caramel sweetness from the malt. Flavor is a little light. There is a moderate sweet citrusy hop, moderate bitter on the finish with a hint of the juniper flavor right at the end. I'd like a touch more robustness in the flavor. Feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty nice brew. Nothing really keeps it down, but I would like more flavor boldness.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 01:42:30 | More by kmpitz2
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour, quite pale, more so than I expected. Massive rocky head, lots of lace, and vigorous carbonation. Looks great. Smell is less amazing, but not really offensive. Very earthy malt nose, slight caramel sweetness, some floral notes, and for lack of a better term, the forest after a light rain.

Taste is much more hoppy than I expected, but piney, resiny hops. Bitter and sour is the name of the game here. It's strange, but even though the flavour is a bit awkward, it reminds me of the Pacific Northwest in a big way. Wet leaves, pine, forest, grass, earth. There is a little bit of clover honey sweetness in the back but the malt presence is light and dosen't really shine through much. Taste mellows as the beer warms but this is definitely a unique one. Not offensive, just different. Mouthfeel is very drying and light bodied. Not a heavy beer but it's a little sticky. Carbonation is a little bit high in my opinion. I'm not sure if more than one of these would be in order, but it's not a dreadful brew. Very unique and worth trying at least once. It reminds me of nature and all the things my Grandfather loves.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 05:11:34 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale ale infused with Juniper berries. Immediately I thought of a gin and tonic/pale ale hybrid. I guess I was wrong.

A: Dark copper/gold with a moderate, bright white head that leaves ample lacing. Not a typical looking brew. Nice.

S: An unique herbal/floral note is dominate, along with some mild hops and funky yeast.

T: It's hard to put my finger on this one, because while it's not abrasive or hard to drink, it has an odd aftertaste, probably because of the juniper, that I can't quite describe. It's like a dull hops bite, but not by the hops. Different, for sure.

M: A little thin in the body, and could be a bit more carbonated, at least for my taste.

D: This isn't a bad brew to split a six pack with friends, but I think the unusual floral accents might get tiresome after 2 or 3. Something I would drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try and find it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:11:24 | More by irishking1977
Photo of RedDiamond


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate the concept inherent in this herbal beer; however, this ale is less charismatic than most of Rogue’s other efforts. Juniper Pale Ale (also known as Yellow Snow) is clouded chamomile color with a relaxed sudsy head and broad draping lace. It tastes like a clean and handsome pale ale in a curious juniper dress. An agreeable curiosity and a welcome diversion, but not a standout on Rogue’s roster.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2005 01:34:23 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of DrDemento456


3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a bomber of this for 5 bucks at my local House of 1,000 beers.

A - A fairly clear dark red tinted yellow with some haze among its bubble body. Head has great lacing despite of just being a 1/4 inch that settles to a ring.
S - Has a sort of berry nose to it so it's not your typical pale ale. Other than that it smells of sweet malts, mild hops, and some bready body.
T - Well it goes down easy enough dispute the hops or whatever bitters they use (taste like spruce tips) It does have a sweet enough body to balance this bitterness but I can't really seem to enjoy it. Reminds me of licking an envelope in a way with BMC metallic-ness.
M - Very easy going its bubbly, crisp, and light to medium in body.

Overall in a way I am happy this beer is not skunked since I left it in the backseat of a hot car overnight but its close to it with bitters and pale malts it's just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:39:05 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of hopsaplenty


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy sunset gold. Short, crackling head of loosely packed off-white bubbles of mixed sizes. Slow to settle, eventually falling to a tall collar and a handful of scattered dust. Citrusy floral hop aromas and a touch of sweet malt. Floral citrus hops lead the flavor with a bit of raw bitterness. There is a lingering spiciness in the finish that has a tingly quality about it and is a bit peppery. No obvious signs of juniper berries. The hops are the main flavor contributor. The finish is a bit drying and the hops linger a short while. Medium-light body with nice, tingly carbonation. As a pale ale this was ok, but I could not detect any juniper berries which was the reason I decided to try it in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 12:43:04 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of KeefD


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber-orange color with straw yellow highlights around the edges. Two inches worth of foam and lots of lacing down the glass. Looks nearly perfect. Smell is not so great. Smells like a typical pale ale, but not catching much in the way of juniper berries that are reminiscent of gin. Taste is of some sweet barley malts, good hop profile, some piney-ness, hints of spice and juniper, but nothing out of this world. Dry finish, light carbonation, and pretty easy to drink. More carbonation would make this one zing a little more. I like Rogue Ales, but this one I would probably not revisit, as I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:33:30 | More by KeefD
Photo of ckollias


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 22oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden yellow ale with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Fresh spicy hop aroma. Grassy, fruity, with hints of toffee.

T: Rich malty ale balanced nicely by citrus fruits with a dry, sweet finish. Juniper berry flavor in the background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation

O: Interesting juniper beer. Well balanced and the addition of the juniper berries makes it an extreme beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:35:58 | More by ckollias
Photo of benito


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this at the Rogue bar in Eugene, OR a few weeks ago and liked it enough to grab a bomber for home. The underlying style here is a pale ale; it's been flavored with juniper berries and, consequently, shows a clean fruity finish instead of the typical hop bitterness that characterizes APAs. It's a pale gold (the bottle says 'saffron') with a huge, dome of a head that is well-retained throughout the pint.

The bouquet shows little sign of juniper; rather, it's filled with strong bready and buttery aromas along with a light, estery fruitiness. The malts are clearest up front on the palate, where their toasty flavors really
come through. The finish is sweetish and clean, as the hops have been reduced in favor of juniper. Strangely, there's only a slight juniper presence flavor-wise in this beer. It's effects are clear in and limited to the overall mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this beer, though I find it problematic style-wise, as it neither jives well as an APA nor as an herb/spice beer. The juniper flavors and aromas just aren't strong enough, but neither are the hops. In
a blind tasting, I could have been pretty easily convinced that this was an amber ale. Were Rogue able to keep the current appearance and overall texture of the brew while upping the juniper presence as part of the beer's aromas and flavors, this could be a classic brew.

Nonetheless, it remains a very refreshing brew from Rogue that pairs well with creamy pasta dishes.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 04:45:37 | More by benito
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good dark yellow color with a solid head with nice lacing left. Smell is much that of a usual pale ale nice crisp sweet malt with pleny of hop tones these being more of a piney and floral variety. The taste doesn't really hold any of the juniper berry qualities too strongly, if I wasn't really looking for it I might have missed it and dismissed it as hops. I would have liked it a little stronger to really display the juniper flavor. It has a good body and it is a very drinkable pale ale, I just wish they would take the bolder step and really go with the juniper.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 15:04:08 | More by Higravity
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