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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,306
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 42
Gots: 102 | 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
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Reviews: 676 | Hads: 1,306
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, cracker, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and juniper berry notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, cracker, light pine, and floral earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, cracker, biscuit, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of hop, malt, and juniper berry flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance of hop, malt, and juniper berry flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BeernerdJeff
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer for the first time tonight at a restaurant. This is a solid beer that went really well with my meal.

Poured golden into a standard pint glass. Had a very small white head that didn't last long.

Smells of juniper, honey, malt and slight fruitiness. Nice smell overall.

Taste is really clean and crisp. Upfront, I get a strong juniper flavor followed by honey, floral hops and citrus. Slight bitterness. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Good carbonation.

I will definitely have this beer again. It's refreshing and I could easily put back several of these. Would like to try this one on draft.

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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with medium retention, but keeping a constant ring.
Light aroma of juniper berries, honey and papaya.
Taste mostly follows nose, bitter flavor with notes of papaya, subtle juniper berries, caramel, apple puree, flowers, rogue yeast and biscuit malt. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
This beer is alright, though not at the same level as other Rogues. Nice to know how a beer with Juniper tastes, which was a more common ingredient in the past. The one I had a while ago seemed fresher with less papaya (this is due in 6 months).

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Photo of BWED
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Pale goldenrod and unfiltered. Weak white head dies quickly.

S- Earthy evergreen comes out first in the nose. A hint of caramel and grainy malt.

T- Toasted malts with a bite of evergreen, I'm assuming the juniper. Bitterness is light.

M- Dull bitterness throughout, and the finish is long.

O- Just not that impressed with this one. The bitterness is dull and not that pleasant, and there isn't really much flavor.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with a small white head that doesnt last long.

Smell is basic pale ale. Floral hops, honey, juniper, and bit of maltiness.

Taste is clean as a whistle. Bright and crisp floral hops, vague juniper berry, some orange, and honey.

Mouthfeel is light as has a refreshing palate presence. Medium carbonation.

Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of Steff_Wantz
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange yellow colored with thick white head of foam

S: citrus, fruity, hop aroma, also I get a hint of honey from the smell

T: light, sweet, smooth, berries, honey, no bitterness

M: covers your palate with honey and fruit

O: It is a really enjoyable beer, reminds me of Spring time and has a great drink ability. I absolutely love this beer because it is surprisingly light, the experience I have with Rogue is usually a large big beer taste (which I typically favor). I like the strong fruit flavors from this beer.

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Photo of Hammer35
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color. Pale head with very little retention and very little lacing. Almost no visible carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and floral. Apple-like aroma.

Taste: Fruity and light with a slight apple flavor. No discernible pine flavor despite the juniper. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, but highly carbonated.

Overall: Fruity and light. Not what I was expecting at all out of a winter seasonal brewed with juniper. Reminds me slightly of a witbier.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange, low head, somewhat sticky.
Big herbal smell, definitely juniper berries, pine, citrus, ripe fruit and flowers, also caramel malts.
Big green herbs straight from the beginning, with tons of grass, pine and the juniper berries spicy, astringent and prickly. Big floral notes. Fruit is next, with peach, tangerine and red apple, but way weaker than the herbal notes. Spiciness is also pretty one-sided. Pale malts, with a light sweetness. The hops are really bitter in the finish, with a metallic aftertaste which i wasn't expecting and isn't too pleasant.
Drinks like a nice ale, medium carbonation. Really dry in the finish after a few more sips.
A decent new one for me, but can't say it rocked my world.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Juniper pale ale pours a darker golden color with a small lacing head. There is a dry fruity aroma, with a sharp malt notes. The taste has a sharp and strong malty backbone, with some juniper flavors coming through near the end, finishes dry, which I like. Good flavors, good body, but cheap beer base. Overall its almost a good beer, I like the juniper flavors, but the cheap beer base really hurts this.

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Photo of apants007
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

hazy apple juice yellow with a thin large bubble head. smells pretty good, a little bit of crunchy fruit and a bit of grass - that might be the juniper - I'm not sure I would be able to pick out the juniper smell without knowing it was there already. likewise with the taste. i think i got some juniper flavor - but i was looking for it. tastes like a pilsner with a little bit of lawn clipping. i like it and would not turn one down, but as this isn't one of rogue's most common beers there will probably be something I'd prefer if I'm in a place that has it.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow golden filtered, medium low carbonation, 5 fingers of light fluffy off white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

S: Juniper berries, skunk, malt.

T: Juniper berries, malt, American IPA hops, metallic, a clean bitter finnish.

M: Medium resinous body, medium low carbonation.

O: A unique American ale with some juniper flavours. Reminds me most of an American IPA with slightly more bittering hops. Love the bottle.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Utobeer, London (£3.00):
Bright amber with a 1.5cm creamy head that holds well & leaves some nice lacing.

Herbal with berries (namely juniper), citrus and some caramel malts. There is a sweetness and lots of floral notes with a hint of perfume.

Floral taste and a lot of juniper berries coming through. There is a sweet taste to it with hoppy bitterness and an almost perfume like taste that is slightly reminiscent of gin. Some stronger malts and a little bit of caramel once the beer has had time to warm up a little and some pine and floral hops also become apparent.

Light medium in body with soft carbonation and a pleasant floral mouthfeel. Quite juicy and refreshing on the palate and one that goes down quite nicely.

A strange but enjoyable beer with an unusual balance between the berries and the sweet malts that seems to follow it in both the taste and smell. A nice one but perhaps one that could have been a little stronger throughout.

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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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Got this from a current trip to Iowa at Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids; a beer from Rogue that I've never had before. Also my first beer brewed with juniper berries. Expectations are in the average range.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a very light pale yellow-lemon-orange colored body with about two fingers of fluffy doughy white foam for a head. Some very fine yeast particles floating in the glass and some bubbles slowly streaming topside. Some thin scattered lacing.

S - Nose is fairly underwhelming. A dash of tart berry from the juniper berries, bready, flowery, buttered biscuit malts, corn grains, and some light herbal hoppiness from the amarillo hops. Smell is almost pilsner-esque in some ways.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweet breadiness, biscuit malts, some bitter hoppiness, earth, the traditional Rogue pacman yeast type taste, and perhaps some grape skin like flavor from the juniper berries.

M - Feel is decent. Crisp carbonation with some lingering bready malts and dry bitter hops.

Overall, an average outing from Rogue; it's easy to see why this beer gets overlooked. I've never had a juniper berry, so I don't know what they would taste like, but I'm disappointed there isn't much more of that flavor present here. Rogue brews far better beers than this one, and a lot of people don't give them love anyway. Either way, I'd say it is a beer worth trying at least once. Tickers gonna tick and all.

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of medicinewheel
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First time I had seen this by Rogue- at the Swingbridge beer and wine Topsail Island NC.
Purchased 7/11/13.

Never had a Juniper before or heard of this one by Rogue even, though I love a lot of their product.

Reasonable price, bought a 6 pack cold.

First beer took a bit of getting used to- however after the 1st, I was hooked and really savored the remaining 5. Cannot find Juniper in Eastern PA. I feel this was a sessionable and very good Pale Ale and would recommend giving it a try for sure.

Mouthfeel was great- good carbonation but not overly done of course, I felt it was a very well balanced beer as well, Juniper evident but not overwhelming to the hops, finished nicely. Good summer sipping beer and very enjoyable, different from your run of the mill pale ales.

Definitely recommend a try- Rogue always has quality and it comes through here too.
7/14/2013 review

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

. It is a somewhat clear apple juice colored ale. The smell was very piney. I couldn’t get anything else out of it than pine. Taste wise, it is not as piney as it smells. It is a little malty and is pretty smooth. im not going to say this is a great beer, but it is pretty good.


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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

hazy honey color. thin white head leaving some lacing. doesn't
foam up a lot and what does settled quickly

piney. a little hoppy. not a whole lot of fragrance. very subtle.

floral. spice. a little hops. a little pine. sweet then bitter. almost
warm to the tongue. metallic aftertaste - the only thing i don't
really like about it.

medium body and carbonation. juicy.

liked the combination of floral and spice with subtle hops and
bitterness. like the initial taste and mouth taste, not the
aftertaste so much.

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Photo of acevenom
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dull hazy yellow with a thick white head and lots of streaming bubbles. There are some nice bready malt aromas with some floral hop aromas. I also get some of that juniper in the nose. The bready malt provides some nice flavor and there's some sweetness. I get some of that juniper as well, but it's not powerful. I get some of that spiciness that is presumably coming from the juniper, which plays well with all the flavors here.The bready malt provides some nice flavor and there's some sweetness. I get some of that juniper as well, but it's not powerful. I get some of that spiciness that is presumably coming from the juniper, which plays well with all the flavors here. The body is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is dry and the drinkability is high. This is a good and refreshing beer.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass. Enjoyed at PiBar, the best beer bar of Switzerland, located in Lausanne.

A: Pours a clear orange color forming a medium white bubbled head. Medium retention and some lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet and spicy in the nose. A bit fruity too. Caramel, pale malts, crystal and roasted malts. Grassy hops. Delicious notes of herby Juniper

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of caramel, honey, toffee, pale malts, crystal malts and caramel malts. Fruity: Notes of orange. And herby: Juniper (I suppose). Good moderate bitterness. Pale Ale in the limit of an IPA

M: Light body to medium body, good carbonation and a bitter and bit spicy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Rogue's quality. Recommended

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Photo of Neorebel
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sunny yellow/orange hue with decent clarity. The initial 1/2" head is retained fairly well, with a little bit of lacing clinging to the glass. In the aroma I could pick up sweet maltiness, a spray of citrus and a little bit of the juniper. After a taste, I get sweet bread out of this, and European hop bitterness. The finish comes off as herbal and is where one mostly tastes the juniper. It's very subtle, I wish it was more dominant. This beer is primarily an APA, and there are better ones out there. Still worth a try if you want a dash of something different in the mix.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, orangish, small head with good lacing

Aroma: Malt; citrus; light juniper

Taste: Malty; citrusy; very slight juniper notes; finishes slightly hoppy; tasty and good for a session beer, but nothing special

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Oakenator
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy lemon yellow with loose champagne head that settles to decent film that laces.
Piss, pine, rind and hay on the nose.
Sour grain and saltine with big grapefruit hops.
Lemon-spruce finish and stinging linger.
LIght, crisp, sharp, clean.

A very pale and lean APA, more like a lager. Nothing here tastewise that couldn't have come from an overdose of hops, so I'm not sure I get the pine of juniper. Not bad, but not what I expected or wanted. And far more summer than winter.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep gold with an adequate head and minimal retention. Some minimal lacing as you drink.

Smell: Hoppy and piney and a little floral.

Taste: Dominant pine and hops upfront, then ends more on the malty side with a mild sweetness. It leans on the dry side. There’s a very slight taste to this that reminds me of the hint of a pilsner somewhere in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but feels right for the taste of the beer, crisp and carbonated. Sticks to the tongue a bit at the end.

Overall: I’m classifying this in the “it’s a good craft beer to try for craft beer newbies weaning themselves off of Bud Light” category. It’s nothing extraordinary to a seasoned craft palette – it’s got some flavor, but it’s got a slight underlying taste that falls in line with something that tastes similar to a domestic. It’s got better flavor and hoppiness to it though, which shouldn’t come off too strong for a newbie palette. Would definitely be a good lawn-mowing beer on a hot summer day when you need something crisp and refreshing. Good session beer.

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