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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,224 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 30
Gots: 51 | 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:
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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1/5  rDev -72.3%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.3%

JayMillerWild, Feb 19, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.3%

TimCasby, Jan 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.3%

Lob, Feb 28, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -65.4%

MonicaC, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -64%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Straw pale bright golden color. about 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. straw and dry biscuit on the nose. the flavor follows up with the same flavors up front. decent carbonation light to medium in body. slight juniper berry after taste on the finish but it's barely perceivable.

completely disappointing, tastes like a very standard pale ale just a touch different. rogue needs to add some variety between styles besides just adding a dash of something.

dry piney finish. drinkable but not worth the exclusivity of being a separate beer on the rogue roster.

jtierney89, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of harrymel
1.65/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled: unk

A: golden with a finger of white foam which falls nearly immediately to a broken sheet of the same with cobweb lace. Nearly murky.
S: some juniper berries. plenty of amber malts. meh.
T: Hints of juniper again, but mostly, malts. Sweet.
M: Heavy for a pale ale, low carb. Substantial slick on the finish.
O: Yeah, this is pathetic. I hate beer that is not tasty. I hate beer even more, that is not even close to it's labels indication.

harrymel, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Josh
1.8/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - I poured the beer more heavy handed than I should have and it had about 3 1/2 fingers of head. The color was a dirty yellow, not quite opaque. It resembled dehydrated urine. The head died down pretty quickly and left blotches of foam on the top.

S - It smells like an average American lager but with an oily twinge.

T - The taste is slightly pungent and has an oily bitter flavor. It reminds me of the taste of leaves, grass, or an unripened berry you may have accidentally tried as a kid. I actually don't like the taste, and I do not think it would grow on me. For some it might be a pleasurable change, but this beer is simply not for me.

M - Mouthfeel was average carbonation and slightly oily.

O - Terrible beer on my palette. It wasn't the quality, just the taste does not suit my liking.

Josh, Mar 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

TaylorK, Oct 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

Mikeb8, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of diablo14
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Tastes like a mediocre ale with a shot of mediocre gin tipped into it. Say no more.

diablo14, Sep 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

hozersr, Sep 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of rickyleepotts
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am a big fan of Rogue… and I am sure this one will be good. The name of the beer has me excited, as I am just starting to get into gin. Gin is pretty much juniper… in a glass. From the nose to the flavor, juniper is what produces a good, drinkable and enjoyable gin. I am new to gin, but I know Rogue makes a gin. The gin they make is actually produced at the Newport brewery. Anyway, I am hoping this beer has a hint of juniper… because now I am craving gin!

In the Glass: It looks like an unfiltered wheat beer. I am hooked on the Fretzys unfiltered wheat. This is what it reminds me of. The head is decent, at best, and the lace is almost nonexistent. But it looks clean, crisp, and drinkable. I will tell you, since I am such a hop head, pale ales are not in my routine when it comes to drinking a beer. I prefer the deeper darker imperial IPAs over a pale any day of the week.

Nose: I want it to smell, and taste, like gin. I know that the beer simply uses the juniper berries, but still. Rogue makes gin, too. Maybe it will smell like gin. It doesn't. It smells like any typical pale ale. Not bad, but also not great. Maybe it will taste like gin!

Flavor: I was just talking to someone on Google+ about this beer. He said it was "piney". I am not getting that at all. Last night I had a bottle of the Alpine Super IPA… and THAT is piney. It was like sniffing and drinking a glass of pine needles. But this one is pretty much boring. There isn't much flavor here. For using the same berry as the gin, I am a little disappointed.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty bad. It has a ton of carbonation, and is an uncharacteristic pale ale. As soon as it hits your lips, the small bubbles attack your tongue. It reminds me of a brettanomyces. Anyone that knows me knows I can't stand a brett.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is there and gone again. Not much of an aftertaste. I wanted it to be longer, more piney… like the guy on Google+ said. But it just wasn't. Coming from Rogue, a typically incredible brewery, I am very disappointed in this bottle.

We brought quite a few bottles with us from Indiana… we have two left. Both of those beers are boring, but once we get through those, we can go shopping again!!! That is my favorite part. I like having the beer in our fridge staring at me saying, "Please drink me." OK… I will! Bottoms up, people!

Juniper Pale Ale - The bottle says: "NA"

rickyleepotts, Sep 24, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

WoodburyMN, Jan 10, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

icehawk, Aug 10, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 06, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

SoupKitchenBeerSnob, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a light dusting and collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet honey and bready malts with a little spice (juniper?). Not much to smell as it warms.

The flavor is a little honey sweetness in the background with a medium harsh bitterness that dominates. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very watery texture that washes out the flavor.

Overall, an OK pale. It's pretty bitter, but no real interesting flavors and it's very watery.

Beaver13, Aug 12, 2010
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2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

$5.49 for a bomber. Brewed with Northwest Harrington, Crystal, Triumph, Maier Munich, C15 malts. Hopped with Styrian Goldings and Amarillo. Flavored with Juniper berries.

OG=13 plato. 34 IBU. 77 AA. 3.2 Lovibond.

Pours out to a chill-hazed peach, forming a rocky pale yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is odd...there is a definite soapiness imparted by the juniper, but aside from that, there is a definite ruddiness and very strong cardboard smell. Not impressed at all. The mouthfeel is lively, and thankfully not oxidized with a medium body. The taste starts off with some floral hops, then a brief flash of pale malts, then overpowered by a plain chemical bitterness and finishes with damp musty cardboard and dank forest soil. Bitterness is medium strong and somewhat harsh.

I'd be hard pressed to tell you this was made with juniper, which is a contrast to Rogue's otherwise genuine knack for bringing out the best flavors when using adjunctive ingredients (chocolate, chamomile, chipotle peppers). Ultimately, this beer is a total disappointment, just like the last few Rogue's I've had. Definitely not recommended.

Mitchster, Jul 31, 2006
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 17, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

mdevonshire, Jan 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

PieOhMy, Mar 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

BigGold, Feb 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
80 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.