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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,201 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Another new installment of the Rogue line here in Alberta. Hadn't heard of this one before.

Pours out with a white head the consistency of whisked spongy cream and great retention. Thick ripples of lacing. The body is a piercing clear amber until held to the light where it transforms to a deep golden hue. The aroma is citrus rind at first, but when I go back for more I get a dose of spice, with faint grainy malt hiding in the background.

The flavour holds up its boot straps on all sides, and blends so well it takes a moment to decipher the flavour. Rich bready malt immediately joined by spicy and rindy hops, finishing with what can only be dry, mouth-puckering bitter/sour juniper berries. The mouthfeel is full, consistent, with a creamy velvety light texture that is a pleasure to come across.

A fairly solid pale ale all around, but that extra peppery spice of the juniper on the finish doesn't really do it for me in the end, I'm quite content finishing this bottle but have no huge urge to run out and grab more.

05-12-2006 03:39:05 | More by IronDjinn
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from 650 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pale golden with a hint of orange. Very thin white head quickly dissipates.
S: Lots of hop and spice. Hint of juniper...not overpowering...if anything was expecting more.
T: Nice spice and hops...again, hint of juniper, but more in the background. Fairly representative of aroma.
M: Very crisp and clean. Nice smooth mouthfeel.
D: A nice twist on a pale ale. I prefer darker brews, but for a pale ale, this was a pleasant surprise. The juniper played nicely in the background...well balanced. And I'm not sure you can get much more drinkable...excellent sessionability.

08-20-2008 23:01:44 | More by mwilbur
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wcdoyle

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Review based on tasting notes from '07 Knoxville Brewers Jam.

Poured a clear gold with a pale head. Hop-forward smell, although I missed the juniper here. The taste brought out the juniper for me, but this is a hop-heavy beer. Sharpness in the mouthful and a medium to light body. Overall, this is a nice (the good nice, not the bad "nice") choice in terms of drinkability. Different and worth trying

02-17-2008 19:50:07 | More by wcdoyle
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TrickKnee

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured a very hazy yet goldish hue. And the smell is very hoppy and you can really smell juniper, smells a lot like the forest in my honest opinion. Very good hop taste that is very crisp that is really not to overpowering. Juniper tastes very interesting as well. I would say try this at least once but it is definetly not an all the time type thing.

10-10-2006 22:19:28 | More by TrickKnee
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

22 oz bottle. Poured a dark golden color, with a moderate head that slowly receded, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is hops and some malt. Taste is hoppy with some malt sweetness. Good carbonation, and a fairly strong mouthfeel from the hops. All in all not a bad beer, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

07-12-2003 19:50:49 | More by Indybeer
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Hazy orange-ish yellow (saffron? - not really) color with a moderate to low ivory head, decent carbonation, and sheets of lace. Light floral hoppy and fruity aroma along the lines of an American Pale Ale. Decent balanced flavor but maybe a bit more bitter than anything. Crisp light-medium body with a dry finish.

Not bad but not one I'd rush out to buy. Doesn't seem as if the Juniper berries add much...

Per bottle: "Styrian Golding and Amarillo hops, and Juniper Berries", 13 Plato, 34 IBU, 77 AA, 3.2 L

Version: 2001 (on bottle)
Tasted: 08/28/03

(22 oz.)

08-29-2003 16:05:11 | More by RBorsato
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UDbeernut

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

On tap poured into pint glass

a: hazy straw yellow color, minimal head that does reduce into lacing

s: citrus aroma and hops dominate

t: slight malt sweetness quicly overpowered by hop bitterness. Slight citrus bite. Very nice, definatlty for hop heads though

m&d: medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Can be a session beer if not imtimidated by hop bitterness

Cheers!!!

12-13-2008 21:06:21 | More by UDbeernut
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shirfan

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a dark clear golden, with a mountainous, foamy, retentive head.

Aroma is mostly citric hops with a lesser sourdough note.

Having never met a juniper berry outside this beer, I'll have to take the bottle's word for their inclusion. Taste is slightly peppery, sourdough again from the malt, mild grapefruit and an evergreen-type flavor I can only assume comes from the juniper berry. Not resinous like wildly hopped brews, more of a pine-needle sensation. Finishes dry and bready.

Slightly thinner bodied than I had hoped, however this would make a good "left-field" session beer just because it's a unique concoction.

12-08-2003 23:58:06 | More by shirfan
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

re-review.

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a cloudy hazy orange colour. northwest hop aroma with some pale malt notes too. really nice full creamy mouthfeel. sessionable taste. nothing really stands out over the other. balanced. pale ale characteristics, definite rogue hops with an earthy, dry finish that i'm assuming is due to the use of juniper. a nice pale ale with a twist. the ultimate rogue session ale. tasty.

05-19-2002 19:58:09 | More by budgood1
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

Deep yellow in colour, with minimal carbonation. Mellow malty aroma. Good creamy body. Not a whole lot of juniper or gin flavor, just some nice Munich malt, and a sweet honey like taste. A good sweet v. bitter balance too. Not really what I had expected (juniper wise), but still very enjoyable.

06-22-2005 21:35:18 | More by fisherman34
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hero27

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

22oz bomber. "Yellow Snow Ale" printed on the bottle.

Somewhat hazy gold color, lots of carbonation clearly seen streaming from the bottom. Head is off-white and holds decently enough, leaving bits of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is somewhat musty malts with some light spices thrown in as well. Taste is actually floral hops up-front with some piney & spicy notes..all resting on a dusty malt profile typical of many Rogue beers. The juniper doesn't do anything for me other than try and be a purposeful off-flavor. Very clean finish and smooth all the way down. Not a bad offering from them, and an interesting pale ale, but I've had much better from Rogue.

12-10-2005 00:41:54 | More by hero27
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap @ Circa

Appearance- Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
Smell- Smells of sweet malts, some juniper spicyness, some citrisy hops.
Taste- nice mix of the flavors. The malt base is good and made better by some earthy and citrisy hop flavors and some spicy juniper berry taste at the end.
M- Very nice feel to it with the right amount of carbonation could have had a little more body to it
D: Very drinkable, dont know if i would order it again, left me wanting more flavor

09-29-2008 20:31:02 | More by bonbini26
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that pillows down.

Honey malt and barley malt compete for smell, with a fair amount of grassiness. Hints of herbs tickle the nose as well.

Bitter in an almost sour way, with much of the bitterness being up front and mid-tongue. Ends less bitter than it starts, with a spicy tingle on the tongue. Definite lemon, grass, and straw tastes, with hints of tobacco, and a slight peep of honey.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, with a fair amount of spicy tingling on the tongue and toward the back of the mouth.

Decent enough of a brew, while I like it, I won't be rudhing out to buy a six pack of this.

10-06-2010 23:20:37 | More by TheHoppiest
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dickieb

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

I haven't had anything from Rogue in a while and this one caught my eye. Pours clear amber in color with an initial big head that hangs around a little bit, and leave some good lacing. The smell is of sweet malts with some hints of lemon zest and some bready aromas. The taste starts of with some light spice followed by an average malt backbone well balanced by hops. I pick up some light juniper flavoring at the end, but if I was not looking for it I wouldnt have picked it up. This could pass as a session beer if it diddnt only come in $5 bombers, some good but not overpowering flavor and a high level of drinkability.

04-04-2008 01:32:13 | More by dickieb
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changeup45

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Ok, it doesn't look like yellow snow. Thought I'd get that out of the way... it's more like a hazy copper-orange color. Aroma is sweet and what I thought was hops. The flavor however is slightly sweet and malty, with a bitter hop bite finishing it off. Very well balanced and smooth.

08-24-2008 16:46:47 | More by changeup45
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ithacabaron

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a slightly more golden orange than "yellow snow" yellow, with a nice white head that sinks to a pilsner like film (odd).

Aroma...I almost always smell the yeast first when I smell beer, and I can tell right off the bat, even if I didn't have a label to go by, this is a Rogue offering. Love their yeast too, it's just slightly sweet and nutty. Other smells are oily, rind-like hops, and another somewhat hop-like flavor I can't figure out (which I'd assume is the juniper).

Taste is less refined that many other Rogue offerings, with a very tart, acidic rind-like hop attack, and a grainy, thinner, non ale-like malt, again, very pilsner-like. Finish lacks the malt that I think it could benefit from, but the after taste, once the lingering bitterness goes away, is quite pleasant on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is appropriate, but the carbonation seems a bit aggressive.

As with any beers that come in bombers, drinkability is limited -- but with this beer, unlike some others, I don't think I'd want more than one in a session. It was enjoyable for the duration of the bottle though.

A very odd ale, but enjoyable. I'll have to try this again -- but probably not for a while.

01-05-2004 05:10:41 | More by ithacabaron
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a clean, clear pale golden with some amber and orange highlights and a sudsy, stark white head. Great looking light beer, and leaves spotted rocky lacing in spots on the glass. Has a clean herbal bread and yeast smell with some floral notes, maybe some vinous hints. Very smooth beer that has a very light malt base followed by more herbal quality that cuts through the bitterness as it shows. The juniper is revealed mostly as the grain dissipates. The herbs and hops mix to create a light crisp finish with green grassy flavors lingering. The beer has a light to medium mouthfeel. The herbal and green qualities of this beer creates a very refreshing and delicately flavored pale ale.

12-13-2009 23:40:12 | More by Lldeegan
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured a beautiful Bright Golden color with a tight 2 finger head and some decent lacing. The aroma was faint but nice with a hint of spice, hops adn malt all balanced but far from overdone or in your face. Taste was also subtle and that was not what i was expecting. Slight spice from the Juniper, light on th ebitterness but it was there. the malts were very well balanced with the bitterness and slight sweetness. Refreshing and light to medium bodied. Overall I really liked this beer much more than I was expecting.

09-06-2012 11:20:41 | More by thepeter
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alkemy

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Out of a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a pretty hazy golden/yellow hue with a fluffy white head.

S - The hops and juniper combine to create a pretty floral bouquet. Beneath this lies some honey, lemon, and a bit of grassiness.

T - Much the same as the aroma. The juniper presents almost as an aftertaste, akin to straight gin. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing off-putting.

M - Light to medium feel. It's pretty refreshing and I'd rather have this on a hot summer day.

D - Pretty drinkable. The pale ale taste is supplemented by juniper rather than allowing the supporting role to take over.

02-04-2011 01:52:17 | More by alkemy
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold, almost amber color. Not much head but good lace. The first whiff I got upon opening the bottle was a nice hop floralness. Once in the glass I also got the rich malt aromas and some slight citrus. Flavor is what I consider a standard craft pale ale, slightly carmelized malt followed by a slightly spicy hop flavor. Nothing special, but not macroized (if thats a word) either. A bit watery but that makes it more drinkable to me as I am not a huge hop head. All in all a decent beer but nothing special.

04-11-2005 01:14:06 | More by sabrills70
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mempath

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

orangey-tinted pale ale appearance as expected...healthy head that settles into a thick ring...little lacing.

really gotta stick my nose in the tulip to get the hops. very stealthy. but another big whiff and i catch that minty/herbal oiliness i expect to taste. no juniper/gin smell that i can tell.

well, to tell the truth, i expected a really biting juniper/hop fusion but this at first taste is like a british pale...refreshing, simple...there is more going on. again, the stealthiness is not so much intriguing as it is annoying. very clean and crisp mouthfeel. quite drinkable alone or paired with almost anything (i imagine). but let me take another taste and see what reveals itself without effort on my part....finally a HINT of juniper in the finish...i think...malts in this really make the sweetness of this pale stand out. interesting but nothing really special. glad i bought the 12 oz bottle...

just doesn't seem like it can be called an 'extreme' beer.

07-26-2010 01:23:27 | More by mempath
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cabsandking

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

Found a 22oz bomber of Yellow Snow Ale that is dated 2001 on the side just sitting unrefrigderated on a shelf. I half expected there to be some skunk but I thought I'd try it anyway and it seemed to be just fine and actually pretty damn good???

Pours a pale hazy copper with a thin splotchy top. The nose is of honey toffee malt sweetness, tropical fruits, and some hoppy florals. Mellow malt character and ripe fruit start but a bitter astringent hop character moves in that is metallic and then ends with some big pine flavor. As it warms the bitterness lays down and becomes a more apparent juniper spice and toffee malt, spruce, and tart fruit notes get bigger. The finish is dry and bitter with some hop tones and juniper providing a boozy gin effect. Medium high carbonation and an even mouthfeel that is crisp on the edges.

03-08-2007 17:59:27 | More by cabsandking
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Pours clear golden yellow with a two finger frothy off-white head. Carbonation is seen rising slowly. The head has good retention and leaves a large pillow and spotty lace.

S- Pretty good. Notes of bready yeast and light malts. Lemon peel, grassy hops also make an appearance. The strength falls a bit toward the end and caramel malt takes over.

T- Light malt and bready yeast notes up front. Some citrus and grass from the hops, lemon peel as well. Juniper lends some spice and woody aspect to the beer. Caramel malt becomes big later on. A low-medium amount of bitterness is nice.

MF- Light body with a decent amount of creaminess. The medium carbonation slightly stings the tongue. Bitters coat the palate with peel notes and juniper.

DB- The Rogue price is usually pretty good, as with this one. A decently good taste with no real off-flavors. Not a ton of juniper, it is hard to notice. Just a semi-bitter pale ale. Probably wont have again but could session it.

05-20-2010 06:41:26 | More by cbutova
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

Yellow and quite fizzy, lots of big bubbles, crystal clear in complexion. Head was two fingers, frothy and white to just a touch off-yellow, had some staying power and left some pretty good lacing.

Smelled somewhat pilsner-ish, slightly floral, kinda fruity, but mostly it reminded me of a pilsner. Not bad, but not especially aromatic, and not quite what I expected from a spiced/herb beer made with juniper berries.

Taste wise it was again somewhat pilsner-ish, however it was quite pleasant nonetheless. A crisp fruity flavor is definitely present, presumably from juniper berries (I've never had one, so I'm not sure what they're supposed to taste like). Floral notes are present and forthright. There's also a light and crispy hops flavor, easy-going like a great pilsner (this seems to be a recurring theme). Spices are light, and not a big part of the experience. A little bit of malt comes through, as does some nice citrus accents (mostly lemon peel, and a little cumquat, for the sour/bitter/dry aspects), but this one is mostly light berries and lightly crispy pilsner type hops all the way.

Really as I consume the bomber, it's kinda growing on me. It's pretty light bodied, very well carbonated, and leaves a lovely, lightly bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. Moderately dry, which seems to suit what they were aiming for here.

Really I am wondering if this should really be a spiced/herb ale, or if it should just be a pilsner type style with added juniper berries (although I realize it's an ale, not a lager, but it's quite lager-like in body).

Really it's a quite lovely beer creation, but rating it "to style" as listed is a bit difficult. Therefore I'm going to go ahead and rate each category as I enjoyed it within the context of this review, and not strictly as a spiced/herb ale.

It's pretty good, that's mostly what you need to know. Definitely worth a try. I'm quite interested to see what the John-John ale tastes like for tomorrow's review, as it's also brewed with juniper berries (but aged in spruce gin barrels? should be interesting).

I doubt if this review will be the highest rating I've given to a Rogue beer, but I'd say this is the most interesting thing I've had from the brewery so far. I'd buy it again.

07-01-2011 00:30:51 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

This brew pours a cloudy orang-red color with a small white head. The aroma of juniper and pine with some fruit peaking through. The taste is like a pale ale softened by juniper. It reminds me a lot of Fraoch. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and medium bodied. Overall, this brew is a nice change of pace.

10-22-2005 02:42:46 | More by KarlHungus
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82 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.