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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,261 Ratings
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76
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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 32
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
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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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond
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Photo of dickieb
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.)

Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of shirfan
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of alkemy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sabrills70
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cdpike
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into pint glass.

Pours golden with plenty of foam. Nose is of vanilla (or something to do with baking besides yeast), hops, and spice...seems pretty balanced. Just a touch of alcohol. Very crisp, spicy and actually quite light. Understated malt and hop flavor. Juniper is somewhat difficult to detect, although it's in there somewhere. Pretty good, definitely worth a try, but maybe not again any time soon. Not quite as much as I had hoped for especially for someone who likes gin as much as I do.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle poured into a large mug.

A: Light golden-orange hue and a bit cloudy (may be chill haze). Nice two fingers of white head that retained and laced with ease.

S: Aromas of caramel, Crystal malt, and a whiff of floral hops and juniper. For being advertised as a juniper ale, the namesake ingredient seems to take an aromatic back seat to a substantial malt character.

T: Starts off with a dry, bitter blast of hops and (finally!) juniper berries. The latter adds an interesting pine/woody character to the flavor that I enjoyed immensely. As the brew warms, the malt backbone becomes more apparent as a mild sweetness that balances the bitterness nicely.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied and very smooth on the tongue. It's well-carbonated but not prickly. The finish is very dry.

D: I enjoyed this by itself, but it would be difficult to call this a stand-alone beer. However, it would go very nicely with a hearty or spicy meat dish.

At first I was worried that there wouldn't be enough juniper in this beer, but Rogue manages to use just enough to showcase the ingredient and make it tasty to boot. A very interesting concept and they managed to pull it off. This isn't one I would have regularly, but it would be nice to complement a meal every once in a while. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of adam42381
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 8/27/11. On tap at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy golden caramel with a 1 finger white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Earthy hops, pine and a touch of sweetness. Fairly weak aroma.

Taste: Sweet berries and a touch of hops up front followed by malt in the middle and ending with bitter citrus at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock a few of these without any problem.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. Not my favorite Rogue offering, but it's worth a shot.

Photo of thepeter
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mattster
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms nice layer of foam across top of mostly clear amber ale.

Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is also hoppy, with hints of piney, but don't really taste or smell cedary juniper. Maybe a hint of it, but I just can't place it. With that being said, this brew has a nice quick finish, with a really nice full body.

Nothing I'm crazy about, but more than willing to drink this again.

Photo of bonbini26
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of ithacabaron
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this brew was once called Yellow Snow in 2001/2002 as a Celebration Ale for the Winter Olmpics in Salt Lake and the name was changed after the Olympics..I could be wrong. Either way it was a good beer. Poured a dark yellow out of the bottle almost like a light honey. The head was 3/4 inch and nice white. You could smell the Junipers and the taste was evident. Floral and citrousy. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head that fell to a cloud with little lacing. Slightly hazed yellow body.

S: Light aroma of sweet bready malt & some floral hops.

T: The sweet malt from the smell is balanced perfectly by spicy and bitter hops. I can't say I taste the juniper, but to be honest, I probably wouldn't know juniper if it bit me in the ass.

M: Very good mouthfeel. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very smooth. Sticky/oily with a lasting finish.

D: Easy to drink. Nothing to object to, but there's also no reason to go out of the way to get one.

Photo of mempath
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nastynate316
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Long813
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Affligem Chalice

A: Clear gold without the yeast, cloudy with. 1.5 inch head with good retention leaving thick lacing.

S: Hops, citrus fruits, faint sweet malts and junipers.

T: Citrus fruits, junipers, fainty spices and sweet malts

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry bitter finish.

D: Interesting brew with the addition of the junipers, but not enough top wow me. Good, but I wouldn't spend the high price to try this again.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color. Nice solid white head. Decent retention, leaves a small film and some lacing.

Smell: Fairly mild aroma of grains and malts, with a slightly herbal/fruit flavor (presumably the juniper berries).

Taste: Flavorful with juniper, malted grains, and a hint of hops. A little bit of bitterness, but not too much.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, though not particularly exciting.

Tasty and enjoyable, but sort of pricey for what it is. Nevertheless, definitely worth trying and I'll likely get it again at some point.

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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