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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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82
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1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 36
Gots: 80 | 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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond
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Ratings: 1,275 | Reviews: 674
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, deep golden with a fluffy white head that sticks around.

S - Citrus hops and grainy malts with a light juniper aroma.

T - Grainy malt with a light bitterness. Spicy with a lingering citrus that rounds into a long, light juniper finish.

M - Light side of medium body with light carbonation.

D - The bitterness, maybe astringency, is tingly on the tongue. An easy drinking light pale ale.

Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juniper Pale Ale pours a pale orange color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit hoppy. The flavor is surprisingly light, I was expecting a more intense hop flavor or for that matter a more intense juniper flavor. It is fairly hoppy, with a good amount of malt in the background. The juniper imparts an evergreen like flavor which is fairly mild (much to my satisfaction, I can't stand gin which juniper is the main flavoring and I was almost dreading this one). Decent, worth a try.

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

For some reason this brew was not as good the first few times I had it. Pours a cloudy pale amber, with a decent pal ale head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is big and malty, with some nice understated hops there as well, like cut grass. Taste is a little thin, remember being a bit hoppier. The hops are there with a citrusy spicy bite, but I was hoping for something more assertive. A solid brew, but I may have to revisit in case this isn't a fresh example.

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

Orange-amber color and has a big white head. Head retention is good. Smells big and malty with some hop bitterness. I do not really detect and berries of any kind. Taste balanced. Has a big maltiness followed buy a oily hoppy aftertaste. Great drinkability!

Photo of cabsandking
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-clear dark yellow with a stable nice white head. some lacing

S-honestly smells a bit like an adjunct lager...light honey and corn. a slight herbal aspect to it.

T-comes in with a really creamy herbs taste...which i'm thinking might be the juniper. its a really good and smooth taste with just a touch of bitterness. the after-taste is matching with a hint of cereal as well.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

O-one of the most drinkable beers i've had lately. the tastes are smooth and clean. this is the second one i've had and both disappeared way too quickly. it won't leave a lasting impression but you'll enjoy it while you're drinking it.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden straw color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date noticeable.
Massive two finger head from a slightly aggressive pour that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some very nice lacing.
Aroma is malty with a definite spicy kick to it.
Taste is sweet and malty upfront with a chewy, oily bitter finish.
Crisp and easy to drink, and in my opinion has all the makings of a good session beer.
Definitely worth a try, and I feel this beer has all the characteristics of being the kind which is an 'acquired taste'.
I would recommend it, at least to try once.

Photo of acevenom
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this for a beer tasting under the title Yellow Snow Ale, which really caused a few bits of laughter with the crowd. Paid only $4.99 for a 500 mL bottle. A bit on the disappointing side for a Rogue brew. Lighter in color and taste, this one never screamed anything too exciting to me. Okay head and carbonation, no real lacing on the glass. Would like to try on tap, however.

Photo of DrinkingAleToday
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bronze with a coarse head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and juniper berries, hint of lemon

T: Piney bitterness and flavor, some citrus and juniper, malt presence is their but quickly dissapears with the extremely dry finish, gin like flavor from the juniper berries really lingers in the aftertaste, so much so that its still their in the next sip.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel, crisp and very dry, some coarse bitterness.

D: Not for everyone, distinct gin like flavor (I like gin) especially in the finish, good beer just not a regular of mine.

Photo of Redrover
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z brown bomber. No freshness dating, but it includes the funny blurb about free range water.

The beer pours a yellow almost metallic gold with a dense white head. Wonderful lacing!

Nice aroma of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and an almost sugar like smell. Very fresh smelling.

The taste is almost grassy with a nice amount of bitterness. I’m a little surprised because the beer has almost a sour taste. The beer has some pine taste and is also a bit metallic (but not in a bad way). The hops become more assertive as you work your way through. Is it one of their hop varieties that gives it that slightly sour tang or is the juniper berries?

Good mouhfeel as the beer is soft and creamy with a brisk dry finish. Drinkablity is solid.

Nice beer, I still can’t figure out the sourness, but I enjoyed it!

Photo of steveh
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't tell you how old this bottle is, received it from a store owner who said a distro was passing out beer samples... here goes.

A -- Hazy, deep gold with a thin white head.

S -- Bready and yeasty with citrus esters back. Some earthiness with warming. Juniper?

T -- Spicy, herbal hops up front. A touch of citrus fruitiness and finishes with biscuit malt, even some vague diacetyl with warmth. Finishes dry and bitter. All good for a Pale Ale. Juniper?

M -- Medium light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D -- While very easy going down, I just have to ask, juniper? For those unfamiliar, take a whiff of your favorite gin -- that's juniper. This beer is a nice Pale Ale, but I wonder if I got an "aged" bottle. For those of you worried about laying some down, the most I can say is that if the juniper faded, at least there's a good Pale behind.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly scented pine nose with a hint of gin and fresh hay overtones. Decent head with lacy retention, larger bubbles mix with the ring of foam at each bend of the elbow. A dense, golden amber color, the cloudy brew is evenly translucent.

The juniper astringency hits the lips and tongue first, with further bitterness imparted by the hops in the middle palate, followed by some hints of grapefruit. Smoothly carbonated, the ale is a fresh blast of light malts and citric grain, with just a bit of sweetness lingering at the tip of the tongue and a little residual bitterness on the back palate.

This brew is a good companion for a Lake Superior whitefish broiled with fresh herbs and lime.

Photo of mjurney
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color, crystal clear. Good amount of fine carbonation. Head looks nice.

Herbal aroma, earthy, some malts.

Herbel bite up front, a little spicy.. sappy and earthy. Grainy malt at the end. Dry finish. Body is light, carbonation is pretty mild.

Photo of lennerja
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S- I get a lot of hops on the nose with a very faint hint of juniper.

T- For me it started out with a slight sweetness and I picked up a slight hint of the juniper berries before I got a crisp bitterness from the hops.

M- It had a light to medium mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation.

O- This is a pretty solid pale ale with a nice refreshing hop bitterness. Unlike some spiced beers the juniper berries are subtle, but play a nice role.

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