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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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82
good

1,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 37
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: 1,276 | Reviews: 674
Photo of RickS95
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a pale orange juice in a glass with a medium white head. Slightly cloud, opaque, sort of an apricot color.

Similar to other pale ales, with some differences. Has a pleasant combination of citrus, fruit, and pine.

Tastes like it smells, only the flavors aren't as strong as the scent. Having said that, pine and citrus fruits are evident, just not as pronounced as in the smell.

Has the bite of a pale ale, but lacks the carbonation I expected giving the bite some subtlety. It starts off sweet for an initial second, then leans towards bitter.

Another good beer by Rogue. Moderate alcohol and no offensive hoppy bite make this a pretty smooth drinking beer.

Photo of peabody
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very weak ice tea color with one finger of white suds and slight lacing around the glass.
Smell is juniper berry I guess but I am smelling some grapefruit and pine needles. Orange peel mixed with caramel malts finish this aroma off.
Taste is a bit dirty but still has enough piney hops to keep it interesting.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part and it goes down nicely when fairly cold.
Good session beer but Dead Guy is a better choice.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a very nice clear golden color, with no head to speak of, no lace, not very impressive to loook at really. Smell is good, piney, hopey, not very strong though. Taste is very nice, smooth, and a great backend to it. Has that nice piney, grassey, hops taste to it. fairly well carbonated, not overally so at all though. This is a great session beer. Could easily put down a few of these without blinking. Its not your drop down, fantastic hop explosion by any means, but a great pale ale. It may not be too impressive on the eyes, or nose, but I would definatly have another.

Photo of supercolter
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so a different beer, not my favorite Rogue offering to date but a worthy one.
Appearance was rather bland to me which is kind of odd for this brewery.
Smell was really faint, but some notable hops and the spice comes through as the beer warms.
Taste is far more pronounced with more malt than anything coming through. Some high quality hops are also present.
Mouthfeel is good, oily on the tounge.
Drinkability is near perfect.

Photo of csiewert
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When you first open it up, it smells of hops and pine trees... reminds me of home. That gives you an idea of how you expect it will taste. Starts with a mild malt flavor then brings the hops to attention. Finishes with the juniper, which sort of hits you in the mouth and lingers for a while. Pours a golden color with some nice head that leaves behind its mark when you drink it. Definitely something unique for the craft beer enthusiast.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a bronze with a decent head.

Smells of a stronger pale ale, pale malt, good cascade presence, slight yeast presence and some lemon

Tasted like a malty pale ale with an added bitterness from juniper berries. Only had one other Juniper brew and this one "pales" in comparison but it is good and glad to have tried it. Medium Carbonation, aftertaste is mainly of bitterness from the Juniper berries. This is a nice brew, but would probably not want to have more than one in a sitting.

Photo of beergeek279
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A small sample served from the 750 mL bottle. The color is golden, with a wispy head. The smell is sugary sweet. The taste has a strong spicing, with a strong hoppiness to it. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could probably have a few.

Ahh...not bad, but not a world-beater. Thank you to my youngest brother for a sample. Rogue makes so many good beers, but this one just doesn't blow my mind the same way the others do.

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%

Surprisingly citrusy, with enough bready malt backbone to counter the slightly bitter finish. Juniper doesn't overwhelm.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an alright beer. Looks nothing special when poured. Very light golden and quite clear. Has a good carbonation, but a really weak fizzy white head that doesn't last long.

The aroma is distinctly Rogue. Has the caramel-and-buttery-as-all-hell Rogue smell, which I've been lead to assume is a trademark of the Pac-Man yeast. I was hoping for more of a Juniper hint to it, but alas it smells like caramel popcorn and nothing more.

The taste is better. Starts off with some grainy, malty notes and quickly fades into the caramel and butter with a light juniper finish. Still, I could have asked for a more definitive juniper flavor, but at least it shows up in this case. The hops are very difficult to taste, but they can be sensed through a nice bitter in the back.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and prickly. Despite its flaws, it is actually quite a drinkable beer. I probably will not buy more, but I didn't have a problem sucking this down.

Photo of jsapunor
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was intrigued by the possibilities here. I like gin so why not?

It's a nice golden color with a white head. I'm looking for the juniper in the aroma but I'm getting lemon and citrus hops instead. The soft, dry and clean mouthfeel makes this a good summer beer. The hops and citrus flavor are right up front and there it i, the juniper berries finally make their appearance lurking in the back and imparting a pleasant dry tang to the flavor. It's interesting and very good.

This is a unique offering from a brewer not afraid to experiment. This one is a success.

Photo of rjhaupt
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Really interesting colors happening, opalescent even. Shimmering as the light passes through at different angles and intensities. Goes from goldenrod to pale yellow. Overall adequate level of head retention.

S - Very floral and piney notes. To me, this is especially aromatic for pale ale.

T - Light and spicy, I'm not sure how well the juniper comes through here. Maybe as a volatile aftertaste you feel floating around your mouth as much as you taste on the tongue.

M - Feels like a beer, nothing especially exciting happening here. Dry, light hops, bit of spice.

D - An easy drinking beer that could work equally well on a cold day (thanks to spice) or a warmer day (thanks to the lightness and hops). Versatile and tasty, a typically drinkable offering from Rogue.

Photo of deanhead
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a creamy white lace of thin bubbles around the glass.
Herbal aroma. Some grassy notes, with hints of pine.
Crisp dry, and refreshing beer. Clean taste, very neutral yeast profile.
Taste has a very slight bitterness up front, but seems to hit you at the end. well balanced malt and hops make this easy to drink.
Medium bodied and very easy drinking beer. The finish is mostly dry with a subtle malt undertone, along with a distinct bite reminiscent of some Bavarian lagers I have enjoyed.

Highly drinkable offering from Rogue. This beer has character to it. While it's not my favorite Rogue, I certainly would drink this one again

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber hue with an off white cream colored head leaves behind ample lacing fluffy appearance nice. Aroma: Touch of Juniper berries brings about an herbal tea quality to the flavor along with the pale malts and mild citrus tone hops are light here different from most Rogue products. Taste: Slight sweet spicy golden ale with an herbal hop profile not bad just nothing blowing me away I did enjoy. Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied decent carbonation slightly fluffy texture. Drinkability: Strange unique quality added from the juniper berries can't say I would frequent drinking this beer but it was nice for something different.

Photo of BeerZack
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with creamy one-finger eggshell colored head. Nice lace.

Sweet orangey citrus hops, hint of pine, with spicy perfume scent on top; hint of caramel.

Pale malts, mildly sweet with hints of orange. Good amount of hops to balance throughout that builds to a bitter and slightly spiced finish.

Smooth, almost creamy, full-bodied Pale Ale. Good hearty Pale that is pretty sessionable.

Photo of johnrobe
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2002 edition. This brew pours a lovely, slightly hazy light orange-amber with a densely knit off-white head. Be sure to let this one warm up to cellar temps before drinking. Straight from the fridge it is quite bitter, yet without much flavor. I can't empasize that last point enough. My "taste" score for this brew jumped up a full point after letting it warm up a bit.

The smell is an amalgam of candy-like caramel malt, herbal hops, and some pungent pine which is distinctive and quite different from the piney character of PNW hops. The taste is of spicy and herbal hops which are accentuated by the green piney flavor of juniper. Some light crystal malt comes up in mid palate, peeks in the window, sees all the hops and juniper having a party, and decides it's in the wrong neighborhood. The mouthfeel is light yet a bit creamy. The finish is sharply bitter which I personally enjoy, but I could see where this would turn off others. A tasty brew, imo, but not something I'd want all the time.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is Amber yellow with a nice head. The aroma is of malts,herbs,spices and background notes of light hops and pepper. The taste is lightly malted,spicy and sweet. The carbonation is good and the overall feel is a nice clean finish with less hops than expected but a grainy texture.
Notes: I had this brew at David Copperfield's and it was ok,nothing bombastic and nothing to reget over ordering it. I would have it again but not in a hurry to do so.

Photo of Getinthevan
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this stuff this afternoon and yeah it was pretty tasty stuff. As a fan of Rogue Breweries, I've wanted to try their other stuff and this certainly was good.

Appearance was a nice golden light amber with a decent head and a fair amount of lacing. Not a bad looking beer poured straight from the bomber.

Smell was fair in rich malts and juniper berries. Just like the bottle advertised, the juniper was very strong with this ale and made itself welcome.

Taste was good. It had a nice buttery taste along with a strong amount of juniper, malts, and crispiness to it. This stuff went down rather quickly and had a nice finish. Definitely a good beer to drink during dinnertime.

Mouthfeel was above average, with a fair amount of frothiness, flavor and satisfaction. Not a bad beer to behold before the big finish.

Drinkability is good however. A bomber of this stuff goes quickly. My suggestion is to grab at least 2 or 3 of these babies for a great weekend, for you will not be disappointed.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger layer of foam. Leaves some decent lacing.

S: Hops hit you up front in a moderate fashion with a hint of spiciness behind it. The malt is present as well foreshadowing a nice balance.

T: The hops are the key component to this again, yet they have a slightly different taste, most likely brought on by the addition of the juniper berries. A little citrus, a little floral, and a little spicy. Very nice overall. A solid malt backbone adds a bit of sweetness to it which creates a nice balance.

M: Smooth, a little thin, but good for the style.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. I don't know if it would be something I'd want to drink all the time, but it's a nice change of pace.

Photo of Buebie
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.
Color is a pale transparent yellow. 2 finger fluffy white head. Leaving spotty clumps of lace.

Smell is perfumy in a sweet blast of malt and hops.

Taste is sweet upfront with a good dosage of hops throught the tasteing experience, even into the finish...Is hops with a bittering dry linger.
Good even amount of carbonation through the middle. Very piney hop flavor. Theres somthing woody or nutter after the swallow with a bark like taste. Could be compared to full leaf tobacco too.
I'm not firmiliar with what juniper berries taste like, so I'm not sure where to look in the taste.

Good clean beer with big hop flavor.

Photo of MoJoe
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy light copper color. Soft white head with moderate head retention. Giving way to a light lace along the glass.

S- Sweet malt with decent hop aroma and yeast. A slight berry hint as well.

T- Definete malty sweetness followed by substancial bitterness. The biterness gives way to juniper berries and finishes with decent amount of hop flavor. Maltiness almost had a buttery hint to it..

M- Full bodied with mild carbonation. The hops and juniper berries combine to give it an exotic tengling mouthfeel.

D- All on all a note worthy brew. Very interesting and memorable. Not a session beer but one i will enjoy again.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of Kiwano
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - yellow gold with a head at first that dissipated into nothing

S - some hops even malt slight bit of fruit

T - a slight tang with a slight sweetness with hops following with a slight and subtle bitter note some fruit and then hops again toward the end

M - very light carbonation that stays through

O - nice balance of tartness with bitterness of hops and other flavors keeping it interesting - not too bitter

Bottle poured into a glass

Photo of johnniemarg
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy golden/orange color. No visible particles like some cloudy beers, just cloudy. Small head dissipated quickly. No lacing.

Smells a little piney and orangey. I just realized that I have no idea what juniper smells like, so this could reak of juniper for all I know, but I wouldn't know. I've drank plenty of gin, but don't know if gin is supposed to smell like junipers and nothing else or what.

A little piney and flowery (I think that's the juniper) tasting, but not in an overwhelmingly hoppy way. There is sweet malt at first too, which is taken over by the flowery aspect that does actually remind me of gin. It comes on really strong in the finish for a moment and then quickly fades, leaving very little aftertaste. Crisp.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, slightly oily.

I like this. Fairly unique for a pale ale. This is an easy drinking and tasty beer. I'd like to pair one of these with a gourmet sandwich or salad.

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

t
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.

m
medium body and carbonation. juicy.

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

Photo of Bumpon10s
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an elder bottle prior to the Juniper Ale conversion.

A - Pours a foggy pilsner color, with a touch of orange. A little head that falls with decent lacing.

S - A bit or light fruit, a bit of wheat, not a terribly stong nose, nor would I expect it to be.

T - Very, very light. Only with hints of wheat and apricot and orange, this beer while perhaps not worsened with age, has lost a bit of flavor.

M - Light and a little tingly, has an almost champagne like feel to it.

D - I'd have to rate the drinkability at a later time for sake of a newer beer, but not bad even as such.

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