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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,207 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 28
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a thick creamy head. The head lasted through most of the drink, and glass lacing was produced. The aroma is of malt and honey tones. The malt flavor is quite smooth, and some bitterness and spiciness arrived on the tongue after swallowing. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, and I noticed the bitterness from the hops sticks to the back of your tongue well after swallowing. Enjoyable and drinkable, even though the name of this one gets you thinking...

Gavage, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with some amber highlights. Thin white head. Bready, malty aromas, sharp hops and a spicy yeasty aroma. Faint holly bush aroma, likely from the juniper berries. Malty and husky, a light fruitiness and a yeast character that comes across as spicy, mixing well with the light astringency of the hops. Juniper berries show up in the finish, adding a light spruciness and complementing the hops well. Solid APA with some winter-like qualities in the sense of the light presence of juniper berries.

crookedhalo, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice prouct from the folks at Rogue Ales. This brew is dark amber/copper with a nicely developed off-white head of ivory billows. Good retention and decent lace, though not glass-coating.

The nose is good and gives note of the hops and the nice malt base. Flavors tend toward citrus fruit notes though the lighting spicing sharpen the edge and give this brew some nice tight tartness. The feel is smooth but has nice crispness in the ending. Eminently drinkable and refreshing.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Winter
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Pours a clouded honey golden color with an off-white head. Aroma consists of spicy hops, malt and hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and smooth. Taste has a nice caramel malt backbone. Hops are spicy, yet not overwhelming. Use of juniper berries adds a uniquely subtle pine flavor to the beer. Great tasting all-around. Some of the flavor aspects (mainly the hops, but on a lesser intesity) of Yellow Snow sort of reminded me of Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve. Definitely enjoyable and worth a try.

Winter, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a sturdy head that retains well and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Cracker malt with a subtle lemon, pineapple aspect

Taste: Opens with a crackery flavor that expands in an herbacious but fruity direction by mid-palate; unlke other pale ales, the fruity touch is very light and delicate; after the swallow, the fruit lingers but the juniper taste becomes apparent at the very end, with a nice dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A worthwhile experiment but not something I would seek out on a regular basis

brentk56, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of lpayette
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a pale ale should, with some slight smell of spices. Pours a golden and slightly cloudy color with a good amount of head. Oddly it tastes a bit watered down to me at times (perhaps because it is extremely smooth?) but I could be crazy. Ends with a very slight bitter taste. I find it hard to taste the spices that I can smell. I do however taste and smell a bit of honey. I have no idea what Juniper tastes like, but apparently it's in this beer.

lpayette, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, golden yellow with a 3/4" head that maintained through most of the beer. The aroma was a hoppy one. The taste was lightly citrus with an almost bitter after taste that was odd, maybe the juniper? The feel was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Whatever the juniper taste was, it was not offensive, not sure what it added though, either.

kegger22, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of SheepNutz
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a clear amber color with 2 fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell has a spicy citrus aroma with a good hops nose also. Just a little too faint. The taste is spicy at first, you really notice the saffron in there. The strong hops help balance it out. The mouthfeel is fairly strong, and the smoothness gives it a nice drinkability. Nice to enjoy while just relaxing.

SheepNutz, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a medium, unassuming amber, a little towards gold, topped with a hugely thick off white froth that juts forth out of the glass. It settles down to about half an inch after about five minutes, leaving the glass completely covered with lace where it once was. Probably the most lace I've ever seen left by a beer, completely obscuring the empty glass with layers of sticky foam, clumping up on itself in some places. Just stunning.
The aroma is only lightly malty, with a strong, assertive hopping dominating. An odd floral aroma, with a pungent piney hoppiness. I don't know what they added to this (juniper, after checking out some other reviews), but it adds a very distinct, dogwood-like floral aroma. Just enough toasty malt creeps through to prevent the beer from becoming one sided.
The flavor starts out a bit thin, with only slight toasty malt, and an immediately present floral, vaguely appley sweetness. It's not an estery flavor, something else entirely. A fairly clean brew, the sip moving directly into a moderate hopping, very powerfully piney, with a bit of citric lemon flavor. The floral flavor takes on some dogwood-like bitterness, like chewing on a flower petal, which I have actually done as a kid. The pine continues with no signs of letting up, some lilac flavor towards the end, finishing with a strange, vegetal astringency, almost like broccoli rob. The hops feel fairly mild, and most of the bittering comes from the added plant life. A lingering piney hop flavor, reminiscent of an actual coniferous tree, contributing an almost overwhelming bitterness. Thankfully it loses some steam in the aftertaste, settling into a moderate piney/floral bitterness. Fairly light bodied, with moderate carbonation. I don't know what to say about the mouthfeel. I was too busy having my tongue stabbed with pine cones to notice. I'd say it was fairly smooth drinking.
This is definitely whacked out stuff. It's so incredibly bitter that it's endearing, and I challenged myself to another pint. I could stand for a bit more malt, but for some reason balance doesn't seem like an issue with this one. I have no clue what juniper tastes like, but it's definitely piney and real damn bitter in a floral, vegetal way. No one else seemed to think this was especially bitter, and I recall being a bit "meh" about the bottle when I had it a couple years ago. The tap version was seriously bitter stuff. Maybe it was dry-berried? If you like punishment that transcends anything a hop can produce, seek this keg out.

UnionMade, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of iRoy
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Golden Yellow with a Yellowish head. It goes down smooth and tastes like any other IPA. To be honest, after having other beers brewed with Juniper berries (DFH Sah'Tea & GSB Sleigh Ryed) I was expecting the Juniper berries to come through a bit more. It's still really good for a Pale Ale though and I do enjoy it.

iRoy, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a brilliantly clear, rich, full, almost perfect copper color. The head starts out about a finger and a half thick and is a pale, not quite tan color. The aroma is a mix of rich malt and spicy hops , the spicy, earthy hop notes certainly dominate. There is also a bit of diacetyl noticeable in the nose, though just a touch, noticeable underneath the hops and malt.

The taste of this beer has a light sweetness to it that is mostly drowned out by the spicy mix of slightly herbal hops and the touch of diacetyl, which proves a almost foil, but a definite enhancement of said character. There is a noticeable bitterness here that that starts in the middle and finishes through to mostly lingeringly bitter finish. Despite the diacetyl (though it really is only a touch of it), this beer is pretty well integrated. As individual flavors the notes do not make this beer, it is the integration as a whole that make this enjoyable. The diacetyl, the hops and the malt all add up into a well integrated whole that just seems to work despite the perhaps disparate flavors that should otherwise compete with each other.

Ok, is this note of diacetyl, given how sensitive I am to this particular chemical compound, actually here, or is it just the manifestation of the juniper. Actually I have realized that it is the combination of the diacetyl and the juniper flavors that have mixed. The two actually form a spicy mix that makes the otherwise objectionable diacetyl all that much more bearable, and actually a positive contributor to this beer.

Gueuzedude, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin but lasting head. The aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops and juniper with a hint of spice. The taste is very well balanced between earthy citrus hops, sweet malts and robust juniper flavor. The beer is rather crisp and light bodied. This is yet another extremely enjoyable beer from Rogue.

atsprings, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of Lillie1128
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pretty, clear golden color with impressive white lacing

S - light and flowery

T - You can definitely taste the juniper, kind of like there's a little juniper tree in your beer. Definitely earthy with a bite of hops. I found it to have an odd watery aftertaste, but that didn't take away from the overall refreshing and interesting taste for me.

M - Good mouthfeel, a bit thin.

D - Drinkability? More like chuggability. VERY drinkable, accidentally finished this one much quicker than I meant to. I could finish a 6 of these in one sitting without even realizing it.

I had been wanting to try this one ever since I saw it at Green's in Atlanta back in March, as I'm a gin lover, and I'm pleased with it. It has a nice taste and it's very easy to drink. I don't think I'll be keeping my fridge stocked with this one, but I'd drink it again and I'm glad I tried it.

Lillie1128, May 31, 2011
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juniper pours a cloudy light orangish color with a minimal head. The smell is hoppy and aromatic. It tastes spicy and the hops are the powerful ingredient. The mouthfeel lingers quite sometime. My wife said it reminded her of Jubelale from Deschutes. It was the spice added that gave the impression. It is a good refreshment and I will try again to see it a second time.

cswhitehorse, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of SaunaKing
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright yellow colour with very nice off white head and great lacing. Very strong hoppy aroma and a nice fruity taste with a pear aftertaste. A quite hoppy ale, more than I am used to but quite balanced. Would like to have a few more of these to see where they fit in. Good mouthfeel, kinda spicy and pretty drinkable. A nice beer.

SaunaKing, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with vigorous carbonation. A rocky eggshell head slowly settles to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Spicy and earthy, with a nice floral note. A bit of citrus and straw reside in the back.

T: Starts with a light toasted bread flavor that's followed by a moderate pepper, spruce and dry earth spice. A little bit of citrus rounds things out. Finishes dry with a lingering spiciness.

M: The medium light body is semi-dry and could stand quite a bit less carbonation.

D: This was a nice change of pace. The juniper adds a nice layer of interest that kept me going back to the glass.

Rayek, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of tonistruth
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden straw in color with tiny bubbles, 2 fingers of white foam with great retent, attractive lacing

S- sweet and fruity, honey bready malts

T- bready malt finish, berry sweetness throughout, citric rind, grassy, well balanced

M- medium and coarse, well carbonated

D- drinkable and tasty, nothing outstanding but a solid brew, do try this

tonistruth, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a yellow/light amber into a tulip, with a thick white head, good retention, leaves spotty, bubbly lacing.

S: Lots of biscuit malt, hoppiness is restrained, juniper berries add a bit of lemon scent.

T: This is a very interesting tasting Pale Ale. The juniper berries add a spicy, lemony, herbal complexity to the nice pale ale template. I also got a nice flavour of biscuit malt to balance the floral hops and spicy juniper, a weird flavour, but enjoyable as well.

M: Smooth and crisp, resiny, medium-bodied, carbonation is spot on.

D: An interesting experiment that complements the APA backbone nicely. I like it when brewers do stuff off the beaten track that works. Good job Rogue.

Halcyondays, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of MrSeth
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy tan head which settles pretty quickly. The color is a murky deep yellow-orange haze. The nose is nice, a touch of honey, malt.. but the spices, juniper..? very faint. I think if this is going to be a spiced ale it could be alot more forward in that aspect of the profile. Right away the taste reminds me of caramel and citrus fruits, followed by raw honey into a medium bitter finish. The balance, honeyish and citrusy without being overly sweet, goes to its credit in my book. The mouthfeel is interesting. Full, seems almost heavy, coating the mouth, yet it feels alot like soft spring water too. Smooth, soft, somewhat sweet. This is a fairly drinkable pale ale, and the price is also very reasonable.

MrSeth, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of jeremy13586
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bottle at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD. Pours a nice light amber with some pinkish hues. Had a nice fluffy head that left some good lacing as it dissolved. Has some nice maltiness in the nose, as well as some spicy notes. I was expecting something a bit stronger in that department. Herbal initial taste, followed by a solid bitterness, and then finished with a nice malty back bone. Medium bodied with a nice clean finish. I could see this being a nice session beer, just finding it this one time was a big enough problem.

jeremy13586, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate floral hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

tmoneyba, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of moocey
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is supposed to be a pale ale flavored with juniper berries. I don't know what the hell juniper berries are nor have I tasted them before. But I know very well what Rogue beers taste like, and this is definately one of them.

I had a pint of this on tap at Loco's Deli and Pub where I work as a delivery driver. It was poured with no head, but I assume it has decent head as do other Rogue beers. Smell is of usual pacman yeast and malt. There's a huge caramally maltyness up front in the taste. Spicy, herbal hop finish. Overall flavor leans ever-so-slightly in favor of the malt character. This is a tasty beer. I could have a few of these on tap. Wish there were more Rogue bottles to be had in Alabama.

moocey, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden yellow colored pour, out of the 22. oz. bomber labeled Yellow Snow Ale, was attractive due to lots of carbonation and a thin but lasting head. The smell was sweet and perfumey, with a hint of wood. The taste was bready and sweetish, with a mineralized buttery flavor typical of English Pale Ales. Hops were earthy and spicy, and the juniper berry taste was not quite evident until the sediment was poured in. At that point a spruce like bitterness crept in, which I presume was due to the herbs used. Mouthfeel was crisp initially, but became much softer and thicker after the yeast pour. A very sessionable beer far superior in complexity to its other Pale Ale brethren that clock in around 5.2% ABV. For some strange reason, not distributed in Georgia.

rajendra82, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow golden filtered, medium low carbonation, 5 fingers of light fluffy off white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

S: Juniper berries, skunk, malt.

T: Juniper berries, malt, American IPA hops, metallic, a clean bitter finnish.

M: Medium resinous body, medium low carbonation.

O: A unique American ale with some juniper flavours. Reminds me most of an American IPA with slightly more bittering hops. Love the bottle.

patre_tim, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of cuttsjp
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Harpoon pint glass

Appearance: pours a rich, hazy golden color with a thick white head and nice lacing

Aroma: fruity and estery for sure, definite juniper berry smell with small amount of citrus in the background

Flavor: sweetness, a little bit of piney hop flavor, nice medium bitterness for the style, definite fruity complexity in juniper flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: nice, balanced ale with plenty of complexity but very refreshing and definitely drinkable

cuttsjp, Mar 14, 2011
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