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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,167 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,167
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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BastardKing24

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with a small white head that doesnt last long.

Smell is basic pale ale. Floral hops, honey, juniper, and bit of maltiness.

Taste is clean as a whistle. Bright and crisp floral hops, vague juniper berry, some orange, and honey.

Mouthfeel is light as has a refreshing palate presence. Medium carbonation.

Overall a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 01:32:06 | More by BastardKing24
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cubedbee

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a thing white head that lingers for a while. Aroma is spruce and grapefruit hops over a big bready maltiness. Taste is a strong pale malt flavor followed by the piney hops and clean berry aftertaste which I'm assuming is the juniper. Medium bodied, very smooth, and just a slight hop oiliness, this is has a good mouthfeel. Not really familiar with juniper, I was apprehensive about this, but it's really just a solid APA with a slight berry taste--very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 00:07:44 | More by cubedbee
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WalterSobchak

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Poured clear straw color with a 1/4 inch dense head.

Not much to note for smell. Subtle floral notes and perhaps a hint of juniper as it opens up. Subtle honey in the background.

A nicely bittered but standard pale ale that develops complexity as it warms. Not much juniper although there is a metallic finish that could be juniper. Yummy combination of hops adds body.

Quite a bit of carbonation which seems to mask some of the understated elements.

This could be a session beer for me. Refreshing and the juniper is not at all overpowering. A good, of not basic pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 00:00:39 | More by WalterSobchak
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alexmpino

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great head. Thought it was maybe overfermented; but could not find a best by date. The carbonation was overflowing out of the 22, but when poured into glasses it had about a one inch head. (as a sidenote; this beer was served at around 8000 ft. elevation and brewed at around sea-level) Nonetheless This was a delicious american pale ale from Rogue. Not quite as much juniper flavor as I had expected though. With the price of beer rising, and this one was five bucks, it was well worth the buy, but only for a try. I will usually buy based on pricepoint and this brewery usually aims just above my line. But always worth a taste of something new and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 03:35:06 | More by alexmpino
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My impression is that this is some form a standard rogue ale recipe with a different set of spices. For me that was enjoyable enough.
Aroma is a nice mixture of Am. style hops with notes of citrus, but the greater aroma came from the Juniper leaving a strong sense of pine.
Pours slightly cloudy golden with firm off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.
In the flavor the pine took a back seat (although still noticeable) to the strong hop presence and pale malt foundation. Nicely balanced overall.
Didn't smooth up as much as I would have liked as warmed, but stayed enoughable throughout. Medium thickness.
Overall, good plus.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 14:32:30 | More by garymuchow
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DarthMalt

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, toasted-honey wafts 'steam from the cup,' as it were. Little charred-oak hop slap on the front end. Crunchy malts, and sweet honey flavor dominate in the midtaste while hops hang tough. Finishes squeaky apple.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 10:26:58 | More by DarthMalt
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mickstepp

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little like blending gin with a Pale Ale. An interesting blend of hops, not aggressively bitter (certainly not as bitter as my usual preference)but with a pleasant enough muted edge. A little thin on the palatte. I can imagine drinking this beer, poolside, on a hot summer day. I popped a lemon slice into my second glass and it gave the beer a mildly pleasant sour taste like a mixed drink. Not my favorite Rogue (there's no such thing as a bad one)but I'd have another should the occasion arise.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 20:45:10 | More by mickstepp
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at my local pub, Kickbacks.

appearance: heavy golden amber

smell: slight herbal essence, mild hops

taste: slight juniper

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth.

Highly recommended beer, would love to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 19:34:57 | More by CampusCrew
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wolffman17

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a small off-white head. A small amount of lace sticks to the glass.
The aroma is full of citric hops along with some spiciness from the juniper. Bready malts round out the aroma.
It tastes much like it smells. The hops are evident but aren't too dominating, and the juniper adds a unique touch. It's earthy and peppery.
This is a well-balanced brew that I find highly drinkable. The juniper is enough to keep me intrigued the entire glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 21:01:26 | More by wolffman17
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange in color with a light ring of white head.

S- Hoppy and strawy, with some yeasty and bready notes, and a very little malt in the back.

T- Well-balanced. Hops are prevalent, but the malt and dry starchy flavor make it an easy drink. The taste lasts all the way down, and is good and basic for a pale ale... but a good pale ale.

M- Good. Not exceptional, but good. clean, medium-bodied, and smooth.

D- Yes please. I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 04:26:24 | More by khiasmus
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beersensei305

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is gold in color. When it is poured it has your typical white foam head. The beer is flora in aroma from the juinper berries. A balanced, crisp, clean malt flavor. And has a slight spicy flavor and a heavy dose of floral junipers at the end. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 02:03:49 | More by beersensei305
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mugglesandhops

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Rogue Brewery in Newport

A- Poured a golden yellow color, with a small head that didnt last very long, some lacing

S- grapefruit, orange, I didnt really catch the juniper berry's in it

T- Not overly hoppy but I still can't smell or taste anything special, good balance

M- Crisp, clean

D- Very easy to drink, will probably get again when I see it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 13:27:23 | More by mugglesandhops
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer. The pour, appearance, etc were all standard pale ale offerings, while solid, not outstanding. The incorporation of juniper to this beer is tasty and unique. The flavors work well (if you dig juniper, that is). As I drank this beer I found it to be crisp, refreshing, and full-flavored for a pale ale. I really enjoyed how well Rogue was able to work the juniper into this equation. I was searching for this beer for a while and am glad I found a bomber; I will be buying more of this. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:19:24 | More by ShogoKawada
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industrialswill

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't try this beer if you require the latest, greatest, most extreme taste experience to make you happy. This beer is nothing more than a very nice, full bodied brew with no unpleasantries.
A good beer for any occasion and it would also be a good choice for any mainstream lager drinkers who wish to experiment with a mellow craft ale option.
I do not like to see this beer described as a spice beer...there's nothing spicy about it. Hopefully, calling it a spice beer isn't a deterent for those who are curious about giving this very tasty beverage a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 18:30:41 | More by industrialswill
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown bomber with pry-off cap poured in a nonic pint glass.

Hazy, golden yellow in colour. White head is 1/2 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin cap with lots of lacing down the sides.

Aroma is mainly citrus (lemony) and herbal.

Flavour is pretty much the same as the aroma. Citrus, herbal, lemony with hints of malt.

Easy drinking and goes down smooth. Not overly bitter or hoppy. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

A really nice pale ale. Not overly complicated but well balanced and smooth. Drinkability is off the scale.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 01:49:41 | More by Noxious26
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Hmmmm, I have an aversion to gin, how's this one gonna work out?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which settles slowly, leaving a bit of ripped wallpaper lace around the glass.

It smells of earthy evergreen, tart berries, grassy grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and soft bready caramel malt. The taste is more sassy, spicy tree branch crispness, herbal berry skins, floral, citrusy hops, field honey, and a slightly biscuity, grainy caramel malt.

The carbonation is a little high and tight up front, but dials it back after a wee spell, the body medium-light in weight, and nicely rounded in its smoothness. It finishes dry as a stick, the citrus and wood branch flavours fading us out.

A quite enjoyable pale ale, the guest star complementing the standard bittering tropes to produce an interesting, and rather drinkable dry beer. And I'm glad that gin never crossed my mind while I made my way through this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:53:36 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant pale, hoppy, creamy like an icemaker's beverage. Mild, some watery mouthfeel. Cloudy Yellow appearance. Good floral and spice aroma. Good example of APA. Popular import into Ontario. Interesting dry edge from Juniper berries. Easy drink. Another good balanced brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 02:32:43 | More by Sammy
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kudos to Rogue for experimentation. Although this isn't a beer I'd drink with any regularity, it's a quality concoction and a pleasant change of pace.

It poured from a 650 mL bomber with a coppery body that possessed a slight amber hue — from the berries, I'm guessing. A bubbly white head topped a fragrant brew with an aroma that was a complex mix of tart berries, floral hops and sweet toffee malt.

That combination delivered a taste that left me pondering just what was happening every time I took a sip: Is that the berries I taste at the start? Bitterness in the middle? A hint of toffee before the bitterness returns for a clean finish?

No two sips were the same, though I liked this beer even more when I stopped trying to deconstruct it and just enjoyed the experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 17:58:46 | More by vanrassel
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber pour with significant head that leaves great lacing.
Spicy and floral hop aroma hits first. I'm guessing the spiciness is actually from the juniper. Big sweet toffee malt follows. Well balanced, if perhaps a bit too heavy on the malt.
Flavour is first of all some sweet bready malt, followed by a dry spicy note from the juniper. Good hoppy bitterness makes for a long-lasting finish. Great complexity for what is often a simple style.
Creamy mouthfeel, but more carbonation than necessary.
Quite impressed with my first Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 08:37:38 | More by CrazyDavros
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow/golden color with a thick head. The smell is strong of hops and a bit floral. The taste is hops bitter and the juniper berries are just detectable enough to add some interest. The mouthfeel is full and fits the beer. This is a nice beer that is refreshing and I’d consider quite drinkable. My chef friend suggests drinking this with pastrami.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 05:08:04 | More by barefootbrewer
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EliottJW

California

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm gonna make this one quick... hopefully...

pours a nice clear gold with a touch of opacity... but overall pretty clear. nice 2 finger head subsides very quickly. looks extremely refreshing, though I'd like to see a bit more lacing.

smells super refreshing as well... a touch estery with some faint hops. I don't pick up on the juniper very much at all... but it's sweet for sure.

wow!... green apple right at first and then some light bitter hops and the juniper come through... surprising how much juniper presents itself considering I didn't really pick it up on the nose. finishes a touch bready... it's nice.

a touch light, but overall pretty nice... a bit astringent.

I could drink a lot of this... for a really long time. Thanks for another solid showing, rogue!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 02:32:47 | More by EliottJW
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fastfwd

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with – tiny bubbles......pretty orange/gold color, white head, and nice lace. Signature Rogue hoppiness but this one has some floral spicy kick to it as well. The hops are well balanced with a nice malt flavor. Very drinkable – I could knock back many of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 16:56:24 | More by fastfwd
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin, white head.

The smell is of juniper and sweet malt. The "Rogue" yeast strain comes through - since I like it, no complaints there.

The taste is of juniper, sweet candy and an earthiness. Bitter, earthy finish.

Medium to full bodied. Creamy.

Another nice brew from Rogue. Blends the juniper in well with an earthy bitterness. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:02:14 | More by jwc215
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a healthy 1-finger white head that laces the pint glass nicely. The aroma is of piney/herbal hops and light sweet malts.

Taste is hoppy, with pine and herbal hops dominating. There's a sweet, toffee-like malt backbone and a bit of a light breadyness. No juniper to be had, at least not to my crude tastebuds.

Very carbonated, refreshing mouthfeel with a nice light hop aftertaste. Very drinkable. You can't really go wrong with a Rogue, in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 21:51:00 | More by kosmoraios
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head. Scant lacing. Color is a clear light amber.
S: Big floral hoppy nose. Nuff said.
T: Way too hoppy to be an APA, I honestly thought that this one was an IPA. Overall taste is a nice mellow citrusy hop flavor with some faint malts in the background. This brewery knows how to hop a beer without overkill.
M: Sharp bite at first. Carbonation is high, but plays well with the taste. Alcohol feel is a bit punchy.
D&N: This would make a great IPA, as an APA, this beer rocks hard. Well done, and I was sad to see the keg die.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2005 08:12:05 | More by JackTheRipper
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