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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 38 | 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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

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Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good, but not an above-and-beyond selection from Rogue... their Juniper Pale Ale is a nice rendition of the style and is very crisp, refreshing, light, and satisfying... a good brew for a hot, summer day... Copped a 22 oz bomber from Gary's in Madison... Pours a very light copper color with minimal or no head and some visible carbonation... smell was very faint, not too apparent, and I had expected more from the Juniper berries that were advertised on the logo sticker... taste is light and sweet with a slight Juniper berry essence... somewhat hoppy with a strong floral character... pleasing bread and butter flavor with no bitterness detected at all... vanilla and light-caramel taste with a pleasing and satisfying taste laden with quality... Overall, this is a very good brew and a step above most other Pale Ales out there... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:09:06 | More by dsa7783
Photo of PhiloPsych


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter color than I expected--yellow and a bit hazy. Head disappears quickly leaving a light ring around the edge. Smell is sweet and slightly alcoholic. Light and sweet with understated hops. The picture of the pine needles on the bottle had led me to expect a piney-hoppy exotic IPA-esque pale ale. This isn't that. It's subtler. Tastes just slightly reminiscent of a wheat beer. The juniper berries (I think that's what I'm tasting) brings a little funk twist. Works well paired with a flavorful meal, though it takes the role of a palate cleanser more than a standout.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 02:26:40 | More by PhiloPsych
Photo of BlackJeremiah


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Dark straw color, foamy white head settles to about 1/2", leaving lacing along the way. Lots of streaming.

S: Bready malts, biscuity, like a Southern bakery. Oh-so-slight juniper berry scent, but definitely more subtle than I feared. A good omen, that.

T: Nice malt profile, in line with the nose. Slight piney hop kiss, but certainly not bomb-like. Juniper presence is nicely understated, making it much less offensive, than, say, the Chipotle Ale.

M: Dry, slightly peppery feel in the finish. Heavier and thicker than the average APA on the palate, a generally more robust body. A more oily texture than I expected--not to its detriment, but not to any particular benefit, either.

D: The disparities from my expectation made this interesting and refreshing; in particular, the forbearance shown by Rogue in the level of juniper was an uncharacteristically subtle and excellent decision.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 06:55:25 | More by BlackJeremiah
Photo of GClarkage


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/27/05- Purchased at the Rogue Alehouse in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- 1/2 inch foamy white head. Just the tad bit of cloudyness in the golden pour. Excellent lacing.

Smell- Picked up a noticeable amount of fruity hops as well as a heavy yeast scent.

Taste- Taste reflects smell almost identical. Very hoppy with a very fruity base. Light malt intertwined. Reminescent of the yeast used in Pyramid brews, but better tasting. No juinper berry taste detected. Doesn't taste like the Yellow Snow Ale at all.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine Pale Ale almost towards an IPA. Nice and fruity and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 00:47:37 | More by GClarkage
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi transparent straw golden body with a touch of ruby. Low carbonation. The head is white and consists of tiny to small bubbles. Low retention and lace.
Scents of hay earth Juniper and slightly spiced hops.
The taste is pine and juniper. Hoppy somewhat harsh aftertaste with decent length. Some malts are detectable after the beer warms a little.
Medium body with a dry finish. Little coating which is to be expected.
Good drinkability and definitely an interesting and unique brew.


Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 23:56:59 | More by oelergud
Photo of HOPPYKC


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer also at Yardhouse poured into a pint glass.

This beer is very light yellow is color with a very small amount of light head. It's almost fully transparent, with slight carbonation.

The smell is very interesting. Has a spicy and tangy smell to it with a little bit of hoppyness to it.

The taste is suprisingly abundant for how light this beer is. Lots of spice and a bit of hops.

I could drink this beer all day long but I don't think I'd really want to. I would lilt it to have a bit more flavor and punch to it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 23:35:46 | More by HOPPYKC
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off white head on a golden-orange body with excellent clarity. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, dense lace pattern.

S - Grainy, with herbal hop notes and, of course, juniper (although the gin like character is not as pronounced as one might expect).

T - Spicy, grainy flavor up front, followed by a bit of sweetness. The herbal flavors come in next with flavors of juniper berries and floral hops that fade into a strong, grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and high carbonation along with just a bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

D - For hop or gin lovers, this should be pretty easy to put down. I hadn't had this beer for some time and I am a bit disappointed to find that its gin-like character is not as intense as I remember it. Nevertheless, this is an unusual beer that has some good herbal notes and just enough sweetness in the finish to be reminiscent of a gin and tonic.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 06:35:23 | More by nickfl
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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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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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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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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
Photo of garymuchow


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
Photo of DarthMalt


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
Photo of mickstepp


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
Photo of CampusCrew


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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