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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,118 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1118
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,118 | Reviews: 662 | Show All Ratings:
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HardTarget

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2002 (drank 8/2003) 1.5 pint brown bottle with following info: 13º Plato, 77 AA, 34 IBU, 3.2º L. Would abv be too much to ask? Ingredients list including Amarillo hops, Juniper Berries (like in Gin), and Pacman yeast.
Aroma: A light hop nose of mild bouquet.
Appearance: Pale, Bottle describes it as saffron in color, eh, looks like Budweiser to me, color wise, but a nice thin white head that lasts and laces wonderfully.
Flavor: Tastes generally like a pale ale. Taste is almost backwards; the hops, mostly floral starts the taste, then fades over to a mild malt sweetness. The citric/hops bitter comes as an almost after-aftertaste, but lingers for about 2 days.
Mouthfeel: Moderate body, which seems a touch heavy for the style, but not detraction. The heavy hops leaves a bit of a pucker, and the malt leaves the lips a bit sticky.
Overall Impression: Regardless of advice you have received in the past; don’t pass up this yellow snow. The juniper berries on the label concerned me, I can’t stand Gin, but I didn’t note any gin-like tastes here. Like all Rogue products, this is very well made, and a tongue pleaser. Drinkability, hmm, thinking this isn’t for everyone, but I enjoyed it. The taste is very drinkable, but the aftertaste and the firm alcohol level (guessing around 6%) will probably slow you down. If you’re a hophead, scoop up some yellow snow.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 03:40:17 | More by HardTarget
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-ish yellow (saffron? - not really) color with a moderate to low ivory head, decent carbonation, and sheets of lace. Light floral hoppy and fruity aroma along the lines of an American Pale Ale. Decent balanced flavor but maybe a bit more bitter than anything. Crisp light-medium body with a dry finish.

Not bad but not one I'd rush out to buy. Doesn't seem as if the Juniper berries add much...

Per bottle: "Styrian Golding and Amarillo hops, and Juniper Berries", 13 Plato, 34 IBU, 77 AA, 3.2 L

Version: 2001 (on bottle)
Tasted: 08/28/03

(22 oz.)

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 16:05:11 | More by RBorsato
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Rumrunner

California

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pretty mellow but very enjoyable.

Pours a dusty golden orange color. Not much head or lacing. The smell has spices with a touch of pepper. Some malt and pine. There is a mild unenjoyable tang scent.

Flavors are heavy spice and malt. The pine reappears but not as strong. The hops give it a nice bitter bite. Some fruit but not too bold. A very nice blend of spices. Pepper is very present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good. There is an oily quality to it that is a little unpleaseant. It drinks well with a dry finish. Finish lasts a bit too long. This is a very nice ale. It has some flaws but the good points more than make up for them.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2003 06:10:39 | More by Rumrunner
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TheDM

Indiana

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 2002 brew poured a small head of small bubbles. It had a transparent light amber colored body with carbonation rising in the mug. It has a floral aroma and a very tart initial taste that was overcome by and even stronger bitter/tart finish that left behind some spicy elements.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 08:51:00 | More by TheDM
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Indybeer

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Poured a dark golden color, with a moderate head that slowly receded, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is hops and some malt. Taste is hoppy with some malt sweetness. Good carbonation, and a fairly strong mouthfeel from the hops. All in all not a bad beer, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 19:50:49 | More by Indybeer
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 19:00:33 | More by SheepNutz
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 08:51:38 | More by Winter
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Naerhu

Japan

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

White medium head on an opaque body with an orange tint.
Hoppy floral aroma that just jumps off this beer.
Am I drinking beer or munching on flowers.Long lasting wild flower after taste follows and medium bodied rich malty beeer.
A lightning bolt of dryness arcs arcs across the palate, followed by by an oily aftertaste that lasts. What a long lasting brew.

Dryness and bitterness are a little much and restrain me from giving this amazing beer a higher mouthfeel and drinkability dispite the amazing flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 22:40:41 | More by Naerhu
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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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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a creamy off-white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. Definitely not the color of yellow snow. The aroma is fruity, grainy, and bready. The flavor is of sweet malt, bread, and spice. It is a light-medium bodied beer, smooth and tasty. Not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 05:34:20 | More by BeerBuilder
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2002. This brew poured a very small head. It had good lacing on the side of my mug. It poured a good amber color. In my opinion it had a fruity and citrusy aroma. It was bitter tasting and it left a lingering aftertaste. Not a brew high on my list.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 18:06:26 | More by hotstuff
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Wildman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark golden color and formed a small bubbly head that left trace lace. An aroma of malt, caramel and floral hops with a touch of citrus. A flavor of malt, caramel and spices. The finish has a tangy aspect to it. Also some elements of wood that lend just a touch of astrigency to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 17:24:37 | More by Wildman
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 – 22 oz. – Painted label
This beer first poured into the glass a clear well carbonated golden straw color, but with each pour it became progressively cloudy. The head was white in color with a fairly decent head semi-dense and creamy. It left no lace behind. The aromas that came from the glass were of malt, a slight burnt sugar, faint milk chocolate, spicy and floral hops, juniper berries, caramel and earth tones. The tastes that rolled across the tongue and to the back of the throat were of sweet malts, juniper berries, floral hops (which seemed dominate) yeast, pine trees and some herb tones through out. Some hoppy aftertastes were present. Medium body made this beer pleasant and not overbearing. The flavors seemed to become more pronounced as it warmed. I wasn’t sure if this beer would be my cup of tea, but after tasting it I discovered that it is. I rather liked it. Another good beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 09:18:42 | More by Jarod
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Quaffer

Nevada

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a hazey, deep golden color. The light tan head rose up big and chunky. A thin layer stuck around and helped to deposit a decent amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: There was a sweet malt smell combined with a very floral hops aroma.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew that was smooth. After I swallowed the beer, there was an oily, slick feeling left in my mouth.

Taste: There were some mild malt flavors up front that gave way to a hoppy bitterness. The hops was not a clean bitterness; it tasted like it felt in the mouth: oily. There was a sharp, almost fruity flavor on the finish with the hops. It might have been due to the juniper berries, but I can't say for sure since I have no idea what a juniper berry tastes like.

Overall, this was a decent brew. I wish it was a little more balanced and had a cleaner, drier finish to it, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 14:30:16 | More by Quaffer
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another 22 fl.oz of Rogue, yippee, I have not had a new Rogue beer in ages, so I was very happy when I saw this untried offering in a local store, and so I jumped at the chance of trying this "newbie" from the Oregon based master brewers.

Labeled as “Yellow Snow Ale 2002”, it pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a light orange hue, that does have a remarkable resemblance to the last urine sample I gave the Doctor. A white frothy head that is comprised of large frothy bubbles, like the bottle, adds character to its presentation, but leaves very little lace. Average carbonation, but the head is soon gone almost completely, only a thin surface covering is left.
Nose is immediately spicy but it has a sweet honey dimension to it. Initial tastes are of restrained bitterness, which lead to a ‘soft’ malty middle. The spiciness then makes it entrance and intermingles incredibly well with the hops. This is the beers single greatest asset and uniqueness in my humble opinion. My guess is that the Styrian Golding and Amarillo Hops, are in a deeply disturbing, but tempestuous, ‘Menage-a-Trois’ with the Juniper Berries.

Overall this beer is different, almost unique, I like the controlled hop-bitterness and the ‘in-situ’ spicy facet, all combined together in an easy drinking, highly refreshing beer.

I remember the first time I created yellow snow when I was 5, and even when I spelled my name in it, well, to be honest I only got to doing the first 3 letters of my long last name, but hey I tried. Yellow Snow – who would have thought that some 28 years later I would enjoy drinking it some 3,000 miles away?

A very well-balanced and intriguing beer. Clean, crisp and highly quaffable. Well worth a try, though some may not understand its restrained complexities.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 17:19:56 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002

It pours to a hazy orange color that sits nicely under a thick covering of white foam. The aroma first comes off as sweet and fruity, but there is a great mix of spices in there.

The flavor is very welcoming and interesting. It is sweet with nice malts and fruits at the start. As is slides down, it starts to get bitter and spicy from the hops. I guess that the juniper berries have something to do with that also, but I am really not familiar with juniper berries, so I can't really say for sure. It is very crisp and refreshing. I would imagine it to be a great warm weather drinker, but I am enjoying it just as much after walking through knee deep snow. Maybe I will go make some yellow to honor this fine brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 15:27:19 | More by ElGuapo
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BeerAngel

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant burnt orange color that is hazed a bit and produced a modest white head that dissipates to a light layer covering the beer like a blanket. It has a very, very faint aroma with nearly no discernable aromas. This is a very unique characteristic, or lack there of from an awesome brewery. The taste reveals lightly sweet malt with a well-pronounced hop. It is light bodied and finishes with a slightly dry bitter. Not a great representation of the style, but it could be a great crossover beer to get a macro drinker familiar with hops without shocking their taste buds. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 19:48:27 | More by BeerAngel
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johnrobe

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 21:19:19 | More by johnrobe
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz bottle with man & dog stating "Together we can do it." What "it" is I'm not sure, though I will admit to having made yellow snow in my lifetime (haven't we all?).

Appearance: I was surprised by the cloudy and rich orange color of the pour. Generous rocky-looking head persists and coats the glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops are detected, along with unidentifiable spices.

Taste: I felt like this beer didn't know what it wanted to do. No distinct flavor really dominated the scene. It was a mixture of spicy, grassy hops, fruit, and even some caramel sweetness fighting each other.

Mouthfeel: Solid body to this beer. Not creamy smooth or anything like that, but not particularly harsh either.

Drinkability: Crisp and almost "dry" aftertaste make for above average drinkability.

My first sample from Rogue. I expected more but I'm not a big fan of herb/spice beers. I'll try a stout or pale ale and see how that goes.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 04:33:20 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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mzwolinski

California

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it beer. I place myself squarely in the former category. Crystal clear, and golden in color, this beer sports the typical huge Rogue pillowy head, and leaves a nice lace down the side. The aroma is of floral hops and a bit spicy. Flavor starts off with a smooth malty body which soon develops a pleasant fruitiness from the juniper berries. Slightly acidic with a bit of a hop bite at the end, but a bit of honey sweetness kicks in to make this an incredibly well-balanced beer. Crisp and well-carbonated, but with just enough complexity to make this a great session beer for genuine beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 09:01:13 | More by mzwolinski
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zerk

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep orange gold. The white head dissapeared almost as quickly as I poured it. Aroma is musty and and slightly fruity, with very reserved scents of biscuity malt and herbal hops. Flavor is quite bold, especially considering how subdued the aroma is. Beginning with slightly sweet toasted malt, then becoming quite spicy and a little bit fruity, finishing quite bitter with some notes of Gin... obviously the juniper berries at work. Has a medium body and a slightly rough mouthfeel. A very interesting brew that is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 14:52:37 | More by zerk
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22oz. bottle labeled 2002. Slightly hazed brownish gold in color with a small amount of white head. Aroma comprised mainly of citrusy hops, but malt is also detected. Yellow Snow has a good tasting, smooth malt backbone. Well hopped, but not nearly as aggresively as I had anticipated. Citrusy, floral hop flavor barely edges out the malt. Taste almost seems to bounce back and forth between the malt and the hops. This balance of flavor keeps it interesting. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, a very good beer, but not as bold as many other Rogue offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 19:54:59 | More by PhantomVodoo
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doho95fu

California

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a golden orange color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. The smell was fruit and hops, with a bit of a doughy smell. The flavor packed some spice, but nothing overwhelming like some other spiced varieties. The hops provided the most flavor in my book- making this beer seem pretty traditional to me. A solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 07:07:12 | More by doho95fu
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Morris729

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright orange amber color with a creamy white head. Nose is floral hops, spices, and is a bit herbal. Taste is crisp and refreshing and is a bit slick in the mouth with notes of fruit, juniper berries, and sweet bready malts with a strong oily and bitter hop finish. This is a pretty good beer, though the bitter hops seem to overpower the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 19:44:10 | More by Morris729
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maxpower

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz 2002 bottle.Hazy dark yellow-golden color, small white head, floral hop aroma, nice balanced bready flavor, dry hoppy finish, can really taste the juniper berries in a dry sticky aftertaste, medium body, not a bad brew, yet lighter than I had hoped, but still a fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2002 16:40:04 | More by maxpower
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