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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)
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden copper in color, with a nice transparency to it, has almost no head at all, and left just a tiny bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong hints of lemon zest and grapefruit, following with some pine notes as well, the hops were present on the nose, no juniper though.

T: The balance of the beer was not to bad, the lemon and citrus were present throughout, hints of pine on the tongue as well, slight breadyness also. Still no juniper, that I noticed at least.

M: Medium Bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O: Nothing great about this beer, easy drinker, but was expecting different flavors from the herbal notes but didnt find them.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 14:47:24 | More by thedoubler55
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Hammer35

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color. Pale head with very little retention and very little lacing. Almost no visible carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and floral. Apple-like aroma.

Taste: Fruity and light with a slight apple flavor. No discernible pine flavor despite the juniper. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, but highly carbonated.

Overall: Fruity and light. Not what I was expecting at all out of a winter seasonal brewed with juniper. Reminds me slightly of a witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 00:26:58 | More by Hammer35
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the juniper doesn't really come out as much as it should I don't think in this brew, not nearly as out there as the john john ale, but still a decent pale ale for what it is. hazy brassy colored with a short white head, rather generic, yet still really appealing with a little foam running down the side of my frosted pint glass. slightly fruity nose, slightly astringent, slightly bland. American malted barley and west coast hops in lower dose for the style. the flavor is balanced, but more malty than hoppy I think, a touch of toasted grain bread to it, and the juniper comes in at the end with a fresh pine medicinal vibe. its not out of place really, just sort of a funny addition. I much prefer the john john for juniper, although I didn't love that beer either. bright carbonation and a drinkably medium body, if it wasn't so funny in the stomach id have several. not my favorite thing from rogue, but I certainly appreciate the attempt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 16:12:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool orange glow to the beer, looks like a nice ipa, not unlike their brutal bitter ipa. Smell wasn't really all that persuasive as juniper. More pine-esque, which might be my confusion of trees, or more likely, the hop profile standing out a bit.

Taste, like an English pale ale with some funky adjuncts (and not horse blanket funky). Other than the Amarillo hops, I think the hopping is kind of less than helpful or 'good'. The bitterness on this one is just weird. Like a combination of copper and plastic, definitely not juniper.

What is most disappointing about the mouthfeel is that the beer neither tastes like juniper, nor a pale ale. Its just some weird amalgamation of a beer that doesn't know where it is going, where its been or what is inside of it. Ultimately, it is less than average for a pale ale, a Rogue beer, or an herb/spice beer. Pass. I think I like Rogue generally more than the average beeradvocate, but definitely not this one. Hand me a chocolate stout instead please.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2012 23:56:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful Bright Golden color with a tight 2 finger head and some decent lacing. The aroma was faint but nice with a hint of spice, hops adn malt all balanced but far from overdone or in your face. Taste was also subtle and that was not what i was expecting. Slight spice from the Juniper, light on th ebitterness but it was there. the malts were very well balanced with the bitterness and slight sweetness. Refreshing and light to medium bodied. Overall I really liked this beer much more than I was expecting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 11:20:41 | More by thepeter
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

Singer finger white head on a hazy golden with slight crimson hues. Aroma is nice but faint sweet juniper aroma with a slight almost noble hop like aroma. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a subtle nobel hop, musty almost wet sock hop flavor. Light malt. Moderate to high carbonation and light to medium body. A nice beer if u like noble hop tasting beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 01:15:24 | More by kylehay2004
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adam42381

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 8/27/11. On tap at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy golden caramel with a 1 finger white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Earthy hops, pine and a touch of sweetness. Fairly weak aroma.

Taste: Sweet berries and a touch of hops up front followed by malt in the middle and ending with bitter citrus at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock a few of these without any problem.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. Not my favorite Rogue offering, but it's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 15:45:55 | More by adam42381
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bishopdc0

Maine

2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Rogue event at Novare Res.
The color is pale with a slight golden color. The head forms and dissipates to the glasses edge.

The aroma is pale malts through out. No juniper, where is the juniper.

The taste is a pale ale slight malts up front, biscuit with a slight drying finish. The taste of juniper comes in but it is very light.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 00:02:18 | More by bishopdc0
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just happened upon a 1/2 bbl of this at the store today. Checked BA and decided to pull the trigger. Not sorry at all!!!

In a tall champagne-beer glass...

A: Deep gold with a hazy hue. Thin head that settles into some wispy lacing and a few rings.

S: that's one fine quaff. Not hoppy overpowering, you can smell some other non-hop notes. Citrus and very very faint pine, bread & maybe a slight grass smell and some light fresh juniper notes blend in almost innocuously.

T: lemon grass, then bitter orange, bright juniper finish with light malt.

M: medium bodied. Very SMOOTH and moderately dry. Extremely good!

Overall, very solid brew. It's so subtle, that I'd have to say that if you didn't tell most people it was classified as a spiced beer they'd never know the difference, thinking it was a uniquely hopped pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 21:24:57 | More by Scrapss
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hollydae77

Ohio

5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This ale was a great choice for me. If you're looking for something that isnt too heavy and has a really clean finish I highly suggest this choice. I'm not big on the real hoppy stuff, but I do want to taste it. This was perfect for that. Like i said it was had a clean finish, and was very refreshing. The place I was at had alot of taps, and many more I wanted to try, but i couldnt get enough of this one, i had 3 and was completely satisfied just having tasted this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 01:13:55 | More by hollydae77
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DoubleJ

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco. On to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped off a big frothy head which leaves thick lacing on the glass. Nose is subtle, light aromas of juniper make their way around.

You never know with spiced beers how dominating the spice will be. The blend of juniper and pale ale in this concoction leans towards the pale ale side. Lemon peel and citrus notes all around, some juniper comes through. There's a small dash of pine thrown in. The soft mouthfeel helps make this a drinkable, enjoyable ale.

Solid ale made to drink at nearly any hour. I've had tastier beer before, yet this beer put me in a good mood during lunchtime.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 04:10:30 | More by DoubleJ
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Yard House in KC, KS.

A - Poured a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the pint glass.

S - It of pine and what I assume is juniper. Also, slight caramel aromas.

T - It has a nice burnt toast maltiness with pine and juniper flavors. A touch of spiciness, too.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was pretty good. I've always passed on it in liquor stores but it was worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 01:25:24 | More by zeff80
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

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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WildTurkey

Illinois

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

Reviewing from memory - from previous night. On Tap into pint glass.

A: Amber / dark honey color -- it may have been lighter but the lighting was dim at the bar. Noticeable carbonation and one finger head.

S: Some sweet malts, and light pine hop bitterness.

T: Sweet maltiness, some citrus hop bitterness. Maybe some peppery/spiciness in there too.

M: Medium/lighter body. Light carbonation. Crisp and a little dry.

D: Nice aroma and flavors. You can slug this one back. I had a several of these at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 20:05:19 | More by WildTurkey
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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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BeerNemesis

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juniper Pale Ale | on-tap | 5.3% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Rogue Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Glass: Pint

Appearance:
Lemony orange amber with a lackluster head.

Aroma:
Juniper berries of course, with some additional citrus backing. Earthy, spicy tones.

Taste:
There's a dry, biscuity malt base with soft bitter hops. The finish is dry, bitter and lemony.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

Harmony:
Interesting but not that great.

Would I get it again?:
No

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2010 16:47:47 | More by BeerNemesis
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 01:50:56 | More by tmoneyba
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Tone

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong spice (juniper), slight wheat, slight hop, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Herbed/Spiced ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong spice (juniper), slight sweet malt, slight hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, very strongly spiced, as far as Juniper beer goes, it's the best I've had ... and only.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 02:53:23 | More by Tone
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Maction

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A lager-like appearance, showing a yellowish gold with a fluffy off-white head that laces itself down the side of the glass.

S: There wasn't a lot to smell here, some faint malts and an ester-y alcohol tinge.

T: A nice bitter start, which quickly lead to some reserved but roasty malts, and then little aftertaste.

M: The mouth feel seems to be where the hops come through, very immediate in the initial bitterness and carbonation, but leaving little behind.

D: Not at all unpleasant, but not enough here to make me crave more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 01:43:40 | More by Maction
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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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AltBock

Ohio

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

I had Rogue's Yellow Snow on tap at the Brew Kettle on 12/23/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

Yellow Snow didn't pour a yellow color. It instead poured a lightly hazy golden amber color. On top of this gold amber brew was a good 1/2 an inch head of pure white foam. This head of foam had decent retention that left behind a string of foamy white rings, one single streak of lace, and a hand full of white spots of lace.

The aroma was mildly hoppy with candied tart grapefruit, a touch of bitter citrus hops, a quick splash of pine needles, a few citrus fruits, and then this aroma finishes up with a small touch of sweet candied yeast. It could have used a small dash of toasted malts, but it was fine where the aroma stood.

This IPA wasn't going to mess around. It started off with the bitter and dry citrus hops. The hops strength wasn't mild or strong. The hops were smack dab in the middle of being mild and strong. After the hops calm down, in comes some tart grapefruit, a few citrus fruits, a splash of lemon zest, and a subtle touch of toasted caramel malts. Don't expect for your taste buds to be assaulted by hops.

This was a medium bodied beer that contained a medium sized hoppy aftertaste of bitter and dry citrus hops, juicy citrus fruits, a hint of toasted malts, and a splash of lemon zest. These hops in the aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes.

This is one of Rogue's better beers. I didn't have problems with it. I might go for another one these. A growler of this might be too much for me. A draft pint or a 22 oz bomber bottle should be sufficient.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2008 07:05:05 | More by AltBock
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UDbeernut

New York

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

On tap poured into pint glass

a: hazy straw yellow color, minimal head that does reduce into lacing

s: citrus aroma and hops dominate

t: slight malt sweetness quicly overpowered by hop bitterness. Slight citrus bite. Very nice, definatlty for hop heads though

m&d: medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Can be a session beer if not imtimidated by hop bitterness

Cheers!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 21:06:21 | More by UDbeernut
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Had as Yellow Snow Ale.

Pours a clear orangy amber with an off-white head. Rich, malty, spicy and slightly hoppy aroma is quite appetizing. Flavor is malty and spicy and surprisingly hoppy, more so than the aroma suggests. Texture is pleasingly smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 03:26:00 | More by Cyberkedi
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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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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy-yellow orange beer with a half-finger of average-retention white head that leaves solid sheets of sticky lacing. Yellow snow indeed!

Aroma: Similar to the mouth (see below), though with a little more of a malt edge - mainly just grass, light pine, simple sweetness, light citrus. A very simple tasting beer.

Taste: Surprisingly nondescript. Malty, biscuity, largely neutral, with a piney, slightly citrusy hop note. Not a lot of bitterness, nor a lot of hop notes, and the malt profile isn't very good, either.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of effervescence, an average body, and a little uneven. Pretty average.

Drinkability: A surprisingly unenjoyable beer - not much at all going on here. Not that anything was offensive: just very bland. Give it a try if you must, but I likely won't be havin' it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 17:16:12 | More by CrellMoset
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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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