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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 1,269
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 36
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001

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 jsapunor
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was intrigued by the possibilities here. I like gin so why not?

It's a nice golden color with a white head. I'm looking for the juniper in the aroma but I'm getting lemon and citrus hops instead. The soft, dry and clean mouthfeel makes this a good summer beer. The hops and citrus flavor are right up front and there it i, the juniper berries finally make their appearance lurking in the back and imparting a pleasant dry tang to the flavor. It's interesting and very good.

This is a unique offering from a brewer not afraid to experiment. This one is a success.

Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whenever I see a Rogue and have the $8 required to buy a bottle I'm more than happy to buy. Review from notes:

Pours a very light, hazy amber with a one finger bone white head that displays some decent retention and nice sticky, patchy lacing. Carbonation is visible and quite active.

Smell of citrus. spice, malt and a slightly sour astringency; possibly juniper? Unfortunately I've never had the chance to try the berry.

Citrus, grapefruit rhine, clean dry malt and like the label states "a dry, spicy finish" accompanied by a faint sour bite.

Medium bodied, smooth and the dryness is quite snappy. Very refreshing and easily sessionable. Great balance makes it quite quaffable.

Overall, another solid offering from Rogue. I think next time I fall upon some, I might go with their stronger, fuller bodied offerings for a chnage but wouldn't mind having this one again.

Photo of FernMaster
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Tulip glass.

The beer poured a very clean amber that reflects wonderfully in the light; one of those beers you could see a super villain swivel in his hand before revealing his master plan. The head was present but I found it to quickly subside and leave a few rings along the edge of my glass as I continued to drink. It probably could lace the glass more effectively in a different glass, but I found the tulip to be satisfactory. The smell of the beer itself is very sweet and sort of flowery, given off by the juniper berries. Following the sweet smell is an appropriately sweet taste. The taste is moderately sour, which makes this a sipper. The yeast and berries work very well together, despite the sourness. It begins with a sour note as you drink but finishes with the yeast and hops which effectively balances the sour. I've said the word, "sour," several times now, which I do mean to stretch. If you're drinking in this style, you should be used to it, however a fair warning is in order.
If you like spiced beers and Rogue, or you want to check out the style more, try this beer. It's not the best in the genre but it's a great sipper or introduction into the style. And if you're a fan of Rogue, why not try it?

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden color with a fluffy white foam.

S: Very subtle citrus and pine, the Juniper is very muted, not at all what I was expecting.

T: A bit of pine on the front and then pretty bland after that. Fades into some malt flavor and not much else. I was expecting to really taste the juniper, but was disappointed.

M: Crisp and dry, good carbonation.

D: As a gin drinker, I was hoping to experience a lot of the juniper herbalness, but it was absent. The beer still tasted okay, but I don't think it highlighted the juniper at all. Could have just been any pale ale.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 7/6/09

A - Deep, hazy gold color. Head settles to about ¼ in. Patchy lacing.

S - Subtle nose. Juniper with faint malt notes. Juicy smell.

T - Juniper is noticeable, but not overpowering. Slight hop twinge mingles with a restrained malt character. Mild bitterness lingers.

M - Not particularly carbonated. The beer moves smoothly & is easy on the palate. It has a bit of bite when cold, but mellows as it warms. Dry finish.

D - I liked this one. As the juniper berries don't overpower the beer, it is pretty balanced brew throughout. It wasn't particularly fascinating, but by no means offensive. I found myself swilling it quite hastily.

Photo of climax
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the 650ml bottle. Poured a nice hazy orange with a slow rising yet certainly substantial off-white webby head which lingered like it should. It left a dome atop and moderate lacing as it slowly receded. After i topped off my glass, it left clumpy thick spots of foam which clung on the glass like the third guy in your party riding on the back of the golf cart after the driver has had 17 holes worth of PBR.

Nose was very crisp and balanced well. The smooth citrus and pine hops were backed by cracker-like malt. For those expecting juniper berries or a gin-esque nose may be left dissapointed, however it is in there.

Flavor is along the lines of the nose, as it should be. The hops don't completely take the show, as the toasty cracker-like malt is right up there with the resiny hop profile. All the goodness fades to a clean citrus and almost sweet finish, leaving the mouth waiting for more.

Feel is smooth with a good crisp bite. It surprisingly easy to drink quickly (even after a large meal). The finish is neither dry nor bitter. I may have liked a bit more body, but it's crisp refreshing and flavorful.

The juniper does not stand out much at all, and being a gin-lover I was rather looking forward to a flavor explosion. However, it's a great pale ale I will return to when I feel like dropping the dough for a bottle.

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with a big foamy off-white head that falls slow.

Spicy hop aroma.

Has a nice sweet taste followed by a herbal and spicy hop taste with a rather clean finish. Did not really detect the juniper though.

Medium mouthfeel.

Nice drinking beer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of cdpike
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into pint glass.

Pours golden with plenty of foam. Nose is of vanilla (or something to do with baking besides yeast), hops, and spice...seems pretty balanced. Just a touch of alcohol. Very crisp, spicy and actually quite light. Understated malt and hop flavor. Juniper is somewhat difficult to detect, although it's in there somewhere. Pretty good, definitely worth a try, but maybe not again any time soon. Not quite as much as I had hoped for especially for someone who likes gin as much as I do.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

From a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a hazy strong golden color with an orange hue. Almost looks like a Belgian Trippel. It has a nice white head that was about .5 in and recedes down to a film with some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Citrus and oranges com through immediately with some grainy malt at the back end. Some grassy tones as well.

T - Very delicious grainy and malty sweetness at the beginning is offset slowly by some citrus and mildly piney hops that finish off with a dry and crisp bitterness. The finish is also very spicy, hints of black pepper some and some coriander. The juniper isn't as detectable to me. The sweetness I mild and takes a back seat to the more prevalent hops. Not as balanced as other Pal Ales but I seem to enjoy the over active hop character.

M - Good carbonation and nice clean and crisp feel. Light bodied.

D - Very drinkable, refreshing good for 95 degree days like right now.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

rogue juniper pale ale
4 hazy golden, looks nearly like a wit but a shade darker. short head drops to a ring and leaves sliding lace.
4-4.5 hops and bready, crackery malt. the hops are citric but not very bold, some juniper in there as well
4 the hop/berry flavor spectrum not as deep and wide as anticipated, but nice. juniper sneaks into the finish, which has a sullen but calms demeanor.
3.5-4 not overly carbonated, but what there is prickles within the soft medium body.
4.5 on the soft and muted side, moreso than would expect given the relative dryness. the hops hang back to try and let the juniper take a leading role, but the berry might not be quite up to the challenge. perhaps a little dull at times and i thought now and then could use a touch more carb, but still enjoyed this one. an easy drinker with a slight twist. a certain german character (from the malt), and for some reason i imagine drinking this from a stein at an ancestral family reunion. definitely evoking the old world, an aspect of the brew i am appreciating more and more as i near the end of the bomber. just read that it's 5.3 abv, which leaves me even more impressed.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rich golden color with lots of robust white head with great staying power. Looks great, IMO. I was expecting it to be a little lighter since this is the renamed Yellow Snow, but it's good.

S- Malty and citrusy. The malt is a bit biscuity, grainy, light. Citrusy hops with another aroma I can't quite pin (I'm guessing juniper).

T- Surprised that the alcohol comes through a little in this one. A bit earthy and piney from the hops. Not as much juniper here, although it does contribute to some of the earthy/bitter notes. I tend to like piney beers, and this is a nice one. Not overpowering, but pretty enjoyable. The depth of flavor here is somewhat lacking, however. Kind of reminds me of a nice Pils.

M- Sticky, medium bodied, nice balance with carbonation and body. A bit dry on the finish.

D- A pretty good brew here. Not fantastically deep or my favorite from Rogue, but definitely a good session.

Photo of Maction
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this bottle in New York. Tasted March 1st, 2009 in Quebec.

Appearance: Golden color.
Smell: I get malt mainly with maybe some herbal note which comes from the Juniper I would guess. Never smelled a Juniper so... I can't say :)
Taste: Bitter, I like. Spice in the taste. More so than the smell. Light body.
Drinkability: easy to drink, however I wouldn't think I would drink more than one 22oz bottle per session.

Not a bad beer and I'm glad I tried it. If you want some bitterness, it is one beer to go. Not the most bitterness beer but it is bitter!

Photo of yesyouam
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale is a slightly hazy pale golden ale with a thin white film of a head that has good retention and lacing. It has a bright, fresh, spicy aroma that carries notes of hay, pine, orange peel, dough and, well, juniper. It is medium-light bodied and very smooth. The finish is so clean it seems like it vanishes from the mouth. The juniper isn't carried away at all. It provides a piny flavor that blends with the citrusy hops. This is a well balanced American Pale Ale here.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of deanhead
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a creamy white lace of thin bubbles around the glass.
Herbal aroma. Some grassy notes, with hints of pine.
Crisp dry, and refreshing beer. Clean taste, very neutral yeast profile.
Taste has a very slight bitterness up front, but seems to hit you at the end. well balanced malt and hops make this easy to drink.
Medium bodied and very easy drinking beer. The finish is mostly dry with a subtle malt undertone, along with a distinct bite reminiscent of some Bavarian lagers I have enjoyed.

Highly drinkable offering from Rogue. This beer has character to it. While it's not my favorite Rogue, I certainly would drink this one again

Photo of beveritt
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Label is typical Rogue, this one with blue/green colors and a juniper plant behind the seated individual. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of white head. This settles to a thin coating, leaving decent lacing. The beer itself is yellow and cloudy.

Smell: Very little smell, just a mild sweetness.

Taste: Creamy malt upfront with a mild to medium bitterness in the finish. Maybe a slight sweetness or herbal note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation. Very creamy body.

Drinkability: Good, but not sure about the juniper. If I didn't know I was drinking a juniper pale ale, I probably wouldn't have picked up the sweet/herbal notes. Still not entirely sure I wasn't reaching for it. I won't be revisiting this one, it is simply a decent cream ale, nothing more.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. near the bottom of the bottle, printed onto the glass is a very hard-to-see "sell by 0916", and the numbers themselves are a bit smudged.

tasted in early-mid march 2009

pale golden honey with amber tones. faint haze, especially on later pours. rocky head fades to thin wispy layer. thin lacing at first, with lots more further down the glass.

smells of light citrus and pine freshness, with a fruity, piney and spicy character from the juniper, but all of it is a bit subtle. bready toasted malt underneath. more subtle pine in the back.

taste: toasted bread and crackers is enveloped by fresh flavors of citrus rind and pine, with herbal fruitiness, probably from the juniper. light resins and a moderate to bold bitterness.

not too thin, smooth yet crisp, with a flash of mildly astringent resins in the finish. tight carbonation, fluffy at times.

i actually quite like the unique character imparted by the juniper.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into into a cloudy pale gold, with a thick head. Head evaporated after several seconds. No real noticeable scent. Tastes slightly bitter, with the hint of herbs. No noticeable aftertaste. Feels somewhat fizzy in the mouth, but overall, a mouthful goes down smoothly.

A decent beverage, but nothing that really stands out to set it apart.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle poured into a large mug.

A: Light golden-orange hue and a bit cloudy (may be chill haze). Nice two fingers of white head that retained and laced with ease.

S: Aromas of caramel, Crystal malt, and a whiff of floral hops and juniper. For being advertised as a juniper ale, the namesake ingredient seems to take an aromatic back seat to a substantial malt character.

T: Starts off with a dry, bitter blast of hops and (finally!) juniper berries. The latter adds an interesting pine/woody character to the flavor that I enjoyed immensely. As the brew warms, the malt backbone becomes more apparent as a mild sweetness that balances the bitterness nicely.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied and very smooth on the tongue. It's well-carbonated but not prickly. The finish is very dry.

D: I enjoyed this by itself, but it would be difficult to call this a stand-alone beer. However, it would go very nicely with a hearty or spicy meat dish.

At first I was worried that there wouldn't be enough juniper in this beer, but Rogue manages to use just enough to showcase the ingredient and make it tasty to boot. A very interesting concept and they managed to pull it off. This isn't one I would have regularly, but it would be nice to complement a meal every once in a while. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of jera1350
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Yellow Snow IPA version. Saw it so thought I would try it out.

A- Pours a golden yellow with large three finger head, nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Smell is of hops, juniper, pine, caramel and some citrus, a bit of sweetness. The juniper really smells nice in this.

T- Freshly cut grass, nice hint of sweet juniper, fresh grapefruit and small amount of malt. Tastes really fresh. Bitter aftertaste like you get from fresh grapefruit.

M- Smooth, but feels a little flat. Not a lot of carbonation going on here. Lighter than medium bodied.

D- Pretty drinkable, but the strong grapefruit and juniper might get old after a couple of these. This would be refreshing on a hot summer day though. Recommend giving this a try!

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly transparent golden color with a large off-white head with pretty good retention and a lot of rings of lacing.

S: Smells very weak, hoppy with floral notes.

T: Strong hops, or atleast the taste of strong hops, the juniper kick it up a notch. A strong herbal taste with a bitter floral finish.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, well carbonated and pretty drinkable seeing as how light it was in taste. Not bad, not good.

Photo of unitas3
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love Rogue Brewery and will always opt to taste something new if I see it. This one popped out so I had to give it a try.

The appearance is a bit cloudy with a golden blonde pale hue. No head whatsoever and not much lacing. On the nose it is a bit boring, yet shines with a dry sweetness. I am not getting much Juniper, which is disappointing to say the least. The flavor isn't giving much Juniper either due to an overwhelming sense of hop flavor. It is a bit of a full mouthfeel with not much balance through the palate. There is a bit of an earthy, dry finish with little or no resonance to the initial flavor.

For me, this beer is missing something... I can't put my finger on it. I'm glad I tried it, but will opt for the Yellow Snow when it comes to Rogue pale ales.

Photo of Azumel
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When I first tried this beer, I thought that I had made a terrible mistake in buying it. The initial taste was hard to place, but reminded me of mint and medicine. After I let it set for a few minutes I did warm up to the flavor. Not too heavy, but the juniper taste seems to linger for a while (at least I'll guess it's juniper as I'm not sure when or where I last had anything with juniper in it). Light body, had a huge head when I poured it that stuck around for a pretty respectable amount of time. Was an interesting drink, glad I tried it, but no interest in having another.

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