Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.25/5 rDev -10%
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.
08-12-2009 03:25:40 | More by womencantsail
3.05/5 rDev -15.5%
Appearance: Lightly hazy, pale golden body with a small white head.
Smell: Mild aroma with a vague biscuit character and notes of pine and citrus.
Taste: Slight dry, biscuity maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Piney, citrus hop flavors with a medium amount of bitterness. The meager juniper flavor comes in right when the bitterness hits and is rather obscured by it. Heck, if the beer didn't have "juniper" in the name, you might miss it altogether. Light, lingering bitterness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Maybe I need to lighten the fudge up, but unless the juniper berries ever decide to drop by, I say just skip this one.
01-10-2008 21:09:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-05-2012 01:15:24 | More by kylehay2004
2.85/5 rDev -21.1%
I was so excited to try this beer and it left me completely bummed. The pour was decent with golden colored liquid accompanied by a white head that left some lacing. The smell of the beer really didn't give me any reason to believe there was any juniper in there. The taste was kind of on the typical ale flavor side with not too much else really jumping out at us. The mouthfeel was decent, it was a bit heavier than some ales but not by much. Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer at all. Better luck next time I guess.
06-20-2011 03:58:45 | More by Knapp85
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Seems to pour more of an orange color than a urine color but what the hell,with a decenthead that left a light lacing on my pint glass,definent Northwestern ale smell of zesty hops.Taste does have a nice malt firmness to it with a slight juniper taste finishing with a hop atttack wich kinda brings this beer together.Apretty good beer but Rogue makes better.
11-06-2003 12:28:26 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
$3 pint special at the Long Room.
Pale gold with a slight haze. Thin cap of foam, the lacing was nice looking, it formed in concentric rings down the glass. Typical pale ale aroma of light bready malt. Really hard to pull out the juniper based on smell alone.
Light bodied with a decent feel, pale malt, caramel, a dry finish with a bare hint of pine and herb. I haven't tasted juniper berries before, but there wasn't much in the way of fruit, just dry herbals with a mild element of bitterness.
This was an easy pint to drink, refreshing and fairly well put together.
10-03-2008 14:18:01 | More by emerge077
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
03-30-2011 01:25:24 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
12-24-2009 00:53:36 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +19.9%
Hazy, light amber with a creamy white head that holds well and leaves some decent lace. The aroma offers bold floral and citrusy hops over a softly sweet and buttery malt. Very inviting! The flavor starts with a very nice, gently sweet malt that's laced with toasty biscuit and caramel. A creamy mouthfeel enhances the maltiness. The body is deceptive - seemingly fuller than it actually is - and the gentle carbonation is very fine. Hops emerge with both bitterness and flavor (earthy, lightly citrusy, fruity - or is that the juniper?) just prior to the swallow, and the finish is dry with a lingering maltiness and some minor hops notes. Although I cannot distinguish the juniper berries, there is something very distinct about this beer and I can only assume that they are the cause. Quite a unique and charming beer that offers some good malt character (although not alot of complexity), but also retains the Rogue signature hoppiness. Very drinkable, and a nice change of pace from the usual winter beers!
12-11-2002 19:07:36 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a clear gold with a very nice off white head. Flavor is extremely smooth. Nice crisp juniper edge that carries a nice berry tone. The juniper definitely appears more as time goes on and it warms. Nice feel on the mouth. I think this is a very good beer. Sure it is heavy on the juniper. But Ive never been opposed to having an interesting ingredient in my beer if it provides a unique drinking experience.
01-01-2008 06:37:20 | More by RblWthACoz
3.5/5 rDev -3%
On-tap 8/7/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light amber color, with a decent-sized off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light malts, spice and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of spice and caramel, along with a good hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, it's a little bit different from your regular pale ale and is a decent lighter beer to drink, but there are several beers I would pick first.
08-09-2008 15:13:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
02-01-2008 06:35:23 | More by nickfl
2.88/5 rDev -20.2%
Presentation: 22oz bomber with no freshness date to be found. Ingredients and a blurb about the brew on the label.
Appearance: Mild tobacco earthy aroma with a spicy hop / juniper and pale malt sweetness.
Smell: No not the colour of yellow snow, more of a full glow of bronze with a patchy white lace.
Taste: Smooth with a crisp malt and fullish mouth feel, herbal and almost tobacco like hop bitterness and flavour erupt in the mouth with a light juniper berry flavour. Mild fruitiness with a sweet and malty back round, grainy finish. Hop flavour lingers and becomes a bit astringent along with a touch of juniper that brings a little sparkle to the brew.
Notes: Not a bad brew at all though hops seem to over take the brew with an earthened hop flavour that may not be agreeable with some beer drinkers.
01-27-2001 23:18:08 | More by Jason
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance: Golden amber hue with an off white cream colored head leaves behind ample lacing fluffy appearance nice. Aroma: Touch of Juniper berries brings about an herbal tea quality to the flavor along with the pale malts and mild citrus tone hops are light here different from most Rogue products. Taste: Slight sweet spicy golden ale with an herbal hop profile not bad just nothing blowing me away I did enjoy. Mouthfeel: Light medium bodied decent carbonation slightly fluffy texture. Drinkability: Strange unique quality added from the juniper berries can't say I would frequent drinking this beer but it was nice for something different.
03-23-2004 16:41:27 | More by WVbeergeek
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of rocky egg shell white head. Insane lacing & head retention
S: Biscuitty malt & leafy hops
T: Biscuitty malt, leafy & minty hops up front, plus slight medicinal juniper twang. Minty hops, dryness, & some more biscuitty malt. Finishes with chalky dryness, some grapefruit, apricot & leafy hops. Almost pulled a 4.0
MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, & pretty good, balance, just not super-wild about the hops used here
Drinks pretty good, but nothing special as far as pale ales go
06-08-2008 06:31:49 | More by russpowell
4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
My first taste under the new label and name. Sure, it was a cute, clever, if crude name for a winter spiced seasonal, but vulgarities only get you so far in the wider world. Who can take a beer seriously, when it's named after something you wouldn't want to eat or drink? So, goodbye Yellow Snow, hello, Juniper Pale Ale...
Very cloudy orange appearance, bedecked with a fresh, full head, softly settling.
Citric aroma, orange, tangerine, lemon, met well with spice, ginger, juniper, and a hint of spruce? Or am I imagining things? It's sweet and pleasant, though, ...bready, malty presence is felt and makes itself known in this mix...sweet and spicy, just like I like it!
Taste: smooth, fruity entrance on the palate, very slick and easily quaffed...great balance here, fruit and spice have melded and are backed up by malt...this is a unique beer, fit for any occasion, but best suited for impressing non-beer-loving friends to jolt them from their preconceptions.
Very tasty, medium-bodied, with a light, fruity finish.
Would go great as with food or as an after-dinner aperitif, or just on it's own as a special treat.
Damn nice beer, no surprise, from Roque.
06-12-2005 09:55:15 | More by feloniousmonk
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me. Poured cold and allowed to warm in a goblet.
A - A brilliant amber w/ 2 fingers of white foam that creates sporadic lace on the glass. This ale had a slight chill haze when poured.
S - A light apricot aroma is fragrant w/ a subtle floral note. There is a pleasant aromatic pine/juniper note w/ an herbal aspect. The citrusy amarillo hop aroma is noticeable in the nose.
M - Grainy w/ a moderate amount of bitterness up front. The malt provides a decently balanced feel. A full effervessence contributes to the balance also w/ a nice touch of malty warmth underneath and herbal tinges.
T - A smooth malt flavor w/ a good juicy dose of tangerine flavored citrus hops. Plenty of malt flavor w/ crystal influence is detected in the sweetness of the flavor. A piney note that carries on until the sweetness and subtle warming w/ a hint of spice.
D - Very decent drinkability wise. This is a nice NW pale w/ plenty of hop flavor and the juniper is hinted at also. The balance is very good, I would definitely pick this one up again.
11-26-2007 18:59:29 | More by Slatetank
3.54/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
04-11-2013 16:12:11 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
The beer pours a golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of pale ale malts and an array of floral hops. The taste is good as well. It is a light, pale beer with an awesome hop flavor and a dry finish. It says it is brewed with juniper berries, but I don't taste them. It is a good beer nonetheless. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks very well. I've never had a bad beer from these guys. It didn't know what to expect with this only because of the name, but I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks Quaffer for helping me reel in my "white whale."
02-13-2004 23:17:51 | More by WesWes
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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