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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,198 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | 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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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Brenden

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

The color is a hazy golden copper. A white head is small but tight with fair retention, leaving just a thin lacing sparsely on the glass.
The aroma is hops bud with a lightly sweet malt and a spicy tinge.
The flavor is to suit, with a fair hops presence that balances well with the malt. I get a somewhat subtle taste of berries lingering, somewhat raw, and a curious hint of evergreen needle going on. It's solid.
The body is medium with a nice feel, smooth with a crisp bite. Carbonation is moderate.
This beer is a little weak in the aroma, but certainly a solid brew, plenty enjoyable and quite sessionable.

11-16-2009 20:57:36 | More by Brenden
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-29-2013 20:47:19 | More by DmanGTR
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-13-2013 02:41:31 | More by Lare453
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

I'm not gonna lie to you and pretend I know the first thing about juniper berries (other than the fact they are used in the gin-making process). But since I firmly believe that beer should make a person think, here are a few fun juniper berry tidbits for all y'all:
-it's a remedy to treat tapeworm
-In the Ayurvedic system (don't ask me) juniper is believed to not only purify the body but also the aura.
-contains thujone, which I believe is a hallucinogen (of absinthe fame)
-It has stimulant and analgesic properties.
-it helps clear acid wastes from the body.
-It acts on the urinary, respiratory, nervous and digestive systems
-it's an insect repellant
-It can be used during labor to stimulate contractions.
-And it makes your urine smell like violets (as yet unproven by yours-truly).

Anyway,

This is of the 2002 breed.
Pours a smogged golden under a bleached beige head.
Nose full of ferns and pine needles, and black-light ganja. Notations of dish-washing liquid. The berry sweetness present may or may not be imaginary.
Toasty up front. Progresses towards english muffins, topped with a spit of butter. Not sweet at all, at least right away. Hops are certainly the featured event here. Lightly resinous pine cone Amarillos (oh how I love them), along with the more abrasive and metallic Styrian Goldies. Interesting cross. There's a suggestion of blueberries soaked in gin- adding minor sweetness to the general bitterness- and that is my only entrance to the topic of juniper berries.
Medium bodied and monster drinkable, though that has nothing to do with any sort of berry.
Not as unique as expected, and a bit out-of-place as a winter seasonal, but a dandy pale ale regardless.

Now off to see if that whole violets thing is true.

12-16-2003 08:31:23 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%

This one's from the Juniper Pale Ale bottling, not Yellow Snow.

Cloudy orange pour, little head that doesn't make much effort to retain.

Smell is kind of doughy, but there's quite a bit of hop in it as well that give it a sort of piney scent. This could be juniper berries, I suppose, but I don't really pick those up that strongly.

Flavor is kind of muted pale ale-ish. The hops aren't overly strong, and there's a little bit of an off flavor in there. I can't really tell what it is, but I don't dig it. It tastes a little mildewy, and then the junipery clean tastes comes through in finish.

Overall: I saw this one in Nashville, and I'd never seen it, so I picked it up. Glad I got to try it, but I won't hit this one again, I don't know if it's the juniper or what, but it's not my favorite.

05-19-2005 03:41:52 | More by whartontallboy
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5%

Poured the bomber bottle into my glass and received a dark gold body with a two-finger head that stayed with the beer and left minor lacings. A dry, hoppy smell with some floral aromas and some citrus to it also, but nothing too descript. Not the greatest tasting brew, but it has a fuller citrus flavor from the juniper and there is a nice malt mix to give it a full body. A little too hoppy and dry on the back end makes it a little less smooth than it should be, but it goes down easy. Just a little too dry and not as sweet as I though - just not something I would repeatedly buy.

03-04-2008 20:16:36 | More by clayrock81
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mynie

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Very hazy. The color of over ripe apricots with a small white head that fades to clouds lining the top of the beer.

Juniper is what makes Gin taste like pine, right? Right? None of that here. Pac man yeast takes center stage against Amarillo hops, fruity and dry and slightly wine-like.

Tastes like berries upfront, moving into the pac man yeast, and ending on dry, simple hops. Nothing here really gets me moving, but it's solid all around. I also really like the pacman yeast.

Easy drinking, firm summer session ale.

06-14-2006 04:19:42 | More by mynie
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

This brew pours a cloudy orang-red color with a small white head. The aroma of juniper and pine with some fruit peaking through. The taste is like a pale ale softened by juniper. It reminds me a lot of Fraoch. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and medium bodied. Overall, this brew is a nice change of pace.

10-22-2005 02:42:46 | More by KarlHungus
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3%

One of my favorite Rogue bottles thus far. Pours a medium straw yellow with a puffy off-white head. Smells of light, macro-ish malt, with palpable un-macroish floral and citrusy hop notes. Taste is light, crisp, smooth malts with a touch of fruitiness. Hops are the main event here; very grapefruit-citrusy in flavor, but not too bitter. Finish is a touch oily, bitter, and thirst-quenching. I'd rather drink this in the summer than in the winter. Reminds me a little of New Belgium's Loft (but I like the Loft more).

01-29-2004 18:58:23 | More by alexgash
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -5%

I appreciate the concept inherent in this herbal beer; however, this ale is less charismatic than most of Rogue’s other efforts. Juniper Pale Ale (also known as Yellow Snow) is clouded chamomile color with a relaxed sudsy head and broad draping lace. It tastes like a clean and handsome pale ale in a curious juniper dress. An agreeable curiosity and a welcome diversion, but not a standout on Rogue’s roster.

03-31-2005 01:34:23 | More by RedDiamond
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-18-2014 06:39:08 | More by mhaugo
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -44.6%

12-24-2011 08:08:46 | More by jophish17
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

04-21-2009 08:37:38 | More by CrazyDavros
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-10-2013 18:02:56 | More by AngusOg
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Brent

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

What impressed me about this ale was how sharp the spicy/floral hops were at the middle, but then became quite dry at the finish with relatively little hops residual.

06-21-2001 09:27:29 | More by Brent
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours mid gold with a big head, this is a beer that reveals its charms with time and a little warming up. The nose is hoppy and slightly piney . The beer at first is a normal APA with the tradmark Rogue yeast taste but after awhile the juniper comes out in the finish as dry and herbal. A nice drinking beer with subtle influence from the juniper

04-14-2008 00:40:44 | More by canucklehead
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: clear, bright yellow in color, one inch head, high carbonation

Smell: wood and citrus hops

Taste: wood, citrus hops, caramel malt, melon, and bubblegum on the finish--is that the juniper taste?

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter, medium light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: The taste gets better as it warms and is only slightly different than most pale ales. Very dry and on the hoppier side I could have two. A sipper.

01-11-2010 16:06:31 | More by tigg924
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ADZA

Australia

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

This brew pours an impressive nice semi see thru amber colour with a good looking sudsy,foamy two finger head which then settles down to a nice tier of foam across the top of the beer,i really like the aroma of this it comes across with a nice clean,crisp,herbal smell very nice,it has a good medium moutheel to it with that clean crisp aroma coming thru on the taste and i also can taste a nice taste of the juniper berries in there aswell but i dont find it overly dominant in the brew just nicely paired and it does finish quite bitter,overall a nice brew that is easy to session on and afterall being a beer by Rogue im not suprised.

12-20-2009 05:56:07 | More by ADZA
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

From a bomber, this beer is a clear, pale golden color. Not much of a head. Medium carbonation. The juniper and a little spice is very dominant in the smell...malt, pa,e, with some flowery and resiny scents. Yeast and a little musty earthiness. Semi-sweet and malty...spice follows to the taste, with a bit of to tongue-numbingness. Medium body. Overall quite good.

01-27-2013 20:32:01 | More by Suds
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%

22 oz brown bomber, capped. "Rogue Yellow Snow Ale"

This pale ale poured a clear, golden color with off--white foam that settled. The smell was very malty with a very good mix of bitter and floral hops and faint juniper spiciness. The taste was first and foremost a pale ale: pale malt with a nice mild hop bitterness and some fruity hops and floral hops. The juniper was barely noticeable, but was there if you concentrated. There was the faintest taste of alcohol as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low to moderate carbonation feel. This ale was relatively clean overall. This was a rather nice pale ale with a little something extra. Yellow Snow Ale is an odd name for a beer, however, but I see from Rogue's web site that they changed the name to Juniper Pale Ale in Jan. 2005.

03-19-2005 09:00:04 | More by UncleJimbo
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

This bomber bottle pours a chill hazed, apricot body with a prominent, ivory head that finally stabilizes at about two cm. Gorgeous, patch lace decorates the imperial pint glass I am enjoying this in. Massive presence of small, carbonation bubbles rising to the surface is duly noted.

Interesting aroma that begins with a Munich maltiness, earthy English hops which evoke a meadow suitable for grazing livestock, and some fresh bales of hay to accompany said livestock. At room temperature, the nose is closer to a British style ESB malt note.

Mouthfeel is rather average, light to medium bodied, with good carbonation.

Taste: Hops dominate the beginning, with earthy hay and bitter grass. The juniper berries are definitely noticed, but not in the sense of gin. They meld into the unique hops profile to produce a citrusy, mandarin orange/tangerine, bitter, tartness that is quite tasty. As this Rogue approaches room temperature, a delicate and complex balance emerges between the hops and malts that makes this seem very English, in style. A hybrid between a British pale ale and bitter comes to mind. The bittersweet, dryness that the juniper berries contribute adds a bonus to the complexities present here.

I like this one a lot. One of the most drinkable Rogue ales that I've sampled. Highly recommended.

06-26-2004 21:57:30 | More by merlin48
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-16-2014 05:54:39 | More by mattmarka1
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morimech

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

Pours a bright golden color with a nice one inch white head. Retention is excellant as well as heavy lacing. A terrific looking beer.

The aroma is bready malt with some floral hops, noble hop aromas.

Has a solid malt backbone with mostly hops complimenting the malt. I don't detect the Juniper until the finish with a lingering aftertaste. If finishes dry. Overall a nicely balanced ale.

Has a light body with high, bordering on harsh, carbonation.

A really nicely balanced and flavorful beer. I did not know what to expect with the Juniper berriers but it was more of a complimenting element than a featured flavor.

06-09-2008 22:48:55 | More by morimech
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Sampled as "Yellow Snow Ale", so I don't know how old this bottle may be. Color is a hazy pale shade of copper. Carbonation is fairly high. Head is average-sized and barely off-white. Aroma is of that sweet earthy malt that I've noticed in quite a few Rogue beers. Not bad, but not too interesting. Taste is similar to the aroma, that "Rogue" malt is joined by a zesty hop. Bitterness is relatively high. A hint of something sweet near the finish may be juniper berries. This isn't one of my favorite Rogue beers, it seems plain by their standards, still it's a good drinker that offers a somewhat unique taste.

07-23-2006 21:26:22 | More by Gagnonsux
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%

Bought at the local grocers after getting a sample taster from a Rogue guy doing a promotion.
22 oz screen printed brown bomber( as always)..some dude with his pet Lab. "Together we can do it"..I hope so!
Very pretty looking beer..dark golden with a nice carbonation..small white head.
Whoa..strong and fresh aroma..load of hops..some malt undertones and a piney aroma..must be the juniper.
mmm nice tasteing ale..not as strong as i thought after the aroma..but nice..mostly malty to begin with..creamy, then a hop bite and right at the end a spicy junpier bitter aftertaste.
Pretty nice on the palate..smooth.
A most drinkable beer..at any time of the year.

12-06-2003 03:49:32 | More by Reidrover
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