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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,207 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

JRBecks, Oct 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

WoodburyMN, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

A nice treat from Rogue, a little bit of variety. This nice pale ale has a good amber color, with a nice off white head. The smell is citrusy and piney, with some fruity notes that I imagine are the juniper berries. The malt also lends a creaminess and some caramel aromas. The taste offers the same notes as the smell, with more complexity, fruitiness, maltiness, creaminess, caramel, etc. The mouthfeel is medium and fairly full, and the drinkability is very good. This is easily sessionable. Recommended.

sacrelicio, Sep 08, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

stript, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of MMAJYK
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%

A- Golden yellow color with minimal head, but what is there is bright white. Totally transparent. Lacing is somewhat present on the sides of the glass.

S- Sour hops. Also, some floral and citurs smells there, but not alot like most pale ales. Caramel is very light, but is also present.

T- Semi bitter hops. Citrus and florals are there as specified in the nose.

M- Low carbonation (possibly from the tap) and is oily.

D- Does not go one way or another. Just average to me.

Overall- Just Ok. Decent ale, but is somewhat watery to me. It may be because this was from the tap, but I will definitely give another try to distinguish if this is indeed true.

MMAJYK, Jan 01, 2008
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Vanz, Jan 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Dcunicelli, Jul 28, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

I had heard of Yellow Snow before...who hasn't with its infamous name, but when I saw Juniper Pale Ale on the shelf I thought it was a new offering from Rogue. Regardless I've always wanted to try a Juniper inspired beer and this was my chance...

Basically a crystal clear orange body with a very small head composed of rather large bubbles. Disappeared to almost nothing rather quickly. This aspect definately needs to be worked on.

Aroma indicates this to be a pretty balanced beer between the hops and malts. Hops come out with a citrus and earthy side while the malts present a caramel sweetness with some buttery notes. Deep within are the subtle hints of what I assume to be some juniper. We don't have junipers in the south so I wouldn't know, but I have my suspicions as to what they smell like.

Taste is light. This would be acceptable in my book if there was a lighter malt/hop taste and a more pronouced dose of the juniper which the beer intends to highlight. Taste which is there offers up some bitterness in the finish in the form of a floral flavor which goes into a resin hop finish. Malt comes in slightly bready. Some subtle cedar berry hints in the finish (cedar is what I'm more familiar with, haha). But the only reason I would recognize that is b/c of the beer's name. Some buttery notes are introduced as well.

Mouthfeel is okay. A bit thin. Coats the mouth well enough. Drinkability is only a bit above average. The taste is alright, but any more than the bomber and I'd call it quits.

Not what I was expecting. I think this beer should be simplified a bit and hit a little heavier with the juniper to really allow this unique ingredient to shine. I think that the flavor combinations work against each other and down play the key player in this one.

blitz134, Jul 12, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

sneth019, Mar 29, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

Hazy light brass color with a good head to go with it. Nose consisted of various items. Orange, lemon, ginger, junipers in the background. Citrus hops and pine hops come out of the woodwork as well. Taste is rather herbal and earthy with orange and spices coming together that work well together. Junipers come out in the finish and last into the aftertaste. I like how the flavors go together in this brew. Mouthfeel was mediumish with good carbonation. Almost seems to be a full bodied beer, but the carbonation sets is straight. Solid beer and perhaps one of Rogue's underrated beers.

necoadam, Jan 11, 2006
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

bob727, Nov 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

Quaffer, Mar 02, 2003
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3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

Golden orange color with creamy one-finger eggshell colored head. Nice lace.

Sweet orangey citrus hops, hint of pine, with spicy perfume scent on top; hint of caramel.

Pale malts, mildly sweet with hints of orange. Good amount of hops to balance throughout that builds to a bitter and slightly spiced finish.

Smooth, almost creamy, full-bodied Pale Ale. Good hearty Pale that is pretty sessionable.

BeerZack, May 15, 2008
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2.65/5  rDev -26.6%

My second taste of Rogue after Dead guy ale.
A- A flat looking dirty gold. There's lacing but almost no head.
S- A bit of sweet beet or tomato juice. Some hops and iron.
T- Same as the smell. Not too good but I like it. A bit oh honey hop. Black tea.
M- Weak carbonation, pretty thin. Feels like an unfinished homebrew.
D- Good. I could drink a few of these but they'd have to be colder to make up for the rest.

Won't buy it again but would drink it again.

EDIT: Read the other reviews and I'm seeing discrepancies, especially in regards to the mouthfeel. So I'm guessing I may have gotten a subpar bottle.

Yoonisaykul, May 06, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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!

BeerAngel, Feb 14, 2003
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a straw color with a 2-finger yellowish head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is made up of yeast, amarillo and crystal hops--piney and floral. The taste is piney and flowery hops with juniper berries. Quite bitter. Medicinal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, light to medium-bodied.

This is fair in the drinkability area. The aftertaste is a little medicinal and if you don't like juniper berries, it's not for you. The hops make it worthwhile.

theghost3, Apr 04, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Hardcore, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

salinasa, Nov 28, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a thing white head that lingers for a while. Aroma is spruce and grapefruit hops over a big bready maltiness. Taste is a strong pale malt flavor followed by the piney hops and clean berry aftertaste which I'm assuming is the juniper. Medium bodied, very smooth, and just a slight hop oiliness, this is has a good mouthfeel. Not really familiar with juniper, I was apprehensive about this, but it's really just a solid APA with a slight berry taste--very nice.

cubedbee, Jul 08, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a slightly cloudy dark gold, almost amber color. Not much head but good lace. The first whiff I got upon opening the bottle was a nice hop floralness. Once in the glass I also got the rich malt aromas and some slight citrus. Flavor is what I consider a standard craft pale ale, slightly carmelized malt followed by a slightly spicy hop flavor. Nothing special, but not macroized (if thats a word) either. A bit watery but that makes it more drinkable to me as I am not a huge hop head. All in all a decent beer but nothing special.

sabrills70, Apr 11, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

tjsmith910, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Kornoms, Sep 01, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%

Rogue Yellow Snow Ale, despite its humble name, is immensely complex. The nose is light hops and rye. The ultimate flavor of the amarillos -- notes of citrus, pear, and mango -- shines through on every sip.

So, fine -- amarillo pale ales have been done and they're delicious, but who cares? Rogue uses this glorious hop as more than a flavoring agent. It's used to bring out the unique fruit of the juniper berry. And who would have ever thought, after having had handles upon fifths of Beefeater and, even, Bombay, that juniper had such rich flavor. It is, indeed, a berry that's found its long-lost soul mate in the amarillo hop. This pairing is more than commendable, it's downright holy. Sure, the initial taste is this weird leafy citrus and the finish (I seriously encourage you to burp) is fruity gin, but between these two extremes I taste saison, wheat, and crisp, oaky chardonnay. The beer begs for fish.

The flavor isn't as menacing as Old Crustacean, as precise as I2PA, or as rich as Morimoto Hazelnut. Yellow Snow is a dictum of creativity and subtle craft that challenges the drinker, the brewer, and beer en masse.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Nov 20, 2003
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.