Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales
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4/5 rDev +10.8%
22-0z bomber, no date.
Pours golden yellow, transparent, with thick foam with tiny bubbles. Pretty persistent, with fine lacing along my wine glass. By the time I poured the last of it, I was pouring yeast or other sediments, dark speckles that did not seem to affect flavor but made the beer less transparent.
This has the malt aroma that seems to be a signature in most Rogue brews, Im not quite sure what it is. I'll need to double check the ingredients. Anyhow, it's a nice malt. There is also something like vanilla cream. Funny, cause it is made with Juniper. I can find the Juniper in the nose, but the spiciness has another dimension. Intriguing.
Taste is malt, but there is something of that vanilla-like spice. The hops are primarily there for bittering, and balance the malt without giving you a big hop pucker. Bottle says 45 IBUs, which is higher than I would have guessed. This is delicious.
The mouthfeel is a bit oily, pleasantly coating the mouth, but the finish seems dry. Interesting textures
Starting Gravity is listed as only 13 deg Plato, but seems strong, and over the course of 22 ounces, the maltyness began to cloy. Maybe it could be a little more balanced? I wouldnt drink more than one of these bombers in an evening.
08-29-2006 16:28:47 | More by pweis909
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
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
04-13-2009 13:44:55 | More by deanhead
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
A - A very light crisp golden color. Not as much saffron as the bottle says.
S - Smells a lot like an English pale ale can't smell the juniper over the amarillo hops.
T- Very nice and refreshing. On the light side of pale ales. Juniper upfront with hops as a very nice finisher.
M - Light with a little cream.
D - Very refreshing. A good summer or spring beer. Not so much winter ale.
01-23-2008 01:26:57 | More by slvrmon82
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
I had a pint of this at the Rogue bar in Eugene, OR a few weeks ago and liked it enough to grab a bomber for home. The underlying style here is a pale ale; it's been flavored with juniper berries and, consequently, shows a clean fruity finish instead of the typical hop bitterness that characterizes APAs. It's a pale gold (the bottle says 'saffron') with a huge, dome of a head that is well-retained throughout the pint.
The bouquet shows little sign of juniper; rather, it's filled with strong bready and buttery aromas along with a light, estery fruitiness. The malts are clearest up front on the palate, where their toasty flavors really
come through. The finish is sweetish and clean, as the hops have been reduced in favor of juniper. Strangely, there's only a slight juniper presence flavor-wise in this beer. It's effects are clear in and limited to the overall mouthfeel.
I really enjoyed this beer, though I find it problematic style-wise, as it neither jives well as an APA nor as an herb/spice beer. The juniper flavors and aromas just aren't strong enough, but neither are the hops. In
a blind tasting, I could have been pretty easily convinced that this was an amber ale. Were Rogue able to keep the current appearance and overall texture of the brew while upping the juniper presence as part of the beer's aromas and flavors, this could be a classic brew.
Nonetheless, it remains a very refreshing brew from Rogue that pairs well with creamy pasta dishes.
06-20-2006 04:45:37 | More by benito
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours an amber colour, creamy head and a thin layer of foam that persisted. Floral aroma, hoppy, berries. Hopped up, fruity and dry. Sweet fruit, balanced by a good amount of bitterness. I always like a hopped up pale ale, and this one suited me just fine. Would drink this more often, but a bit pricey around here. Anchor liberty is a better and cheaper alternative.
12-26-2004 05:43:42 | More by baiser
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Out of a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. No freshness date.
A - Pours a pretty hazy golden/yellow hue with a fluffy white head.
S - The hops and juniper combine to create a pretty floral bouquet. Beneath this lies some honey, lemon, and a bit of grassiness.
T - Much the same as the aroma. The juniper presents almost as an aftertaste, akin to straight gin. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing off-putting.
M - Light to medium feel. It's pretty refreshing and I'd rather have this on a hot summer day.
D - Pretty drinkable. The pale ale taste is supplemented by juniper rather than allowing the supporting role to take over.
02-04-2011 01:52:17 | More by alkemy
3.28/5 rDev -9.1%
Just above average, I was kind of exspecting more. Nice yellowish amber color with a lacey head. It is kinda "flat" however. Subtle hops, just barely there. Nothing really jumps out at you, except the name. I would drink this again, but I won't go out of my way to find it.
01-19-2004 15:44:48 | More by bewareOFpenguin
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
Don't eat the yellow snow, but by all means, drink it! This ale pours a nice, dark golden hue from the tap and features a durable, bubbly head. The nose, typical of most Rogue products, is quite hoppy, leaving not much else to the imagination. The taste is very pleasing and balanced, featuring a nice amount of bittering hops, malt, and some fruit (Juniper berries). The carbonation is just right on this one, and drinkability-wise, Yellow Snow scores high. A quality offering, and well worth seeking out on tap.
09-28-2002 14:32:27 | More by Jon
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Picked up a bottle of Puffin Pale Ale (new alias!) at Rogue's Public House in San Francisco ('free range coastal waters' in the ingredients)
a- cloudy, light copper/orange hue with small, white, creamy head that is mostly diminishing, moderate lacing
s- nose has subdued tones of dry maltiness, with underlying hops and very slight berry aroma
t- dominated by maltiness in the front and middle followed up by a bitter hoppy finish, and yes i catch a little berry in the middle that is probably of the Juniper variety
m- medium bodied, adequate carbonation, dry prolonged finish
d- well-balanced pale ale with nice blending of 4 malts and 2 hops, alcohol is well-hidden, not the most outstanding choice in the pale ale category, I doubt I would have an urge for a repeat tasting
08-19-2007 23:36:32 | More by Stoneman78
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
A: Pours hazy pale gold with creamy white uneven head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Light pale malts balance with some citrus hops and a light smell of fresh yeast. in a word - nice.
T&M: Flavors are balance very well. The fresh aromas transfer nicely to the flavors as this sold wash of flavors envelops the tongue with a creamy texture that just adds to the experience. The carbonation is light and continuous. The finish is quick, clean and lingers just slightly with dry balance of hops and malt.
D: Most enjoyable. Easy to drink, very fresh tasting, and definitely something that I would seek out again in the future. Nice.
06-05-2008 22:45:44 | More by SIRIUS2
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
Pours a hazy orange color. Medium head of small bubbles. Aroma is of orange peal and pine.
Taste is balanced with a malty sweetness and orange citrus hops. Interesting interplay between the Amarillo hops and Munich malts The juniper berries show more in the aftertaste, but do make an appearance in the taste as well. Slight pine in the flavor, slight gin like aftertaste.
Very drinkable and enjoyable.
10-23-2005 17:01:25 | More by sacfly
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a slightly cloudy, yellowish-gold color. Tons of carbonation buttles rising throughout the glass. A 3 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly leaving decent lacing.
Initially, the aroma is redolent of hops, but the smell of honey-like malt soon arises and eventually predominates.
The first taste impression is of honey. soon balanced nicely by a hoppy bitterness and a hint of juniper.
Medium mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy, again reminiscent of honey. Very peppery carbonation. Smooth and silky.
A good drinker. Very pleasant.
04-20-2011 05:03:35 | More by obywan59
4.08/5 rDev +13%
Ill keep this one simple...
Light yellow with a little haze...
Smells like flowers pine and sugar....
Tastes like an IPA and I spice cabinet, not to mention when you eat it with turkey you want more and Visa Versa...
Great Pale ale and makes thanks giving a blast.
12-03-2012 02:17:02 | More by Danno48
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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