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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:
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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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Greasy, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of pweis909
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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, I’m 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 wouldn’t drink more than one of these bombers in an evening.

pweis909, Aug 29, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of deanhead
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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

deanhead, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of benito
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

benito, Jun 20, 2006
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

NCbeerpirate, Dec 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ZachRusk, Dec 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Donkster46, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

baiser, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of alkemy
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

alkemy, Feb 04, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bewareOFpenguin, Jan 19, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

MAUEX_MFA, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Jon
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jon, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of Danno48
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Danno48, Dec 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

athomasPSU, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

jordanmckell, Jul 03, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Stoneman78, Aug 20, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

obywan59, Apr 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

vhmf1978, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

SIRIUS2, Jun 05, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

AWB3, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of sacfly
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz
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.

sacfly, Oct 23, 2005
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

CBlack85, Feb 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

CaptainPancakes, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep straw color with a lot of billowy white head. Maybe 2 1/2 fingers, not much retention, but a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong flavor of hops, and some slight juniper smell. Slightly floral, really great smell.

T: Wow, what a letdown. Tastes watery, some slight hops on the finish, but not a whole lot else. I'm not tasting any juniper, almost no malt. Terribly out of balance and weak.

M: Mouthfeel is fine: Light, nice amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, just not good. I would never pay money for this again. I had high hopes since I love gin so much, but this is an enormous disappointment. More proof that Rogue is a mediocre, overpriced brewery.

DaveBlack, Dec 11, 2010
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.