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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,219 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,219
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of BeanBone
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A barley hazy golden-straw body capped by half a finger of fluffy off-white head that endures well and leaves great lacing despite its short stature.

Aroma: Floral, lightly spicy, and citusy hops over a sweet crackery malt body.

Flavor: Up front, floral, peppery, and citrusy hops with light bitterness. Underneath the hops, a pale crackery malt backbone keeps everything balanced nicely. Unfortunately, the elements don't work as well together here as they did in the aroma. Floral hops and crackery malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, the big bomber goes back in a flash.

Verdict: Juniper Pale Ale is a cheery little beer, but ultimately pretty forgettable. The aroma was pretty promising, but the flavor ended up being a little too muddled and boring.

BeanBone, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of John_Beeryman
3/5  rDev -16.9%

John_Beeryman, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Lupe
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit, the name made me buy it. How can you resist something called Yellow Snow?

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color with a decent white head that leave nice sheets of lace. Floral and citrus hop aromas dominate. Medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation that dances on the tounge. Starts off with sweet malt flavors, and the comes citrus and herbal flavors from the hops, along with some bitterness. Notes of evergreen and a strange spiciness is in the backround which must come from the juniper berries. Finishes dry with some herbal-spiciness.

Not bad, but seems like something is missing in this beer. Not one of Rogue's best, nor a top Herb-Spice brew, but it is drinkable.

Lupe, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of slvrmon82
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

slvrmon82, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of cdizinno
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OKAY BIG EDIT: best if you really stir up the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The last half was MUCH better. Smoother and tastier.

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bomber as pictured into a tulip glass. Descriptive list of the 10 ingredients.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with minimal head and lacing.

S: Nice mild hop scent with undertones of spice and juniper. Some pale malt sweetness.

T&M: Smooth with a crisp malt and mild bitter hop taste. Light juniper berry flavor. Mild fruitiness with malty sweet light carbonation.

cdizinno, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of GiantMidget
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

GiantMidget, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jordanmckell
3.5/5  rDev -3%

jordanmckell, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of EPseja
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served form the signature Rogue bomber in a pint glass at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a vibrant gold color - crystal clear until I got to the bottom and a blop of sediment fell into the beer. The pour is very active, with carbonation spewing bubbles throughout the glass. The head is straight white and starts out at about 1/2 inch, falling to a "snow flurry" mat on the surface of the beer. Lacing is mediocre at best.

S - Nice malt-laden nose, well blended with sweet dark honey-pine hoppiness. Subtle nuances of maple are also detected. Reminds me a bit of the nose of a lighter winter warmer, perhaps. Very intriguing.

T - The sip begins with a decent dose of medium bodied malts. In the middle comes a tasty, although slightly rough spicy hit - no doubt from the juniper berries. This spiciness blends with the hops in the back of the throat to give a nice bitterness. Aftertaste is a mix of IPA with a lacing of gin, accented by a warming of the belly.

M - Very tingly despite the well checked carbonation. Watery, but becoming mouthfilling. Swallow is smooth and cascading.

D - An interesting take on a standard Pale Ale indeed, although this beer seems to have been lumped into the "spiced/herbed beer" category. The alcohol content on the lower side is nice, as it helps to keep you on the straight and narrow, should you choose to have more than one. A nice springtime drinker, even if a smidge rough around the edges.

EPseja, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of tpacek
3.5/5  rDev -3%

tpacek, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of trevorwideman
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour, quite pale, more so than I expected. Massive rocky head, lots of lace, and vigorous carbonation. Looks great. Smell is less amazing, but not really offensive. Very earthy malt nose, slight caramel sweetness, some floral notes, and for lack of a better term, the forest after a light rain.

Taste is much more hoppy than I expected, but piney, resiny hops. Bitter and sour is the name of the game here. It's strange, but even though the flavour is a bit awkward, it reminds me of the Pacific Northwest in a big way. Wet leaves, pine, forest, grass, earth. There is a little bit of clover honey sweetness in the back but the malt presence is light and dosen't really shine through much. Taste mellows as the beer warms but this is definitely a unique one. Not offensive, just different. Mouthfeel is very drying and light bodied. Not a heavy beer but it's a little sticky. Carbonation is a little bit high in my opinion. I'm not sure if more than one of these would be in order, but it's not a dreadful brew. Very unique and worth trying at least once. It reminds me of nature and all the things my Grandfather loves.

trevorwideman, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a mug at a pretty cold temperature...it was sitting in a box on my front porch all day! Thanks mikesgroove!

A - Poured a clear golden color with a fair amount of carbonation and a slight head with little retention.

S - Faint floral aroma with a mildly hoppy backdrop. Not very strong.

T - A little hoppy with a piney/floral accompaniment. Leads way to a malty flavor until it finishes with a slight tartness. Interesting blend, hard to put a finger on it exactly...a 50/50 mix of an APA and the stated Herbed/Spiced Beer styles.

M - Thin, bubbly body with a crisp finish.

D - The slightly complex flavors make this out to be better than it is...I felt like there should be more to this beer. Still an enjoyable selection, but I won't be looking for another one anytime soon. More of an APA than anything.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 26, 2006
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
Photo of ZachRusk
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ZachRusk, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.5/5  rDev -3%

MAUEX_MFA, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Jackal
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 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
Photo of BigGold
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

BigGold, Feb 26, 2014
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
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +10.8%

NCbeerpirate, Dec 04, 2011
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
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
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
Photo of obywan59
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
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
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