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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,174 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 38 | 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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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-14-2013 01:21:28 | More by Pensfan0782
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent flavored pale ale, but nothing to write home about.

Pours a medium gold/copper in color, slightly hazy with notable carbonation. Has a thick fizzy white head that receded into a thin cap halfway through the pint. Nose is quite hoppy, lots of floral aromatics. Taste is also hoppy with a thick oily malt body. The juniper isnt very noticable, slightly spicy in the aftertaste but I'm thinking the hops really overtook the flavor overall.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 08:40:21 | More by Gaisgeil
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As you can guess from the name, Yellow Snow is golden in color. Unfortunately, it also smells a bit like its namesake. The taste is similar to the scent, but better, and the advertised juniper berries are faintly noticeable on the palate. Not a terrible beer, but not up to Rogue's standards. I had trouble finishing the 1 pint 6 oz bottle. All in all, a bit disappointing.

According to the bottle, this came from the 2002 batch, so it may have been sitting on a shelf for too long, explaining the bit of funkiness. I'll certainly give it another chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 23:48:15 | More by RockyTopHeel
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beerbrains

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-18-2014 05:26:03 | More by beerbrains
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Nutwood

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2012 22:38:15 | More by Nutwood
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-04-2012 05:50:15 | More by RandyBoBandy
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vhmf1978

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-28-2014 02:40:53 | More by vhmf1978
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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one I had heard about and never had the opportunity to buy, so when I saw a 1pt.9.6oz. bottle of the Yellow Snow, I had ot go for it. It poured copper-orange with a large white foamy head, which stuck around. It had the aroma of honey and malts, mild hoppiness, virtually nothing else.The taste was the same, lots of sweetness, malts and mild floral hops and yeasts. It was smooth and crisp, but a bomber of this was almost too much to drink by onesself. At the very least it was very interesting, and I once again applaud Rogue for branching out and trying something I hadn't seen before, and haven't seen yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 18:33:42 | More by sinistrsam
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crowbar540

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-05-2014 03:51:44 | More by crowbar540
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Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into into a cloudy pale gold, with a thick head. Head evaporated after several seconds. No real noticeable scent. Tastes slightly bitter, with the hint of herbs. No noticeable aftertaste. Feels somewhat fizzy in the mouth, but overall, a mouthful goes down smoothly.

A decent beverage, but nothing that really stands out to set it apart.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 23:02:54 | More by Seanstoppable
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edwardkersh

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-17-2012 16:42:45 | More by edwardkersh
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy sunset gold. Short, crackling head of loosely packed off-white bubbles of mixed sizes. Slow to settle, eventually falling to a tall collar and a handful of scattered dust. Citrusy floral hop aromas and a touch of sweet malt. Floral citrus hops lead the flavor with a bit of raw bitterness. There is a lingering spiciness in the finish that has a tingly quality about it and is a bit peppery. No obvious signs of juniper berries. The hops are the main flavor contributor. The finish is a bit drying and the hops linger a short while. Medium-light body with nice, tingly carbonation. As a pale ale this was ok, but I could not detect any juniper berries which was the reason I decided to try it in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 12:43:04 | More by hopsaplenty
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is bangin. its a fine lookin brew, hazy sunset with a big frothy head. smells spicy, citrus up in hurr, a touch herbal, a pinch piney...im hyped. taste? good. very good. big and malty, yes its hopped but not intensly so like some rogues. a bit grainy with an awesome spicy hit. different than your ordinary pale. medium in the mouth, yet fullfilling in all areas. an outstanding beer, beautiful and tastey...my new favourite "pale ale".

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 23:23:41 | More by DESTRO
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

rogue juniper pale ale
4 hazy golden, looks nearly like a wit but a shade darker. short head drops to a ring and leaves sliding lace.
4-4.5 hops and bready, crackery malt. the hops are citric but not very bold, some juniper in there as well
4 the hop/berry flavor spectrum not as deep and wide as anticipated, but nice. juniper sneaks into the finish, which has a sullen but calms demeanor.
3.5-4 not overly carbonated, but what there is prickles within the soft medium body.
4.5 on the soft and muted side, moreso than would expect given the relative dryness. the hops hang back to try and let the juniper take a leading role, but the berry might not be quite up to the challenge. perhaps a little dull at times and i thought now and then could use a touch more carb, but still enjoyed this one. an easy drinker with a slight twist. a certain german character (from the malt), and for some reason i imagine drinking this from a stein at an ancestral family reunion. definitely evoking the old world, an aspect of the brew i am appreciating more and more as i near the end of the bomber. just read that it's 5.3 abv, which leaves me even more impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 21:58:04 | More by brewmudgeon
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance; off white head, clear golden body, very tight bubbles of carbonation. Nice chunky head with rings of fine lacing.

smell; hop bitterness and piney a bit from the hops and probably the juniper, then a sweet juniper aroma, blended well with the hops. Very spicy, definitely much juniper.

taste; upfront quite strong juniper flavors, bitterness combines with resiny hops. A sweetness, quite characteristic of juniper blends nicely with some semi-sweet malts and balance out the resiny bitterness. Nice balance, well done.

mouthfeel; quite complex and a bit creamy, tingly on the tongue. Refreshing and a bit dry in the finish.

overall; a tasty beer and a must try for juniper/gin lovers, would go nice with game or as a sauce with game.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:38:33 | More by Sachsenfreude
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plinythederek

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-27-2013 02:29:27 | More by plinythederek
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a colour of saffron infused beer. I almost wanted to make risotto milanese with this at first glance. Smelled of hops with a definate piney hoppy smell. Taste was Hoppy with a hint of gin like spice from the juniper berries. Fortunately the jumiper didnt overwhelm as I find Gin disgusting. It was more of the subtle juniper used in german or czech recipes. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky due to the hops but good none the less. I found this beer VERY drinkable and another great offering from Rogue. I wish it were around more of the year.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 04:06:45 | More by TinusTime
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at 13 celcius.

At last my first Rogue. These are hard to come by in Canada (I had to get it at Rideau street Ottawa LCBO).

Tastes very good. Hops, malt and juniper berries predomiant. Good head and nice lacing as well. Alcohol is well cloaked. Nice bitter aftertaste. I hope to get my hands on more of Rogue's brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 02:18:42 | More by bloberglawp
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logicalparadox

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-07-2013 01:04:16 | More by logicalparadox
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Fugazme

Nebraska

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in hue and slightly orange. Very small head, but excellent stick and lacing.

First whiff is malty. Second whiff was very floral with some hops, lavender and juniper. Not nearly as hoppy as I imagined it might be, but still some strong hop aromas.

A very smooth beer on the palate. Very good.

Taste has hops in the front, evening out in the back to some floral notes and malt. Nice balance on this one.

I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 07:13:27 | More by Fugazme
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

A-Slightly veiled golden color with a huge rocky head that does not fade, which I find pretty typical of Rogue.

S-Delicate floral hops, with only a hint of juniper...you have to look for it.

T-Not sure what they were going for here. Not a standout, just a good solid well balanced beer with a malt bias that has a bit of juniper flavor to it. Don't drink this thinking you are going to get a beer martini...it is very subtle. I understand that this is sold as a seasonal under the name "Yellow Snow". It would not be my pick for a winter's day, but as an ice cold summer cooler...sure.

M-Medium to light mouthfeel with balanced carbonation.

D-Drinkable? Absolutely, but there are so many other excellent choices, even from within the brewery that I think I'll be reaching for something else next.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 00:50:06 | More by caddybuyer
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Rob315

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-05-2012 13:45:26 | More by Rob315
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber, this beer has a deep golden body with ample carbonation and a inital head of 1" that fades to lace the surface in whispy clumps. Nice.

Smell: The nose is of clean crystal and munich malts, and the light breath of the en vogue Amarillo hop shines through. I can't quite put my finger on the smell, but it's nice and certainly not too strong.

Taste: In the taste department, nothing jumps out initally. Just a nicely balanced pale ale. The ingredients list Sytrian golding and Amarillo, and these do a nice job imparting a spicy bitterness in the finish without the piney-leafy hop flavor that beers like SNPA pour on thick. It's really quite nice in its restraint. Then, the most unique quality hits you. The taste of juniper berries lingers on the tounge indefinitely. Faintly floral and tangy, this adds a very satisfying note to an already neat finish. I wouldn't have been able to identify it as juniper without looking, but its prescence is quite remarkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is nice and light, smooth across the tongue and well carbonated to carry its carefree stature. It strikes me as odd that this is released as a winter seasonal, but then again, something this nice and drinkable might be the perfect choice to liven a cold gray day. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2005 16:50:05 | More by 99bottles
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Morockm

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-01-2013 00:20:02 | More by Morockm
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer smells a bit like a lager, sweet malt backbones. Pretty much no hops. The beer has a really nice head and dark golden colour. The beer is really fruity and the junipers come out to the end. There is also a bit of bitterness. Pretty balanced beer. Pretty average flavour. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, and decently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 19:13:18 | More by swizzlenuts
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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