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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,162
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-30-2014 21:06:59 | More by tpacek
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-12-2012 17:09:38 | More by troyvar
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-23-2014 19:28:39 | More by JOldewurtel
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-30-2011 07:59:43 | More by Daveychu
Photo of wailingwench

New Mexico

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

Eye Candy: Hazy translucent copper with thick fluffy white head. Individual rising lines of slow rising carbonation. Superb hop clumping and lacing throughout.

The Nose Knows: Sweet malt (kindof similar to Saranac IPA) with crisp piney finish. As it warmed, initial honey-like finished with fruity notes.

Tongueland: Initial piney hops with sweet malts buried underneath. Again, similar to Saranac IPA ininitial taste, Rogue m/f is fuller and more complex in flavor. Smooth and full, danced around mouth and tongue. Honey-like sweet middle that finished peppery. Aftertaste is of a good gin. Interesting transition of flavors.

Bender Factor: Solid to style intrepretation. It isn't an IPA, keep that in mind. Solid session brew, almost to drinkable. However, with Saranac readily available (and cheaper), this won't be a regular in my cart. Still, the compexity of the flavor range netted it a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 00:00:28 | More by wailingwench
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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bomber into a pint glass it pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Smells of floral hops and slightly piney. tastes nice a hoppy, with a nice malt balance, i not sure if i tasted juniper berries since i dont know what they taste like. mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and goes down very smooth. this is a pretty good beer, i will most likley buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 07:37:46 | More by jayfarley3
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy golden yellow into a pint glass with a thick white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is sweet and malty up front, then earthy and piney hops behind. Taste was similar, bready up front, then piney and spicey in the finish. Well balanced, a bit light body with medium carbonation, but quite good to pair with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:31:55 | More by stingrayvr6
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

01-26-2012 10:49:37 | More by dandmc24
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West Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy apricot. White head.
Smell: Very light honey and fruit.
Taste: Refreshing. Light fruit. Hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.

This is a good tasting brew. There is nothing really outstanding about any one facet, except that it is all-around enjoyable; a great warm, summer day drink. I would get it again, but wouldn't go searching for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:32:08 | More by TeamMathis
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-23-2014 22:04:49 | More by jimmy13
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

12-10-2013 23:34:10 | More by Keiferfillinger
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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2002 edition. This brew pours a lovely, slightly hazy light orange-amber with a densely knit off-white head. Be sure to let this one warm up to cellar temps before drinking. Straight from the fridge it is quite bitter, yet without much flavor. I can't empasize that last point enough. My "taste" score for this brew jumped up a full point after letting it warm up a bit.

The smell is an amalgam of candy-like caramel malt, herbal hops, and some pungent pine which is distinctive and quite different from the piney character of PNW hops. The taste is of spicy and herbal hops which are accentuated by the green piney flavor of juniper. Some light crystal malt comes up in mid palate, peeks in the window, sees all the hops and juniper having a party, and decides it's in the wrong neighborhood. The mouthfeel is light yet a bit creamy. The finish is sharply bitter which I personally enjoy, but I could see where this would turn off others. A tasty brew, imo, but not something I'd want all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 21:19:19 | More by johnrobe
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 22oz bomber of this from Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga. It pours out a slightly murky, transparent golden-amber. A respectable, big bubbly head rolls up a good two fingers breadth. Carbonation bubbles are big, lazy and sparse.

Piney hops are big on the nose, and I swear I think I can smell those Juniper berries. Other than that I detect the sweet underlying scent of the malt.

Taste is lead off richly by sweet, creamy, flat malts. Piney hop flavor takes over and rides it out to the end. The aftertaste is dry and slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is medium light and very crisp on the palate.

I like this one a lot, both the idea of it, and the taste. I nice switch up from a standard pale ale. I really regret not trying this on draft when having the chance. There’s always next time though.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 04:13:17 | More by FormatKid
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, clear pale golden with some amber and orange highlights and a sudsy, stark white head. Great looking light beer, and leaves spotted rocky lacing in spots on the glass. Has a clean herbal bread and yeast smell with some floral notes, maybe some vinous hints. Very smooth beer that has a very light malt base followed by more herbal quality that cuts through the bitterness as it shows. The juniper is revealed mostly as the grain dissipates. The herbs and hops mix to create a light crisp finish with green grassy flavors lingering. The beer has a light to medium mouthfeel. The herbal and green qualities of this beer creates a very refreshing and delicately flavored pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 23:40:12 | More by Lldeegan
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2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured coppery, clear, obviously fizzy. Thick soapy head that persisted for some time. ARoma - didn't get much there. Very light citrus, no juniper, maybe a little malty. VERY bitter on the taste - not citrus, and no juniper initially. A little sweetness, some malty notes but extremely bitter. Very dry at the finish, and then get some juniper/gin flavor. It was an OK beer to try, but not one I would go out of the way to find.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:06:36 | More by LeRose
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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first of the Rogues I will try over the coming week or so. I thought I would go with a Pale Ale, something the Americans are known for, and with the addition of Juniper Berries?

Poured out a hazy golden with a thick fluffy sticky 2 inch head. It slowly fell to a 2mm top and thick clingyness along the sides of the glass.

A very floral aroma with some fruity sweetness which I gather is Juniper berry? Never having seen them or tasted or smelt them before, I have no idea what to look for.

A nice sweet malt is pushed away by a big punch of hoppy character. Bloody Americans :P
Very fruit characters, with some grassy overtones, and dry hop finish. The hop astringincy lingers, but I have been enjoying that lately.

Overally, a very good brew to get into the American craft beers. It gives that hoppiness that seems to be what the Americans are all about, but it's not overly harsh. A fantastic Pale Ale that has thus far put most of the Australian efforts to shame from just a glassful of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 13:14:00 | More by Lukie
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just happened upon a 1/2 bbl of this at the store today. Checked BA and decided to pull the trigger. Not sorry at all!!!

In a tall champagne-beer glass...

A: Deep gold with a hazy hue. Thin head that settles into some wispy lacing and a few rings.

S: that's one fine quaff. Not hoppy overpowering, you can smell some other non-hop notes. Citrus and very very faint pine, bread & maybe a slight grass smell and some light fresh juniper notes blend in almost innocuously.

T: lemon grass, then bitter orange, bright juniper finish with light malt.

M: medium bodied. Very SMOOTH and moderately dry. Extremely good!

Overall, very solid brew. It's so subtle, that I'd have to say that if you didn't tell most people it was classified as a spiced beer they'd never know the difference, thinking it was a uniquely hopped pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 21:24:57 | More by Scrapss
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't try this beer if you require the latest, greatest, most extreme taste experience to make you happy. This beer is nothing more than a very nice, full bodied brew with no unpleasantries.
A good beer for any occasion and it would also be a good choice for any mainstream lager drinkers who wish to experiment with a mellow craft ale option.
I do not like to see this beer described as a spice beer...there's nothing spicy about it. Hopefully, calling it a spice beer isn't a deterent for those who are curious about giving this very tasty beverage a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 18:30:41 | More by industrialswill
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

09-19-2012 22:37:37 | More by heizerbjj
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-10-2012 06:05:14 | More by Hoolihan
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

05-14-2013 01:05:26 | More by aty11b
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-07-2014 05:49:28 | More by Bpc24
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

03-30-2014 01:30:57 | More by Idrankthat
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-18-2013 00:33:57 | More by Fast-N-Loud
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-16-2013 05:24:25 | More by SeatsTaken
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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