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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 32
Gots: 56 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

IWannaEatFood, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of ectomorph
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours orange and gold with a thin white head and mild lace.

S - Piney citrus and bread like balance.

T - Malty with a light hop bitter kick. I taste the berries in the aftertaste more than anywhere else.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little watery.

D - Much better than expected. I would love another.

ectomorph, Jul 17, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

comradekyle, May 13, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

HowlingTurkey, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of devinoconnor
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Certainly not Rogue's best beer, but it's a nice mix from their heavier ales.

Pours a clear orange yellow color. Smell is piney with some orange undertones.

There's a little malt in the flavor, which works well with the pine flavors. Overall, a nice summer beer if you're looking for something a little different.

devinoconnor, Jun 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

LouZ, Tuesday at 07:46 PM
Photo of Jordan444
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Jordan444, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of cracgor
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an ambercolor with a thin flimsy white head and minimal lace. Has an aroma of oily hops that remind me of melon and sycamore trees. Very good smell. Tastes incredibly well balanced. The sweet foundation of malts stands up very well to the hops that taste exactly like they smell. The beer has a light/medium body that lends well to enjoying this beer through the night. Another solid beer from Rogue.

cracgor, Jan 27, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

RollTide7, Jun 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

BeerGod27, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Stevebeergeek, Sep 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of kgotcher
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No idea what a juniper berry tastes like so here goes.

Pours like a very nice pale ale, clear gold pale color, big white head, lots of carbonation. Keeps a nice thin head throughout the whole drink which is impressive. Aroma is very malty with mild hoppyness, floral notes (maybe junipers?) A nice rich pale ale aroma with a hint of spicyness.

Taste is very smooth and malty, creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. A very nice touch of fruity sweetness and then finishes very dry. (maybe the only detraction)

Not a far stretch from a typical pale ale but with a richer, smoother and maltier flavor. I can detect a bit of fruity bitterness in the finish that could be from the berries (like sucking on a grape skin).

This is a great beer. Definately will put this on my list of favorites.

kgotcher, Jun 12, 2006
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3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Paired it with some baked curry-coconut chicken.

A - pours somewhere between honey-gold and coppery orange. two fingers of pristine white head that fade slowly. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S - Not too much to smell here. Some citrusy hops and possibly the juniper coming through. It's slightly earthy and piney. Not too sure though.

T - Mildly sweet up front with a bready flavor following through the middle. Hop bitterness hits the sides of the tongue first followed by the earthy, lemongrass character of their hops. A bit of a tanginess is also present here. Not sure if that's the juniper berries or not.

M - Thin body with a juicy, quenching finish (uncharacteristic for an IPA). Good carbonation.

rundocrun, Jul 03, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

AaronOp, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

swaghawk, Apr 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

rogueleonardi, Jan 25, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. Very nice aroma smells of citrusy hops. The taste reveals a nice maltiness with strong hops bitterness. The beer seems to change flavors as I drink the glass. At the top was mostly bitterness by the bottom third of the glass I'm getting more citrus taste. I like the very specific ingredients list on the bottle detailing the type of hops, malts, and yeast used. Listed on the bottle as a pale ale. There is a pleasant lingering aftertaste that coats the tongue.

mjohn27603, Nov 23, 2002
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3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

S - Little bit of sweetness, biscuit graininess. Mild grassy hops.

A - Thick/rocky white head packed with tiny bubbles. Perfect clarity inside the golden color. Tons of sticky lacing.

T - Starts with an early appearance from dominant pine hops. Malt is mild and lacks defining character. Twangy weird spice flavor midway through and into the finish. Never dries up.

M - Semi-dry, medium to medium-light body, medium-light carbonation.

O - Beautiful looking beer. Not the freshest example I'm sure. Aroma was modest and the flavor was unusual. Had near the same mouthfeel as a good pale ale. Unique in its own right but I didn't especially enjoy the strange twanginess to the flavor. Worth trying once but not quite worth seeking out again.

Jparker37, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Bigben0328, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of ithacabaron
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly more golden orange than "yellow snow" yellow, with a nice white head that sinks to a pilsner like film (odd).

Aroma...I almost always smell the yeast first when I smell beer, and I can tell right off the bat, even if I didn't have a label to go by, this is a Rogue offering. Love their yeast too, it's just slightly sweet and nutty. Other smells are oily, rind-like hops, and another somewhat hop-like flavor I can't figure out (which I'd assume is the juniper).

Taste is less refined that many other Rogue offerings, with a very tart, acidic rind-like hop attack, and a grainy, thinner, non ale-like malt, again, very pilsner-like. Finish lacks the malt that I think it could benefit from, but the after taste, once the lingering bitterness goes away, is quite pleasant on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is appropriate, but the carbonation seems a bit aggressive.

As with any beers that come in bombers, drinkability is limited -- but with this beer, unlike some others, I don't think I'd want more than one in a session. It was enjoyable for the duration of the bottle though.

A very odd ale, but enjoyable. I'll have to try this again -- but probably not for a while.

ithacabaron, Jan 05, 2004
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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going into this I really did not know what a Juniper berry was...but that proved not to be too much of a problem...

The beer poured into a pint glass a golden color from a 22oz bomber(yeast sediment was visible through the bottle, but not so much in the beer), with carbonation that was visible throughout the entire drinking experience. It had a 1/4 inch or less head that was snow white, that disappeared quickly. The head left a bubbly white lace around the glass.
Smell was of strong herbal/citrus hops(but that might also be coming from the juniper berries) and a nice presence of slightly sweet malt.
Taste: this is a pale ale. The juniper part might turn people off thinking what they will, but it really is a nice american pale ale. The hops were present throughout the entire body, but the malt, which was very mellow and present mainly in the beginning and middle of the body, was there just enough to balance(but the hops was still the star quality). The finish was crisp, and almost clean but a herbal/spice flavor lingers for quite a while.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: more than moderate carbonation, medium bodied. I feel that this is more balanced than, but still representative of the american pale. Great american pale ale...I'm really glad I gave it a try...and will probably pick it up again.

jameaterblues, Apr 09, 2006
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

b1515152004, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

apf, Nov 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

andrewborstein, Mar 18, 2012
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.