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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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

b1515152004, Jun 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

andrewborstein, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of weizenbob
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Since being introduced to Short’s Spruce Pilsner earlier this year, I’ve been fascinated by the use of conifer tree matter in beer. Sure, hops can imply pine, but why not just use the real thing?! I stumbled upon this offering from Rogue at Tilley’s in Traverse City, MI while seeking out fall seasonals. Pale ale brewed with whole juniper berries? Sounds awesome. I snatched up this 22 ounce “bomber” for $6.99.

I cracked the cap and poured into a tulip glass. A horizontal pour yields two fingers of off-white head. Retention is decent. Fluffy tufts of lacing caress the glass. The brew is quite pale with a golden tint and a fair amount of haze. I could easily mistake it for a weizen.

The aroma is mellow and yeasty. Juniper does manifest in a subtle piney aroma, but if I didn’t know about the juniper berries I would probably just guess that it had been dry hopped with simcoe. This really smells like pale ale first, juniper second. Fresh hoppy aromas waft from the glass. It’s much simpler than I was expecting, but I like it regardless.

The taste is kind of a letdown. I’m getting the juniper berries, but in the form of a watery fruity essence, as opposed to the piney resin that I was expecting. Lacking any other alpha flavor, the alcohol seems pretty high in the mix. All 34 IBUs manifest on the finish. The problem is that there isn’t much going on in between. Champions of this beer could say that it is subtle, but I just think it is bland. The base beer is very light; and the juniper berries don’t add enough to the equation to make them worth mentioning. It’s nicely hopped for a pale ale, but where’s the malt to balance?

The mouthfeel is unimpressive yet inoffensive. Being so light, the beer feels pretty watery in the mouth. It’s light bodied, but certainly on the heavier end of light. I will even go out on a limb and say that it is mildly creamy (but just mildly). The carbonation is sharp and stinging. This is a very confused beer.

This was going so well. It looks nice and smells good, but when it really counts, this beer does not deliver. It works okay as a basic pale ale, but I certainly can’t justify the cost ($3.81 / 12oz) when better basic pale ales are readily available. And I’m fine with the use of juniper to add to the whole, but why make such a big deal out of it if it is not going to be a primary flavor? Juniper Pale Ale scores a resounding “Meh.”

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The Two-Schlitz scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
In a personal shocker, I can say that I don’t give a Schlitz for Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. It’s about as rogue as John McCain.

weizenbob, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of brewsclues
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, this was a disappointing effort from Rouge. Plenty of citrus notes (lemon rind, most notably), and of course, juniper. The taste, however, was too dry and left almost nothing on my taste buds on the finish. The mouthfeel was really watery, even for a spiced beer. It is quite refreshing, however, and the smell is pleasant. This is the sort of spiced beer that could have worked on a hot, summer day, except for the juniper, Christmas-tree-like aftertaste. Not bad, but disappointing considering Rouge has put out some great stuff.

brewsclues, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of semihobo
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no date.

Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a turbulent sticky head that has great staying power.

Smell is piney hops (perhaps that is aided by the juniper?) with dry, crackery amber malt. The beer is cold, but the smell is still pretty subdued, developing a small off-note as it warmed.

Taste is pretty much a plain pale ale. Hops are split between bittering / flavor, malt is crisp. Pretty dry when cold, although it gets a little cloying as it warms. Nothing extreme going on. There is a hint of juniper on the finish but it is very subdued and is somewhat redundant with the piney hops... a little disappointing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry.

As a matter of personal taste I like my herbed / fruit / oddball beers a little over the top. This is a fine pale ale, but grading within the style, it loses points for juniper failure.

semihobo, Jan 06, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Scrapss, Aug 13, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly scented pine nose with a hint of gin and fresh hay overtones. Decent head with lacy retention, larger bubbles mix with the ring of foam at each bend of the elbow. A dense, golden amber color, the cloudy brew is evenly translucent.

The juniper astringency hits the lips and tongue first, with further bitterness imparted by the hops in the middle palate, followed by some hints of grapefruit. Smoothly carbonated, the ale is a fresh blast of light malts and citric grain, with just a bit of sweetness lingering at the tip of the tongue and a little residual bitterness on the back palate.

This brew is a good companion for a Lake Superior whitefish broiled with fresh herbs and lime.

tubacharlie, Oct 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Tivlavrie, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of MrSeth
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy tan head which settles pretty quickly. The color is a murky deep yellow-orange haze. The nose is nice, a touch of honey, malt.. but the spices, juniper..? very faint. I think if this is going to be a spiced ale it could be alot more forward in that aspect of the profile. Right away the taste reminds me of caramel and citrus fruits, followed by raw honey into a medium bitter finish. The balance, honeyish and citrusy without being overly sweet, goes to its credit in my book. The mouthfeel is interesting. Full, seems almost heavy, coating the mouth, yet it feels alot like soft spring water too. Smooth, soft, somewhat sweet. This is a fairly drinkable pale ale, and the price is also very reasonable.

MrSeth, Apr 12, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had anything from Rogue in a while and this one caught my eye. Pours clear amber in color with an initial big head that hangs around a little bit, and leave some good lacing. The smell is of sweet malts with some hints of lemon zest and some bready aromas. The taste starts of with some light spice followed by an average malt backbone well balanced by hops. I pick up some light juniper flavoring at the end, but if I was not looking for it I wouldnt have picked it up. This could pass as a session beer if it diddnt only come in $5 bombers, some good but not overpowering flavor and a high level of drinkability.

dickieb, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of xoqx
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours orange-amber with a white, two finger head exhibiting moderate retention and heavy lacing.

Smell – Fresh nutty, fruity esters (maybe actual fruit smell from the juniper berries) mix with a nice malt undernose.

Taste - This beer tastes very fresh – The Golding and Amarillo hops impart a combined spicy-citric hop bitterness combination that is really great. Tastes of honey and slight fruit come in and out of play. Orange-peel-ish. The finish is moderately long and dry; somewhat tannic.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is clean, coarse, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – Great pale ale. Solid beer.

xoqx, Nov 15, 2005
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

EersandBeers, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of jski
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jski, Nov 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

FLBEERGUY25, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Indybeer
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Poured a dark golden color, with a moderate head that slowly receded, leaving some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma is hops and some malt. Taste is hoppy with some malt sweetness. Good carbonation, and a fairly strong mouthfeel from the hops. All in all not a bad beer, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

Indybeer, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of Rosquin
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Rosquin, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of dancinwillie
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber into a nonic.

Appearance, pale golden, clear and topped with a just off white head. Not particularly attractive to me, but well within the appearance guidelines for the style, so there you go.

Aroma is cracked black pepper, and a bit of tarragon or fennel coolness, which I can only assume is the juniper. Smells quite nice actually.

Malt forward, crusty bread-like with a good amount of lemon in the foreground also. Hop bitterness is there, but restrained as it should be in a pale ale. Pine and again with the cool slight mintyness of fennel or tarragon. Really, a lot better than I expected. Very balanced and a lot of flavor, which I wasn't expecting after the appearance.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but again this is perfectly in line with pale ales. Refreshing and quaffable.

Overall, I'm super impressed by this beer. I wasn't expecting this to be so good, but it's really a nice balanced beer. I'm thinking of making a beurre blanc or a mussel pan sauce with this to see if the lemon flavor comes out more, and what that minty aspect does also. Great beer! Cheers!

dancinwillie, May 13, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is murky, golden yellow with a thick white head that fades and sticky lacing.

Nose is a strong dose of caramel, with some floral. The juniper berries are also present, and there is some white-breadiness.

Taste is very dynamic and unique. The juniper, malts, and hops all blend in the front. There is some rye behind it. There is also some sour orange peel and sweet corn.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and mildly coating. Carbonation is medium-mild.

Overall, a unique brew that would be worth trying again next season.

dorianmarley, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Jordan444, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Idrankthat, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

WolfAlynn, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of veech
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected a little more tang in this beer than was actually there. Less juniper taste than anticipated, but this is actually just the new name for Yellow Snow Ale, which I have always enjoyed. No recipe changes to speak of just the name alone. The appearance and mouthfeel were both better than average, but nothing to write home about. The aroma actually contained more juniper than the taste which was mild with a very subtle hint of a gin like flavor. Much like gin, I cannot personally tolerate too much due to the acidity. This limited the drinkability score for me, which holds true, as after one or two pints of Yellow Snow I'd usually switch to something else. Those who favor hopped bitterness should really seek out this beer. I just wish they had kept the name.

veech, Oct 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Saviorself, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Hacksaw99, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Bigben0328, Feb 27, 2014
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.