1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,199 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | 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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Juniper Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,199 | Reviews: 665 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of MrSeth


3.9/5  rDev +8%

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.

04-12-2005 04:25:19 | More by MrSeth
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

04-04-2008 01:32:13 | More by dickieb
Photo of xoqx


4/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

11-15-2005 18:39:15 | More by xoqx
Photo of EersandBeers

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-30-2014 16:02:06 | More by EersandBeers
Photo of jski

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-21-2012 22:06:04 | More by jski
Photo of FLBEERGUY25


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

06-12-2012 05:01:03 | More by FLBEERGUY25
Photo of Indybeer


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

07-12-2003 19:50:49 | More by Indybeer
Photo of Rosquin


4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-09-2013 15:28:27 | More by Rosquin
Photo of dancinwillie


4.43/5  rDev +22.7%

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!

05-13-2010 21:24:58 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of dorianmarley


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

12-02-2011 04:43:52 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of Bpc24


3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-07-2014 05:49:28 | More by Bpc24
Photo of Scrapss


4.08/5  rDev +13%

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.

08-13-2011 21:24:57 | More by Scrapss
Photo of Tivlavrie

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-19-2014 03:45:12 | More by Tivlavrie
Photo of WolfAlynn


3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-17-2013 01:39:15 | More by WolfAlynn
Photo of veech


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-22-2006 15:17:46 | More by veech
Photo of Idrankthat

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-30-2014 01:30:57 | More by Idrankthat
Photo of Bigben0328


3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-27-2014 22:59:05 | More by Bigben0328
Photo of ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +23.8%

On tap at New World Brewery, Ybor City, FL.

This is perhaps my favorite herb/spiced beer with high marks probably because of the IPA underpinnings (rather than a belgian style or some other malt dominant style.)

A nice citrus-tart hop aroma actually gave me pause: how would herbs go with citrus notes? I shouldn't have worried. I never expected such a mild "judicious" addition of spice to a dominating IPA. An addition of character, but not a competing flavor, the juniper falls into the nice blend of flavors. There's a swell dry finish that also contains some citrus and grassy notes. All beers should be this complex and yet so well blended.

Highly recommended.

12-03-2003 18:02:26 | More by ecoboy
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -5%

i was pretty dissapointed in this one. being a big gin fan, i was really hoping rogue would put out some kind of gin-like beer explosion but wow did this fall short of expectations. pours a urine like yellow. no real smell, slight juniper but only very very slight. the flavor is smooth and not overpowering. there just isn't much flavor there to work with. maybe with a kicked up juniper flavor this could be really enjoyable, but right now it was just great.

04-11-2007 18:58:34 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of Hacksaw99


4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-15-2013 04:22:13 | More by Hacksaw99
Photo of theformula


4/5  rDev +10.8%

Beer #34 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/3. Picked this one up at River City Cellars in Richmond, VA.

A: Pours a light gold body into a tulip glass. A large, whipped white head holds together really well. Body has good clarity, a bit cloudy.

S: Not a strong, characterful aroma but pleasant. Biscuity, grainy malts with a clover honey-sweetness. Subtle grassy, citrusy hops are noticeable but aren't assertive, appetizing though. Light citrus fruits and vague spruce is evident, but not juniper necessarily.

M: Super-smooth, creamy body w/ a nice crispness. Nice.

T: This is a very nice, balance PA. Nothing's out of place. However, I don't detect much juniper, it would be nice to get more of that influence. Biscuity malts w/ honey and some grain carry the beer w/ a woody, spruce note. The sweetness and the yeast give this a German pils-like appeal to me. Finishes very dry w/ grain, yeast and green hops.

D: A delicious pale ale, extremely drinkable as well. Too easy. I'd like more juniper and there's nothing that particularly stands out about this one, but I'd pick it up again. Recommended.

02-19-2008 21:35:10 | More by theformula
Photo of JOldewurtel


3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-23-2014 19:28:39 | More by JOldewurtel
Photo of Admiraldinty


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a deep gold with not a very large head (although I might have chilled it too much).

Aroma is malty, earthy hops, and some tobacco. The bottle claims that this brew is made with juniper berries, but I did not detect any in the nose or in the taste.

Taste has a nice malt characteristic, very earthy hops take over, and leave a somewhat oily aftertaste. Again, I could not detect any junipers. It's a shame, that's what initially drew me to this beer. Prickly and somewhat (surprising) full mouthfeel.

Somewhat disappointing. This had all the makings of an interesting beer, but all in all is rather pedestrian.

12-06-2004 05:23:13 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of DarthMalt


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Nice, toasted-honey wafts 'steam from the cup,' as it were. Little charred-oak hop slap on the front end. Crunchy malts, and sweet honey flavor dominate in the midtaste while hops hang tough. Finishes squeaky apple.

11-10-2002 10:26:58 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

03-27-2013 03:32:08 | More by TeamMathis
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.