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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:
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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Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Logan's alley yesterday, review from notes

Pours a hazy amber, golden color. I can see that there's good carbonation in this beer. Smell is citrusy and fruity but also bready. I didn't know what style this beer was but I could tell there was some kind of spice put in, later I see it's juniper berries. Taste has a straightforward caramel malt flavor and it's assertive. The middle brings a citrusy flavor along with some yeast notes. Earthyness comes in then a crisp bitter attack hits the palate. This is noticeably a Rogue offering and a good one at that. Well balanced yet each flavor shows itself. Easy drinking with just enough but not too much going on which makes me want more. I could drink a few of these easily. A nice beer to have.

granger10, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of moocey
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this is supposed to be a pale ale flavored with juniper berries. I don't know what the hell juniper berries are nor have I tasted them before. But I know very well what Rogue beers taste like, and this is definately one of them.

I had a pint of this on tap at Loco's Deli and Pub where I work as a delivery driver. It was poured with no head, but I assume it has decent head as do other Rogue beers. Smell is of usual pacman yeast and malt. There's a huge caramally maltyness up front in the taste. Spicy, herbal hop finish. Overall flavor leans ever-so-slightly in favor of the malt character. This is a tasty beer. I could have a few of these on tap. Wish there were more Rogue bottles to be had in Alabama.

moocey, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

99bottles, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin head. Scant lacing. Color is a clear light amber.
S: Big floral hoppy nose. Nuff said.
T: Way too hoppy to be an APA, I honestly thought that this one was an IPA. Overall taste is a nice mellow citrusy hop flavor with some faint malts in the background. This brewery knows how to hop a beer without overkill.
M: Sharp bite at first. Carbonation is high, but plays well with the taste. Alcohol feel is a bit punchy.
D&N: This would make a great IPA, as an APA, this beer rocks hard. Well done, and I was sad to see the keg die.

JackTheRipper, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant yellow orange with a fluffy rocky two finger white head. A nice floral citric hop nose with hints of grapefruit and a slight spiciness as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings flowery hops upfront with a nice pale malt background. Notes of juniper spiciness come through on the back of the palate and work nicely in the overall flavor. Just a damn good APA accentuated by a nice juniper berry spice. Nice bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel has a creamy aspect throughout along with good carbonation and body. It's a shame this is only a winter seasonal because I could drink this stuff year round. A couple bottles would make a nice session. Check this one out if you're a pale ale fan!

orbitalr0x, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of bloberglawp
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

bloberglawp, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of SaunaKing
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright yellow colour with very nice off white head and great lacing. Very strong hoppy aroma and a nice fruity taste with a pear aftertaste. A quite hoppy ale, more than I am used to but quite balanced. Would like to have a few more of these to see where they fit in. Good mouthfeel, kinda spicy and pretty drinkable. A nice beer.

SaunaKing, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of tatterdash
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a tightly-packed white head that has good retention and some lace. Smell was a piney malt with a lot of hops, more than most Rogue Ales. Taste was a very refreshing hops up front, with the piney-ness of juniper berries. Very long finish, with some maltiness finally arriving. Very crisp, yet full-bodied. I love this, I could drink this all winter, I had better stock up.

tatterdash, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber colour, creamy head and a thin layer of foam that persisted. Floral aroma, hoppy, berries. Hopped up, fruity and dry. Sweet fruit, balanced by a good amount of bitterness. I always like a hopped up pale ale, and this one suited me just fine. Would drink this more often, but a bit pricey around here. Anchor liberty is a better and cheaper alternative.

baiser, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of carln26
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Anam Cara. The color was gold to light brown and cloudy. No head or lace to speak of. The aroma had a fruity character. Both from the hops as well as from something I discovered later (reading Rogue’s site) was juniper berries. The taste had more of the citrus character along with a tartness that had to come from the berries. The malt is blended well to provide a balance to the rest of the beer. The tartness and flavor lent by the juniper carries through the entire beer. This had a nice light mouth feel and is very drinkable. Once you get used to the addition of the berries, this beer grows on you.

carln26, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold a thinnish head that leaves good lace swathes. The aroma is a very pleasant mix of fruit (juniper berries?) perfumey malt and some vibrant aroma hops. I can also detect the dry estery Rogue yeast in the nose.

The taste starts with a blend of flavor and bittering hops. Thick and complex malt character comes through in the middle. Theres a great fruityness, partly like berries and partly like yeast esters. There are some mild green tea flavors as well. The finish is nicely bitter and fruity. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

This is one great Pale Ale with plenty of hop flavor and an incredibly complex malt profile. Excellent stuff.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z brown bomber. No freshness dating, but it includes the funny blurb about free range water.

The beer pours a yellow almost metallic gold with a dense white head. Wonderful lacing!

Nice aroma of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and an almost sugar like smell. Very fresh smelling.

The taste is almost grassy with a nice amount of bitterness. I’m a little surprised because the beer has almost a sour taste. The beer has some pine taste and is also a bit metallic (but not in a bad way). The hops become more assertive as you work your way through. Is it one of their hop varieties that gives it that slightly sour tang or is the juniper berries?

Good mouhfeel as the beer is soft and creamy with a brisk dry finish. Drinkablity is solid.

Nice beer, I still can’t figure out the sourness, but I enjoyed it!

Redrover, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper hue; a decent hop aroma with some freshly squeezed lemon and oranges that graze the nose. Creamy, a quick in yer face blast of citrus hops; fresh fruit, in the way of orange and berries – you try to taste the juniper berries. Massively dry palate; 99.9% rounded mouthfeel; rich and satisfying, very well done.

GeoffRizzo, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with some amber highlights. Thin white head. Bready, malty aromas, sharp hops and a spicy yeasty aroma. Faint holly bush aroma, likely from the juniper berries. Malty and husky, a light fruitiness and a yeast character that comes across as spicy, mixing well with the light astringency of the hops. Juniper berries show up in the finish, adding a light spruciness and complementing the hops well. Solid APA with some winter-like qualities in the sense of the light presence of juniper berries.

crookedhalo, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Admiraldinty, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saffron colour with no head. A ring of lace settles where the beer sets for a little while. Despite that, no lace at all. Smells of malt, gin, dry hops and cigar leafs. Is tobacco brewed in this beer? Tastes okay. Earthy, tobacco and gin taste mellowed out by a sweet malt character. Mouthfeel is a little too astringent. This was my first beer from Rogue. I was disappointed. It's actually a bit of a bland beer. Personally, I find very little to write about it. Yeah, it was drinkable. But this is one beer I won't be purchasing. Hopefully, my next Rogue experience will be a much more pleasing one.

slitherySOB, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of heinekenike
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark-copper, decent whitish tan head. I didn't pick up much of a smell at all.

Taste is light and malty, and cascade hops are noticeably absent. It's a pleasant dry taste which adds a little more drinkability but at the expense of complexity. Fine beer even if you miss the hint of juniper berries like me, because I really don't know what they taste like.

heinekenike, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow/orange colour topped by an off-white, fizzy head. The aroma is a combination of light bready maltiness and floral/citrusy hops, with just a hint of what I believe are the juniper berries. Starts with some fruity sweetness that quickly leads into hop bitterness. The finish leaves the palate dry and has a resinous piney quality that lasts for quite some time. Medium/light body that stars strong but ends up a little thin towards the finish. Medium carbonation that's a little coarse with a slick mouthfeel. A metallic character at the finish builds over the course of the bottle. Juniper berries do give it a distinctive flavour.

Brown 650 mL bottle with freshness date printed on the side of the bottle.

DrJay, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bit of a gimmicky name, so I didn't expect much from this beer. Pours a dark yellow with a light thin head that disappears quickly. Limited lacing on the glass is from the initial head.

Smell is pretty light. A very little bit of hops and spice is all I detected.

Taste is a great moderately spicy combination of hops and juniper berries (although I never would have guessed this) with a good malt center. The spicy juniper lasts well after the beer is gone, but while it is still in the glass it contributes to an enjoyable taste that complement the hops bite. I really enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel is quenching and drying with nice dry aftertaste.

I could drink this one all the time and never tire of it. It disappeared quicker than I would have liked.

silenius, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of pootz
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber with the signature painted label. The pour revealed an interesting clouded golden-orange ale with a nice 1 finger tight fluffy cap and tiny spiraling bubbled carbonation. The nose is a pleasant fragrant hop bouquet..floral, grassy, fruity, with a sweet undertone.( I’m reminded of anchor liberty here) Front side is a mellow blast of sweet malts and fruity/floral hops in almost perfect balance...peaches and pine, apricots and sweet dough...wonderful layered tastes...medium bodied, silky with some substantial malts...moderate finish where the creamy-peach-doughy impression gives way to a slow metallic drying with a fruity very drinkable character. I like this better than Anchor Liberty.It would be my standard session ale if it were available here...recommened for those who like a fruit character in an aromatic ale.

pootz, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of wailingwench
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

wailingwench, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold, not really yellow, with spicy and toasty hop aroma. Fairly light bodied with some great zesty hop flavors, spread on top of a toasty malt backdrop. The finish is crisp, almost sweet, with residual light spiciness of hops. This is a good lighter pale ale, but I fail to detect the presence of the juniper berries listed as an ingredient on the bottle. This beer should be a little more complex given all the ingredients silk-screened on the side of the bottle. Still a good beer, though.

marcobrau, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a white head not much lacing. Aroma is malt with hops citrus dominates but also some earthy floral also nice west coast aroma little subdued though. Flavor is malt with a nice hop flavor citrus flavors coming thru but not overpowering nice earthy lightly bitter finish. Not as hoppy as some pale ales which I like but little sweet with a good hop flavor would be a good cross over beer. I enjoyed it mediumish mouthfeel a nice little ale very drinkable.

mntlover, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant pale, hoppy, creamy like an icemaker's beverage. Mild, some watery mouthfeel. Cloudy Yellow appearance. Good floral and spice aroma. Good example of APA. Popular import into Ontario. Interesting dry edge from Juniper berries. Easy drink. Another good balanced brew from Rogue.

Sammy, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of jwilli7122
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy dark yellow with big bubble carbonation and medium-small soapy white head.
smell is somewhat malty and lightly oily. Faint sweet citrus.
Taste is soft at first with medium bitter finish. some soft fruit flavors that I can't identify but there are no flavors that really stand out.
mouthfeel is medium/thick and soft for a pale ale. i like this aspect of the beer.
Overall this is a fair pale ale. So far this is my least favorite Rogue Ale. It seems very status quo for a Rogue beer.

jwilli7122, Oct 13, 2004
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.