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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:
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

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Photo of mattster


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms nice layer of foam across top of mostly clear amber ale.

Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is also hoppy, with hints of piney, but don't really taste or smell cedary juniper. Maybe a hint of it, but I just can't place it. With that being said, this brew has a nice quick finish, with a really nice full body.

Nothing I'm crazy about, but more than willing to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 07:46:53 | More by mattster
Photo of clayrock81


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured the bomber bottle into my glass and received a dark gold body with a two-finger head that stayed with the beer and left minor lacings. A dry, hoppy smell with some floral aromas and some citrus to it also, but nothing too descript. Not the greatest tasting brew, but it has a fuller citrus flavor from the juniper and there is a nice malt mix to give it a full body. A little too hoppy and dry on the back end makes it a little less smooth than it should be, but it goes down easy. Just a little too dry and not as sweet as I though - just not something I would repeatedly buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 20:16:36 | More by clayrock81
Photo of theformula


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a nice gold-bronze honey w/thick head that quickly dropped and left ok lacing.

S-Hop character w/hint citrus and floral notes, touch of fresh dirt and vegetation, and malt with overtones of a grain I can't identify.

T-Slightly sweet malt at attack, and palate opens up citrus flavors and I get the first trace of juniper berries which I probably wouldn't have identified if it wasn't written on the bottle, clean, dry finish with lingering bitterness. I think I'm also getting a bit of salt.

M-I really enjoyed the way this stuff went down...smooth and clean. It's an easy drink. Body is just right, carbonation is just right.

D-Not my favorite stuff, but this beer is still delightful. A double deuce goes down smoother than most twelvers, and it's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 14:12:48 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of bisoubisou


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this would be a try-once bottle but we've had at least a sixer. Very drinkable and not as much juniper considering the name. The pretty hop aromatics are assertive and complex. Would make a great everyday pale ale if it was local. One of my favorite Rogues.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 04:30:36 | More by bisoubisou
Photo of wcdoyle


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review based on tasting notes from '07 Knoxville Brewers Jam.

Poured a clear gold with a pale head. Hop-forward smell, although I missed the juniper here. The taste brought out the juniper for me, but this is a hop-heavy beer. Sharpness in the mouthful and a medium to light body. Overall, this is a nice (the good nice, not the bad "nice") choice in terms of drinkability. Different and worth trying

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2008 19:50:07 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of OKCNittany


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head that fell to a cloud with little lacing. Slightly hazed yellow body.

S: Light aroma of sweet bready malt & some floral hops.

T: The sweet malt from the smell is balanced perfectly by spicy and bitter hops. I can't say I taste the juniper, but to be honest, I probably wouldn't know juniper if it bit me in the ass.

M: Very good mouthfeel. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very smooth. Sticky/oily with a lasting finish.

D: Easy to drink. Nothing to object to, but there's also no reason to go out of the way to get one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 01:53:58 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off white head on a golden-orange body with excellent clarity. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, dense lace pattern.

S - Grainy, with herbal hop notes and, of course, juniper (although the gin like character is not as pronounced as one might expect).

T - Spicy, grainy flavor up front, followed by a bit of sweetness. The herbal flavors come in next with flavors of juniper berries and floral hops that fade into a strong, grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and high carbonation along with just a bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

D - For hop or gin lovers, this should be pretty easy to put down. I hadn't had this beer for some time and I am a bit disappointed to find that its gin-like character is not as intense as I remember it. Nevertheless, this is an unusual beer that has some good herbal notes and just enough sweetness in the finish to be reminiscent of a gin and tonic.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 06:35:23 | More by nickfl
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good, but not an above-and-beyond selection from Rogue... their Juniper Pale Ale is a nice rendition of the style and is very crisp, refreshing, light, and satisfying... a good brew for a hot, summer day... Copped a 22 oz bomber from Gary's in Madison... Pours a very light copper color with minimal or no head and some visible carbonation... smell was very faint, not too apparent, and I had expected more from the Juniper berries that were advertised on the logo sticker... taste is light and sweet with a slight Juniper berry essence... somewhat hoppy with a strong floral character... pleasing bread and butter flavor with no bitterness detected at all... vanilla and light-caramel taste with a pleasing and satisfying taste laden with quality... Overall, this is a very good brew and a step above most other Pale Ales out there... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 00:09:06 | More by dsa7783
Photo of cracgor


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:01:50 | More by cracgor
Photo of slvrmon82


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A very light crisp golden color. Not as much saffron as the bottle says.

S - Smells a lot like an English pale ale can't smell the juniper over the amarillo hops.

T- Very nice and refreshing. On the light side of pale ales. Juniper upfront with hops as a very nice finisher.

M - Light with a little cream.

D - Very refreshing. A good summer or spring beer. Not so much winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 01:26:57 | More by slvrmon82
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lightly hazy, pale golden body with a small white head.

Smell: Mild aroma with a vague biscuit character and notes of pine and citrus.

Taste: Slight dry, biscuity maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Piney, citrus hop flavors with a medium amount of bitterness. The meager juniper flavor comes in right when the bitterness hits and is rather obscured by it. Heck, if the beer didn't have "juniper" in the name, you might miss it altogether. Light, lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe I need to lighten the fudge up, but unless the juniper berries ever decide to drop by, I say just skip this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 21:09:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of KiltedCulinarian


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bartender served with a head that looked more like lacing. Dark olden in colour, and fairly clear. The Juniper flavour seemed to get lost in the excessive hoppinness early on. Not much malts, and it finished off a little disappointing to be honest. It did look and smell nice, if only the flavour had more resembled its appearance. Interesting, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2008 17:27:42 | More by KiltedCulinarian
Photo of semihobo


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 04:34:38 | More by semihobo
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a very nice off white head. Flavor is extremely smooth. Nice crisp juniper edge that carries a nice berry tone. The juniper definitely appears more as time goes on and it warms. Nice feel on the mouth. I think this is a very good beer. Sure it is heavy on the juniper. But I’ve never been opposed to having an interesting ingredient in my beer if it provides a unique drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:37:20 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of MMAJYK


3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow color with minimal head, but what is there is bright white. Totally transparent. Lacing is somewhat present on the sides of the glass.

S- Sour hops. Also, some floral and citurs smells there, but not alot like most pale ales. Caramel is very light, but is also present.

T- Semi bitter hops. Citrus and florals are there as specified in the nose.

M- Low carbonation (possibly from the tap) and is oily.

D- Does not go one way or another. Just average to me.

Overall- Just Ok. Decent ale, but is somewhat watery to me. It may be because this was from the tap, but I will definitely give another try to distinguish if this is indeed true.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 00:37:51 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of Floydster


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased from Cooke's Family Market in El Segundo for five dollars, split with my dad a couple nights ago

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a pale golden yellow color that a bit of a murky appearance, small 1/4 inch white soapy head did not stick around for long, weak retention and minimal lacing

Smell was a mixture between fruit, hops and mild spices, mostly sweet berries and bready malt characteristics stood out, the hoppiness was faint but still definitely there

Taste was crisp at first when chilled and the straw-like hops really stuck out, then it turned into a chewy malty beer and had too much funky fruitness going on, particularly blueberries and cherries, the spices were a little much too and had a strong herbal flavor, not my thing when the beer is overly sweet and spicy, if I were ever to drink this again I would make sure the beer was very cold and not drink it because of its enjoyable taste because that is not the case, pale ales should be far more hoppy than sweet and this one was the opposite

The body was pretty weak and not thick, the carbonation might have been too heavy, the beer tasted much better when it was cold rather than when it warmed which is usually a bad thing, taste did not last long

Could drink about two bombers before getting really tired of its weak flavor, it is not heavy and the alcohol percentage is low, but the sweetness would really catch up to me, not a good session beer like most pale ales tend to be

Not Rogue's best, thought it was worth trying because I only see it about one month out of every year and it seems to sell out pretty fast, recommended if you are curious but not the best pale out there, average beer that did not do to much for me overall

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:02:13 | More by Floydster
Photo of Brad007


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent golden pale color with a thick head that recedes down to a one-finger head, leaving some lacing in the result. Nice and bready upfront, malty and with the juniper berries adding a nice but subtle touch to the aroma. There's almost a minty quality in the aroma as well.

Taste is smooth and malty upfront with a biscuity touch in the mouthfeel and a slight dryness at the back of the throat. The juniper seems hidden though but in its' place is a decent and drinkable pale ale. There is a slight mint feeling in the aftertaste but that's all that I can detect.

Overall, a solid pale ale that when fresh, would no doubt taste much much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:44:25 | More by Brad007
Photo of younger35


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this about six months ago at Rogue. Have been sitting on about 6 different bombers of stuff from Rogue that I need to finish asap. I thought it would be fitting to drink this on Christmas day since I drank this under the alias of Yellow Snow Pale Ale.

Appearance- Pours a chill hazed piss yellow with a big foamy two finger bright white head. Slowly recedes leaving a huge foamy cap and collar and crazy amounts of lacing.
Smell- Really bright and overly citrusy. No signs of the juniper berries but I’m not 100% sure I’d even know what they smelled like. Loads of pineapple and mango along with a slightly caramel undertone.
Taste- Like the nose there is plenty of citrus goodness to go around. Loads of tangerine, lemon, pineapple and orange make this quite a tropical delight. Almost numbing in the bitterness with a smack of spiciness. Finishes slightly doughy with a dry sweet toffee finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a semi dry finish and medium tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- This brew is not too shabby at all. I’m not really sure where the juniper berries come into play but something is a bit different about this brew. Another pretty quality brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 00:34:10 | More by younger35
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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of white head that laces a little bit after fading to a thin cap.

A note of juniper is definitely in the aroma, but so are hops. rankly I was hoping for more of the juniper with this one.

Taste is good. This is a nice example of a northwest U.S. pale ale with a twist.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side.

Drinkability is decent with this beer. I'd drink it again if it were offered, but I doubt I'll seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 18:14:46 | More by slyke
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3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a gold color and slightly hazy. A small tight foamy head tops the brew but is not very resilient.

Smell is faint. A bit of a mild vinegar smell.

Taste is bitter but bland. Juniper flavor I guess.

Mouthfeel is a dry thin feeling. It's light and not filling.

A drinkable pale ale, but average. The juniper gimmick doesn't do much for it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 06:26:29 | More by RJLarse
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is just a barely above average beer. I was expecting a harder juniper punch to it but instead I got a very malty and middle of the road beer. I like that the aftertaste is this mix of malt/hops that comes out at exactly the same time, giving it some unique character I've never had before. Really nice snowy head. Really light mouthfeel, like you're drinking less than you really are. I probably won't buy this again but it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 21:01:08 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates and initially has a large number of fine bubbles rising to top.
S: Very faint lemony/floral scent, some hops, nothing too spectacular, though the dense smoke in the room may have clouded my judgement in this regard
T/M: Not really picking up on the juniper or really anything that remarkable here. Very smooth with the most persistent taste being a light hoppy flavor. Basically a mediocre pale ale.
D: Not the worst, just not up to what I expect from Rogue as nothing really stood out or distinguished itself. My macro loving friends thought this was phenomenal

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2007 19:53:50 | More by yourefragile
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber for $5.79. Poured into a pint glass

A: Refers to itself as "saffron colored". I'll buy that. Decent head.

S: This smells awful. A mix of sickly sweetness and stale macro crap. Ugh.

T: Decent hop flavor, finishing with a good deal of bitterness. Still too sweet, in my opinion. I don't get any juniper in this at all.

M: Fine

D: Pretty crisp, but a little sweet to have too much

Rogue has better stuff out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 03:12:25 | More by mjd83goblue
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2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ok...slightly peculiar.
Pours a dark, pale yellow more like a bronze color...with a medium white head that sticks around as a small ring.

Aromas are similar to a pale ale with nice crisp hops and mildly sweet malt, but a type of spiciness I really can't identify and don't think it's "juniper' as advertised.

Taste is crisp and light like a pale ale with the same attributes noticed in the aromas but again, a bitter spicy finish that I can't really identify.
It tries to be lemon but then doesn't quite make that either.

To me, this starts out like a fine APA but then tries to be something else...something it has no business trying to be and Rogue just misses the mark with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:40:33 | More by IntriqKen
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