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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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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
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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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin but lasting head. The aroma is a nice blend of citrus hops and juniper with a hint of spice. The taste is very well balanced between earthy citrus hops, sweet malts and robust juniper flavor. The beer is rather crisp and light bodied. This is yet another extremely enjoyable beer from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 02:16:14 | More by atsprings
Photo of jwc215


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin, white head.

The smell is of juniper and sweet malt. The "Rogue" yeast strain comes through - since I like it, no complaints there.

The taste is of juniper, sweet candy and an earthiness. Bitter, earthy finish.

Medium to full bodied. Creamy.

Another nice brew from Rogue. Blends the juniper in well with an earthy bitterness. Interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 03:02:14 | More by jwc215
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

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

I never was one for gin, but thankfully this beer bears little semblance to gin.

Nice golden amber colour with a good head. Smell is fairly bland. Malt, with hop traces and and a faint piney smell from the juniper.

Decent pale ale taste, with a faint piney, semi-sweet taste. Nothing spectacular, but certainly a tasty twist on a standard flavour.

The piney taste does make this a little hard to swallow, and this certainly isn't for everybody.

On-tap at the Rogue Alehouse in Portland.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2007 03:24:18 | More by BDTyre
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

moderate flavor
quality and subdued
semi-sweet nut malt
very slight
citrus hops too
along with the juniper
sort of tart juice twang
hint of peppery zing
finishing the whole thing

pours hazy light tan

taste is subtle and good

feels balanced on the palatte

quickly becomes understood

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 23:47:26 | More by meadhead
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold orange with a small white head. Aroma is light, sweet, a touch of juniper, a bit of citrusy hops. Big malty flavor. Piney juniper flavor is definitely noticable and rather nice. Some citrusy hops are also prevalent. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is different, but not all that different. Juniper really goes fairly well as a flavoring in beer. Pretty drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 01:42:47 | More by burnstar
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice and cloudy, pale, hazy peach color. Lots of sticky lace in the glass.

S: Hard to get much of an aroma out of this one. Very mild toasted malt and a tiny pinch of juniper. Barely noticable. Not at all like a knock you on your ass gin smell.

T: Just slightly more juniper flavor than in the nose. Dry, toasted malt and a teeny amount of citrus-y hops.

M: Dry and crisp. Prickly on the tongue and, to me, just so-so.

D: I expected more from this Rogue beer, and sadly it didn't really deliver. It's a fair beer but it seemed rather bland.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 23:03:53 | More by GbVDave
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's start with the good news. This is a really drinkable beer. Bitter without much hop aroma to balance. Light bodied and little aftertaste. Here's the bad news - not much taste. Really lacked in flavor. I didn't detect the slightest hint of juniper. Just a crisp beer with a slightly bitter finish.

Nothing exceptional or offensive about the appearance: pours a pale orange color with a 2 finger head that slowly dissipated.

Nice session beer actually, but I wouldn't go out of my way to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 01:07:57 | More by smurphy77
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange in color with a light ring of white head.

S- Hoppy and strawy, with some yeasty and bready notes, and a very little malt in the back.

T- Well-balanced. Hops are prevalent, but the malt and dry starchy flavor make it an easy drink. The taste lasts all the way down, and is good and basic for a pale ale... but a good pale ale.

M- Good. Not exceptional, but good. clean, medium-bodied, and smooth.

D- Yes please. I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 04:26:24 | More by khiasmus
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3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a nice golden to copper color. Foamy one finger head had short retention. Not a lot of lacing to speak of.

Smell: It's pretty light on the nose. It has a floral scent to it, which I'm sure is the Juniper coming through. There are a few light citrus scents as well (a little orange or mango). Definitely a bit of hops in there.

Taste: Initially, it has a sweet taste to it. Some of it seems to come from the citrus notes. The remainder possibly stems from the Juniper. It certainly has a sweeter taste than other pale ales on the market. Hops add a decent bitter taste, but not as bitter as I'd prefer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. I think it's a tad to sweet to session, but it's fairly drinkable. Carbonation seems very light. Overall, it's okay. Not one of my favorites from Rogue, but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 02:27:08 | More by prototypic
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a 22 oz. bottle at Brothers in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: Cloudy orange color with lots of head. You could tell it was heavily carbinated. There was a fair amount of lacing, but the head retention was poor to average.
Smell: Hoppy aroma, but not much depth.
Taste: Hoppy, yet sweet, however the sweetness didn't appear to come from a familiar malt, hints of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Great, went down smooth, but didn't lose the stift hop feel.
Drinkability: Above average, but not the best beer ever.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 20:11:20 | More by treehugger02010
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New Hampshire

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2007 18:58:34 | More by scarletfire79
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours gold-amber with a foamy two-finger head. The aroma is surprisingly malty, with some light and slightly roasted malts. There is a considerable cascade hop presence. I like gin, so I was interested to try this, but I honestly can't smell any juniper.

Tastes like it smells, but a bit hoppier. Finishes with hop bitterness. The juniper is perceptible at the very end as a slight piney note that I would have mistaken for pacific northwest hops if my friend hadn't point it out.

The moutfeel is dry and a little slick, with mild carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but hardly a juniper beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 03:41:55 | More by kajerm
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had not tried one of these...so i gave it a shot.
interesting brew. has a piney/junipery sort of whang to it...almost in a citris way.
A: golden yellow..nice head..stayed for a while too
S: somewhat malty, but you can pick up the hops and other flavors
T: some hops...not as much as some other rogues..but nice...the juniper/pine flavor is there in the aftertaste..not too bitter..but the flavor is distinct. I think this would go well with something that likes citris...say fish or spicey foods...tia come to mind...
M: nice, but not too full..like a good pale ale should
D: very drinkable...filling too...so one 22oz is about all you would want with a meal...then move onto something else for a finisher...

overall a great craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 11:58:15 | More by harpo111
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a 22oz bomber of Yellow Snow Ale that is dated 2001 on the side just sitting unrefrigderated on a shelf. I half expected there to be some skunk but I thought I'd try it anyway and it seemed to be just fine and actually pretty damn good???

Pours a pale hazy copper with a thin splotchy top. The nose is of honey toffee malt sweetness, tropical fruits, and some hoppy florals. Mellow malt character and ripe fruit start but a bitter astringent hop character moves in that is metallic and then ends with some big pine flavor. As it warms the bitterness lays down and becomes a more apparent juniper spice and toffee malt, spruce, and tart fruit notes get bigger. The finish is dry and bitter with some hop tones and juniper providing a boozy gin effect. Medium high carbonation and an even mouthfeel that is crisp on the edges.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 17:59:27 | More by cabsandking
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Manitoba (Canada)

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

650ml bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden colour, quite pale, more so than I expected. Massive rocky head, lots of lace, and vigorous carbonation. Looks great. Smell is less amazing, but not really offensive. Very earthy malt nose, slight caramel sweetness, some floral notes, and for lack of a better term, the forest after a light rain.

Taste is much more hoppy than I expected, but piney, resiny hops. Bitter and sour is the name of the game here. It's strange, but even though the flavour is a bit awkward, it reminds me of the Pacific Northwest in a big way. Wet leaves, pine, forest, grass, earth. There is a little bit of clover honey sweetness in the back but the malt presence is light and dosen't really shine through much. Taste mellows as the beer warms but this is definitely a unique one. Not offensive, just different. Mouthfeel is very drying and light bodied. Not a heavy beer but it's a little sticky. Carbonation is a little bit high in my opinion. I'm not sure if more than one of these would be in order, but it's not a dreadful brew. Very unique and worth trying at least once. It reminds me of nature and all the things my Grandfather loves.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 05:11:34 | More by trevorwideman
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow/golden color with a thick head. The smell is strong of hops and a bit floral. The taste is hops bitter and the juniper berries are just detectable enough to add some interest. The mouthfeel is full and fits the beer. This is a nice beer that is refreshing and I’d consider quite drinkable. My chef friend suggests drinking this with pastrami.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 05:08:04 | More by barefootbrewer
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden/flesh orange color. Clumpy two-finger thick head with some lace clinging on. Extremely high levels of carbonation evident.
S: The standard earthy malt notes found in a lot of Rogue beers... I'm not nocking on it. Also a sweet pine smell like one might find in gin. Some hops, but not as much as I would like/expected from a beer with "pale ale" on the label.
T: Sweet up front but than PINE, I guess a double dose of the juniper and the hops. Not overbearing though and not normal. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Whatever the cause the result is really interesting, quit different from a beer that might get a heavy pine taste from just hops. Sounds pretentious but whatever.
M: Looks were decieving. Thought it might be too carbonated from its appearance but not that bad. Not great, but not bad.
D: Gin mixed with beer??? Thank goodness that didn't turn out to be true. Still, wouldn't want to drink more than a bomber of this really.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 07:37:31 | More by VitBAficionado
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into pint with a thin head.

Color was a golden color with some haziness to it.

Smelled a bit of sweet honey and spice along with the hops.

Taste was hoppy with an easy dry finish.

Shared this one with 3 others as we tryed numerous beers that night and all of us like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 15:18:02 | More by mutt
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, split three ways last friday night after work

appearance: poured into pint glass, watery golden-yellow body

smell: ehh, grainy malts, skunky noble hops, light pale malt

taste: Maybe im missing the point of this beer or something, but i was totally unimpressed by this rogue offering - just not a good APA...really grainy, skunky euro hops, light and watery. No Thanks.

mouthfeel: light and watery, grainy

drinkability: decent

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 04:21:17 | More by dirtylou
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body with a very light hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface. There is a boiling white rocky head that fades after a bit.

S- This beer has a fresh sweet malt aroma with a slight honey malt note with a hint of herbal hops.

T- This beer has a fresh pale malt flavor blended with a biscuit malt flavor. There are also notes of honey malt sweetness in the background. There is a bitterness in the finish that is not from hops but there is a dry grapefruit note that is from hops blended in with it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a great fresh malt flavor but the bitterness is big and one-dimensional. This is a very nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 03:57:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luminous golden color with a thin creamy head. Pretty much smells like a pale ale with flowery and honey-like aromas. Pale malty flavor, noble hops, and slick mellow juniper. Tight bitterness. Medium and a little gritty.

Very refreshing and well made.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 07:12:14 | More by wedge
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer as a bonus brew on a recent trade. I find beers in this style to be a grab bag - awesome, average or what were they thinking?? This one seems to be more of an average brew. I will confess to never having had juniper berries. Wouldn't know what they taste like before considering reviewing a beer.

The biggest impression I get from this beer is a moderating effect to the typical Rogue house style. While slightly spicy and easy to drink, to me the biggest contribution from the juniper berry seems to be mellowing out the typical Rogue hop / yeast character.

Decent and easy to drink. Out of the ordinary and worth advocating, not really.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 13:47:43 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber, poured into a mug at a pretty cold temperature...it was sitting in a box on my front porch all day! Thanks mikesgroove!

A - Poured a clear golden color with a fair amount of carbonation and a slight head with little retention.

S - Faint floral aroma with a mildly hoppy backdrop. Not very strong.

T - A little hoppy with a piney/floral accompaniment. Leads way to a malty flavor until it finishes with a slight tartness. Interesting blend, hard to put a finger on it exactly...a 50/50 mix of an APA and the stated Herbed/Spiced Beer styles.

M - Thin, bubbly body with a crisp finish.

D - The slightly complex flavors make this out to be better than it is...I felt like there should be more to this beer. Still an enjoyable selection, but I won't be looking for another one anytime soon. More of an APA than anything.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 02:44:32 | More by JohnnyM2002
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a light bright copper, fairly thick medium dense white head. Dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is mostly of sweet malt. I don't get a lot of hop or spice smell.

Taste is lovely: starts with perfume and spice, middle has sweet malt, finishes with a tingly piney and perfuminess. I like it a lot, both now out of the bottle, and when I've had it on tap at the Rogue brewhouse.

Excellent, tasty, smooth, super easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 01:38:15 | More by warmstorage
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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at TDR Spring House in a pint glass.

Appears honey yellow in color with a nice thick head that quickly dissipates into a layer of thin lacing. Smells of sweet bread, some citrusy hops, and a bit of fruit. Taste is yeasty up front followed by some citrus, a hint of the juniper, and then a nice sweet finish. Medium in body and very smooth, moreso when it warms up. Easy to drink, though not something I'd rush out to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2006 18:53:57 | More by HopDerek
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