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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,248 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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 andrewm190
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rogue always delivers. This brew is fantastic. From the bottle it pours a thick and fairly well lasting head. The bubbles seem to find permanent residence on the sides of the glass. The smell is unusually sweet and malty for a pale ale. Once on the pallet there is a distinct but by no means overwhelming bite. The taste of the brew has coolly strolled into my personal top five. Casually sweet, with remarkably well balanced malts and hops, this beer delivers an easygoing flavor that is just too good to treat with any insouciance. With a mildly dry and equally mildly bitter aftertaste, one can easily relax and enjoy this beer. Pick it up and enjoy with no regrets.

Photo of Chinon01
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Tangerine-tan color with soapy looking head. Good lacing not quite opaque.

S - Hop aroma and orange fruit.

T - Hops and malt fruit mango orange juiciness. Faint juniper lingering bitter finish.

M - Thick, rich sticky body. Bristling hop sizzle at finish.

D - Hop bite in finish keeps it from being super drinkable, but that's Rouge.

Photo of tonistruth
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear golden straw in color with tiny bubbles, 2 fingers of white foam with great retent, attractive lacing

S- sweet and fruity, honey bready malts

T- bready malt finish, berry sweetness throughout, citric rind, grassy, well balanced

M- medium and coarse, well carbonated

D- drinkable and tasty, nothing outstanding but a solid brew, do try this

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

Deep pale golden color with a light haze to it and a large line of fine lemon tinted cream colored fluff.

Smells sweetly flowery and fruity (may be juniper?) with a lightly toasted base and herbal spicy hops.

Very pleasant, interesting flavor. Sweet, soft, and flowery, with a bit of fruitiness similar to melon or tangerine. But it is combined with some dry lightly toasted crackery malts, along with bitter rindy and herbal spicy hops. Medium body with lots of smooth-fuzzy-lightly-creamy carbonation.

Very nice and enjoyable. Real quality brew good for something a little bit different than normal, while still mellow enough for the not so serious.

Photo of ectomorph
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours orange and gold with a thin white head and mild lace.

S - Piney citrus and bread like balance.

T - Malty with a light hop bitter kick. I taste the berries in the aftertaste more than anywhere else.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A little watery.

D - Much better than expected. I would love another.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a hazy orange-amber body with a thick finger of ivory foam that retains at a chunky sheet and leaves scattered lacing on the glass.

Smell is resinous evergreen, with zingy hops and juniper in front of a spicy whiff of sweet orange and malty caramel.

Taste is crisp and fruity with a note of toasted nuts drizzled in buttery caramel. Plenty of grapefruit flavors, along with a wonderfully aromatic, mellow, wood-resiny bitterness that helps keep the drink balanced. The drink is toasty, spicy, and laced with citrus notes and is made nearly perfect for my tastes and preferences with a wonderfully dry finish. Juniper Pale Ale could pass for a nice, hoppy American IPA any day.

Crisp, medium-bodied, and refreshing with excellent carbonation, this pale ale works very nicely.

Photo of Getinthevan
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this stuff this afternoon and yeah it was pretty tasty stuff. As a fan of Rogue Breweries, I've wanted to try their other stuff and this certainly was good.

Appearance was a nice golden light amber with a decent head and a fair amount of lacing. Not a bad looking beer poured straight from the bomber.

Smell was fair in rich malts and juniper berries. Just like the bottle advertised, the juniper was very strong with this ale and made itself welcome.

Taste was good. It had a nice buttery taste along with a strong amount of juniper, malts, and crispiness to it. This stuff went down rather quickly and had a nice finish. Definitely a good beer to drink during dinnertime.

Mouthfeel was above average, with a fair amount of frothiness, flavor and satisfaction. Not a bad beer to behold before the big finish.

Drinkability is good however. A bomber of this stuff goes quickly. My suggestion is to grab at least 2 or 3 of these babies for a great weekend, for you will not be disappointed.

Photo of KeefD
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy amber-orange color with straw yellow highlights around the edges. Two inches worth of foam and lots of lacing down the glass. Looks nearly perfect. Smell is not so great. Smells like a typical pale ale, but not catching much in the way of juniper berries that are reminiscent of gin. Taste is of some sweet barley malts, good hop profile, some piney-ness, hints of spice and juniper, but nothing out of this world. Dry finish, light carbonation, and pretty easy to drink. More carbonation would make this one zing a little more. I like Rogue Ales, but this one I would probably not revisit, as I've had better.

Photo of shadow1961
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale pours a couple fingers of loose foam
over a cloudy orange brew. There's not a whole lot of carbonation,
and the nose is bready and herbal/spicy. The flavor is a bit of sweetish
malt up against a variety of hop notes dominated by the herbal tastes
in the nose. The head collapses fairly quickly though there is a bit of
sticky lace left behind. Mouthfeel is crisp finishing dry. I like the idea of
using other bittering agents other than hops, especially now that there
is a hop shortage, While there are minor piney notes in this brew, there
are ways to get there using certain hop varieties, so I'm a little puzzled
as to the why of using Juniper berries and emphasizing them on the
bottle- it just doesn't seem to make up much of the flavor. Not that I'm
complaining too much- this is still a pretty decent APA- it's just not that
much different from a ton of other ones.

Photo of fastricky
4.55/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I love this beer!

I'm watching the final between Spain and Germany and want a GOOD session beer to drink away while getting futbol'd.

This beer is CREAMY! I love IPA's but they can be a bit much one after the other IMO, this one is milder in flavor than say a DFA 90 minute, but what makes it get such high marks the the creamy texture and aftertaste.

Nice balance of bite, smooth, and aftertaste. One of my favorite everyday beers.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Big lacing head. Orange cloudy pour. Good Lacing

Smell - Herbal and floral. Reminds me of fresh cut grass, flowers and pineapple juice.

Taste - Mild on the bitterness scale leaning towards sweet. Big hop character. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced on the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. No astringincy.

Drinkability - Easily drinkable.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden with nice 2-3 finger head. Decent retention, falling to a white cap. Great lacing.

S - Faint. Moderately strong buttery note with something vague that could be hops, juniper, or both.

T - More bland than I would expect. Thin malt profile dominates with some graininess, followed by the buttery flavor mid palate. Taste finishes up with some very faint juniper and some very mild citrus hops. Quite bitter aftertaste considering the general lack of flavor.

M - Thin and low carbonation, borderline watery. This stuff needs body and CO2 to carry the flavor and provide crispness.

D - I wouldn't mind having a few of these mindlessly if not for the price. It's a slightly interesting take on a pale ale and the low carbonation coupled with the thinness would be perfect if I was already drunk.

When I saw "juniper" I suppose I was expecting something akin to gin. I know this brew is vastly different than something like gin, but even still I wasn't impressed by the juniper, and I wasn't impressed by this "pale ale."

Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a nice one inch white head. Retention is excellant as well as heavy lacing. A terrific looking beer.

The aroma is bready malt with some floral hops, noble hop aromas.

Has a solid malt backbone with mostly hops complimenting the malt. I don't detect the Juniper until the finish with a lingering aftertaste. If finishes dry. Overall a nicely balanced ale.

Has a light body with high, bordering on harsh, carbonation.

A really nicely balanced and flavorful beer. I did not know what to expect with the Juniper berriers but it was more of a complimenting element than a featured flavor.

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of rocky egg shell white head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Biscuitty malt & leafy hops

T: Biscuitty malt, leafy & minty hops up front, plus slight medicinal juniper twang. Minty hops, dryness, & some more biscuitty malt. Finishes with chalky dryness, some grapefruit, apricot & leafy hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, & pretty good, balance, just not super-wild about the hops used here

Drinks pretty good, but nothing special as far as pale ales go

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, honey-bronze with a small bubbly white head that soon diminished.

S: vanilla, and sweet juniper berries with a light floral hopping.

T: starts out with a nice biscuity nature and a moderate herbal hopping. Light citrus, vanilla and juniper berries soon make their presence known. In the finish there was fresh pine and fresh citrus with a semi-sweet ending. A fairly odd and strange combination but intriguing none the less.

M: crisp, very carbonated with a medium fullness.

D: Average at best drinkability. Worth a try for something new. Good as a single and to try something unique but probably wouldn't need to sample and try again.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours hazy pale gold with creamy white uneven head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Light pale malts balance with some citrus hops and a light smell of fresh yeast. in a word - nice.

T&M: Flavors are balance very well. The fresh aromas transfer nicely to the flavors as this sold wash of flavors envelops the tongue with a creamy texture that just adds to the experience. The carbonation is light and continuous. The finish is quick, clean and lingers just slightly with dry balance of hops and malt.

D: Most enjoyable. Easy to drink, very fresh tasting, and definitely something that I would seek out again in the future. Nice.

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

Haven't seen this beer in ages. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a rich honey color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just a hint of citrus and juniper. On the palate this is an impressive beer. There is considerable hoppy bitterness, which is even more pronounced on the finish. The beer is on the dry side, but has enough malt to keep everything in balance. The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and a decent, bitter finish. Frnakly, I'm surprised by the abv., as it really tastes like a pretty big beer.

A solid beer from Rogue.

Photo of botham
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a nonic pint. pours a golden yellow color with three fingers of loose white head that dissipates within a couple minutes. rocky lacings.

aroma is piney, with a lightly fruity character and a bit of pale malt that gives the brew a backbone apart from the hops. nothing really 'juniper' about it, other than the piney character, which could be mistaken for hops.

taste is a mix of pale malts and floral hops up front, with a base of grain. finishes on the opposite side of the spectrum, with coniferous hops rampant and a dry texture from the juniper.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and semi-dry throughout the palate, along with a dry and lightly bitter finish. juniper pale ale is the perfect name for this brew.

drinkability is good. for the hop oriented BA, this one comes off as a mellow and deceptively smooth brew, with an underlying hop quality that builds upon itself as the tasting goes on. nicely crafted, but nothing special here.

Photo of mfhlucky13
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright gold with a nice frothy head. Head settled to just a sliver leaving plenty of lace.

S: Light hops with a hint of citrus and malt.

T: Pale malt, light hoppiness. Not much juniper, which was a bit of a disappointment.

M: Clean, crisp and smooth.

D: Easy to drink. I just wish that there was more juniper. Rogue brews some big flavors and I was surprised to find this was a bit ordinary.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow color with meidum thick white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Had this on tap at Taco Mac while eating spicy foods, so it was difficult to pick out any outstanding nose or taste. Mouthfeel was a bit tnagy, yet offset slightly by malty sweetness.

This is a smooth drinking, full-bodied beer that goes rounds to a nice finish, and would make an excellent session beer.

Photo of Slats
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle

Appearance: Rich yellow that is just shy of being amber. Fluffy white head that settles to a very thin ring.

Smell: Citrusy hops and potting soil like earthy aroma. Juniper scent is there but very subtle and balanced with the malts.

Taste: Herbal/earthen flavors balanced nicely against the malts. Clean hop flavors that help highlight the juniper. Hop and juniper take the stage at the back end of each sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Smooth and soft on the pallet.

Drinkability: Session strength and body, however, the hops and juniper will likely be fatiguing after more than 2 glasses.

Photo of BeerZack
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with creamy one-finger eggshell colored head. Nice lace.

Sweet orangey citrus hops, hint of pine, with spicy perfume scent on top; hint of caramel.

Pale malts, mildly sweet with hints of orange. Good amount of hops to balance throughout that builds to a bitter and slightly spiced finish.

Smooth, almost creamy, full-bodied Pale Ale. Good hearty Pale that is pretty sessionable.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Rogue brewpub...in the Portland Airport no less.

Crystal clear pale golden with a faint head.

Mild sweetness in the aroma. A bit of citrusy hops, with a nice light malt presence. Light earthy spice. I live in cCntral Oregon, which is freakin juniperland. I know a juniper when I smell (or taste?) one, and ths beer does not have a big juniper profile.

Nice hop bitterness, almost an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light, and drinkability is superb. A real nice brew!

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is Amber yellow with a nice head. The aroma is of malts,herbs,spices and background notes of light hops and pepper. The taste is lightly malted,spicy and sweet. The carbonation is good and the overall feel is a nice clean finish with less hops than expected but a grainy texture.
Notes: I had this brew at David Copperfield's and it was ok,nothing bombastic and nothing to reget over ordering it. I would have it again but not in a hurry to do so.

Photo of alexmpino
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great head. Thought it was maybe overfermented; but could not find a best by date. The carbonation was overflowing out of the 22, but when poured into glasses it had about a one inch head. (as a sidenote; this beer was served at around 8000 ft. elevation and brewed at around sea-level) Nonetheless This was a delicious american pale ale from Rogue. Not quite as much juniper flavor as I had expected though. With the price of beer rising, and this one was five bucks, it was well worth the buy, but only for a try. I will usually buy based on pricepoint and this brewery usually aims just above my line. But always worth a taste of something new and interesting.

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.