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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | 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

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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
Photo of wedge

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
Photo of JohnnyM2002


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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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Yellow Snow ale is the brew that got me motivated over craft beer. This is a very complex beer with many characteristics of spices, malts, and yeast.

Yellow Snow pours with a moderate amount of CO2, which forms a nearly pure white head. The head dissolves into clumpy lacing that lasts all the way through. The body is quite cloudy and has an orangish colour. It almost looks like a Heffeweizen.

This brew gives off a rich floral aroma, and is somewhat piney and sweet at the same time.

This tastes very spicy. I detect nodes of juniper berries as well as a biscuity characteristic. It finishes with spiciness, as well as a copperish taste (you know you used to put pennies in your mouth when you were a kid).

Yellow Snow feels a bit chewy and spicy. It's also a little coarse. Definitely warm to the palate and oily hop appeal.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers. This has to be drank slowly for appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 09:51:52 | More by TheSarge
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A really pale and clear light brown in color. Whole lot of carbonation rising to the surface but a matching sized head of foam. Just a thin layer that dissolved almost completely. Kind of looks like a foamy, bubbly apple juice. Nose is various hints of malts and apples.

Flavor is odd. Sweet with the first impression. Then slightly evergreen from the hops. That is quickly followed by a Granny Smith apple flavor and then something else I do not recognize. i imagine that something else is juniper berries. However, I do not believe I have ever had a juniper berry so I am just guessing. Mouthfeel is very light and pleasing. I imagine this would be a great beer after a long, hot day working outside.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 01:12:22 | More by MuddyFeet
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Poured into a pint glass, this one is fairly pale yellow, leaning just a little toward orange. The head is white and fizzy, and not very thick.

The smell is certainly flowery from the hops. That being said, past the first impression, the smell is not very potent. Digging deep gives a touch of citrus to the mix.

The taste is a bit thin up front, the malts don't seem to be lighting up my tastebuds. As it progresses a hoppy mix takes over. Citrus mostly, and some pine flavour. Berry flavour begins to show itself as the beer warms. Then something strange tasting on the very back of the tongue, that seems to hang indefinitely. An unusual mix of pleasant and not so pleasant. I guess it is pretty average in this department.

The mouthfeel is light, with plenty of carbonation. It seems suitable for this beer, but nothing great.

This one doesn't go down too quickly for me, but does get better as I progress through the bomber. Not bad, but I but I don't see myself buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 03:21:42 | More by elricorico
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South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a very nice clear golden color, with no head to speak of, no lace, not very impressive to loook at really. Smell is good, piney, hopey, not very strong though. Taste is very nice, smooth, and a great backend to it. Has that nice piney, grassey, hops taste to it. fairly well carbonated, not overally so at all though. This is a great session beer. Could easily put down a few of these without blinking. Its not your drop down, fantastic hop explosion by any means, but a great pale ale. It may not be too impressive on the eyes, or nose, but I would definatly have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 00:44:55 | More by mikesgroove
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2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale and hazy yellow with a very thin white head. Smells just ever so faintly of juniper berries but mostly of pale dry malt.

Taste is much like the smell, faint, very faint juniper berry and crisp pale malt. Finishes clean, almost no finish or aftertaste. This is drinkable but very disappointing. The juniper is very faint when it could have shown nicely against this malt profile. Barley distinguishable from many light pale ales. Boo.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 02:09:00 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a thin half-finger white head that is somewhat creamy and very quickly dissipates to a patchy layer of thin lace on top of the beer. Leaves slight lacing as you drink. The color is a hazy honey/orange. Looks like my first homebrew!

Smell - Slightly sweet and mainly bitter/crisp hops up front. Some lighter-colored fresh fruit aromas behind this, with a bready malt aroma all the way in the back. There is little alcohol detectable on the nose.

Taste - Very bready and maybe even toasted malt character up front, with bittering, crisp, and somewhat sweet hops up next. I'm trying to pick up on the juniper, and maybe it's slightly there, but nothing definite. It finishes mainly with bready malt and some fruity sweetness. The aftertaste is earth and hops. Little alcohol throughout.

Mouthfeel - Some carbonation bite right away, but it mellows out toward the finish and becomes quite refreshing and complimenting to the overall character of the beer. It has a heavy medium-body (poured thickly) and is pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Easy! The flavors are of average pale ale strength, something like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I could take down a six pack in a night easily.

A decent pale ale, although I'm a little dissapointed that a beer having the word "juniper" in its title is, at least to my taste buds, pretty much completely absent of juniper flavors or aromas. Worth a try, and probably a good sessioning beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 04:58:05 | More by dblinkhorn
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 15:17:46 | More by veech
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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy sunset gold. Short, crackling head of loosely packed off-white bubbles of mixed sizes. Slow to settle, eventually falling to a tall collar and a handful of scattered dust. Citrusy floral hop aromas and a touch of sweet malt. Floral citrus hops lead the flavor with a bit of raw bitterness. There is a lingering spiciness in the finish that has a tingly quality about it and is a bit peppery. No obvious signs of juniper berries. The hops are the main flavor contributor. The finish is a bit drying and the hops linger a short while. Medium-light body with nice, tingly carbonation. As a pale ale this was ok, but I could not detect any juniper berries which was the reason I decided to try it in the first place.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 12:43:04 | More by hopsaplenty
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy yet goldish hue. And the smell is very hoppy and you can really smell juniper, smells a lot like the forest in my honest opinion. Very good hop taste that is very crisp that is really not to overpowering. Juniper tastes very interesting as well. I would say try this at least once but it is definetly not an all the time type thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 22:19:28 | More by TrickKnee
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellow with a brown, honey hue--or "saffron" accoring to the 22oz bomber. The white head doesn't stick around for very long.

The nose is hoppy, with some yeast and light citrus--and only a whisper of juniper, not as much as I was hoping for.

The flavor consists of orange, light spice, touch of nutmeg, berry, malt, yeast, somewhat strong hops, and juniper berries on the finish.

The mouth is light, and rather creamy for a pale ale. It is not really all that complex. The hops are pretty mellow, and the juniper only adds on a crips dryness on the back palate.

Drinkable and pleasant, would definitely drink this "out on the town," but not earth shattering. Also being a fan of gin, I was intrigued when I saw a juniper pale ale. However, I was kind of underwhelmed by the result.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 18:28:07 | More by Osiris9588
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from 22oz. bottle into my Nimbus pint glass a pale clear goldish hue. Head is very nice and does not dissipate as the beer sits and is drank. Impressive. Smell is hoppy, earthy, spicy, citrusy. Not gin-y :) .

Smooth hop flavor here, slightly bitter, crisp, dare I say refreshing. There's the little bit of juniper spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is fine, about right for an pale ale, and drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 11:17:35 | More by Pooba001
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3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thick, frothy head perched atop a deep, golden liquid when poured into a pint glass. Notable head retention through the first few minutes after pouring with a good deal of it left clinging to the glass. Nice.

Surprisingly malty in scent with only faint hint of juniper berries which, as a gin drinker, kind of disappoints me.

Well, OK, the juniper is there after all & it works better than I’d have thought. There are a ton of things going on with this beer & not all of them are good. A buttery/oily texture which, although technically a note on mouthfeel, is so closely-associated with the aforementioned foodstuff that they can’t possibly be ignored in the taste department. A sweet malt presence is welcome with a good mild hop bitterness to end.

The texture is really what gets me. As previously mentioned, there’s a slickness to this beverage which really can’t be welcome in this type of ale. Almost slimy on the tongue.

Although the taste is not at all bad (actually, almost restrained for being a Rogue product) the mouthfeel really makes this the type of beer than you’re happy to have once & be done with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 03:50:33 | More by malcontent
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2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - pours a hazy pale peach color, two fingers of white foam form up (and recede) relatively quickly. Some dotted lace left behind. Nice beading action from below.

Aroma - the initial pour is a tad sloppy just to give me a nice aroma burst. I get a good orangey, tangerine citrus and, here's a first, an aroma that reminds me of Off bug repellent. Just briefly, then it disappears, leaving behind a more conventional hop and malt nose.

Taste - a light malt, biscuity base, moderate hopping coming out fairly quickly. The swallow brings out the dryer side of the hops and what I imagine must be the juniper. A somewhat tinny, (coppery?) flavor, again reminiscent of Off repellent. It's not unpleasant but not that great either. If I was more familiar with juniper it might make a difference.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, pretty light-bodied too.About right for the style.

Drinkability - not for me. The metallic bitterness isn't all that appealing.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 19:39:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber, one of the coolest beer bottles in the world like all other Rogue bottles. It pours a brilliant burnt orange color, with a HUGE creamy white head of frothiness. It's quite amazing to me actually as the head refuses the effects of gravity and dissipation for quite a while.
The aroma is all hops, zingy like a german pale ale can be. There's not much else to smell really, no juniper berries to smell here.
As far as flavor and mouthfeel, it's all dominated by hop characters. I'm not sure exactly what Juniper berries have to offer a beer, but in this case it seems like nothing more than an additional oily, grassy, dry finished flavor to combine with the hops already in there to make this a hoppy beer overall, and seem lacking. It's smooth though somehow, not super pungent like some IPA styles can be, and not really crisp like some american pale ales can be.
Overall it's still an enjoyable beer from Rogue who I enjoy every brew in their lineup to some extent. That being said, I won't be buying this brew again, but I'm also not disappointed either, merely a slightly above average satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 19:43:50 | More by AudioGilz
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was brewed for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and is no longer made, so I feel fortunate to have found this bottle still on the shelf in September of '06. The 22 oz. brown bottle depicts a goggled man holding up a defiant fist with one hand, and holding his dog in the other and declaring "together we can do it". What that has to do with yellow snow I don't know, but I always enjoy the etched into the bottle artistry of all Rogue bottles. On the side of the bottle they list the 10 ingredients the beer is made with along with some other information, but no freshness date and no mention of the alcohol content.

The beer poured a nice peach/orange color and made a two-finger head with white fluffy foam that lasted awhile before retreating down the glass. It also left nice lacing on the glass after each sip.

The smell was a really powerful dose of floral hops coming from the combination of both Amarillo and Golding hops. I really enjoyed the aroma from this beer. There was no other smell that I could pick out so I was expecting a really hoppy beer.

As expected, the hops were the domonent taste, but the combination of 4 different malts mixed with whole juniper berries added a nice balance to the beer.

The carbonation is fairly low giving the beer a moderately creamy and mid to full bodied character. The malt flavors disappear at the end and the beer has a dry, spicy, and a bit alcoholic finish with the juniper berries dominating at the end.

This is a really good pale ale with plenty of character. Too bad it is no longer being made.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 00:15:56 | More by matjack85
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice small head, very nice lacing thoroughout the drink.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and slight citrus.

T - The taste is slightly hoppy/malty with a nice dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. This is a nice brew from Rogue, but I would consider it a Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 23:58:09 | More by Wasatch
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2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Brix in Jacksonville Beach. Slightly hazy, yellow orange in color, essentially no head. Aroma was non-existent, salt and lemon? The taste was a lemon hops primary with some malt balance. Juniper was AWOL. Aftertaste was unpleasant. Body was light and the carbonation was medium. Flavor, overall was good but nothing special. Aftertaste hurt my scoring of the flavor. I would not have another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 17:47:48 | More by
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden clear color, quite pretty, with a few bubbles coruscating up. Head is initially thick and off-white; it fades fairly quickly leaving a thick sheet and decent lacing. Nose of (nobel?) hops out front and some definite sweet malt in the background. Taste is a tea-like blend of bitter hops and sweet malt… hard to distinguish which is dominant here. Very well balanced. Finishes on a bready note with no real bitterness. Not really sensing any “juniper” or other spices here; maybe the vaguest hint toward the back. The flavor just seems to fade away. Mouth is watery and slick, and only slightly substantial with very subtle carbonation. Very smooth. (I laugh when I hear macro breweries bragging about “smooth” beer; they haven’t the first idea—but neither do their customers.) Yes, this is a smooth, tasty, and therefore drinkable beer. 5.3% ABV allows it to be enjoyed for awhile.

Overall, a good to very good pale ale. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 22:33:34 | More by jettjon
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a thin layer of white lace. Nose consists of a nice buttery malty aroma, citrus and hops. Taste is dominated by malt that finishes with a bitter hoppiness that is not overpowering. Overall, this is not a bad brew but not a brew I would go out of my way to get again. It kind of grew on me the more I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 04:10:13 | More by cjgator3
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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