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

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger layer of foam. Leaves some decent lacing.

S: Hops hit you up front in a moderate fashion with a hint of spiciness behind it. The malt is present as well foreshadowing a nice balance.

T: The hops are the key component to this again, yet they have a slightly different taste, most likely brought on by the addition of the juniper berries. A little citrus, a little floral, and a little spicy. Very nice overall. A solid malt backbone adds a bit of sweetness to it which creates a nice balance.

M: Smooth, a little thin, but good for the style.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. I don't know if it would be something I'd want to drink all the time, but it's a nice change of pace.

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

Juniper pours a cloudy light orangish color with a minimal head. The smell is hoppy and aromatic. It tastes spicy and the hops are the powerful ingredient. The mouthfeel lingers quite sometime. My wife said it reminded her of Jubelale from Deschutes. It was the spice added that gave the impression. It is a good refreshment and I will try again to see it a second time.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason this brew was not as good the first few times I had it. Pours a cloudy pale amber, with a decent pal ale head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is big and malty, with some nice understated hops there as well, like cut grass. Taste is a little thin, remember being a bit hoppier. The hops are there with a citrusy spicy bite, but I was hoping for something more assertive. A solid brew, but I may have to revisit in case this isn't a fresh example.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of Puffin Pale Ale (new alias!) at Rogue's Public House in San Francisco ('free range coastal waters' in the ingredients)

a- cloudy, light copper/orange hue with small, white, creamy head that is mostly diminishing, moderate lacing
s- nose has subdued tones of dry maltiness, with underlying hops and very slight berry aroma
t- dominated by maltiness in the front and middle followed up by a bitter hoppy finish, and yes i catch a little berry in the middle that is probably of the Juniper variety
m- medium bodied, adequate carbonation, dry prolonged finish
d- well-balanced pale ale with nice blending of 4 malts and 2 hops, alcohol is well-hidden, not the most outstanding choice in the pale ale category, I doubt I would have an urge for a repeat tasting

Photo of bboven
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Great head, gold color about twice as dark as MGD, great lacing.

Smell is all basic two row malt. Where are the hops...

Lot of honey, a little bitter, very sweet almost makes it seem like it's under-attenuated.

Surprisingly thick and creamy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

This stuff would be great to bring along on any summer outing.

Photo of WaveRebel51
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who knew that Juniper berries would complement a nice Pale Ale? The beer does not appear to be anything noteworthy -- it has a really pale, yellowly appearance. But appearances aren't everything. This beer has a nice combo of floral and fruity taste character that is truly unique and worth trying. I would not consider this an everyday beer, but this is perfect if you're in the mood for something different.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recently found a bunch of old reviews that I never typed up. This one was from a Rogue night at the Blind Tiger this past spring...

Orange-amber liquid with a nice off-white head. Smelled foresty & earthy with caramel malt. The juniper came out later, as it warmed, and I'm glad it was subtle. I like juniper in general, but there's a reason that gin bombs never caught on.

Unfortunately, I didn't think this beer really worked. The hop and the juniper seem to have created a perfect storm of astringent bitterness that even a Rogue's blend of malts could not overcome, I'm sad to say. I was disappointed by this one and wished I'd spent my money and sobriety on one of the other delectable brews available that night (like the dry-hopped Brutal Bitter... mmm....).

Photo of jayfarley3
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bomber into a pint glass it pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Smells of floral hops and slightly piney. tastes nice a hoppy, with a nice malt balance, i not sure if i tasted juniper berries since i dont know what they taste like. mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium-bodied, and goes down very smooth. this is a pretty good beer, i will most likley buy this one again.

Photo of williamherbert
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22 oz bottle.

A bright golden yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Big fluffy head, with a haze throughout. Really nice-looking. Bright and just good to look at.

The smell has dry malt characteristics. There is a sweet berry scent that floats on the top as an accent to the malt.

The flavor is a dry maltyness, but with a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. A bit roasted. Also (expectedly) a dark berry accent -- I have never had Juniper but I'll bet that's it. The berries don't overwhelm, but accent the beer nicely.

The feel leaves a film, with a nice coating. A bit creamy and even bubbly. Not bad. All told, it's a well-balanced ale. Dry but a little bitter and a little sweet. Pretty good indeed.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Dark straw color, foamy white head settles to about 1/2", leaving lacing along the way. Lots of streaming.

S: Bready malts, biscuity, like a Southern bakery. Oh-so-slight juniper berry scent, but definitely more subtle than I feared. A good omen, that.

T: Nice malt profile, in line with the nose. Slight piney hop kiss, but certainly not bomb-like. Juniper presence is nicely understated, making it much less offensive, than, say, the Chipotle Ale.

M: Dry, slightly peppery feel in the finish. Heavier and thicker than the average APA on the palate, a generally more robust body. A more oily texture than I expected--not to its detriment, but not to any particular benefit, either.

D: The disparities from my expectation made this interesting and refreshing; in particular, the forbearance shown by Rogue in the level of juniper was an uncharacteristically subtle and excellent decision.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew, mostly clear, with a head of white foam that jumps up a couple of inches.

Earthy hop with a dextrin depth, fruity aroma which I'll assume to be the juniper berries.

Flavor is crisp and fairly clean. Hops are a decent presence, grassy and herbal but fairly prominent for those characteristics. Malt is pale, but the depth of the flavor, especially in the finish, comes from the dry juniper taste. Dextrin, sea side, oyster cracker finish.

Strange brew, not unlike other coastal brews except this one showcases Northwest hops that stand up to any lightly heated malt. Interesting ale, may come back to it in a pinch.

Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of meadhead
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of burnstar
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of smurphy77
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of khiasmus
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of scarletfire79
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of kajerm
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of harpo111
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of cabsandking
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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