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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,207 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | 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

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a pleasant bright gold colour, with a filmy head of very fine creamy white foam. Lacing is excellent, even though the head dissipates after a while. Lots of streaming carbonation looks a little out of place given the rather strong body.

Decent citrus and spice on the nose, a lot of grain notes, a little bready but quite full and flavoursome. It doesn't have a really fragrant floral nose, and the characters are a little odd, but it's pretty nice overall.

Taste is also a little odd. A little grain sweetness on the front before a little floral note mid palate. Then the bitterness turns up right on the back and quite full, in quite an unusual position. It's a little unnerving - I take it it's probably the juniper addition here. Mouthfeel is round and pleasant, despite the carbonation, it's pretty smooth. I like it.

Yeah, an odd little beer, but a pleasant enough one. It just jolts me in odd directions, so it keeps my interest, while challenging me at the same time.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of dwilson01
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12oz into my arrogant bastard pint glass, pretty lively looking, nice finger and half of white foamy head which levels out to a thing layer kept going by the constant co2 rising up. Good lacing so far, looks like it's going to stick around. Hazy yellow golden color, reminds me of the inside of a mango.

Smells of herbs and fresh pine needles, not really too sure what a juniper berry is exactly, but there's something in here that gives off a nice spicey scent which invigorates the nostrils.

Taste is very well balanced although I must say I am much more in love with the smell. I do get the fresh pine forest feel from the hops, but really not much bittering to speak of as the malt really hits me more prominently in the flavor. Pale malt, and I'm thinking crystal malt as well because of the smooth semi-sweet flavor present here. It's more balancing between spices/pine and sweetness.

Mouthfeel ain't half bad, as pales go I'm quite happy with it. Smooth, refreshing, carbonation lightens it up and brings the flavoring home in this category.

Very drinkable, doesn't really draw me into it too much, the flavors are all there and everything but not blended too well to impart a great kind of drinkability I find in some other pale ales.

dwilson01, May 02, 2010
Photo of deruiz10
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Less than 1 finger head quickly dissipates but leaves a good eggshell-color layer throughout. Lacing is all but nonexistent. Color is extremely clear, burnt honey color with lighter yellow around the edges. Great effervescent carbonation.

S - Juniper and hops hit immediately, sweet malts, some caramel. All pretty faint, not much to smell.

T - Malt body is fairly earthy, leaning towards sweet. Juniper berries and spicy hops predominate, finish is very reminiscent of gin. Overall is fairly balanced and very refreshingly crisp.

M - On the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation, but serves well to keep the hops and juniper berries lively.

D - Very refreshing and smooth, a unique and successful spin on the pale ale style.

deruiz10, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of July2Nov
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Nice golden hue (ie. apple juice colored). Had about an inch of head that dissipated in a minute or so.

Smell: Fruity, sweet & tart.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A bit dry up front, that spikes slightly and then mellows out. Has a sweet tartness to it like (drum roll...sweetarts!). Also tends to have a pine tree aftertaste, which is very pleasant. Not too bad at all.

Drinkability: I probably would only drink one within any drinking span. It certainly is an acquired taste, but one atleast worth trying. Rouge pulls through again.

July2Nov, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of jwilli7122
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

pours a cloudy dark yellow with big bubble carbonation and medium-small soapy white head.
smell is somewhat malty and lightly oily. Faint sweet citrus.
Taste is soft at first with medium bitter finish. some soft fruit flavors that I can't identify but there are no flavors that really stand out.
mouthfeel is medium/thick and soft for a pale ale. i like this aspect of the beer.
Overall this is a fair pale ale. So far this is my least favorite Rogue Ale. It seems very status quo for a Rogue beer.

jwilli7122, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of AlexJ
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours from the 22 ounce bottle a nice faintly hazy, yellow amber color with a breifly dense off white head. Head quickly falls, leaving a veil and scattered lace.

The nose is average, certainly not very Roguey, with aromas of grapefruit, pine, honey malts, and buttered bread. Malt is the dominant aroma here.

The flavor is somewhat better. There's a golden malty entrance that is quickly taken over by floral at first, then light grapefruit and pine hops. Only in the aftertaste (especially the burps) do I detect any solid juniper flavors. There's just enough there to remind you it's in there. Tastes hoppier than 35 ibu's.

The body is crisply medium, with small dancing bubbles resulting in a fluffy mouthfeel. The finish is very hoppy and bitter with grapefruit peels and juniper. A decent beer, worth trying. But just a notch below what I am accustomed to from these guys.

AlexJ, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly transparent golden color with a large off-white head with pretty good retention and a lot of rings of lacing.

S: Smells very weak, hoppy with floral notes.

T: Strong hops, or atleast the taste of strong hops, the juniper kick it up a notch. A strong herbal taste with a bitter floral finish.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, well carbonated and pretty drinkable seeing as how light it was in taste. Not bad, not good.

AdmiralDiaz, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

. It is a somewhat clear apple juice colored ale. The smell was very piney. I couldn’t get anything else out of it than pine. Taste wise, it is not as piney as it smells. It is a little malty and is pretty smooth. im not going to say this is a great beer, but it is pretty good.

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yeastlovehoppiness_greg, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Hammer35
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Golden color. Pale head with very little retention and very little lacing. Almost no visible carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and floral. Apple-like aroma.

Taste: Fruity and light with a slight apple flavor. No discernible pine flavor despite the juniper. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, but highly carbonated.

Overall: Fruity and light. Not what I was expecting at all out of a winter seasonal brewed with juniper. Reminds me slightly of a witbier.

Hammer35, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%

the juniper doesn't really come out as much as it should I don't think in this brew, not nearly as out there as the john john ale, but still a decent pale ale for what it is. hazy brassy colored with a short white head, rather generic, yet still really appealing with a little foam running down the side of my frosted pint glass. slightly fruity nose, slightly astringent, slightly bland. American malted barley and west coast hops in lower dose for the style. the flavor is balanced, but more malty than hoppy I think, a touch of toasted grain bread to it, and the juniper comes in at the end with a fresh pine medicinal vibe. its not out of place really, just sort of a funny addition. I much prefer the john john for juniper, although I didn't love that beer either. bright carbonation and a drinkably medium body, if it wasn't so funny in the stomach id have several. not my favorite thing from rogue, but I certainly appreciate the attempt.

StonedTrippin, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: clear, bright yellow in color, one inch head, high carbonation

Smell: wood and citrus hops

Taste: wood, citrus hops, caramel malt, melon, and bubblegum on the finish--is that the juniper taste?

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter, medium light bodied, high carbonation, dry

Drinkability: The taste gets better as it warms and is only slightly different than most pale ales. Very dry and on the hoppier side I could have two. A sipper.

tigg924, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of watermelonman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

This poured to a very bright gold and yellow color. I can see where the name comes from. The head was fluffy and it left a great fluffy lace to match.

The smell was strong but in a pretty traditional fashion. The taste gave something similar, but with a pretty good kick in the finish. Up front it was full of hops, much like the St Rogue Red.

It's good stuff, but it could probably be toned down a little bit. It's not too far from being great.

watermelonman, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

$3 pint special at the Long Room.

Pale gold with a slight haze. Thin cap of foam, the lacing was nice looking, it formed in concentric rings down the glass. Typical pale ale aroma of light bready malt. Really hard to pull out the juniper based on smell alone.

Light bodied with a decent feel, pale malt, caramel, a dry finish with a bare hint of pine and herb. I haven't tasted juniper berries before, but there wasn't much in the way of fruit, just dry herbals with a mild element of bitterness.

This was an easy pint to drink, refreshing and fairly well put together.

emerge077, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Got this from a current trip to Iowa at Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids; a beer from Rogue that I've never had before. Also my first beer brewed with juniper berries. Expectations are in the average range.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a very light pale yellow-lemon-orange colored body with about two fingers of fluffy doughy white foam for a head. Some very fine yeast particles floating in the glass and some bubbles slowly streaming topside. Some thin scattered lacing.

S - Nose is fairly underwhelming. A dash of tart berry from the juniper berries, bready, flowery, buttered biscuit malts, corn grains, and some light herbal hoppiness from the amarillo hops. Smell is almost pilsner-esque in some ways.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweet breadiness, biscuit malts, some bitter hoppiness, earth, the traditional Rogue pacman yeast type taste, and perhaps some grape skin like flavor from the juniper berries.

M - Feel is decent. Crisp carbonation with some lingering bready malts and dry bitter hops.

Overall, an average outing from Rogue; it's easy to see why this beer gets overlooked. I've never had a juniper berry, so I don't know what they would taste like, but I'm disappointed there isn't much more of that flavor present here. Rogue brews far better beers than this one, and a lot of people don't give them love anyway. Either way, I'd say it is a beer worth trying at least once. Tickers gonna tick and all.

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

The beer after its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a translucent golden amber color with a monsterous creamy light tan head that lingers long, leaving a thick and sticky sheet of lace to obscure the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweetness, spicy, grass like, with a slight hint of Juniper, fresh and clean to the senses, start is sweet with a moderate grain profile and the top thin to medium in feel. Finish has a brisk acidity with the hops spicy and pleasing to the palate, quite dry and somewhat bitter aftertaste, a drinkable beer, but not one of Rogue’s better offerings.

Gusler, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a clear golden yellow brew that is almost electric yellow.

Smell is mild malt and a mild sour scent.

Taste is very hoppy with a load of bitterness up front. The Grapefruit flavor of cascade hops starts to come out. It looks like a pilsner but tastes like an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK drinkable, but an unbalanced brew. I would pick a Stone Pale Ale or Sam Adams Winter Lager over this.

Zorro, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

12 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV not declared on the bottle. Hazy pale golden colour, big white head. Sweetish aroma of pale malts with strong notes of honey, some fruity hops too. The juniper berries are not dominant. Fairly refreshing flavour, medium sweet, well hopped, the juniper berries are there but not dominant. They should have crushed the juniper berries instead of adding them whole. Okay, but not brilliant.

Sigmund, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Thads324
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

A: pours a hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head. The head is sticky looking and sticks quite nicely around the edges.

S : a sweetly baked bread smell. Followed by a piney fresh hop aroma. Not much else going on.

T : the beer starts with a piney hop flavor. The hop is carried through until the end by a mellow pilsner-Esque flavor. The malt really hides behind a good hop forward flavor. The finish has a citrus hop flavor mixed with that lingering pine taste from the juniper.

M : the juniper/hop mix blends well and sticks to the tongue. Well carbed and easy going.

D: pretty easy to drink and flavorful throughout.

A good beer with some nice hop. The glass is ringed from top to bottom with white foam head, meaning it was freshy fresh. Nice

Thads324, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

I poured this one into a shaker pint.

Apperance- The body is a standard yellow-gold with a few carbonation columns in the hazy body. The head made it to about a half-finger before becoming random globs of foam dispersed on the top of the beer.

Smell- There is some standard grassy hop scent that gives that "beer" smell to the nose. There is a little bit of herbalness, I'm not sure that it is juniper, but it is there.

Taste- The profile is pretty close to an adjunct. There is a lot of grassy hops, not very bitter. It tastes like something in the 30-40 IBU range.

The malt is a little bit like a wheat-cereal. The juniper herbal note is mainly in the mid-drink to the finish, but it does not last very long. The grassy hop and bitterness is what sticks around.

Mouth feel- The body is light to medium and a little fizzy. The carbonation may just be slightly over done. It is a little too slick giving it a slight watery character that I wish was not there.

Overall- To have juniper in the name, there should be noticeable amounts of juniper. Sure, there is a slight herbal quality, but it is not distinct, or nearly big enough.

What is left, is the base pale ale. And while this base is not bad, it really needs that juniper to make it one I would want to return to it again.

Pintofbrown, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle

A - Golden color, slightly hazy, very thin but tight white head settles quickly to a thin layer, slippery lacing

S - Immediate notes are citric hops, maybe with a light floral edge. Roasted malt undercurrent; if there is supposed to be juniper in the nose, it's lost on me.

T&M - Smooth feeling, lighter to medium bodied. Nice hop and malt balance. Malts have a sweeter edge to them. Citrus hits in the front with a very subtle juniper (gin-like) quality in the finish. Bits of lemon peel as well.

D and notes - Very sessionable ABV with good balance of flavor. The juniper in this is mostly lost on me. Juniper should be very aromatic, and I really felt like I was searching for it in the flavor. I guess if it's in the name of the beer, I expect it to be more present.

ZeroSignal, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle. Code on bottom of bottle.

Pours a very clear, very light golden yellow. A nice white head sticks around and to the glass. Smell is a nice blend of biscuity malts and moderate hops. The taste is where things get interesting.. It starts off tasting like a good, mild pale ale but as soon a nice hoppy finish begins the feeling turns much dryer. In turn, the juniper squashes the mellow finish and leaves the beer feeling flat and a little barren. Kind of feels like I chased a decent pale ale with a shot of gin. I don't know what to think about this brew, but it is interesting. It would pair well with some sort of salad..

sixerofelixir, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Shadman
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

World Champion Pale eh? we'll see about that.

Dirty gold, hazy colour with the usual excellent Rogue head and lacing.

Piney aroma with some decernable sweet malts. Barely a whiff of juniper ( I'm a gin drinker...)

pretty much a solid Yank Pale ALe. Nice combo of pine and citrus bitterness with some decent malt backing. Juniper is faint and difficult to pull out of the already bitter flavour profile. Finish is dry and quite bitter.

If your afraid of juniper or youy have previous gin nightmares, relax.

Shadman, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Clear golden color with a creamy off-white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. Definitely not the color of yellow snow. The aroma is fruity, grainy, and bready. The flavor is of sweet malt, bread, and spice. It is a light-medium bodied beer, smooth and tasty. Not a bad brew.

BeerBuilder, May 13, 2003
Photo of jtfest
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a sizable white head that dissipated over time. The aroma was light, fresh, and sweet. Tasting it caught me by surprise, as the light aroma indicated that it would be a delicate mouthfeel. Not so -- it was firm and almost 'chunky'. The aftertaste was bitter and effervescent, while the flavor was almost sugary. Its a fairly easy drinking brew -- for something called 'Yellow Snow' it really seemed more appropriate for a summers day. Good, but not great, I'd buy it, order it, and drink it -- but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

jtfest, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Burnt orange colour with a reasonably-sized head that settles quickly and gives up just a bit of lace. Interesting colour.

Equally interesting aroma. Hops, an earthy pine like quality. Tastes quite unusual, having an almost pungent character, from the juniper berries I would imagine. Slightly hoppy and spicy.

Overall this beer comes off as just interesting, but odd somehow without really finding the right spot to tickle and make it all worth while.

I'll have to revisit it at some time I suppose, see what I think later on.

TerryW, Jan 20, 2004
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