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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,239 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 32
Gots: 56 | 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 dblinkhorn
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

dblinkhorn, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of cdpike
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into pint glass.

Pours golden with plenty of foam. Nose is of vanilla (or something to do with baking besides yeast), hops, and spice...seems pretty balanced. Just a touch of alcohol. Very crisp, spicy and actually quite light. Understated malt and hop flavor. Juniper is somewhat difficult to detect, although it's in there somewhere. Pretty good, definitely worth a try, but maybe not again any time soon. Not quite as much as I had hoped for especially for someone who likes gin as much as I do.

cdpike, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of AmitC
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

Pours with one finger thick head of white color that withers off. Decent lacing. Copperish amber color. Good number of bubbles.

Aroma is a mix of malt, some weird weed (may be juniper berries as they say) and some hops which are way suppressed.

Taste: Very much the same as nose. Good balance with flavor moving towards that unknown taste. I personally have not taste juniper or no what it is. Good dry finish with no sweetness whatsoever. Just a tad perceived bitterness.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Typical bitterness and astringency but not so dominant.

Good beer. Not to my liking.

Style Rate: Herb/spiced beer he he :) 3.5 Not correct as i don't know what juniper is, just that it is some kind of berry.

Personal rate: 3.5

I wish it were more intoxicating.

AmitC, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of NStLincoln
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Rogue Beers. Great product, great packaging, great marketing. I also love juniper in gin and the smell of pine trees, so this beer should be a match made in heaven.

This Rogue pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a big, bubbly head. Lots of nice lacing.

Surprisingly there isn't a ton of juniper on the nose. It's like if you took a handful of spicy grapefruit, melted one caramel on it and then ground up a couple of those spiky things from a pine cone.

This beer tastes a lot like it smells. Maybe a touch more pine on the palate than the nose. Not blowing me away.

Mouthfeel is good. Thicker than I expected and a long lasting finish that's satisfying.

NStLincoln, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of rodlavers
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rodlavers, Monday at 02:44 AM
Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a thin white head, nothing special here. Smells of lots of hops and berries, a little bit of leafy earthliness as well.

Taste is very hoppy, the juniper berries come through a little on the back end although is seems like the hops slightly overpower everything else. Mouthfeel is pretty good, well balanced. Overall a pretty good brew, but nothing more.

Treyliff, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Josiah2729
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with 3 finger head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Faint malt, some light hops.

Taste: Sweet and slightly bitter, not really tasting much from the juniper.

Mouthfeel: Light body, decent carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer, but not quite what I was expecting.

Josiah2729, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breweries that make fruit beers should buy you a sample of the fruit so that you know exactly what flavor that the fruit will impart into their finish beer.

The pour brings a murky orange, golden color that seems a bit more viscous than your everyday Pale Ale. A very froathy head forms near the top of the glass and holds very firm throughout. Looks good, just a bit thick.

Sweetly aromas of peaches, pears, appricots, mangos, and kiwi fill the estery nose very quickly. Surprisingly, the citrusy and piney hops only provide a secondary layer of interest. Biscuity malts give a bready-sweet base to the aroma. The beer starts to take on English Pale Ale proportions, but with the added juniper berry. (By the way, what's a juniper berry?)

The sweet fruity, biscuity malt flavors take over the flavors right away with only a balancing hop flavor to slowly rise at mid-palate. The lable boasts the use of Sterling and Amarillo hops for a blend of citrus, pine, and grassy pungent earthy notes. The hop flavor shines a bit more late in the sip, after the fruity malty stuff fades.

As expected, the beer does take on a thicker consistency than expected which eventually hurts the drinkability. The heavy sweet fruit notes also make the beer far too sweet for Pale Ale enjoyment.

Odd for Rogue to make an under-hopped beer. C'mon guys, where's the West Coast influence? By the way, what the hell is a juniper berry!?

BEERchitect, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Yard House in KC, KS.

A - Poured a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the pint glass.

S - It of pine and what I assume is juniper. Also, slight caramel aromas.

T - It has a nice burnt toast maltiness with pine and juniper flavors. A touch of spiciness, too.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was pretty good. I've always passed on it in liquor stores but it was worth a try.

zeff80, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of leaddog
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden straw coloured with a creamy white head. Bubbles are present and is slightly opaque. Has nice lacing that clings to the glass as you drink this ale.

Smell- Hops with citrus fruits. No detection of junipers at this moment.

Taste- Dry and hoppy with a piney bitter finish. Juniper flavour is mild.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with prickly bubbles present. Good carbonation to this one with a nice tingle.

Overall- A good ale but I expected more juniper in this. An easy drinking ale that is sure to please any Rogue fan.

leaddog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of boneboy
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. This beer is a beautiful,clear, straw color with a thick, dense, white head that lasts, leaving respectable lacing.

S - Flowery, and slightly sweet.

T - Pale malt, with a bit of sweetness, but with bitterness to balance. Some hop spiciness/earthiness. I don't get a ton of juniper up front, but it does come through in the finish.

M - medium body, somewhat creamy, with good carbonation.

O - There is nothing life altering about this beer, but it is pretty enjoyable. I may not revisit this soon, but I'll probably purchase this again. It goes go down really, really (I mean really) easy, so for a hot day this might be a good beer to pick up.

boneboy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

. 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%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 21, 2013
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.