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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,118 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1118
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%


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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ithacabaron

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly more golden orange than "yellow snow" yellow, with a nice white head that sinks to a pilsner like film (odd).

Aroma...I almost always smell the yeast first when I smell beer, and I can tell right off the bat, even if I didn't have a label to go by, this is a Rogue offering. Love their yeast too, it's just slightly sweet and nutty. Other smells are oily, rind-like hops, and another somewhat hop-like flavor I can't figure out (which I'd assume is the juniper).

Taste is less refined that many other Rogue offerings, with a very tart, acidic rind-like hop attack, and a grainy, thinner, non ale-like malt, again, very pilsner-like. Finish lacks the malt that I think it could benefit from, but the after taste, once the lingering bitterness goes away, is quite pleasant on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is appropriate, but the carbonation seems a bit aggressive.

As with any beers that come in bombers, drinkability is limited -- but with this beer, unlike some others, I don't think I'd want more than one in a session. It was enjoyable for the duration of the bottle though.

A very odd ale, but enjoyable. I'll have to try this again -- but probably not for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 05:10:41 | More by ithacabaron
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a thick creamy head. The head lasted through most of the drink, and glass lacing was produced. The aroma is of malt and honey tones. The malt flavor is quite smooth, and some bitterness and spiciness arrived on the tongue after swallowing. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp, and I noticed the bitterness from the hops sticks to the back of your tongue well after swallowing. Enjoyable and drinkable, even though the name of this one gets you thinking...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 17:35:30 | More by Gavage
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

NOTE!: I must say I experienced this one after a Victory Hopdevil, which undoubtely affected my perception of the current beer's hoppiness.

This one poured with a medium frothy head and left frothy lacing. It was yellow with a tinge of orange. It tasted mildly hoppy with some subtle spicyness perhaps? Mouthfeel was a little thin and lacked excitement. A decent beer but is missing the oomph and vibrancy I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 19:56:19 | More by HiroProtagonist
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CBFanWish

New York

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Watch out where the huskies go, don't you eat the yellow snow...
A light yellow pour with a good size head. It had a semi floral smell, nothing spectacular. I didn't care much for the taste I was upset with the lack of balance that rogue usually exceeds in. I like hoppy, but this was too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 14:51:46 | More by CBFanWish
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Sixpack595

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours foggy yellow orange with quite a bit of head that recedes fairly quickly. Citrucy aroma that fades fairly quickly. Taste? Uhhmm... its bitter. A bit grainy and bready in the end before more bitterness puts a stop to all that. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, but not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 06:39:49 | More by Sixpack595
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avylover

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Frank Zappa always said "Don't eat the yellow snow." Well he never mentioned anything about drinking it.

Pours a clear light orange with e decent white head, resembling your average american lager in appearance. Aroma is heavy on the grainy side, with a good dose floral hops backing things up. Taste is nothing special here. Mostly bitter from start to finish, there is some grainyness in the background. Not really malty, just a slight taste of cereal grains. This beer could use some balance. Mostly floral bitter hops, not much else besides a funky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly clean but nothing special. Too bitter without enough flavor to be very drinkable. Nothing special here - your average rogue ale, only not as good. Don't drink the yellow snow either.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 18:16:51 | More by avylover
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not gonna lie to you and pretend I know the first thing about juniper berries (other than the fact they are used in the gin-making process). But since I firmly believe that beer should make a person think, here are a few fun juniper berry tidbits for all y'all:
-it's a remedy to treat tapeworm
-In the Ayurvedic system (don't ask me) juniper is believed to not only purify the body but also the aura.
-contains thujone, which I believe is a hallucinogen (of absinthe fame)
-It has stimulant and analgesic properties.
-it helps clear acid wastes from the body.
-It acts on the urinary, respiratory, nervous and digestive systems
-it's an insect repellant
-It can be used during labor to stimulate contractions.
-And it makes your urine smell like violets (as yet unproven by yours-truly).

Anyway,

This is of the 2002 breed.
Pours a smogged golden under a bleached beige head.
Nose full of ferns and pine needles, and black-light ganja. Notations of dish-washing liquid. The berry sweetness present may or may not be imaginary.
Toasty up front. Progresses towards english muffins, topped with a spit of butter. Not sweet at all, at least right away. Hops are certainly the featured event here. Lightly resinous pine cone Amarillos (oh how I love them), along with the more abrasive and metallic Styrian Goldies. Interesting cross. There's a suggestion of blueberries soaked in gin- adding minor sweetness to the general bitterness- and that is my only entrance to the topic of juniper berries.
Medium bodied and monster drinkable, though that has nothing to do with any sort of berry.
Not as unique as expected, and a bit out-of-place as a winter seasonal, but a dandy pale ale regardless.

Now off to see if that whole violets thing is true.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 08:31:23 | More by cokes
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shirfan

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear golden, with a mountainous, foamy, retentive head.

Aroma is mostly citric hops with a lesser sourdough note.

Having never met a juniper berry outside this beer, I'll have to take the bottle's word for their inclusion. Taste is slightly peppery, sourdough again from the malt, mild grapefruit and an evergreen-type flavor I can only assume comes from the juniper berry. Not resinous like wildly hopped brews, more of a pine-needle sensation. Finishes dry and bready.

Slightly thinner bodied than I had hoped, however this would make a good "left-field" session beer just because it's a unique concoction.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 23:58:06 | More by shirfan
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the local grocers after getting a sample taster from a Rogue guy doing a promotion.
22 oz screen printed brown bomber( as always)..some dude with his pet Lab. "Together we can do it"..I hope so!
Very pretty looking beer..dark golden with a nice carbonation..small white head.
Whoa..strong and fresh aroma..load of hops..some malt undertones and a piney aroma..must be the juniper.
mmm nice tasteing ale..not as strong as i thought after the aroma..but nice..mostly malty to begin with..creamy, then a hop bite and right at the end a spicy junpier bitter aftertaste.
Pretty nice on the palate..smooth.
A most drinkable beer..at any time of the year.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 03:49:32 | More by Reidrover
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hazy amber pint has a small, bubbly, very lightly tanned head. The spicy, hoppy, floral smell is strong even at arm's length.

Like many of the other Rogue brews I've tried, this one impresses me right from the first sip. It's immediately refreshing, and complicated enough to grab my attention. The first stage, focused on the tip of the tongue, has some of the same sweet/sour zip that characterized the Hazelnut Brown Nectar. In this case, though, it's so much more balanced that I enjoy it. The hops in the second stage have the same sharpness that made Sierra Harvest Ale so challenging, but here it's mild enough to be pleasant. The finish carries a floral, grainy bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Drinking this beautifully balanced beer is an intense experience. I can see the hops on the trellis. I can taste the grain. At the end I enjoy the pretty cascade of lacing, and look forward to picking up some more of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 04:00:16 | More by Weissenheimer
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nixhecks

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I was told not to eat yellow snow, but noone said anything about not drinking it. Poured a bright orange color with a decent white head atop - looks sticky and has retained at a film. Aroma is very floral, full of hops much like an IPA. The taste is as delicious as expected. Begins with a bitter hop taste, hints of roastyness, and a sweet 'n' spicy finish, dry like the bottle says it is. As we come into winter, this was a great beer to break up the monotony and also a nice break from many of the dark and heavy seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 21:08:50 | More by nixhecks
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at New World Brewery, Ybor City, FL.

This is perhaps my favorite herb/spiced beer with high marks probably because of the IPA underpinnings (rather than a belgian style or some other malt dominant style.)

A nice citrus-tart hop aroma actually gave me pause: how would herbs go with citrus notes? I shouldn't have worried. I never expected such a mild "judicious" addition of spice to a dominating IPA. An addition of character, but not a competing flavor, the juniper falls into the nice blend of flavors. There's a swell dry finish that also contains some citrus and grassy notes. All beers should be this complex and yet so well blended.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2003 18:02:26 | More by ecoboy
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange pour with a medium white head. The smell nicely hoppy and had a mellow fruit sweetness....berries and maybe some apricot as well. The taste had a decent combintaion of hops and fruitiness giving it nice balance. Fruitiness is present up front and then becomes more dry, malty towards the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with a semidry finish. Decent drinkability. Not one of my faves.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 18:14:50 | More by Popsinc
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winomark

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep gold with a vigorous fluffy white head.

Aroma: Slightly spicy nose with rich malt presence. Hop citrus makes an appearance.

Taste: Mild malt with lots of hop and spice coming out. Dry, crisp, and slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light on the palate, but nice and flavorful throughout. Good carbonation balance.

Drinkability: A good, easy-drinking offering from Rogue. Juniper berries offer an interesting twist. Try this one if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 16:07:28 | More by winomark
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Yellow Snow Ale, despite its humble name, is immensely complex. The nose is light hops and rye. The ultimate flavor of the amarillos -- notes of citrus, pear, and mango -- shines through on every sip.

So, fine -- amarillo pale ales have been done and they're delicious, but who cares? Rogue uses this glorious hop as more than a flavoring agent. It's used to bring out the unique fruit of the juniper berry. And who would have ever thought, after having had handles upon fifths of Beefeater and, even, Bombay, that juniper had such rich flavor. It is, indeed, a berry that's found its long-lost soul mate in the amarillo hop. This pairing is more than commendable, it's downright holy. Sure, the initial taste is this weird leafy citrus and the finish (I seriously encourage you to burp) is fruity gin, but between these two extremes I taste saison, wheat, and crisp, oaky chardonnay. The beer begs for fish.

The flavor isn't as menacing as Old Crustacean, as precise as I2PA, or as rich as Morimoto Hazelnut. Yellow Snow is a dictum of creativity and subtle craft that challenges the drinker, the brewer, and beer en masse.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2003 23:25:13 | More by ngandhi
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dpend

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a typical yellow-amber color.Head dissipation is also typical.Hops are immediately present in the aroma although I didn't pick up on the junipers and spice all that much.That's good that they weren't overwhelming.Light and a bit watery mouthfeel and I would consider it highly drinkable.I actually think this beer could pass as a lager.I've had this in a bottle as well, but on tap is the way to go.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2003 17:40:38 | More by dpend
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Shaw

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on-tap at my local pub, the Cock & Bull.

A pale yellow beer. Not much of a head at all. Oh well. Its aroma is lightly hoppy, much lighter than Rogue's other offerings.

After reviewing the ingredients at Rogue's Web site, I can now understand why the taste is more complex than a typical pale ale. The use of juniper berries is quite good. They add a nice flavor that works well with the malt and hops.

Even though it is not as "big" as many other Rogue brews, Yellow Snow is still quite good. This is a beer to give someone you are trying to bring into the Rogue Nation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2003 06:45:06 | More by Shaw
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to pour more of an orange color than a urine color but what the hell,with a decenthead that left a light lacing on my pint glass,definent Northwestern ale smell of zesty hops.Taste does have a nice malt firmness to it with a slight juniper taste finishing with a hop atttack wich kinda brings this beer together.Apretty good beer but Rogue makes better.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 12:28:26 | More by oberon
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barleypop

California

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't help noticing this poured a clear urine colour. Perhaps I was influenced by the name. It had a wispy, filmy head.

This had a floral bouquet of a nose with just a hint of what I can only describe as rubber eraser. The eraser scent left after the beer warmed a bit.

The malt in this one creeps up on the initial hoppy blast. Very nice with a dry, honey like finish.

A very good mouthfeel that was effervescent and smooth at the same time.

Overall this is the best "yellow snow" I've had. It is very flavorful yet not so much so that you couldn't have a nice session with this one.
Good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 18:52:46 | More by barleypop
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SetarconeX

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hey, that's not a Huskey on the bottle!

That said, I have to admit, I might be a little biased when it comes to this beer. You see, I've got a passionate love for all things brewed, which includes tea. Juniper being one of my favorites.

The Juniper which is in this brew, however, is far from overwhelming. Indeed, like almost everything brewed by Rogue, the beer is dominated by a blast of overwhelming, up front, spicy hop bite. It's not only what I like, it's what I expect from just about anything Rogue puts out. Call it a signiture feature. I'm very surprised on the occasions when I get something different.

Even so, the Juniper backing gives this particular beer a bit of a subtle spicy edge which other beers might do well to emulate. A great example of how one or two unusual ingredients can add considerably to a beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 07:16:58 | More by SetarconeX
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not one of rogue's best, yet still a relatively good brew. pours a light amber/orange colour that is slighly hazy, but has a nice frothy/chunky head to it. i was quite surprised to see this from this type of beer. the smell is hoppy and a bit citrusy, with a sweet berry-ness dominating. the taste echoes the smell, the the hops are more balanced with the sweetness than in the smell. an easy drinking brew that i'd certainly try again, but would rather just about any other rogue beverage that i've tried thusfar over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 01:54:02 | More by guinness33
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StevieW

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 bomber. Cloudy golden to dull orange color. Nice dense white bubbly head. Tiny bubbles. What ? Nice inviting smell of fresh hop leaves. Cascades. Not sure what a juniper even smells or tastes like. But this had a fresh crisp, snap to the flavor. Slight fizzyness dulls the flavors. But the citrus snap comes back, lots of hops, and earthy spiciness to it. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Really cleanses the palate, and leaves you dry and puckering, waiting for more. Another quality product from Rogue. I had this right at the beginning of my beer advocating life and was intimidated by it. It's really very good and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 01:13:03 | More by StevieW
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, my very first Rogue product and I was not disappointed. It poured a cloudy dull orange with limited head and average carbonation.
The body is medium and aroma very slightly of yeast...I detect nothing else.
The taste consists of a 3 prong attack...hops-malts-hops with little after taste.
Grapefruit is alive and well and living in yellow snow.
Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2003 04:33:13 | More by Shiloh
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BierReise

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber.Hazy honey color with standard Rogue fluffly head. Good lacing. Aroma is of hops, juniper and pacman yeast.(gotta love that pacman). Medium bodied and smooth. A tad bitter and a slight watery taste. Maybe the least favorite I've had from Rogue. Nothing like any APA's I've had yet every Rogue is a new adventure.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 18:39:15 | More by BierReise
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beerguy101

California

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color, medium head. A medium bodied pale ale. Smooth malts and spicy hops are nicely balanced. Brewed with whole Juniper berries. They give the beer a nice spicy finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly spicy and very slightly bitter. Painted/etched beer bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 01:47:32 | More by beerguy101
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