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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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Quaffer

Nevada

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

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This beer poured a hazey, deep golden color. The light tan head rose up big and chunky. A thin layer stuck around and helped to deposit a decent amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: There was a sweet malt smell combined with a very floral hops aroma.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew that was smooth. After I swallowed the beer, there was an oily, slick feeling left in my mouth.

Taste: There were some mild malt flavors up front that gave way to a hoppy bitterness. The hops was not a clean bitterness; it tasted like it felt in the mouth: oily. There was a sharp, almost fruity flavor on the finish with the hops. It might have been due to the juniper berries, but I can't say for sure since I have no idea what a juniper berry tastes like.

Overall, this was a decent brew. I wish it was a little more balanced and had a cleaner, drier finish to it, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 14:30:16 | More by Quaffer
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Another 22 fl.oz of Rogue, yippee, I have not had a new Rogue beer in ages, so I was very happy when I saw this untried offering in a local store, and so I jumped at the chance of trying this "newbie" from the Oregon based master brewers.

Labeled as “Yellow Snow Ale 2002”, it pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a light orange hue, that does have a remarkable resemblance to the last urine sample I gave the Doctor. A white frothy head that is comprised of large frothy bubbles, like the bottle, adds character to its presentation, but leaves very little lace. Average carbonation, but the head is soon gone almost completely, only a thin surface covering is left.
Nose is immediately spicy but it has a sweet honey dimension to it. Initial tastes are of restrained bitterness, which lead to a ‘soft’ malty middle. The spiciness then makes it entrance and intermingles incredibly well with the hops. This is the beers single greatest asset and uniqueness in my humble opinion. My guess is that the Styrian Golding and Amarillo Hops, are in a deeply disturbing, but tempestuous, ‘Menage-a-Trois’ with the Juniper Berries.

Overall this beer is different, almost unique, I like the controlled hop-bitterness and the ‘in-situ’ spicy facet, all combined together in an easy drinking, highly refreshing beer.

I remember the first time I created yellow snow when I was 5, and even when I spelled my name in it, well, to be honest I only got to doing the first 3 letters of my long last name, but hey I tried. Yellow Snow – who would have thought that some 28 years later I would enjoy drinking it some 3,000 miles away?

A very well-balanced and intriguing beer. Clean, crisp and highly quaffable. Well worth a try, though some may not understand its restrained complexities.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 17:19:56 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

2002

It pours to a hazy orange color that sits nicely under a thick covering of white foam. The aroma first comes off as sweet and fruity, but there is a great mix of spices in there.

The flavor is very welcoming and interesting. It is sweet with nice malts and fruits at the start. As is slides down, it starts to get bitter and spicy from the hops. I guess that the juniper berries have something to do with that also, but I am really not familiar with juniper berries, so I can't really say for sure. It is very crisp and refreshing. I would imagine it to be a great warm weather drinker, but I am enjoying it just as much after walking through knee deep snow. Maybe I will go make some yellow to honor this fine brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 15:27:19 | More by ElGuapo
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BeerAngel

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant burnt orange color that is hazed a bit and produced a modest white head that dissipates to a light layer covering the beer like a blanket. It has a very, very faint aroma with nearly no discernable aromas. This is a very unique characteristic, or lack there of from an awesome brewery. The taste reveals lightly sweet malt with a well-pronounced hop. It is light bodied and finishes with a slightly dry bitter. Not a great representation of the style, but it could be a great crossover beer to get a macro drinker familiar with hops without shocking their taste buds. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2003 19:48:27 | More by BeerAngel
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johnrobe

Tennessee

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2002 edition. This brew pours a lovely, slightly hazy light orange-amber with a densely knit off-white head. Be sure to let this one warm up to cellar temps before drinking. Straight from the fridge it is quite bitter, yet without much flavor. I can't empasize that last point enough. My "taste" score for this brew jumped up a full point after letting it warm up a bit.

The smell is an amalgam of candy-like caramel malt, herbal hops, and some pungent pine which is distinctive and quite different from the piney character of PNW hops. The taste is of spicy and herbal hops which are accentuated by the green piney flavor of juniper. Some light crystal malt comes up in mid palate, peeks in the window, sees all the hops and juniper having a party, and decides it's in the wrong neighborhood. The mouthfeel is light yet a bit creamy. The finish is sharply bitter which I personally enjoy, but I could see where this would turn off others. A tasty brew, imo, but not something I'd want all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 21:19:19 | More by johnrobe
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz bottle with man & dog stating "Together we can do it." What "it" is I'm not sure, though I will admit to having made yellow snow in my lifetime (haven't we all?).

Appearance: I was surprised by the cloudy and rich orange color of the pour. Generous rocky-looking head persists and coats the glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops are detected, along with unidentifiable spices.

Taste: I felt like this beer didn't know what it wanted to do. No distinct flavor really dominated the scene. It was a mixture of spicy, grassy hops, fruit, and even some caramel sweetness fighting each other.

Mouthfeel: Solid body to this beer. Not creamy smooth or anything like that, but not particularly harsh either.

Drinkability: Crisp and almost "dry" aftertaste make for above average drinkability.

My first sample from Rogue. I expected more but I'm not a big fan of herb/spice beers. I'll try a stout or pale ale and see how that goes.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 04:33:20 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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mzwolinski

California

4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it beer. I place myself squarely in the former category. Crystal clear, and golden in color, this beer sports the typical huge Rogue pillowy head, and leaves a nice lace down the side. The aroma is of floral hops and a bit spicy. Flavor starts off with a smooth malty body which soon develops a pleasant fruitiness from the juniper berries. Slightly acidic with a bit of a hop bite at the end, but a bit of honey sweetness kicks in to make this an incredibly well-balanced beer. Crisp and well-carbonated, but with just enough complexity to make this a great session beer for genuine beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 09:01:13 | More by mzwolinski
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zerk

California

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

Pours a cloudy deep orange gold. The white head dissapeared almost as quickly as I poured it. Aroma is musty and and slightly fruity, with very reserved scents of biscuity malt and herbal hops. Flavor is quite bold, especially considering how subdued the aroma is. Beginning with slightly sweet toasted malt, then becoming quite spicy and a little bit fruity, finishing quite bitter with some notes of Gin... obviously the juniper berries at work. Has a medium body and a slightly rough mouthfeel. A very interesting brew that is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 14:52:37 | More by zerk
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

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

Poured from a brown 22oz. bottle labeled 2002. Slightly hazed brownish gold in color with a small amount of white head. Aroma comprised mainly of citrusy hops, but malt is also detected. Yellow Snow has a good tasting, smooth malt backbone. Well hopped, but not nearly as aggresively as I had anticipated. Citrusy, floral hop flavor barely edges out the malt. Taste almost seems to bounce back and forth between the malt and the hops. This balance of flavor keeps it interesting. Good mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, a very good beer, but not as bold as many other Rogue offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 19:54:59 | More by PhantomVodoo
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doho95fu

California

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

It is a golden orange color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. The smell was fruit and hops, with a bit of a doughy smell. The flavor packed some spice, but nothing overwhelming like some other spiced varieties. The hops provided the most flavor in my book- making this beer seem pretty traditional to me. A solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 07:07:12 | More by doho95fu
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a hazy bright orange amber color with a creamy white head. Nose is floral hops, spices, and is a bit herbal. Taste is crisp and refreshing and is a bit slick in the mouth with notes of fruit, juniper berries, and sweet bready malts with a strong oily and bitter hop finish. This is a pretty good beer, though the bitter hops seem to overpower the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 19:44:10 | More by Morris729
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maxpower

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz 2002 bottle.Hazy dark yellow-golden color, small white head, floral hop aroma, nice balanced bready flavor, dry hoppy finish, can really taste the juniper berries in a dry sticky aftertaste, medium body, not a bad brew, yet lighter than I had hoped, but still a fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2002 16:40:04 | More by maxpower
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

Hazy, yellow-gold with a modest white head, pretty good retention, plenty of lace. The nose was yeasty, musty, citursy, a hint of malt with a note of juniper berries. I love how the herbal, musty, citrusy, malty, oily hops mingle on the palate… equally enjoyable dry ending. The semi-pungent nose and taste was, oddly, really pleasing. I really enjoyed Yellow Snow Ale.

I would understand if this beer was hit-or-miss to some; this is a unique brew, one I happen to like, but not one of Rogue’s best.

I will have to find a couple more bottles of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 13:25:26 | More by bditty187
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MJR

Missouri

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

Appearance: Pours a dull gold with a bit of chill haze. A creamy, off-white head starts strong and stays that way.

Smell: I pick up on dry grains, a touch of hops, and juniper berries. Has a fairly weak aroma compared to other Rogue brews.

Taste: Has a good balance between the malt and hops. The hop profile is quite constrained considering the brewer. The juniper berries are way in the background...good idea.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin mouthfeel, with a crisp, dry finish. I think the addition of juniper berries add a nice dryness.

Drinkability: Pretty high considering the spice flavor is very laid back. The good balance and dry finish make it an easy-drinking brew.

While not one of Rogue's best brews, it is an interesting pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 22:06:47 | More by MJR
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Valevapor

Oregon

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

- Gotta love the big bubba bottle, the name, and the victorious skier dude with mutt print!
- A clear, honey-colored ale with a white, fizzy head that rapidly dissipates.
- Floral and fruity hops invade the nostrils, supported by an underlayer of malt and a touch of spice.
- Smooth, malty body with fairly dynamic carbonation. Hops are ubiquitous, but not overbearing. Dry, spicy, mildly bitter finish.
- A highly drinkable pale ale with a unique twinge imparted by juniper berries. Another round, bartender!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 16:04:18 | More by Valevapor
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Lupe

New York

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

I have to admit, the name made me buy it. How can you resist something called Yellow Snow?

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color with a decent white head that leave nice sheets of lace. Floral and citrus hop aromas dominate. Medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation that dances on the tounge. Starts off with sweet malt flavors, and the comes citrus and herbal flavors from the hops, along with some bitterness. Notes of evergreen and a strange spiciness is in the backround which must come from the juniper berries. Finishes dry with some herbal-spiciness.

Not bad, but seems like something is missing in this beer. Not one of Rogue's best, nor a top Herb-Spice brew, but it is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2002 22:08:16 | More by Lupe
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine brew from Rogue, a brewery that, for one reason or another, I have tried very little. While the name may turn some off, this brew pours a wonderful golden color that still offers more character than your regular old golden beer. The head is respectable and apparent for a short time. This is one of the more drinkable brews I have had in quite some time. The taste is extremely palatable and would go well with just about any fare - in my case, it was German food. Find it, try it! Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2002 12:10:42 | More by goindownsouth
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light amber with a creamy white head that holds well and leaves some decent lace. The aroma offers bold floral and citrusy hops over a softly sweet and buttery malt. Very inviting! The flavor starts with a very nice, gently sweet malt that's laced with toasty biscuit and caramel. A creamy mouthfeel enhances the maltiness. The body is deceptive - seemingly fuller than it actually is - and the gentle carbonation is very fine. Hops emerge with both bitterness and flavor (earthy, lightly citrusy, fruity - or is that the juniper?) just prior to the swallow, and the finish is dry with a lingering maltiness and some minor hops notes. Although I cannot distinguish the juniper berries, there is something very distinct about this beer and I can only assume that they are the cause. Quite a unique and charming beer that offers some good malt character (although not alot of complexity), but also retains the Rogue signature hoppiness. Very drinkable, and a nice change of pace from the usual winter beers!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 19:07:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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mjohn27603

Michigan

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

Pours golden. Very nice aroma smells of citrusy hops. The taste reveals a nice maltiness with strong hops bitterness. The beer seems to change flavors as I drink the glass. At the top was mostly bitterness by the bottom third of the glass I'm getting more citrus taste. I like the very specific ingredients list on the bottle detailing the type of hops, malts, and yeast used. Listed on the bottle as a pale ale. There is a pleasant lingering aftertaste that coats the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2002 19:22:35 | More by mjohn27603
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DarthMalt

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, toasted-honey wafts 'steam from the cup,' as it were. Little charred-oak hop slap on the front end. Crunchy malts, and sweet honey flavor dominate in the midtaste while hops hang tough. Finishes squeaky apple.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 10:26:58 | More by DarthMalt
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putnam

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy butterscotch-orange color. Yellow highlights like a Veuve-Clicquot NV Brut label.

A nose of tangerine juice...& Rain...Moist...Mossy.

Big, broad bitterness that becomes almost cocoa-like. Perfectly (and thoroughly) extracted hops...Bright, black currant flavors breathe gently across the butter, cream, butterscotch and hop resins.

Clean...Hard...Dense...Polished

A charming, sunny, Hollywood starlet on the outside. Blonde. Happy-go-lucky.

Trenchant, cured herb herb character on the inside.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 17:16:01 | More by putnam
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marc77

California

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber / orange in hue, topped by a creamy, bumpy, ivory white head that leaves lace. Buttery and lightly toasty malt & caramel sweetness upfront in aroma ensued by lightly citrusy hop nose accompanied by sweetly herbal herbal juniper. A snap of sharp, perfumy, slightly soapy herbal Juniper flavors quickly yield to assertive hop bitterness that offsets the medium caramel malt sweetness, but leaves the dextrinous body and resulting smooth mouthfeel intact. A combination of earthy and orange like hop flavor emerges along with a resurgent but mellowed pseudosweet Juniper once the initial hop bitterness fades. Finishes slightly buttery, but otherwise clean and bitter. Yellow Snow is quite a tasty and enjoyable brew. Although the strong hop bitterness considering the low gravity does throw the balance askew, what else does one expect from Rogue? All around it's a hoppy, aromatic, and unique session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 18:09:55 | More by marc77
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Jon

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't eat the yellow snow, but by all means, drink it! This ale pours a nice, dark golden hue from the tap and features a durable, bubbly head. The nose, typical of most Rogue products, is quite hoppy, leaving not much else to the imagination. The taste is very pleasing and balanced, featuring a nice amount of bittering hops, malt, and some fruit (Juniper berries). The carbonation is just right on this one, and drinkability-wise, Yellow Snow scores high. A quality offering, and well worth seeking out on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2002 14:32:27 | More by Jon
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 edition. Many bubbles ascend rapidly to form a frothy white head with great staying power. Pale orange/copper in color, definitely pale ale. Sweet floral hop aromas abound in the nose. Hints of toasted malt and what I'm guessing is the product of juniper berries from the bottle's statement (but I've never had juniper berries, so I wouldn't know). Flavors appear that jump between malty and hoppy as it rolls over your palate, and combine in a well-balanced sweetness. Medium body. Hints of what I again assume is the juniper abound. Later on, a small amount of rind-like flavor appears and leaves a bit of bitterness behind on the edges of your tongue. Although I expected more of a spicy brew, this is a great, well-balanced beer that I find very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2002 12:46:45 | More by hyuga
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

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

Rogue beers never fail to impress me. This one never failed to impress me either. Nevermind the juniper berrries, this is just good pacific northwest ale. Excellent head, very tasty, clean bitterness. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2002 23:08:29 | More by EagleTalon
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