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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,197 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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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Lillie1128

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +8%

A - pretty, clear golden color with impressive white lacing

S - light and flowery

T - You can definitely taste the juniper, kind of like there's a little juniper tree in your beer. Definitely earthy with a bite of hops. I found it to have an odd watery aftertaste, but that didn't take away from the overall refreshing and interesting taste for me.

M - Good mouthfeel, a bit thin.

D - Drinkability? More like chuggability. VERY drinkable, accidentally finished this one much quicker than I meant to. I could finish a 6 of these in one sitting without even realizing it.

I had been wanting to try this one ever since I saw it at Green's in Atlanta back in March, as I'm a gin lover, and I'm pleased with it. It has a nice taste and it's very easy to drink. I don't think I'll be keeping my fridge stocked with this one, but I'd drink it again and I'm glad I tried it.

05-31-2011 03:53:46 | More by Lillie1128
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Slightly hazy, deep golden with a fluffy white head that sticks around.

S - Citrus hops and grainy malts with a light juniper aroma.

T - Grainy malt with a light bitterness. Spicy with a lingering citrus that rounds into a long, light juniper finish.

M - Light side of medium body with light carbonation.

D - The bitterness, maybe astringency, is tingly on the tongue. An easy drinking light pale ale.

05-27-2011 01:34:52 | More by brewcrew76
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HBeezley

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Rouge, is that kind of brewery that provides the kind of beers that make drinking fun and exciting. Sitting down with the bros? don't do just any beer, grab something that actually sparks conversation - like this one!

Honnestly, its not the best in all the world; or even in all the world of rouge's beer bible! BUT, this is a solid and intriguing brew.

Color - GOLD! Bright gold at that! With a very white head that sits for a few minutes, and then dissipates.

Smell - Nothing too out of the ordinary or off of what you would expect. Juniper, hops, nothing else matters.

Taste - Brilliantly blended flavors!Slight sweetness at first (especially in the head) decent hit of hops and spice. No trace of hard alcohol notes hardly - really well done blend.

feel - nothing crazy. Like any other Pale Ale really.

Overall - It's a hot day in NY; and this beer satisfies! Drinkable enough to enjoy when needing a cool refresher and interesting enough to keep me drinking. I think the brothers said it best: a good conversation beer! However, lets be real here, I cannot write it off as the best of anything.

05-26-2011 20:55:00 | More by HBeezley
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

appearance; off white head, clear golden body, very tight bubbles of carbonation. Nice chunky head with rings of fine lacing.

smell; hop bitterness and piney a bit from the hops and probably the juniper, then a sweet juniper aroma, blended well with the hops. Very spicy, definitely much juniper.

taste; upfront quite strong juniper flavors, bitterness combines with resiny hops. A sweetness, quite characteristic of juniper blends nicely with some semi-sweet malts and balance out the resiny bitterness. Nice balance, well done.

mouthfeel; quite complex and a bit creamy, tingly on the tongue. Refreshing and a bit dry in the finish.

overall; a tasty beer and a must try for juniper/gin lovers, would go nice with game or as a sauce with game.

05-26-2011 03:38:33 | More by Sachsenfreude
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lennerja

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

A- It pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S- I get a lot of hops on the nose with a very faint hint of juniper.

T- For me it started out with a slight sweetness and I picked up a slight hint of the juniper berries before I got a crisp bitterness from the hops.

M- It had a light to medium mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation.

O- This is a pretty solid pale ale with a nice refreshing hop bitterness. Unlike some spiced beers the juniper berries are subtle, but play a nice role.

05-16-2011 21:09:17 | More by lennerja
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obywan59

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a slightly cloudy, yellowish-gold color. Tons of carbonation buttles rising throughout the glass. A 3 1/2 finger head that recedes quickly leaving decent lacing.

Initially, the aroma is redolent of hops, but the smell of honey-like malt soon arises and eventually predominates.

The first taste impression is of honey. soon balanced nicely by a hoppy bitterness and a hint of juniper.

Medium mouthfeel. Slightly syrupy, again reminiscent of honey. Very peppery carbonation. Smooth and silky.

A good drinker. Very pleasant.

04-20-2011 05:03:35 | More by obywan59
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DoubleJ

California

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

On-tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco. On to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped off a big frothy head which leaves thick lacing on the glass. Nose is subtle, light aromas of juniper make their way around.

You never know with spiced beers how dominating the spice will be. The blend of juniper and pale ale in this concoction leans towards the pale ale side. Lemon peel and citrus notes all around, some juniper comes through. There's a small dash of pine thrown in. The soft mouthfeel helps make this a drinkable, enjoyable ale.

Solid ale made to drink at nearly any hour. I've had tastier beer before, yet this beer put me in a good mood during lunchtime.

04-04-2011 04:10:30 | More by DoubleJ
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Thads324

Connecticut

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

03-31-2011 22:55:18 | More by Thads324
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

03-30-2011 01:25:24 | More by zeff80
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iRoy

New York

3.9/5  rDev +8%

Pours a Golden Yellow with a Yellowish head. It goes down smooth and tastes like any other IPA. To be honest, after having other beers brewed with Juniper berries (DFH Sah'Tea & GSB Sleigh Ryed) I was expecting the Juniper berries to come through a bit more. It's still really good for a Pale Ale though and I do enjoy it.

03-16-2011 02:13:19 | More by iRoy
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

A: yellow, cloudy light orange body, 1 finger fluffy head, gorgeous lacing.

S: juniper, grain, malt, floral aroma, citrus/pine

T: sweet malt and grain up front, firm earthy pine/wood middle, slight spice finish.

M: med body, slight sticky finish

D: very nice pale ale; rogue does a nice job. This is a solid brew. Give it a go, you will be happy. I could drink a 6 pack with ease.

03-14-2011 20:26:44 | More by BeerLover99
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cuttsjp

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Harpoon pint glass

Appearance: pours a rich, hazy golden color with a thick white head and nice lacing

Aroma: fruity and estery for sure, definite juniper berry smell with small amount of citrus in the background

Flavor: sweetness, a little bit of piney hop flavor, nice medium bitterness for the style, definite fruity complexity in juniper flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: nice, balanced ale with plenty of complexity but very refreshing and definitely drinkable

03-14-2011 04:43:47 | More by cuttsjp
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mjurney

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

Deep golden color, crystal clear. Good amount of fine carbonation. Head looks nice.

Herbal aroma, earthy, some malts.

Herbel bite up front, a little spicy.. sappy and earthy. Grainy malt at the end. Dry finish. Body is light, carbonation is pretty mild.

03-12-2011 20:20:46 | More by mjurney
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Sigmund

Norway

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.

03-09-2011 00:03:13 | More by Sigmund
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Mosstrooper

California

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of a foamy ring around the glass.

Smell: A sweet aroma, reminiscent to, but not necessarily exactly like, cake is dominant. The beer also exhibits some citrus hints and some breadiness.

Taste: Begins with a balanced spiciness, which rounds out to crystal malt sweetness and finishes with a balanced hop bitterness with a spice that is definitely reminiscent of gin (which, obviously, is made from juniper berries).

Mouthfeel: Light body with very lively tingling carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Not an outstanding beer, but an interesting and very enjoyable one. This one definitely leans more towards malt as opposed to hops, but it has a very unique character.

03-08-2011 04:57:21 | More by Mosstrooper
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jessycho

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

A - Looks great. Has that perfect, golden honey look.

S - A rather faint smell. Not the most aromatic beer, definitely a pleasant fruit smell, although I've never really seen/smelled a juniper berry.

T - Great taste! Definitely not a super fruity beer. If you're working your way into IPAs, this is perfect. You get that great quality IPA taste, but not superloaded with hops. Accents of the juniper berries make a wonderfully citrus complement.

M - Feels good. Doesn't dry out your mouth, the bitterness of the hops leaves your mouth salivating for a little bit after.

D - Possibly the most drinkable IPA for me. I feel like someone took a Bell's Two-Hearted Ale and dropped a few berries in it and now I'm drinking it. Delicious.

03-06-2011 03:51:10 | More by jessycho
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avaccani

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

A - A nice golden yellow. Crystal clear and a nice 1 finger head that stayed with the whole glass.

S - Getting the earthy tones, some malt, but mostly earthy hops.

T - I am quite intrigued with this beer. First off on the tounge is spice. It is somewhat tart, yet not sour, but packs a punch. After swallowing a earthy tastes is left in my mouth. It is resiny. Not bad, but just there.

M - It is mod. to high carb. Nothing wrong here.

D - I got a 6 pack and I have had 2. I will probably have another but I am not craving it. It is good, but nothing that I'd make a night of drinking. I am glad I tried it though.

03-05-2011 04:45:56 | More by avaccani
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cocogan

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Visual: Poured into a funky mason jar but still looks good. Dark copper-orange in color. Solid one-finger head with topo character that takes a a good 10 minutes to dip. leaves patchy lacing around glass.

Smell: Lemon grass, grains.

Taste: Grain and clementines complemented with a leafy, floral hop presence. grainy hop bitterness lingers.

Mouth: light feel in your mouth. low carbonation.

Drunkability: Lingering hop bitterness continually demands another drink so this brew could easily be a repetitive order.

Sidenote: what the hell is free range coastal water? is that worthy of advertisement?

02-24-2011 01:34:53 | More by cocogan
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gnemesis

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into pint on 10/22 into pint glass.
This beer pours a golden color- like straw. Huge white head. You can really smell the juniper- along with herbal hops and a bit of honey. I can taste what I smell- very balanced and mellow with a dry finish. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Yummy beer but the dryness hinders session ability.

02-22-2011 00:59:12 | More by gnemesis
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RickS95

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Looks like a pale orange juice in a glass with a medium white head. Slightly cloud, opaque, sort of an apricot color.

Similar to other pale ales, with some differences. Has a pleasant combination of citrus, fruit, and pine.

Tastes like it smells, only the flavors aren't as strong as the scent. Having said that, pine and citrus fruits are evident, just not as pronounced as in the smell.

Has the bite of a pale ale, but lacks the carbonation I expected giving the bite some subtlety. It starts off sweet for an initial second, then leans towards bitter.

Another good beer by Rogue. Moderate alcohol and no offensive hoppy bite make this a pretty smooth drinking beer.

02-19-2011 05:28:53 | More by RickS95
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generallee

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 34 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a dull yellow gold color with a creamy white head. The head is about two fingers tall and has good retention. It maintains a small cap of foam that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is lighter and much more delicate than I had expected. It has a pleasant light pale maltiness with mellow earthy and woody pine notes. The hops back this up with some citrus and pine like notes as well.

Taste: The flavor closely resembles the aroma on a medium to full body. It has a nice base of white bready maltiness and mild sweetness with earthy wood notes. The hops then add citrus and pine like flavor and bitterness in the finish. The palate feels smooth but with a good balance of soft carbonation.

Notes: I was kind of expecting a very heavy woody pine sap character but found a well balanced and interesting beer.

02-14-2011 02:14:58 | More by generallee
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alkemy

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Out of a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a pretty hazy golden/yellow hue with a fluffy white head.

S - The hops and juniper combine to create a pretty floral bouquet. Beneath this lies some honey, lemon, and a bit of grassiness.

T - Much the same as the aroma. The juniper presents almost as an aftertaste, akin to straight gin. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing off-putting.

M - Light to medium feel. It's pretty refreshing and I'd rather have this on a hot summer day.

D - Pretty drinkable. The pale ale taste is supplemented by juniper rather than allowing the supporting role to take over.

02-04-2011 01:52:17 | More by alkemy
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale, golden color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells of citrusy hops backed by a juniper smell that reminds me of gin (my favorite liquor). Smells delightful...

Taste: The juniper and bitter hops hit you strong up front. As it develops, bready malts join the mix making for a well-balanced and interesting pale ale. Certainly unique...

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A unique and fun-to-drink pale ale. The addition of the juniper gives this beer a nice kick to it that really sets it apart from your typical pale ale. I'd procrastinated in having this beer and am disappointed that I did. Say what you will about Rogue as a whole but this is a solid beer in my book.

01-30-2011 05:01:53 | More by wahhmaster
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured a 2" head which took awhile but dissipated completely. Hazy straw yellow. Smell of malt. Taste was strong lager with a pretty crisp finish. They say juniper was used in the making and I'd kind of expected hints of gin in it but if the labelled hadn't said juniper I'd have never known.

01-28-2011 09:43:00 | More by MoreThanWine
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +13%

I was toying with going out to watch the Pitt/Syracuse basketball game tonight but with the pending weather event and my warm house, I have decided to forgo going out. That means that I will have a prolonged amount of time to spend drinking this beer and I am looking forward to its company.

My initial pour created just over a finger of off-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy characteristic, less "floral" as noted on the bottle and more herbal, if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a peppery blast of spiciness on the tongue. Finish was as advertised: "dry [and] spicy". Mmmm. Let's see how I feel about it after a bomber's worth all to myself, but I would say that this is certainly worth a try, if not something for an occasional drink.

01-18-2011 00:21:38 | More by woodychandler
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