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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,197 Ratings

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

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

Cloudy gold body with a very smooth creamy white head. Decently carbonated with bubbles rushing upwards. Nice lacing throughout the glass.

Somewhat floral sweet smell with grain. Not really impressed.

Slight bitterness upfront, metallic taste. This is quite bland for a Rogue Brewery offering. This is not horrible but not good. As it sits for a little bit a taste of honey is noticeable.

Body is light feels a little too carbonated.

Drink ability isn't good. I'm really not impressed with the taste or the feel.

This beer is lacking almost everywhere. I don't think I'd bother with it again.

01-13-2011 06:49:42 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass. The beer pours a cloudy orange-gold color with a sparse, foamy head about half an inch on pour that disappears as I write this. Not sure if I was expecting a nose full of gin smells, but I am pleasantly surprised by the subtle aromas; flowery and a hint of hops. The juniper absolutely comes through on the taste, and actually overpowers any taste of hops. It has a weird dynamic of being flowery and sour at the same time, and that doesn't necessarily blend all that well together. There is also a note of roasted barley somewhere deep down in the taste. The beer is dry and a bit harsh in mouth, with a sour aftertaste. Rough on the finish, this might be a tough bomber to polish off.

01-11-2011 01:25:48 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of IIKaRuII


4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

Pouring is a nice cloudy with reminisce floating in it. Very bubbly with a nice golden honey color. Head is a very frothy milk color. Head settles very nice.
Smell is of hops, and citrus. a more orange kinda smell more then a lemon. i really dont smell the juniper berries.
Taste is not very bitter. A very sweet beggining with a tingle of bitterness that doesn't really effect it. has a great kinda berry taste, but i dont think it tastes like juniper berries at that though. a little bit of spices that come out when finishing it. This a a very pleasant pale ale to drink. doesn't strike me at all as bitter.
Very bubbly with a great tingling of the citruses. has the dry Berrie feel to it.

01-10-2011 06:28:07 | More by IIKaRuII
Photo of BeanBone


3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Appearance: A barley hazy golden-straw body capped by half a finger of fluffy off-white head that endures well and leaves great lacing despite its short stature.

Aroma: Floral, lightly spicy, and citusy hops over a sweet crackery malt body.

Flavor: Up front, floral, peppery, and citrusy hops with light bitterness. Underneath the hops, a pale crackery malt backbone keeps everything balanced nicely. Unfortunately, the elements don't work as well together here as they did in the aroma. Floral hops and crackery malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, the big bomber goes back in a flash.

Verdict: Juniper Pale Ale is a cheery little beer, but ultimately pretty forgettable. The aroma was pretty promising, but the flavor ended up being a little too muddled and boring.

01-03-2011 00:08:09 | More by BeanBone
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

A - Light golden honey, think creamy head.

S - Sweet brioche, touch of pine.

T - Super bitter opening. Bring pine resin, lightly waxy mid profile. Oak and juniper finish.

M - Light body with a booze stringency.

D - Great hop character but the bitterness slows you way down.

01-01-2011 20:21:04 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Zirgox


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Nice unfiltered hazy look. dark yellow almost golden colour.Head disappears very quickly.

S - Considering that its called a Juniper Ale, I get no hints of Juniper at all. I was a little disappointed but there is a smell of citrus and some hops.

T - Strong taste of hops and citrus tones. This beer should not be called a Juniper Ale. No taste of juniper berries at all, mainly just hops and some citrus taste.

M- Refreshing, good amount of carbonation. goes down easy.

D - It is defiantly a drinkable beer, only disappointment was the lack of juniper flavour. But over all pretty average, wouldn't class this as a spiced beer.

12-28-2010 01:02:43 | More by Zirgox
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.

12-16-2010 02:48:43 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of rlshep


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

Mild juniper with a citrusy passion fruit nose. A little bit of malt backs it up.

Thick white head. Very good lacing. Light golden color. Mostly clear, slight haze.

Ginny taste backed up by some bready malt. Bitterness is high. Getting some citrus hops in the finish.

Medium low mouthfeel. Very dry. Carbonation medium-high. Alcohol is balanced.

A solid base beer, kinda like a hoppy Maibock. The juniper is interesting, but not for me. If you like juniper or gin, give this a try.

12-14-2010 01:39:41 | More by rlshep
Photo of DaveBlack


3.15/5  rDev -12.7%

A: Deep straw color with a lot of billowy white head. Maybe 2 1/2 fingers, not much retention, but a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong flavor of hops, and some slight juniper smell. Slightly floral, really great smell.

T: Wow, what a letdown. Tastes watery, some slight hops on the finish, but not a whole lot else. I'm not tasting any juniper, almost no malt. Terribly out of balance and weak.

M: Mouthfeel is fine: Light, nice amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, just not good. I would never pay money for this again. I had high hopes since I love gin so much, but this is an enormous disappointment. More proof that Rogue is a mediocre, overpriced brewery.

12-11-2010 22:29:35 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of Morey


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

This west coast pale poured a hazy orangish-yellow color with a one finger white head that settled to a thin lace after 10 minutes or so. Decent head retention.

Very mild aroma. Some hops are detectable, and maybe some grains too.

The taste is not offensive in any way, but honestly, I was expecting more. A mild yet pleasant hop bitterness up front which fades rather quickly for a smooth and somewhat unexciting finish.

Thin to medium body with an appropriate pale ale carbonation level.

I could easily do a sixer, but I wouldn't be the one buying it.

Morey's Bottom Line: Rogue overcharges for their beer, and for that reason alone, I won't be buying this again anytime soon. It's a decent pale, but I'd rather have Stoudts Pale, Troegs Pale, or Southern Tier Pale and they're all available in my area (and cheaper too)!

12-09-2010 23:50:43 | More by Morey
Photo of csiewert


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

When you first open it up, it smells of hops and pine trees... reminds me of home. That gives you an idea of how you expect it will taste. Starts with a mild malt flavor then brings the hops to attention. Finishes with the juniper, which sort of hits you in the mouth and lingers for a while. Pours a golden color with some nice head that leaves behind its mark when you drink it. Definitely something unique for the craft beer enthusiast.

12-09-2010 16:12:06 | More by csiewert
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..

12-09-2010 06:47:11 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of HiLLWiLLiam


4.9/5  rDev +35.7%

My dream in life is to hook up with my friend Fred Savage and hitchhike to Meth Mountain in Oregon because not only is it a beautiful state, but the beer is divine. My only goal besides shooting meth would be to take the Rogue brewery tour. The Juniper Pale Ale is exquisite reminding me of how much I used to love sipping Hi-C after a hard day of water polo.

11-27-2010 02:09:06 | More by HiLLWiLLiam
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4.38/5  rDev +21.3%

The beer pours a dark yellow color, almost copper, with a white head. The aroma reminds me of grains, and a hint of pine. The taste is sweet, and has a hint of pine to it. Overall it is more sweet and malty. The taste is very interesting, I want to say a biscuit malt flavor to it with some hops, and a hint of pine. Overall its interesting and impressive. The mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation is slightly fizzy. This one is very drinkable!

11-23-2010 22:46:12 | More by arboristfish
Photo of cdkrenz


3.43/5  rDev -5%

A - Golden pale copper body, Head starts out at almost two inches tall and fades at a snail's rate. White head in a foamy and frothy texture.

S - Strong aroma of lightly roast grains. Quite inviting but not what I had really expected considering the name, Juniper,

T - Easy going malt flavor leading into a strong pine hops. There's a strong after-taste of bitterness.

M - The feel is rather inviting. It has a soft texture accented by a slight coarseness along either side of my tongue.

~ This is a lightly malted and easily drinkable beer. The after-taste leaves a hint to be desired but overall, this is a decent brew.

11-17-2010 00:21:05 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of WildTurkey


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Reviewing from memory - from previous night. On Tap into pint glass.

A: Amber / dark honey color -- it may have been lighter but the lighting was dim at the bar. Noticeable carbonation and one finger head.

S: Some sweet malts, and light pine hop bitterness.

T: Sweet maltiness, some citrus hop bitterness. Maybe some peppery/spiciness in there too.

M: Medium/lighter body. Light carbonation. Crisp and a little dry.

D: Nice aroma and flavors. You can slug this one back. I had a several of these at the bar.

11-14-2010 20:05:19 | More by WildTurkey
Photo of rtepiak


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

i've had this as a session at a bbq with salmon fantastic pairing there. actually makes both the fish and the beer better. a great alternative for fish and sour beer.

a milder looking pour of orange with a head of about 1 finger. the nose is fantastic though. a nice herbal nose of musk and pine that is something of a hybrid saison and APA. this is quality deterred by the very one dimensional hop character. the herbal note is the only thing that carries the beer with a nice quality of fire ash.

10-23-2010 02:57:39 | More by rtepiak
Photo of beersensei305


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

This beer is gold in color. When it is poured it has your typical white foam head. The beer is flora in aroma from the juinper berries. A balanced, crisp, clean malt flavor. And has a slight spicy flavor and a heavy dose of floral junipers at the end. Easy to drink.

10-13-2010 02:03:49 | More by beersensei305
Photo of Zundo


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow with a finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Pretty good amount of lacing.

Smell: Honey juniper lemon, possibly orange.

Taste: A bit tart and piny, a touch lemony.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a round transitioning to dry feel a bit carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable aside from the touch of dryness at the end.

10-08-2010 05:08:43 | More by Zundo
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that pillows down.

Honey malt and barley malt compete for smell, with a fair amount of grassiness. Hints of herbs tickle the nose as well.

Bitter in an almost sour way, with much of the bitterness being up front and mid-tongue. Ends less bitter than it starts, with a spicy tingle on the tongue. Definite lemon, grass, and straw tastes, with hints of tobacco, and a slight peep of honey.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, with a fair amount of spicy tingling on the tongue and toward the back of the mouth.

Decent enough of a brew, while I like it, I won't be rudhing out to buy a six pack of this.

10-06-2010 23:20:37 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Spiekerbox


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

A- Pale golden yellow with a nice white head that recedes in a normal amount of time, leaves lacing on the edges.

S- Smells of a pale ale, pine hops and pale malts. Some of the pine scent is no doubt from the juniper.

T- Light malt and pale ale level of hoppiness. I notice the juniper in the drink but not as much as I would like, the aftertaste is there though. Overall I wish there was a lot more juniper flavor, I am a gin guy when I am not drinking beer and was hoping for this to be a blend of both but it isn't quite that.

M- Medium body, full for a pale ale. Coats the mouth, with the juniper and spice lingering.

D- Drinkable beer but not quite what I was expecting or desireing from a beer that highlights the juniper, especially from a brewery know for being strong with flavor.

09-24-2010 01:44:46 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.38/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy gold with a thin, white head. Biscuity malt and a bit of piney hops in the aroma, or is that the juniper. Light to medium bodied. Dry malty finish with a light hop bitterness. I really did not get the juniper at all. Subtle to the point of non existent. Decent base beer however.

08-30-2010 00:18:39 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of Mjoepp


3.78/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pale golden, white head, leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Light, sweet and some fruit I don't recognize. Must be the junipers.

T: Much better than the smell, still the same as above but more pleasant. Aftertaste is bitter along with the new taste experience of juniper.

O: Nice beer, will drink again if found again in my hometown.

08-29-2010 09:19:17 | More by Mjoepp
Photo of BeerNemesis

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Juniper Pale Ale | on-tap | 5.3% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Rogue Brewery / Brewer's on the Bay
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Glass: Pint

Lemony orange amber with a lackluster head.

Juniper berries of course, with some additional citrus backing. Earthy, spicy tones.

There's a dry, biscuity malt base with soft bitter hops. The finish is dry, bitter and lemony.

Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel and decent carbonation.

Interesting but not that great.

Would I get it again?:

08-26-2010 16:47:47 | More by BeerNemesis


3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Bomber to pint glass. No date or batch number in sight...probably a good decision by Rogue since it seems their entire portfolio is on every shelf around, and I rarely see anyone buying them. Purchased as part of the variety case, and these bottles seems to be fresh.

A: Pours with an enourmous bright white head. Fluffy and rocky with big pockets of air. Even though it takes a while for all 4 fingers to completely disappear, it diminishes at a fairly rapid rate. The body is 90% clear with just a bit of haziness and is pale saffron in color. Given the size and type of head, it is surprising that only spare clumps of lacing are left behind.

S & T: Light malts of bread (think dinner roll), grain and straw. Above average hop intensity: grassy/floral. As the name suggests, this ale is brewed with juniper berries, which are highly evident on the nose and palate, and without this twist, would lead to a much less interesting brew. Moderate sweetness front to mid palate quickly turns to very dry on the finish.

M: Excellent mouthfeel. Medium full body with a lively, biting carbonation. Mineralic texture. Highly astringent and bitter, mostly noted on the finish.

D: The Juniper Pale Ale is a beer that I would gladly drink at any given time, but I don't see myself spending my own money to do so.

08-25-2010 15:15:11 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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