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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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.

34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

World Champion Pale eh? we'll see about that.

Dirty gold, hazy colour with the usual excellent Rogue head and lacing.

Piney aroma with some decernable sweet malts. Barely a whiff of juniper ( I'm a gin drinker...)

pretty much a solid Yank Pale ALe. Nice combo of pine and citrus bitterness with some decent malt backing. Juniper is faint and difficult to pull out of the already bitter flavour profile. Finish is dry and quite bitter.

If your afraid of juniper or youy have previous gin nightmares, relax.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:11:15 | More by Shadman
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't tell you how old this bottle is, received it from a store owner who said a distro was passing out beer samples... here goes.

A -- Hazy, deep gold with a thin white head.

S -- Bready and yeasty with citrus esters back. Some earthiness with warming. Juniper?

T -- Spicy, herbal hops up front. A touch of citrus fruitiness and finishes with biscuit malt, even some vague diacetyl with warmth. Finishes dry and bitter. All good for a Pale Ale. Juniper?

M -- Medium light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D -- While very easy going down, I just have to ask, juniper? For those unfamiliar, take a whiff of your favorite gin -- that's juniper. This beer is a nice Pale Ale, but I wonder if I got an "aged" bottle. For those of you worried about laying some down, the most I can say is that if the juniper faded, at least there's a good Pale behind.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 21:42:09 | More by steveh
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3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

We prefer the previous name but we know the ceiling is very short when it comes to marketing beer with potty humor--aka Yellow Snow Ale. Brewed with whole juniper berries, four malts, three hops and their house yeast.

Sizeable foamy head from a normal decanting, the head dissipates to a thin ring of lace after a while. Weathered-gold color still glows with a good clarity. Soft aromatics of citric floral hops, steely juniper and biscuity malt infiltrate the nostrils. Trademark Rogue smoothness always aims for the bull's-eye of being quaffable, impeccably smooth with a medium body. Bready malt flavors with some sweetness to start, then a quick shot of juniper which runs sharp but not harsh. Hop bitterness finally kicks in to bring the balance full circle. Clean palate. After a few more sips the steely juniper flavor sticks to the taste buds a bit more but never too much. Oily hop flavors complement the juniper with woody, herbal and mild citric notes. Finishes a touch dry with a faded lingering juniper character.

This is a great example of what extreme beer can be--simple but still extreme. You have a Pale and add juniper berries to it--right there the brewer is thinking outside of the box. Toss the turkey to the dogs, a juicy glazed ham will do the trick for the holiday pairing. If not for the pairing it is at least a good conversation beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:11:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: There is nothing wrong with the way this looks in a glass: Hazy light golden with a great looking head. Lacing is apparent and plentiful.

S: Mostly pale malts and spicy juniper with a slight amount of floral hops.

T: Orange blossoms and light caramel sweetness that transitions into juniper berry, cantaloupe rind, hop bitterness and green tea earthiness. There is a decent amount of bready malt and citrus notes as well.

M: Crisp and clean, medium bodied.

D: It's a decent beer. It didn't live up to what I anticipated it to taste like, but it's still a well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:19:47 | More by gameface23
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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard 16oz pint glass.

Slightly hazy gold with a nice stand of foam that leaves some nice rings.

Grainy base pale malt makes up most of the malt profile leaving room for the hops and juniper berries to make their mark. Speaking of which, I'm getting some light citrus and pine notes that, if I didn't know there were juniper berries in this, would make me think they're strictly due to an American hopping regimen. That said, I see this also has some Amarillos in it, so perhaps that's the case afterall.

Anyhow, it makes for an interesting and easy drinking pale ale. Not one that I would go after, but definitely not something I would turn down.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 22:16:01 | More by bump8628
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate floral hop and small malt aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 01:50:56 | More by tmoneyba
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Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a slightly hazy golden hue, two fingers of foamy white head that retains well

S - strong hints of spice & juniper, floral & citrus hops, along with mild bready yeast and malt

T - I found the juniper to come through more subtle than the smell suggests, nice floral hops, grainy and hoppy on the finish

M - light and slightly creamy, finishing a little dry and tingling on the back of the tounge

D - i found it to have a nice mix of hop bitterness and spicy juniper for a nice take on a pale ale, milder than an IPA, and fairly easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 23:54:46 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, with vigorous carbonation. A rocky eggshell head slowly settles to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Spicy and earthy, with a nice floral note. A bit of citrus and straw reside in the back.

T: Starts with a light toasted bread flavor that's followed by a moderate pepper, spruce and dry earth spice. A little bit of citrus rounds things out. Finishes dry with a lingering spiciness.

M: The medium light body is semi-dry and could stand quite a bit less carbonation.

D: This was a nice change of pace. The juniper adds a nice layer of interest that kept me going back to the glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:23:30 | More by Rayek
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong spice (juniper), slight wheat, slight hop, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Herbed/Spiced ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong spice (juniper), slight sweet malt, slight hop, and a hint of yeast. Overall, very strongly spiced, as far as Juniper beer goes, it's the best I've had ... and only.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2010 02:53:23 | More by Tone
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with slight haze, modest head, but still some residual lacing. Not all that appetizing. Nose has a mixed citrus aroma, with a faint resemblance of cantaloupe rind. On the palate there's a good dose of malt with mixed tropical fruits, and some edgy bitterness. Nothing much to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 02:56:05 | More by yemenmocha
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours clear golden yellow with a two finger frothy off-white head. Carbonation is seen rising slowly. The head has good retention and leaves a large pillow and spotty lace.

S- Pretty good. Notes of bready yeast and light malts. Lemon peel, grassy hops also make an appearance. The strength falls a bit toward the end and caramel malt takes over.

T- Light malt and bready yeast notes up front. Some citrus and grass from the hops, lemon peel as well. Juniper lends some spice and woody aspect to the beer. Caramel malt becomes big later on. A low-medium amount of bitterness is nice.

MF- Light body with a decent amount of creaminess. The medium carbonation slightly stings the tongue. Bitters coat the palate with peel notes and juniper.

DB- The Rogue price is usually pretty good, as with this one. A decently good taste with no real off-flavors. Not a ton of juniper, it is hard to notice. Just a semi-bitter pale ale. Probably wont have again but could session it.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 06:41:26 | More by cbutova
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4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber into a nonic.

Appearance, pale golden, clear and topped with a just off white head. Not particularly attractive to me, but well within the appearance guidelines for the style, so there you go.

Aroma is cracked black pepper, and a bit of tarragon or fennel coolness, which I can only assume is the juniper. Smells quite nice actually.

Malt forward, crusty bread-like with a good amount of lemon in the foreground also. Hop bitterness is there, but restrained as it should be in a pale ale. Pine and again with the cool slight mintyness of fennel or tarragon. Really, a lot better than I expected. Very balanced and a lot of flavor, which I wasn't expecting after the appearance.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but again this is perfectly in line with pale ales. Refreshing and quaffable.

Overall, I'm super impressed by this beer. I wasn't expecting this to be so good, but it's really a nice balanced beer. I'm thinking of making a beurre blanc or a mussel pan sauce with this to see if the lemon flavor comes out more, and what that minty aspect does also. Great beer! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 21:24:58 | More by dancinwillie
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't try this beer if you require the latest, greatest, most extreme taste experience to make you happy. This beer is nothing more than a very nice, full bodied brew with no unpleasantries.
A good beer for any occasion and it would also be a good choice for any mainstream lager drinkers who wish to experiment with a mellow craft ale option.
I do not like to see this beer described as a spice beer...there's nothing spicy about it. Hopefully, calling it a spice beer isn't a deterent for those who are curious about giving this very tasty beverage a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 18:30:41 | More by industrialswill
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Quebec (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My second taste of Rogue after Dead guy ale.
A- A flat looking dirty gold. There's lacing but almost no head.
S- A bit of sweet beet or tomato juice. Some hops and iron.
T- Same as the smell. Not too good but I like it. A bit oh honey hop. Black tea.
M- Weak carbonation, pretty thin. Feels like an unfinished homebrew.
D- Good. I could drink a few of these but they'd have to be colder to make up for the rest.

Won't buy it again but would drink it again.

EDIT: Read the other reviews and I'm seeing discrepancies, especially in regards to the mouthfeel. So I'm guessing I may have gotten a subpar bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:06:43 | More by Yoonisaykul
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light orange hue with a thin finger of rapidly-dissipating ivory foam head. Just a touch of haze; overall, not too bad.

Smell: slightly sweet caramel malt aroma with an earthy herbiness. I suppose this is the juniper, although I can't readily identify it as such. It reminds me a little bit of heather-seasoned beers. Not bad if you like earthy stuff.

Taste: slightly sweet, slightly dry caramel malt flavors with citrusy hops and an evergreen flavor. I think the juniper is rather nice here, but again, it's more of a general herbiness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. There's a good creaminess here.

Drinkability: quite a refreshing and quaffable beverage. The overall impression is greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:52:56 | More by flagmantho
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3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big bottle into a huge frozen crystal stein. Good way to drink this one, I think.

A: Pale orangish-yellow with murky look, like unfiltered tea.

S: Floral hops with plenty of berry notes although I cannot distinguish; maybe raspberry? Honey too. Also a touch of nutmeg.

T: Spicy with hints of cinnamon and cloves going on. Pine needle presence that thankfully only lasts a second. Not sweet at all; dry and slighly bitter but ultra refreshing. Recommended on a hot day exactly the way I drank it.

D: Big time on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 23:26:28 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden yellow into a Chimay chalice with around a finger of head that faded quickly. Little lacing throughout.

Light aroma with a moderate amount of carbonation. Taste was hoppy and fresh, but nothing overtly juniper-like. Very pleasant. Almost reminiscent of an amber such as Mac and Jack's. Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 05:13:03 | More by grittybrews
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New Jersey

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

Poured a very hazy golden yellow into a pint glass with a thick white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is sweet and malty up front, then earthy and piney hops behind. Taste was similar, bready up front, then piney and spicey in the finish. Well balanced, a bit light body with medium carbonation, but quite good to pair with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:31:55 | More by stingrayvr6
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 07:38:39 | More by dwilson01
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to pint glass, aroma very weak. A bit malty and sweet but other than that I'm not picking up much.

One finger head dissipates rather rapidly. Lacing present but not prominent. Color a strong yellow-golden haze.

Given the rather un-impressive combination of appearance and aroma stated above, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste. This ale has a bitter bite of a nature not far from a hoppy IPA. Taste is of initial piney (juniper?) hops followed by a prominent earthy straw flavored background. Unfortunately, the strong background of earth & straw tones rapidly overwhelm the initial juniper-like piney flavor. In my opinion, it should be the other way around -- a strong juniper bite with mild earthy aftertones would be more appropriate. But I do like the fact that this beer has a definite bite for a pale ale, yet a light taste -- in fact, you might almost think of this one as a "light" IPA. And the bitter flavor lingers for a pleasantly surprising period of time!

Mouthfeel smooth and carbonation prominent but about right. This light and flavorful pale ale drinks well -- very refreshing.

Given the fact I like ales in general and enjoy chewing on pine needles whenever I get the opportunity, its not too surprising I do like this brew. Despite its drawbacks, definitely worth my time. I do think I'll have another...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:57:54 | More by Kitt
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A: Pale yet somewhat dark golden colour. Hazy/cloudy, furious carbonation, with frothy and strong pure white head that leaves major lacing behind. And although its not about the beer itself, the bottle design deserves a mention. I just love the three colour simplicity of the art (incorporating the bottle's colour into it). Props to Rogue

S: Oh this smells so delicious. Very wheaty and yeasty, with strong yet balanced hoppiness. Maltiness is very sweet and a type I'm not sure I've smelled recently. Hint of yeastiness. Juniper is not present here.

T: Pretty light, heavy on the hops. Juniper is here, and as a gin drinker I do love my juniper, and it simply yields too much ground to the hops in my opinion. So much potential and not quite the delivery i was looking for. Slightly malty but almost a little hint of corn in there too. Still not a bad tasting beer IMO, but could be better if they toned down the hops and let other flavours come out more.

M: Average. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. A little bit of carbonation, but a lot of it comes out soon after the initial pour.

D: Light and good for a warm spring/summer day (especially the first warm day of spring!) Good, and low enough abv where it doesnt get you going too fast, but really not interesting enough to keep me wanting more. I really doubt I would want another one after the first one. Disappointing in general...I was definitely looking forward to more pine tree in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:43:55 | More by Whiteweasel
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pale ale? Maybe a little haze, but this one is too golden and translucent to be called a pale ale in my book, so I got to take it down a notch. But I'd be lying to say this doesn't look crispy and delicious. Slight &
S: The slight gin flavor seems to broaden and deepen the hops while keeping everything somewhat muted.
T: You would expect a more interesting taste, but even so it's a nice, mellow flavor, even keeled and balanced.
M: Crispy, bubbly. Well-developed, but easily distinguished as an evolving flavor.
D: I drink a six pack of Sierra Nevada, and I'm feeling like I've eaten a big meal. These pale ales go down easy but leave your tongue wanting it bit more. Just to say it's not too heavy but has a somewhat satisfying taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:56:26 | More by ozzyCobblepot
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged up a bottle at QFC to try... always have to try Rogues beers at least once!

- Cloudy straw yellow brew... minimal head... down to a little bit of floating fizz and a small ring.

- Rather bready and zesty scent... caramel malt, lemon zest... bready yeast.. and a spicy zing.

- Zesty citrus bread... light malt, spicy background and fresh pine-like hops... nice subtle burn. Interesting, and thankfully mild.

- Medium bodied, and rather malty for a pale... but must be to pack in all those flavors. Little chewy.

- Overall this isn't bad... and for a pale, it certainly has a whole world of flavors. Certainly worth a shot if you haven't tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:37:20 | More by Docer
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can't really smell the juniper on this rogue offering. But they make up for the lack in smell with flavor. The juniper comes out in the finish. Using juniper in brewing an IPA is damn innovative and scores major points for creativity. I usually go for dogfish head 60 when looking for an IPA but this is a step up in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 05:22:25 | More by GMOO
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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with a firm white head that becomes nicely pitted as it settles down. as is expected from these guys, the foam has a very hoppy look to it, retains itself admirably, and leaves ample sticky lace.

S- fresh toasted malt sweetness, like a nice box of multi-grain cereal, bright citric hoppiness, some chardonnay aromas, but seemingly no juniper. ok, some piney hoppy stuff in the background that could be percieved as juniper, but it's an aroma that i've picked up in plenty of other beers. so to be direct, i would never have guessed the was juniper in here judging from the aroma. still smells good though.

T- and the taste is the same. it tastes like a quality pale ale, it tastes like a good brew from rogue, but it doesn't taste like juniper. or perhaps it's that the berries contain such similar citrus pine characteristics as the amarillo hops that the two become seamless. which may very well have been the brewer's intention. nice notes of pine and grapefruit, hoppy and bitter, could pass for an ipa. woodsy and spicy peppercorn, clean zesty bitterness sits on the tongue. finishes bitter with nice light malt flavor.

MF- slightly lighter than medium bodied, tight prickly medium carbonation keeps things lively. somewhat juicy and leaves a clean feeling on the cheeks.

D- nice crisp refreshing brew. good all around, but i still can't taste the juniper. thinking i might be crazy, i went and grabbed my little can of berries and crushed one between my fingers. side by side smelling the fingers of one hand and tasting this beer with the other... and still nothing. i dig a good martini and i keep these berries cuz i like the flavor with saurkraut so i'd like to think i could percieve the juniper in the beer. but i just can't. i know it's in there i just think it blends in too much with the hops to be noticed. great all-around pale ale though.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 06:16:23 | More by hustlesworth
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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