Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,252 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,252
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 31
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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Photo of Skater_Rich
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste under the new label and name. Sure, it was a cute, clever, if crude name for a winter spiced seasonal, but vulgarities only get you so far in the wider world. Who can take a beer seriously, when it's named after something you wouldn't want to eat or drink? So, goodbye Yellow Snow, hello, Juniper Pale Ale...

Very cloudy orange appearance, bedecked with a fresh, full head, softly settling.

Citric aroma, orange, tangerine, lemon, met well with spice, ginger, juniper, and a hint of spruce? Or am I imagining things? It's sweet and pleasant, though, ...bready, malty presence is felt and makes itself known in this mix...sweet and spicy, just like I like it!

Taste: smooth, fruity entrance on the palate, very slick and easily quaffed...great balance here, fruit and spice have melded and are backed up by malt...this is a unique beer, fit for any occasion, but best suited for impressing non-beer-loving friends to jolt them from their preconceptions.
Very tasty, medium-bodied, with a light, fruity finish.
Would go great as with food or as an after-dinner aperitif, or just on it's own as a special treat.
Damn nice beer, no surprise, from Roque.

Photo of Andy_Luft
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of merlin48
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bomber bottle pours a chill hazed, apricot body with a prominent, ivory head that finally stabilizes at about two cm. Gorgeous, patch lace decorates the imperial pint glass I am enjoying this in. Massive presence of small, carbonation bubbles rising to the surface is duly noted.

Interesting aroma that begins with a Munich maltiness, earthy English hops which evoke a meadow suitable for grazing livestock, and some fresh bales of hay to accompany said livestock. At room temperature, the nose is closer to a British style ESB malt note.

Mouthfeel is rather average, light to medium bodied, with good carbonation.

Taste: Hops dominate the beginning, with earthy hay and bitter grass. The juniper berries are definitely noticed, but not in the sense of gin. They meld into the unique hops profile to produce a citrusy, mandarin orange/tangerine, bitter, tartness that is quite tasty. As this Rogue approaches room temperature, a delicate and complex balance emerges between the hops and malts that makes this seem very English, in style. A hybrid between a British pale ale and bitter comes to mind. The bittersweet, dryness that the juniper berries contribute adds a bonus to the complexities present here.

I like this one a lot. One of the most drinkable Rogue ales that I've sampled. Highly recommended.

Photo of morimech
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a nice one inch white head. Retention is excellant as well as heavy lacing. A terrific looking beer.

The aroma is bready malt with some floral hops, noble hop aromas.

Has a solid malt backbone with mostly hops complimenting the malt. I don't detect the Juniper until the finish with a lingering aftertaste. If finishes dry. Overall a nicely balanced ale.

Has a light body with high, bordering on harsh, carbonation.

A really nicely balanced and flavorful beer. I did not know what to expect with the Juniper berriers but it was more of a complimenting element than a featured flavor.

Photo of erosier
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some juniper spicyness, some citrisy hops.
T: Very nice mix of the flavors. The malt base is good and made better by some earthy and citrisy hop flavors and some spicy juniper berry taste at the end.
M: Very nice feel to it with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, able to finish the whole bomber with no problem and would gladly go back for more.

Photo of necoadam
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light brass color with a good head to go with it. Nose consisted of various items. Orange, lemon, ginger, junipers in the background. Citrus hops and pine hops come out of the woodwork as well. Taste is rather herbal and earthy with orange and spices coming together that work well together. Junipers come out in the finish and last into the aftertaste. I like how the flavors go together in this brew. Mouthfeel was mediumish with good carbonation. Almost seems to be a full bodied beer, but the carbonation sets is straight. Solid beer and perhaps one of Rogue's underrated beers.

Photo of WonderfulSam
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a big glass stein, got about 1/2 finger of unremarkable head with moderate retention. The color was a pale straw, and the beer had a few big bubbles coming up through it.

This smelled slightly sweet, with a bready malt aroma and mild hops. I REALLY enjoyed the flavor. Rich, balanced bread and butter body with light juniper sweet notes coming through and creating a pleasant tangy aftertaste. I was expecting a bit more juniper flavor. However, the subtle juniper flavor that came through was a very nice touch, and I rather enjoyed the way that the flavor evolved in my mouth.

The mouthfeel was smooth and buttery. This was really nice to drink. My notes from that evening say "De-liscious." It went down quite smoothly with a nice aftertaste.

Photo of silenius
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A bit of a gimmicky name, so I didn't expect much from this beer. Pours a dark yellow with a light thin head that disappears quickly. Limited lacing on the glass is from the initial head.

Smell is pretty light. A very little bit of hops and spice is all I detected.

Taste is a great moderately spicy combination of hops and juniper berries (although I never would have guessed this) with a good malt center. The spicy juniper lasts well after the beer is gone, but while it is still in the glass it contributes to an enjoyable taste that complement the hops bite. I really enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel is quenching and drying with nice dry aftertaste.

I could drink this one all the time and never tire of it. It disappeared quicker than I would have liked.

Photo of Weissenheimer
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of mjohn27603
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of TinusTime
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a colour of saffron infused beer. I almost wanted to make risotto milanese with this at first glance. Smelled of hops with a definate piney hoppy smell. Taste was Hoppy with a hint of gin like spice from the juniper berries. Fortunately the jumiper didnt overwhelm as I find Gin disgusting. It was more of the subtle juniper used in german or czech recipes. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky due to the hops but good none the less. I found this beer VERY drinkable and another great offering from Rogue. I wish it were around more of the year.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I like the bottle's label... it looks like a dude standing in front of a massively profitable "cash crop" if ya know what I mean. This is amber-orange with a big fluffy eggshell head that stands at about two fingers and doesn't show any signs of receding soon. Lots of really nice lace is smattered about the glass.

S - Hoppy as hell, I smell something that could be the pine-notes from the hop varetal used or it could be from the juniper berries.

T - Hoppy and almost minty. I've never actually had a juniper berry my itself, but I have had good gin made with juniper and I can't say that this tastes anything like that. But, there is a minty pine-y refreshingly green note that I think is a result of the addition of this odd berry.

M - Medium bodied and extremely bitter. There is an almost menthol type "fresh air" feeling when I inhale after swallowing this brew.

D - An excellent session brew, and quite unique. This is a great beer that I'm glad that I had the chance to enjoy.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Photo of interzen
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a cloudy straw yellow (16-18 SRM) with a thin white head that diminishes to almost nothing. Not a massive amount of lacing in evidence. So far, so good.

Smell: Mostly hops - I've come to expect this from quite a few American beers, but it's not quite as in-yer-face as some. There's a certain bready maltiness in there too, which isn't surprising considering the grain bill. Not much in the way of juniper, though.

Taste: Ah, so *there's* the juniper - if you're expecting gin-flavoured beer then you're going to be disappointed, but it adds a nice, spicy edge to the hops and malt. Surprisingly, there's a fairly good balance between the two - hops up front with a malty, spicy finish. Not bad at all.

Feel: Surprisingly smooth, especially with the spiciness that the juniper imparts and it helps to take the edge off the hops somewhat. Fairly light carbonation with a clean, hop-laden finish.

Overall: Not half bad, although like others I'd be hard put to pick out the juniper if I didn't already know about it. A nice balance between hops and malt, in stark contrast to some of the hop-bombs I've had recently, and the juniper adds a nice twist. The rogue in me thanks you.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden-amber with a pillowy white head that does not go away. Probably some of the best lacing and head retention I have experienced with any brew from Rogue.

S: For having juniper in the beer, the dominant aromas are still from the malt. Caramel, honey, and toast. The hops are floral and fruity, while there is just a touch of pine on the end.

T: This beer is very balanced. There is no start or finish. Flavors of fresh bread, caramel, stone fruit, grass, citrus, honey, and pine mingle with eachother to give a full flavor throughout each sip. Juniper is only present in the backround, giving the beer a long, crisp finish.

M: Medium bodied, but tastes lighter than it is. As with most Rogue brews, it once again has that creamy texture.

D: Juniper Pale Ale is underrated. It's very easy to drink, and has a great flavor profile. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Photo of Enola
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

** I am reveiwing this as Yellow Snow Ale

This beer is a clear amber color. There was a small white head. The smell is citrus like. There is a sweetness to the smell as well. The taste is is fairly bitter with a fair amount of lingering bitterness. The moouthfeel is incredibly smooth for the style. Pale ales are kind of hit or miss with me but this seems to be a pretty good one. The drinkability is good. I could easily session this beer. A easy drinking brew.

*Note: This beer was very good for a beer brewed roughly 4 years ago. One of the best I have had of the style.

Photo of ngandhi
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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

Photo of HugoGrim
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ML bomber into a standard pint. I'm not sure which name came before the other, but the bottle I sampled was called Yellow Snow Ale (not Juniper Pale Ale as the database lists it), and featured the Rogue guy in red ski gear with a black labrador retriever.

Color is pale orange gold like apple cider. No head or lace to speak of.

The scent is sweet and floral. You get no hops in the nose of this ale which is surprising after tasting it.

Smooth malts and strong Earth hops make up the flavor profile, with a light juniper element accent. The hops finish strong and spicy.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant yellow orange with a fluffy rocky two finger white head. A nice floral citric hop nose with hints of grapefruit and a slight spiciness as well. Quite nice.

First sip brings flowery hops upfront with a nice pale malt background. Notes of juniper spiciness come through on the back of the palate and work nicely in the overall flavor. Just a damn good APA accentuated by a nice juniper berry spice. Nice bitterness in there as well.

Mouthfeel has a creamy aspect throughout along with good carbonation and body. It's a shame this is only a winter seasonal because I could drink this stuff year round. A couple bottles would make a nice session. Check this one out if you're a pale ale fan!

Photo of StevieW
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on-tap at The Shanachie

This beer came a mandarin orange and honey color with some cherry highlights with only a small collar of white head.

Smelled of honey and oats with a light piney hop that carried with it a much more sweet and gooey pine essence. Could it be juniper?

Tasted light and doughy with a sweet nectar of pine that is presumably the juniper. The juniper is really well blended into the light doughy malt and accentuate with a slight nip of hop dryness.

The mouth feel is light bodied and very creamy, working very well with the flavor.

This reminds me a lot of Alba Scotts Pine Ale, except with a little more hops. (more hops than a gruit you say…) I’ll definitely find a bottle or two of this to take up to the cabin on the 4th.

Photo of jonnylieberman
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep straw-yellow in color, creamy white head. Very clear and very appealing.

Malty nose. British scents--somewhat faint. Good malt smell, though.

Very delicious. Creamy, malty and smooth. Juniper berries gives the beer a near perfect spice. Nice low-medium bitter on the back of tongue. Really, an exceptional flavor.

Body is a touch too thin. Could be a little thicker to compliment the wonderful malt flavor.

I could drink three 22s without thinking. Easy.

Photo of sacfly
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz
Pours a hazy orange color. Medium head of small bubbles. Aroma is of orange peal and pine.
Taste is balanced with a malty sweetness and orange citrus hops. Interesting interplay between the Amarillo hops and Munich malts… The juniper berries show more in the aftertaste, but do make an appearance in the taste as well. Slight pine in the flavor, slight gin like aftertaste.
Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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