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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,248 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a thin white head, nothing special here. Smells of lots of hops and berries, a little bit of leafy earthliness as well.

Taste is very hoppy, the juniper berries come through a little on the back end although is seems like the hops slightly overpower everything else. Mouthfeel is pretty good, well balanced. Overall a pretty good brew, but nothing more.

Photo of Josiah2729
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with 3 finger head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Faint malt, some light hops.

Taste: Sweet and slightly bitter, not really tasting much from the juniper.

Mouthfeel: Light body, decent carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer, but not quite what I was expecting.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breweries that make fruit beers should buy you a sample of the fruit so that you know exactly what flavor that the fruit will impart into their finish beer.

The pour brings a murky orange, golden color that seems a bit more viscous than your everyday Pale Ale. A very froathy head forms near the top of the glass and holds very firm throughout. Looks good, just a bit thick.

Sweetly aromas of peaches, pears, appricots, mangos, and kiwi fill the estery nose very quickly. Surprisingly, the citrusy and piney hops only provide a secondary layer of interest. Biscuity malts give a bready-sweet base to the aroma. The beer starts to take on English Pale Ale proportions, but with the added juniper berry. (By the way, what's a juniper berry?)

The sweet fruity, biscuity malt flavors take over the flavors right away with only a balancing hop flavor to slowly rise at mid-palate. The lable boasts the use of Sterling and Amarillo hops for a blend of citrus, pine, and grassy pungent earthy notes. The hop flavor shines a bit more late in the sip, after the fruity malty stuff fades.

As expected, the beer does take on a thicker consistency than expected which eventually hurts the drinkability. The heavy sweet fruit notes also make the beer far too sweet for Pale Ale enjoyment.

Odd for Rogue to make an under-hopped beer. C'mon guys, where's the West Coast influence? By the way, what the hell is a juniper berry!?

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of leaddog
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden straw coloured with a creamy white head. Bubbles are present and is slightly opaque. Has nice lacing that clings to the glass as you drink this ale.

Smell- Hops with citrus fruits. No detection of junipers at this moment.

Taste- Dry and hoppy with a piney bitter finish. Juniper flavour is mild.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with prickly bubbles present. Good carbonation to this one with a nice tingle.

Overall- A good ale but I expected more juniper in this. An easy drinking ale that is sure to please any Rogue fan.

Photo of boneboy
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. This beer is a beautiful,clear, straw color with a thick, dense, white head that lasts, leaving respectable lacing.

S - Flowery, and slightly sweet.

T - Pale malt, with a bit of sweetness, but with bitterness to balance. Some hop spiciness/earthiness. I don't get a ton of juniper up front, but it does come through in the finish.

M - medium body, somewhat creamy, with good carbonation.

O - There is nothing life altering about this beer, but it is pretty enjoyable. I may not revisit this soon, but I'll probably purchase this again. It goes go down really, really (I mean really) easy, so for a hot day this might be a good beer to pick up.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant bright gold colour, with a filmy head of very fine creamy white foam. Lacing is excellent, even though the head dissipates after a while. Lots of streaming carbonation looks a little out of place given the rather strong body.

Decent citrus and spice on the nose, a lot of grain notes, a little bready but quite full and flavoursome. It doesn't have a really fragrant floral nose, and the characters are a little odd, but it's pretty nice overall.

Taste is also a little odd. A little grain sweetness on the front before a little floral note mid palate. Then the bitterness turns up right on the back and quite full, in quite an unusual position. It's a little unnerving - I take it it's probably the juniper addition here. Mouthfeel is round and pleasant, despite the carbonation, it's pretty smooth. I like it.

Yeah, an odd little beer, but a pleasant enough one. It just jolts me in odd directions, so it keeps my interest, while challenging me at the same time.

Photo of dwilson01
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of deruiz10
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Less than 1 finger head quickly dissipates but leaves a good eggshell-color layer throughout. Lacing is all but nonexistent. Color is extremely clear, burnt honey color with lighter yellow around the edges. Great effervescent carbonation.

S - Juniper and hops hit immediately, sweet malts, some caramel. All pretty faint, not much to smell.

T - Malt body is fairly earthy, leaning towards sweet. Juniper berries and spicy hops predominate, finish is very reminiscent of gin. Overall is fairly balanced and very refreshingly crisp.

M - On the lighter side with a good amount of carbonation, but serves well to keep the hops and juniper berries lively.

D - Very refreshing and smooth, a unique and successful spin on the pale ale style.

Photo of July2Nov
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice golden hue (ie. apple juice colored). Had about an inch of head that dissipated in a minute or so.

Smell: Fruity, sweet & tart.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A bit dry up front, that spikes slightly and then mellows out. Has a sweet tartness to it like (drum roll...sweetarts!). Also tends to have a pine tree aftertaste, which is very pleasant. Not too bad at all.

Drinkability: I probably would only drink one within any drinking span. It certainly is an acquired taste, but one atleast worth trying. Rouge pulls through again.

Photo of jwilli7122
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy dark yellow with big bubble carbonation and medium-small soapy white head.
smell is somewhat malty and lightly oily. Faint sweet citrus.
Taste is soft at first with medium bitter finish. some soft fruit flavors that I can't identify but there are no flavors that really stand out.
mouthfeel is medium/thick and soft for a pale ale. i like this aspect of the beer.
Overall this is a fair pale ale. So far this is my least favorite Rogue Ale. It seems very status quo for a Rogue beer.

Photo of AlexJ
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22 ounce bottle a nice faintly hazy, yellow amber color with a breifly dense off white head. Head quickly falls, leaving a veil and scattered lace.

The nose is average, certainly not very Roguey, with aromas of grapefruit, pine, honey malts, and buttered bread. Malt is the dominant aroma here.

The flavor is somewhat better. There's a golden malty entrance that is quickly taken over by floral at first, then light grapefruit and pine hops. Only in the aftertaste (especially the burps) do I detect any solid juniper flavors. There's just enough there to remind you it's in there. Tastes hoppier than 35 ibu's.

The body is crisply medium, with small dancing bubbles resulting in a fluffy mouthfeel. The finish is very hoppy and bitter with grapefruit peels and juniper. A decent beer, worth trying. But just a notch below what I am accustomed to from these guys.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours an almost perfectly transparent golden color with a large off-white head with pretty good retention and a lot of rings of lacing.

S: Smells very weak, hoppy with floral notes.

T: Strong hops, or atleast the taste of strong hops, the juniper kick it up a notch. A strong herbal taste with a bitter floral finish.

Overall: Good mouthfeel, well carbonated and pretty drinkable seeing as how light it was in taste. Not bad, not good.

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

. It is a somewhat clear apple juice colored ale. The smell was very piney. I couldn’t get anything else out of it than pine. Taste wise, it is not as piney as it smells. It is a little malty and is pretty smooth. im not going to say this is a great beer, but it is pretty good.

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Photo of hophugger
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear gold with average head and decent lacing. Aroma is light, smells between a good pale ale and a light IPA. Don't pick up much of the juniper in the aroma. Taste is of a nice, hoppy pale ale, with a light touch of the juniper, not too much. Overall, I might not know the juniper was in there unless you told me. Overall, though, a good pale ale, balanced well and feeling good on the palate. Light aftertatste, pretty clean finish..

Photo of rodlavers
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blitz134
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had heard of Yellow Snow before...who hasn't with its infamous name, but when I saw Juniper Pale Ale on the shelf I thought it was a new offering from Rogue. Regardless I've always wanted to try a Juniper inspired beer and this was my chance...

Basically a crystal clear orange body with a very small head composed of rather large bubbles. Disappeared to almost nothing rather quickly. This aspect definately needs to be worked on.

Aroma indicates this to be a pretty balanced beer between the hops and malts. Hops come out with a citrus and earthy side while the malts present a caramel sweetness with some buttery notes. Deep within are the subtle hints of what I assume to be some juniper. We don't have junipers in the south so I wouldn't know, but I have my suspicions as to what they smell like.

Taste is light. This would be acceptable in my book if there was a lighter malt/hop taste and a more pronouced dose of the juniper which the beer intends to highlight. Taste which is there offers up some bitterness in the finish in the form of a floral flavor which goes into a resin hop finish. Malt comes in slightly bready. Some subtle cedar berry hints in the finish (cedar is what I'm more familiar with, haha). But the only reason I would recognize that is b/c of the beer's name. Some buttery notes are introduced as well.

Mouthfeel is okay. A bit thin. Coats the mouth well enough. Drinkability is only a bit above average. The taste is alright, but any more than the bomber and I'd call it quits.

Not what I was expecting. I think this beer should be simplified a bit and hit a little heavier with the juniper to really allow this unique ingredient to shine. I think that the flavor combinations work against each other and down play the key player in this one.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, pours semi cloudy light amber, lifts a nice looking, loose, light oatmeal head, that then goes to a tiny bubble film and leaves better then average plentiful and fine lace. Leafy hop nose, with a hint of mint. Tasty bready malts up front, then dove tailing with resiny and more minty hop notes. Nice balance and better then moderate interest here. One of the huge line of BA worthy Rogue offerings. I dont get much in the way of the advertised juniper, which would have been nice. Worth a try, but nothing too special.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 25, 2011. The pour is an above average golden yellow with long simmering fizzy white head and delicate carbonation bubbles. On the nose there are a few malts, a few hops, and a little grass with a stronger berry element. The body was in the medium range and very comfortable for the style. The taste does embellish the bittersweet berries and they mix with your basic pale ale malt-hop character. Decent enough.

Photo of WildTurkey
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of obywan59
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of exlex
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Golden with a thick creamy head

Aroma: Soft floral aroma with light hops

Taste: Creamy palate with fresh almost astringent green hops

Found this ale to be full of promise on the aroma but somewhat disappointing in the taste with the astringency of the hops removing any hope of a rewarding complex and floral taste. Overall an ok beer but for sessionability it is best to followe it with something slightly more balanced.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)!

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.