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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
83
good

675 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 675
Hads: 1,301
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 41
Gots: 96 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001

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
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Reviews: 675 | Hads: 1,301
Photo of theWrkncacnter
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with the usual Rogue screen printing.

A: Very nice initial color, kind of a darker straw color, with a good head. No lacing, only a small ring remains around the edge after the beer sits for a while.

S: Very nice piney (juniper I guess) hop smells, slightly floral, with some light earthy malts in the background.

T: Nice crisp hop blast, very piney but light and not overbearing. Not much malts going on, but some lesser light grassy/earthy malts in the background

M: Good mouthfeel but a not so good oily aftertaste. Well carbonated.

D: Very easy to drink and very smooth, I could drink it all day.

One of my favorite Rogue offerings. Nothing crazy, but a solid, well hopped, easy to drink pale ale. Rogue doesn't really have an IPA they put out regularly but I'd put this as close to an IPA as anything else Rogue offers. A definite buy again. (879 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful pale golden color with a nice creamy head and a clinging lace. Citrus aromas from th hops blend well with the piney smell from the juniper berries. Slick hoppy flavors with a nice gin like flavor from the juniper berries again. A very slick and refreshing mouthfeel to it that makes this beer extremely drinkable. Yet another great offereing from Rogue. A pale ale with a twist that definitely wouldn't be for everyone but if you like beer and you like gin then you will probably like this. (513 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with a white head that fades fast with some good lacing throughout. The smell is a usual rogue, with some malt, hop, and spice notes. The taste starts malty with some nice spicy notes, then stays malty throughout with a nice bitter and dry finish. The aftertaste stays somewhat bitter and a little hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a nice balance in flavor. This is an easy drinker, full of flavor that isn't overwhelming and has plenty of great attributes that contribute to a great beer. This beer, like all rogues, is worth drinking. Another great beer from Rogue. (610 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 edition. Many bubbles ascend rapidly to form a frothy white head with great staying power. Pale orange/copper in color, definitely pale ale. Sweet floral hop aromas abound in the nose. Hints of toasted malt and what I'm guessing is the product of juniper berries from the bottle's statement (but I've never had juniper berries, so I wouldn't know). Flavors appear that jump between malty and hoppy as it rolls over your palate, and combine in a well-balanced sweetness. Medium body. Hints of what I again assume is the juniper abound. Later on, a small amount of rind-like flavor appears and leaves a bit of bitterness behind on the edges of your tongue. Although I expected more of a spicy brew, this is a great, well-balanced beer that I find very satisfying. (766 characters)

Photo of Lukie
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first of the Rogues I will try over the coming week or so. I thought I would go with a Pale Ale, something the Americans are known for, and with the addition of Juniper Berries?

Poured out a hazy golden with a thick fluffy sticky 2 inch head. It slowly fell to a 2mm top and thick clingyness along the sides of the glass.

A very floral aroma with some fruity sweetness which I gather is Juniper berry? Never having seen them or tasted or smelt them before, I have no idea what to look for.

A nice sweet malt is pushed away by a big punch of hoppy character. Bloody Americans :P
Very fruit characters, with some grassy overtones, and dry hop finish. The hop astringincy lingers, but I have been enjoying that lately.

Overally, a very good brew to get into the American craft beers. It gives that hoppiness that seems to be what the Americans are all about, but it's not overly harsh. A fantastic Pale Ale that has thus far put most of the Australian efforts to shame from just a glassful of it. (1,001 characters)

Photo of rabsten
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the Blues Brews and BBQ event in Charleston, WV last weekend.

Poured into a pint cup. Dark amber, slightly cloudy. No head b/c of the pour, but good lacing (even in the plastic cup).

Pine-y hops dominate (or is that pine-y juniper?). Malt was present as well. Pleasant.

Flavor is good, solidly hopped APA. Bitter the way it's supposed to be, without an overwhelming hoppiness. Malt backbone does its job supporting the hops and juniper.

Just like the bottled version, feels good going down and is very drinkable. I wnet back for seconds, and if there hadn't been a Widmer Bros. stand, may have drank this exclusively. (642 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

rogue juniper pale ale
4 hazy golden, looks nearly like a wit but a shade darker. short head drops to a ring and leaves sliding lace.
4-4.5 hops and bready, crackery malt. the hops are citric but not very bold, some juniper in there as well
4 the hop/berry flavor spectrum not as deep and wide as anticipated, but nice. juniper sneaks into the finish, which has a sullen but calms demeanor.
3.5-4 not overly carbonated, but what there is prickles within the soft medium body.
4.5 on the soft and muted side, moreso than would expect given the relative dryness. the hops hang back to try and let the juniper take a leading role, but the berry might not be quite up to the challenge. perhaps a little dull at times and i thought now and then could use a touch more carb, but still enjoyed this one. an easy drinker with a slight twist. a certain german character (from the malt), and for some reason i imagine drinking this from a stein at an ancestral family reunion. definitely evoking the old world, an aspect of the brew i am appreciating more and more as i near the end of the bomber. just read that it's 5.3 abv, which leaves me even more impressed. (1,153 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright yellow hue with a healthy enough white head on top. Dissapates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing. It smells really nice. Definitely some nice fruity aromas coming through a floral hop nose. The juniper berries remind me of oranges mixed with apricots and maybe some sort of other tropical fruit.

Interesting taste, light to medium body with a small hop hit in the middle and then not much else with the hops. A berry bitterness is noticeable throughout the taste and even into the aftertaste, which I have to say is different than I thought it would be. Its bitter like a berry's rind actually, which, never having a juniper berry before, I can only assume is the juniper. Its unique at the very least and I do give it credit for that. Incredibly easy to drink and yet still enjoyable for the complexities of the berries and floral hop combination. The mouthfeel is quick, clean, and dry, lending itself to the style nicely. The hops actually come through more and more throughout the beer, but they never take over. They instead take a seat on the side and let the other flavors do the work, which is a plus for the style. All told, I'm enjoying the easiness and yet thoughfulness in the balance of this one. Didn't know what to expect with this, but I am pleasantly surprised. (1,300 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted under the Yellow Snow label.

Pours medium gold with a big two-finger head that sticks around. Big nose with hints of citrus and pine. Hits the tongue hard and stays that way through the finish. Mouthfeel is spot-on. Aggressively hopped and very dry. One of Rogue's better offerings. (290 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First taste of Amarillo hops that I'm aware of, and I like 'em. Creamy full mouthfeel. Floral nose with a definite malt presence. A draught takes you through a wide range of flavor, but this beer's unique characteristic is the bitter juniper finish that sits on the back of your tongue for hours. I wanted to drink it out of a martini glass with a fat garlic stuffed olive rolling about. (387 characters)

Photo of BabySnakes
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange color, gathered a small head and quickly dissipated. Nice lacing on the glass the entire time.

Mildly Sweet hoppy aroma. I wouldnt guess juniper berries if I didnt already know. Some of the aromas from mild Belgians come through like mild barnyard and clovey spice.

Taste is very in line with the style (pale ale). Sweet (mildly) and nicely balanced hops interact. Citrusy hop character is present. The Juniper is really an afterthought, although it comes thru really nicely. Again, not sure I would be able to pinpoint it to a "spice" addition to the beer though.

The juniper really shines thru in the mouthfeel. Nice spicy,zesty finish. Makes it seem more carbonated than it is in a nice way. All the flavors start to pop when I inhale after swallowing.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Nice spicy pale ale I could drink all day. (863 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 22 ounce bomber, this beer has a deep golden body with ample carbonation and a inital head of 1" that fades to lace the surface in whispy clumps. Nice.

Smell: The nose is of clean crystal and munich malts, and the light breath of the en vogue Amarillo hop shines through. I can't quite put my finger on the smell, but it's nice and certainly not too strong.

Taste: In the taste department, nothing jumps out initally. Just a nicely balanced pale ale. The ingredients list Sytrian golding and Amarillo, and these do a nice job imparting a spicy bitterness in the finish without the piney-leafy hop flavor that beers like SNPA pour on thick. It's really quite nice in its restraint. Then, the most unique quality hits you. The taste of juniper berries lingers on the tounge indefinitely. Faintly floral and tangy, this adds a very satisfying note to an already neat finish. I wouldn't have been able to identify it as juniper without looking, but its prescence is quite remarkable.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is nice and light, smooth across the tongue and well carbonated to carry its carefree stature. It strikes me as odd that this is released as a winter seasonal, but then again, something this nice and drinkable might be the perfect choice to liven a cold gray day. Excellent. (1,312 characters)

Photo of CellarBrau
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours light golden with a frothy but not so dense white head. Lighter than expected. Head retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Immediately identified as a northwestern style. Crisp, fresh, piney aroma. No Juniper detected (not that I know juniper taste except from Gin) but very pleasent and moderately intense aroma.

T: I think there is some Juniper here! Very nice subtle maltiness as well. The juniper is a very subtle compliment to the forward but not overwhelming hoppiness.

M: Quite highly carbonated but that suits this beer I think. Thin texture. Finishes Dry.

D: 650ml didn't last long. I immediately wished I had another one.

Bottom line: Rogue, you make very nice, but not exceptional, beers. Cut your advertising budget, sell these beers for $6 instead of $8. (779 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body with a very light hazy to it. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface. There is a boiling white rocky head that fades after a bit.

S- This beer has a fresh sweet malt aroma with a slight honey malt note with a hint of herbal hops.

T- This beer has a fresh pale malt flavor blended with a biscuit malt flavor. There are also notes of honey malt sweetness in the background. There is a bitterness in the finish that is not from hops but there is a dry grapefruit note that is from hops blended in with it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a great fresh malt flavor but the bitterness is big and one-dimensional. This is a very nice session beer. (818 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't eat the yellow snow, but by all means, drink it! This ale pours a nice, dark golden hue from the tap and features a durable, bubbly head. The nose, typical of most Rogue products, is quite hoppy, leaving not much else to the imagination. The taste is very pleasing and balanced, featuring a nice amount of bittering hops, malt, and some fruit (Juniper berries). The carbonation is just right on this one, and drinkability-wise, Yellow Snow scores high. A quality offering, and well worth seeking out on tap. (513 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OKAY BIG EDIT: best if you really stir up the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The last half was MUCH better. Smoother and tastier.

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz bomber as pictured into a tulip glass. Descriptive list of the 10 ingredients.

A: Slightly hazy golden yellow with minimal head and lacing.

S: Nice mild hop scent with undertones of spice and juniper. Some pale malt sweetness.

T&M: Smooth with a crisp malt and mild bitter hop taste. Light juniper berry flavor. Mild fruitiness with malty sweet light carbonation. (540 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: Hazy translucent copper with thick fluffy white head. Individual rising lines of slow rising carbonation. Superb hop clumping and lacing throughout.

The Nose Knows: Sweet malt (kindof similar to Saranac IPA) with crisp piney finish. As it warmed, initial honey-like finished with fruity notes.

Tongueland: Initial piney hops with sweet malts buried underneath. Again, similar to Saranac IPA ininitial taste, Rogue m/f is fuller and more complex in flavor. Smooth and full, danced around mouth and tongue. Honey-like sweet middle that finished peppery. Aftertaste is of a good gin. Interesting transition of flavors.

Bender Factor: Solid to style intrepretation. It isn't an IPA, keep that in mind. Solid session brew, almost to drinkable. However, with Saranac readily available (and cheaper), this won't be a regular in my cart. Still, the compexity of the flavor range netted it a 4.5. (908 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-deuce bomber poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a hazy orange-amber body with a thick finger of ivory foam that retains at a chunky sheet and leaves scattered lacing on the glass.

Smell is resinous evergreen, with zingy hops and juniper in front of a spicy whiff of sweet orange and malty caramel.

Taste is crisp and fruity with a note of toasted nuts drizzled in buttery caramel. Plenty of grapefruit flavors, along with a wonderfully aromatic, mellow, wood-resiny bitterness that helps keep the drink balanced. The drink is toasty, spicy, and laced with citrus notes and is made nearly perfect for my tastes and preferences with a wonderfully dry finish. Juniper Pale Ale could pass for a nice, hoppy American IPA any day.

Crisp, medium-bodied, and refreshing with excellent carbonation, this pale ale works very nicely. (841 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber with the signature painted label. The pour revealed an interesting clouded golden-orange ale with a nice 1 finger tight fluffy cap and tiny spiraling bubbled carbonation. The nose is a pleasant fragrant hop bouquet..floral, grassy, fruity, with a sweet undertone.( I’m reminded of anchor liberty here) Front side is a mellow blast of sweet malts and fruity/floral hops in almost perfect balance...peaches and pine, apricots and sweet dough...wonderful layered tastes...medium bodied, silky with some substantial malts...moderate finish where the creamy-peach-doughy impression gives way to a slow metallic drying with a fruity very drinkable character. I like this better than Anchor Liberty.It would be my standard session ale if it were available here...recommened for those who like a fruit character in an aromatic ale. (837 characters)

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Big lacing head. Orange cloudy pour. Good Lacing

Smell - Herbal and floral. Reminds me of fresh cut grass, flowers and pineapple juice.

Taste - Mild on the bitterness scale leaning towards sweet. Big hop character. Smooth.

Mouthfeel - Very well balanced on the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. No astringincy.

Drinkability - Easily drinkable. (359 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of Yellow Snow somewhere along the way. I am anticipating another fine offering from Rogue.

This beer pours a yellowish orange color, decent head, leaving a nice lacing behind. Smell is wonderful, a heavy dose of bread and floral hops. The taste is even better, a nice malty start, followed by a generous amount of spicy hops. In the end there is a slight taste of bread left behind. Mouthfeel is a nice combination of a nicely weighted Pale and is nicely carbonated and lively on the palate. This is a very enjoyable beer, a nice change of pace with the spicy hops and the bready finish. Nice job brewing this one! (637 characters)

Photo of jessycho
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (737 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2002

It pours to a hazy orange color that sits nicely under a thick covering of white foam. The aroma first comes off as sweet and fruity, but there is a great mix of spices in there.

The flavor is very welcoming and interesting. It is sweet with nice malts and fruits at the start. As is slides down, it starts to get bitter and spicy from the hops. I guess that the juniper berries have something to do with that also, but I am really not familiar with juniper berries, so I can't really say for sure. It is very crisp and refreshing. I would imagine it to be a great warm weather drinker, but I am enjoying it just as much after walking through knee deep snow. Maybe I will go make some yellow to honor this fine brew from Rogue. (739 characters)

Photo of GMOO
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dull copper hue; a decent hop aroma with some freshly squeezed lemon and oranges that graze the nose. Creamy, a quick in yer face blast of citrus hops; fresh fruit, in the way of orange and berries – you try to taste the juniper berries. Massively dry palate; 99.9% rounded mouthfeel; rich and satisfying, very well done. (322 characters)

Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.