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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,238 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 32
Gots: 55 | 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 cabsandking
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a 22oz bomber of Yellow Snow Ale that is dated 2001 on the side just sitting unrefrigderated on a shelf. I half expected there to be some skunk but I thought I'd try it anyway and it seemed to be just fine and actually pretty damn good???

Pours a pale hazy copper with a thin splotchy top. The nose is of honey toffee malt sweetness, tropical fruits, and some hoppy florals. Mellow malt character and ripe fruit start but a bitter astringent hop character moves in that is metallic and then ends with some big pine flavor. As it warms the bitterness lays down and becomes a more apparent juniper spice and toffee malt, spruce, and tart fruit notes get bigger. The finish is dry and bitter with some hop tones and juniper providing a boozy gin effect. Medium high carbonation and an even mouthfeel that is crisp on the edges.

cabsandking, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

cbutova, May 20, 2010
Photo of nastynate316
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

nastynate316, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and quite fizzy, lots of big bubbles, crystal clear in complexion. Head was two fingers, frothy and white to just a touch off-yellow, had some staying power and left some pretty good lacing.

Smelled somewhat pilsner-ish, slightly floral, kinda fruity, but mostly it reminded me of a pilsner. Not bad, but not especially aromatic, and not quite what I expected from a spiced/herb beer made with juniper berries.

Taste wise it was again somewhat pilsner-ish, however it was quite pleasant nonetheless. A crisp fruity flavor is definitely present, presumably from juniper berries (I've never had one, so I'm not sure what they're supposed to taste like). Floral notes are present and forthright. There's also a light and crispy hops flavor, easy-going like a great pilsner (this seems to be a recurring theme). Spices are light, and not a big part of the experience. A little bit of malt comes through, as does some nice citrus accents (mostly lemon peel, and a little cumquat, for the sour/bitter/dry aspects), but this one is mostly light berries and lightly crispy pilsner type hops all the way.

Really as I consume the bomber, it's kinda growing on me. It's pretty light bodied, very well carbonated, and leaves a lovely, lightly bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. Moderately dry, which seems to suit what they were aiming for here.

Really I am wondering if this should really be a spiced/herb ale, or if it should just be a pilsner type style with added juniper berries (although I realize it's an ale, not a lager, but it's quite lager-like in body).

Really it's a quite lovely beer creation, but rating it "to style" as listed is a bit difficult. Therefore I'm going to go ahead and rate each category as I enjoyed it within the context of this review, and not strictly as a spiced/herb ale.

It's pretty good, that's mostly what you need to know. Definitely worth a try. I'm quite interested to see what the John-John ale tastes like for tomorrow's review, as it's also brewed with juniper berries (but aged in spruce gin barrels? should be interesting).

I doubt if this review will be the highest rating I've given to a Rogue beer, but I'd say this is the most interesting thing I've had from the brewery so far. I'd buy it again.

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy orang-red color with a small white head. The aroma of juniper and pine with some fruit peaking through. The taste is like a pale ale softened by juniper. It reminds me a lot of Fraoch. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and medium bodied. Overall, this brew is a nice change of pace.

KarlHungus, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

220z brown bomber. No freshness dating, but it includes the funny blurb about free range water.

The beer pours a yellow almost metallic gold with a dense white head. Wonderful lacing!

Nice aroma of pine, citrus (grapefruit) and an almost sugar like smell. Very fresh smelling.

The taste is almost grassy with a nice amount of bitterness. I’m a little surprised because the beer has almost a sour taste. The beer has some pine taste and is also a bit metallic (but not in a bad way). The hops become more assertive as you work your way through. Is it one of their hop varieties that gives it that slightly sour tang or is the juniper berries?

Good mouhfeel as the beer is soft and creamy with a brisk dry finish. Drinkablity is solid.

Nice beer, I still can’t figure out the sourness, but I enjoyed it!

Redrover, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, cracker, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and juniper berry notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, cracker, light pine, and floral earthiness. Slight floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, juniper berry, floral, grass, honey, cracker, biscuit, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of hop, malt, and juniper berry flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance of hop, malt, and juniper berry flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy lemon yellow with loose champagne head that settles to decent film that laces.
Piss, pine, rind and hay on the nose.
Sour grain and saltine with big grapefruit hops.
Lemon-spruce finish and stinging linger.
LIght, crisp, sharp, clean.

A very pale and lean APA, more like a lager. Nothing here tastewise that couldn't have come from an overdose of hops, so I'm not sure I get the pine of juniper. Not bad, but not what I expected or wanted. And far more summer than winter.

StJamesGate, May 21, 2013
Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color. Nice solid white head. Decent retention, leaves a small film and some lacing.

Smell: Fairly mild aroma of grains and malts, with a slightly herbal/fruit flavor (presumably the juniper berries).

Taste: Flavorful with juniper, malted grains, and a hint of hops. A little bit of bitterness, but not too much.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, though not particularly exciting.

Tasty and enjoyable, but sort of pricey for what it is. Nevertheless, definitely worth trying and I'll likely get it again at some point.

mithrascruor, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of tubacharlie
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly scented pine nose with a hint of gin and fresh hay overtones. Decent head with lacy retention, larger bubbles mix with the ring of foam at each bend of the elbow. A dense, golden amber color, the cloudy brew is evenly translucent.

The juniper astringency hits the lips and tongue first, with further bitterness imparted by the hops in the middle palate, followed by some hints of grapefruit. Smoothly carbonated, the ale is a fresh blast of light malts and citric grain, with just a bit of sweetness lingering at the tip of the tongue and a little residual bitterness on the back palate.

This brew is a good companion for a Lake Superior whitefish broiled with fresh herbs and lime.

tubacharlie, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of jhammerly
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer caught my attention just by the name. I never tasted juniper berries, so my curiosity got the best of me. Actually, it's Rogue. And I never had this before, so I bought it when I came across it.

Anyways, poured a dark golden body with a white head about three fingers wide. Leaving lacing around the glass as it was slowly consumed. A faint hopiness and a little sweetness to the nose. Hop bitterness is mellow and doesn't linger too long. I can't quite tell where the juniper is at, but this has a sweet flavor to it. Something I don't associate with Pale Ales. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and a little fuller than most beers of this style. This would make a good session beer. A very easy drinking beer.

jhammerly, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy, deep golden with a fluffy white head that sticks around.

S - Citrus hops and grainy malts with a light juniper aroma.

T - Grainy malt with a light bitterness. Spicy with a lingering citrus that rounds into a long, light juniper finish.

M - Light side of medium body with light carbonation.

D - The bitterness, maybe astringency, is tingly on the tongue. An easy drinking light pale ale.

brewcrew76, May 27, 2011
Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juniper Pale Ale pours a pale orange color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit hoppy. The flavor is surprisingly light, I was expecting a more intense hop flavor or for that matter a more intense juniper flavor. It is fairly hoppy, with a good amount of malt in the background. The juniper imparts an evergreen like flavor which is fairly mild (much to my satisfaction, I can't stand gin which juniper is the main flavoring and I was almost dreading this one). Decent, worth a try.

Drew966, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason this brew was not as good the first few times I had it. Pours a cloudy pale amber, with a decent pal ale head that sticks to the glass. Aroma is big and malty, with some nice understated hops there as well, like cut grass. Taste is a little thin, remember being a bit hoppier. The hops are there with a citrusy spicy bite, but I was hoping for something more assertive. A solid brew, but I may have to revisit in case this isn't a fresh example.

saintwarrick, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of mjurney
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden color, crystal clear. Good amount of fine carbonation. Head looks nice.

Herbal aroma, earthy, some malts.

Herbel bite up front, a little spicy.. sappy and earthy. Grainy malt at the end. Dry finish. Body is light, carbonation is pretty mild.

mjurney, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of rlshep
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rlshep, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Hazy gold in color with a big, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Faint citrus, berry, malt
Taste-Hop profile, citrus-juniper berry seems to impart a bitter, mineral-like quality, almost like an English pale ale
Overall, not something I would session with, but certainly worth a try

hosehead83, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of OKCNittany
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head that fell to a cloud with little lacing. Slightly hazed yellow body.

S: Light aroma of sweet bready malt & some floral hops.

T: The sweet malt from the smell is balanced perfectly by spicy and bitter hops. I can't say I taste the juniper, but to be honest, I probably wouldn't know juniper if it bit me in the ass.

M: Very good mouthfeel. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very smooth. Sticky/oily with a lasting finish.

D: Easy to drink. Nothing to object to, but there's also no reason to go out of the way to get one.

OKCNittany, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of maxpower
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz 2002 bottle.Hazy dark yellow-golden color, small white head, floral hop aroma, nice balanced bready flavor, dry hoppy finish, can really taste the juniper berries in a dry sticky aftertaste, medium body, not a bad brew, yet lighter than I had hoped, but still a fine ale.

maxpower, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of Luigi
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber color and has a big white head. Head retention is good. Smells big and malty with some hop bitterness. I do not really detect and berries of any kind. Taste balanced. Has a big maltiness followed buy a oily hoppy aftertaste. Great drinkability!

Luigi, May 07, 2005
Photo of mattster
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Forms nice layer of foam across top of mostly clear amber ale.

Smell is of hops and citrus. Taste is also hoppy, with hints of piney, but don't really taste or smell cedary juniper. Maybe a hint of it, but I just can't place it. With that being said, this brew has a nice quick finish, with a really nice full body.

Nothing I'm crazy about, but more than willing to drink this again.

mattster, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of PirateUlf73
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle poured into a large mug.

A: Light golden-orange hue and a bit cloudy (may be chill haze). Nice two fingers of white head that retained and laced with ease.

S: Aromas of caramel, Crystal malt, and a whiff of floral hops and juniper. For being advertised as a juniper ale, the namesake ingredient seems to take an aromatic back seat to a substantial malt character.

T: Starts off with a dry, bitter blast of hops and (finally!) juniper berries. The latter adds an interesting pine/woody character to the flavor that I enjoyed immensely. As the brew warms, the malt backbone becomes more apparent as a mild sweetness that balances the bitterness nicely.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied and very smooth on the tongue. It's well-carbonated but not prickly. The finish is very dry.

D: I enjoyed this by itself, but it would be difficult to call this a stand-alone beer. However, it would go very nicely with a hearty or spicy meat dish.

At first I was worried that there wouldn't be enough juniper in this beer, but Rogue manages to use just enough to showcase the ingredient and make it tasty to boot. A very interesting concept and they managed to pull it off. This isn't one I would have regularly, but it would be nice to complement a meal every once in a while. Definitely worth trying.

PirateUlf73, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of evlu1441
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was quite intrigued by this beer, and decided to bite the bullet (expensive bullet) and give it a try. 650ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a slighty hazy medium apricot colour. the head is sparse, but there is a good amount of carbonation coming up to the top. It's a fairly standard looking pale.

The aroma is faint and dominated by a sweet, smooth malty-ness. There are some faint aromatic hops too, but nothing overpowering. The juniper isn't noticeable at all, which is a bit of let down.

It is slightly bitter to start, and then some light toasty malt rolls across the tongue. The hops come through nicely towards the middle and blend into some interesting and complimentary juniper aspects. It finishes with a kind of cooling effect, no doubt from the juniper. There is a nice malty finish.

Overall, this beer is subtle and balanced. It could have gone wrong in many ways, but it manages to stay on track. At the same time, I wish the Juniper was a bit more pronounced.

evlu1441, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mastodonj
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this ale but when I poured
the first few ounces, I thought I was in for something really
special.

A - an ENORMOUS fluffy white head leaving immense lacing with
a very light amber clear color almost like an industrial beer.

S - the first few seconds after pouring were a wonderful snoutful
of juniper aroma. unfortunately, it did not linger long at all.

T - nicely balanced, clean with a small maltiness, piney bitterness.

M - really excellent. makes it extremely drinkable.

This was a surprisingly good beer which could be very drinkable.
Although, I would not feel the need to seek it out too frequently.

mastodonj, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of adam42381
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 8/27/11. On tap at World of Beer Fort Myers. Poured into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy golden caramel with a 1 finger white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Earthy hops, pine and a touch of sweetness. Fairly weak aroma.

Taste: Sweet berries and a touch of hops up front followed by malt in the middle and ending with bitter citrus at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock a few of these without any problem.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. Not my favorite Rogue offering, but it's worth a shot.

adam42381, Aug 28, 2011
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.