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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

Juniper Pale AleJuniper Pale Ale

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1,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 1119
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%

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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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Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One finger white froth over transparent golden. Smells of grains and herbs. "Pale ale" doesn't much come to mind once I take a sip. There's a melding of spice, hay, grains, earth, and herbs. A little watery in the mouthfeel. Allowing the beer to sit for a while really brings out the junipers.

This is an interesting beer, but it's not something I really see myself buying again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 13:25:09 | More by washburnkid
Photo of BWED


3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler

A- Pale goldenrod and unfiltered. Weak white head dies quickly.

S- Earthy evergreen comes out first in the nose. A hint of caramel and grainy malt.

T- Toasted malts with a bite of evergreen, I'm assuming the juniper. Bitterness is light.

M- Dull bitterness throughout, and the finish is long.

O- Just not that impressed with this one. The bitterness is dull and not that pleasant, and there isn't really much flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:25:54 | More by BWED
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden copper in color, with a nice transparency to it, has almost no head at all, and left just a tiny bit of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong hints of lemon zest and grapefruit, following with some pine notes as well, the hops were present on the nose, no juniper though.

T: The balance of the beer was not to bad, the lemon and citrus were present throughout, hints of pine on the tongue as well, slight breadyness also. Still no juniper, that I noticed at least.

M: Medium Bodied, good amount of carbonation.

O: Nothing great about this beer, easy drinker, but was expecting different flavors from the herbal notes but didnt find them.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 14:47:24 | More by thedoubler55

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner. Nice vanilla head with minimal lacing. nice and simple golden color. Smells good and malty with good hops. The taste is nice and buttery, maybe caramel. Lots of carbonation and very drinkable. regular mouthfeel. Overall nice beer, its a rogue what can I say. I recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 06:54:48 | More by KALIKGOLD
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3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent flavored pale ale, but nothing to write home about.

Pours a medium gold/copper in color, slightly hazy with notable carbonation. Has a thick fizzy white head that receded into a thin cap halfway through the pint. Nose is quite hoppy, lots of floral aromatics. Taste is also hoppy with a thick oily malt body. The juniper isnt very noticable, slightly spicy in the aftertaste but I'm thinking the hops really overtook the flavor overall.


Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 08:40:21 | More by Gaisgeil
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District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a two finger white head that quickly dissipates and initially has a large number of fine bubbles rising to top.
S: Very faint lemony/floral scent, some hops, nothing too spectacular, though the dense smoke in the room may have clouded my judgement in this regard
T/M: Not really picking up on the juniper or really anything that remarkable here. Very smooth with the most persistent taste being a light hoppy flavor. Basically a mediocre pale ale.
D: Not the worst, just not up to what I expect from Rogue as nothing really stood out or distinguished itself. My macro loving friends thought this was phenomenal

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2007 19:53:50 | More by yourefragile
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3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a gold color and slightly hazy. A small tight foamy head tops the brew but is not very resilient.

Smell is faint. A bit of a mild vinegar smell.

Taste is bitter but bland. Juniper flavor I guess.

Mouthfeel is a dry thin feeling. It's light and not filling.

A drinkable pale ale, but average. The juniper gimmick doesn't do much for it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2007 06:26:29 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Cresant


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. There was a light haze in the golden body. Crisp white head of an inch left sheets of lace.

Smell was not surprisingly, pine. Very floral. Butter and pepper. Interesting.

Taste had a nice bitter bite. Aspirin linger. Buttery. Some noticeable malts presence but primarily in the bitter range.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium bodied. Some slickness after the swallow. Interesting but not one I would really seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:38:05 | More by Cresant
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold with a medium slowly dissipating white head. Aroma and Taste is biscuit malt, sweet light berries notes, and some yeast, Some light bitterness in the taste. Palate is a medium body, slightly crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish is a combination of sweet light fruity notes, some yeast, biscuit malt and some hops bitterness for balance, a bit of nutty notes. Overall an average brew, nothing special about this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:28:42 | More by Samp01
Photo of xnicknj


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into large tulip

Clear golden pour with a fluff of white head resting on top, leaving some thin retention and spotty lacing on the glass.

Piny, floral hoppy nose with sprucy, juniper notes. The evergreen tree aspect is subdued, but still apparent, alongside a mild toasted grain backbone.

Mellow pine and floral hop bitterness up front kisses the tongue, followed by spruce and juniper notes. Grainy, toasted backbone with hints of bread, caramel and sweetness. Finishes a bit herbal with a lingering notion of...well, trees.

Medium body, decent carbonation, crisp and clean on the tongue. I was able to detect some juniper elements here, but I was really hoping for some more expressive flavor, especially in the hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 04:35:53 | More by xnicknj
Photo of JDV


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost completely clear gold color with a small white head. Smell is very faint. Some sweetness and very light hops. Not sure I'm getting any juniper from the nose.. Taste is pretty balanced for a pale, perhaps bordering on the malty side. Noticeable sweetness and light hop flavors and bitterness towards the finish with an overall lively, crisp mouthfeel. Pretty muted flavor overall, but nice, and very drinkable. I'm not too sure on the flavor of juniper but I didn't get anything that bowled me over and screamed juniper berry. Nice pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:13:21 | More by JDV
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer, because I've been looking at it for a while and I was having some wings and I thought it would be a great pair. I really enjoyed the little juniper bite in there! It was very drinkable and enjoyable. it went well with wings, but not sure what else I'd like it with. This is a beer I'll have once a year in the right situation! Not bad!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 14:46:03 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of DaveBlack


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep straw color with a lot of billowy white head. Maybe 2 1/2 fingers, not much retention, but a fair amount of lacing.

S: Strong flavor of hops, and some slight juniper smell. Slightly floral, really great smell.

T: Wow, what a letdown. Tastes watery, some slight hops on the finish, but not a whole lot else. I'm not tasting any juniper, almost no malt. Terribly out of balance and weak.

M: Mouthfeel is fine: Light, nice amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: Very drinkable, just not good. I would never pay money for this again. I had high hopes since I love gin so much, but this is an enormous disappointment. More proof that Rogue is a mediocre, overpriced brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 22:29:35 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this one is fairly pale yellow, leaning just a little toward orange. The head is white and fizzy, and not very thick.

The smell is certainly flowery from the hops. That being said, past the first impression, the smell is not very potent. Digging deep gives a touch of citrus to the mix.

The taste is a bit thin up front, the malts don't seem to be lighting up my tastebuds. As it progresses a hoppy mix takes over. Citrus mostly, and some pine flavour. Berry flavour begins to show itself as the beer warms. Then something strange tasting on the very back of the tongue, that seems to hang indefinitely. An unusual mix of pleasant and not so pleasant. I guess it is pretty average in this department.

The mouthfeel is light, with plenty of carbonation. It seems suitable for this beer, but nothing great.

This one doesn't go down too quickly for me, but does get better as I progress through the bomber. Not bad, but I but I don't see myself buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 03:21:42 | More by elricorico
Photo of prototypic


3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a nice golden to copper color. Foamy one finger head had short retention. Not a lot of lacing to speak of.

Smell: It's pretty light on the nose. It has a floral scent to it, which I'm sure is the Juniper coming through. There are a few light citrus scents as well (a little orange or mango). Definitely a bit of hops in there.

Taste: Initially, it has a sweet taste to it. Some of it seems to come from the citrus notes. The remainder possibly stems from the Juniper. It certainly has a sweeter taste than other pale ales on the market. Hops add a decent bitter taste, but not as bitter as I'd prefer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. I think it's a tad to sweet to session, but it's fairly drinkable. Carbonation seems very light. Overall, it's okay. Not one of my favorites from Rogue, but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 02:27:08 | More by prototypic
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3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow color with minimal head, but what is there is bright white. Totally transparent. Lacing is somewhat present on the sides of the glass.

S- Sour hops. Also, some floral and citurs smells there, but not alot like most pale ales. Caramel is very light, but is also present.

T- Semi bitter hops. Citrus and florals are there as specified in the nose.

M- Low carbonation (possibly from the tap) and is oily.

D- Does not go one way or another. Just average to me.

Overall- Just Ok. Decent ale, but is somewhat watery to me. It may be because this was from the tap, but I will definitely give another try to distinguish if this is indeed true.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 00:37:51 | More by MMAJYK
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3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Paired it with some baked curry-coconut chicken.

A - pours somewhere between honey-gold and coppery orange. two fingers of pristine white head that fade slowly. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S - Not too much to smell here. Some citrusy hops and possibly the juniper coming through. It's slightly earthy and piney. Not too sure though.

T - Mildly sweet up front with a bready flavor following through the middle. Hop bitterness hits the sides of the tongue first followed by the earthy, lemongrass character of their hops. A bit of a tanginess is also present here. Not sure if that's the juniper berries or not.

M - Thin body with a juicy, quenching finish (uncharacteristic for an IPA). Good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 01:12:09 | More by rundocrun
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy golden with nice 2-3 finger head. Decent retention, falling to a white cap. Great lacing.

S - Faint. Moderately strong buttery note with something vague that could be hops, juniper, or both.

T - More bland than I would expect. Thin malt profile dominates with some graininess, followed by the buttery flavor mid palate. Taste finishes up with some very faint juniper and some very mild citrus hops. Quite bitter aftertaste considering the general lack of flavor.

M - Thin and low carbonation, borderline watery. This stuff needs body and CO2 to carry the flavor and provide crispness.

D - I wouldn't mind having a few of these mindlessly if not for the price. It's a slightly interesting take on a pale ale and the low carbonation coupled with the thinness would be perfect if I was already drunk.

When I saw "juniper" I suppose I was expecting something akin to gin. I know this brew is vastly different than something like gin, but even still I wasn't impressed by the juniper, and I wasn't impressed by this "pale ale."

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 06:24:08 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer smells a bit like a lager, sweet malt backbones. Pretty much no hops. The beer has a really nice head and dark golden colour. The beer is really fruity and the junipers come out to the end. There is also a bit of bitterness. Pretty balanced beer. Pretty average flavour. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, and decently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 19:13:18 | More by swizzlenuts
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Summits, Snellville, GA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy-yellow orange beer with a half-finger of average-retention white head that leaves solid sheets of sticky lacing. Yellow snow indeed!

Aroma: Similar to the mouth (see below), though with a little more of a malt edge - mainly just grass, light pine, simple sweetness, light citrus. A very simple tasting beer.

Taste: Surprisingly nondescript. Malty, biscuity, largely neutral, with a piney, slightly citrusy hop note. Not a lot of bitterness, nor a lot of hop notes, and the malt profile isn't very good, either.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of effervescence, an average body, and a little uneven. Pretty average.

Drinkability: A surprisingly unenjoyable beer - not much at all going on here. Not that anything was offensive: just very bland. Give it a try if you must, but I likely won't be havin' it again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 17:16:12 | More by CrellMoset
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pale yellow and cloudy with less than 1 finger head that dissipated quickly into a thin uneven head, there was light lacing on the glass, average carbonation.

SMELL: sweet berry, flowery with hops, reminded me of a pilsener.

TASTE: sweet and mildly hoppy, the Juniper berry is not overpowering and in balance with malt and hops, there is a slight metallic aftertaste that I did not care for.

PALATE: crisp with light body and medium carbonation

OVERALL: I have had better beers from Rogue, it was okay but I will not buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:14:33 | More by HoppyBastard
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Pours gold-amber with a foamy two-finger head. The aroma is surprisingly malty, with some light and slightly roasted malts. There is a considerable cascade hop presence. I like gin, so I was interested to try this, but I honestly can't smell any juniper.

Tastes like it smells, but a bit hoppier. Finishes with hop bitterness. The juniper is perceptible at the very end as a slight piney note that I would have mistaken for pacific northwest hops if my friend hadn't point it out.

The moutfeel is dry and a little slick, with mild carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but hardly a juniper beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 03:41:55 | More by kajerm
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker golden. Not quite red. Lots of bubbles and a two finger head. Nice lacing marking ewach sip. The smell definately carries more juniper than the taste, lending a sweeter smell. Taste is expected plae ale flavors, strong hops, grains, and malt. Very light in the mouth feel due to the high carbonation. Easy drinking for a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 21:09:01 | More by jraycee
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Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy gold. Big rocky head.

S - Metallic, floral and with a touch of tangerine. Sweet, light malt backing.

T/M - Some pininess I guess... I could be imagining it... and some citrus. Nice slick malt body and a solidly bitter finish. Could be a menthol afterfeel...

D - Kind of underwhelming. Juniper isn't leaving much of an impression. FWIW a nice drinkable beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 19:10:42 | More by allergictomacros
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A slightly hazy golden beer, topped with a bright white, fluffy head, decent retention.

S-Subtle floral hoppiness with some spicy juniper character over a sweet maltiness.

T-A light, malty foundation is balanced by moderate hop bitterness and a bit of floral hop and juniper. Aftertaste is subtly of juniper berries.

M-Light body with a low carbonation, perhaps a bit too low for style.

D-The juniper is subtle enough that it melds enjoyably into the beer's flavor, instead of overwhelming and drowning out the beer character. Overall, a good, not great, brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 15:31:02 | More by CHSLBrew
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