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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,207 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | 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 BabySnakes
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

BabySnakes, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

Enjoyed this 22oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden yellow ale with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Fresh spicy hop aroma. Grassy, fruity, with hints of toffee.

T: Rich malty ale balanced nicely by citrus fruits with a dry, sweet finish. Juniper berry flavor in the background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation

O: Interesting juniper beer. Well balanced and the addition of the juniper berries makes it an extreme beer.

ckollias, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a fairly large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit/orange

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops mixed with malts and caramel. There is also quite a bit of citrus flavour and only a faint amount of the juniper. It finishes with a malty and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I didn't really know what to expect with this beer but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It drinks like an IPA with a touch of juniper - which adds a nice kick to the the taste. I'd buy this beer again

spinrsx, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

rundocrun, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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 chodinheaven
4.15/5  rDev +15%

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.

chodinheaven, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%

I was so excited to try this beer and it left me completely bummed. The pour was decent with golden colored liquid accompanied by a white head that left some lacing. The smell of the beer really didn't give me any reason to believe there was any juniper in there. The taste was kind of on the typical ale flavor side with not too much else really jumping out at us. The mouthfeel was decent, it was a bit heavier than some ales but not by much. Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer at all. Better luck next time I guess.

Knapp85, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - maybe a dull amber in color, relatively clear, with about half a finger of barely off-white colored foam.

Smell - a little hoppy smelling. I'm not familiar with Juniper berries, so I'm not sure if the aroma is there, but it is a little "berry" like.

Taste and Mouthfeel - there's a slightly alkalitic taste at the beginning, but then that mellows out a bit in the middle with a bite of bitterness. Texture is pretty well-balanced. Bitter aftertaste.

Overall - not a bad brew, but not terribly exciting either.

Nerudamann, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

Certainly not Rogue's best beer, but it's a nice mix from their heavier ales.

Pours a clear orange yellow color. Smell is piney with some orange undertones.

There's a little malt in the flavor, which works well with the pine flavors. Overall, a nice summer beer if you're looking for something a little different.

devinoconnor, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of boneboy
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

boneboy, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Lillie1128
3.9/5  rDev +8%

A - pretty, clear golden color with impressive white lacing

S - light and flowery

T - You can definitely taste the juniper, kind of like there's a little juniper tree in your beer. Definitely earthy with a bite of hops. I found it to have an odd watery aftertaste, but that didn't take away from the overall refreshing and interesting taste for me.

M - Good mouthfeel, a bit thin.

D - Drinkability? More like chuggability. VERY drinkable, accidentally finished this one much quicker than I meant to. I could finish a 6 of these in one sitting without even realizing it.

I had been wanting to try this one ever since I saw it at Green's in Atlanta back in March, as I'm a gin lover, and I'm pleased with it. It has a nice taste and it's very easy to drink. I don't think I'll be keeping my fridge stocked with this one, but I'd drink it again and I'm glad I tried it.

Lillie1128, May 31, 2011
Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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 HBeezley
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Rouge, is that kind of brewery that provides the kind of beers that make drinking fun and exciting. Sitting down with the bros? don't do just any beer, grab something that actually sparks conversation - like this one!

Honnestly, its not the best in all the world; or even in all the world of rouge's beer bible! BUT, this is a solid and intriguing brew.

Color - GOLD! Bright gold at that! With a very white head that sits for a few minutes, and then dissipates.

Smell - Nothing too out of the ordinary or off of what you would expect. Juniper, hops, nothing else matters.

Taste - Brilliantly blended flavors!Slight sweetness at first (especially in the head) decent hit of hops and spice. No trace of hard alcohol notes hardly - really well done blend.

feel - nothing crazy. Like any other Pale Ale really.

Overall - It's a hot day in NY; and this beer satisfies! Drinkable enough to enjoy when needing a cool refresher and interesting enough to keep me drinking. I think the brothers said it best: a good conversation beer! However, lets be real here, I cannot write it off as the best of anything.

HBeezley, May 26, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

appearance; off white head, clear golden body, very tight bubbles of carbonation. Nice chunky head with rings of fine lacing.

smell; hop bitterness and piney a bit from the hops and probably the juniper, then a sweet juniper aroma, blended well with the hops. Very spicy, definitely much juniper.

taste; upfront quite strong juniper flavors, bitterness combines with resiny hops. A sweetness, quite characteristic of juniper blends nicely with some semi-sweet malts and balance out the resiny bitterness. Nice balance, well done.

mouthfeel; quite complex and a bit creamy, tingly on the tongue. Refreshing and a bit dry in the finish.

overall; a tasty beer and a must try for juniper/gin lovers, would go nice with game or as a sauce with game.

Sachsenfreude, May 26, 2011
Photo of lennerja
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

A- It pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head that leaves some lacing.

S- I get a lot of hops on the nose with a very faint hint of juniper.

T- For me it started out with a slight sweetness and I picked up a slight hint of the juniper berries before I got a crisp bitterness from the hops.

M- It had a light to medium mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation.

O- This is a pretty solid pale ale with a nice refreshing hop bitterness. Unlike some spiced beers the juniper berries are subtle, but play a nice role.

lennerja, May 16, 2011
Photo of obywan59
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

obywan59, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

On-tap at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco. On to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped off a big frothy head which leaves thick lacing on the glass. Nose is subtle, light aromas of juniper make their way around.

You never know with spiced beers how dominating the spice will be. The blend of juniper and pale ale in this concoction leans towards the pale ale side. Lemon peel and citrus notes all around, some juniper comes through. There's a small dash of pine thrown in. The soft mouthfeel helps make this a drinkable, enjoyable ale.

Solid ale made to drink at nearly any hour. I've had tastier beer before, yet this beer put me in a good mood during lunchtime.

DoubleJ, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Thads324
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

A: pours a hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head. The head is sticky looking and sticks quite nicely around the edges.

S : a sweetly baked bread smell. Followed by a piney fresh hop aroma. Not much else going on.

T : the beer starts with a piney hop flavor. The hop is carried through until the end by a mellow pilsner-Esque flavor. The malt really hides behind a good hop forward flavor. The finish has a citrus hop flavor mixed with that lingering pine taste from the juniper.

M : the juniper/hop mix blends well and sticks to the tongue. Well carbed and easy going.

D: pretty easy to drink and flavorful throughout.

A good beer with some nice hop. The glass is ringed from top to bottom with white foam head, meaning it was freshy fresh. Nice

Thads324, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

zeff80, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of iRoy
3.9/5  rDev +8%

Pours a Golden Yellow with a Yellowish head. It goes down smooth and tastes like any other IPA. To be honest, after having other beers brewed with Juniper berries (DFH Sah'Tea & GSB Sleigh Ryed) I was expecting the Juniper berries to come through a bit more. It's still really good for a Pale Ale though and I do enjoy it.

iRoy, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3%

A: yellow, cloudy light orange body, 1 finger fluffy head, gorgeous lacing.

S: juniper, grain, malt, floral aroma, citrus/pine

T: sweet malt and grain up front, firm earthy pine/wood middle, slight spice finish.

M: med body, slight sticky finish

D: very nice pale ale; rogue does a nice job. This is a solid brew. Give it a go, you will be happy. I could drink a 6 pack with ease.

BeerLover99, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of cuttsjp
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Harpoon pint glass

Appearance: pours a rich, hazy golden color with a thick white head and nice lacing

Aroma: fruity and estery for sure, definite juniper berry smell with small amount of citrus in the background

Flavor: sweetness, a little bit of piney hop flavor, nice medium bitterness for the style, definite fruity complexity in juniper flavor

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, medium-high carbonation

Drinkability: nice, balanced ale with plenty of complexity but very refreshing and definitely drinkable

cuttsjp, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of mjurney
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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 Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%

12 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV not declared on the bottle. Hazy pale golden colour, big white head. Sweetish aroma of pale malts with strong notes of honey, some fruity hops too. The juniper berries are not dominant. Fairly refreshing flavour, medium sweet, well hopped, the juniper berries are there but not dominant. They should have crushed the juniper berries instead of adding them whole. Okay, but not brilliant.

Sigmund, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a bit of a foamy ring around the glass.

Smell: A sweet aroma, reminiscent to, but not necessarily exactly like, cake is dominant. The beer also exhibits some citrus hints and some breadiness.

Taste: Begins with a balanced spiciness, which rounds out to crystal malt sweetness and finishes with a balanced hop bitterness with a spice that is definitely reminiscent of gin (which, obviously, is made from juniper berries).

Mouthfeel: Light body with very lively tingling carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Not an outstanding beer, but an interesting and very enjoyable one. This one definitely leans more towards malt as opposed to hops, but it has a very unique character.

Mosstrooper, Mar 08, 2011
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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