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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,197 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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.

13º PLATO
34 IBU
77 AA
3º Lovibond

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-27-2001)
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obywan59

Virginia

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.

04-20-2011 05:03:35 | More by obywan59
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DoubleJ

California

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.

04-04-2011 04:10:30 | More by DoubleJ
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Thads324

Connecticut

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

03-31-2011 22:55:18 | More by Thads324
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

03-30-2011 01:25:24 | More by zeff80
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iRoy

New York

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.

03-16-2011 02:13:19 | More by iRoy
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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.

03-14-2011 20:26:44 | More by BeerLover99
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cuttsjp

New Jersey

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

03-14-2011 04:43:47 | More by cuttsjp
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mjurney

Texas

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.

03-12-2011 20:20:46 | More by mjurney
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Sigmund

Norway

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.

03-09-2011 00:03:13 | More by Sigmund
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Mosstrooper

California

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.

03-08-2011 04:57:21 | More by Mosstrooper
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jessycho

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

03-06-2011 03:51:10 | More by jessycho
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avaccani

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

A - A nice golden yellow. Crystal clear and a nice 1 finger head that stayed with the whole glass.

S - Getting the earthy tones, some malt, but mostly earthy hops.

T - I am quite intrigued with this beer. First off on the tounge is spice. It is somewhat tart, yet not sour, but packs a punch. After swallowing a earthy tastes is left in my mouth. It is resiny. Not bad, but just there.

M - It is mod. to high carb. Nothing wrong here.

D - I got a 6 pack and I have had 2. I will probably have another but I am not craving it. It is good, but nothing that I'd make a night of drinking. I am glad I tried it though.

03-05-2011 04:45:56 | More by avaccani
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cocogan

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Visual: Poured into a funky mason jar but still looks good. Dark copper-orange in color. Solid one-finger head with topo character that takes a a good 10 minutes to dip. leaves patchy lacing around glass.

Smell: Lemon grass, grains.

Taste: Grain and clementines complemented with a leafy, floral hop presence. grainy hop bitterness lingers.

Mouth: light feel in your mouth. low carbonation.

Drunkability: Lingering hop bitterness continually demands another drink so this brew could easily be a repetitive order.

Sidenote: what the hell is free range coastal water? is that worthy of advertisement?

02-24-2011 01:34:53 | More by cocogan
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gnemesis

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into pint on 10/22 into pint glass.
This beer pours a golden color- like straw. Huge white head. You can really smell the juniper- along with herbal hops and a bit of honey. I can taste what I smell- very balanced and mellow with a dry finish. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Yummy beer but the dryness hinders session ability.

02-22-2011 00:59:12 | More by gnemesis
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RickS95

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Looks like a pale orange juice in a glass with a medium white head. Slightly cloud, opaque, sort of an apricot color.

Similar to other pale ales, with some differences. Has a pleasant combination of citrus, fruit, and pine.

Tastes like it smells, only the flavors aren't as strong as the scent. Having said that, pine and citrus fruits are evident, just not as pronounced as in the smell.

Has the bite of a pale ale, but lacks the carbonation I expected giving the bite some subtlety. It starts off sweet for an initial second, then leans towards bitter.

Another good beer by Rogue. Moderate alcohol and no offensive hoppy bite make this a pretty smooth drinking beer.

02-19-2011 05:28:53 | More by RickS95
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generallee

New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint, 6oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has nice list of ingredients use including the malts and hops. The IBUs are listed at 34 but there is no ABV% or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a dull yellow gold color with a creamy white head. The head is about two fingers tall and has good retention. It maintains a small cap of foam that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma is lighter and much more delicate than I had expected. It has a pleasant light pale maltiness with mellow earthy and woody pine notes. The hops back this up with some citrus and pine like notes as well.

Taste: The flavor closely resembles the aroma on a medium to full body. It has a nice base of white bready maltiness and mild sweetness with earthy wood notes. The hops then add citrus and pine like flavor and bitterness in the finish. The palate feels smooth but with a good balance of soft carbonation.

Notes: I was kind of expecting a very heavy woody pine sap character but found a well balanced and interesting beer.

02-14-2011 02:14:58 | More by generallee
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alkemy

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Out of a 12 oz. bottle and into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a pretty hazy golden/yellow hue with a fluffy white head.

S - The hops and juniper combine to create a pretty floral bouquet. Beneath this lies some honey, lemon, and a bit of grassiness.

T - Much the same as the aroma. The juniper presents almost as an aftertaste, akin to straight gin. Nothing earth shattering, but nothing off-putting.

M - Light to medium feel. It's pretty refreshing and I'd rather have this on a hot summer day.

D - Pretty drinkable. The pale ale taste is supplemented by juniper rather than allowing the supporting role to take over.

02-04-2011 01:52:17 | More by alkemy
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale, golden color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells of citrusy hops backed by a juniper smell that reminds me of gin (my favorite liquor). Smells delightful...

Taste: The juniper and bitter hops hit you strong up front. As it develops, bready malts join the mix making for a well-balanced and interesting pale ale. Certainly unique...

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: A unique and fun-to-drink pale ale. The addition of the juniper gives this beer a nice kick to it that really sets it apart from your typical pale ale. I'd procrastinated in having this beer and am disappointed that I did. Say what you will about Rogue as a whole but this is a solid beer in my book.

01-30-2011 05:01:53 | More by wahhmaster
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured a 2" head which took awhile but dissipated completely. Hazy straw yellow. Smell of malt. Taste was strong lager with a pretty crisp finish. They say juniper was used in the making and I'd kind of expected hints of gin in it but if the labelled hadn't said juniper I'd have never known.

01-28-2011 09:43:00 | More by MoreThanWine
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +13%

I was toying with going out to watch the Pitt/Syracuse basketball game tonight but with the pending weather event and my warm house, I have decided to forgo going out. That means that I will have a prolonged amount of time to spend drinking this beer and I am looking forward to its company.

My initial pour created just over a finger of off-white head with low retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy characteristic, less "floral" as noted on the bottle and more herbal, if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a peppery blast of spiciness on the tongue. Finish was as advertised: "dry [and] spicy". Mmmm. Let's see how I feel about it after a bomber's worth all to myself, but I would say that this is certainly worth a try, if not something for an occasional drink.

01-18-2011 00:21:38 | More by woodychandler
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HOPPYKC

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

Got this beer also at Yardhouse poured into a pint glass.

This beer is very light yellow is color with a very small amount of light head. It's almost fully transparent, with slight carbonation.

The smell is very interesting. Has a spicy and tangy smell to it with a little bit of hoppyness to it.

The taste is suprisingly abundant for how light this beer is. Lots of spice and a bit of hops.

I could drink this beer all day long but I don't think I'd really want to. I would lilt it to have a bit more flavor and punch to it.

01-17-2011 23:35:46 | More by HOPPYKC
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%

12oz bottle into pint.
A: Deep yellow to a gold body color, with a fluffy white head that settles with sticky lacing. Good levels of carbonation.
S: The aroma shows a pilsnerlt and a bit of a grassy note. Medium intensity on the aroma.
T/M: The Upfront flavors are of a light ale, but the juicy body does not hold up through the finish, the berries give off a strange moab taste. The berries show me a bit of an off putting usage, a dry medicinal note.
D: I do not think that this would beer I would drink again. Enjoyed about the whole glass and thats a fine taste for me.

01-17-2011 18:59:54 | More by GDBEERMAN
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shand

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a mug.

This is a great looking pale. It pours a pale straw color with two fingers of fluffy head that retain and lace very, very well. The smell is a little closer to average, however. Grains, malts, and fruits dominate the nose. There's a distinct lack of hops here for something billing itself as a pale ale. If I really stick my nose into it, I can get a little bit of a hop sharpness. The taste is also basically average. The taste is also below par. It's actually just pretty bland. The biggest taste here is the berry sweetness. I can't really pinpoint it as juniper, though. There's also a bit of a floral aspect to the taste, and some smooth malts on the backend. Hops? Not here. But really, the dominating flavor is the "free range coastal waters". Disappointing.

The mouthfeel is pretty solid though, it's on the lighter side and satisfyingly carbonated. The drinkability is also pretty high, at the very least this still remains somewhat enjoyable and easy to drink. A disappointing beer from Rogue. I can't really call it a bad beer, it just lacks flavors. An amped up formula here would be appreciated.

01-15-2011 02:37:05 | More by shand
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mithrascruor

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

01-14-2011 04:09:10 | More by mithrascruor
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

slightly hazy orangish golden color. bright white head. decent lacing and good head retention.

I do smell a bit of the juniper in there, but also some toffee aroma?

well balanced taste, with just a bit of bitter piney flavor. medium body, smooth carbonation. very easy to drink

01-14-2011 03:01:31 | More by jmdrpi
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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