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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 Hammer35
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color. Pale head with very little retention and very little lacing. Almost no visible carbonation.

Smell: Fruity and floral. Apple-like aroma.

Taste: Fruity and light with a slight apple flavor. No discernible pine flavor despite the juniper. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, but highly carbonated.

Overall: Fruity and light. Not what I was expecting at all out of a winter seasonal brewed with juniper. Reminds me slightly of a witbier. (466 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange, low head, somewhat sticky.
Big herbal smell, definitely juniper berries, pine, citrus, ripe fruit and flowers, also caramel malts.
Big green herbs straight from the beginning, with tons of grass, pine and the juniper berries spicy, astringent and prickly. Big floral notes. Fruit is next, with peach, tangerine and red apple, but way weaker than the herbal notes. Spiciness is also pretty one-sided. Pale malts, with a light sweetness. The hops are really bitter in the finish, with a metallic aftertaste which i wasn't expecting and isn't too pleasant.
Drinks like a nice ale, medium carbonation. Really dry in the finish after a few more sips.
A decent new one for me, but can't say it rocked my world. (723 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Juniper pale ale pours a darker golden color with a small lacing head. There is a dry fruity aroma, with a sharp malt notes. The taste has a sharp and strong malty backbone, with some juniper flavors coming through near the end, finishes dry, which I like. Good flavors, good body, but cheap beer base. Overall its almost a good beer, I like the juniper flavors, but the cheap beer base really hurts this. (405 characters)

Photo of apants007
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

hazy apple juice yellow with a thin large bubble head. smells pretty good, a little bit of crunchy fruit and a bit of grass - that might be the juniper - I'm not sure I would be able to pick out the juniper smell without knowing it was there already. likewise with the taste. i think i got some juniper flavor - but i was looking for it. tastes like a pilsner with a little bit of lawn clipping. i like it and would not turn one down, but as this isn't one of rogue's most common beers there will probably be something I'd prefer if I'm in a place that has it. (600 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow golden filtered, medium low carbonation, 5 fingers of light fluffy off white head that fades slowly with chunky lacing.

S: Juniper berries, skunk, malt.

T: Juniper berries, malt, American IPA hops, metallic, a clean bitter finnish.

M: Medium resinous body, medium low carbonation.

O: A unique American ale with some juniper flavours. Reminds me most of an American IPA with slightly more bittering hops. Love the bottle. (434 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle from Utobeer, London (£3.00):
Bright amber with a 1.5cm creamy head that holds well & leaves some nice lacing.

Herbal with berries (namely juniper), citrus and some caramel malts. There is a sweetness and lots of floral notes with a hint of perfume.

Floral taste and a lot of juniper berries coming through. There is a sweet taste to it with hoppy bitterness and an almost perfume like taste that is slightly reminiscent of gin. Some stronger malts and a little bit of caramel once the beer has had time to warm up a little and some pine and floral hops also become apparent.

Light medium in body with soft carbonation and a pleasant floral mouthfeel. Quite juicy and refreshing on the palate and one that goes down quite nicely.

A strange but enjoyable beer with an unusual balance between the berries and the sweet malts that seems to follow it in both the taste and smell. A nice one but perhaps one that could have been a little stronger throughout. (971 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Got this from a current trip to Iowa at Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids; a beer from Rogue that I've never had before. Also my first beer brewed with juniper berries. Expectations are in the average range.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a very light pale yellow-lemon-orange colored body with about two fingers of fluffy doughy white foam for a head. Some very fine yeast particles floating in the glass and some bubbles slowly streaming topside. Some thin scattered lacing.

S - Nose is fairly underwhelming. A dash of tart berry from the juniper berries, bready, flowery, buttered biscuit malts, corn grains, and some light herbal hoppiness from the amarillo hops. Smell is almost pilsner-esque in some ways.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweet breadiness, biscuit malts, some bitter hoppiness, earth, the traditional Rogue pacman yeast type taste, and perhaps some grape skin like flavor from the juniper berries.

M - Feel is decent. Crisp carbonation with some lingering bready malts and dry bitter hops.

Overall, an average outing from Rogue; it's easy to see why this beer gets overlooked. I've never had a juniper berry, so I don't know what they would taste like, but I'm disappointed there isn't much more of that flavor present here. Rogue brews far better beers than this one, and a lot of people don't give them love anyway. Either way, I'd say it is a beer worth trying at least once. Tickers gonna tick and all.

Rogue Juniper Pale Ale ---3.5/5 (1,544 characters)

Photo of medicinewheel
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First time I had seen this by Rogue- at the Swingbridge beer and wine Topsail Island NC.
Purchased 7/11/13.

Never had a Juniper before or heard of this one by Rogue even, though I love a lot of their product.

Reasonable price, bought a 6 pack cold.

First beer took a bit of getting used to- however after the 1st, I was hooked and really savored the remaining 5. Cannot find Juniper in Eastern PA. I feel this was a sessionable and very good Pale Ale and would recommend giving it a try for sure.

Mouthfeel was great- good carbonation but not overly done of course, I felt it was a very well balanced beer as well, Juniper evident but not overwhelming to the hops, finished nicely. Good summer sipping beer and very enjoyable, different from your run of the mill pale ales.

Definitely recommend a try- Rogue always has quality and it comes through here too.
7/14/2013 review (880 characters)

Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

. It is a somewhat clear apple juice colored ale. The smell was very piney. I couldn’t get anything else out of it than pine. Taste wise, it is not as piney as it smells. It is a little malty and is pretty smooth. im not going to say this is a great beer, but it is pretty good.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a
hazy honey color. thin white head leaving some lacing. doesn't
foam up a lot and what does settled quickly

s
piney. a little hoppy. not a whole lot of fragrance. very subtle.

t
floral. spice. a little hops. a little pine. sweet then bitter. almost
warm to the tongue. metallic aftertaste - the only thing i don't
really like about it.

m
medium body and carbonation. juicy.

o
liked the combination of floral and spice with subtle hops and
bitterness. like the initial taste and mouth taste, not the
aftertaste so much. (528 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dull hazy yellow with a thick white head and lots of streaming bubbles. There are some nice bready malt aromas with some floral hop aromas. I also get some of that juniper in the nose. The bready malt provides some nice flavor and there's some sweetness. I get some of that juniper as well, but it's not powerful. I get some of that spiciness that is presumably coming from the juniper, which plays well with all the flavors here.The bready malt provides some nice flavor and there's some sweetness. I get some of that juniper as well, but it's not powerful. I get some of that spiciness that is presumably coming from the juniper, which plays well with all the flavors here. The body is medium with strong carbonation. The finish is dry and the drinkability is high. This is a good and refreshing beer. (843 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint glass. Enjoyed at PiBar, the best beer bar of Switzerland, located in Lausanne.

A: Pours a clear orange color forming a medium white bubbled head. Medium retention and some lingering and molasses lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet and spicy in the nose. A bit fruity too. Caramel, pale malts, crystal and roasted malts. Grassy hops. Delicious notes of herby Juniper

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Notes of caramel, honey, toffee, pale malts, crystal malts and caramel malts. Fruity: Notes of orange. And herby: Juniper (I suppose). Good moderate bitterness. Pale Ale in the limit of an IPA

M: Light body to medium body, good carbonation and a bitter and bit spicy aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Rogue's quality. Recommended (756 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a sunny yellow/orange hue with decent clarity. The initial 1/2" head is retained fairly well, with a little bit of lacing clinging to the glass. In the aroma I could pick up sweet maltiness, a spray of citrus and a little bit of the juniper. After a taste, I get sweet bread out of this, and European hop bitterness. The finish comes off as herbal and is where one mostly tastes the juniper. It's very subtle, I wish it was more dominant. This beer is primarily an APA, and there are better ones out there. Still worth a try if you want a dash of something different in the mix. (584 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, orangish, small head with good lacing

Aroma: Malt; citrus; light juniper

Taste: Malty; citrusy; very slight juniper notes; finishes slightly hoppy; tasty and good for a session beer, but nothing special

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (299 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orange color. Slightly unfiltered and cloudy. Decent head at pour disappates to on top of the beer.

S: Fresh - malt balance with mild hoping.

T: Again, nice balance with subtle Juniper flavors more towards the backend of this beer. Citrus hops. Refreshing.

M: Light but still with some body.

O: Quality brew. (328 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged a bomber of this for 5 bucks at my local House of 1,000 beers.

A - A fairly clear dark red tinted yellow with some haze among its bubble body. Head has great lacing despite of just being a 1/4 inch that settles to a ring.
S - Has a sort of berry nose to it so it's not your typical pale ale. Other than that it smells of sweet malts, mild hops, and some bready body.
T - Well it goes down easy enough dispute the hops or whatever bitters they use (taste like spruce tips) It does have a sweet enough body to balance this bitterness but I can't really seem to enjoy it. Reminds me of licking an envelope in a way with BMC metallic-ness.
M - Very easy going its bubbly, crisp, and light to medium in body.

Overall in a way I am happy this beer is not skunked since I left it in the backseat of a hot car overnight but its close to it with bitters and pale malts it's just not that great. (895 characters)

Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep gold with an adequate head and minimal retention. Some minimal lacing as you drink.

Smell: Hoppy and piney and a little floral.

Taste: Dominant pine and hops upfront, then ends more on the malty side with a mild sweetness. It leans on the dry side. There’s a very slight taste to this that reminds me of the hint of a pilsner somewhere in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied but feels right for the taste of the beer, crisp and carbonated. Sticks to the tongue a bit at the end.

Overall: I’m classifying this in the “it’s a good craft beer to try for craft beer newbies weaning themselves off of Bud Light” category. It’s nothing extraordinary to a seasoned craft palette – it’s got some flavor, but it’s got a slight underlying taste that falls in line with something that tastes similar to a domestic. It’s got better flavor and hoppiness to it though, which shouldn’t come off too strong for a newbie palette. Would definitely be a good lawn-mowing beer on a hot summer day when you need something crisp and refreshing. Good session beer. (1,099 characters)

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Gold with white head

S - Not much aroma. Slight earthy/vegetable smell.

T - Nice spiciness up front with a hint of sweetness that quickly transitions to flowery bitterness.

M - Crisp and thin mouthfeel.

O - This is light, refreshing, and very drinkable. This makes a great session beer. (294 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Golden hue. Pours a 1 finger foamy white head. Slight effervescence. Head settles leaving a light foamy blanket on the surface. Very spotty lacing.

S: Light sourdough bread, with a little pine and floral components.

T: Dry and piney with a little clove and oregano.

M: Light and crisp. Bitter throughout. Dry finish. The spice is less in the flavor, but kind of filters up into the nasal cavity.

D: Character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent hue, slight head, and a little lacing. Nose is bready and piney. Piney hop accentuated with a little Italian spice. Dry and bitter. Overall, this is a good quaff. (698 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the juniper doesn't really come out as much as it should I don't think in this brew, not nearly as out there as the john john ale, but still a decent pale ale for what it is. hazy brassy colored with a short white head, rather generic, yet still really appealing with a little foam running down the side of my frosted pint glass. slightly fruity nose, slightly astringent, slightly bland. American malted barley and west coast hops in lower dose for the style. the flavor is balanced, but more malty than hoppy I think, a touch of toasted grain bread to it, and the juniper comes in at the end with a fresh pine medicinal vibe. its not out of place really, just sort of a funny addition. I much prefer the john john for juniper, although I didn't love that beer either. bright carbonation and a drinkably medium body, if it wasn't so funny in the stomach id have several. not my favorite thing from rogue, but I certainly appreciate the attempt. (945 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt 6oz bottle poured into a nonic pint.

S - Little bit of sweetness, biscuit graininess. Mild grassy hops.

A - Thick/rocky white head packed with tiny bubbles. Perfect clarity inside the golden color. Tons of sticky lacing.

T - Starts with an early appearance from dominant pine hops. Malt is mild and lacks defining character. Twangy weird spice flavor midway through and into the finish. Never dries up.

M - Semi-dry, medium to medium-light body, medium-light carbonation.

O - Beautiful looking beer. Not the freshest example I'm sure. Aroma was modest and the flavor was unusual. Had near the same mouthfeel as a good pale ale. Unique in its own right but I didn't especially enjoy the strange twanginess to the flavor. Worth trying once but not quite worth seeking out again. (789 characters)

Photo of brewerburgundy
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Ommegang tulip, thanks Rogue, no freshness dating on the bottle. I have had it for at least a month in the fridge, so it's not super fresh.

Clear, light end of gold beer with a very lovely white, rocky head. Lots of it on the pour, nice retention, lacing, and clumpiness.

I'm definitely thinking this is not too fresh judging by the aroma, or lack thereof. The hops seem to have mostly disappeared. There's a solid pale malt base, nice graininess, and a subtle, cooling herbal note. I'm really digging at the moment, but it's not like a fresh pale ale. Oh, and of course the Pacman yeast.

The taste is essentially as I described the aroma. The evergreen, cool herb is perhaps more distinct and the grainy malt is very hearty.

Nice, medium weight in the mouth. Despite the head, the carbonation is medium-low.

I don't feel like this is an ideally fresh sample, but I know it has been treated well (refrigerated). The Juniper isn't overwhelming at all, in fact, it seems barely there to me, but it's nice. (1,026 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy apricot. White head.
Smell: Very light honey and fruit.
Taste: Refreshing. Light fruit. Hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.

This is a good tasting brew. There is nothing really outstanding about any one facet, except that it is all-around enjoyable; a great warm, summer day drink. I would get it again, but wouldn't go searching for it. (345 characters)

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