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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 brewsclues
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, this was a disappointing effort from Rouge. Plenty of citrus notes (lemon rind, most notably), and of course, juniper. The taste, however, was too dry and left almost nothing on my taste buds on the finish. The mouthfeel was really watery, even for a spiced beer. It is quite refreshing, however, and the smell is pleasant. This is the sort of spiced beer that could have worked on a hot, summer day, except for the juniper, Christmas-tree-like aftertaste. Not bad, but disappointing considering Rouge has put out some great stuff.

brewsclues, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of hoesweizen
4/5  rDev +10.8%

hoesweizen, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +10.8%

BeerArchivist, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Burt, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Juniper Pale Ale pours a golden yellow color into my snifter. Only a sliver of an off-white head, which disappears completely within a minute. Average to below average lacing for this brew. The nose is mainly lemon, pineapple, hops and malt. There's an earthy-ness to the nose as well. The taste is fairly underwhelming. I get the hops, but beyond that.... not much. It's also so dry that I can't really get much- the flavors evaporate off your tongue so fast I can't identify them. The earthy/lemon quality is still there in the taste as well. Feel is super thin and way too dry. Overall, this one misses the mark for me. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazed gold with about a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates slowly. Thin coating of lacing and heavy carbonation.

N: Juniper berries and caramel with some light citrus and grapefruit.

T: Lemon citrus and grapefruit upfront followed by caramel and grains. Finishes with bitter lemon rind and juniper berries.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, bitter and dry.

O: Has a nice bitterness for a Pale Ale. The juniper berries are a nice little touch in the finish. Nothing extraordinary even for a Pale.

justintcoons, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Travisnin, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of adrian21
3/5  rDev -16.9%

adrian21, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy with a little amber and a finger of white head.

Smell. Light toasty grains with a little lemonand some spicy hops.

Taste. Light grains, citrus fruits, spicy and herby hops. Pretty dry with a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation

Overall. Nice beer. Good bitter flavours.

Rutager, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of leaddog
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Golden straw coloured with a creamy white head. Bubbles are present and is slightly opaque. Has nice lacing that clings to the glass as you drink this ale.

Smell- Hops with citrus fruits. No detection of junipers at this moment.

Taste- Dry and hoppy with a piney bitter finish. Juniper flavour is mild.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with prickly bubbles present. Good carbonation to this one with a nice tingle.

Overall- A good ale but I expected more juniper in this. An easy drinking ale that is sure to please any Rogue fan.

leaddog, Nov 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 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 timtwoface
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this deliciously interesting mix at the Great Canadian Beer Festival in Victoria, BC back in September 2011. It was so interesting that when I took a trip down to Portland a few weeks ago, I made sure to pick up a sixer to revisit it.

I think what really gets me is the fact it uses such an interesting ingredient like juniper berries to give the beer that extra flavourful punch. I grew up with juniper trees/bushes in my backyard and never once thought such a thing could make a drink that was not only consumable, but delicious.

Still, not a favourite of mine, but definitely in the "unique, and will definitely revisit" pile.

(And thus concludes my first beer review on this site!)

timtwoface, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of harrymel
1.65/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottled: unk

A: golden with a finger of white foam which falls nearly immediately to a broken sheet of the same with cobweb lace. Nearly murky.
S: some juniper berries. plenty of amber malts. meh.
T: Hints of juniper again, but mostly, malts. Sweet.
M: Heavy for a pale ale, low carb. Substantial slick on the finish.
O: Yeah, this is pathetic. I hate beer that is not tasty. I hate beer even more, that is not even close to it's labels indication.

harrymel, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Since being introduced to Short’s Spruce Pilsner earlier this year, I’ve been fascinated by the use of conifer tree matter in beer. Sure, hops can imply pine, but why not just use the real thing?! I stumbled upon this offering from Rogue at Tilley’s in Traverse City, MI while seeking out fall seasonals. Pale ale brewed with whole juniper berries? Sounds awesome. I snatched up this 22 ounce “bomber” for $6.99.

I cracked the cap and poured into a tulip glass. A horizontal pour yields two fingers of off-white head. Retention is decent. Fluffy tufts of lacing caress the glass. The brew is quite pale with a golden tint and a fair amount of haze. I could easily mistake it for a weizen.

The aroma is mellow and yeasty. Juniper does manifest in a subtle piney aroma, but if I didn’t know about the juniper berries I would probably just guess that it had been dry hopped with simcoe. This really smells like pale ale first, juniper second. Fresh hoppy aromas waft from the glass. It’s much simpler than I was expecting, but I like it regardless.

The taste is kind of a letdown. I’m getting the juniper berries, but in the form of a watery fruity essence, as opposed to the piney resin that I was expecting. Lacking any other alpha flavor, the alcohol seems pretty high in the mix. All 34 IBUs manifest on the finish. The problem is that there isn’t much going on in between. Champions of this beer could say that it is subtle, but I just think it is bland. The base beer is very light; and the juniper berries don’t add enough to the equation to make them worth mentioning. It’s nicely hopped for a pale ale, but where’s the malt to balance?

The mouthfeel is unimpressive yet inoffensive. Being so light, the beer feels pretty watery in the mouth. It’s light bodied, but certainly on the heavier end of light. I will even go out on a limb and say that it is mildly creamy (but just mildly). The carbonation is sharp and stinging. This is a very confused beer.

This was going so well. It looks nice and smells good, but when it really counts, this beer does not deliver. It works okay as a basic pale ale, but I certainly can’t justify the cost ($3.81 / 12oz) when better basic pale ales are readily available. And I’m fine with the use of juniper to add to the whole, but why make such a big deal out of it if it is not going to be a primary flavor? Juniper Pale Ale scores a resounding “Meh.”

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The Two-Schlitz scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
In a personal shocker, I can say that I don’t give a Schlitz for Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. It’s about as rogue as John McCain.

weizenbob, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a dark murky yellow with an orange hue and had an average size (1-2 finger) frothy white head that lasted a little while leaving behind a decent amount of residue that lasted throughout and had fair lacing.

The aroma was up front with a nice spruce hop with a mild indication of some gain malts and a horse blanket yeast and had notes of citrus, spices and juniper berries.

The taste was mild and slightly yeasty with a hint of citrus at first and finished moderately hoppy with a strong berry note at the end that had the flavor lingering around for a decent amount of time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light in body and slightly watery yet dry in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a very nice Pale Ale, light and refreshing with a nice soft hop flavor that worked well with the berries.

KajII, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a thin white head, nothing special here. Smells of lots of hops and berries, a little bit of leafy earthliness as well.

Taste is very hoppy, the juniper berries come through a little on the back end although is seems like the hops slightly overpower everything else. Mouthfeel is pretty good, well balanced. Overall a pretty good brew, but nothing more.

Treyliff, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden straw color from a 12 oz bottle, with no ABV or freshness date noticeable.
Massive two finger head from a slightly aggressive pour that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind some very nice lacing.
Aroma is malty with a definite spicy kick to it.
Taste is sweet and malty upfront with a chewy, oily bitter finish.
Crisp and easy to drink, and in my opinion has all the makings of a good session beer.
Definitely worth a try, and I feel this beer has all the characteristics of being the kind which is an 'acquired taste'.
I would recommend it, at least to try once.

CaptDavyJones, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a great Rogue logo. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - hazy bright golden color that almost glows. Good snow white head and lace.

S - Pine with some earthy hops. A unique smell of what must be juniper berries. Tobacco scents with a hint of spice.

T - very earthy and woody. I get lots of pine notes from this brew. It's a very earthy taste with tobacco like notes. The juniper flavor is very unique and quite nice in it's own way. Pale malts in this flavor as well. Grassy and earthy hops are present throughout with a slightly dry bitterness in the finish.

M - medium bodied. Somewhat smooth with good carbonation. To me it's a very dry beer.

O - Rogue's juniper pale ale is a pretty good beer. It's an odd beer, but a fairly good beer. I didn't know what to expect from this when I picked up a single 12 oz bottle. The presence of juniper berries are delighting enough for a person to at least try this experience. It's a very odd and unique style of brew, and to me this is what Rogue set out to do. Create a pretty good beer that's unique. That's what they've done with this. Not world class, but it's still pretty good.

BradtheGreat7, Sep 13, 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
Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 25, 2011. The pour is an above average golden yellow with long simmering fizzy white head and delicate carbonation bubbles. On the nose there are a few malts, a few hops, and a little grass with a stronger berry element. The body was in the medium range and very comfortable for the style. The taste does embellish the bittersweet berries and they mix with your basic pale ale malt-hop character. Decent enough.

puboflyons, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Rogue event at Novare Res.
The color is pale with a slight golden color. The head forms and dissipates to the glasses edge.

The aroma is pale malts through out. No juniper, where is the juniper.

The taste is a pale ale slight malts up front, biscuit with a slight drying finish. The taste of juniper comes in but it is very light.

bishopdc0, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy honey color topped by a white head made of medium sized bubbles.

S: I can smell the juniper in this beer, which is interesting because I didn't know what to expect. I also get a slightly sweet bread aroma.

T: I can taste the juniper more than I can smell it. It has a slightly spicy flavor to it, along with that bready note I got from the smell. The finish carries the juniper. The bitterness is strange; it's not bitter at all, so the Juniper does balance out the sweet malt. Its a tad different.

M: Surprisingly smooth, but it is somewhat thin. Light bodied, but well carbonated.

D: Its quite drinkable, but would I actually want another? Well, it's better than a lot of other choices.

tlazaroff, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of washburnkid
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

washburnkid, Aug 17, 2011
Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.