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Juniper Pale Ale - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,171 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant pale, hoppy, creamy like an icemaker's beverage. Mild, some watery mouthfeel. Cloudy Yellow appearance. Good floral and spice aroma. Good example of APA. Popular import into Ontario. Interesting dry edge from Juniper berries. Easy drink. Another good balanced brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 02:32:43 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I saw this at the liquor store I got excited on account of I had the Alaskan Winter Ale a couple weeks back and that had spruce tips in it. I figured if one beer with random tree parts in it is good, then maybe this one is too. Well anyway, I don't mean to bash this beer too much but I was let down especially when the clerk said it was nasty, I figured that meant it would have some kind of extreme flavor.

It poured a nice copper/brown pale ale color that was crystal clear. Had some nice bubbles coming out of solution and produced a nice white head that stuck around for a minute. Not much lacing to speak of though. If you try real hard you can smell a fruity sweetness to this beer but I can't figure out if thats from the hops or from the whole juniper berries that they put in there. The rest of the smell comes from the pale malt.

The beer has a considerable bitterness and a nice sweetness, a bit generic. After reading the back of the bottle I discovered that some of that bitterness may come from the juniper berries. They're noticeable on the aftertaste, a bit spicy. There was a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth and pretty drinkable, would go good with dinner if you happen to make something thats a bit too bland for your tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 02:14:48 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt/grains and some slight herbal (juniper?) aromas. Taste is of malt/grains up front with a finish that has hints of herbal flavors. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the juniper that is supposedly in this one does not stand out very much.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 05:16:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-30-2014 15:11:23 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer gushed out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap, but didn't seem overly foamy as I poured it into the glass. Rich, lemony orange-amber with a small amount of haze. The bone white head is medium in size and softly undulating on top as it descends. Not much lace, which is odd for a Rogue beer.

The nose is quite nice. I expected it to smell like juniper berries (what gin is flavored with), but it doesn't. It smells citrusy, though not really like an IPA or an APA. It's more on the order of pineapple and candied lemon peel. The flavor isn't all that wonderful. The aroma translates well to the palate, but there's also an earthy, spicy, intense herbalness that I don't find all that enjoyable. Not bad, but if the flavor followed the nose more closely, this would be a better beer.

There's a dry, crackery malt base with a softly bitter contribution from the hops and the flavors that I just described. The finish is dry, bitter and lemony, leaving the tongue absolutely clean. The body is medium, generally speaking, but there's too much carbonation (hence, Mount Juniper on crown cracking).

Juniper Pale Ale is interesting beer, but isn't one that I'll pick up again. I give Rogue credit for trying something different, but this one doesn't rise to the level of some of their other, better known, offerings.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 21:37:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and pale malts in the nose along with some hints of juniper.
T: Flavors of pale malts are present in the taste, along with notes of juniper berries—these particularly stand out and linger in the finish. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid and drinkable pale ale; the addition of juniper berries definitely makes the taste more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:06:11 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a sturdy head that retains well and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Cracker malt with a subtle lemon, pineapple aspect

Taste: Opens with a crackery flavor that expands in an herbacious but fruity direction by mid-palate; unlke other pale ales, the fruity touch is very light and delicate; after the swallow, the fruit lingers but the juniper taste becomes apparent at the very end, with a nice dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A worthwhile experiment but not something I would seek out on a regular basis

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:04:08 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors a very nice clear golden color, with no head to speak of, no lace, not very impressive to loook at really. Smell is good, piney, hopey, not very strong though. Taste is very nice, smooth, and a great backend to it. Has that nice piney, grassey, hops taste to it. fairly well carbonated, not overally so at all though. This is a great session beer. Could easily put down a few of these without blinking. Its not your drop down, fantastic hop explosion by any means, but a great pale ale. It may not be too impressive on the eyes, or nose, but I would definatly have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 00:44:55 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Poured a yellow brew with a nice large head with standard retention. Aroma is really sweet with nice touché of hops and malts coming out of my glass. Taste is incredible with the usual sweetness and refreshing taste of a pale ale but with added bonus of juniper berries. I love the taste of gin and I think I find here again but without the strong alcohol content. Another truly great beer from Rogue and one underrated beer in my own opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 18:05:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breweries that make fruit beers should buy you a sample of the fruit so that you know exactly what flavor that the fruit will impart into their finish beer.

The pour brings a murky orange, golden color that seems a bit more viscous than your everyday Pale Ale. A very froathy head forms near the top of the glass and holds very firm throughout. Looks good, just a bit thick.

Sweetly aromas of peaches, pears, appricots, mangos, and kiwi fill the estery nose very quickly. Surprisingly, the citrusy and piney hops only provide a secondary layer of interest. Biscuity malts give a bready-sweet base to the aroma. The beer starts to take on English Pale Ale proportions, but with the added juniper berry. (By the way, what's a juniper berry?)

The sweet fruity, biscuity malt flavors take over the flavors right away with only a balancing hop flavor to slowly rise at mid-palate. The lable boasts the use of Sterling and Amarillo hops for a blend of citrus, pine, and grassy pungent earthy notes. The hop flavor shines a bit more late in the sip, after the fruity malty stuff fades.

As expected, the beer does take on a thicker consistency than expected which eventually hurts the drinkability. The heavy sweet fruit notes also make the beer far too sweet for Pale Ale enjoyment.

Odd for Rogue to make an under-hopped beer. C'mon guys, where's the West Coast influence? By the way, what the hell is a juniper berry!?

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 18:22:30 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden color with a fluffy white foam.

S: Very subtle citrus and pine, the Juniper is very muted, not at all what I was expecting.

T: A bit of pine on the front and then pretty bland after that. Fades into some malt flavor and not much else. I was expecting to really taste the juniper, but was disappointed.

M: Crisp and dry, good carbonation.

D: As a gin drinker, I was hoping to experience a lot of the juniper herbalness, but it was absent. The beer still tasted okay, but I don't think it highlighted the juniper at all. Could have just been any pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:25:40 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-01-2013 22:54:40 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lightly hazy, pale golden body with a small white head.

Smell: Mild aroma with a vague biscuit character and notes of pine and citrus.

Taste: Slight dry, biscuity maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Piney, citrus hop flavors with a medium amount of bitterness. The meager juniper flavor comes in right when the bitterness hits and is rather obscured by it. Heck, if the beer didn't have "juniper" in the name, you might miss it altogether. Light, lingering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe I need to lighten the fudge up, but unless the juniper berries ever decide to drop by, I say just skip this one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 21:09:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-05-2014 02:22:52 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Singer finger white head on a hazy golden with slight crimson hues. Aroma is nice but faint sweet juniper aroma with a slight almost noble hop like aroma. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a subtle nobel hop, musty almost wet sock hop flavor. Light malt. Moderate to high carbonation and light to medium body. A nice beer if u like noble hop tasting beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 01:15:24 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems to pour more of an orange color than a urine color but what the hell,with a decenthead that left a light lacing on my pint glass,definent Northwestern ale smell of zesty hops.Taste does have a nice malt firmness to it with a slight juniper taste finishing with a hop atttack wich kinda brings this beer together.Apretty good beer but Rogue makes better.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 12:28:26 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

03-01-2014 23:20:13 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 03:58:45 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3 pint special at the Long Room.

Pale gold with a slight haze. Thin cap of foam, the lacing was nice looking, it formed in concentric rings down the glass. Typical pale ale aroma of light bready malt. Really hard to pull out the juniper based on smell alone.

Light bodied with a decent feel, pale malt, caramel, a dry finish with a bare hint of pine and herb. I haven't tasted juniper berries before, but there wasn't much in the way of fruit, just dry herbals with a mild element of bitterness.

This was an easy pint to drink, refreshing and fairly well put together.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2008 14:18:01 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-23-2011 05:03:26 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Hmmmm, I have an aversion to gin, how's this one gonna work out?

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which settles slowly, leaving a bit of ripped wallpaper lace around the glass.

It smells of earthy evergreen, tart berries, grassy grapefruit, a bit of lemon, and soft bready caramel malt. The taste is more sassy, spicy tree branch crispness, herbal berry skins, floral, citrusy hops, field honey, and a slightly biscuity, grainy caramel malt.

The carbonation is a little high and tight up front, but dials it back after a wee spell, the body medium-light in weight, and nicely rounded in its smoothness. It finishes dry as a stick, the citrus and wood branch flavours fading us out.

A quite enjoyable pale ale, the guest star complementing the standard bittering tropes to produce an interesting, and rather drinkable dry beer. And I'm glad that gin never crossed my mind while I made my way through this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:53:36 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light amber with a creamy white head that holds well and leaves some decent lace. The aroma offers bold floral and citrusy hops over a softly sweet and buttery malt. Very inviting! The flavor starts with a very nice, gently sweet malt that's laced with toasty biscuit and caramel. A creamy mouthfeel enhances the maltiness. The body is deceptive - seemingly fuller than it actually is - and the gentle carbonation is very fine. Hops emerge with both bitterness and flavor (earthy, lightly citrusy, fruity - or is that the juniper?) just prior to the swallow, and the finish is dry with a lingering maltiness and some minor hops notes. Although I cannot distinguish the juniper berries, there is something very distinct about this beer and I can only assume that they are the cause. Quite a unique and charming beer that offers some good malt character (although not alot of complexity), but also retains the Rogue signature hoppiness. Very drinkable, and a nice change of pace from the usual winter beers!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 19:07:36 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off white head on a golden-orange body with excellent clarity. As the head settles, it leaves a nice, dense lace pattern.

S - Grainy, with herbal hop notes and, of course, juniper (although the gin like character is not as pronounced as one might expect).

T - Spicy, grainy flavor up front, followed by a bit of sweetness. The herbal flavors come in next with flavors of juniper berries and floral hops that fade into a strong, grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body and high carbonation along with just a bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

D - For hop or gin lovers, this should be pretty easy to put down. I hadn't had this beer for some time and I am a bit disappointed to find that its gin-like character is not as intense as I remember it. Nevertheless, this is an unusual beer that has some good herbal notes and just enough sweetness in the finish to be reminiscent of a gin and tonic.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 06:35:23 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/7/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a decent-sized off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of spice and caramel, along with a good hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, it's a little bit different from your regular pale ale and is a decent lighter beer to drink, but there are several beers I would pick first.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2008 15:13:32 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Juniper Pale Ale from Rogue Ales
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